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Comment: Re:Not driving while in a closet (Score 1) 364

by Bigbutt (#47889087) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Really? A woman (or man) locked in a trunk doesn't come to mind? Sure the kidnapper should be taking the cell phone assuming there's only one but there's a chance it was missed or there's a second one. And yea, road noises would keep the attacker from hearing a conversation.

And corner cases exist for lengthy picky discussions :)

[John]

Comment: Re:Texting 911 (Score 1) 364

by Bigbutt (#47872855) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

A woman hiding under the bed or in a closet with an attacker in the house comes to mind.

I think the main problem is the younger generation has been brought up on smart phones and internet so expect to be able to text to 911. The text 2 911 product is being made available so the folks who do text will actually get an answer.

And the nice thing about texting to 911 is you can send images to 911 as well where calling just gets you a voice.

Plus texting to 911 does get a response from the service. It's not sending it into the ether hoping someone sees it like Facebook. The PSAPs that purchase the product will have someone manning the text 2 911 console.

[John]

Comment: Re:We're Hiring (Score 1) 250

by Bigbutt (#47858819) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

We deal with highly available systems and we have a very good team dynamic so we are somewhat picky but yea, these are some of the questions we ask and some answers we've been given. Mostly in the followup fact to fact interview. A majority don't even get past the simpler phone interview.

What software uses the following common ports: 20/21, 22, 24, 25, 80, 443 or we'd ask the reverse, what port is dns on, tcp or udp? What port is http (we've received 8080 for this one). Worse the followup question is, okay if you don't know what the port is where would you find it? A recent interview had the guy providing Google first then looking it up in his Network+ book.

The biggest issue we have I think is our offices are in North Denver and the Tech Center is in South Denver. So most tech folks are in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, and around those areas. So commuting would be north through Denver. We do have IBM and Boulder up here so we should get some folks.

I think most admins might either be happy where they are, don't want to deal with the commute, or perhaps are looking at something beyond Unix Administration like VMWare, SAN, and the like.

We've interviewed folks from other states (Washington, Maryland, Ohio, New York) without much luck. We did bring one guy in for a face to face but he failed that (I wasn't in town for that one).

[John]

Comment: Re:I don't drink coffee. (Score 2) 228

by Bigbutt (#47853143) Attached to: DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Or was one. Lots of drinks are not palatable if you don't get into the peer pressure as a kid/young adult. I was a Mormon as a kid so didn't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol (and didn't smoke of course). I'd even avoided caffeinated beverages like Coke and Mountain Dew. As an adult, I encountered coffee, etc while I was in the military and while I was dropping away from the church, none of it had any attraction to me. I tried coffee once when I was in the military and didn't like it (I only had a few drinks of it). I had my first alcoholic drink when I was 47 (10 years ago) and in Athens Greece (Ouzo) and have tried a few different hard drinks since then. Other than Ouzo, everything tastes like medicine. I have also tried different beers in the past 5 or 6 years (like 1 or 2 different beers a year) and found a couple that are palatable (Corona was one). I had a Christmas beer at a local brewery that wasn't bad. It was identified as less bitter. But I find I can only take a single drink of beer in general and it's good but the second drink is hard to get down and I need to hold my breath to get the rest down or just not drink it.

[John]

Comment: We're Hiring (Score 1) 250

by Bigbutt (#47842127) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

All the comments here seem to be related to programming but IT is more than just that. We manage over 1,000 servers and can't seem to find a Unix admin in the area that is interested enough in Unix to dig into how things actually work. I mean, if your response to "how do you make a network interface persistent" is "first I click on the menu", we'll likely knock a point or two off. We've had prospective Unix admins admit they're afraid of soft links. We do a lot of scripting so telling me you don't know how to script is likely to knock a point or two off. And it'd be nice if you knew how to disable programs from starting up by understanding how the files are set up in /etc/rc* vs using chkconfig. Sure it works, but we're more than a Linux shop.

[John]

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Esther Schindler writes "You're not alone in your struggle against people who think a shell is something you hold to your ear," writes Carol Pinchefsky. "Other techies are out there supporting users in remote offices, fighting the good fight against computer- and user-related mishaps – or at least tolerating user frustration with a modicum of grace." One example she gives is a tech support person whose systems in Brazil went down — during Carnival: "...We had to wait more than a week for the locals to sober up enough to reconnect the line. In the end, I had to walk a tech (who did not know the system) through the process step by step via an interpreter. Of course, the interpreter was not technical. So it was kind of like explaining to your mom to tell your grandfather (who is hard of hearing) how to do something while she is on the phone and he is across the room from her."

Comment: Infrastructure Support (Score 1) 232

by Bigbutt (#47768503) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

There are a couple of problems from our (Operations) perspective.

1. The infrastructure needs to be supported as well. If the various necessary agents (backups, monitoring, application distribution) only work on Red Hat (or CentOS) then Red Hat is what's acceptable in the production environment.

2. The staff needs to be in place to support it. We have three major Operating Systems we support (team of 5 admins). Solaris, HP-UX, and Red Hat/CentOS. With almost 1,100 systems, environments outside our expertise are difficult to manage. Of those 1,100 systems a very very small percentage are Ubuntu (and Suse, Fedora, Mint) and they aren't supported to the level of the primary systems.

[John]

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