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Comment Be careful! (Score 4, Informative) 168

If you live in the US, or your hosting is in the US, what you have done is technically cyber-crime. While I hate to say this, your best recourse is to move to another host and leave it all behind you. Should the hosting company start losing business because of you warning other users you could face all kinds of civil lawsuits and possibly even criminal penalties.

Comment Buy a used Mac! (Score 1) 503

Go onto Cowboom or eBay and get a used Mac. Blizzard has great Mac clients and you will not have to worry about the viruses, etc. The upfront cost may be greater but the Total Cost of Ownership will be less. See if you can find a Mac Mini that meets the specs - any one made in 2009 or later will do as they have nvidia graphics.

Comment Re:You basically just more economically said (Score 1) 1154

I am just about as old as you and pretty much have followed the same track. I do still use Linux as my server OS - Scientific or Centos, but I use OSX 10.8 as my desktop. It look good, it does not essentially change with each annual release, the mainstream apps I need are available and I can still do PHP/Apache/MySQL development on it. I loved Linux from the late 80s until around the release of the first Hackintosh distros when I was able to convert my Dell Vostro which had Fedora over to MacOS. It was fairly stable but the stability problems took me no longer to fix than the configuration files on Linux that I always had to tweak. Now I run a MacBook Air, and everything works well, including the unix console that I spend half my day using.

Comment Re:Perspectives (Score 1) 782

It is settled law that the company owns all data on its computers, email accounts etc, at least in the USA. If you are doing it at work, your employer has every right to be sniffing and logging that data, encrypted of otherwise since you are working for them and as a result you, for the time you are at work, are part of the company.

Comment Re:Be realistic (Score 4, Insightful) 162

Depends on what you call "Elder". Those in their 60s and 70s yes. Those of us in our 40s and slighty older than us are even more screwed than you youngsters. We have paid in all our lives (25+ years) the same as those in their 70s and 80s who have gotten everything but when we get to retirement age in 15-20 years there will be nothing left for us and everything we paid in will have been sucked dry.

Comment Stick to the spec/ (Score 2) 384

I write into my contracts: 1/3 due up front (agreement of the spec). 1/3 due at delivery. 1/3 due at acceptance. Acceptance is either when they sign off, or one week after delivery of product or delivery of the fix of the last bug determined between delivery and acceptance. Anything after acceptance is billable. Any "bug" that does not match the initial spec is not a bug, but rather additional work to be billed. The original spec is initialed on all pages by them Any changes that they ask for and I agree to during the course of the product being developed are added to an amended spec, sometimes gratis, sometimes at an additional cost. It is a pain, but it is the only way that these things go smoothly.

Comment Re:God's experiment in free will (Score 1) 1226

Stop reading shitty English translations. The penalty of death is for smiting your parents, not backtalking. If you kill your parents are are to be put to death. Does that maybe make a little more sense? As for Leviticus 10:9 that prohibits a Kohen (Priest) entering the part of the temple when drunk. If you are going to bash religion, perhaps you should learn a little about it first.

Comment CIO should not have to function as CTO (Score 2) 269

If a CIO is being looked at this way, perhaps the CIO is functioning more as a CTO, handling technical details, than a CIO. If a company has only one of these psotions, then the CIO will naturally have to take care of the CTO duties and will likely have little time to devote to a CIO's duties, which are far more business-oriented.

Comment Re:counterpoint (Score 2) 480

Running your own small business from home is far different from telecommuting into an established business. Like you, I am lucky enough to be working from home running my own business. That means I get to work in my pajamas every morning, be home when my son gets home from HS and spend time with him. I get to nap in the middle of the day if I feel like it or work late into the night if that is what I want. But do not think that what we have is what most people here have.

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