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United Airlines Passengers Stranded By Computer Outage

KingAdrock Re:Treat yourself and avoid United (74 comments)

I'm no United fan, but what would you have them do? Cascade the delays for two days and impact 600 customers instead of the 99 already impacted? Sucks for you of course, but I'm not sure there was a better option (assuming there wasn't alternative metal sitting around unused -- which is unlikely).

more than 2 years ago
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Google, Apple and Others Accused of 'No Poaching' Deal

KingAdrock Re:The devil in the details (276 comments)

A good example would be with the Microsoft/Yahoo search deal. The companies entered into a strategic partnership that included (among other things) a set of Yahoo! employees that would be transitioned to work for Microsoft. Before and during that transition period it made sense not have the companies poach each others employees.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook's HipHop Also a PHP Webserver

KingAdrock Re:Analogy of the year (304 comments)

In complete agreement here.

more than 4 years ago
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Zune HD Twitter App Censors Tweets For You!

KingAdrock Re:Who cares? (155 comments)

I also have one. So make it two.

more than 4 years ago
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Iranian Government Cuts Off Internet Access Again

KingAdrock Re:Tor can be blocked as well. (374 comments)

I like it. Not free as in beer. Not free as in speech. Free as in nudity!

more than 4 years ago
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Reliability of Computer Memory?

KingAdrock Re:Surprise? (724 comments)

Where the hell do you live that the power is that unreliable? I think I remember about one power outage in the last three years.

about 5 years ago
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GAO Reports Bailout and Tech Firms Love Tax Havens

KingAdrock Re:Exactly! (347 comments)

Absolutely, and this ludicrous, greedy policy (and regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley) are really helping to kill the US economy. Now a majority of the top IPOs every year occur in other countries. It used to be like 23 of the top 25 IPOs would always be in the US. Last year, it was like 2 of 25.

I'm sure that had nothing to do with the non-IPO friendly economy that started in the US last year.

more than 5 years ago
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FOSS Ad server serves 300 billion ads per month

KingAdrock Google (1 comments)

While Google now owns DoubleClick's DART, their bread and butter are search and contextual text ads which isn't exactly OpenX's market, although you can traffic AdSense tags through their server. It will be interesting to see what Google does with DFP and if Yahoo's APT platform is able to get market share over the next couple of years.

more than 5 years ago
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Data Centers Crucial To Lehman Sale

KingAdrock Re:All the banks are valueless. (301 comments)

The problem is that something is only worth what someone will pay for it... and nobody is buying. Lack of liquidity is the real driver of the problems many of these banks and investment houses are seeing.

more than 5 years ago

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Yahoo Music Not Interested in "User Inconvenie

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KingAdrock (115014) writes "In a presentation at a digital music conference last week the head of Yahoo! Music, Ian C Rogers, denounced the tactics being used by major music labels.

If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I'm not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I'll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won't let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience. I will tell Yahoo! to give the money they were going to give me to build awesome media applications to Yahoo! Mail or Answers or some other deserving endeavor. I personally don't have any more time to give and can't bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life's too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out.
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Jimmy Wales' Wikia Chooses Monetization Platform

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KingAdrock (115014) writes "Wikia released a press release this morning announcing that they had choses LookSmart to provide the technology platform for their site monetization initiative. Wikia, started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is a wiki hosting service based on the MediaWiki platform.

The announcement also marks LookSmart's first foray into serving display advertising. Traditionally LookSmart's AdServer platform has been for text listings only. Also of note is that the platform will allow CPC, CPM, and CPA billing options for advertisers."

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Hire Me

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  more than 9 years ago

QUALIFICATIONS PROFILE
Solutions-oriented Project Manager with broad experience leading the design, development, and implementation of robust client-focused technology systems, while managing operations and project-based initiatives for clients of all sizes.
* Advanced level of technical proficiency coupled with highly refined business acumen demonstrated by repeated success in the analysis and management of innovative IT solutions that directly promote business growth.
* Highly effective at producing IT policies and procedures, performing change/configuration management, process engineering, and schedule coordination, while supervising project teams throughout all lifecycle phases.
* Dynamic communications skills, with success developing and maintaining lasting relationships with key clients, fully communicating technical solutions to users and executives at all levels of technical proficiency.
* Influential leadership and supervisory abilities; able to coordinate and oversee cross-functional teams throughout all stages of project-based initiatives.
* Expert level of proficiency with leading development tools, programming languages, and administration utilities within various operating environments.

