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Comment As usual: Marketeers decide without asking (Score 2) 154

Thats an easy one. This one happens like all the rest, as usual: Marketeers decide without asking the Techies. Techies have to solve issues in record time with no say.

When all comes crashing down, the techies save the day with the secret auto-backup they've been pulling off the cloud for the last 6 months.

Comment WP has impressive security. (I'm not joking) (Score 0) 51

I've done a massive amount of deployments with various PHP based web-CMSes, mostly Joomla and Wordpress. And while they're all built on ancient hacks of incredibly crappy architecture and application models, the type that lets you stand back in awe and amazement vis-a-vis the utter shittyness of each of these webapp-hodgepodge behemoths, I like WordPress the best, because at least I don't feel dirty when building a quick hack with it *and* I actually *can* build a quick hack with it.. Unlike, for instance, Typo3, which is truely FUBARed.

WP is an entire hack in itself - sort of like an extension of the non-existant PHP philosophy it's built with.

However, as for the WP security record, I am honestly suprised how good it is. And before you start laughing, keep in mind that there are an estimated 50 million actively used installs of WordPress running on the web, with more than 80 million in total.

Yes there are security updated every odd month, yes the plugins are a mess and yes the people deveoping for and with WP and building extensions for it couldn't code a proper class if their life depended on it. And they should be prohibited by law to approach a keyboard. But they do get the job done and it's exactly for that very reason that I'm suprised how well the core team keeps up with stuffing the most prominent and dangerous holes, often before anybody else discovers them.

I'm quite certain this hole will be plugged in the next few days aswell.

Bottom line:
Measured by it's install base, WordPress security actually is quite impressive. There is no other WebCMS with such a marketshare out there and I doubt any other product would be measurably safer. ... My 2 cents.

Comment Quit whining and grow up. (Score 1) 242

"Spending a lot of time on Github" ... WTF is that supposed to be?
As far as I can tell, Github is way better than the classic mailinglist, because it has a web-ui you can use everywhere and the code is right next to the discussion you're having. If anything, I spend less time on github than on mailinglists. I can post a bug in an instant, if I run into one and it get's resolved faster than ever because Github is a godsend of a ubiquitous FOSS pipeline.

If you think Github is a "new hoop" you have a problem. Github is a breeze of fresh air for the FOSS and dev community and all it does is put your coding skills under public scrutiny and two clicks away from review with no need for anybody to install any dev-software what-so-ever.

If you're such a seasoned pro, that shouldn't bother you at all.

Everything else is free IDEs, awesome new PLs, great FOSS software that reduce the gruntwork of back in the days to tweaking a few things here and there, advanced supercomputers that cost half a months wage and sit on your desk, slowly ditching pixel-based screenresolution. The team around me is a bunch of younger people that wet their pants if they see or have to look at a CLI and come running for my help. ... And tell emphasise all around that I'm indispesable.

Really no problem here for seasoned devs, AFAICT.

As for ageism - quit whining and grow up. ... Here's a comment on that issue from me from about a year ago (modded +5), if you need a hint or two on how to do that.

My 2 cents.

Comment Yeah. Right. (Score 1) 207

Like academic "artists" actually can do art. Right.

One of the reasons the art of videogames is so innovative is because of its significant lack of academic bullshitters involved in it.

Even the biggest, most successfull studios (Eidos Montreal comes to mind) still have that 80ies underground subculture vibe to them. They all have more in common with street art than academia - luckyly. They don't give a flying f*ck wether you have academic rank or not. They're actually interested in your art and wether you can deliver or not.

That's why games make billions and modern academic conceptional bullshit art doesn't and can only survive as some bizar sort of giant scam in rich societies with too much money.

Comment Beaches without garbage have become rare. (Score 1) 417

I have to say, everytime I visit a beach somewhere it's nigh impossible not to see some garbage littered here and there. Either by visitors or by garbage washed ashore. Back in the 80ies I remember seeing nice beaches without garbage, but I'd bet money that they have become rare in the mean time.

We are fucking up our planet for no good reason - to me there is no doubt about it.

Comment No need for Windows in Webdev. Seriously. (Score 4, Interesting) 233

I'm a seasoned pro webdev and havent touched Windows or PS in years. Gimp does most of the gfx work just fine, especially with the modern flatty designs. As does Inkscape for the vector work.

I do use a mac though - less hassle with the gui and some neat tools unavailable on Linux (SourceTree, Kaleidoscope, Transmit, etc.) but those are tools you definitely don't need for learning.

My advice:
Move to Ubuntu LTS right now and set up one Mac Mini in every classroom if you must teach your students PS filters and the Adobe Suite. Although I wouldn't. ... Train your students on Atom or Brackets and learn and teach Grunt, Gulp or both and build a webdev pipeline with those. Build a pipeline that your students can take with them on their career. Way more worth than learning Adobe crap.

