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Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

ACorvus Cygwin (383 comments)

Looks like the you are a windows user.
In which case, there is only one thing you need, and that's Cygwin. It is a GNU environment on Windows.

http://www.cygwin.com/

about a year ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

ACorvus Re: Free (216 comments)

Erm,

I think it was just a thought exercise demonstrating the idiocy of the concept. Using real solar panels it would be even more stupid!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

ACorvus Second hand? (381 comments)

I picked up an HP Laserjet 5550DTN for £400 recently off ebay. Only had 14000 pages on the clock.

It's huuuuge but it's A3 colour, duplex, built like a tank and really fast. 3rd party toners are dead cheap and I have no issues with them.

Worth looking at used models if they are from a good seller and low mileage.

about a year ago
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Interview With Head of Pixar Animation Ed Catmull

ACorvus Re:Pixar killed BMRT (85 comments)

Ugh, that last sentence makes no sense; I meant:

"its loss probably stopped quite a few aspiring 3D artists from learning RM."

more than 4 years ago
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Interview With Head of Pixar Animation Ed Catmull

ACorvus Pixar killed BMRT (85 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Moon_Rendering_Tools

The article explains most of it. BMRT was a freely available Renderman-compatible renderer. It was available for years until Larry Gritz decided to produce an upgraded commercial version.

It was quite a fun toy to play with, and also probably stopped quite a few aspiring 3D artists from learning RM.

more than 4 years ago
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What Is the Future of Firewalls?

ACorvus Firewall Builder (414 comments)

Firewall Builder

That's about as good as it gets without the risk of a PHB letting the orcs in!

more than 4 years ago
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Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

ACorvus Re:How much is your time worth (837 comments)

I can't agree with this - if the termination of a transmission line is correct at each end, then the length has no matter at all for any frequency (in theory, not accounting for increasing losses with frequency, but then there's a reason for length restrictions in the CatX/Ethernet standards).

If you're talking about a *tuned* line (eg a stub or a tuned antenna feeder), then length is important. But we're not. If you've got problems with harmonics or matching and reflections then your ethernet cards are probably bottom-shelf knock-offs.

The problem with premade-lenght cables is you're going to run into tangles if many changes are made, and are going to end up coiling. Make that coil too tight and you're going to cause crosstalk. A custom job with all cables neatly following defined routes with no coils, twists or kinks is going to make life easier in the long term.

more than 5 years ago
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Interview With an Adware Author

ACorvus Re:Sometimes we forget. (453 comments)

Big companies? Small ones too. If a machine is having problems that can't be quickly diagnosed and fixed, then we re-image from a central repository (which stores one standard image for each type of PC we have purchased) - no interaction is needed so the IT staff can get on with something more productive than clicking dialog boxes and installing drivers.

Although having everybody running a thin client to a Terminal Services cluster would be so much easier...

Alex

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat CEO Says Economic Crisis Favors Open Source

ACorvus Re:Yes young padawan... come over to the dark side (191 comments)

Linux got me into the business and I'm going to stick with it. I agree there are a lot of weenies out there, but there are just as many on the Windows side. Every time I want to recruit to my team, I get dozens and dozens of CVs (after the initial HR weeding process) of obvious fresh-out-of-high school applicants who've got a couple of Diplomas (largely MS/Visual Studio based) but no real interest in IT of any sort - they see it as a stepping stone to Management (invariably the m-word is one of the courses they've done) and only shoved Linux on the CV because it was in the advert and they're chancers.

The very, very few that I employ are people who've tried stuff at home (doesn't have to be Linux, just something that shows curiosity, drive and a broader mindset - eg hacking their Xbox or deploying a media network) and are really enthusiastic to learn and progress their skills in the field. Even if some of these people are only partially aware of FOSS I can easily see their interest piqued once it's fully explained to them. Getting them to see the bigger picture in terms of enterprise integration is a matter of nurturing that as their experience grows.

The management-wannabees sometimes slip through when they're really sly but we have this thing called a probation period for a reason ;-)

Oh, and just to brag, my personal record for setting up a Samba domain with LDAP and an authenticated Squid proxy with an IMAP mail server (LDAP auth) stands at 2 hours and 40 minutes (it was an offshore business and I had little time before my flight home after installing all the boxes in a rack and setting up the 5 workstations and 3 printers). Much caffeine was consumed - but I guess that's a given!

more than 6 years ago

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