CORE COMPETENCIES:
-- Project Management
-- Web Development
-- Database Design
-- IT Organizational Management
-- Application Design and Development
-- Resource Coordination and Management

TECHNICAL BACKGROUND
-- Platforms: Windows 2000/2003 Professional/Server
-- Development: ASP, ASP.NET, C++, Java, PHP, SQL, Visual Basic, HTML, XHTML, CSS, Javascript, XML
-- Tools: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook), Crystal Reports, SQL Server

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
LAYBLE, INC., New York, NY
2002 - Present
-- President/ Director of Operations
Established and manage day-to-day business operations focused on providing comprehensive Web and database development services to clients of all sizes. Establish and cultivate relationships with new clients, collaborating extensively with customers to analyze needs, determine requirements, and lead development of custom solutions. Provide full lifecycle project management throughout project-based initiatives, coordinating efforts of clients, vendors, and team members.
Key Achievements:
* Spearheaded design, development, and administration of IT infrastructure for **** ************* ******* ***** *****.
* Served lead role in hands-on design and development for numerous key projects; designed robust front- and backend sites, including database implementation and integration, as well as conducting extensive testing to ensure fully functional solutions.
* Oversaw bottom-line sales initiatives, from identification of new customers to negotiation, sales material authoring, contract award, and delivery of services.
* Prepared and delivered remote training to customers on software and system operations, ensuring proficiency by users at all technical levels.

WEBGISTIX, CORP., Olean, NY
2000 - 2003
-- IT Manager
Supervised daily activities of IT team while personally developing SmartFC system, a core corporate software offering enabling online operations of client fulfillment systems. Served as key point-of-contact between technology team and customers, working directly with customers to determine and implement custom features and enhancements. Designed and developed all key system features, including Internet and warehouse connectivity.
Key Achievements:
* Successfully delivered first two releases of SmartFC fulfillment software, developed from ground-up and currently firm's premiere software offering.
* Served as technical sales engineer, delivering sales presentations to potential customers illustrating product features and operations.
* Established all departmental processes and procedures, streamlining workflow operations, implementing development environments and methodologies, and selecting technology solutions.

EDUCATION / TRAINING
-- Bachelor of Science Degree - Major in Computer Science (2001)
St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY

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Page 2 + 21

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  about 10 years ago

To carry the meme on from Safety Cap's journal:

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Turn to page 23.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

If this check box is not selected, follow these steps:
 
You all wish you knew the steps now don't you!

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Linux Network Install (No Monitor Blues...)

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Hopefully someone out there can help me.

I have an extra box sitting next to me. Pretty decent specs, 2.1 GHz, 512 megs of ram. I'd like to put linux on it (preferrably fedora, but in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter) and use it as a server. The problem... No monitor (or keyboard for that matter). I think currently it has Mandrake installed on it, but just the default install. Would it be possible to install fresh on top of whatever is on there over the network or am I just dreaming?

I guess what I would prefer to do is put in some sort of boot CD that would then pull the ISO's off of my laptop that is sitting right next to it. Install it, and then let me do everything from remote desktop.

I don't do much in Linux, so go easy on any explinations you might give.

Thanks.

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Banks (update two)

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

OK, just got a call from the branch manager of the bank in Colorado. Says he'll guarentee payment on the check. It was returned due to no fault of myself or my client. The problem is that Fleet has already sent the check back to me in the mail.

Now CO branch manager is calling my Manhattan branch manager for what can only be described as a meeting of the minds. Still waiting to here what becomes of that. I'm hoping CO bank will wire the money to me before 3pm today (thus insuring I get it on today's business).

Previous to the manager calling me I had it out with the client. He bascially called me an idiot for not endorsing the check right. I called him a piece of shit for not wiring me the money when it is obvious to me that the check didn't clear due to no fault of my own.

