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Comment Re:Astronomy: Astrology for Physicists (Score 1) 141

Regarding expansion, as I understand it, the effects on objects within something as small as a galaxy are insignificant compared to the force of gravity holding the galaxy together.

The greater the distance between two objects, the greater the effect of expansion; and so it does become significant when comparing two distant galaxies.

Comment Network admin? (Score 1) 293

Is this:
  "Network Admin" as in switches, routers, firewalls, etc.;
  "Network Admin" as in the often used anachronism dating from the 80s for novell admins but actually referring to what's presently known as "Windows Admin," or generically "Server Admin"; or
  "Network Admin" as in "Jack of all Trades IT guy" in smaller organizations?

If you meant the first one, which maybe you did given that you have a CCNA, then you don't need to learn Exchange and SQL server. It won't hurt, but it sure won't help as much as going for your CCNP will.

Also, consider this a branching-off point. It sounds like you might presently have a job in the "jack of all trades" category, which can give you a high-level perspective of many of the areas of specialization. Pick the one you like the most, and start learning your new specialty. Cross-training on the basics can be very valuable. Learning how to do basic scripting (perl, python, lua, whatever..) will save you much more time over the years than you spend learning it. If you encounter a repeatable process then automate it. If you don't know how, then learn how, and automate it. Sorry if I'm drifting away from your question, and into general advice for someone starting out. :-)

I also have to agree with some of the other posters, even if it seems like they're trolling. Get that A+ and Network+ crap off your resume! Nobody respects it, and it only serves to accentuate your inexperience. Start cramming and replace it with something better -- schedule your exam today if you need motivation to pick up the books!

Oh, and lastly.. Don't hang out posting on slashdot. Big waste of time!

Comment Keep it remote (Score 1) 70

Most folks I know don't want to sit next to noisy heat-generating equipment in a lab, in the uncomfortable workspaces that often accompany them.

Keep only lab gear in the lab, with enough workspace for the just the physical hands-on type of work that's sometimes required.

Invest in switched remotely manageable power strips, remote KVM/Serial., and layer 1 switches (e.g. ). SSH/RDP access to the various lab hosts for things like packet capture, traffic generation, test automation, etc. Hire a cable-monkey (no offence intended to cable monkeys) to plug everything in. Document everything very very well.

Then, outside of the lab itself, set up some number of comfortable workspaces in a quiet setting, multiple monitors, etc., for the folks that actually need hands-on.

Let everyone else access it remotely.

Comment Re:recipie for disaster (Score 2) 391

Hah.. I was along for a test drive of a new car once with a friend. We drove about two miles without him realizing the parking brake was full on. Upon noticing an odd smell eminating from the car, the salesman remarked that the car was so new that you could still smell the "engine surficant."

Operating Systems

OpenSUSE 11.4 Released 87

MasterPatricko writes with good news from SUSE: "'We are proud to announce the launch of 11.4 in the openSUSE tradition of delivering the latest technology while maintaining stability. The 11.4 release brings significant improvements along with the latest in Free Software applications. Combined with the appearance of new tools, projects and services around the release, 11.4 marks a showcase of growth and vitality for the openSUSE Project!' This release is available now (direct download and bittorrent) as installable DVD or KDE/Gnome LiveCD images, as well as being installable over a network or as a live upgrade from a previous openSUSE release. Highlights include Linux kernel 2.6.37, improved package management, KDE SC 4.6.0, Gnome 2.32 with a preview of Gnome 3, Firefox 4.0, LibreOffice 3.3.1, and the debut of a rolling release project called Tumbleweed. 11.4 images are also already available for customization on SUSEstudio, and you can build your own packages for 11.4 and other GNU/Linux distros on the openSUSE Build Service."

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