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Comment IT != SA (Score 2) 233

Information Technology covers an incredibly wide range of careers, only a small portion of which are system/network administration related. Yes, in some organizations, the "cloud" may reduce the need for traditional SAs, but it is simply the latest in a long-term trend of reduction in force for that sector.

Automation has already decimated the SA workforce. Long gone are the days when companies needed armies of SAs to maintain datacenters of servers. The datacenters are still there, but are being maintained by much smaller teams of SAs using automation rather than manpower. Many large corporations who haven't (and won't) embrace the cloud, have already gotten rid of their SA staff, relying instead on vendors like HP to provide both hardware and SA level support as a bundled package. There are still SAs, of course, but they increasingly work for one of the main vendors, rather than being distributed throughout many corporations.

Comment Re:Screw SolarCity, king of ecoscam (Score 3, Interesting) 185

I've got Solar City...

You do not pay to install anything.

You do not pay to keep them clear of branches.

You *do* buy electricity from the solar cells, but at a much *lower* rate than municipal power. You do buy the rest of your power from your normal provider at the normal price.

Yes, 100% of the tax credits and rebates go to Solar City.

In other words, you pay nothing and get cheaper electricity. All you have to do is let them put solar cells on your roof, which they then maintain. It's a pretty nice win-win situation as far as I am concerned. I have a much lower electric bill, and I know that I'm helping the environment, and I had no out-of-pocket expense at all.

Comment Re:Any removable storage yet? (Score 1) 730

I'm guessing you don't have kids of an age to be doing school concerts, plays and so forth...

The iPhone is complete crap for trying to record that sort of thing. Ok, sure, those recordings are going to suck anyway due to the acoustics of the room and crappy mic setups at the school, but at least with my camcorder I can setup a tripod, leverage decent zoom functionality and have a steady shot that I can easily pan and zoom as needed to film my kids 30 - 45 min performance. I've tried using the iPhone 5 and it lacks in decent zoom ability, storage and *stability*.

I'll keep my camcorder for as long as I have kids in school, thank you very much :)

Comment Re:So they update it, but... (Score 1) 202

I run 5 Pi B's as XBMC media head-ends, playing video off of a Linux based NAS, and it works quite well with all content, including 3D. The only time I had any problems with stuttering or playback was when I had a few drives in my NAS going bad. Once I replaced those drives, the problems went away.

My only complaint now has to do with fast-forward and rewind, however, I suspect much of that has to do with the fact that most of my content is still rar'ed and thus XBMC is having to decompress on the fly, which works fine for normal playback, but apparently XBMC gets a bit confused if trying to seek through the file.

Comment Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 1) 415

Where is this school, and do I have to send my kids to Shanghai to get them enrolled?

The schools here in Connecticut offer a variety of summer programs teaching tech subjects leveraging Scratch, Raspberry Pi's and Mindstorms. I haven't seen them as part of the normal curriculum yet, but I expect it soon.

Comment Re:Well that sucks! (Score 1) 484

where I live the signal's aren't very strong / reliable.

Isn't that why cable was invented in the first place?

Absolutely, and if I could order a package from my local provider that provided me with only the channels available OTA in my market I would. Oh, and they have to provide it without charging me a rental fee on a set-top box to decode the signal as well.

Since no cable providers are willing to provide such a service, I guess I'm SOL :(

Comment Well that sucks! (Score 2) 484

Assuming this means Aereo will have to shut down now. That, or raise their rates if they have to start paying some sort of cable access fee.

As a cord-cutter, Aereo was a nice way to have access to some live broadcasts (sports, voting shows where the voting closes after the show airs, etc). Most of our consumption is delayed, so alternative downloading and a large NAS handles 95% of our needs.

Guess I'll have to figure out a way to get OTA reception, but from all the research I've done, where I live the signal's aren't very strong / reliable.

Comment Re:what's wrong with public transportation? (Score 1) 190

Sounds like you are referring to 'mass transit' ie: commuter trains. Not 'public transit' ie: busses

Public transit is routinely used for ferrying children and groceries. In fact, in many municipalities, that is its majority use. Additionally, there is a significant stigma associated with its usage in many areas. I haven't used it personally since I was a teenager in Denver, but judging by those whom I see waiting at bus stops, the patterns haven't changed much in 30 years. People who cannot afford cars use the bus. Often with carts full of groceries and strollers filled with children. Add in non-optimal transit patterns and scheduling issues, public transit is viewed by most as the transit choice of last-resort, only to be used by those unfortunates who have no other choice.

