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Comment Re:Step 1 (Score 3, Interesting) 480

This is the best description I have read regarding the Network Admin position.

When I started as an admin 5 years ago, the company didn't know to care about redundancy, or security. When I started, neither did I. I could build PCs, do some light programming, and had a knack for finding solutions with Google. In that time, I've replaced all network hardware and fixed the topology, expanded from 6 to 20 servers, added virtualization wherever possible, added battery backup to everything (many servers didn't have any UPS), replaced 100 windows 2000 desktops, added 100 more desktops, upgraded the domain from 2000 to 2008, Exchange upgrades twice, migrated all storage to redundant RAID on server or via NAS, maintained DAILY tape backups of all servers, network monitoring via free Linux tools, expanded the network via T1 to include 7 satellite facilities and WAPs with VPN/firewall, and locked down every damned machine so that nobody can install anything. All while providing these people and locations with 24/7 tech support and software instruction. Monitoring scripts are all Perl and PowerShell, depending on OS. All of our network hardware is either Adtran or 3Com (now HP) and I've only had one switch failure in 5 years. No training seminars or certification taken, just lots of reading.

It pays shit, but its steady.


How the PC Is Making Consoles Look Out of Date 568

An anonymous reader writes "What has been clear from this year's Game Developers Conference is that consoles are beginning to show their age. With nothing beyond a possible Nintendo update on the horizon, developers at this year's GDC have turned their eyes to the PC. The article includes three videos that give a fantastic insight into where PC graphics are headed, including a version of Epic's Unreal engine, Crytek's Cryengine 3, and DICE's Frostbite 2 engine. Considering that these leaps in eye candy are only possible with the current state of PC graphics, we wonder how long consoles will be the target platform for development of blockbuster games."

Submission + - Ksplice apparently running on 100,000 servers (

quartertime writes: Remember Ksplice, the startup that has been claiming they have technology to make rebootless updates for the Linux kernel? When they launched their commercial product last year, we weren't sure whether people would pay $4/month for it.
Well, it turns out that the answer is yes — according to their birthday blog post about having reached all 7 continents, more than 2 million rebootless updates have been installed on over 100,000 production servers.

Personally, I'm looking forward to when IBM's Watson starts updating its own code to fix all the bugs introduced by us humans.


Submission + - Adobe's iPhone Hail Mary (

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions whether the move to port Flash to the iPhone isn't a last-ditch effort on Adobe's part to remain relevant in the quickly evolving smartphone market. By allowing developers to compile existing Flash apps into native binaries, Adobe believes it has found a way around Apple's requirements that no non-Apple API interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an app, a clause that has also prevented Sun from porting JVM to the iPhone. The resulting apps will be completely stand-alone, with no runtimes and no Flash Player required — if Apple lets Adobe get away with it, no small feat given the how protective Apple has been about its app market. But as much as Apple has at stake here, Adobe may actually have more, McAllister writes. 'Already the idea of using Web languages and tools to build smartphone applications is taking hold. Palm has built an entire smartphone platform around the idea. Apple supports the use of Web technologies like AJAX to build applications based on the iPhone's Safari browser. And developers will soon even be able to build Web-based applications for BlackBerry handsets, thanks to a new SDK from Research in Motion. As late to the game as it is, what Adobe needs now is to convince developers that Flash is better than the other options — and that could be a tough sell.'"

Submission + - Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack (

Barence writes: PC Pro has got its hands on one of Microsoft's Windows 7 launch party packs — yes, the one from *that* video — and can reveal all of the party goodness contained within. Brace yourselves for disappointment. Amazingly, the one bit you might actually want — the copy of Windows 7 Ultimate with the authentic not-quite-hand-signed Ballmer scrawl — is already appearing on eBay for less than the price of an unsigned edition. That's got to hurt.

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