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Comment: Re:Microsoft Optical Mouse (Score 1) 642

by afidel (#46789983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Not if you got a first generation, the first ones had a design flaw that caused the wires to wear out where they came into the case (hard 90 degree bend). MS to their credit had the design fixed (Logitech was the ODM) and covered replacements for like 5 years even without proof of purchase, you just needed a first generation serial number.

Comment: Re:HP LaserJet 4M+ (Score 2) 642

by afidel (#46789793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

The 4 series was built fairly well, but it was nothing compared to the beast that was the LJ 3 series. I once was called out to repair an ~15 year old LJ3 with just under 1M pages (at ~3PPM!). The reason it needed repair? The single sacrificial plastic gear had grown brittle with age, everything else in that beast was metal.

Comment: Re:AWS is NOT cheap (Score 2) 145

by afidel (#46756509) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Yes, I've heard of Xen, and I've even run it in production, both Xenserver and Oracle VM flavors, and both sucked horribly. Back when VMWare tried the v.Tax I contemplated switching to KVM using RHEV but Redhat took almost 30 days to even get me access to a RHEV download by which time VMWare had backed off on their pricing.

As to the crack about redundancy and scalability, I've got a better uptime metric than any cloud provider, zero unplanned downtime in the last 5 years (vmotion + svmotion makes replacing both hosts and storage a breeze) thanks to redundant generators, UPS, chillers, and internet connections.

Comment: AWS is NOT cheap (Score 5, Informative) 145

by afidel (#46756343) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

AWS is expensive, I can provide the equivalent of an m3.large reserved instance to my users for 1/4th the cost over 3 years, if you ammatorize my infrastructure over 5 years (which is what we've actually been doing) then it's almost 1/7th as much. The only places where AWS makes sense is if you're a quickly growing startup, have a VERY bursty workload, or you're so small that you can't justify 3 hosts for a VMWare Essentials bundle.

Comment: Re:Who makes that? Also FP (Score 1) 286

by afidel (#46747277) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

My total benefits put me in the top 25% of industry average for my position and region (systems engineering manager in the midwest). If you're consistently making below industry average then you are either a very poor negotiator, your skills are below average in value, or you value something else about the jobs you take more than monetary compensation.

Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 1) 477

by afidel (#46714153) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Or, you know we could negotiate a salary that we are happy with given the job descriptions we are applying for. Since I make between 2 and 3 times the median wage I'm ok with answering some emails off hours or waking up to a page once every 6 months due to a system problem. Then again I'm a tech lead and hence management so I'd be exempt under just about any rules =)

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