Why Snowden Did Right
The truth is, human beings as a whole are fundamentally cowards. Until you understand and accept that, you can't really even begin to understand human beings and their motivations.
You just can't say you could pick a handful of people from any country in any part of the world and expect them to act any different than you describe in your examples.
I hate to break it to you, but:
1. We are a nation of whiners.
2. Spending doesn't/shouldn't come primarily from credit.
Deal with #1, it's just true.
Once we deal with #2 and recover from years and years of overspending based on credit, we will be on our way back to prosperity.
I'm not saying credit is evil, but I know of way too many insane/immature/simple-minded people in the last ten years who have credit-carded and refinanced themselves into a corner that is now hurting all of us. Idiotic financial corporations enabled them, but now they need to learn from it and fix the mess they've made for themselves for us to get back to prosperity.
How can people who make $4000/month have $800k homes and two $40k cars for God's sake??? I made more than twice as much as these idiots, I made the smart financial decisions, and now I'm in my financial bunker just trying to ride this out in my new business.
Bottom line, your basic statement is flat-out wrong. Without credit, people can spend, unless they are one of the idiots who spent themselves into oblivion in the last decade...
Smallest MicroATX Case For Embedded Linux Network Appliances
Thanks for pointing this out to make me look at the Shutte boxes again. The last time I looked they only accommodated one 3.5" drive and didn't have RAID, but the newer ones now take two drives and do have RAID 0/1. It's very good, and altogether will end up costing only $100 or so more than an equivalent, larger, entry-level tower server, which is perfect and exactly what a small business owner would look for.
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What Do You Use Perl For?
After talking with a few colleagues recently, I realized I needed to brush up on my Perl knowledge for my professional work. I've been programming as an amateur and a professional for about 28 years (yeah, I started programming that young on a Commodore PET's and 64's), so filling in the gaps in my knowledge on Perl has been very easy and enjoyable.
I was pretty happy to realize that Perl is really a coder's programming or scripting language from the perspective of a traditional programmer like me, dealing with a lot of tediousness and rigidity of traditional languages I'm used to. Not like I haven't used Perl in a professional sense before, but it was pretty much for the purpose of troubleshooting problem CGI's or writing quick-and-dirty *NIX scripts to get a job done.
As I was going through the standard paces of learning a language from the ground-up to fill in any gaps I have, I realized something. I can use Perl for more than just my Linux server and network appliance work, Perl may actually be the modern programming language that I've been looking for to teach my kids the basics of programming like I did when I was about their age.
Not like Perl is the simplest of languages for a 6 or 8 year old to learn (hey, I started when I was about 8 to 10 years old), but the simple beginning-level exercises you go through are a great way to spark curiosity in kids about software development. From there you can move them along to other things that are even more relevant to modern computing and the Internet.
So, as I move forward consuming all knowledge about Perl to advance myself, I have a question for anyone out there who may be reading this. How do you use Perl? I've had other people ask me the same thing, so I'd like to hear how other people use Perl to automate server administration, processes, or anything else. Hell, I might get some cool ideas for my little geeks, so let me know!
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Smallest MicroATX Case For Embedded Linux Network Appliances
OK, so I'm working on an embedded Linux network appliance with "unspecified capabilities". :-) Anyway, I need a case that's as small as possible, but still accomodates one 5.25" drive and two 3.5" drives. I settled on the MicroATX platform, because the smaller motherboards would seem to be a waste of time and expense considering I have to incorporate those 3 drive types.
All I'm coming up with is rackmount servers, but I want something with a cube-like form factor that won't be intimidating to a small business owner and will be easy for them to plug in and use. Looking for something like that, pretty much all I find are home theater component-style cases.
Anybody out there have any ideas?
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Most Appealing Company For An IT Geek To Work For?
Now that I've taken the leap to enlightenment from corporate grazer hell to independent computer geek, the question is where would be a great place to work in 21st century Silicon Valley?
First, you might ask what the heck is a corporate grazer? I just thought of the phrase, don't see any references on the Internet, so I'll explain it. If you've worked in a typical Silicon Valley office (think of the movie Office Space), you know the people who don't carry their own weight. That's not who I'm talking about. Worse than those people are the people who "work" to do nothing but bullshit all day while you work your ass off. I'll speak specifically to my workplace of the last 6 years -- the people who walk around talking and joking for an hour or more at a time, only to move onto the next place to "graze" off of social interaction with the next group of people. Now you get who I'm talking about.
Anyway, I guess I'm either looking for another startup to grow with or a bigger company to move up my career. I'm probably leaning toward the startup end of the spectrum to avoid just managing and working with grazers again.
So, I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, and here are some candidates: Collab.net, Renkoo.com, Videobox.com, Mint.com, Linkedin.com, TrustE.com, TrustedID.com, Pickspal.com, etc.
Or maybe I should work independently for a while? There are a ton of little companies here that need real IT help and just aren't getting it. It's amazing how many companies are paying 50-100% more than I made in my last position just for someone to solve their IT problems.
If you had the opportunity to make a small change in the direction of your IT career, what would it be and why?