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Twitter Grows Up, Adds "Promoted Tweets"

Aliencow Re:Predictable (149 comments)

Well I am quite surprised, it appears they're going to be profitable for 2010 !

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Grows Up, Adds "Promoted Tweets"

Aliencow Re:Predictable (149 comments)

Facebook is raking in billions? Did I miss something?

more than 4 years ago

Should You Be Paid For Being On Call?

Aliencow Re:Of course you should be paid (735 comments)

Maybe for now it works well, but over time it can be a pain. I consider my time at 3am on a sunday morning to be worth WAY more than time at 10am on a monday morning.

more than 4 years ago

Should You Be Paid For Being On Call?

Aliencow Of course you should be paid (735 comments)

You're basically hooked to a pager, which means you need to be near a phone, and usually near a computer with internet connectivity.

I don't work in operations, but everyone in decent places I've worked at did get paid around 3hours of salary per 24hours of wearing the pager. Then it was a minimum of 1 hour per "call" (more like issue, as it could involve multiple calls) except for the first one of the day which was included in the 3hours.

That meant that in a typical week you'd get paid for (24*7)-40 hours of "pager duty", which amounted to 16 hours of salary, so 2 days extra. That's pretty good, assuming you're on a decent rotation and don't have to be THE guy doing it every single week.

more than 4 years ago

Schneier on Un-authentication

Aliencow Re:I lock my computer when I walk away (336 comments)

I saw that it exists in USB format, called the Mouse wiggler or something similar.

Apparently, police use it to prevent machines from getting locked when they seize them. I don't remember who makes them but they also make some kind of power 'bridge' to allow you to plug a running machine to a UPS without shutting it down.

more than 4 years ago

RAID Trust Issues — Windows Or a Cheap Controller?

Aliencow Re:You are asking the wrong question. (564 comments)

Well, I guess it depends on the amount of servers. Drive failures are very very common to me, I mean, techs go in and change at least a drive or two every week. Those would be one or two servers down, with one or two restores, with one or two pissed clients.

RAID is very very, very useful, as long as you don't think it replaces backups obviously.

about 5 years ago

An Experiment In BlackBerry Development

Aliencow Re:Thank you (207 comments)

Email Push, using Exchange, is done without the telco's help. It's not really push in reality, it's closer to a neverending HTTP query with some keepalives..

more than 5 years ago

Making a Child Locating System

Aliencow iPhone (1092 comments)

An option would be giving her an iPhone 3g with a data plan and install .

But then, who's going to protect her from interweb-predators?

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 RCs Shut Down To Force Updates

Aliencow Re:Who cares? (414 comments)

I believe this is not necessary. You should not be playing with RCs and betas on machine you use for actual work, and it could end up creating a lot of support problems for Microsoft from people who installed older versions.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 RCs Shut Down To Force Updates

Aliencow Who cares? (414 comments)

Why is this being posted over and over on very tech site?

Who cares?
You're installing a beta or a release candidate. Do you expect it to be supported forever?

And are we really surprised Microsoft put in just a tiny bit of protection to prevent the average joe from continuing to use Windows 7 RC forever?

more than 5 years ago

Palm Pulls the Plug On Palm OS

Aliencow Does Netcraft confirm it? (300 comments)

I'll wait until Netcraft confirms the death of PalmOS.

Or did they confirm it 5 years ago already?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Knew About Xbox 360 Damaging Discs

Aliencow Re:Re-Orient? (583 comments)

At one point, my SCPH-1001 got so bad it had to be played upside down. However, it worked upside down for years..

more than 5 years ago

Lego Loses Its Unique Right To Make Lego Blocks

Aliencow Re:Inexpensive Legos? (576 comments)

I don't know if you just said that because it's obvious this is going to happen, or were you making a point about the fact that Mega-Brands was involved in the Chinese crap / knockoff lead scandals recently?

They almost went bankrupt too!

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista

Aliencow Force 64 bit ! (369 comments)

Is Microsoft Finally going to DITCH the 32bit version of Windows?

Just to force everyone to make drivers for 64bit, so we can FINALLY have machines with enough RAM to run Windows itself?

more than 5 years ago

OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps

Aliencow Hosting your own Google apps.. (336 comments)

Since Google sells Indexing appliances, wouldn't it be cool for them to sell a version that also has Gmail and Google apps?

That way, a company could use these in their own "cloud" (hate that word) , and users would get a user interface that they are used to, available from anywhere. Google could also compete heavily with sharepoint and Exchange in the enterprise that way..

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft, Quebec Pension Plan sued

Aliencow Aliencow writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Aliencow (653119) writes "Savoir-Faire-Linux, a service company specialized in Open source solutions, is suing the Quebec Pension Plan and Microsoft, among others, for not proceeding to a real needs analysis and awarding the contract for the purchase of 800 operating system and productivity suite licenses, even though according to law, this can not be done for contracts over $25 000."
Link to Original Source



Thunderbird 0.9 MSI Package

Aliencow Aliencow writes  |  more than 9 years ago Thunderbird 0.9 was released today, so I made a MSI package of it... available here .. The files are out of the actual MSI so you can compare them with an MD5 of the real stuff..
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