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Comment: Re:MAKE SOMETHING NEW! (Score 1) 158

by Bigbutt (#49151785) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

I've been playing Rocksmith since Dec 2011 and started taking lessons in Dec 2010. I do agree that it's teaching me to read and play by rote. I'm certainly a lot more familiar with the fretboard and general playing but it's hard to get away from Rocksmtih as it's fun and entertaining and a lot easier than breaking out the amp and getting all setup and then finding a good book or site for lessons.

Really the problem is finding folks who'll let you play with them so we can learn to get better. It's easy for a group of high school kids to play but harder for us older folks to find people to play with.


Comment: Re:Write it myself (Score 1) 151

by Bigbutt (#49151705) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

Actually I read through several sites a couple of years back looking for templates and ideas on how to implement standards for my code. I created a couple of web pages. One for a Coding Standard page and more recently, a User Interface standard page. I've been pulling out company identifying information and have a Sourceforge site to upload it.


Comment: Write it myself (Score 1) 151

by Bigbutt (#49147903) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

Honestly I think my problem is that I tend to write my own code for stuff rather than trying to figure out what someone else has done and fit my thought processes into how they were working it through.


I wrote a status management program to keep track of the work I do for yearly reviews. Tracks projects, hours, and even builds a timecard.

I wrote an inventory management program to keep track of our systems. We have an official asset tracking tool but it doesn't accommodate virtual machines, I can't script updates to it like I can my inventory program, the asset tracking system doesn't keep track of build dates or graph out the life timeline of systems, etc. I can customize it to do pretty much anything.

I wrote a budget management program where I can enter my financials (bank statements, credit card statements), plot out the trends, and do forecasts of what my financials look like as far out as I can to set a limit (currently 18 months out).

I wrote a combat management tool for one of the games I play where I just need to enter the data and it spits out my target numbers.

I think this goes back to when I started back in the early 80's. When you needed to do something, you either had to pay for it or learn how to do it yourself. They may not have the features other programs have but they're certainly customized to my needs.


Comment: Re:Unfortunately... (Score 1) 190

by Bigbutt (#49042193) Attached to: Five Years After the Sun Merger, Oracle Says It's Fully Committed To SPARC

Well, it can but we've had a few underlying hardware issues make our servers unavailable. From san hiccups which flip systems into read-only mode for /var to a recent issue where a VM was configured as Fault Tolerant and it was VMotioned to a different system and connectivity was lost. Turns out the MAC changed, maybe during a VMWare update, and apparently because the VMs were FT, the MAC didn't change so became unavailable until we powered down the VM to recover.

There have been enough issues that we won't put Mission Critical systems on VMWare.


Comment: Israel? (Score 3, Interesting) 493

How is a study on middle and high school students in Israel relevant to elementary students in the US?

Although the study took place in Israel, Mr. Lavy said that similar research had been conducted in several European countries and that he expected the results were applicable in the United States.


Comment: Re:Bound to happen (Score 1) 619

by Bigbutt (#49006079) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

I guess it would depend on where you got the ad from. One of the forums I frequent has locally hosted, forum topic specific ads. There are vendors who pay for those spots and they're not blocked by the ad blocker. If you were doing that, someone would have to add your ads to the blocker filter for them to be filtered out.

The concern I have lies with the malware that's occasionally injected. I run the ad blocker so I'm not vulnerable.

I will note that I make it a point to not click on ads, even on that forum, all that's happening is I'm getting an impression of the subject of the ad and no click-through revenue goes to you.


Comment: Re:Thieves from Asia can file your tax return (Score 1) 119

by Bigbutt (#49003657) Attached to: TurboTax Halts E-filing of State Tax Returns Because of Potential Fraud

The worst part is when I was in the military back in the 70's, you were instructed to mark your personal gear. Either etched or written. My gaming books from back then all have my SSN written on the inside cover with my full name should it get lost.


Comment: Re:Bound to happen (Score 1) 619

by Bigbutt (#49001167) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

Got me. Not my job to figure out your business model. I have several sites I've built for personal and use by others. None of them are generating money but that's not why I put them up. Should I start getting a bunch of traffic, I'd have to flip on some sort of nagging system and a request for voluntary payment then if it wasn't helping, install a block for mandatory payment. That would have people either pay to stay or go elsewhere and it won't be costing me money any more.

What makes the information on your site valuable enough that you think you should be paid for it?


Comment: Re:Times Change (Score 1) 331

by Bigbutt (#48978639) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

Couple of interesting bits from when I contracted there.

1. The requirement of 1 systems admin for every 15 servers. Where I'm working now we have 5 admins and 825 servers but automation and virtualization reduces the complexity.

2. IBM was extremely silo'd. As I remember there were some 12 different teams to work on the 100 or so servers we were managing. From backups to security checks to monitoring to the application folks.


Comment: Re:Tsk. And they wonder where employee loyalty wen (Score 2) 331

by Bigbutt (#48978561) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

Last time I worked at IBM, there appeared to be no rhyme or reason as to why someone was picked to depart. It appeared to be a game of duck duck goose. I was sitting at my desk and someone I didn't recognize (not our manager) came in and told the guy across from me he was to be out by Wednesday. Much of our group was outsourced to India and I was given an opportunity to move from being a Unix admin to being a Web site programmer, a data center builder, or another Unix admin contract working on different systems. I spent my own money to take a relevant class and moved to the new contract. On the new contract, the admin who was our interface to the customer was let go with 3 days warning so we had to scramble to get the information she had on the customer.

Since it seemed random to me and others, we started looking and moved on. If there's no apparent way of showing your value, that you are just a cog in a big machine, then why stay?


If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you. -- Muhammad Ali