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Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

Psiren Speaking as a sysadmin (31 comments)

If I find myself fixing someone's computer, then someone else is not doing their job properly. That's why we have (competent) help-desk staff. As a sysadmin I'm far too busy looking after servers, storage and network to worry about your PC. If I'm doing my job properly, you'll never see me.

about 3 months ago
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French Police To Switch 72,000 Desktop PCs To Linux

Psiren Re:Remember all those years of Linux on the Deskto (183 comments)

Of course they need large scale manageability. What the GP post said was that there are no tools that offer the facilities that AD and GP do on Windows. You can do a whole lot of stuff with scripts and other tools, but that doesn't mean it's as straightforward.

The real strength of GP is the ability to modify the way the software that runs on top of Windows works, not just the OS itself. Of course, MS offers the best support for that in things like Office, although other applications can be managed too. With the sheer variety of mechanisms for configuring applications on Linux, there can simply be no equivalent.

Offer me a working equivalent of GP, and an Exchange replacement, and I'll give it serious consideration. Until then, for me, it's just not worth the hassle.

1 year,22 days
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45% of U.S. Jobs Vulnerable To Automation

Psiren Re:AI and robotics and jobs (625 comments)

Sounds like you're describing Iain M. Banks' post-scarcity Culture (I'm sure there are other sci-fi examples). That can't really happen until we have an abundance of energy and the ability to manipulate matter to create any material goods we may require. I don't see that happening for another millennia or so, assuming we last that long.

about a year ago
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Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play

Psiren Re:If you like an app buy it (337 comments)

Perhaps that's true. However, I've never clicked on a single ad in any of my apps. I don't use an adblocker, I just don't click on ads. So they'd make more money from me by providing a paid for app. Plus they'd piss me off less.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play

Psiren Re:If you like an app buy it (337 comments)

If you like an app, pay the dollar or two for the ad free version, other wise you're stealing from the developer of the app, justify it however you like, but it is theft.

That's not always possible. There are a few apps that I use where there isn't a version without the ads. I'd happily plonk down a few quid to remove them, but the option isn't there.

about a year and a half ago
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Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

Psiren Re:Opportunity (279 comments)

I tried using a TomTom device for a few weeks in the UK this summer and TomTom quite frankly just sucks...

This is clearly made up nonsense. We didn't have a summer in the UK this year.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

Psiren Re:How to treat a loyal customer (571 comments)

1) "If they understood that better" is meaningless. I build systems to meet requirements and demands, not the other way around. Most businesses operate the same way.

I would agree. My point was that people compare a simple IMAP/calendaring solution with Exchnage and think that it competes on the same level. If all you need or want is that, then great, go for it. If you want more, there's nothing else out there that compares.

2) Starting with Exchange 2010, things have gotten far too complex just for the sake of complexity, and with little benefit (and definitely less benefit than the increased requirements justify). This is especially true in smaller implementations, where a small business doesn't need a minimum of four different servers (or two really beefy ones) just to do their email, tasklists, and calendaring.

I wouldn't disagree with that either, although what constitutes a beefy server is not an exact science, and with VM's, not that difficult to deal with. Keep in mind that most of Microsoft's recommendations for minimum specs on these sort of things, and Exchange in particular, far exceed the sort of numbers you'd be looking at with most small businesses. The real complication with 2010 as I see it is that the old style clustering is no longer supported, making a simple failover pair a pain in the arse. But, the hosted services can serve as a backup in that situation, and for many small business, hosted services may be all they need at all.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

Psiren Re:How to treat a loyal customer (571 comments)

All together you can gain the same functionality running a multitude of packages. It's not going to have the pretty UI, but the upside is you don't have to rebuild your corrupted mail store every couple of months.

Have you ever run Exchange? Or are you just repeating the same tired bullshit that used to be bandied about 10 years ago? We've been running it for 10 years. Not once have we had to rebuild a mail store. If you're going to take a pot shot at it, at least try something a bit more up to date.

The sad thing is most people that haven't used Exchange just see it as a mail server. It's not. If they understood that better, they might understand why there are no viable alternatives.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Steeply Raising Enterprise Licensing Fees

Psiren Re:How to treat a loyal customer (571 comments)

Sure you can't run exchange, but there are plenty of alternatives many of which are a lot better.

Name one. Just one.

about 2 years ago
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Salesforce.com's Benioff Disses Windows 8, Oracle

Psiren Re:Another moron CEO (182 comments)

Agreed. I'm firmly of the opinion that widespread BYOD is a disaster in the making. You're still going to have to provide your staff with the tools and resources to do their daily work, but now you have to do that on any number of different and incompatible systems. Ignoring the potential security implications, supporting that in any meaningful way is going to be extremely hard. And you can be damn sure that laptops with Windows 8 will be one of those devices, so no, it's not irrelevant.

about 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

Psiren Re:It's too bad (933 comments)

Fair enough (I work in the academic environment myself, so I know some of the issues). You make a reasonably strong case for it. If you've discussed the issues with them, and they're not listening, then you should take it up with your manager. If your work is being affected, you have a good reason to do so.

