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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Ayanami_R Re:City life (459 comments)

So effin true. I still have some physical (!) scars from being the kid who was "acting white" growing up. If it weren't for my family I would have probably killed myself, seriously, it was that bad. My son is going through a few of the same things, but he's more headstrong than I was, so he is handling it much better than I did.

about a month ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

Ayanami_R Re:"Always on" is "Mostly Unusable For Several Wee (511 comments)

Unimportant? Not vital? Where are you supposed to get resources once those in your region have run out? Where do you sell resources that your region may not need at that time?

about 2 years ago
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Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?

Ayanami_R Re:That's funny.... (533 comments)

This. People aren't packing their bags correctly, putting meats and veggies together. They also are failing to keep them clean in some instances.

about 2 years ago
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Google Announces 2,000 Schools Now Use Chromebooks, Up 100% In 3 Months

Ayanami_R Re:Clever! (96 comments)

Apple's edu discounts are still a joke. I used to work in education IT and would advise principals on tech decisions. Many of them wanted apple, but couldn't stomach the bill. By the time we add in the same warranty and service coverage that our PC's get (lenovo), it gets even higher. It was about 650 a seat versus 1000 overall.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

Ayanami_R Re:How to treat a loyal customer (571 comments)

It's free. It can't be good right? Seriously. It's what they believe!!!

This, a thousand times this. When we switched to voip and I brought up Asterisk/freepbx I almost got laughed out of the room because it was "free." Took several longish emails, a friend of mine that is an expert in voip to come in and talk to management, and more longish emails. Finally they caved. System has worked swell since day one and we haven't had to pay a dime in support. With these costs going up, time to take a look at gapps or something similar...

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Relents On Metro-Only Visual Studio Express

Ayanami_R Re:Well, it's a beginning (228 comments)

Like the old start menu you can group things together for organization. That + semantic zoom, makes finding things easy. You could be even lazier, just start typing your search in the start menu. "I need to open premiere to do some editing," Start > type "pre..." wait, there it is!

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Quickoffice Purchase Takes Aim At Windows 8

Ayanami_R Re:FRIST POST! (63 comments)

Well then call me stupid, but I prefer my TF300 over the iPad. Yes, I have used one, for 2 weeks after dropping my original tf101. It was an exercise in pure frustration. Editing text in text boxes alone drove me away from it. Then there is the letterboxing of widescreen content because the device, touted as one of the best ways to consume media, isn't widescreen. Getting my own music onto it was painful, playing my own video was equally painful. It refused to play nice with my DLNA setup, hell just accessing network shares took some effort. The youtube app is HORRIBLE and for a device that supposedly has no bloatware I could not remove newsstand, imessage, or a few other things I knew I wasn't going to use. Then there's itunes... I couldn't fully "sync" with more than 1 computer at a time. REALLY!? I threw some documents to take to work on it and then couldn't transfer them to my desktop. I missed widgets the most, having to open 8 apps instead of just a few swipes though my homescreens was painful.

more than 2 years ago
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Senators To Unveil the 'Ex-Patriot Act' To Respond To Facebook's Saverin

Ayanami_R Re:So like the Soviet Union? (716 comments)

50% aren't paying federal income taxes because their income is so LOW. As wages continue to stagnate, fewer people cross the line where they pay taxes. Don't understand wage stagnation? Don't think it's happening? My GF is in the food business. She was a restaurant manager in the early 2000's and started at 36k / yr. She found a position the other day similar to that one, with about twice the responsibility and hours, guess the pay? Yup, 36k. All the jobs she finds similar to that one from the early 2000's are all around the same number. Now what costs have gone up since then? Everything. As long as this continues nothing is going to get better.

This is why I despise the "trickle down" arguments made by the GOP and TEA parties. It used to work, but just does not anymore. The money goes up, and is never paid back down, at least not in the amounts (by percentage) that they used to. People need to spend more money to get out of this, but they have to earn more to start. No amount of education can escape teh fact that people are being paid at rates from 10, in some cases 20 years ago.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Unveils New iPad

Ayanami_R Re:The Screen (989 comments)

It is incredible except for one thing, it's 4:3, not 16:9. This and this alone have held me back.

more than 2 years ago
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4G Phones Are Really Fast — At Draining Batteries

Ayanami_R Re:I miss the good old days (281 comments)

I would gladly take a "bulky" device with a ton of battery. I don't understand the the tablet manufacturers all trying to copy the thinness of the fruit product. Keep them relatively slim, but kill em on battery life. Take the transformer, it's thin enough and light enough. Now that they CAN make it slimmer than the fruit product DONT, fill the space with frigging battery!

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Forcing IT Shops To 'Adapt Or Die'

Ayanami_R Re:Leave It (715 comments)

They have pretty much lost the school system I work for with this rigid, we know better attitude. All administrators are on the lenovo tablet now. Supports AD and computrace right out of the box. Management tools are robust and support windows environments. We're ramping up to put tablet products on the schedule for students, it'll probably be the lenovo k1 ( or its upgrade) by then.

