Thank you me!
That's about it.
Thank you me!
That's about it.
I think they crossed the line. Just wee bit. I mean, I'm not a rat lover or anything. But if kept clean, as in a pet, they are pretty damn cute. Smart too. Not as smart as my dog IMHO -- HEY! Let's wire up four dog brains next! Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket. How about a monkey? Why not!
These animals have a consciousness. You can't deny that. No, it is not at the human level, but a life none-the-less. How fucking freaky cruel is it to take a consciousness and tie it together with three others in some form to just see what happens? How freaked out were these rats in their little disembodied brains.
I let a upgrade bug slip by me during a software upgrade for the accounting software. In retrospect it should have been caught before it got out of hand. It got out of hand in about 3-4 seconds and had a cascading effect bringing down the whole datacenter for the company.
It happened when a "guaranteed" bid was due for a 2 million dollar job. We had nothing. Not so guaranteed...
Fortunately (?) I had a ownership stake in the company; so I also screwed myself too. Figuring ~12% profit on the job was typical and 10% of that was mine
If you don't make an ass out of you and me (assume) that the hard drive / ssd WILL fail then you are just the ass.
Backup your systems. Backup the backup. It will fail too.
S.M.A.R.T. is useless today IMHO. Don't believe anything it says about your drive. I've had drives that I know are failing, clicking, unable to read blocks -- but the SMART status says all is A-OK.
I personally like to put RAID-1 in my end user systems. The data goes to a RAID-6 array. The array is duplicated to another live. Never lost any data yet...
Like everybody else is saying -- Why are you using your ISP's email? They should only be your pipe. I personally stopped using any ISP's email in the 90's... It was after the first switch over that I figured this problem out.
Originally I ran my own domain and spam filtering. I was on the first batch of first spam from those lawyers. Fuckers. Anyway...
Have since migrated domain email to Google apps -- not free anymore for you unfortunately, but on a user @gmail.com basis is still very free.
For speed Google wins -- never even came close to matching their speed for users with gigs and gigs of email they refuse to delete. Not that I'm one to talk.
Their spam filtering beats anything I've seen. I always had too many false positives on my setup; Google has really had one problem in the last decade with that -- false positives from the COPIERS (they have their own accounts and in the domain mailing to same domain users). Annoyingly I had to add a filter to each user to fix that problem.
Otherwise their spam filters are dead nuts on for me. One, maybe two spam messages will hit my Inbox in any given year. My account will @ the
I always hate when I have to deal with "technical support", well, with one odd exception: our accounting co. jobcost.com rocks, but I digress.
Today Comcast wins for dollars to speed (in this area). Fortunately my technical support contact with them has been minimal so far -- it's been working nicely actually (!?). Knock on wood.
I remember having a 768/384 DSL connection w/ at&t (then Ameritech here) -- and one day my PTP connection speed changed to 384/128. No reason or billing adjustment. Should have been 768/384 -- their tech support asked me if somebody else in the neighborhood god DSL and that's maybe why my speed "seems slower". Disconnect. Right there. They lost my telco / backup ISDN to VoIP that day too...
Be polite and in my experience I'm vetting how knowledgeable a person is that I'm talking to... Don't talk down to them, but be politely forceful in your request. They'll either "get it" or pass you up to someone who does.
Be prepared to DISCONNECT when necessary. I usually make that the second call once I realize I'm not "getting through" on the first one. Have secondary service setup and in place to mitigate disruptions.
Ugh. Technical support. I AM IT
Ah, I remember the old days. Driving around the neighborhood and keying up the mic on the CB radio. One of the channels would open dozens of doors around the neighborhood...
...from my cold dead hands...
I think I fear for our children's future... (and mine)
> I'm 30, and I am a technology teacher [and]
> I like Microsoft products and would head in that direction, probably.
Is that what you teach? I mean, I realize Microsoft is a HUGE company making billions and billions every year. Amazes me people STILL buy their crap. The software they produce has pretty much always been bloated, slow, buggy, and a complete waste of my time. Thus I don't use them anymore.
> Is it too late for me to think about this?
YES. Apparently so. Go learn UN*X. Try BSD, learn to love Linux. Understand UN*X compared to Windows. Once you do you'll laugh at Microsoft.
> What is the best way to get started on this path?
Go to http://linux.org/ -- click on everything. Download and install Ubuntu (just my choice
I'm not sure why you got flagged funny.
Off-topic, sure, but FUNNY?
I'm with you though. Had to do the same not too long ago. 15 years and 10 months my black lab made it to. Hardest day of my life was putting him down.
And then shortly after... My uncle went ape-shit crazy. Killed his wife. And was shortly thereafter murdered himself by S.W.A.T. No joke.
And there sat the dog. So I got on a plane and drove the dog home +2,000 miles.
Probably the best dog I've ever had yet...
Unix will self-destruct in five seconds... 4... 3... 2... 1...