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I think next winter will be:

PaisteUser I moved away from winter (147 comments)

I lived in MN for 32+ years, and after the last 2 winters, I decided that I've had it. My employer let me transfer to sunny Florida, and even with all the extra critters, and crazy people, I'll be happy when it's 70F degrees in January. Meanwhile it will be -10F and lots of snow back in MN. No regrets.

about a week ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

PaisteUser Out-of-band Management (410 comments)

I just dialed into a 56k USRobotics modem this morning at one of my remote sites. They are still prevalent for remote out-of-band management of network devices (i.e. switches, routers). They have saved my bacon numerous times over the years and I don't see them going away anytime soon in my line of work.

1 year,4 days

U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

PaisteUser Re:Twin Cities, MN - with Scantron (821 comments)

Not voting with a Scantron, but I am voting in Scranton, PA.

I like what you did there.

about 2 years ago

U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

PaisteUser Twin Cities, MN - with Scantron (821 comments)

Everything was orderly and calm at the polling place in our hometown. I was in and out of the polling place in 10 minutes.

I'm curious to know how many places are using computerized voting machines in the country? MN still uses Scantron machines; it's hard to screw up, and cheap to operate.

about 2 years ago

Who Makes Your Favorite Networking Gear?

PaisteUser Re:All of the above? (322 comments)

It all depends on what your needs are.

If you want to go advanced networking with VLAN:s and stuff like that then Cisco or maybe HP are the alternatives, but considering that HP is moving to be a services only company then I think that Cisco is the way to go. As for those of you who swear to Extreme - no thank you.

Another alternative would be Juniper, but they are a small player in the top level pond.

From what I understand, HP wants to stay in the enterprise networking market.

They just snapped up 3COM not that long ago to compete directly with Cisco on their Nexus series switches. They tried to offload their ProCurve unit many years ago, but then decided to hang on to it.

You can't beat a lifetime warranty on a switch.

about 3 years ago

I Name My Servers After:

PaisteUser A little of column B, a little of column D... (722 comments)

My naming convention at home has been related to Simpsons characters, it somewhat has to do with their function as well:

Homer = Desktop/Server
Bart = Laptop
Lovejoy = Firewall
Flanders = Modem
Marge = Wife's Computer
Maggie = Netbook

more than 3 years ago

BlackBerry Outages Across North America

PaisteUser Re:Central point of failure.. (284 comments)

BB is essential for cwhoreporate systems, because NO OTHER PHONE ON THE MARKET ANYWHERE matches its functionality... they can issue you a phone, then enforce strong passwords, content filtering, disable cameras so you don't end up sending pictures of your Christmas party indiscretion to your whole team, etc etc.

In Exchange 2007 you have the same functionality for policy enforcement; disabling cameras, strong passwords, managing applications, and blocking web browsing. Granted this is on a device that fully licenses ActiveSync technology.

more than 3 years ago

Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

PaisteUser Re:Going back to sleep now... (664 comments)

It's going to be a synergenic revitalization of the optimum dynastic capitalization for interconnected dynamics in the convergent subsidiaries of virtual datacenter alligories.

You lost me after synergenic.

more than 4 years ago

Ten Features To Love About Android 1.5

PaisteUser Re:Missing Enterprise Feature (384 comments)

Actually, you have the issue backwards. Your selection of MS-Exchange as a messaging platform has limited the financially viable choices available to your firm to basically, Windows Mobile. Don't blame your vendor lock in on anyone other than your messaging vendor and the person who decided to buy MS-Exchange. You didn't HAVE TO do it.

I agree with you. However my predecessor chose and implemented Exchange. It's not financially viable to forklift Exchange at this time since it is already paid for.
If I was looking at a fresh install of a groupware product right now, I would be looking at the open source products.

more than 5 years ago

Ten Features To Love About Android 1.5

PaisteUser Missing Enterprise Feature (384 comments)

The OS is still missing native MS Exchange support. Our company currently utilizes T-Mobile as a wireless provider and this is the single biggest hangup from us deploying the G1 handsets. I do realize that there are 3rd party apps that provide this functionality, but that gets expensive when you roll out 100+ devices.

more than 5 years ago

Interview with Red Hat's New CEO

PaisteUser Yes... (129 comments)

But does he run Linux?

more than 6 years ago



New U.S. Atmoic Clock Goes Live

PaisteUser PaisteUser writes  |  about 6 months ago

PaisteUser (810863) writes "CNN writes: "A new atomic clock, so accurate it will lose or gain only one second every 300 million years, was unveiled Thursday by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The NIST-F2 had been in development for about a decade and is three times more accurate than the F1, which has been in use since 1999. The institute will continue operating both clocks for now at its campus in Boulder, Colorado.""

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Antitrust Charges filed against Intel

PaisteUser PaisteUser writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PaisteUser (810863) writes "A blog at ZDnet writes: The New York Attorney General’s office today accused chip maker Intel of engaging in “a worldwide, systematic campaign of illegal conduct,” including paying kickbacks and threatening computer makers, and filed federal antitrust charges against it."
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Verizon, Google collaberate on Android

PaisteUser PaisteUser writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PaisteUser (810863) writes "ZDnet reports that Verizon Wireless and Google said Tuesday that they will partner to co-develop a bevy of Android-based devices. The terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but the companies are looking to create innovative devices "pre-loaded with innovative applications from both parties as well as third-party developers.""
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Obama backs Extension to Spy Provisions in the Pat

PaisteUser PaisteUser writes  |  about 5 years ago

PaisteUser (810863) writes "Wired is reporting that President Obama is okay with renewing three provisions of the Patriot act that are expiring.
"The Obama administration has told Congress it supports renewing three provisions of the Patriot Act due to expire at yearâ(TM)s end, measures making it easier for the government to spy within the United States.

In a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said the administration might consider âoemodificationsâ to the act in order to protect civil liberties.

âoeThe administration is willing to consider such ideas, provided that they do not undermine the effectiveness of these important authorities,â Ronald Weich, assistant attorney general, wrote to Leahy, (.pdf) whose committee is expected to consider renewing the three expiring Patriot Act provisions next week. The government disclosed the letter Tuesday.""

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Canadian Apple stores not carrying 3G iPhone

PaisteUser PaisteUser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PaisteUser writes " is reporting: 'If you want to buy one of the new 3G iPhones this Friday, don't bother going to an Apple store. Unlike the United States where consumers could buy iPhones at Apple retailers as well as through the wireless carrier AT&T that carries the phones, in Canada consumers will have to buy from a Rogers Wireless or Fido retailer or one of the company's authorized resellers.'"
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Charter drops Web tracking plans

PaisteUser PaisteUser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PaisteUser (810863) writes "An article writes that Charter Communications Inc. is dropping plans to track the Web usage of some high-speed Internet subscribers, citing concerns raised by customers, the company said Tuesday. In May, Charter announced a pilot program in four markets aimed at producing enough information for advertisers to target online ads for individual customers based on their viewing habits. But the St. Louis-based company said in a statement that some customers have raised concerns, so the program will be canceled before it begins."
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Nvidia Drivers causing 30% of Vista Crashes in '07

PaisteUser PaisteUser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PaisteUser writes "The guys over at Ars Technica posted an article discussing how an estimated 30% of Vista crashes in 2007 were caused by Nvidia Drivers. From the article, "According to Microsoft's own included documentation, the widespread reports of NVIDIA Vista driver issues were by no means exaggerated during Vista's first months.""
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