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Comment Don't care (Score 1) 441

I didn't care what my GPA was while in school and certainly don't care what it was 17 years later outside of general curiosity. No employer has ever asked what my GPA was and I am happily working in the field I love (IT).

Comment About 4 years ago, and a pay phone at that! (Score 1) 329

About 4 years ago the crankshaft pulley failed on my car and I got stuck near a gas station. I didn't have a cellphone with me so I ended up using the pay phone outside of the gas station to get a tow truck (thankfully they still had one). It was after 10PM and the gas station itself had closed, so I couldn't go inside to ask for help.

I would get a landline for the sake of DSL internet service, but the last time I tried signing up with AT&T U-Verse, they failed over a period of 6 weeks to even send an installer out. On 3 separate attempts I called AT&T and each time an installer was supposed to come out they never did and never called. The worst of it all was calling their customer support and (after 4 transfers and being kept on hold 10-30 minutes each time) the person that answered, rather than assist me, asked me what phone number I called to reach her and proceeded to refuse to believe the I called her at that number?!? I was staring at the caller ID on my phone and the customer support number printed on the welcome letter that had been mailed to me. Twice in my entire life I have used the C**t word when speaking to a woman, and both times it was AT&T customer support who had so infuriated me to the point that I was not about to let the person off of the phone until I had thoroughly ruined their day as well.

Comment Re:I like them (Score 1) 347

The keyboard on a T430 is actually really nice and has much better key "feel" than a T420. I have to use a T420 at work and more often than not have to re-hit keys to get it to register a keystroke. Particularly the top row of numbers.

My only gripe with the T430 keyboard is they remove the Pause/Break key. There's a key combination that will reproduce it, but it's a change that wasn't needed.

Comment Re:Not again... (Score 1) 1110

I agree with you completely. I upgraded my HTPC to Win8Pro the 1st day it was available and have been happily using it since then. At the end of the day it is the same OS as Win7 with a better Start interface, there is no excuse for someone that used Win7 not to be able to use Win8. I prefer the Start screen as opposed to the Start menu. It requires a little tidying up whenever a new desktop app is installed to remove unnecessary Start screen icons, but other than that it works perfectly fine. It's been faster and more stable then Win7.

The only thing I don't necessarily care for is the Charms bar, but that simply because I tend to use desktop apps full screen and often cause the charms to appear when all I wanted to do was close the open application. It's still lights year better than any Linux distro and more reliable than Mac OS X (I've tried both, many times).

Comment Keep the $1 and get rid of the coins (Score 1) 943

I would rather keep the $1 bill and get rid of all the coins. Put an end to all the $0.99 nonsense pricing and make taxes/tips easier to calculate. I don't even mind if they make it so all sales taxes round up to the nearest dollar. I'm tired of trying to find an efficient way to store and, later, spend coins. They weigh my pants down and cause the pockets to wear out sooner.

Comment From my experience (Score 1) 416

I recommend the following:

1.) Stop by any hardware store and pick up a small toolkit that Black & Decker makes, they sell for ~$8 USD and have multiple bits for phillips head, flat head, hex, and so on. It comes in a sturdy orange plastic case that holds up extremely well. Every time I start a new contract this is the first toolkit I buy to keep at work. In addition, pick up: one heavy duty phillips head screwdriver and one heavy duty flathead screwdriver.

2.) Label printer. Preferably a hand-held one that uses regular AA or AAA batteries. Keep a spare set of batteries on hand as well as a spare tape cartridge. Label EVERYTHING at BOTH ENDS. It helps to also label each server with the network ID, model and serial number for those quarterly/bi/annual inventory audits when you're asked to verify what's actually in the server room.

3.) Small shears (heavy steel scissors) for cutting zipties off large cable bundles and opening god-damned plastic packaging.

4.) Pliers & needle-nose pliers, quite often things get bent that need un-bending.

5.) Cable tester. You'll want a reliable one that uses separate sender and receiver modules so you can leave the cable in place for testing.

6.) Smartphone. Install the best flashlight app available and keep the flashlight, camera and notepad apps on the 1st app screen.

7.) A server jack/lift if you can get the company to pay for it. Some servers can be a ***** to lift into place and sometimes it's hard to find someone to help you get something racked.

8.) Plastic bins that are stackable and have openings on the front that are easy to reach into. You'll want to keep a good supply of different length cables on hand and these will make it easier to keep them organized. Might also want to consider a large tackle box for fibre optics components and rack mount screws/retainers. If you get a large enough one, you can store all of the tools in it as well.

9.) A large flat crowbar (pry bar), you'll rarely use it, but damned if it doesn't come in handy when you need it. Might want to pair this with a large rubber mallet or sledge hammer

10.) Crimper, really not that important these days as most places use pre-made cables. In the last 7 years i've only needed to crimp 1 cable. Your situation may be different.

11.) Cordless screwdriver with a spare battery fully charged at all times. Last place I was at we kept 2 spare batteries fully charged and often went through them. These come in really handy when you need to swap out a dozen or more servers and have to undo a lot of screws or assemble/disassemble the racks themselves.

12.) Ear protection, either the big over the ear kind or just a box of disposable ear plugs.

Comment Re:Once in a while when... (Score 1) 144

Once in a while when I see the count on the Spam folder in the hundreds, i'll check the first page or two of filtered emails to see what is getting flagged. Sometimes I find emails from companies I do business with getting flagged since those companies also send advertisements thinly veiled as newsletters. The big annoyance for me are companies that send emails from different domains than their official company domain. It makes it really hard to tell if it is legit email or a phishing scam.

Comment Reducing warranty replacement costs is all... (Score 1) 1009

There are countless "reviews" of processors and motherboards on NewEgg and elsewhere, which it is obvious the person damaged their system due to carelessness when building a new system. Soldering the CPU onto the motherboards will undoubtedly greatly reduce the warranty replacement costs that Intel loses money on each year. I was just thinking a few months ago that there is a real opportunity for motherboard vendors to improve upon the current ATX/BTX specs if they soldered processors and even memory onto the board to sell near-foolproff pre-assembeled components with new mounting methods to eliminate the current standoff+screws that are used. I would personally welcome this change.

In the nearly 20 years that i've been building systems, i've only ever upgraded the CPU itself on 2 systems out of 7, the other 5 were either built from scratch or upgraded with a new motherboard to go with the new CPU.

Comment Abstain (Score 1) 707

I refuse to vote, I am still reeling in disbelief that Bush got re-elected and too pissed at Democrats for refusing to impeach him.

3rd party candidates are all worse than the Republicans and Democrats, there's no hope of any of them getting close to being elected.

Comment They've never gotten it right (Score 4, Insightful) 252

Even when I had a Mac Mini and a MacBook, every upgrade to iTunes would have video playback issues until the library was deleted and re-created (backing up all your content before-hand of course). The same thing happened with the last 2 updates that were released 10.6.x and 10.7. The last 10.6.x update caused a slight drop in framerate and 10.7 caused a massive drop in frame rate on high end systems and crashed iTunes on low-end systems. It took a deleteion of the library file to get it working again. Given they're past failure to fix this issue over the last 6 years, I have no hopes of them fixing it with 11.

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