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+ - Where are the E-Ink Dashboards? 1

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fsck! writes "My office recently installed a pair of huge plasma TVs to display some metrics and graphs. They only update every 15 minutes or so, and I couldn't help but wonder, why can't this be E-Ink? I searched all over the place but couldn't find anything bigger than 9.5" (Amazon's Kindle DX). I want a >30" E-Ink picture frame with USB or WiFi. Can the Slashdot community find anything greener than these energy sucking plasma TVs that seem to be everywhere?"

Comment: Use epoch seconds? (Score 1) 210

by fsck! (#39251225) Attached to: Microsoft's Azure Cloud Suffers Major Downtime

How can date manipulation bring down a mission critical asset for 7 hours? Maybe someone can explain how you could accidentally write code that breaks this badly on Leap Day. I've never written anything that stores the data internally as anything other than epoch seconds or epoch milliseconds, precisely because it seems like a can of worms. I understand this is the norm for many Microsoft projects, right?

Comment: Re:BSoD? Really? (Score 1) 471

by fsck! (#36752780) Attached to: Bill Gates Looks to Reinvent the Toilet

I agree with you, and I don't.

Yes, he clearly doesn't understand why there are laws in this country. I personally think he set us back 15 years when, deciding whether the standard PC manifest would include a modem vs. a CD-ROM, chose the latter, asserting (and mandating) that the masses should consume information but not produce it. I think that's shameful.

On the other hand, most of his actions under Microsoft will be considered as historical minutiae in a thousand years, whereas the effects of elimination of Malaria or of vastly improved water and sanitation will be felt long after.

Comment: BSoD? Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 471

by fsck! (#36749980) Attached to: Bill Gates Looks to Reinvent the Toilet

Say what you want about Microsoft, but that's no longer the same thing as Bill Gates. I've been a /. user for around a decade and have certainly made my share of bad Bill Gates jokes, but the guy is literally trying to save the world now. He has the money and the connections to do it, and the projects he's working on are incredibly selfless. Let's give him a break. OP was being very immature IMHO.

Comment: Good! (Score 1) 968

by fsck! (#34487380) Attached to: Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

I started remapping my capslock key to escape over two years ago and never looked back. By my estimation, my pinky will have travelled a bazillion miles less by the time I retire (vim user here) than if I left escape at the top left extent of my keyboard.

My blog has instructions on doing this in Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

http://blog.jacobelder.com/2008/04/take-back-your-keyboard.html

Comment: Here's how we do it (same size company) (Score 1) 600

by fsck! (#34299988) Attached to: Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

I am responsible for IT decision making for a similar-sized startup. I have around 15-years of IT-like activities behind me. At my current job, I keep costs low and the organization agile with a few simple rules.

Everyone gets a refurbished MacBook Pro with AppleCare. If it breaks (pretty much never), the user takes it to the Apple Genius Bar. Once the warranties run out, there's an Apple-certified support center near by. We replace computers every 2-3 years and keep a spare around just in case. Everyone gets a $100 USB drive for TimeMachine backups, so a damaged or lost laptop is at worst a few hours of lost productivity. If a user wants to run something other than MacOS X they're welcome to do so on their own.

We have no servers in-house other than a small Linux box which serves as a router. The network is managed with the goal that it be no more complicated than anyone's home network. "Network is down? Reboot the router." Granted, we have a symmetrical 10mbps RF link via TowerStream so it's pretty fast, but still, K.I.S.S.

All email, calendaring, etc are handled by Google Apps. $50 per person per year is ridiculously cheap for what it gets us. Most file server type needs are met by either Google Docs or DropBox.

For phones, we have an old PC running an Asterisk derivative and some VOIP desk phones from craigslist. We also have a GSM booster on the roof, and most people who need phones to work have company-funded iPhones. We're also looking at moving to Google Voice now that it's included in Google Apps.

Seriously reconsider the wisdom in running an authentication server for 20 users. You will spend more time configuring, patching, backing up and fixing that directory server than you would managing a spreadsheet of 20 local admin account passwords.

Run your corporate web server in-house? No effin' way. EC2 or a co-lo, never in house. You cannot cost-effectively match what a decent colocation provider can give you with regard to cooling, power, network capacity, redundancy or room for growth. They's what they do and they almost certainly do it better than you.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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