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From an Unrelated Career To IT/Programming?

Horse Rotorvator JAD Re:Be Proactive (374 comments)

What are the best practices in coming "to know someone who can get you a job"?

Go outside. Meet new people. Make friends. Participate in society (join a kickball team, play pool down at the bar, join a bowling league, go dancing...).

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Kill Switch For IE Confirmed — For More Apps, Too

Horse Rotorvator JAD Re:Why not? (208 comments)

Most people don't care about crap like that. They want to be able to use email, surf the web and play games. Having the source code is something that 99.9% of users couldn't care less about.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Kill Switch For IE Confirmed — For More Apps, Too

Horse Rotorvator JAD Re:Why not? (208 comments)

Hurricane78, it is people like you that make people loathe Linux geeks.

more than 5 years ago
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Symantec Support Gone Rogue?

Horse Rotorvator JAD Re:lol (268 comments)

I shudder to think we could be starting a meme here,

It already is (or was) a meme. I think it originated on 4chan. A long time ago. Makes sense that Slashdot is just now seeing it, seeing as how Slashdot usually is about a year behind the times as far as these things go.

more than 5 years ago
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US Cybersecurity Chief Beckstrom Resigns

Horse Rotorvator JAD Re:Security (117 comments)

A small specialized organization can do its job much better than a large all encompassing bureaucratic organization.

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source In Public K-12 Schools?

Horse Rotorvator JAD Re:Probably Not (323 comments)

Overall. K-8 IT is a mess. And Windows is in no small degree responsible. But switching to open source probably won't solve the problem(s).

Yes it is. I worked in public school IT for one year. Never again.

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source In Public K-12 Schools?

Horse Rotorvator JAD I was IT Director for a small K-12 school distric (323 comments)

The servers were all either Win2k workstations set up to run as "servers" or old 200MHz servers running Netware 4.11 with Groupwise.
They had no money to upgrade and the infrastructure was in really bad shape. I took some of the better workstations, loaded them up with salvaged RAM and hard drives and installed CentOS on them. All the servers did was file sharing (via samba) and DHCP. The schools web hosting ISP provided free POP/IMAP accounts so we got off Groupwise and used Thunderbird for their email. The whole setup was very very simple and when I quit, I left very detailed and simple to follow instructions on how to manage and maintain things.
Within a year they called me absolutely desperate because they were having issues (from what it sounded like, possible hardware issues, and some permission issues with samba). I pointed them to various resources where they could get help but in the end they paid some consultant to come in and replace everything with a Windows server running Exchange because they simply could not find anyone to help them with their Linux issues for the prices that they could afford.

more than 5 years ago

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