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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

RMH101 Some positive advice (451 comments)

There's some horrible posts in this thread to a fairly good question. How do you make that break into industry, and what might you want to do there?
My background: nearly 20 years in IT, started whilst at University doing helpdesk work, moved into industry. Been 1st line, 2nd line, 3rd line support. Have delivered global projects for variety of companies both as employee and contractor.
I currently work Microsoft UK as a senior Technical Account Manager within Microsoft Premier.
First off, working in IT does NOT require ability to code. I know it's against hivemind groupthink here, but it doesn't. Sure, if you want to be a developer you'll need it but if you're an architect, working in support, working in implementing projects, it's not necessary.
Look at what you're strong at. You're good with people, explaining technical concepts to them, listening to their requirements and probably quite good at interpreting those conversations into relevant IT concepts. Think about something like an IT business analyst, or someone who implements solutions - e.g. turning on O365 for a customer isn't trivial, and needs careful management for successful deployment. You might find a support job is a good entrance to industry but you would be having to learn your chops from 2nd line upwards. Thinking at more of a business relationship management/IT business analyst etc might be helpful if you've not considered it before.
Anyway, if you'd like some honest advice, feel free to PM me and I'll see what I can do. I'll probably go back to lurking now as I expect the trolls will be along again shortly...

about 8 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

RMH101 Re: Hang on a minute (110 comments)

Jees, does no one READ anymore? This is why I gave up on Slashdot. Nokia alleged to say no backdoors in their hardware, someone claims data being sent to MSFT from handsets regardless. No shit,Sherlock. In the absence of any details, let alone evidence or proof, this looks bloody spurious to me. I would expect the MS services on the phone to talk to Redmond exactly as they tell you they will when you agree to it for basic services e.g. location services. The article itself is classic FUD with zero content. Read it again. And don't post AC.

about 7 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

RMH101 Re:Hang on a minute (110 comments)

It's mandatory to have a Microsoft account with Windows Phone, much like it's mandatory to have a Gmail account for Android and an Apple ID for iOS. You don't have to use the services though, and WP8 is pretty good at explicitly telling you what data it would like and giving you the option of opting out.

about 7 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

RMH101 Re:Hang on a minute (110 comments)

Because it happens all the time - people like to read sensationalist news, people like to be outraged and site owners love page clicks. Go and read TFA. There is zero content in it. It's not even a theory, it's a vague bit of sensationalism and until it's backed up with data it should be treated as such.

about 7 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

RMH101 Re:Hang on a minute (110 comments)

Full disclosure: I do work for MS, but miles and miles away from any of this kind of thing so I don't have any insight other than Occam's Razor. When you read TFA, there isn't any data in there. It doesn't actually SAY anything.

about 7 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

RMH101 Hang on a minute (110 comments)

This looks like a mountain being made out of a molehill. From TFA: "Lumia phones do not ensure the user’s privacy – at least no better than the phones of other big manufacturers"
When you use a WP8 device, you are signed in using a Microsoft Account. Features like SMS backup, location services such as "Find My Phone" etc need to send data back to MS in order to work. In fact when you first sign into a phone this is made explicitly clear, as it is during the install of any apps on the phone that require, say, location based services. So whilst the implication of this article appears to be that there's something shady and underhand going on, until someone shows me a wireshark trace that shows it, I'm calling BS.

about 7 months ago
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Adobe Adds 3D Printer Support To Photoshop

RMH101 Re: Awesome! (73 comments)

Just use free stuff like sketch up to create the stl files then. U don't have to buy Photoshop. Although if you're an imaging professional you always end up with PS eventually...

about 9 months ago
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Adobe Adds 3D Printer Support To Photoshop

RMH101 Awesome! (73 comments)

Some more features that I won't know how to use in PS! Seriously, this is great. But it does make PS even more intimidating - wow, the learning curve is already steep!

about 9 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

RMH101 Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

And you're an anonymous coward! Jees, now I remember why I've not logged in here for a while. Did I say that it would be plugged in? Did I say I was sceptical it was true? No. I just asked if any physical evidence had been seen in the wild. Better men than you posted some great links from Spiegel with the details. Grow up.

about 9 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

RMH101 Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

Great post. Thanks. Somehow seeing the internal advertising for these devices and unit costs etc makes it even scarier. The radar-illuminated VGA reading device is astonishing.

about 9 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

RMH101 Re:Where are they? (324 comments)

That's kind of my thinking - that they would have to replace a discrete part within the laptop - possibly a motherboard, more likely a daughterboard or mini PCI device like a wifi card. If you replace the motherboard you'd have to deal with BIOS serial numbers etc which would be a PITA. The only way I can see this working is if it were done at a component level. Presumably the device would need to be connected to a data bus, e.g. USB/SATA? Or memory?

about 9 months ago
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NYT: NSA Put 100,000 Radio Pathway "Backdoors" In PCs

RMH101 Where are they? (324 comments)

Genuine question - where are these devices? Has any physical evidence of them been detected? Has anyone found one? I'm not sceptical that they did it, I think it's entirely possible. I'm just curious if there's any physical evidence that's been found yet...?

about 9 months ago
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McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

RMH101 Re:Interesting... (180 comments)

Nah, I hate it. The number of issues it causes on Windows Servers is substantial, and at a really hacky low level which is expensive and time consuming to troubleshoot.

