I actually parsed it as "Port-A-John" first. A whole new meaning to open source hardware.
This card isn't marketed at the HPC crowd. The Tesla line is the one that's marketed at HPC, and the Tesla line has the better double precision performance.
From reading the announcement, they are using the fact that the Titan supercomputer runs nVidia GPUs and they want to pick up a little "halo effect" from that. In reality, it's kinda like the "stock" cars that run in NASCAR. The car may purport to be a Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge or Toyota, but there's no option to pick one up at your local dealer that is truly the same as you might see on the track. In other words, it looks to be be a lot more of a marketing name than anything relating to the Titan supercomputer, other than they share the underlying Kepler technology. It's also been the case that nVidia will roll out the consumer/gaming products first and then follow them up with the compute upgrades. So it wouldn't surprise me to senn an announcement in a few months of some sort of upgrade to the Kepler-based Tesla line offering more double precision compute power.
My wife worked there for several years. One friend commented when she started that it was a great place to have on your resume, since you'd be looking for a job after the layoff came. Sure enough, layoff comes, she gets a package, and now people are impressed that she worked there. The culture was best described as "macho", her management was from the "mushroom management" school, and the outsourcing stories hilarious. I'm amazed the place stays open.
He just finished high school. He has a couple months till college. Why not do something enjoyable together? If you are really set on programming, maybe you can do a family web site of some kind? I do hate to break it to you, but online tutorials and samples are the way a lot of stuff gets learned nowadays. Or just by letting the kid run and go do stuff he finds "cool".
You could also work on college life skills like laundry and cooking.
But really, it's probably the last significant break he's going to have until he graduates. It's highly possible that next summer he will be doing an internship somewhere, then back to school, then off to work.
I understand the context and the meaning. HR drones and many other people would be confused and/or insulted, as they would take it more as "beneath me" or "barely worth my time". It comes off like this:
"I can understand the formation of galaxies and quantum mechanics. Networking is trivial. Please do yourself a favor and hire me."
The narrative you post is extremely hard to follow and makes little sense. Let's try to decipher.
You lost your job when then dot com bubble burst and went back to school. You finished a PhD in Physics. You then found out your were sold a bill of goods about jobs of people with PhDs in Physics and there is some sort of glut.
Then you have been doing some sort of project management for DoD and NASA. Now is where things get really weird.
" I desperately want back into network equipment product management, but my networking tech skills aren't up to date."
Pulling that apart, you are talking about a job more on the business side than the technology side of the business. Technical skills are important in product management, but so is a head for business. That could be one reason that people don't "get' you -- they see that you went back to school and spent time and money on getting a PhD in Physics. You didn't go back to school to get an advanced degree in CS, EE, or a MBA. You went back for Physics and now you are trying to get into product marketing. But things get a little weirder.
"I find networking technology absolutely trivial"
I really, sincerely hope this is a typo. Finding something "trival" has considerable negative connotations to it, and if you say that to a hiring manager, they are going to think you are going to be just biding your time with their "trivial" nonsense product and looking to move onto something more interesting the moment it shows up. It would be better to say that you enjoy certain challenges or explain what you find interesting rather than saying something is "trivial".
And then finally,
"I'm more than willing to start over in network admin"
I don't see that you need to move to this, you need to concentrate and present the skills you have and exercise in program/project management and previous skills to get into some sort of networking gig. But you do need to address some rather good questions a hiring manager would have, specifically:
- Why did you get a doctorate in Physics when you were interested in product management?
- What excites you about networking and product management?
I also highly recommend that all job seekers thoroughly read and use "What Color is Your Parachute?". If nothing else, it will walk you through making a coherent case for yourself of why you want to pursue a given career, and that coherent presentation is going to make hiring managers stop running and start listening more. Right now if I was hiring a job that was responsible for setting the business direction of a networking product, I'd be worried about hiring you because your record shows you actively running from the business development aspects of your career.
Your Physics degree is certainly not worthless and should not be hidden. You can most likely take on complicated problems, decompose them at a high level, aren't afraid of the unknown, etc. Also the fact that you finished your PhD means that you can stick with something, too.
Many photographer friends I have watermark the photos they post to their Facebook accounts with their contact information. So if Facebook did indeed re-use their posted, watermarked photo, it becomes free advertising for them.
