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Comment: Re:IT != Programming (Score 1) 374

by ivanmarsh (#27271653) Attached to: From an Unrelated Career To IT/Programming?

Well... I was going to ask why anyone would want to go into I.T. as a career change when it's the most underappreciated, disrespected field you're going to find but you guys illustrated that pretty well.

I guess if you like being treated like a janitor while having the fate of the company's operation put on your shoulders and listening to everyone's complaints then go for it.

BTW: One of my programming projects as an I.T. guy was to write an interface that sychronized an HP mainfram order entry system with a novell based MRP system... both of which I helped build.

So no, I.T. is not (just) programming.

Comment: Re:To Err is Human--to Persist is Microsoft? (Score 5, Insightful) 842

by ivanmarsh (#26785661) Attached to: Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

I have to wonder if the auto-updaters that every piece of software seems to install these days will count as applications.

It would be really cool to know that my machine can't do anything but make sure Java, Acrobat and Quicktime are up to date.

Comment: Re:Expected (Score 1) 1654

by ivanmarsh (#26468095) Attached to: Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes

The problem is, as I've been flamed for before, Linux is still nowhere near the point where a non-techie will consider adopting it.

No... the problem is if you're too stupid to read Dells' website that tells you EXACTLY what OS will be shipping on the machine you just ordered you're too stupid to use a computer no matter what OS is on it. ...and for the record, I'd just about bet she had to physically check the box in the customization wizard on Dells' site that removed Windows from the machine and put Linux on it.

"Oh... I can save another $300 on this machine and I don't know what that is so I probably don't need it."

Ah... the future of America.

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