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Comment Re: 25+ years (Score 1) 620

In Y2K, I was forced to switch NetBEUI frames over a TCP/IP network, because some system managers could not be bothered to switch their transport... I believe it was Cisco DLSW that saved our life, because otherwise we would be forced to find Eicon or similar cards in order to connect E1s directly to NetBIOS servers... Those were fun times... Nowadays the oldest components I am using (apart from obvious pen and paper) are my fingers :)

Comment Why is there a block in place? (Score 2) 267

If the block is really worth the CPU time, then you should be in a position that requires it, so do not punch holes in it.

If the block is not that much necessary, remove it and make life easier for yourself, and the users if you care about them...

If there are really two kind of users, one that should have access to the outside and another, that should not, then split your user network, especially assuming that a network that has blocks for outbound connections, probably should have a (preferably two) DMZs that houses servers already in place...

Comment Re:Thank the Mozilla Foundation (Score 1) 155

It was fortunate for me then; I have uninstalled Mozilla some time back due to both problems during the installation of Adblock plus and serious performance issues, especially on Google services that I use extensively... I realized that only thing that is not irreplaceable in Mozilla (aside from buggy sync of bookmarks) was GreaseMonkey, which was not vital...

Comment Re:Yep, that is what I need to do! (Score 2) 214

I could not make myself to throw away my SyncMaster 793. Also it is either a very lucky piece of equipment or something dark is going on around. Whenever I went to a shop looking for a replacement, something bizarre (simplest of all shopping mall to be closed in the midday etc.) happens...

Comment Re:Then don't sign the contract (Score 1) 189

It is general practice in OEM/ODM manufacturing that the buyer decides methods of production, especially QA and even logistics, maybe even HR... It is the sole responsibility of manufacturer to decide the situation is viable or not. They can either choose to go with the deal or not. It is their (claimed only in this case) expertise in the first place which attracts buyer to their facility. If they are not able to see or tell the problems in the business model on table it is their fault not to make corrections before the problems' occurrence.

Comment Re:Goddamn it! (Score 2) 276

Unfortunately that was the case in my time. I should know that, as I was on the list of Cisco Certified SalesPro and SupoortPro trainers, with permission to establish a lab for certification of said *Pro people. I am sure whatever certifications you have are of far more better quality, this is the basis of Cisco training program.

Cisco certification is better than MS and Check Point is better than Cisco AFAIK, with a serious margin of error, based on territory and certification authority. Again this is my (unfortunately true and based on facts) view. Your take naturally can be different, but BS is one of the most effective tools of trade in commercial certification. That is why we still have universities...

Comment Re:Goddamn it! (Score 2) 276

This is unfortunately true for most certification programs. In Cisco SupportPro training (1996 I guess) I remember some of my classmates' points was better in the exam performed before training than the certification exam. That was because, in the first exam they used a simple criteria that "which answer is most costly and Cisco friendly", but in the actual exam they tried to use the training material they were given...

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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