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Comment Re:Some of my most reliable servers are FreeBSD... (Score 1) 245

He may be referring to Apache HTTP Server 2.4.x, discussion concerning what he's referring to can be found on forums.freebsd.org - http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=34310

... of course, at the end of the day he can always compile from source or follow blog postings which provide a considerable amount of detail to complete this simple task. We've compiled from source many of our applications so we can customize the compiled experience to a finer degree. I may have made some ports contributions along the way as well.

Comment Some of my most reliable servers are FreeBSD... (Score 5, Informative) 245

Since we made the switch to FreeBSD in 2004, providing various services such as proxying web usage or web access logging for corporations, we've never even considered another OS as it's been a rock solid performer. Thousands of users in various locations are relying on our systems and despite inept people accidentally unplugging some of them, failed UPS', failed hard drives, they ruggedly truck on without issue.

Hopefully the front page posting will encourage other FreeBSD users to donate. There's certainly more servers in production, especially some of the more reliable ones, that are using FreeBSD according to Netcraft.

Comment Re:How about they.... (Score 1) 321

Thank you. The first words that rang through my mind were 'incompetency' in terms of either a) having incompetent internal IT staff or b) having internal incompetent management that did not hire external staff to create a properly configured network. It sounds like someone in charge is trying to offload their responsibility to a 'PC vs. Mac' argument when it's really a bad management issue.

Comment There's a successful, large rental outlet here. (Score 5, Informative) 547

We've had a rental outlet in my city for the past 20 years or so and they've survived by giving people what they want and people drive 30 minutes out of town to rent videos from this place. What sets them apart is the following:

- wide selection of movies and TV shows, stuff you won't find elsewhere or downloadable via torrents, like lesser known foreign and independent movies, the place is huge.

- enough copies of popular movies so you can almost always get what you went there for

- blu-ray, DVD, VHS (!), Xbox 360, Wii, etc., whatever you and your family needs, it's there

- two for one days on slower nights of the week and other coupons for the past decade brings plenty of people into the outlet

- extras are sold off at a good price when they're no longer rented

Comment Almost anything will do... (Score 3, Interesting) 372

I was a late bloomer, as far as reading went. I didn't feel the need as my intuitive rationale at the wee age of five was that it simply wasn't necessary; I can do what I want, function just fine without reading, so why waste time learning... ... then my mom brought home some comic books from the convenience store down the street, a Spider-Man and a Fantastic Four, and while I enjoyed the pictures, I really wanted to know what they were saying. The Fantastic Four had less exciting imagery yet an abundance of speech bubbles so I figured, these guys must be saying something important. This strongly motivated me to learn and I was reading rather large books by the age of 10 (my fifth grade teacher felt that that uncut version of Stephen King's The Stand was inappropriate at my age and was shocked, both positively and negatively, that I understood the context and ambiguities of certain scenes). That all being said, it's my suggestion that you grab a stack of comics that range in terms of popularity, style and maturity and he'll be motivated by what he likes. Perhaps check on eBay for used collections of comic books as they go cheap there. The classic comic books may have less violence and more of a moral high ground than current day comic books.

Comment Re:Good Idea (Score 1) 951

I initially hated the ribbon as well, angered that they'd removed some of the functions I'd used or misplaced them... until a Microsoft developer blogged that everything is still there, it's just ribbonized. I gave it a chance and after around 3 months, I prefer the ribbon.

I agree with another poster though, that the world has upgraded to wide screen displays and software developers need to innovate and find a way for us to use the left and right areas of our screen, rather than the up and down. (I've tilted one of my 24" LG displays vertically until then)

Comment Re:No one is in compliance (Score 1) 519

Good luck counter-suing the BSA. They're represented by teams of the most expensive lawyers in North America and fighting them would cost more than it would cost to pay the fees. We're not talking about a small claims court here, where you can say, "fuck em"; we're talking about a team of high priced lawyers sitting across from you who do this for a living. It's easy to talk the talk, but it's expensive to fight the fight.

Aspects of this argument are being fought by people represented by the EFF, situations with used software like Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc.

Comment Re:Yes, I've had experience. We lost (& kind o (Score 1) 519

Are you speaking from experience? That most assuredly did not work for us, nor did credit card statements. The court of law requires an itemized receipt of purchasing, clearly listing the purchase of a software license. A software licensing audit is not the same as a financial audit.

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