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+ - Windows 7 Activation Down - Buy Windows 8 1

Submitted by fibrewire
fibrewire writes: I am getting hammered for license compliance issues due to users reporting that their copy of Windows is not genuine. When I use online actiavtion or call 1-888-725-1047 to activate my copy of Windows 7 Pro, I am told that "activation services are experiencing technical difficulties, please call back in 2 hours." Unfortunately I've been getting this message for several days now, and my clients are getting frustrated. Good news is that Windows 8 activation services are not experiencing this problem. Is this a ploy to force users to upgrade to Windows 8?

Comment: Re:Source is HVAC Contractors (Score 1) 303

by fibrewire (#47716349) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Water is a liquid as well, yet I'm breathing it as humidity every day

"Prior to the Montreal Protocol, large quantities of carbon tetrachloride were used to produce the chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants R-11 (trichlorofluoromethane) and R-12 (dichlorodifluoromethane). However, these refrigerants play a role in ozone depletion and have been phased out." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Comment: Source is HVAC Contractors (Score 5, Interesting) 303

by fibrewire (#47716285) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

I know because it's happening all over the Coachella Valley. I have seen cut rate guys NOT reclaiming or pumping down coils - jettisoning 10+ pounds each time. This occurs at least 50 times a day here in the desert that I know of. Even top paid contractors like callthegeneral.com just don't care because their commission is based on number of visits per day, and it takes an extra 15-25 minutes to pump a system down before removal. The wholesale houses even pay a couple $$$ per pound of the reclaimed stuff, but commission rates ensure blowing off straight to atmosphere every time.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 92

by fibrewire (#47510889) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

You are correct. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but for automated systems there seems to be a need for constant babysitting for HP equipment. Seems like HP support is always showing up to do SOMETHING to a server related to drive firmware or cooling fans, while the Dell equipment just keeps running ad infinitum. HP support has only cost $300K this quarter for the aforementioned issues, and caused downsizing in a department that could use a few more bright staff members. Cooling fans and drive firmware - is this for real?

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 92

by fibrewire (#47510649) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

The key is to know what the hell you're doing, and let the spectators watch the show. New or used, buy for what your customer needs - NOT for the free tickets Vendor X gives you as an incentive to buy their gear. Being a professional in this field, here are some pointers.
- Contact your power company for virtualization incentives to upgrade all that old hardware.
- Use free software that is commercially supported, like XenServer, QuantaStor, and Zimbra.
- Stick with a vendor that produces quality gear like Dell (Sorry HP, but you know why)
- Buy from wholesale vendors like Stallard, or from established eBay vendors.


+ - Equinix gives Japan users free 10G upgrades!->

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fibrewire writes: "Equinix, the high performance datacenter company that warehouses most financial and big market business, is offering free VLANs and switching fabric to anyone in need of bandwidth for recovery efforts in Japan. Also offering anyone with existing 1G service a free upgrade to a second port or 10G for 12 months while the world gets back on its feet.


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Comment: Forget Moore - what about Wirth's law? (Score 2, Informative) 460

by fibrewire (#31303960) Attached to: Will the Serial Console Ever Die?

"Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster." -Wirth

Lets see - I'm building a UAV using RS-422 for fly-by-wire operation using a RTOS and embedded hardware. Do I want TCP/IP or USB buffers involved on servos that control its ability to stay in the air? I can only imagine getting a lecture from an engineer at Raytheon about keeping things simple.

I wonder if someone will make a joke about selling Toyota Motor Corp a USB accelerator control...

Comment: History Repeats Itself (Score 2, Interesting) 658

by fibrewire (#31107930) Attached to: Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens

NT - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc750081.aspx
2000 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/174630
Now the same with Windows XP? Come on now, who are they fooling?
Reminds me of that stupid stride commercial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxBlKFxGhNk
For those of you who feel left out with a working computer - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897558.aspx

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