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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

HerculesMO Re:Windows Phone 8.1 (69 comments)

I originally bought my 920 for just the camera; I have kids so I wanted to have a good camera at all times.

It wound up being better then the iPhone in a lot of ways, and now with the update (yes, I went to the developer preview mode) it's actually far better than iPhone or Android. And I have a Galaxy S4 I use for work, so it's not for lack of trying everything.

The only quip I have right now is the way that associations for things are handles (open with), but I think there has been some work done here, apps just have to take advantage of it.

4 days ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

HerculesMO Re:I am so glad (270 comments)

I'm agnostic... I design solutions around Linux or Windows; it's the core requirement that makes me choose a technology, not a technology that makes me fix my requirements.

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

HerculesMO Re:I am so glad (270 comments)

It is a good case however, for you to not really be in the position to speak from knowledge on the subject. You've hated MS for years, and adding your two cents about "yea I went to Linux" over ten years ago seems about par for the course of Slashdot angry posts about Microsoft.

It's a tool. You use it in the right place, at the right time. When you get religion about a tool, then it tends to be a problem. MS or not.

about two weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

HerculesMO Re:I'm not sure that any company can beat it (246 comments)

What I'm saying is that 80% of the time, the timeframe is irrelevant -- the private firms can't beat the indexes.

about three weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

HerculesMO I've worked in financial firms for my entire life. (246 comments)

In IT, of course...

And one thing I've learned is that financial firms generally speaking, don't beat the market. If you look at the S&P 500 as a baseline index for the health of the economy (and it might not be perfect, but it's a good measure), 80% of firms CANNOT beat the S&P in the same timeframe. If the S&P loses, those private firms lose too.

And even if they did... maybe 1-2% over? Which you won't get, because that's what they charge in FEES to manage their funds.

So basically HFT exists, because people still have the idea that investing with Morgan Stanley or somebody is a great idea, and so MS have a huge amount of equity to derive ridiculous profits on for who else -- themselves. Add to that the fees they charge to manage the funds they offer, and the marginal rates of return that investors get well... you know how it goes.

Hopefully my job interviews pending will pan out and I'll get out of finance for good; but sadly the money is what has kept me there, especially with the student loans... yet another benefit from our wonderful financial industry.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

HerculesMO Re:sky should be the limit... (314 comments)

Agreed... carbon fiber has a brittleness, and while more sturdy than porcelain, exhibits some of the same behavior of cracking rather than absorbing any impact.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

HerculesMO Re:Not news (147 comments)

Also no Windows apps... for a certain market, it will do well. Like my wife.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

HerculesMO Re:Not news (147 comments)

While it's always entertaining to read the same tired MS bashing, I got my wife the Surface Pro 2 for her work, and she loves it. It's an amazing machine, well built, great display, and has a wacom digitizer for her to take notes with. For $1000? Name me another product as versatile and portable. There isn't one. For all the MS hate, Windows 8 boots in 10 seconds from cold and it runs all the apps she needs or could need.

The alternative was an iPad, but realistically to me it didn't make any sense because a lot of apps she needed were Windows centric or needed plugins, etc.

For the right market it's a great product, and I think I got exactly what I paid for... an ultraportable that doubles as a tablet, and laptop in one.

about a month ago
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Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

HerculesMO Let the hatred commence... (293 comments)

I've been on Slashdot long enough to know that unless Linus accepted the CEO spot, whoever got it was going to get a lot of hate here.

