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From Genesis 41:20-21:
The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.
It was just a dream... B-)
Actually last year bonuses were forgone amid lower profits....
Now Watson has some data on what happens to a company when you cut the pay of its top-performing employees more than the lowest performing! *
* I'm talking about the regular employees who get ranked, not necessarily the exectives.
I got an nVidia ION-based Asus Aspire Revo PC a few years back. It worked fairly well, gets nice and warm, and is still in service as my Kodi box, NAS/backup server (eSATA+GbE with RAID) and secondary DNS/DHCP. It does leave out the PCI slots from the reference platform though.
I'm currently evaluating a $150 (from Fry's) Asus VivoPC as my next primary server. Dual core, hidden micro-PCIe, SATA and USB3. So far, so good.
I guess changing the calendar's "week view" from 7 days to 5 days is part of their 20% play-at-work scheme. (It also only displays a fixed time span, because who would want to see your appointments for the whole day?)
The telnet protocol can be made very secure with the right software in place.* But it's only useful when you have a pre-agreed algorithm.
* Use the data stream to carry benign traffic. Encode your critical message elsewhere, e.g., the inter-packet delays, typos, a secondary (intermingled) TCP stream, TCP retries, TCP checksum, window lengths, header packing.
The value you stated is complicated. Either
- Pay $1200/year for backups, where the availability of the data clearly didn't affect the viability of his business, or
- Pay $500 occasionally and in the process have plausible deniability for the data lost and an insurance claim.
Tough call, depending on his business.
an external HDD plugged into a raspberry pi costs almost nothing, and is pretty easy to set up for anyone with even moderate scripting skills
The sentiment is sound, but in many cases, the RPi+storage+time costs more than the $500 ransom.