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Comment: They have double the fees of eBay (Score 1) 79

by reaper (#46609141) Attached to: Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)

I do sell IT surplus equipment and the real issue I see here is that the fees are about double that of eBay's. The exchange getting a 20% cut is a huge deal on the lower-end items. Combine this with their limited user base, general shopping practices, and small amount of value add, it's not worth the extra pricing information.

For instance: I have a stack of Cisco 2960G Switches. I can go to eBay, do a search for closed auctions, or go to any number of pricing services to get historical selling prices. Since these are common, I will have no issue seeing the buying range. I make a compelling ad, pay $0 to list and pay 10% on the final value and probably 2.7% on the payment end. I can make a compelling ad and create incentives to get people to use me instead some other seller.

Now take something like a Thin Client, KVM cables, Rack keyboards, etc: low volume, and low price. Same fees for eBay. Double for this exchange. AND no one is looking for them because it's geared towards the network hardware side of things.

While I think it's a good idea and if they can get people to pay that much for an automated pricing system, great. But I'll be skipping it for now.

Comment: I will make my one point and get out... (Score 1, Insightful) 566

by reaper (#37589850) Attached to: Theater Professor's <em>Firefly</em> Poster Declared Threatening

The issue here wasn't that a security person took down the poster, it was rather than call someone higher up and ask "why the hell is a rent a cop touching my personal property?" he decided to go to name calling. That is not how things are done in business if you want to keep your job. You call your boss, he makes a call, a couple hours later either the matter is dropped and you put your poster back up or your boss calls you a douche for putting up a dumb poster. Either way, quick resolution.

But no, let's put up a new poster implying the security people were fascists. Because that will help. Now everyone gets called to the (metaphorical) principle's office because your couldn't handle it like an adult.

Oh and BTW, they took down a poster in your work environment, not beat you for stating political ideals. There's a difference.

Comment: Re:Very cool (Score 4, Interesting) 314

by reaper (#34649098) Attached to: Navy Uses Railgun To Launch Fighter Jet

When I was working on the arrestor portion in 2001, we had a system controlling two linear induction motors attached to the arrestor cable. Turns out that yes, you can use this type of system to stop planes, it is effective in many situations where planes come in at odd angles (the system pulls the plane towards the center of the deck), and you can recover power from it.

However, if you wire the position encoders backwards, the motor cores eject quite violently as soon as the control system is turned on. Thankfully, interns are surprisingly good at dodging.

Comment: Re:Seems like an opportunity (Score 1) 470

by reaper (#34062810) Attached to: IE6 Addiction Inhibits Windows 7 Migrations

Actually, Windows 7 has Windows XP available as an option. It runs XP apps in a VM and displays the window as a native window on the 7 desktop. You would need to tweak the default install to get IE 6 on there (it ships with 8), but it's still cheaper over the long haul than not upgrading to windows 7.

Comment: Depends on why you're doing it (Score 1) 837

by reaper (#30587584) Attached to: Uniforms For the Help Desk?

If you're doing it to get department unity, or to get better visibility for your people so you can get the recognition for a good job, it's not a terrible idea. The trick is that you don't want the IT guys to dislike it, or so that users don't start pulling guys away from higher priority tasks due to the new visibility.

I know, I prefer wearing the uniform when I go out on calls (saves me from having to think about my outfit), but our shirts are actually comfortable and appropriate for the weather and clients we're servicing. That and as a small company, we really need to have a professional, unified image.

Having an internal team wear them just to be easier to stick out, or for reasons that don't help your team directly, will brew internal tension.

Comment: I sent him a message (Score 1) 471

by reaper (#22706616) Attached to: State Lawmaker Wants To Ban Anonymous Posting Online
I (anonymously) sent him this:

Representative Couch:

I believe that your proposed bill which would require your identity revealed on the Internet for select communications is completely unenforceable. I also have great concerns as to the ramifications of free speach should it become law. I urge you to reconsider your stance on such a bill.

Thank you for your time.

-- Anonymous.

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Journal: Anatomy of rebuilding a Windows 2003 server

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So, I get a gig trying to rebuild a windows 2003 server that has recently had problems with such trivial tasks as adding machines to the network, and booting. It's interesting how the progression of events leads to a better, and better understanding of what's going on, and how things actually work. I'd like to share this experience:

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Journal: Maintanance gone sour

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When I first signed on to a job as sys admin, I thought I'd be in for the glamor-filled world of big iron, and big monitors, and I was. I was cleaning them, and pushing them around, and occasionally found my self with the ability to log into them. How times have changed.

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