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Comment: Re: I Switched To FreeBSD (Score 1) 123

by urbanriot (#48402567) Attached to: FreeBSD 10.1 Released

I know you want security and all but that's a lot of installing/updating. Do your computers ever get any actual work done for their clients?

I can't make sense of your question. Note you're replying to a post that read "I weigh my considerations" meaning it's a thought process that does not involve updating servers or systems outside of perhaps a VM for evaluation.

Comment: Re: I Switched To FreeBSD (Score 1) 123

by urbanriot (#48391555) Attached to: FreeBSD 10.1 Released
I agree with this and with each new release of FreeBSD and OpenBSD, I weigh my considerations for each OS due to the lack of updates with pf on FreeBSD. Following firewall documentation provided for OpenBSD pf configurations is frustrating when similar FreeBSD functionality follows a different, older syntax or simply can't be achieved as easily as it can with the newer OpenBSD functionalities. However I feel that I can achieve more with FreeBSD and faster, simply because I find the OS more accessible and compatible with other packages.

Comment: Re:Netflix rating engine is excellent. (Score 1) 86

by urbanriot (#47403497) Attached to: Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day
I've found the recommendation system an excellent experience. I rate many of the movies I enjoy and all the suggestions they give me are precisely the kinds of movies I love, either enjoyed them in the past or enjoyed them after Netflix recommended them to me.

After a few years of using Netflix, it feels like the system knows me to well...

Comment: Re:Turn on the tablet (Score 1) 68

by urbanriot (#47355611) Attached to: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch
I learned more about bees in an episode of Reading Rainbow than I've read about in the papers, even after all the attention bees have been getting. Reading Rainbow was more than just a show that reviewed books or relayed stories, Levar Burton and others also interacted with all manner of people on all manner of topics. Regardless of the source of education, kids learn from wherever can retain their interest. You may need to partition sources of data, like TV from reading, but plenty of kids parse all the information that's provided to them and one experience does not corrupt the other.

Comment: Re:Blackberry will probably be my next phone (Score 1) 67

by urbanriot (#47290197) Attached to: BlackBerry Back In Profit
You referred to many aspects of a phone that everyone seems to ignore. I despise calling some of my Android using friends as the call quality on their end is absolute crap, while people can't discern whether I'm on a land line or mobile when they speak to me on my Blackberry Bold or my iPhone 5. I'm sure there are Android phones that have excellent clarity but it seems most people forget about what I consider to be the most important criteria when purchasing a phone. Blackberry has never failed me in that category.

Comment: Re:You want IE to be relevant? (Score 1) 105

Our IT support experience is entirely different from what you're suggesting and typically it's "8", "9/10" and "11" in terms of compatibility, with 9 and 10 offering pretty much the same experience.
Property management platforms utilized by the majority of hotels throughout North America, like what Micros provides, automobile dealership platforms, like what Honda provides, etc., they're all either IE9 / IE10 or just IE9. Once in a while we'll see a location on an old Siebel platform requiring IE 8 or compatibility view. There are very few instances where anyone has been compatible with all three, it's typically 9/10 or 11 and large corporations have rules concerning specificity of IE version and it's almost always IE 9 for compatibility reasons.

Comment: Re:You want IE to be relevant? (Score 1) 105

In supporting corporate IT, we're finding that more users are having better success accessing web sites with Internet Explorer 8 / 9 / 10 and Google Chrome, rather than Internet Explorer 11. However we also find some web developers are providing platforms that are only compatible with Internet Explorer 11 so there are exceptions. With all of that being said, we're starting to push more users to Chrome since we have less compatibility issues and Google provided group policy templates. I expect IE 12 will push more companies to Google Chrome, assuming they're going to wildly change the standards again, so I'm thinking their relevancy will decline further.

Comment: Re:Not so sensational... (Score 2) 564

Age has plenty to do with it. When you interact with as many IT people as I do, you have a large enough sample set to accurately predict behaviours based on visible characteristics. Clever young IT people are often quick to click without considering ramifications or thoroughly researching the implications of their actions, yet are often able to slip by unnoticed since they'll stay up until 2am off the click fixing their issues. Older, more experienced IT people are often thrust into technologies they don't fully understand and are afraid to admit this to their employers, since the young buck next to them claims to know everything about everything. As much as older IT folks don't want to admit it, they don't learn as quickly as they did when they were younger and they don't have as much time to upgrade their skillsets. Certainly this doesn't apply to everyone but I've encountered enough IT people to know that this is an extremely common scenario, right up there with underpaid IT people expected to know more than they're trained to know.

Comment: Not so sensational... (Score 2) 564

Considering how easy it would be for a less-than-savvy IT person to accidentally encourage this situation, I doubt this is a sensational case of some huge vulnerability.

As someone who regularly provides consultation to IT staff, I know full well that there's plenty of 'administrators' that wade into waters they don't understand. We often encounter the aging IT staff member that's forced to interact with software they don't quite understand or we have the younger IT staff that impulsively click on what they don't understand, both occasionally leading a company to some manner of pandemonium level disaster. Or you simply have a dysfunctional IT department that doesn't communicate and, "oh, I'll just move this server into this container right here..." Just another day in IT.

Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 3, Interesting) 285

by urbanriot (#46779543) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
Microsoft's lack of advancement in Office is most definitely a cause as if you read all the marketing materials for Microsoft Office 2013, every single heading and sub-heading referred to the touch based experience. If you read the flyers when the software debut, there was zero reason to buy it unless you were using a touch screen.

This is demonstrably the case upon firing the software up as the interface is horribly ugly and even Microsoft Outlook 2013 can be uninstalled and 2010 reinstalled in its place, and all the settings, mail profile information, .PST, autocomplete, etc., is in place. I don't think the majority of people would actually notice a difference flipping back to Outlook 2010 from 2013, other than a better interface with the older product.

Comment: You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 3, Informative) 285

by urbanriot (#46779317) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
With so many people experiencing issues with Microsoft Office 2013 activation and random requests to re-activate which result in error codes, or issues where "A problem has occurred" with no log entries or error codes when you try to install the software, it's quite possible Microsoft has strongly encouraged people to seek alternatives.

Since experiencing so many reliability issues with Microsoft Office 2013, issues that did not exist with Microsoft Office 2010, I've become a vocal advocate for making the switch from Microsoft to either OpenOffice or LibreOffice.

I often encourage OpenOffice for older folks that are looking for a more reliable experience while I suggest LibreOffice to those who want a feature rich experience and don't mind the occasional glitch or updating the software as regularly as they release updates. I feel both are great projects.

Comment: Didn't we used to call this "speed reading"? (Score -1, Offtopic) 641

by urbanriot (#46692971) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
This article talks more about the feelings and emotions of experts rather than referring to any changes that have occurred physically with the brain so I categorize this into whatever mental file folder I archive topics concerning 'exaggerated digital age hysteria' as I was always a skimmer just like this woman, and when I say always it means the majority of my life that was pre-internet. Just like this woman, I had difficulty immersing myself into a book as I defaulted to skimming. This wasn't an adaptation caused by the internet, this was how my brain always worked.

Certainly I utilize this now to skim Slashdot in seconds to determine if I want to click further, just as I'm sure plenty of other higher functioning readers do, and as such I don't see this as a detriment or a negative byproduct of the internet.

Pohl's law: Nothing is so good that somebody, somewhere, will not hate it.