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Comment: Non Profit? (Score 1) 158

I volunteer at a non-profit 1x/wk, and they struggle with technology. They have a full time "CIO" on staff, but I don't think he really knows what he's doing, and basically manages a few contracts for their website, a file server, network management, and he spends the rest of his time driving social media. The rest of the staff (about 25) come to me for help anything and everything, and I'm only there 4 hours a week.

I'm to the point where I don't really enjoy the cube life and program management, I wouldn't mind working at the non-profit full time in an operations capacity, my skills would definitely improve their technology abilities, and make things more efficient.

Comment: Re:Routine changes. (Score 1) 294

by essbase_nerd (#46778513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

We do the exact same thing Vermifax, and after 10 years of installing Windows Critical Updates on servers, we've never once had a problem in production with this approach. In fact, I can only recall two times that a patch caused an issue with our applications in non-prod and we had to investigate prior to deploying (or not deploying) in prod.

I think you're at higher risk with all the red tape and heavy process potentially resulting in servers with unpatched vulnerabilities.

Comment: I hire a CPA (Score 1) 386

by essbase_nerd (#46757733) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

After years of using either TaxACT or TurboTax, I hired a CPA last year to complete my 2012 federal and state income tax returns, and I used him again this year. It's not cheap, just north of five bills. I might shop around next year to try to get that down around $300.

I have multiple K1s, one from a foreign investment, which was downright nasty, and TurboTax wasn't up to the task. Plus, a lot of other unusual stuff that TurboTax didn't address directly.

Comment: Re:Good for you. (Score 1) 641

by essbase_nerd (#46696221) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

You hit the nail on the head with your comment about OSs being merely file managers and application launchers to many people (me included).

XP is far superior at those basic tasks than newer generations of Windows OS, which are slower, fatter, and less intuitive with all the file system libraries, jumbled up start menus, and whatnot.

I still have a 9 year old desktop machine running XP (the box is occasionally wiped and reinstalled), and it still gets a lot of use for SOHO web browsing. I prefer it over my Win7 lappy and Win8 AIO. I really hate to see it go, It's perfectly capable, except that it is now a security risk.

Comment: I knew it was too good to be true (Score 1) 242

by essbase_nerd (#46687277) Attached to: Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

I was pretty good about noticing the "renewal" emails, but I knew it was just a matter of time before either I missed an email, or they terminated free service.

I just bought a two year TLD from Namecheap, with WhoIsGuard service for $27 total. Not bad. There are a handful of DNS updater apps available for Namecheap, including a Chrome extension, so this should work out fine.

So long, DynDNS, it was a great ride while it lasted!

Comment: He's better off now (Score 1) 983

by essbase_nerd (#46463327) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Tell him to stop hording. Streaming is good!

The only irreplaceable data that I posses is digital home videos and digital photos of the family/kids. I have a lot, but it's super easy to back up to an external HDD that I keep locked up at work. To protect against HDD failure between those monthly off-site backups, I replicate the data partition on our main PC to a second PC in my house using a scheduled Sync Toy job.

Cheap, very effective.

Comment: "..Money would have been lost.." (Score 1) 723

by essbase_nerd (#46109541) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Didn't close the city because, "..money would have been lost, people would have complained."

Aren't people of power in power because they can make decisions that might not be popular the the greater good? Look at the complaints and money lost now.. You're a worldwide laughing stock, and the economic impact is massive. Nice going.

Comment: A case for improved driving safety? (Score 1) 244

by essbase_nerd (#44765169) Attached to: Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

This device makes it possible to see who is calling with a quick glance, and take brief incoming calls ("What time will you be here?", or "Don't forget to pick up Kylee" sort of stuff). That seems much safer than fishing your phone out of your pocket or purse, and holding a device in your hand.

Also, I'm not clear on something.. can you invoke the voice system on this device? In other words, can I speak into this device, "Text Caroline we skipped out of the show comma see you at ten oclock period"? If so, even better.

Comment: Is the battery life known, or is this speculation? (Score 1) 244

by essbase_nerd (#44764927) Attached to: Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Because everyone here seems to be running with the "10 hour" number, which from what I can tell, is just speculation.

If it's indeed 10 hours, then that's pretty weak, but I suspect it's more. Also, I don't think this watch is designed to be used for lots of long phone conversations, for that, people will use their phone. It's more suitable for quick incoming calls.

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