I've since gotten an apology from him because apparently it was his bank that was causing the problem.

Hopefully the next update will contain a conclusion and my ultimate moral of the story.

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Banks (update)

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

OK, the account that the check was drawn from definitely has the money to cover it. Their bank is telling them the check was endorsed wrong. I've had this problem before. Fleet has given me the following format for endorsing the business check.

For Deposit Only
Layble, Inc.
Account #xxxxxxxxx

Now the other bank is saying this is no good and need to endore it like this.

For Deposit Only
Layble, Inc.
Nicholas Jordan
President
Account #xxxxxxxxx

WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT? Maybe I should attach a five page essay on what I'm goint to do with the money after it is deposited. Now I'm back trying to get ahold of someone at Fleet who might be able to tell me why they are telling me it is insufficient funds and the other bank is telling me it was a bad endorsement. I've called my nearest branch manager, and have a call in to a supervisor at the call center.

Normally I let shit like this roll off my back, but it is the holidays, people are expecting bonuses, landlords are expecting rent, and I'm close to going off the deep end!

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Banks

KingAdrock KingAdrock writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I don't usually induldge in the act of writing a jounal entry, but I need to vent.

WHAT THE FUCK IS THE DEAL WITH THE BANKING SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES? Let me preface the rest of the rant with a few facts. I live in Manhattan. I use Commerce Bank for my personal accounts. If you live in an area where Commerce is, I highly reccommend it! My business accounts are with Fleet. I should move them to Commerce, but I had originally opened them with Fleet, and closing a business account and reopening it is more of a hassle than I thought it was worth. I was wrong.

I've had my problems with Fleet in the past. Them returning a five figure check because I had signed it instead of just writing the company name on the back of the check. The check was made out to the company that i deposited the check in. Who gives a fuck if Bozo the clown endorsed it? So I learned from my mistake.

Last monday I deposited another check. Again for a decent (>10k) amount of money. I'm not even going to mention the fact that in these days of electronic commerce a fucking check should clear in seconds not days. On Thursday the funds became available. Good times. Happy Holidays. I went to the branch on thursday and withdrew money. The bank had no problem with this because the money was in the account.

Fast foward to this morning. I was shipping some stuff UPS and tried to pay with the company Debit Card. Declined. Strange I thought. Maybe the large withdrawal on Friday had put me over my daily limit or something. So I called my friendly Fleet representative. She was actually very nice. She told me the check I had deposited on Monday and that had "cleared" on Thursday had been returned to me on Friday and my account was now overdrawn by upwords of three thousand dollars. WTF? Why did they clear the check on Thursday and then return it on Friday. She had to call "Check Verification" to get the reason. I was walking to the subway at the time and she told me she could call me back at 10am with the answer. Good enough for me I thought. 10am came.. No call. 10:30, no call.

So I called Fleet back and went through the whole process again. This time the lady on the other line hung up on me. Simple mistake? Probably. Angry KingAdrock? YES!

So I call back for the third time. New lady.

Lady: "I'm sorry sir our systems are down can you call back in thirty minutes?"
Me: "No, I'll hold"
Lady: "Sir this could take a while"
Me: "That's OK, I'll hold."
Lady: "Ummm.. How about I put you back into the system. We have three call centers and maybe the other centers aren't having this problem."
Me: (reluctantly) "OK"

So I have to go through the 45 menus and entering all of my PIN's and account numbers all over again.

New Lady: "Hello sir, I'd like to help, but our systems are down can you call back in 30 minutes."
Me: "No"
New Lady: "But sir..."
Me: "Let me talk to a supervisor"
New Lady: "Sure sir, but a supervisor is not going to be able to get the system up"
Me: "Do I stutter? Give me your supervisor"
New Lady: "Yes sir"

So I get the supervisor and we finally figure out that the check had insufficient funds. Well why the fuck with all of the technology in the world did it take four fucking days to figure out that the check didn't have enough money in the account? Why the fuck did you clear it?

This story gets worse. The company that sent the check is owned by a family member. This family member is going to be at my parents house for the holidays. I leave for the parents hosue in two days. They have better fixed this problem before then or it is not going to be a Merry Christmas.

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