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Comment Re:The answer is 'no' (Score 1) 545

If your company has any sort of lease/purchase lifecycle, this is where you be most effective in placing your OS upgrade. The problem is that you'll be supporting XP, Windows 7, and possibly 2000 for the next 2-3 years while you replace everyone's machines.

Corporate America resists change. Can you go to Windows 7? Sure. I just don't think businesses are going to go out and pay for 10,000 licenses to replace XP/2000 on all of their machines. The upgrades will more than likely happen with PC replacements, when the licenses are included with the purchase of the machine.

Comment Re:AD licensing (Score 1) 276

IIRC, if you use a Windows-based client OS to access AD, Exchange, Terminal Server, etc. the license you have for that client OS counts as a CAL for those services. I could be wrong on that, but In a Windows environment, a well deployed AD solution makes life WORLDS easier in terms of granting security, maintaining/tracking user accounts, and managing/securing computers. When I say securing there, I'm referring to Group Policies being used to automate a Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) environment, as well as "lock down" computers and prevent users from using certain parts of the OS. In many cases, this isn't necessary, but Group Policies also allow you to "push" out configuration changes with little to no effort. We use it to set the proxy server and local server exceptions in Internet Explorer. Hand configuring that would be HUGE pain. We also use it for application authentication. There's been a big push internally to move to AD authentication for all authentication. That makes life for users easy when they only need 1-2 passwords instead of one per application. YMMV.

Comment Re:Yes... maybe. (Score 1) 1123

"There are definitely jobs as a technician that do not require a degree, but will give you experience that could lead to a systems administration job. Particularly if you're willing to do shift work."

This is probably your best "in" if you don't want to go to college. You'll make less, but if a company is willing to take you on as a technician and you do good work, it can lead to promotions to the positions you actually want. Getting the college degree is definitely the more "sure" way to get hired, and if you're going to get the degree get an internship with a good company as part of it. That's how myself and most of my co-workers got our jobs. Many companies look at internships as a "trial period". They're MUCH more willing to hire an intern they've had for 6 months to a year over someone from outside the company.
  Another way to go is a contract to hire position. This is similar to the internship, but without the college sponsorship. Contact a contracting company in your area (many of the hiring companies on Monster are contracting companies) and get on a list of interested people. You can always apply and interview for a lot of jobs. If anything, the experience of learning HOW to interview well could overcome the lack of a degree.

The Courts

SCO Says IBM Hurt Profits 174

AlanS2002 sends in a link from a local Utah newspaper covering the SCO-IBM trial. The Deseret News chose to emphasize SCO's claim that IBM hurt SCO's relationship with several high-tech powerhouses, causing SCO's market share and revenues to plummet. "[A]n attorney for Lindon-based SCO said IBM 'pressured' companies to cut off their relationships with SCO. And 'the effect on SCO was devastating and it was immediate'..." As usual Groklaw has chapter and verse on all the arguments in the motions for summary judgement.

Videogame Remake of 1986's World Series Game 6 174

Carl Bialik from WSJ writes "Even non-baseball fans must concede that the re-creation of the bottom half of the 10th inning of Game Six of the 1986 World Series, using the original broadcast audio and a replay with Nintendo's RBI Baseball, took enormous dedication. 'Something like the Keith Hernandez at-bat, where he flies out to center, took like 200 attempts,' Creator Conor Lastowka told WSJ.com. Though it wasn't quite as hard as it looks: 'Thanks to the emulator software, each time Mr. Hernandez's at-bat strayed from history's script, Mr. Lastowka was able to replay from the previous at-bat. Using a computer rather than an actual game console like a PlayStation allowed Mr. Lastowka to save his progress along the way. He built his precise Game-Six replica bit by bit -- not in one flawless, improbable take.' Before he made the viral video, Lastowka was jobless; three days after its release, he had a job with a classic-films company."

Negroponte says Linux too 'Fat' 839

Cadef writes "According to a story on CNet News.com, Nicholas Negroponte says that Linux has gotten too fat, and will have to be slimmed down before it will be practical for the $100 laptop project. From the article: 'Suddenly it's like a very fat person [who] uses most of the energy to move the fat. And Linux is no exception. Linux has gotten fat, too.'"

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