from the peer-out-of-the-basement dept.
StonyCreekBare writes "I am wondering what slashdotters have to offer on the idea of Linux based security systems, especially DVR software. I am aware of Zoneminder, but wonder what else is out there? Are there applications that will not only monitor video cameras, but motion sensors and contact closure alarms? What is state of the art in this area, and how do the various Linux platforms stack up in comparison to dedicated embedded solutions? Will these 'play nice' with other software, such as Asterisk, and Misterhouse? Can one server host three or four services applications of this nature, assuming CPU/memory/disk resources are sufficient?"
Razgorov Prikazka writes: Since the/. story about Googles CEO E. Schmidt considering people as bad guy`s if they want a little privacy (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/12/08/0127219/Google-CEO-Says-Privacy-Worries-Are-For-Wrongdoers) I started thinking. After long deliberation and discussions with friends I decided to abolish Google completely for personal use. Yeah, call me a wrongdoer, I dont really care;-) Now I wanted to ask/. what the best replacement is for searching, webbased mail, watching video clips, etcetera.
kent7854 writes: I'm wondering if the slashdot community can help with the search for a solution to providing optional online chat support for visitors to our corporate website. This would mostly be used for technical support by up to 6-7 different support engineers. We may also want to open it up to a collection of 5-6 sales people for commercial support, but that may be a later update.
We would not need voice or video support at this time and so are looking for something fairly basic, and in turn, low cost. It should just be professional looking and avoid adds or anything else that would not look good on a professional front.
lunchlady55 writes: I have been happily working for my current employer for five years. After moving up the ranks within my department from Intern to Technical Lead, a new manager essentially told me that I have to move into a different role oriented towards, 'administrative duties and management.' We are a 24x7x365 shop, and will now be required to work 5 eight hour days rather than 4 ten hour days and be on call during the other two days of the week. Every week. Including holidays. My question is, have any Slashdotters been forced into a non-technical role, and how did it work out? Has anyone said, "No thanks," to this kind of promotion and managed to keep their jobs?
p3np8p3r writes: I'm in college and working towards my Bachelors in Computer Science. Last year I passed both my CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications and now have been offered a full time Internship at a wireless lab of a major laptop manufacturer (via a staffing company). The pay is going to be around $8 an hour full-time but that is not my primary motivator. I'm considering this significant decrease in pay from my previous job (non-IT) to be counter balanced by what valuable knowledge I may attain both in a technical aspect as well as industry insight while I finish school. This field is all new to me and I don't personally know anyone who has worked in it before who will give me their honest opinions on it. Although I know circumstances differ greatly, in general, what can I expect as an IT Intern? What have been your experiences?
Johnny Mnemonic writes: "My company has the opportunity to contribute to a children's museum in our area. We are a technology company, so I'd like the exhibit to be computer/networking related, and to raise the awareness and understanding of how the internet, networking, and computers work. However, Children's Museums cater to a pretty young age group of 3-8 year olds, so the the exhibit needs to be highly interactive, durable, tactile, and yet instructive of the concepts. Google fails to turn up any turn-key options, and, although the concepts are computer related, a computer-based exhibit tends to be too fragile and susceptible to withstand the rigors of 250 preschoolers/day. How would you design a display that meets those requirements and is still fun and educational?"