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Comment: Re:Best use of money? (Score 5, Informative) 205

by chewedtoothpick (#38250158) Attached to: Apple, Android Devices Swamp NYC Schools' ActiveSync Server

Currently trying to find any kind of Open Source collaboration Server - I can assure you that the software costs alone are within 5% on any of the decently known and supported alternatives such as Zimbra, Zafura, eGroupware, open-Xchange etc. Zafura is the closest in terms of quality, but based on my testing, I have noticed that with my 15-user test groups (all users using at least three devices to sync continuously) Zimbra is the closest to Exchange in terms of efficiency, and if you remove OS resource usage I have noticed that the Exchange daemon is the most efficient. I hadn't gone through any kind of upgrade testing to see how easy that is (which could alone still sway me away from my current direction of updating Exchange) but when compared to how much easier it is to tie Exchange into Active Directory and properly apply any domain-controlled policies to clients, Exchange wins hands-down in any system that isn't wholly unix from the ground-up.

In conclusion, you are misinformed if you think any kind of FOSS system can compete with Exchange. If you want any kind of collaboration utilities (Calendar or Contact sync and grouping, etc) then you discard the F part and usually the OS part too - and the supposed knights of FOSS are even more greedy than Moneyholesoft from Redmond. At least Redmond allowed us a 3-month trial with 60 users to test out compared to the others. VMWare let us try Zimbra with 30 users for 30 days before they wanted to charge us - nobody else would even let us trial their packages at all.

Comment: Re:Some might be intentional (Score 4, Interesting) 176

by chewedtoothpick (#36798034) Attached to: Sydney Has 10,000 Unsecured Wi-Fi Points

What is sad is that most of those WEP AP's were done (some likely recently) by supposedly knowledgeable people, such as WorstBuy's IdiotSquad.

As a consultant it's infuriating how often I will come across new clients (even many companies) whose WiFi networks were secured by those morons out of incompetence. I have even seen them install small business servers with direct-to-internet connections and not even a NAT firewall, because "You can't have a VPN server behind a firewall" which we all know is bullsh**.

Comment: It was April Fools you moron. (Score 0) 658

by chewedtoothpick (#31720566) Attached to: What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes

Are you seriously so stupid that you didn't notice it was an april fools post?

First read the text, and read all of the business commentary compared to the exact same commentary in any of Forbes' other thousands of posts.

After that, look at the damned post date.

You are seriously stupid that you're falling for this.

Comment: Re:Kind of like something that already exists... (Score 2, Insightful) 152

by chewedtoothpick (#31710854) Attached to: Finland To Try Scanning Snail Mail

I believe you are amazingly shortsighted that you think postal systems are irrelevant. Can you think of any other completely effective way to physically deliver large quantities of physical items to households covering a large geographical area, without the expense of storefronts etc?

I quite disagree that postal systems are dieing - I believe that in this day of internet shopping postal systems are becoming far more widely utilized than ever.

Comment: Re:Dying industry (Score 4, Insightful) 269

by chewedtoothpick (#27709967) Attached to: Gamefly Complains of Poor Treatment From USPS

There is nothing which prevents any person from installing a secondary mailbox similar to those used by us in more rural areas for newspapers.

I hate government sponsored monopolies as much as anyone else, but the USPS actually provides a rather critical service even in these days of easily accessible alternatives such as e-mail. Without the pressure of the USPS being able to provide affordable prices for shipping to more poorly covered or less easily accessed areas (such as Alaska and Hawaii) only the people in major metropolitan areas would receive reasonable parcel and letter services. As much as that may not affect you there are still many millions of other people who are equally as valuable and important to you who would be royally bunged if things happened the way you obviously wish.

Hardware Hacking

+ - MacTablet Announced

Submitted by goombah99
goombah99 (560566) writes "While it seems certain Apple will not be announcing a full sized tablet notebook today, a third party vendor has promised to reveal just that tommorrow. Based on a modified macbook embedded in an aluminum case, the device will accept pen-based input on the screen. It also boasts a built-in GPS suggesting it's target market might less for meeting notetakers and more for people like plant engineers or field scientists. Though I could see that geolocating by classroom might also be handing for finding the notes from a given lecture."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Gigabyte Launches 'Solid-Capacitor' Motherboards

Submitted by jckrbbt
jckrbbt (540947) writes "Gigabtye says 'solid capacitors have a higher tolerance for higher temperatures and they also perform better with higher frequencies and higher current than electrolytic capacitors. The superior heat resistance and better electric conductivity will allow PC enthusiasts to tweak the highest levels of performance from their system without fear of excessive capacitor wear or exploding capacitors'
You can read the full article here."

+ - MIT Spam Conference 2007 is "GO!"

Submitted by
Dr. Crash
Dr. Crash writes "The MIT Spam Conference has been greenlighted for March 30, 2007. Changes this year — the conference is now accepting papers on "Spam, Phishing, and Other Cybercrimes", which looks to include all sorts of interesting nasties like IM spam, SMS spam, bot army rental, and day-zero exploit sales, as well as the spam filter author talks. Showing up at the conference is free, but preregistration is requested. Paper deadline for the conference is the end of January this year."

+ - Fortune Names 100 Best Places To Work For 2007

Submitted by
s31523 writes "Love your job, hate your job? Find out how your company ranks according to Fortune's list of the 100 best places to work for 2007. I figured Microsoft would have made it higher than the 50 spot especially with things like, "free grocery delivery, dry-cleaning service, and valet parking". Interesting to see what perks each company has, especially to mine, which is definitely not on the list."

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?