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Comment: Scite (Score 1) 206

by Coltman (#31014284) Attached to: Eight PHP IDEs Compared

Wow I thought that Scite was popular but I didn't see one comment here on it. I did see a couple of Notepad ++, but I have never used that.

I personally moved out of Visual Studio and started using Scite instead. It can be completely configured, has a ton of language syntax support, and I can open a different language in each tab and hit build/compile/run without closing anything.

At work we use PHP frameworks and I use netbeans for simplicity. But really Scite does just as well. It is also super easy to add to it if necessary.

Of course when ssh emacs rules. :)

Comment: Animals (Score 1) 643

by Coltman (#30701914) Attached to: Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone

I hope that the 'Nut Fee' Zone will also pack in 4 people where they normally packed in 2 or 3.

This is getting stupid, I am alergic to most animals and people are still allowed to bring dogs and cats on. All they tell me to do is be sure I have an epipen with me just in case?!

On second thougth I hope that they pack 5 in the same area and let them sweat out the trip.

Comment: Develop a strategy (Score 1) 1006

by Coltman (#30093458) Attached to: Software Piracy At the Workplace?

Why is it all the advice is 'find a new job' or 'suck it up, and do what your told' and 'Your boss is the devil'.

When I started at my current situation, pirated software was rampant. It was really a situation that should not have happened but it was a person trying to save the company money. The cost to instantly convert the entire company over to licensed software would have severly cripled the company.

Together with the finance department we developed a strategy that allowed for licensed software for every new station and if new person started at a station we would buy a new license. On top of that we developed stategies to eliminate or reduce the software necessary, such as using a custom web application instead of an Access based system. IT department also stepped up the station turn over as alot of the existing stations were more than 2 years old.

In a short time we had removed the unlicensed software, and now have a better handle on who needs which software.

It is all about communication. Develop a strategy, and find ways for the company to remove the unlicensed software so neither you nor your company are in jeopardy of being in the unemployment line.

Comment: Re:Alas (Score 1) 635

by Coltman (#23850191) Attached to: Man Fired When Laptop Malware Downloaded Porn
Management loves to jump to conclusions. But there is that possibility that they were already looking to get rid of the guy. Yes the seriousness of the matter should have been turned over to the police, yes the guy should have the time to explain and understand what was happening to him. Ultimately I would have thought they would have suspended him pending an investigation, and make sure no one talks, then if guilty - Fire his ass and hope he gets lots of PMITA prison time. Otherwise if cleared, make a full apology with back pay, issue a new laptop and let him go about his job.

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