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Comment: Re:The state of Linux (Score 1) 220

by pcjunky (#46523891) Attached to: Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

My experience has been the exact opposite. We started way back in the day with all Windoz servers. These were a constant source of headache. They would crash and need reboots weekly. Sometimes things would fail for no apparent reason without any means of fixing them short of reinstalling Windows. We started installing a few Linux servers for radius, DNS, HTTP. These didn't fail and one by one we replaced the Windoz boxes with Linux boxes.

Life is much better now and I spent very little time with server maintenance vs when we ran Windoz boxes. The few Windoz servers we still run take 90% of my time to keep running.

I look back now at what a mistake not using Linux from the start was.

Comment: Yes Yes Yes (Score 1) 306

by pcjunky (#46515101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

My wife, who started programming in the late 1970's went back to College in 2008 to complete her BS degree. She learned PHP, Java, Java script, CSS. Graduated with honors from UCF. She is very skilled at web development now. She is 53.

She even completed a MS style Thesis in the honors in the majors program.


Comment: How are small ISP's suposed to compete? (Score 3, Interesting) 361

by pcjunky (#46275199) Attached to: Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

I run a very small WISP. We have around 200 residential customers. Most other alternate ISP (not Comcast or CenturyLink) will not sell residential Internet. Why? Less money, more bandwidth. Streaming video uses up to 100 times more bandwidth that typical web surfing does. Comcast gets Level3 (Netflix's bandwidth provider) to pay them extra to deliver there video streams to there customers. We are so small, how are we supoosed to get Level3/Netflix to compensate us without getting laughed out of the room?

The situation is bad enough that we are considering discontinueing our sales of residential Internet.

At least if Comcast was not allowed to charge Level3 for the delivery of there streaming data (Shouldn't Comcast customer my fees cover this?), net neutrality, they would have to pass that expense on to the customer. If there rates went up so could ours. Level playing field.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"