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Comment: Re:Vendors do stupid things. (Score 1) 338

Given the cost (as an annual subscription no less!) and the fact that I found <b>nothing</b> about compatibility with 2008R2, 2012R2 or Remote Desktop Services, I'm probably better off spending half the money one time, to get another 2012R2 Standard license good for 2 VMs, then using the RemoteApp functionality in 2008R2 and 2012R2.

Comment: Re:Vendors do stupid things. (Score 1) 338

Agreed that Citrix doesn't guarantee anything about security, but they've been the forefront of sharing only specific applications on Windows for some time. If FroggyMed requires that users be on IE8 with Flash 10.2 and Java 1.4.2 I can put that in place and lock things down so that terminal server cannot access anything not on the specific provider's ip blocks.

A lot of hospitals have started doing that for their physician portals - they don't have to worry about client VPNs, which version of Java is installed on PCs, those weird Mac-using doctors who want to review charts from the couch every evening, etc. Their portal works on every platform for which there's a current Citrix client.

Comment: Vendors do stupid things. (Score 1) 338

The most recent one I'm dealing with is an IE-specific browser-based EMR (electronic medical records) package that apparently has some issues with newer Flash versions, and by "newer" I mean "released within the past 3 years." They want us to roll back to some version of Flash 10.x (the product mostly works with newer, but has some very annoying delays).

My basic take on this is to go to the practice manager and say "According to the EMR vendor, their requirements are that we run an incredibly insecure configuration. I can do that, but my recommendation is that if we do so, no computer should be able to use both the EMR and other parts of the Internet." It makes me wish we were a Citrix shop; I'd set up a terminal server/app server running that insecure configuration, then just share direct app access via desktop icons for the end users.

Comment: Same tracking expenses either way (Score 1) 64

Your comparison seems to assume that just because you've bought a commercially licensed image that you don't have to track it the same way you would a CC-licensed one. You actually probably have to track it more stringently for the commercial one than for the CC-licensed one, because you KNOW that someone's expecting to get paid for the commercial one.

"Hey, you know that background image we've been using for 5 years for the X site? Where'd we get that? iStockphoto? Can you track down the purchase info along with proof that the $3 was for *that* photo? I think that was a few years before Getty bought them, and I think we were still Y Corporation at the time. Man, I sure hope Jimmy didn't just do that on his own account for convenience. Any idea where he is these days?"

Heck, I was at someone's office today where they couldn't find the paperwork for an out-of-warranty laptop repair from March, much less something years old.

Comment: Re:Resolution (Score 1) 316

by Fencepost (#47050065) Attached to: Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside
ThinkPad T440, $859 starting price, upgrade to 1600x900 for an extra $50. Going to 1920x1080 takes it up another $200 beyond that.

Also a couple of less business-oriented systems from Lenovo (based on their on-site search looking at 1600x900 and higher on screens of 13 or 14 inches): Their Flex2 14, this week's "deal" at $699 with a 4th-generation i7 and 1920x1080, which makes me go "wow". I'm going to include the link because that's pretty impressive:

They also have one of their Yoga 2 systems, 13" also 1920x1080 with 4th-gen i5 for $900.

And of course you can get higher resolution even cheaper if you're looking at giant 17" screens.

Comment: Russia's affecting my buying decisions (Score 1) 284

by Fencepost (#46941237) Attached to: Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law
I have a client that we're going to be getting some software for - not a major purchase, none of the alternatives being considered are even over $300. Of the two leading options, one is produced by a Russian firm, and that alone is making me less likely to choose it.

Admittedly in this case there aren't any major differences in functionality, and we may end up with the Russian one after all if testing shows its interface is easier to use/train on, but it's the first time I recall actually looking into and considering where the software is being created.

Comment: Planet Money #525 is directly relevant to this (Score 1) 353

by Fencepost (#46626463) Attached to: If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?
The assorted troubles of the Capitol Hill Babysitting Co-Op as discussed in Planet Money episode 525 (March 19, 2014) are directly relevant to this.

Basically, it's easy for people to hoard, and there's likely going to be a need for quite a bit of back-end management.

Comment: Save increments since the previous generation (Score 1) 983

by Fencepost (#46464641) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?
There are two decent approaches: backup or mirror your setup offsite OR archive the previous generation intact and do incrementals starting from that point. I'm assuming that a home user isn't going to be picking up a $2000+ LTO-6 tape drive and swapping in 8+ $65 tapes for each full backup.

The first is to have your own offsite storage that you back up to, where the backup is (at least) as large as the original. Multiple people have recommended Crashplan, and that's certainly a viable option. There are undoubtedly other options that could do similar things depending on how down into the weeds you want to get - rsync, the various rsync-based versioning backup solutions, git-annex as mentioned by someone else though that one's new to me. I'll note that from experience with Crashplan's Enterprise product on some older 32-bit servers, the client software can chew some fairly significant memory when you have a lot of files or data.

The other and probably simpler option is that when you start to near capacity on the storage system, don't upgrade it - shut it down and store it, preferably not in the same (not-yet-burning) building after building the new system and copying the data over to it. After you shut the old one down, keep backups of anything you've changed since that "checkpoint" system; hopefully your data isn't changing that rapidly - 20 TB seems to me almost guaranteed to be mostly static.

Comment: Re:FolderSync app (Score 1) 146

by Fencepost (#46234851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?
Try the Lite version of the app - if you only need two connections then it may actually do what you need and is free.

If you do need the paid version, Tacit Dynamics ( apparently has it available through and through as well if either of those will work for you. The drawback of either is that I believe (as with most competing app markets) you have to keep that app market installed on your device.

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