I'd file this under "the cost of doing business". Especially if you are a photographer. No one cares (and wants to pay you) until they see your work.
You want to start working freelance and you don't want to publicize how people can reach you? I'd expect a decent head shot, a phone number, a short bio and an email address. Also representative galleries of past work, as well.
You don't have to put your life story out there, but it's really not uncommon in business to have some small amount of "About Me" information posted with experience, education, sometimes martial status/number of children (especially if you are looking to photograph families/children).
If you are going to set up a social media presence, you can't just set up a page and have it sit there. It does require tending and maintenance or it looks abandoned. If you do photography, post examples of good work at a steady pace, even if it's not paying gigs. Hopefully people forward it around and you get some notice.
It sounds like you need to loosen up, or find another way of making money on the side that doesn't require social media. You can be a successful freelander without it, but you will still need to get your name out there somehow (personal networking, business networking groups, etc)
One-off boxes become a huge time sink, usually at the absolute worst possible time to do so. With two very viable options with Xen and ESX, put the time and care into setting up a stack with the nifty features you want -- redundancy options, ability to move VMs from one server to another, monitoring, out of band management, RAID, etc.
Then you can set up the little management hosts, set up a VM for each one of those "little things", and also come up with a single way of deploying your operating systems so you can punch VMs out on demand. Both Windows and Linux have ways of doing this, and you can even script VM creation, too.
VMs also let you pretty much side-step the drive issues that will plague old hardware
Anything Mac is a joke for data center operations since they considered the XServe. You shouldn't need to go to the colo just to power-cycle something, ever. Hardware failure will get anyone (a dead drive or a bad DIMM can ruin anyone's day), but if it doesn't have IPMI/iLO/whatever you call your out-of-band management tool, it shouldn't be used for any infrastructure service at all. You want to have a mac mini set up as a user terminal to check email or whatnot, fine. But don't stick NTP or DNS on hardware that you can't full control elsewhere.
A guy did this in our office for a while. I think eventually the difficulties of finding a place to keep the 5th wheel trailer in an urban environment ended the experiment. Companies (and residential neighbors, zoning laws, HOAs) might all grow objections to having a semi-permanent resident around.
If you kept it truly mobile, though, and kept the trailer in trailer-safe places, it could be awesome for a while.
You should try plugging the coax into an antenna, and you can get all the free channels (and probably sub-channels of the free stuff) in HD. There are a lot of DIY designs out there using very basic materials (lumber, tinfoil, coat hangers, wire), or you can spend well under $100 for a pretty decent pre-made antenna setup where you literally have to just make the cable connections.
Check out antennapoint.com to see where your nearest transmitters are and what you can get from your home. You might be pleasantly surprised. Most places you'll get the major networks and a few independents, plus PBS. In my area we get something like 20+ channels of programming in HD using an OTA antenna I built myself. We supplement with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, DVDs from our library, etc.
Truth be told, a lot of what is on cable nowadays is low-budget "reality" crap. IMHO the only bright spots are on HBO, and I'm not shelling out money for a cable subscription plus HBO on top of that. I can wait for DVDs. The networks and PBS actually still do quite a OK job with scripted stuff and science/educational programming.
Then set in the west.
There's nothing for anyone to gain, no follow-up, no repercussions, etc.
We pick up broadcast TV using a HDTV antenna I built myself. (google GH10 antenna plans, or try some of the cheaper/easier ones depending on how far you are from the tower). We have been TiVo fans since 2001. Although yes, it is (gasp) paying for something, we got the lifetime subscription option so no monthly bills. It hooks up to Netflix and Amazon (although not Prime Instant
We get series we want to watch through amazon that download to the TiVo like magic. Although we (gasp) pay for them, it's vastly cheaper than what we used to pay for cable. We also got the amazon visa card an fund some of the subscriptions through amazon points (we do pay it off every month, too)
We have also been picking up a lot of dvds (especially the kids shows) at the library, which is a double bonus because you don't have to pay for them and also they go back to the library so you don't have to watch Dora Saves the Mermaids a billion times (unless it's on Netflix)
Biggest gripe: No Game of Thrones streaming on Amazon (cue The Oatmeal).
I also do thank the FCC for requiring local broadcast of all NFL games for the local team
And in the Facebook, block them
I can only hope
It's not like it's on the front page of the New York Times or anything.