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Comment: Re:Medical Software (Score 1) 953

by c_g_hills (#43522943) Attached to: Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade
In an ideal world there would be a government-controlled specification that all medical software would have to adhere to, and there should be a requirement for interoperability so that data from one system can be exported to a common format and imported into another. Of course there will be changes to the specification over time which means you will always have to pay a vendor for updates (unless there was free open-source software available).

Comment: Re:You think this is a Game? (Score 1) 483

by c_g_hills (#41297175) Attached to: GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility
If DNS providers would provide a standardised API (or even allow standard dynamic updates with TSIG) it would make it a lot easier to use multiple providers. The two main problems I have come across are that the providers often do not let you add any NS records other than their own servers (so when a resolver caches the NS records and that provider goes down, it won't try using the other provider until the TTL expires), and updating records is painful because it involves logging into each of your providers websites to make the changes.

Comment: Asset labels (Score 1) 429

by c_g_hills (#39285135) Attached to: Server Names For a New Generation
No longer an admin, but I have always given servers names based on their asset label, e.g. SV-0700543. The benefit of this is that the servers must be recorded in the asset register before they can be set up. When it comes to virtual machines I simply used a counter, e.g. VM-000001. The important ones (fsmo roles, database servers, app servers, etc) get friendly names with dns cname records.

Comment: Re:Unsurprising (Score 1) 325

by c_g_hills (#32045794) Attached to: Microsoft Tips the Scale In Favor of HTML 5
Quite. It would make sense to simply use directshow or mediafoundation for decoding video so that any format for which the user has a codec installed would be supported. QtWebKit does this for example, so any web browser using Qt can take advantage of all the system codecs (as well as other pluggable backends, for example vlc).

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