The only thing I can say is that Microsoft is in dire need of engineering, and they promoted an engineer to the top spot. I think that's refreshing. What happens from here on out depends on what the roadmap looks like, but if the Surface Pro 2 is any indication, they are actually going down a good path on the hardware end of things. Time will tell on the software end.

about 3 months ago
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Short Notice: LogMeIn To Discontinue Free Access

HerculesMO Re:Chrome Remote Desktop (408 comments)

This is excellent -- did not know about this extension, but it's great for my purposes. I use TeamViewer for most things as I can install a client on a remote PC and it does everything, so this is a nice alternative to help out family and friends.

about 2 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

HerculesMO Re: Video editing... (501 comments)

Same here... I'm rather convinced he made the Dell more expensive in his head to justify his Apple purchase. You don't buy a PC for more than a Mac with similar hardware specs, unless it's an Alienware or something.

about 4 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

HerculesMO Re: Video editing... (501 comments)

Having a 450w PSU vs 1500w PSU doesn't mean that your computer will actually consume that much electricity.

That said if you're insistent on buying the Apple is rather proves the point that intelligence is really not a required attribute of the buyers of that system.

about 4 months ago
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Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

HerculesMO Re:I'm kind of amazed... (182 comments)

Nokia still maintains a very strong brand name, one that Blackberry lost years ago.

about 5 months ago
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Nokia Shareholders Approve Sale To Microsoft

HerculesMO I'm kind of amazed... (182 comments)

That people reference Nokia as a failure due to Elop, as if it was doing so well in the smartphone arena before he took over? Have a sense of reality folks. Nokia was dying fast, and while the MS integration may or not have been a great idea, something had to be done. I will let history judge the actions, but in many parts of Europe, Nokia is overtaking the iPhone in sales... so there is that.

about 5 months ago
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Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

HerculesMO Re:MS has already done this... (414 comments)

Was looking for this comment, though you're already modded down.

Shuttleworth has had limited success with Ubuntu in terms of a monetary return, so showing himself as an "innovator" (and we all love the new UI don't we?) is kind of laughable.

about 6 months ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

HerculesMO Re:vs gasoline cars (388 comments)

Gas tanks yes -- cars, no. Sorry for not being as specific :)

Pressure + small contained area = boom.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

HerculesMO Re:vs gasoline cars (388 comments)

No, they don't.

about 7 months ago
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What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

HerculesMO Re:These are still PC games, ultimately... (182 comments)

I have, actually -- I'm not a terminal expert by any means, but I know it well enough to realize that it's not a huge benefit for what I do on a day to day. Server side -- sure, the LAMP stack makes a lot of things easy, but on a desktop for an end user, the benefits of Linux are really small.

about 7 months ago

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Expanding your career in IT through.... sales?

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  about a year and a half ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "I have moved up the ranks starting from a lowly helpdesk guy, to systems administrator, to senior systems administrator, to systems engineering, to senior systems engineering and with some luck, I've wound up in management.

If I am to go down the road of being a CIO/CTO which is the ultimate goal, though I realize perhaps not entirely probably, would it make sense to get sales experience on my resume? I've been offered a few gigs from large tech firms to be part of a sales team; not exactly in a salesman role, but more of a technical walk-through kind of person.

So Slashdot, what do you think? Will it be a benefit to my career or not?"
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Mozilla considers H264 after WebM fails to gain traction

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  about 2 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "Looks as though Mozilla is considering using H264, one step closer to unification of a single protocol for video encoding. It's a big deal for HTML5 traction, but it still leaves Google holding onto WebM."
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Nokia "shareholders" call it quits

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "The group of 9 shareholders upset about Nokia's decision to abandon MeeGo/Symbian have also given up on their efforts to persuade investors to back their "plan B".

Their site currently redirects to Google. That was a really short lived protest."

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DarkFall Online seeing severe problems at launch..

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "Even though Darkfall Online's limited release was announced February 25th, users are still unable to join the game despite multiple tries on the server. On Aventurine's side, they have entirely disabled any form of communication to them, turning off the forums and disabling the IRC channel (it is now +m). Additionally their main site shows no news updates, only the forums the last update of which was about them identifying an issue. Several ETAs were announced and missed. The MMORPG Forums are reporting many players attempting chargebacks on their credit cards in frustration since the account management is down, and the total beta accounts are yet unknown. Many people have been charged for the game without getting to play it yet, and with the weekend coming up and more players available to play, will Aventurine be able to withstand the barrage if they have not been able to thus far?

