HerculesMO 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?" top
Mozilla considers H264 after WebM fails to gain traction
HerculesMO 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." Link to Original Source top
HerculesMO writes "Seems like the NoDo update is now available to all Windows Phone users. No more waiting, this method uses the newly release MS Phone Support Tools to actually update your phone." Link to Original Source top
HerculesMO 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." top
HerculesMO 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." top
HerculesMO 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?" top
HerculesMO 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'.
HerculesMO 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?" top
HerculesMO 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.
HerculesMO 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."