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Journal: Certification fun! 1

Journal by Timex

My employer pretty-well insisted that I get a certification. They went so far as to pay for the training and the first exam attempt.

To that end, I'm working on GCUX through SANS. So far, so good. It's pretty interesting.

From what I'm reading about how to prepare for the exam itself, it would be to my benefit to prepare a thorough index- something in the area of 30-50 pages long. O_O

Comment: Re:Oh, no (Score 1) 2

by Timex (#46859547) Attached to: This should be one of those "I told you so" moments...

See, that's the trick: He doesn't have to sign anything he disagrees with.

I know that it is not uncommon for Congress to send "poison pills" to the President (whoever it happens to be at the time). Bush the Younger got many from Congress, and he wasn't the first. He won't be the last. It's one of the reasons I favor giving the President some form of line-item VETO power. If there's a reason he doesn't like a bill, he can go on record as not liking a portion by striking it and send it back to Congress to re-consider.

Better yet, I would like to see some responsibility in Congress. Something that requires "riders" to a bill actually be related to the bill would be nice. "But that's the only way some things can get passed," I hear someone say. My reply is, "Yeah. Do you suppose there might be a reason for that?"

It would also be nice if Congress would spend more time reviewing laws that have been on the books for a while and consider repealing those that are deemed to be no longer relevant. I would rather they do that than sit around wondering what else they could do to micromanage my life.

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Journal: This should be one of those "I told you so" moments... 2

Journal by Timex

...but I won't say it, even though I'd be justified in doing so.

I was just looking through the beta for Slashdot (which I don't like, by the way) and saw a "Hall of Fame" page. I looked at it and this was one of the most popular stories of all time. It was posted when Obama was elected the first time.

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Journal: Updates from Chez Timex 5

Journal by Timex

Things are going fairly well, I think.

I gave up playing WoW. I started playing SW:TOR, but found I didn't have time to play.

The only game I've been keeping up with lately is Second Life.

I've also been getting into Ingress lately. Does anyone else play? I like it because it gets me out of the house (even in these cold northeastern winter days) and I occasionally meet new people.

Comment: Re:Ugh (Score 1) 564

by Timex (#45803441) Attached to: PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

I see it like this: You have to use the right tool for the job.

  • Want to do Graphic Design? Get a Mac.
  • Want to do serious work? Run unix (FreeBSD, Linux, whatever suits your fancy)
  • Want to play games? Run Windows.

Start showing that there's an alternative to Windows for running games, then you'll be able to scare the Giant of Redmond.

Comment: Re:Jesix (Score 1) 184

by Timex (#45631339) Attached to: King James Programming

Man, these guys are total fucktards: ...

Before you start throwing incendiary names at people, perhaps you should consider reading the About page ... It makes you out to be the type of person whose only exercise is jumping to conclusions. (I don't know if you really are or not; that's not my business, nor is it any of my concern.)

Comment: Re:Proud? (Score 5, Informative) 1233

by Timex (#44654151) Attached to: Don't Fly During Ramadan

I would say less than 30 years ago this was true. Now, not so much.

I was thinking the same thing. The country as it is today is, in my opinion, not much of something to be proud of. The government is blatantly corrupt, people that are woefully uninformed are electing the wrong people into government (or electing anyone at all for the wrong reasons), and one cannot travel quickly within the country without having basic rights violated.

It's pretty sad when the American government makes likes of Vladimir Putin look like a "good guy".

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin