Although I stopped posting stuff here ages ago, I've had the My Amigos feed in Google Reader, and have occasionally wandered in to have a look.
But now I've decided to cut my ties here permanently. So as soon as I've posted this, I'm unsubscribing My Amigos. I've already updated my User Info with how to contact me.
To those few of you who still post here, thanks for the fun times. It's nothing personal, I just need to cut down the amount of time I spend on social networks generally.
-MT. signing off.
In view of the fact that I hardly come here any more, plus the fact that TPTB here seem intent on fscking up the UI even further
It was fun back in the day, when I had more time to spare, but now... *shrug*
Danny: Why should I?
Me: You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.
Danny: Who wants flies?
Me: I have no idea.
Me: Sophie what's wrong?
Sophie: You got me a Happy Meal, but there's no toy... this is sad meal!
Me: I'm sorry honey... that's very sad.
Sophie: You will be sorry.
Recently the family was at a hotel. I asked Danny to get me my shoes his reply was, "No. I can't. I'm naked." He was, in fact, naked at that point.
Several days later I asked him to do something:
Me: Danny, beer me!
Danny: No, I can't. I'm naked.
Me: (looking at him) No you aren't. You're totally wearing clothes.
Danny: Not anymore.
And then Danny was naked. In my living room. Naked as the day he was untimely ripp'd from mother's womb.
No, I can't. I'm naked.
You have to admit it's a pretty good excuse.
So. I was really bored of seeing that other topic. So I started this one. It's not really a topic. It's place holder.
I don't seem to be able to respond to JEs! Punishment for spending time with Multiply? Hmmmm.
OK, I did it. Now leave me alone!
Fucking fantastic... now I can't sign in at all!
What killed Anna Nicole Smith?
Same drug mix that killed her son?
Howard K Stern?
Me: Buddy, put your jammies on.
Danny: I'm too lazy and I can't float.
In a recent interview here Bill Gates had this to say about security:
Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.
Listen closely! Can you hear the soft whirring of hard drives loading nessus in Norway and China
I have been looking into hosted VOIP for a little over one year. My company is spread across the US (http://protravelinc.com/) with offices from 4 people to 250. I do not have an IT staff that can support the phone systems we have and I need VOIP to attract the best talent in travel. Also this is an excellent opprotunity to upgrade all my switches, routers and add redundancy into an aging and non redundant network held together with SonicWALLs and slender GPOs. I have been through literally 37 different vendors from huge companies to startups. I have done ROIs and TCOs until I can recite them. I know everything that can happen to a VOIP call from a warble to a drop.
I narrowed it down to 2 companies.
Company A has a nation-wide network with PoPs in all the NFL cities and uses a Nortel/Cisco platform. From the outset they have consistently given me inconsistent answers. I am constantly having to ask the same questions over an over. Do we own the phones at the end of 5 years? Are there really VOIP guys on the ground in all the NFL cities? Company A also has a very easy to understand payment plan. In a nutshell give me X dollars per seat we'll give you phones, switches, routers and T1s.
Company B is a New York centric company that is highly regarded in the trades. They run a Cisco/Cisco platform. They have PoP through a 3rd party. They were originally asking us to purchase our own switches and phones. They are plain speakers and are all techs who know their products. They have a system and they run it. They don't deviate from it very much but they made several consessions to get our business.
In the past week I have come to find that Company A either confused or being less than truthful. I will not own the phones at the end of five years. Which is good and bad. Good because I won't own phones at the end of 5 years and bad because I'll be paying for them forever. I have also come to find they do NOT have VOIP guys on the groud everywhere. They will need to outsource some of their jobs. I have no problem with contracting... I have been a contractor! Why it has taken a year to get this answer is my problem. There are other smaller issues.
Initially I thought Company B was infintely more technologically skilled than Company A. I think now Company A may be more technologically adept with a better network but I simply don't have any confidence with them. At the end of the day I suspect either company can do this job. I just don't think I can deal with Company A.
The sad part is if Company A had been prompt and correct with their answers I'd probably already be using them.
You can't go home again, unless you set $HOME.