Keep your credit card company numbers in handy folks, you may need to do a chargeback if there isn't any movement on the game soon, because the account management doesn't stay up long enough for any fixes. Apparently most of the beta accounts are being activated by *hand* so it doesn't bode well for the security of your credit card information either."
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How to get a book published?

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "I've been working on my novel (off and on) for about 5 years, and I've finally finished it to a point where it's reasonably readable. It does need some work (obviously) but I really don't know where to start.

I've read so many book REVIEWS here, that I figure some of us nerds may have some insight into the publishing world (whether it be through technical books or not). I'm not sure what steps to take to get my manuscript into book format (and yes, electronic soon to follow, but not everybody has a Kindle) and get published.

Anybody out there in the nerd world have some ideas? For reference, the book I have written is fiction and a tinge over 70,000 words."
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Tivo for the PC is coming!

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "New software from the folks who bought you Tivo is now being introduced to have the same UI and usefulness on the PC. Is it too little too late, especially with Windows Media Center around, and a plethora of others like SageTV, MythTV, and BeyondTV? I'm open for debate on this one, but given the inability to secure CableCard for the PC without OEM vendor support for it, it makes this a very difficult product to market and sell in such an enclosed environment. And given that Vista Home (which is what most PCs come with) has Media Center capability out of the box that isn't horrible compared to the alternatives, why would anybody pay a monthly fee, plus a software fee for the Tivo service? So what do you think?"
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Disaster Recovery -- Doing the prepwork?

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "Our company is currently getting ready for a "DR" test, of which I've been made project manager for this year. Our DR procedure is largely a lot of tape restores, with very few systems set up for native replication. We use DoubleTake here pretty heavily, though I've never been convinced of its amazing utility for SQL replication — I always felt that this is something that should be done at the SQL level with logshipping or mirroring.

That said... Our DR plan really gives us the window of about a month to "work on" getting ready for DR. And in reality, I want to be ready if they declare a disaster today. Right now, the simple fact is that if we had a real disaster, or a surprise test — we'd fail miserably.

I just want to know what folks out here do in their DR scenarios (mostly from a Windows side, since we are understaffed — Unix recovers pretty well), how they make systems fault tolerant, especially applications that are not always 'clusterable'.

Thanks for your insight!"
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Best client management platform?

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  about 6 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "Our company is now starting to look at multiple client management suites from different sources. BMC, Microsoft's System Center Configuration Manager, Altiris, etc are all being considered. We run 100% Windows desktops in our enterprise.

We are trying to find the software package that has the best blend of ease of use, power, and functionality. I know SMS 3.0 was more an 'addon' product to things like Altiris or BMC, but System Center has supposedly changed that dynamic.

Can anybody with enterprise level experience with these applications lend a hand, and help a fellow sysadmin make the appropriate recommendations to the company?"
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Laptop security and encryption...

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "Our company is looking at deploying company-wide, encryption software that causes a lot of issues, although does alleviate some security concerns. We currently employ RSA SecureID tags for our VPN access, and I had always thought that there was a way to use those same IDs to secure our laptops, without having to remember multitudes of passwords. Additionally, I wonder what type of built-in security (aside from a BIOS lockout) do laptops offer to protect data if a laptop is lost?

I am not looking forward to rolling out this software company-wide, and I am looking for reasonable alternatives first, so I can present my case. If you all have any ideas, I would appreciate it.

Thanks!"
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Mint.com -- Safe way to manage finances?

HerculesMO HerculesMO writes  |  more than 6 years ago

HerculesMO (693085) writes "I just found out about Mint.com — a site that seemingly has a lot of features, a good interface and simple way to manage my finances. The question I have is whether a service like this is secure, safe, or whatever. I am hasty to put my information into the site, since I don't know how trustworthy it is."

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