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Comment: Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 965

by Omega996 (#43174915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?
There will be no updates to older hardware to invalidate your use of 10.6; you may not be able to purchase a new Mac and run 10.6 on it, but if you have an existing machine, you will be able to use it until it dies. I have a 2009 Mac Mini that I use as a desktop still running 10.6 just fine; Apple's done nothing to hamper that in any way. For a more extreme example, I gave away a 2000 iMac G5 running 10.5 and Office 2004 for Mac to my girlfriend's dad, and to this day it still runs 10.5 and Office just fine and it's still his only computer. There may be pressure to upgrade your OS as application support falls out from newer versions, but there's nothing that prevents older software from running on older Macs.

Comment: Not too old... (Score 2) 418

by Omega996 (#41563555) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?
... but you may be stuck in a rut. I think the aphorism "Adapt or die" applies particularly well to IT. I turned 44 this year, and I've been working with business systems since 1993. From then to now I've managed System/3x minicomputers, AIX big iron, Linux and FreeBSD servers, and of course the plethora of Windows operating systems from WfW 3.11 and NT 3.5 to current. At times during every era, I surely thought that I would never be doing anything else (sometimes with smug satisfaction (UNIX days), or with fatalism (Windows systems management)). In every case moving from one area of expertise to another required learning how to apply the knowledge I'd gained previously with new stuff. I think the only reason I still do IT work is because there's so much to learn, and the learning keeps me motivated and interested.
If you can't (or won't) get with the times in .NET development and you aren't interested in starting over with another platform maybe you should look to moving outside of development. Put your years of platform experience to use doing something within the IT field but outside of development. Generalists who actually know how things work and why are hard to come by these days; it seems everyone's a specialist who only knows how to do tasks associated with their chosen sphere. Smaller companies especially need people who know how to do a whole lot of things, and who can come up to speed quickly when something new presents itself.
Adapt or die.

Comment: Re:Flawed assumptions. (Score 1) 686

by Omega996 (#41561651) Attached to: Astronomers Search For Dyson Spheres of Alien Civilizations
AC, if I had mod points, I'd give them all to you. I like science fiction as much as any fan, but christ, it's <i>fiction</i>. The amount of fantastical speculation outside of fiction circles about endless energy, faster than light travel, 100% thermodynamic efficiency, alternate realities, and so forth really demonstrates the fundamental ignorance of science by the majority of people. The amount of ignorance is astounding.

Comment: christ, been that long already? (Score 1) 1521

by Omega996 (#37223070) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
i remember when i first set up my /. account - with my brand-new UNIX cert and my first sysadmin job, it was pretty cool to find a site that catered to the *NIX mentality back in the day. Even if i was one of the 'new' users of the time period, undoubtedly part of the 'boom' crowd from exposure on Wired or something. I think I was actually referred to the site by my cert instructor, who was a huge linux fan (yggdrasil FTW, according to him).

I don't post on /. much any more - things have changed so much since those olden times, and I've just become even more cranky and cynical and have finally given up on the GPL/BSD flamewar. /. is still the first site I hit up when I begin my daily slog across the Internet, though.

Thanks Taco - /. has certainly changed as the times have changed but I don't think that's a bad thing; thanks for setting things up and keeping 'em running for so long.

Comment: Re:It's a bug in Windows ... (Score 1) 244

by Omega996 (#36108162) Attached to: Google Engineers Deny Hack Exploited Chrome
there's a world of difference between disabling plugins/malware sinkholes and removing them. I agree with others that if Google's going to have their little reach-around agreement with Adobe and bundle their stuff in Chrome, then Google needs to take responsibility for the flaws/exploits/problems this causes or exposes.

Maybe someday the Google collective will realize that improvement cannot be realized if one doesn't admit to one's mistakes and act on that information. No doubt that's "just around the corner", along with the apocalypse of Macintosh malware, the death of the Windows desktop hegemony at the hands of the Linux desktop proletariat, and Christians awaiting their zombie-god's return.

Comment: Re:Home users don't want to do even that much work (Score 0) 645

by Omega996 (#36107848) Attached to: Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"
I wish they would go ahead and come out, instead of lurking around the corner for, what, the past 8 years or so? Mac malware doom-n-gloomers are just like pseudo-archaeologists with their Mayan calendars, Adventist Christians and their second coming, and the Linux desktop people with their, well, desktop: always waiting for their moment, which is inevitably, "just around the corner."

Comment: Re:My question is... (Score 1) 215

by Omega996 (#32287346) Attached to: Benchmark Software For Windows 7 Rollout?
That's not necessarily true. My main client is a small office with a lot of overworked people light on technical know-how, with a few policies set in place by management with similar workload and technical know-how. The average user here has dual 22" monitors, and a standard workload consists of 7-10 Excel spreadsheets open at once, stupid-sized Outlook mailboxes, multiple web sites, PDF document viewers / editors, along with the craptastic line of business app they use based on Visual Foxpro. It's a struggle to provide them with enough I/O on the desktop to make their "work harder not smarter" brute force approach doable. This isn't even calculating in the deleterious effects of a anti-malware solution, or any sort of management suite.

1GB on Windows 7 is a recipe for disaster. I wouldn't run 1GB on a Windows XP machine, unless the user doesn't use more than one application at a time, and uses some form of webmail instead of Outlook and Exchange. Factor in a lifetime of 3 years (at least), and there's no way that you should be buying any desktop with less than 2 GB of RAM, dual cores, and some modern SATA rotating storage (not that bottom-of-the-barrel low-performance crap that gets used in cheapie desktops) if the users do more than look up YouTube videos on the Internet.

Comment: Re:Linux Isn't Bloated (Score 1) 507

by Omega996 (#29930069) Attached to: Installing Linux On Old Hardware?
point out one distro based on embedded linux, if you would. One that does not require USB to boot, or a LiveCD. Compared to the old days of linux kernel 2.0.36, linux kernel 2.6.xx is fucking Windows Vista, pre-SP1. Even the netbook-oriented distros are pigs compared to linux distros from that time. You can yammer on about all the new functionality you have, but linux is still swelling up with 'extra features'.

I tried to help out someone who had a Thinkpad T600e (Pentium II, 128MB RAM) and wanted to use it because it was the only machine that her relatives would not co-opt and install iTunes and every app under the sun on. I tried DSL, Puppy, etc. Compared to OP's requirements, this thing should've been a shoe-in: one USB 1.1 port, one CD-ROM. Neither DSL nor Puppy would boot on the thing - it would kernel panic when running setup regardless what kernel params I passed, on either distro.

I gave up and installed an old OEM copy of Windows 2000 Pro I still had kicking around - and it works fine. Hell, even Office 2003 works well.

Comment: Re:The cops that arrested him must be proud (Score 1) 1016

by Omega996 (#28949251) Attached to: California Student Arrested For Console Hacking
i guess it *does* matter in that there apparently is a law or set of laws in place to make it illegal to do stuff like this. Companies like like Winchester or S&W or Boeing are legally operating manufacturers of firearms or aircraft used as weapons delivery systems, and so on.

I think the DMCA is stupid, but what you and I may think ethically doesn't mean a single thing from a legal standpoint. Here's hoping he gets off with a fine (though after seeing what happens to people who admit in court that they knowingly pirate songs, maybe that wouldn't be so great).

Comment: Re:excellent sales story (Score 1) 361

by Omega996 (#28196539) Attached to: When VMware Performance Fails, Try BSD Jails
I don't agree re: VMware Server - I suspect it's much easier to find a computer with a copy of Windows XP on it than it is to find a server with the specific hardware requirements for ESXi. Performance, though... *shudders*
As far as white-box hardware, you're right. In my particular case, however, the machines in question were HP servers, not generic corner-cutting hardware, as you imply.
Further, on the two ML-series servers I had that met the hardware prerequisites for ESXi, neither would boot ESXi without a panic. I installed xen and had no problems.
I never tried Hyper-V, as xen met our performance expectations. How is Hyper-V's support for non-MS operating systems?

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