6 posts • joined Tuesday 8th January 2013 14:14 GMT
Re: The one basic attribute ...
The oldest contractor I worked with was Dan, who was 86. Front office trading system for banks. He had built the first Unix system in the UK.
Re: Ltd Co. ?
I use a firm of accountants that does it all on-line now, with a lot of great management reporting.
You download your bank statement and upload it directly into their site and it will guess the reasons for most of the transactions.
OK @£144 (inc VAT) pcm it ain't cheap (+£130 for your SATR), but if the alternative is leaving contracting, I'd say I'm still making a surplus by joining them & staying.
My by I didn't read carefully enough, but I didn't see mentioned the interesting paradox that when the market turns down, often rates go up. Head count freezes mean permies are put on hold, but the world still move on and system need fixing & poking.
Doesn't everybody run VMs these days? We ditched the "100s of little boxes" model years ago and run a mix of big Dells, with DRACs, and Supermicro with whatever they call it. The VMs all have VNC console access.
My biggest concern is the lack of security on the remote management cards - typically they don't even have IP filtering.
Re: Looking for more?
If you don't like what Samsung have done, there's loads of choice - that's why I've gone with Android - you're not stuck with the OEMs launcher.
The "GO" launcher and companion apps makes a nice alternative and means you can unify the experience across all your android devices, if you wish.
I have the Justop box (£40 from ebay) - its bigger (1.5 x pack of fags) than this little thing and requires its own external power supply - I use a mains master/slave trip so it goes on & off with the TV, but it has two full sized USB sockets and wired Ethernet, so homeplug gets round the streaming issues.
I quickly realised a mini-keyboard/mouse like the one featured in the video was a big bonus, but found a lot don't have the rage to be used across the living room.
It does a fine job on youtube (inc pretty good HD) & iplayer, but 4od only plays the ads!!!! - had to adjust the TV's audio lag to get lip sync, and its still a little off.