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Submission + - Ballmer to retire within a year

Barence writes: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within a year, the company has announced. The 57-year-old will step aside as soon as a successor can be found, which will be within the next 12 months.

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time," Ballmer said in a statement. "We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organisation and we have an amazing senior leadership team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction."

Comment Re:probably overheating them (Score 1) 241

No, not really. I completely agree with the OP. Home equipment is complete shit, and tends to fail rather quickly, especially Wireless routers. Switches last long but I've had a few come up with a dead port once in a while. It really sucks, so I too have been looking for better options.

For my home router I use a Debian Squeeze PC that I setup on an Intel Atom 330 board. Routes my 50/50 WAN perfectly well, even after applying firewall and NAT. For switches, I found that Mikrotik makes decent gear. They make routers too but I don't want to depend on a proprietary OS for my routing features. For switches, I like having a hardware switch chip and there's no setup to be done, so Mikrotik isn't bad for that.

Of course, if I could get my hands on a Cisco managed gigabit switch I'd use that instead behind my Linux router, but I'm not shitting money yet.

My home equipment works great and has been doing so unprotected for a couple of years now...

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