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Comment: Western Electric (Score 1) 644

by Nethead (#46791457) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Well, anything by them but specifically the Model 500 telephone set.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

63 years old and still works just like it came out of the factory. The only maintenance is a bit of cleaning with soapy water and tapping the microphone against something hard every few years to pack the carbon granules.

Also remarkable is that it will still work on just about any phone system in the world. That's a long lasting communication standard.

Another great line of products were pre-1990 Motorola two way radios. They were build almost as well as the WE stuff.

Comment: Re:Microsoft Optical Mouse (Score 1) 644

by afidel (#46789983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Not if you got a first generation, the first ones had a design flaw that caused the wires to wear out where they came into the case (hard 90 degree bend). MS to their credit had the design fixed (Logitech was the ODM) and covered replacements for like 5 years even without proof of purchase, you just needed a first generation serial number.

Comment: Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (Score 2) 644

by afidel (#46789793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

The 4 series was built fairly well, but it was nothing compared to the beast that was the LJ 3 series. I once was called out to repair an ~15 year old LJ3 with just under 1M pages (at ~3PPM!). The reason it needed repair? The single sacrificial plastic gear had grown brittle with age, everything else in that beast was metal.

Comment: Re:AWS is NOT cheap (Score 2) 145

by afidel (#46756509) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Yes, I've heard of Xen, and I've even run it in production, both Xenserver and Oracle VM flavors, and both sucked horribly. Back when VMWare tried the v.Tax I contemplated switching to KVM using RHEV but Redhat took almost 30 days to even get me access to a RHEV download by which time VMWare had backed off on their pricing.

As to the crack about redundancy and scalability, I've got a better uptime metric than any cloud provider, zero unplanned downtime in the last 5 years (vmotion + svmotion makes replacing both hosts and storage a breeze) thanks to redundant generators, UPS, chillers, and internet connections.

Comment: AWS is NOT cheap (Score 5, Informative) 145

by afidel (#46756343) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

AWS is expensive, I can provide the equivalent of an m3.large reserved instance to my users for 1/4th the cost over 3 years, if you ammatorize my infrastructure over 5 years (which is what we've actually been doing) then it's almost 1/7th as much. The only places where AWS makes sense is if you're a quickly growing startup, have a VERY bursty workload, or you're so small that you can't justify 3 hosts for a VMWare Essentials bundle.

Comment: Re:Who makes that? Also FP (Score 1) 286

by afidel (#46747277) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

My total benefits put me in the top 25% of industry average for my position and region (systems engineering manager in the midwest). If you're consistently making below industry average then you are either a very poor negotiator, your skills are below average in value, or you value something else about the jobs you take more than monetary compensation.

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 431

by Nethead (#46744421) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

But then there are the stars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

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