You may be unlucky of course, and truly have a bunch of arseholes in IT. It happens. Frankly I try my best to help whenever I can, but sometimes there are good reasons not to do something that aren't immediately obvious to the end user. It's sometimes a technical one, but just as often a politcal one.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

Psiren Re:It's too bad (933 comments)

As someone who manages an Exchange environment, I'd like to point out that I've not enabled the IMAP service. I have good reasons, and they're nothing to do with being incompetent or intentionally setting out to annoy Linux users (not that we have any, other than me). I'm sure if running an IMAP service was an actual business requirement, your IT department would have done it.

more than 2 years ago
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Asus Transformer Drops Quad-core In Favor of Dual-core

Psiren Re:Core count obsession (207 comments)

So seriously, most of the time, the number of cores doesn't even matter, because unless you're playing a high-end game, the cores won't even be woken up.

So, unless I was buying a tablet specifically to play high end games on, why would I want to spend money on CPU cores that are going to sit there doing nothing? Surely a dual core CPU is a better move?

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 ARM Will Not Support Legacy Software

Psiren Re:they already have windows for arm (381 comments)

People didn't want Linux netbooks, because they couldn't run the applications that they wanted on them. That's why so many were returned, and Linux quickly disappeared from the netbook scene. Why would you think it would be different this time around?

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones

Psiren Smartphone jockstrap? (220 comments)

Okay, but am I still okay to wear my smartphone jockstrap? Not as convenient as a belt clip I'll agree...

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pulls 21 Malware Apps From Android Market

Psiren Re:This is one reason why I have an iPhone (242 comments)

but at least I know someone at Apple has personally looked at every app and its update I installed on my phone so a situation like this won't happen.

That's a "famous last words" just waiting to happen. Yes, it's arguably more unlikely. But to say it won't ever happen is just dumb.

more than 3 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

Psiren Re:We don't use sudo? (592 comments)

Years ago I created an alias for rm -rf called "nuke". I've been using it for so long that I just type it automatically whenever I need to use rm -rf. I've never created the alias under root though, so if I ever type it without thinking I'll save myself some potential heartache. It's not happened yet though.

I agree with your sentiment too. If I'm logged into a server, it's as root. I wouldn't be logged into the server if I didn't need to do something that wasn't as root, so what the hell would be the point?!

more than 3 years ago
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Researcher To Release Web-Based Android Attack

Psiren Re:Class Action Lawsuit? (136 comments)

10 years support for a phone is never going to happen, and it shouldn't. A ten year old device like that would be hopelessly outdated. Even something 2 years old looks pretty pathetic nowadays. They should however be forced to provide updates for the duration of your contract. I know mobile contracts over in the US are pretty fucked up, but here in the UK my current phone is on a two year contract. I just got the update to 2.2 yesterday, but I've still got another 20+ months of contract to run. That's certainly going to cover 2.3, and probably the next version too. I really would like to know that I can have those updates when they're made available.

more than 3 years ago
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LucasFilm Sues Jedi Mind Over 'Jedi'

Psiren Re:No brainer (212 comments)

How about DUFAOATGOTSIOAIISAUPTTDARGOMT (Don't Use Fucking Acronyms Once And Then Go On To Spell It Out As It Is An Utterly Pointless Thing To Do And Really Gets On My Tits!)

more than 4 years ago

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Are you using desktop virtualisation?

Psiren Psiren writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Psiren (6145) writes "I'm investigating our options for moving towards desktop virtualisation. We moved most of our servers onto VMWare several years ago, and frankly I don't know how I managed without it. Server virtualiation is pretty much the norm now, but it doesn't yet seem to have taken off in the same way on the desktop. I've started looking at VMWare View, Xen Desktop and also Sun Ray's. The Sun Ray demo I was given was very impressive. My question to you all is, are you using (or about to use) desktop virtualisation, and if so, what route did you take? More importantly, was it worth it?

To give an idea of scale, we'd be moving about 100 PC's over, all running Windows 7. The vast majority will be mostly basic office work, nothing too taxing. I like the idea of continuing to use VMWare as it ties in nicely with our server infrastructure, but I suspect the cost may be prohibitive on this small scale."
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Psiren Psiren writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Psiren (6145) writes "In six months or so my colleague is planning to leave and I will take over responsibility for the Windows servers. I have been a Linux/Unix sysadmin for many years, and have of course managed Windows machines in that time, but never to any great depth. I have worked closely with my colleague over the last few years to integrate our Windows and Linux systems as much as possible, so I am familiar with the basics, but am also well aware of the significant differences between the two. I am interested in finding resources that will be useful to help me in this transition. Recommendations for decent admin books for Windows Server 2003 would be a good start, especially those written from the more technical standpoint. Useful websites are generally a google away, but if you have any favourites I'd appreciate some links. Any other advice (other than "Don't do it!") is welcome."

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