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Comment: Re: Routing around (Score 1) 192 192

That's because insurance in Russia says if you can prove it's not your fault, you don't have to pay anything. So it's in your best interest to have an inexpensive camera recording while you're driving. So yea, lots of interesting videos when your camera is constantly running. Same in the US (at least) where more bicyclists are getting GoPro cameras. Motorcyclists have had such things for years though. I've had a Sony HandyCam on my bike for 8 or 9 years, but mainly when I'm enjoying myself in the mountains so it's not on all the time. I saw one video a few years back where a car merged into a motorcyclist on the freeway and tried to say it was her fault. She had a camera that caught the entire thing and the merger was deemed at fault.

[John]

Comment: Re:Well they're getting closer to the truth (Score 1) 473 473

Anecdotally:

My two Ex-Wives were not interested in computers or other more geeky type hobbies like gaming and not interested in other hobbies I'm interested in, like motorcycles and music.

My girlfriend is a DBA (OJT'd into it), I'm a Sr Unix admin (self taught). She has her Master's (MBA), I'm a high school graduate. She's really eating up board games and role playing, I have the games and run the RPG she's playing in. She would rather be on the back of my motorcycle than on her own but loves to ride with me. She encourages my guitar playing and tells me when some practice thing I'm working on appeals to her.

I think I'm pretty lucky, finally :)

[John]

Comment: Re:Wow, just wow... (Score 4, Interesting) 490 490

In reading the two articles, a good part of the problems seems to be twofold. One is the marketing folks discovered that if they created gender specific toys, sales increased. It seems pretty clear that if you want to make more money, you tune your product to your target audience. If creating pink stuff gets you more sales then make more pink stuff seems pretty obvious. The second of course are the folks who see this pink (or blue) stuff and buy it for their girls. But are parents partly to blame? Is marketing part of the issue where girls see the pink stuff advertised on TV and go for it when they hit the stores? Weren't the 80's a transition from wacky cartoons to toy marketing specific cartoons? Is the transition from a single earner family to a dual earner family (and latchkey kids being babysat by TV) part of the problem?

[John]

Comment: 2008 Custom Built (Score 1) 558 558

As built: 2008

Antec 900 ATX Ultimate Gamer PC Case
Corsair 750W CMPSU-750TX
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3R
Intel Core 2 Due Processor E8500, LGA775 Pkg 3.16 GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333 MHz FSB, 45mm
Zalman Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler CNPS9700 LED
OCZ Fatal1ty Pair 2 Gigabyte DDR2 800Mhz Sticks
OCZ Fatal1ty Pair 2 Gigabyte DDR2 800Mhz Sticks
Diamond ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E DUAL DVI-I/TVO
Diamond ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E DUAL DVI-I/TVO
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Creative Labs X-Fi XtremeGamer SB073A
Logitech X-540 Speakers
Sony DRU-V200S-BR DVD+/-R 20x
Acer G235H 23" Monitor
Acer G235H 23" Monitor
Acer G235H 23" Monitor
Acer G235H 23" Monitor

In 2012 I replaced the two ATI video cards with two nVidia 560's. It's a touch slower but the system doesn't blue screen on startup any more.

In 2014 I replaced the four 2G memory modules with four 4G memory modules.

I'd planned to replace the system this year but have a couple of trips planned so it's put off until next year.

The system was built mainly as a development environment. I do a bit of web coding and mess around with gaming PDFs (table top gaming) so being able to have four screens lets me have windows open so I can work and keep track of what's going on.

[John]

Comment: Re:Importance Of Process (Score 2) 137 137

Agree. My system uses scripts and snmp to gather data and is open for use by everyone. The applications folks can enter their application information, customers, and outage requirements, the server/device folks can enter their hardware information, and even shipping and receiving are part of the process and receive automatic emails when hardware is incoming due to a break-fix.

[John]

Comment: Re:Compatibility with accounting (Score 2) 137 137

The problem though is if it's easy for the accountants but difficult to use by the staff (like Magic), you'll only have the basic asset information and we'll continue to use what works for us. You need to manage assets for tax and reporting purposes. I need to know what my system consists of, who are the internal and external customers, SLA's, maintenance windows, and even track problems for trending analysis.

[John]

Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 137 137

I wrote my own initially for our team. I wrote it so any team could use it if they wanted but it is written from a Unix server perspective. With it being adopted more and more, I'm rewriting it in a few places to accommodate other teams (networking: we have devices not servers) and have incorporated a changelog management process and server creation process along with a few extra specialized bits for other team requirements (web site certificate management with notifications prior to expiration). It's automatically updated via script or snmp queries and has email query capabilities.

It's one of those things that get a bit out of hand I guess. "Hey, that looks pretty good, can we use it?" or folks who used to be on our team taking access to it to the new team.

Of course there's the problem of if I leave or die what happens to the data (it's not all that complicated but someone would have to take over) but there are other problems with commercial products; changing the way we do things and shoehorning it into the ideas from a commercial company, changing environments where the current software is a physical asset tracking product and doesn't work well when tracking virtual assets or is difficult to update (manual updates with no provision for automatically updating the data), or even that the software (Magic) is end of life and unsupported so we have to move to a new system (Remedy) and have to change all our processes yet again and reformat our data to fit into a new paradigm (ITIL).

The company has decided to make my database "official" (at least for now) and during the transition, everyone uses my software as a staging area and I create scripts to export it into a Remedy friendly format vs everyone's current method of storing information (spreadsheet, text files, Sharepoint, a mysql database on someone's computer under a desk, or nothing at all).

[John]

Comment: Re:Can we have another poll? (Score 1) 246 246

It appears the fsdn.com site is necessary. As this is a new installation of CentOS7 and NoScript, I hadn't gone through the list of sites to review and approve yet. Once I started testing plugins and then tested the sites on NoScript, the problem went away.

(trying to be more original; just responding to the places where I complained about the update.)

[John]

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_

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