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Comment: Re:I would want to choke someone if it was random (Score 1) 423

by mmclean (#28934977) Attached to: Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions
Deployment services are good beyond lab and simple environments. In fact, the job of a computer support "professional" would include using the correct deployment tool / service based on his/her needs. As to different defaults, the "professional" job is to provide a sane, baseline, set of defaults, not to dictate to everyone what they want. A professional (yes, I've given up on quoting the word) won't skip or abandon a cost-saving, time-saving, deployment process because some users want their family pictures as the desktop background will some users want their dog's pictures. Similarly a professional won't give up on a deployment process and resort to manual installs because different people want different defaults. The professional will pick the sane, standard baseline; deploy that baseline efficiently; and handle the exceptions and true customizations via a) training or b) manual work after a bulk deployment. A professional will not accept sitting in front of the Windows (or any OS, really) installer dozens of times a week.

Comment: Re:I would want to choke someone if it was random (Score 2, Insightful) 423

by mmclean (#28925265) Attached to: Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions
Can you really call yourself a computer support "professional" if you are doing a LOT of Windows installs? There are these concepts called disk imaging and Windows Deployment Services (and a host of others, google is your friend) that are far more time-efficient and computer technician efficient than "a LOT of Windows installs". Might I suggest that the proper use of these tools is what distinguishes a professional from a monkey pushing the buttons in response to the visual stimuli.

Comment: Re:I didn't think it was that good (Score 0) 203

by mmclean (#28585951) Attached to: The Technology of <em>Neuromancer</em> After 25 Years
I read it for the first time only recently (I know, turn in my geek card, etc.). In the harsh light of the real future, the book doesn't even begin to hold up. Even trying to mentally adjust for the fact that I was reading it late, I couldn't get into it much. It took me an obnoxiously long, slow time to read, with continual questions to myself along the way; "why am I reading this," "Why is it considered so good," etc.

Comment: Re:Proud to be a Comcast customer? (Score 1) 281

by mmclean (#28375189) Attached to: Comcast To Bring IPv6 To Residential US In 2010
Not the original poster, but ....

I hate to say it, but I agree. As bad as all the trash talking on Comcast is, I've never had a problem. Setup was easy. The 15-20 minute call to swap out my modem for a $15 one I found at a thrift store was straight forward and easy.

Don't you consider having to make that phone call in the first place a problem?

Nope, not in the slightest. I would expect to have to call to initialize service - as I do for cell phones, pizza delivery, etc.

How about their "support tools" are IE based that won't work in any browser on any platform?

Never need to use them, never bothered installing them. I've seen from someone else's connection what they are and it's nothing I can't do on my own without them (ping, traceroute, search help files, etc.). Those Comcast tools exist for the non-Slashdot crowd.

And my current issue with Comcast right now is being in California and Comast routing the IP network cross country to New Jersey at 1/4 the bandwidth I had when they were routing through San Francisco.

My Jacksonville connection routes through Atlanta, my NJ connection yrs ago routed through somewhere in NY/NJ IIRC. My bandwidth has been fine in both places.

Looking forward to IP6 also (though I'll have to get rid of my $100 cheap router for a "real" one)

Comment: Re:So which celebrity does he prefer? (Score 2, Funny) 347

by mmclean (#27993897) Attached to: FMRI Shows Man Loves Wife More Than Angelina Jolie

Not true. Many slashdotter wives are "deeply beautiful". ...

You thought there was gonna be a joke here, but you're wrong. I know for sure that there's at least one slashdot user with a gorgeous wife (hi, honey).

You were doing excellently to this point

[note to young guys: this is how you manage to still get oral on a regular basis after 20 years' marriage]

But this is your rookie mistake, you can't let her know that you know. I learned that in year 5 (of 14 now).

Comment: Re:They haven't ended the relationship... (Score 1) 137

by mmclean (#27526551) Attached to: Facebook Cuts Off Pirate Bay Links

try putting in your host file [] or setting you DNS server setting to and then going to []

Wow, they've really made SSL easy. All I have to do is over-ride DNS settings (as you stated) and I automatically get SSL and all sniffing averted. Awesome. I guess I really am behind on this inner tubs stuff. Yeah, right ... again ... I now award you a "you fail at failing teh inner tubes".

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll