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Comment RFC 2504 (Score 2, Informative) 260

An all-too-quick 40 minutes? At a user/usage level? There's a LOT to choose from, but as a great start, try RFC2504. http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2504.txt?number=2504 Pick and choose as appropriate to your needs. We tried to make it very useful as a reference for the generic user. You can even hand out copies if you like. For a bit more detail, and as a good read in case you get asked some lower-level questions, try RFC 2196, more specifically targeted for IT folks, and "Middle Managers" who have to at least be exposed to the concepts. http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2196.txt?number=2196 Cheers, Steve PS(don't let the fact that these are TEN years old fool you, most of these concerns are still quite current, most companies (read: those of popular OSes) don't exactly *want* people to understand the why's because they start to question the why-not (yet)s. If you found any of this useful, or not, just reply here, Most if not all those email addresses are defunct at this point -- we've moved onto and into other things).

Comment Must be app-store approved... (Score 1) 327

Even before we get to the performance issue, there are at least two others that could run blocking. 1) I wonder if this is the sort of thing Apple would approve. Recent rants would seem to indicate if it allows any sort of a shell, no way. Otherwise, who knows? 2) Apple enforces it's look-and-feel rules religiously. Last I saw there was NOTHING .Net that looked at all Aqua. The stuff at unity3d.com looks cool, and would seem to *imply* Apple's OK with however their stuff looks, but I couldn't find a screen shot that showed me e.g. a typical config panel so I could compare it to iPhone's native bits.

Comment Re:You already know where to go for disks.... (Score 1) 533

I have a bunch of period (ha!) 5.25" disks, from DOS 3.1, and a bunch of utilities, plus games, games, games -- if you get the machine working we can talk about those (see previous post). I haven't taken a formal inventory, just going from memory, but 'm happy to donate them, but not wanting the quantity and quality of spam posting my email address here can get me, let me know if you're interested and we can see how to get them to you without more 'influx' than this is worth. Obvious caveat: they haven't been in a computer in at least 15 years. Now if I only had the cycles to boot that old Encore Multimax (2100 watts!), and could find a home for those PDP-11 parts I'd go to computing karma heaven for sure. 8^)

Comment Re:What amazing coverage of the event! (Score 1) 619

Yes, it does -- with any GSM provider, but AT&T wants to keep you locked in; they paid for a 5 year exclusive (don't take my word for it, google away). I'm about to *finally* dump T-Mobile, when I told them I was doing it because I have an iPhone, they told me (and I quote), "No problem moving it over here" and I was immediately put in-touch with a 3rd-tier support guy, who told me he helps customers do this all the time, just walking them through installing an application -- Cydia. Yes, Cydia. TMobile is going to walk me through Jailbreaking my iPhone. I stopped him and said, "it's not TMobile's App" he said, "yes." I said, "I'll bet you can't even use the word "Jailbreak" -- he said "that is also correct." I wonder if AT&T knows their competition is helping steal users by violating the manufacturer's warranty (-- rhetorical). FWIW, the claim is you keep Edge and WiFi connectivity, but loose 3G access when you move to TMobile, and that's not Apple's doing either, TMobile doesn't support AT&T's 3G frequency. Yes, another nasty hardware thing, those evil Hardware guys, designing hardware specific to it's purpose and business model. Thank God Microsoft isn't in charge of any phone hardware (also rhetorical, also sincere -- can you say "feb29th bug", and even a bit sarcastic with no intent to offend any specific parties).

Comment Simile: Bond, James Bond? (Score 1) 395

Depending on it's accuracy, I'll bet it's a lot like the James Bond series -- the book form, that is. Fleming knew quite a bit about what actual Secret Service life is like -- it's about as exciting as tracking down a network intruder, except the intensity of a "chase gone bad" is probably a bit more all-or-nothing.

Comment Same COBOL guys from Y2K? (Score 3, Informative) 405

I learned COBOL way back when (1984 to be precise, then used it for a few years and it eventually rotted out of my brain). I was thinking of coming out of COBOL Retirement back when I heard what huge demand Y2K was putting on the lack of COBOL knowledge. What happened to the Y2K COBOL team -- did they help the state of CA then? I'm guessing if CA didn't find a replacement in 10 years (which is not-so-suspiciously just before everyone starting fretting over Y2K), I don't really see it happening now, or I'd dig out my old COBOL disks, dirty up my resume (re)writing a few more COBOL programs, send out a resume, and move to sunny CA and $clean $up -- but anyone whose been a contractor has already thought like this.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Old Computer Game Covers -- Art, or just old? 1

zentechno writes: Cleaning out some VERY old boxes, in a long-untouched closet, and discovered my first supply of PC Games, some new back when 386's were new, and while there's (almost) zero use for these, I still think the cover art is quite cool. I found the original Zork (I), Zork II, Zork III (and the later released Zork 0), Enchanter, and Sorcerer from InfoCom, plus Star Trek "The Kobayashi Alternative" from Simon & Schuster, Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder from SSI, Loom by Lucas Games, Nuclear War from New World, Annals of Rome and FireZone from PSS, Sidewinder from EA, and Defender of the Crown from Mindscape to name many. I loved these games, and wonder if there's any sort of serious collectors market out there as there is for vinyl album art — or is it just a personal thing?
Microsoft

Submission + - Balmer egged, but none on his face (bbc.co.uk)

zentechno writes: Balmer was speaking at a lecture to university students at the Corvinus University in Budapest, and was just going into his "warm-personable" act when an angry student, sporting a classic, if European long-sleeved homebrew "Microsoft = corruption" shirt, shouted some choice words in anger, and pummeled him with several eggs . I'm not sure what the student said (anyone?), but it obviously echoes of the classic Gates-pie gag , only a bit more "raw" on several fronts, and lacking other "ingredients." Balmer, clearly a bit wigged, shook it off with his usual pacing and humorous observations.

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