The one thing desperately missing on Linux is a FOSS Git gui that doesn't suck. You'll have to get a bundle licence for SmartGit - it's Java, but it's OK. As a full blow IDE Netbeans and the Netbeans Chrome extension + perhaps FF WebDev Edition are are the tools of the trade. All FOSS, all perfectly at home on Ubuntu.

For testing set up VBox on every PC and pull the official Windows Browser Webdev Testing VMs. They only run an hour before needing a virtual restart, but they're perfect for Testing IE and Spartan.

What ever you do, spare yourself and you Students the hassle with remote desktop.

Good luck with your business.

Comment Re: Happens to the best of us (Score 1) 179

Bingo. Spot on.

Are job is done best when we replace ourselves with code. My webdeving today is almost exclusively made up of installing extensions and tweaking a little css or php here and there. And simply knowing how and where and when to do it. 80% is just email, politucs and important sounding requirements analysis papers.

Comment Nine (9) times. (Score 2) 179

I've been laid off 9 times until now. First time was the wrong career, and not the one I really wanted. After two years I took my troubles to my employer and we agreed to cancel the contract.

The second time was in 2001, after the dot-com bubble had burst. No surprise here.

The third was after 3 months. I had been hired to programm an LMS but was used to teach a class because they were out of teachers. After the course was over I got laid off.

The fourth was after a company that had grown with 6000% (six thousand percent) in one year downsized from roughly 600 to about 350 - I negotiated a good severance. Half a year later roughl 150 people were laid off with no severance at all. ...

I've since found that for me it makes no sense to bend myself to fit into a position that no longer has any worth to it - neither for me or my employer. I actually usually feel quite alive when I'm out of a job that has become a drag and usually can see it coming months ahead. Downsizing in expenses, strange project cancelations, weird/crappy assignments of positions, poor gouvernance actually hurting the bottom line, etc.. It, of course, also comes with the type of job I do: non-specialised web development. Last decade I was specialized in Flash/ActionScript, and we all know how much worth that is now.

I've since moved to FOSS only / proprietary never again and now do LAMP with Wordpress as main toolkit. Not exactly the most stable proposition either, but I can always get a new gig within a few days. I've also done very long stretches of freelance / contract work. It feels good to be able to walk on your own if the need arises.

I've also since discovered how important it is not to work with assholes and that roughly 80% of agencies/webshops are actually run by those. 20% however, are not. I'm currently at one of those. IT cluelessness that makes you gasp for air every once in a while - as usual - but a surprising lack of douchebags. The bosses are all cool, I as the lone IT guy am free to do as I wish and we have a very high count on women PMs (actual women, not office-girlies) that add a lot to the relaxed, professional and non-pissing-contest vibe at the company.

It rather work at such a place than at a "professional shop" filled with antisocial idiots I've since found out aswell.

Almost every layoff forced me into action and almost every one had a measurable positive impact on my life and career. I'm now a seasoned professional and can smell a dead project or a company in emergency douchebag shutdown mode from miles away. I've seen enough shops and teams and companies to instantly tell which crew will fail, which will make it and why. And I have become self-confident enough not to be pushed around by psychopaths who haven't got a private life.

Bottom line:
Being laid off is far less bad than being stuck in a dead-end job for years on end.

Comment Somehow I can already imagine the threads ... (Score 0) 416

... that pile up below this post:


Sytem-DDDDD AAAAArrrrgh! Adolf Hitler designed it, with Heinrich Himmler and Ossama Bin Laden helping! We're all gonna die!

A brain-disease has infected all distro makers! Armageddon is upon us!


Comment Windows 2000 was the last I installed. (Score 1) 272

Windows 2000 was the last I installed.

This was around about the times of Photoshop 5.5 and SuSe Linux 5.x and Steve Jobs was upping the Mac with the OS X Unix variant.

How anyone besides Gamers and professionals who need specialised Windows-only software would use Windows today is totally beyond me. Windows IMHO combines the downsides of OS X (vendor lock-in) with the downsides of Linux (flaky hw support) and has nothing to offer that OS X, Linux/Ubuntu or Chrome OS can't offer faster, cheaper, freeer, more relyable and/or better.

How MS remains to be relevant is quite amazing. Although I do have the lastest Xbox 360 and all those dirt cheap top-notch games that you can get out of the bargain bin for it. It is pretty near, I have to admit. Anyhow ... MS Office as a subscription? WTF? I don't get it. Seriously.

Comment That's what you get for being pissy ... (Score 2) 674

That's what you get for being pissy with the police.

"Oh, I'm sorry sir/ma'am, I wasn't aware that this is strictly prohibited. No,it won't happen again. Thank you sir/ma'am." .... and continue your day like nothing happened. Not that hard, is it? But I guess this guy had to cause trouble. I bet he got what he deserved.

Comment Why hasn't anybody started breeding rhinos? (Score 2) 202

What I don't get is this: If Rhino Horn powder is such a big deal with so many idiots - why hasn't anybody started breeding them? Sounds like a license to print money to me. Clearly some african nation must've thought of that, no? ... And you can take a Rhinos horn *without* killing it.

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_