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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

Chanc_Gorkon Re:They are winning with XP (614 comments)

Plus some VM's don't properly pass control to the outside world. I've had some USB peripherals just plain not work when I tried to move them to a VM with a supported OS. I've had mixed success with some USB to Serial adapters. Some work. Some don't. What works is that old system that still runs that external device just fine!

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Deeper costs (614 comments)

Plus then there's the use the new like the old mentality when you finally do end up replacing it. You replace it, but nothing actually gets more efficient or better. So why change it?

about a year ago
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Did Tech Websites Exploit the Boston Marathon Bombing?

Chanc_Gorkon No (182 comments)

No tech "journalists" did not. The media did.

One thing wrong about this is taking people on Twitter's word for it. Twitter and other social networks are the web equivalent of everyone shouting OMG ponies except it's not ponies.....

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:It's Not New, Really. (397 comments)

Not really fair as the head chef is probably already in the kitchen preparing for breakfast for people who want to eat at 7 am.

Try paging the head chef at 2 am right after he closed the restaurant....

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:It's Not New, Really. (397 comments)

If you, as a head chef, make a mistake it costs you what? Maybe 100-200? If we as server techs and admins make a mistake it can cost millions....even billions. I'd take the stress of being a head chef any day.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:IT admins are special (397 comments)

Money like that can create a lot of problems too. It's not always about money. Who cares if you make 6 figures if you can never go to a kids event because you are going to be pulled away for some stupid stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Thats why your #1 priority in an interview is: (397 comments)

The answer to that might be important depending on where it is. For example, if it's a Christian school they might want to actually know if you are a Christian. I can see not asking if the company is a secular one and the asking isn't really the issue as far as I am concerned....it's if they reject you because you don't have the same one where it becomes an issue....IF it's a secular business.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Rapid change in IT is the problem (397 comments)

This is DAMN insightful. The business units OFTEN want something but have no idea how to articulate what they want it to DO or what they want to DO with it. They also want it installed yesterday because it might MAGICALLY solve all of the fraud issues....SUUUURE it will.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Rapid change in IT is the problem (397 comments)

That's a load of crap. Been working in IT for 16+ years....and in those 16 years it's completely changed. In the next 16 years it will all change again. Laptops and Desktops will be replaced by Virtualdesktops and that will only be for a short time(next 5 years...maybe). The IT industry isn't looking for stability....it's looking to change the world constantly. It will never mature as we have an all encompassing thirst to make things easier.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Rapid change in IT is the problem (397 comments)

Cloud Cloud Cloud Cloud Cloud Cloud Cloud Cloud Cloud.....that is all managers hear! They hear it get painted in nice sparkles by marketing people and people like Leo Laporte and they thing we gotta have this shit. Then they have no fscking clue why their favorite website went down when the whole fsking thing is running on Amazon's EC3. Stupid.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:IT admins are special (397 comments)

My current boss is excellent with end user relations and even knows a little about systems....but she has NO CLUE when it comes to the server level stuff we do. I like her though as she usually defers the tech decisions to us as long as we can paint it in warm and fuzzies. Plus when we have to take time off for our family she gets it....but it's the ones above her that REALLY have no clue. They wanted to switch the database from Oracle(running on Power hardware) to SQL Server(on Intel of course) and did not know that with the particular product we run you have to switch out the whole entire infrastructure including the app server....and they supposedly specialize in being CIO's in our particular industry. I wanted to scream.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Re:IT admins are special (397 comments)

"Life was simpler back then too... the female co-workers were also hotter."

Really dude? Way to make all of us guys sound like neanderthals! We got to stop doing that.

I know your just trying to make a joke but there ARE Women in IT and who read Slashdot.

about a year and a half ago
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Most IT Admins Have Considered Quitting Due To Stress

Chanc_Gorkon Biggest Frustration (397 comments)

Is when they ask you to implement something you had ZERO input into. Usually there are about 5-10 other projects that really need to be done before their request can be done sanely, but you have to find workarounds to make what they want work NOW and then you have to REDO it all AGAIN once the other projects are done. Planning? Ain't nobody got time fo dat. SHOVE IT IN and who gives a fuck if it's your ass on the line....we'll fire your ass because we asked you to do somethign we shouldn't. Ain't no wonder I frickin hate my job at times.

Plus then there's uptime. They want zero downtime but they don't want to actually PAY FOR IT. THA SUCK!

about a year and a half ago
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You Can't Say That On the Internet

Chanc_Gorkon New Prudishness? No...it's decency. (432 comments)

Listen....Facebook isn't just adults. Hasn't been for a long time now. You can't act like it is any more. I've seen kids as young as 9 with Facebook accounts (yes in violation of blah blah blah...).

The one strange thing I find with Facebook is the people who INSIST on swearing, posting risque pics and more. They act like everyone who might ever friend them would like what they post. Fortunately my friends don't do this often. The real problem is on product pages. I see swearing, threats of volence and other issues on product pages like Chevy's! A product page is not your personal graffiti board! Not everyone wants to see that stuff and I SURE as heck don't want my son to see it.

I put it this way.....would you paste a pic of your naked wife on your front door? When you do that on Facebook....depending on your settings....THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Facebook=public.....if you go that route when you post stuff....even if just to your friend list....then you probably won't have any issues.

about 2 years ago
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Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Dear Americans: Use a Pen! (398 comments)

Because we're big?

Really this is a numbers thing. We use machines because America wants an answer tonight. There likely will be one (unless it's as close as they say).

about 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help In Education

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Bill, Are You That Much Out of Touch? (575 comments)

Was going to say....we've had REGULAR mobile users groups at the college I work at and TONS of people using them in the office and in the classroom. Our pastors at church started using the iPad for sermon notes and it's been a boon to many kids. Bill's just pissed that his Tablet PC and now the Surface may fail.

more than 2 years ago
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Transplant Surgeon Called Dibs On Steve Jobs' Home

Chanc_Gorkon Who CARES! (291 comments)

Seriously who DOES care? Odds are whatever happened wasn't illegal as it would have came out.

more than 2 years ago
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A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

Chanc_Gorkon Re:Oversexed industry (687 comments)

+1 if I had any points....

The Gaming and Comics industry are FAR worse then the companies at Computex.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Excessive Overtime

Chanc_Gorkon Chanc_Gorkon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chanc_Gorkon writes "We've all done it. That's the 24 hour day because some system needed updating or we had to move servers from one place to another. The question I have for you is should we be? I have continually been asked to work odd hours. By odd, I mean things like work a normal 9-5, then dial and do work from 7PM to 1 AM and turn around and be back at work at 8 am or 9 am the next day. My question for Slashdot readers is should we do this? I find it odd that of our department, both sysadmins and one of hour DBA's have all been diagnosed with sleep apnea and at leat 2 of our programmers have also been diagnosed. When is there such a thing as too much overtime? Remember Pirates of the Silicon Valley and the 24/7 and loving it shirts? How do we stop from going there??"
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Chanc_Gorkon Chanc_Gorkon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chanc_Gorkon writes "According to Emmy Huang, Product Manager for Flash Player at Adobe, a Beta of Flash 9 has been released. Almost everything works except SSL and that is planned for the final release."

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