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Comment Texas Instruments (Score 1) 857

My first home computer was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A which sat in my bedroom connected to my 13" color television. I did a combination of playing cartridge-based video games on it, and programming in TI's (attempt at) BASIC. The only upgrade I made to it (with help from the 'rents) was adding a cassette player for data storage.

Gawd that thing was awful. And painful. But it was my first.

Comment Back Before the World Wide Web... (Score 3, Interesting) 119

Back in the early 90s when websites were just being created and foisted upon us (yes, kids, there was an Internet (long) before there was a slashdot!) a funny and insightful friend said this, "I don't know about this new World Wide Web thing. It's going to make people think they're a resource." Blogs are one realization of her forecast. I see social media (and all the crap that goes on it) as another form of it.

Did she ever call *that* one!

Comment Re:Welcome to the Group! (Score 1) 198

In an IT position without administrative rights, you don't have authority. Responsibility without authority = run away screaming.

I'm not sure you completely understand the point behind an architecture role. The responsibilities are *different*. They're not tactical operations in nature. The role is strategic; thinking months if not years in advance, asking questions about something that no one else has thought about, seeing big-picture things (50,000-ft view) versus close-in things (1000-ft view).

Folks who can successfully make that transition get to enjoy the benefits of being an architect. One of the key benefits, at least in my mind: no more on-call. :-) I've done my decade and a half of network on-call and it wore me the eff out. I'm glad I don't have to do it any more. I'm still and individual contributor (vs being a manager) and still highly technical in nature. I just don't "conf t" in production any longer. I do in the lab, but not where it counts.

Folks who *can't* make that transition in thought will stay in an operations role for the rest of their careers. And that may be perfectly acceptable to them; there's nothing wrong with it at all. It's just a different set of skills.

Don't be so quick to shun your architects. They might actually know more than you do. ;-)

Comment Welcome to the Group! (Score 5, Informative) 198

What they're offering isn't out of the norm, though I might negotiate with them and ask for read-only access (non-root for servers) at least. I've been a network architect for a few years, and one of the things that comes with: loss of enable access to the routers and switches. Mind you, I was a data center network engineer for a whole bunch of years so I know my way around them. But the organizations would rather I "look, but don't touch". The great thing about it is: I can't be called for an on-call issue because there's nothing I can do to fix it. :-)

Welcome to needing to think strategically. Take what they're offering as a compliment and run with it!

Comment Re:More than a stretch (Score 2) 287

so to suggest that the auto industry will follow some parallel of the PC industry is just silly.

Yep. Further: there are very few industries as overly-burdened with Federal requirements (see: for just 1 example) as the auto industry is. The connection TFA makes between the two industries is tenuous at best. More accurately: it's non-existent.

Comment Re:Unicomp Keyboard (Score 4, Insightful) 452

from - based on the IBM model M. You will not need a new keyboard again for a good many years.

The Model M (and descendants) are truly *the* only keyboard to ever consider. For anything:
Writing emails
Hammering nails
Cracking concrete
Cracking someone's skull

And for what it's worth, Unicomp dumped the domain, but are still reachable via :-)

Comment Re:Previous Gen Mac Pro (Score 1) 592

Out of curiosity can you tell me which distro you use and management tools (virt-manager) ?

Certainly. When I first converted the Mac, I used Ubuntu's latest LTS (14.something). The reason: I needed a distro that supported GRUB 2 for EFI boots. I really prefer CentOS/RHEL, but at the time, CentOS 6 was only distributing GRUB 1. Just today, I finally converted it over to CentOS 7 which required breaking out of the Anaconda installer, running parted to delete all existing partitions on the target disk, and then editing one of the Python files on the ramdisk. It wasn't fun, but it worked (bug in RHEL installer. They know about it but don't care).

As for management, I use either virt-manager, or I just edit new XML files and "virsh define" the new VMs.

Comment Previous Gen Mac Pro (Score 1) 592

How about a previous (5,1) generation Mac Pro with 2 3.33Ghz 6-core Xeons and 48GB of RAM in it. I used it for a few years editing videos, and then moved to the new 6,1 Mac Pro. Instead of selling the 5,1, I loaded it up with Linux and KVM. It makes for a superb hypervisor.

Comment I Read it on the IntardWebz.... (Score 3, Interesting) 131

...and therefore, it must be true.

Yes, every employee is given these cards, but no they do nothing to "fast track" support. What they do is help a customer get more help and final resolution to issues that they typical tier 1 and 2 tech support can't help with. It is an admission that their tech support sucks, but it's not some special pass to get a customer something they don't otherwise deserve. Nor are they used for bribery purposes.

Basically, the original story is full of shit. But that's not terribly surprising around here, sometimes.

For the record, I'm a former Comcast employee and am not in any way defending their practices.

Comment Re:First amendment? (Score 2, Insightful) 250

[First amendment has nothing to do with this. The first amendment protects from criminal government prosecution, not reactions from private individuals/entities.

I'm glad someone posted this before I did. This most definitely has zilch to do with Amendment #1. I'll bet money that any of Sony's documents and emails had all sorts of disclaimers added to them. It's those disclaimers that Sony will use to sue press organizations into oblivion if they dare print any of it.

While I'm no fan of Sony, I don't really see this ending well for the press.

Comment Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (Score 3, Informative) 525

It was in the 60's not the 90's. Lowered to 55 in the Nixon admin and slowly climbing since then.

Shortly after Clinton signed the National Highway System Designation Act in '95. Montana did indeed have a "reasonable and prudent" speed limit set on its (very rural!) highways. It didn't last due to how vague the phrasing was.

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