I use mass-transit daily to commute via train to Manhattan for work. Commuter trains mostly solve this issue fairly well, although there are still issues around scheduling and quality of service (ie: my 90 minute commute is only a 90 minute commute if I am able to leave work at exactly the right time. Get held up for 5 minutes on my way out of the office and I get to sit at Grand Central Terminal for 30 minutes waiting for the next train, turning it into a 120 minute commute).

In major cities (Subway in Manhattan, The Underground in London, Tokyo's subway system, etc) there is a hybrid solution that actually works well, being used both for mass transit and public transit. These options generally have minimal delays (5 - 10 minutes between trains, max) and service all types of commuters. Of course, these types of systems are only feasible in areas with sufficient density of population and commercial interests and should really be viewed as exceptions rather than a model to be adopted by all regions.

Comment Re:Overqualified, often passed over (Score 1) 466

The key to getting hired is to form relationships with headhunters. With most companies, they work directly with hiring managers and HR only gets involved once a candidate has been selected and then it's strictly administrative (perform background checks, handle paperwork etc).

Don't limit yourself to a single headhunter either. Reach out to several, send them your resume and have a few conversations with each one to explain to them the types of work you are interested in.

They'll contact you with a variety of job opportunities. Weed through them and then allow the headhunter to submit you to a few that you feel are particularly good fits. Just be careful and make sure you keep track of who is submitting you where, so there is no overlap. Also, be willing to do some work to customize your resume for each position. The headhunter will usually give you some general guidance on what the company is looking for, so you can massage your resume to highlight relevant experience.

Don't expect the headhunter to have any technical knowledge, these are salesman not IT types. Some headhunters specialize in specific industries and might have passing familiarity with technical terms but many are generalists and will basically do a keyword match on resumes with job reqs. Don't get frustrated when they pitch jobs to you that aren't a good fit, just identify them as such and provide feedback to help the headhunter properly re-filter the jobs.

Over the years you'll end up building a relationship with one or two good headhunters and they'll end up helping you find good candidates when you are in a hiring position, and also help you manage your career and find your next opportunity when you feel it's time for a change.

Comment Re:Can't Tell Them Apart (Score 1) 466

As a hiring manager, I can tell you that I almost never have the time to go dig through a prospective candidate's open source code. Not to mention, most of the time open repositories like that are blocked from my work network anyway, so I would have to further take the time to review it from my personal PC after-hours. Any non-trivial project is going to take hours of my time to get familiar enough with to actually make a meaningful assessment of your skill anyway. I am not going to devote that much time to an individual candidate. Keep in mind, I've got a pile of resumes all vying for the same position.

That said, I also tailor my interviewing to the candidate quite a bit. If I'm at a campus recruiting event interviewing college grads with no real-world experience, I'll give them some coding challenges and see how they do (they get to pick the language). If I'm interviewing someone who's been in the industry, I likely won't ask for a single line of code, but rather will spend the time discussing prior projects, thought processes and challenges overcome (ie: can the candidate speak, in detail, to their resume. Many can't, by the way).

Comment Re:Google and facebook changing to microsoft (Score 1) 589

To be fair, I'm sure that while their core produce / service is hosted on Linux, the desktop ecology (including supporting servers) is almost certainly Windows.

I know that at every major financial institution in the US it's the same way... There is a large Windows desktop / server platform maintained by a core 'desktop support' IT organization that simply exists to provide employees with desktops and associated tools. Then there is the massive Linux server platform used to actually run whatever services comprise the core business of the firm, (exchange connectivity, algorithmic trading engines, client connectivity, booking systems, compliance systems, etc). So even though the entire financial industry in the US runs on Linux, every single one of those banks, exchanges and hedge funds also has a sizable Windows desktop/server environment as well, strictly to support employee workstations and day-to-day communications, document generation, collaboration tools, etc.

This makes sense, actually. The systems that the company depends on to actually *make money* are Linux. The systems that the employees use to work with each other are Windows.

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