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Comment: Shadow IT, aka the computer under the desk (Score 1) 449

Stay inside the IT framework, no matter how dysfunctional it is.

I did this in 1999, told my new boss to just get me a spare PC and I could handle the morning report printout ourselves. Want a change? Done in minutes, not months. Those web postings? Simple, couple lines of VBA to FTP. Another report? Sure. The Access database can manage all those mapping locally outside of Oracle. Corporate goal calculations? Err, why not. Daily compliance reports? Ok... Just give me admin on a SQL Server and I'll manage the tables...

Then it broke on vacation, so I had to modem in from FL. I became tied to this beast as the sole programmer supporting a dept of 8 people. I never got a budget for hardware upgrades, never got awards or credit for project management, since this thing was off the books. It took 7 FTEs to rewrite the mess after personal life & management changes in 2009.

In retrospect, I should have let IT do it and played the beurocracy. It would have made me happier in the long run.

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 1) 220

by Hognoxious (#49802109) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

it is useful to be able to see that an answer is obviously wrong

In another place I was just discussing this very thing with someone; he insisted that process of elimination was cheating.

instead of doing a lot of math to see if the number is right, just take a few seconds to see if the units are right

Related skills - ballparking - high eighties times low nineties will be close to 8100, and last digit analysis - blahblah4 times yada3 must end in 2.

Comment: Re:Will This Fight Ever End? (Score 1) 582

AC is great for long distance and certain applications. DC is great locally. The bridge rectifier should be between the grid & the home battery, not between the home battery and the devices it is recharging and/or powering.

The exception to this are high power home applications: Stove, Oven, Microwave, Toaster, Fridge, Dryer, Washing Machine, Dishwasher. The battery charger can be on the same circuit set.

Note that TV is NOT on this list. All video screens can be low power these days. All lighting can be low power. There is no reason why this can't be a simple 5V, 4A circuit with USB compatible plugs, several to a room.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.