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Comment: Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (Score 5, Interesting) 315

by FuegoFuerte (#47519591) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

I think/hope you misunderstand. Where Ballmer really wanted to have one Windows to rule them all, with one crappy UI on all of them, I'm hopeful Nadella is talking more of a unified base with UI adjustments/differences as needed for each device type. You can have a unified release of the base OS with one style interface for tablets, another for desktops, and possibly another for servers. Windows Server has been doing this for a while, with some versions coming with full UI and others with just the CLI. They're a unified release - they come out at the same time and use the same base, but there are different UIs available, similar to one release of Slackware coming with multiple window managers and it being the user's choice which one to use (if any).

So, to give people their "bad car analogy" it's like selling an International DT466 engine in a school bus, a semi tractor, a very large pickup truck, a combine, and a tractor. It's the same engine ("unified release"), but the user picks the chassis/body appropriate for their need. If Microsoft can successfully pull that off, it will be a big win for both the company and consumers.

Comment: Re:MegaDuh (Score 1) 92

by FuegoFuerte (#47519339) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

It depends on the device. Most manufacturers don't drastically over-spec their PSUs for a purpose-built server, because to do so is highly inefficient. In practice, most enterprise-class devices will use somewhere between 65-80% of their max PSU rating under load. In this case, that's somewhere between 302 and 372 Watts, so I settled on a nice even number sort of in the middle. Since the spec sheet I found only listed max power draw and not typical, I used a reasonable estimate based on typical enterprise equipment that I've dealt with. These numbers don't have to be exact, and in fact aren't meant to be - the point is the same; even if the server only used 200W, you'd be looking at somewhere around $13k for power and cooling in a typical datacenter environment over the 8-year lifespan cited. For that much, you can EASILY get a more capable server which will use substantially less power/cooling.

Comment: Re:2 year degree ya right. (Score 1) 220

by FuegoFuerte (#47519259) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

I worked there (as an FTE) for 4 years, and my only degree is an AA (2-year degree in Nothing of Value) from the local community college. Like most at MSFT, I started as an agency temp, showed them I knew my stuff, and then got hired full-time when they had a spot open up. Thankfully I got out of there and moved to a company that treats employees like people instead of cattle, but the lack of a 4-year or higher degree hasn't held back my career one bit.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 92

Sunfire v20 has a 465w PSU, so figure about 350w under typical usage. Once you figure power and cooling in a typical datacenter environment, cost hits somewhere around $2,900/year (at $25/watt over a 3-year lifespan). So, over 8 years, you're looking at $23,200 for that old Sunfire. I find it hard to believe your new more efficient machine of equivalent capability will cost you nearly $23,000.

Or, you're running it in your mother's basement where things like power and cooling aren't an issue.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 3, Informative) 92

If you're saying HP doesn't produce quality gear, you have apparently not used their servers. There's a reason they're one of very few top-tier server vendors, and it's because they do produce some great gear. I came from an all-HP shop, and I'm currently in an all-Dell shop. Both manufacturers have their strengths and weaknesses, but all things considered they're approximately equivalent.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 619

by FuegoFuerte (#47285373) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

This is actually false. In some countries it's substantially cheaper; in many of those, it's subsidized by the government (instead of taxed) because they understand that it keeps their economy moving.

Also, in many countries where gasoline is expensive, they've switched to LPG and/or CNG for most cars, which in those countries is FAR cheaper than gasoline (in either their country or the US).

Comment: Re:And another on the ban pile (Score 1) 289

If you're adding aftermarket RAM to a server, why the hell would you use anything other than Crucial or maybe Samsung? Crucial will tell you exactly which RAM is best for your system (including timings and such), and will guarantee compatibility. Prices aren't the absolute lowest but are competitive, warranty is top-notch, and the one time they accidentally shipped the wrong product to me they shipped a replacement overnight.

Since I work with more mature businesses that buy major name-brand servers, we buy our RAM through the same channels. If we were running white-box and didn't care about overall support for the server though, I'd go Crucial as an easy single-source for RAM without hesitation.

Comment: Pissing off customers, much? (Score 1, Informative) 210

by FuegoFuerte (#47215811) Attached to: Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

This may be a reasonable as a negotiating tactic, but one of the things that has lead Amazon to a position of prominence is that it seemed like just about anything a person wanted was available for purchase. If this ceases to be true, Amazon risks alienating customers. There may not be a good online one-stop-shop alternative now, but the more they distance their customers the more they open up the possibility for others to come in and fill the void.

Comment: Re:Every Other OS (Score 5, Insightful) 516

by FuegoFuerte (#47148667) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Besides all the shiny marketing, they are admittedly designed with usability in mind,

I used to believe this load of bullshit about Mac usability, until I got one. I've been using a Macbook Pro for 6 months now as my primary machine, and I still hate it. Usability my ass... just TRY connecting the damn thing to a projector or second display in a conference room and making it behave in a rational manner. Or try taking a screenshot... what was that obnoxious key combo again? That's right... it makes no sense and can't be remembered by a mere mortal. Let's jump to the beginning of a line with the Home key, or the end of the line with the End key... oh wait, it doesn't have one. They conveniently replaced those with more key combinations that can't be remembered by us mortals. Apparently text entry isn't an important usability case for Apple.

Any time I want to get real work done, I plug in a Windows keyboard and switch over to a Windows VM. Why? Not because I love Microsoft software and Windows so much, it's because it "just fucking works" unlike everything on the Mac.

It's a poor workman who blames his tools.