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Comment 35 Years Coding and Admining (Score 4, Interesting) 162

Started with computers in 1980 as a Typesetter. Then a Timex Sinclair followed by a Color Computer and then an IBM. Professionally coding in 84. Building LANs and managing networks in 86. On the Internet at Johns Hopkins APL in 89 and managing 3+Share. Then 3+Open, LAN Manager, and Windows NT, then Solaris, Irix, HP-UX, and Linux at NASA. Now FreeBSD, Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, and Tru64.

Downloaded Slackware in '93 I guess with all the 3.5" floppies. Mandrake, Red Hat, OpenBSD, Ubuntu, and still Slackware on my home gear (along with Windows and Apple gear).


Comment Re:I offer conditional support (Score 1) 536

Sure, but it's one that I recall. That doesn't mean there aren't quite a few more who indulge and did it right or at least didn't perform a DIY episiotomy. I don't follow sports so for all I know, some guys might just cut off their own balls but I don't think it's a fair comparison.


Comment Work Sucks (Score 1) 324

Work has decreed they will no longer provide a Company phone for us in IT per the corporate overlords and that we have to load the company email application on my personal phone, for which I'll receive a few bucks compensation a month (but they also dropped the internet compensation they've been paying for years).

Rather than giving the corporate monkeys World access to my personal phone, I added a second phone sufficient to run the company email application and isolated it from my personal data. New Apple account, don't browse the web other than for work related stuff, don't check my personal email.

16G is fine for what I need it for. More than that would be a waste of space.


Comment Work Phones (Score 1, Interesting) 209

This year work implemented the "use your phone for business and we'll give you $50 a month" plan. We turn in our existing company supplied phone and install their apps on our personal phone.

Sounds to me like getting this one will keep the megacorp off of my personal phone and they can deal with whatever garbage is running on it.

(Technically I'll probably just add a second phone to my existing contract and be done with it. No Android phones though. I've had one for the past few years and I just don't like it.)


Comment What's The Problem? (Score 1) 319

I still need Internet Access. I killed HD TV and all extended channels a couple of years ago and increased my bandwidth. Most recently I turned in the TV box itself and stuck with the tiny descrambler. I'm still charged about $100 a month for access to the 'net. I could go to $300 a month for fiber but I'm not really using the extra bandwidth I have now.


Comment Re:How many applications will THIS break? (Score 1) 272

Yea, that's my concern as well. Similar problems. I have a Sony Handycam that only works with XP. It works just fine on its own, records without a problem but I can't download the video. Same with an HP Scanner. HP doesn't write drivers for it. It works fine on my XP box but not on Windows 7.

I have Rocksmith and all the downloadable content for it. I don't want to move to 10 only to find out the game doesn't work as well or doesn't work at all.


Comment Re:Why are we even discussing this again? (Score 1) 213

I could probably locate the file or at least use man to figure out how to set the minimum password length. It's not something I do often so I don't have it memorized. And with RH7, it's probably under loginctl. Heck, a quick search on my RH6 box and I can't find where to set the minimum password length. Probably under pam.d.

Permissions is bog simple though, I'd have a problem with someone not knowing that.

For older systems (RH6 or older) it's easy enough, /etc/inittab. I'd have to do a man on systemctl or search the net for how to do that in RH7.

And I'm currently studying for my RHCSA/RHCE exams that I'm taking next month :)


Comment Re:Computers as lawyers (Score 1) 116

Sure, mine is amicable. My ex was heading off into super hippy land and hypochondria had her trying all sorts of remedies from coffee enemas to lemon/vinegar drinks, to eating some special kind of dirt, etc. Personally I didn't mind eating better but I drew the line at coffee enemas.

(There was a lot more than that but yea, we worked out the split, she headed off to the coast and I'm quietly enjoying myself in a flyover state.)


Going the speed of light is bad for your age.