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Very good. I see what you did there.
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I once had the MD site me down for a chat, whereby he pointed out that an incoming support call could be routed to:
1) Steve - a call-out, a couple of hours onsite, come back and speak to Dave, back onsite for an hour and get the job fixed. All chargeable.
2) Dave - a call-out, about an hour to an hour and a half onsite, get the job fixed. Happy customer, all chargeable.
3) Me - fixed in ten minutes over the phone. Delighted customer, and bugger all to bill.
I can't say I had an answer for him. I have, however, gone onsite, fixed the problem and got back before my tea got cold. I can't help but feel I maybe had a hand in that company going bankrupt.
what small recoveries our country has made in 2 years
I'm honestly curious as to what progress DJT has made to 'undo the rot' or whatever you might describe it as in the past two years. Can you give examples?
Seriously, I'm in the UK so I don't see much of USA domestic politics. From an international standpoint, Trump appears to be a dangerous toddler amongst dangerous toddlers, but I really don't know what difference he's made at home.
Stories like this always make me want to fire up my copy of KSP.
I've caught the bug again. Been deploying a fleet of landers to tackle Jool's moons. Got to design my recovery craft and then wait for my launch window.
Also recovering a stranded Kerbal from the Mun for my son...
Go, Jeb! Go!
Hah - ChangeFSI. I'd forgotten about that. The docs explained how Floyd-Steinberg error diffusion worked, and I used that to write a program to print .PPM files in colour, requesting the closest colour from the printer driver, setting that as the PLOT colour, drawing a pixel to the page, and smearing the difference around the surrounding pixels.
Was slow as hell, but it did a *lot* of OS calls from BASIC. Maybe this is why I pull apart everyone's graphics these days.
We always used to have trouble with new paper jamming in the copiers at an old job. The paper was kept in an outdoor lockup, and (you've guessed it) was cold and damp when brought inside.
Keeping a couple of boxes handy indoors sorted that problem - that gave the paper a chance to warm up and dry out so it wouldn't stick together.
In the end the only inconvenience to the deleted users was that they had to set new passwords for themselves when they came back a month later
Okay, first of all, well done for getting yourself back up and running - let's not consider taking that away from you. But a month? Gotta love academia... I've seen myself staring down the barrel of a figurative gun if the email server wasn't back up by the morning.
Got any good jobs going?
...or in a previous job a financial adviser who filled his mailbox with porn. I emailed him several times to ask him to trim it down and he ignored me.
I got the (female) office manager to come with me to his desk, as she was above me in the org chart. He protested that he "needed" everything in his mailbox.
<sort by size>
Me: How about this? <opens PPT full of porn>
Him: Ah - not that one, but I need the rest.
Me: How about this one then? <opens a different PPT full of porn>
Him: No, not that either.
Me: What about this? <opens a pornographic movie>
Him (by this time going very red): I'll have a little clear-out.
Me: I think that would be a good idea.
Office manager wasn't impressed with him.
Besides which, I don't understand why people have this propensity to hoard porn - it's not like the internet is running out any time soon!
One of our clients accidentally started a restore in Exchange. I think it was a block-level restore of the database rather than of a mailbox or folder - it was a while ago and I (luckily) wasn't there. When she realised her mistake she pulled the power on the email server...
My colleague had to regedit the hell out of it to force the database out of restore mode, and then restore a complete copy of the database from before the errant command. I don't think that database was quite right ever again.
Still, after I'd left that job, my ex-line-manager managed to torpedo the server nicely in a different way, but that's a story for another Monday...
Came here fully expecting this legitimate tirade.
I looked at the Yale smart alarms when I was alarm shopping. Then I realised that it offered me almost precisely nothing I cared about and introduced 1000 things that could go wrong and which I was in no control of.
At least one of those should have flagged itself in the mind of an 'IT' 'engineer'. Unless, of course, he's a civil engineer who unjams printers because nobody's pouring concrete just now.
That's because they need the capacity now.
Look at it this way. Do you think that the Amazons, Googles, Facebooks of this world will sit back and say "Nah - the CPUs have a really funky little flaw. We simply can't expand operations until <undefined date> when that's fixed."
Companies in particular need them now, or their competitors will take them and move ahead.
Consequently there more more house fires and electrocutions back then, fuses blow for a reason.
Yes, and this leads to more data theft and more fraudulent activity online. But people will still use the figurative nail in their browser. It's the old "it didn't happen to me, so it must be fine" gambit.
Just because different GUIs are available on Linux, it does not prevent applications with different look-and-feel from running simultaneously on a system.
I totally accept that. I used to run Xubuntu as my daily desktop. Games compatibility (or lack thereof) put me back to Windows, but I could at least get my fix of KSP!
But you and me are not "the average person". The average person will wonder why one application looks so weird next to the others. The average person will be confused and concerned by the lack of consistency. In fact, the average person will succumb to decision paralysis before actually selecting a window manager. They'll likely have been told that Linux is "quite hard" or "complex", and this is their first step in getting into it, and they're faced with a question that they're not expecting and likely not equipped to make a judged decision about.
Mate, Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, and even vtwm have multiple desktops and have had them since 2005 or earlier.
But, Bob - that's half the problem. You've banged out 5 different window managers right there. Your average user doesn't want five different window managers. They just want one. One that works. One that works sort-of like their old one. One that they know their way around, and that they can collar their nephew into talking them through a fix over the phone.
I've said before about toothpaste. Too many choices! Windows, you get one UI and everybody is (in the main) happy. If they don't like it they can buy a Mac where you get one (slightly different) UI. If you don't like that, sure there's Linux, but people stumble over "do I want Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, What-the-fuckbuntu?"
Choice is sometimes overrated.
Also, I'll take this opportunity to apologise for being rude the other day. Too little sleep and not really any good excuse. You're a bit rabid, and your Linux flag-waving is a bit too much like zealotry for the real world that I live in, but the place would be missing something without your foil-hatted rants!
I'm 37 and still want to go in a space shuttle.
Of course, but he's too young to remember them flying. Still, I just checked with him, and given the choice of Apollo/Saturn V, Soyuz or STS, he went with the Space Shuttle without a pause.
They just fire little imaginations in a way that normal rockets don't manage to...
SWMBO thought the cable count was mad.
That's how it works. I did some moderate cabling in the old house which was useful because WiFi was 11Mb/sec. Then there's been a race between cheap wired and wireless. Every now and then I think I could get away with wireless, and then I hit something that could really use the extra bandwidth.
So when we were tearing the house apart I just went for it. Even the spark was astonished by the amount of cable that went in. :D
Seriously, WHAT advantages are there to running cloudy VMs on a Windows host, vs something LIKE CentOS or FreeBSD?
Veeam, Bob. They have Veeam. And it's been requested to support KVM, but it's never happened yet. So you can have Veeam without the mental licensing storm that is VMware.
Now fuck off and lie down before you give yourself an aneurysm.
Yep. I agree with you 100% on both counts. Just pointing out that every time I've bought servers, per-core performance and more recently license costs associated with the extra cores have been a significant factor.
I would absolutely love to see AMD going toe-to-toe with Intel in the server market. Save getting gouged for these Xeons...
And whilst I'm writing my letter to Santa, if they could use the same sockets that would be nice too. Being able to swap Intel to AMD on a whim was great. But it was also twenty years ago.
If Azure proves AMD CPU's work well in the cloud
The problem historically (I don't know if this is still the case, but I believe it is) is that the Intel Xeon chips gave better performance per-core than the AMD Opterons. Now, that wasn't a big problem on the surface because the AMD chips gave more cores for the same purchase price and power consumption, so they worked out well.
Enter per-core licensing.
For Microsoft running their own DCs, I'm pretty sure they'll cut themselves a good deal on the licensing. But for the rest of us, for Oracle users, for anyone not rolling their own or running a FOSS stack that hurts over time. And that's why Intel still rule the datacentres.
Banks suck at I.T. and try do anything they can to avoid modernising.
But banks pretty-much *are* IT. They're a machine for storing, processing and moving numbers. When you distill it down, you should be able to completely automate a bank (except for when somebody wants to speak to staff). In a perfect world where nothing broke and everything followed the rules, the operational systems in a bank shouldn't need a human touch at all.
I know, I'm reducing it to an absurd level, but the point still stands that banks are IT with a layer of marketing.
Because if it's working, leave it the hell alone. The number of servers (looking at NetWare) that ran literally for years until somebody noticed a keyboard attached...
It's not something I'd think they would do regularly, but it would appear to be the obvious action in this case.
Not for me. When I went to visit we all paid, got inside and the place was shut down. They'd gone out of business and the new owners weren't up and running yet. I'm guessing that's around 10 years ago. They showed us some nice bottles as we came out in the style of "look at what you could have won"...
Their beer is very pleasant, and it is indeed a lovely island, but the brewery tour was certainly disappointing that day.
For consumer desktop applications, you don't want to be installing SQL server.
Really? It's only SQL Express, the freebie one. I've seen it on all sorts of desktop applications, for well over ten years. Worked with a mortgage adviser once who had 3 different instances of SQL Express on his desktop because different applications were hard-coded to these instance names. Would have helped him a lot to have one instance and three databases...
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