about 9 months ago
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Usenix and EFF Reps Talk About VW's Attempt to Suppress a Presentation (Video)

RMH101 Re:prove it (29 comments)

Not sure that's the same thing. I've known of tools to recode alarm fobs to a car for VW for years (and have used them when I've broken a transponder and didn't want to pay £200 for a replacement from the dealer) but they all require access to the car - e.g. either ODBII interface that's usually under the steering wheel on the underside of the dash (and which needs the key present to power up), or need the old physical key to be inserted and flicked on / off in the ignition. Both options need the car to be unlocked and a key of some sort present. This isn't the same as a drive-by tool that automagically unlocks cars on the street, unless I'm missing something?

about a year ago
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NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

RMH101 Re:Bitcoin? (407 comments)

Now *that's* an interesting theory. Powered by the only resource that never runs out - individual greed...

about a year ago
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It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously

RMH101 Re:Why not block by IMEI -what the rest of world d (282 comments)

Europe blocks the IMEI number of the phone. Granted, on some phones it is possible to change IMEI, but it is neither simple nor easy. It also carries a significant prison sentence in the UK. Once IMEI is blocked, provided the phone providers respect the shared blacklist (which virtually all do) then that phone is not going to connect to a network, regardless of what SIM you have in it. Thus it becomes worthless. Seems pretty simple, TBH.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Documenting Scattered Sites and Systems?

RMH101 Re:google for 'itil' (114 comments)

Seriously. Do this. If you don't want to, get someone hired to do this. If you have existing enterprise support with a big vendor like HP or MS then they can do this for you if you're willing to pay through the nose for it.

more than 2 years ago
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Sub-$100 Android 4.0 Tablet Coming Soon

RMH101 Re:I'm quite enjoying my Archos G9 (278 comments)

My dad just surprised my by dropping by yesterday and saying he'd just ordered one of these. My immediate reaction was "ah, no, what pile of inventory-to-clear has he picked up?" but the specs actually look pretty decent. I guess this is the point where we have functional tablets at a significantly cheaper price.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Data Remanence Solutions?

RMH101 Re:Seems like overkill... (209 comments)

Usually encryption is a set and forget thing, and it works in the background...

about 2 years ago
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Are There Any Smartphones That Respect Privacy?

RMH101 Re:Windows Phone 7 is a good solution (478 comments)

interesting app. I'm presuming that it doesn't integrate to the People hub? Or the dialler? That would put a bit of a crimp in it, the People hub is really good, particularly if you use social media (although possibly you wouldn't if you had privacy concerns with your contacts I guess...)
I suspect the use case of local only contacts storage wasn't on the radar for WP7 dev team. Not sure how the phone responds if you have old-school SIM contacts either. There is an obvious interest in getting users into the Live ecosystem from MS's point of view, along with the safety of your contacts being backed up in the cloud. I think the average user is quite happy to either bring their existing Gmail or Outlook cloud contacts, or have them hosted in Live to be honest - I can see your reason why this isn't acceptable, but do bear in mind this is not an issue for the majority of people.

about 2 years ago

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Uk anti-filesharing law firm hacked, hilarities en

RMH101 RMH101 writes  |  about 4 years ago

RMH101 (636144) writes "Absolute gold. ACS Law, who are one of 2 uk law firms responsible for sending out generic threatening letters to sky broadband customers for alleged illegal downloads, get ddosed by 4chan and then 350mb of their data seeded. Includes massive data protection breach as 4000 sky broadband customers details leaked and accused of downloading porn, personal emails from law firm, embassssing financials etc.
Absolute comedy gold."

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iPhone Safari exploit exposes SMS contents, more

RMH101 RMH101 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RMH101 (636144) writes "A couple of European security researchers taking part in the CanSecWest Pwn2Own contest have apparently successfully demonstrated a mobile Safari exploit that allows a malicious website to upload iPhone SMS content to a remote server. Their demonstration showed the capture of the entire SMS database within 20 seconds of visiting their website.
They also claim they could have access to the Contacts database, email, photos and other media stored on the device — basically anything that the "mobile" user account can access."

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Leopard bug - SMB share access broken

RMH101 RMH101 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RMH101 (636144) writes "I've just setup my new Macbook Pro with Leopard 10.5.1 and have noticed a killer problem: it doesn't work with my NAS and SMB shares, in fact SMB seems fairly comprehensively broken. Googling around, it seems I'm not alone: there's a fair number of people with the same problem, and Apple don't have a fix: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5922282
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/848405.html
Main problem: when I connect to my (open, non password-protected) NAS SMB share via Finders "Go To Server" and SMB://my.nas.ip.address, it'll let me view the open shares on that device. However, opening one shows it as having blank contents. Creating a new folder within that folder via Finder causes the "New Folder" icon to appear for a split second, then vanish. The same NAS SMB shares work fine when accessed from OS X Tiger, Ubuntu, XP — and even from the Leopard machine via virtualised XP under Parallels — even showing the "New Folder" mentioned above.
What the hell is going on?

I've also noticed problems with the autodiscovery of network shares under Leopard, with devices appearing and disappearing in the sidebar randomly, and am failing to connect to open SMB shares on Windows boxes, too: it asks to authenticate as Guest or named user, and fails on both.

Is anyone else seeing similar issues, and more importantly has anyone got a fix? This has broken networking so badly that I'm going to have to revert to Tiger until one appears."

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