We had a school get 38 kindle fires, didn't ask IT of course. When we described the hell they would have to go through to manage and actually buy anything on them they were hastily returned, except the 1 that was opened. They were shocked that no, you cant buy stuff for all of them at once. Yes, you'll ned 38 different email addresses. No, if they get stolen they are gone and there is jack we can do to get them back.

more than 2 years ago
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Vizio Plans To Undercut The Market For All-In-One PCs

Ayanami_R Re:Wondering about desktop sales ... (268 comments)

This is ultimitley why PC sales are down. Good enough old systems coupled with a broke populace = no new sales. Take it from someone who fixes computers for a living. My sales are way up as more people are getting older systems upgraded or repaired because they're still fast enough, and cheaper than a new machine. Ultrabooks aren't going to do dick to spur sales, as they are too expensive (even at price points like 649 usd) and most customers I talk to plan to spend less than 500 when they absolutely need a new machine. Apple is running out of people that can afford their product, and with food and fuel expected to surge next year I am fairly sure they have peaked. If people have to choose between an idevice or food and a non idevice I think we all know which one wins.

more than 2 years ago
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Vizio Plans To Undercut The Market For All-In-One PCs

Ayanami_R Re:it has rounded corners (268 comments)

What design work? Apples products are nothing but "plain Jane" design.

more than 2 years ago
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Teachers Resist High-tech Push In Idaho Schools

Ayanami_R Re:And the same questions as always. (311 comments)

1 and 2, the taxpayer, no doubt. Because we pay 50 dollars a box to set them up (which central IT can do ourselves, but don't because then we don't get the warranty benefits, don't worry we're fixing that.) and then pay for "extended accidental protection", to the tune of another 110 per box. The hardware vendor makes out great, the taxpayer gets screwed.

3. in the school system I work for, about 3 days, because they refuse to properly staff support.

4. Upgrades only come after we have spent the cost of a new machine supporting the old ones, so about every 8 to 10 years or so, again this is based on the school system for which I work. Schools get told to upgrade, blow the money on other unnecessary things, then cry to us when their 8 year old machine isn't fast enough to even load our minimal image to it. We have some schools sitting on P3 machines because the principals wasted all the tech money for the last 12 years on other crap, and then have the nerve to DEMAND that central IT "get them something"

more than 2 years ago
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DigiTimes Lends Credence To Apple-Branded TVs For 2012

Ayanami_R Re:Oh good (232 comments)

What does the buyer do when the guts of the TV are outdated in 2-4 years? buy another one? Unless the guts are replaceable, or people start buying tv's every 4ish years, this won't work.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Ideal High School Computer Lab?

Ayanami_R Re:A lot depends on the equipment and use (268 comments)

TWX is spot on in his comments. A bit to add...

Get classroom management (for computer labs) software like LanSchool. Then you can face the machines however you want. With software like this you can see all the monitors, lock computers, turn the internet off, etc. You can get a demo version from their website (www.lanschool.com)

Also make sure the room has proper cooling. We have schools losing machines left and right because AC is "too expensive" So is replacing lab machines every 2 years due to failure from overheating. At one school their entire lab failed in about 14 months, and cost 4x what installing AC would to replace. This brings another point, if a tech (like me) tells you something LISTEN TO IT. Usually this isn't a problem as it's the principals that truly don't listen to us. We tell you something, you tell your principal and then nothing happens. If this happens to you, email the tech and get a written suggestion from them, forward it to your principal. It'll save your ass if same principal tries to blame you later on for a failure that could have been avoided by LISTENING TO THE TECH. I hate to use caps, but it's that important.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple, Android Devices Swamp NYC Schools' ActiveSync Server

Ayanami_R Re:Personal devices in schools (205 comments)

The problem with personal devices in education is 1) The average user expects us to support them. We take no responsibility for anything a school didn't buy through the correct channels. 2) Legally protected data travels round on machines we cannot track 3) See #2 4) See #2

about 3 years ago
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Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare

Ayanami_R Re:Sorry but that right there is the problem (533 comments)

I work for a school system and we have an all or nothing policy when it comes to the network, Why? People bring in their own wireless routers, they don't change the default password, and leave dhcp on. Eventually, people get 192.168.x.x addresses, instead of 10.x.x.x, this cuts them out from internet access. Then we get 15 tickets in the same building over 1 router. It gets better, then I have to find it, easy enough with my phone or tablet with a wifi finder app, but then I have to explain to the user why they can't have it. All of you here know how that goes so I'll spare you. After all that, then I have to physically go to all 15 users and reset their connections, because our helpdesk is useless and dameware never seems to work. Wasted productivity? You betcha. I have recently come up with a way to better convince people to leave their shit at home. I break into their unsecured router, with no wireless password, and set one. or if they have files shared I access those and copy them to a USB stick, and then delete the original files. After showing the user all the things I was able to do in about 2 minutes, they usually don't complain. This one lady though was a real pain, I told her, politely, why we can't allow these things about 5 times, she would take it back home for a week or so and cause the mess in the 1st paragraph after about 2 or so weeks again. I went to my boss, the principal, you name it and this woman refused to stop it. One day, after the 50th ticket caused by her, I had had enough. I got into the router and flashed the wrong firmware to it, bricking it. She hasn't done it since.

more than 3 years ago

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