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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

+ - New Car Cam Voyager with LCD Provides a Live Feed ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The new Car Cam Voyager with LCD is the first vehicle camera to let you see exactly what is happening in real-time while you're driving. This car camera not only provides a live feed on its 2 inch 320 x 240 screen, but it also records up to 48 hours of video on the road with an (optional) 32GB microSD card. The device records footage at 720x480 30fps and it sports a wide angle 2.0 megapixel sensor. The Car Cam Voyager with LCD is also easy to set up, there is no installation required — all you have to do is plug it in to your cigarette lighter and place it on the dashboard. Overall, this is the perfect camera to monitor your teen's driving habits, and it's extremely useful to have on hand as evidence should you ever need to protect yourself from unfair insurance claims or need to provide evidence from a car accident. The Car Cam Voyager with LCD retails for $299.95 at BrickHouse Security.
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Verizon Sued After Tech Punches Customer In Face 493

Posted by samzenpus
from the can-you-hit-me-now dept.
suraj.sun writes "A Verizon customer filed a lawsuit after the tech the company sent out got a little punchy. Instead of fixing the customer's problem, the tech allegedly hit him in the face. The New York Post says the tech attacked the customer after he asked to see some ID before allowing access to the apartment. From the article, '"You want to know my name? Here's my name," Benjamin snarled, slapping his ID card into Isakson's face, according to Isakson's account of the December 2008 confrontation. "The guy essentially snapped. He cold-cocked me, hit me two or three solid shots to the head while my hands were down," said Isakson, a limo driver. He said the pounding bloodied his face and broke his glasses. But things got uglier, Isakson said, when Benjamin squeezed him around the neck and pressed him up against the wall. "He's prepared to kill me," Isakson said. "That's all I could think of." The customer broke free and ran away. The Verizon tech then chased the customer until he was subdued by a neighbor who was an off-duty cop.'"

Comment: We use a custom application... (Score 1) 251

by smkndrkn (#28779843) Attached to: Best Tools For Network Inventory Management?

...that I wrote in PHP. We have over 140 servers and 70+ workstations. Never mind the switches, mobile phones, monitors, demo machines and loaner equipment. Keeping track of all that in a spreadsheet was getting a little tedious. It worked but it wasn't the best solution. I wrote something up in an afternoon using php and apache that allows us to add/delete/edit equipment if you log in using apache. If you don't log in you get a ready only view of everything sorted by asset tag number.

A friend of mine recently asked me the same question you asked here...and I gave him my code. I guess it is working nicely for them. Not much of a solution for you I know but I could give you the code if you like...

Comment: Doable... (Score 1) 918

by smkndrkn (#27356933) Attached to: With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

My friend was a painter almost his entire life. Years ago he got a degree and was a teacher. The only computer experience he had was playing the occasional video game. When he was in his late 30s he left painting to work desktop support. After a couple years doing that I got him a job as a Junior Sysadmin with my company and took him under my wing. Now he's in his early 40s and a solid mid-level sysadmin (4 years later). I don't see any effect on his career due to his age. Most hiring managers are probably just happy to have someone who knows how to fix the servers.

Comment: Re:Employed but looking? (Score 1) 371

by smkndrkn (#26723251) Attached to: IT Job Market Is Tanking, But Not For Everyone

That's not greedy. That is doing what is best for you and your career. Why stay at the sinking ship taking less pay and doing even more work when you can move to another company that isn't as affected by the downturn and be paid a reasonable wage? Just makes sense. Good luck on your search.

Comment: Demons (Score 1) 1397

by smkndrkn (#26707683) Attached to: Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

For the last 8 years I've named all my systems after demons, except in a few instances. I used to work with a born again christian who didn't like the naming scheme very much and used to counter with religious names (he was a junior sysad with responsibility for a handful of our 200+ systems). Most have CNAME records that are more benign but even when users find out the real names they don't tend to care.

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser