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jQuery Cookbook

Vu1turEMaN Where's the cookbook?! (85 comments)

I must say....I got really excited. I hoped that someone had finally coded a GOOD cookbook/recipe/mealplanner application, and that it was SO GOOD slashdot picked it up. Open source, minimal bull to get it running, and can export to any format.

I am dissappoint.

more than 4 years ago
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Computer Competency Test For Non-IT Hires?

Vu1turEMaN Re:Not a test... (369 comments)

1. Submitter mentions constant problems. From this we already know their level. They've taken their test IRL, and already failed.

2. You could spend lots of time creating documentation for them to read and understand, but it wouldn't work and nobody would want to do it.

3. You get a program that solves everything and is the overall cheapest solution you can get: An antivirus that locks most of the vulnerable areas down, while still letting them browse randomly.

more than 4 years ago
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Computer Competency Test For Non-IT Hires?

Vu1turEMaN Not a test... (369 comments)

Think of the school system. You do not test someone prior to teaching them.

Install an antivirus that locks down their computers: tracking changes in everything except for My Documents and their desktop. Registry changes should also be rare...they shouldn't be installing anything.

Done.

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

Vu1turEMaN Re:Microsoft (896 comments)

On that one monthly test thingie where they compare all the antivirus apps, it apparently ranked pretty high in the last month. Which caused mass confusion and excitement, and why everyone here is recommending it. Including me.

It works.

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

Vu1turEMaN Re:That's what we use (896 comments)

IIRC it's the lightest, free antivirus with an on-access/on-demand scanner already installed.

more than 4 years ago
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What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?

Vu1turEMaN Re:Microsoft (896 comments)

AVG 8.5 installed on a co-worker's computer didn't catch a WONDERFUL webpage spoofing attack that asked for her pin number. Luckily she called me. I went to try Avast, but now it was harder to register and they took out the options to make the program operate silently (ie it forces you to use a dialog box for restart or force a restart, whereas in 4.8 there was an option for "Update on Next Restart", an awesome feature).

Just heard a good review the day prior of MSE and installed it, updated definitions, did a quick scan which found 3 other things, and then a full scan which found the main culprit. It also apparently cleaned (not deleted) a Windows Backup file with the virus on an external drive, ensuring that their backups are actually working properly. I've had Avast delete these on me in the past, losing vital backups.

It takes up little resources, is free for ANYONE (ie, most are only free for Home AND non-commercial use...which means non-profits are shit outta luck), and JUST WORKS.

I heart it. so. hard.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

Vu1turEMaN Re:If you think it has to look like XP, you're wro (766 comments)

I've found that Mint is slowly trying to break away from its initial Ubuntu base. They use alot of the code, but they throw in enough customization that it feels better overall. I love it. I just grab the torrent and the windows installer from pendrivelinux.com and persistent install it on a flash drive in 10 minutes.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

Vu1turEMaN Re:Exactly right (365 comments)

Your tin foil hat is on too tight, son. Especially when it comes to grocery lists.

I'm not locked into anything actually. We had one client that had to leave the firm and she requested that I transfer all mail to another account. I did so very easily. Your nonsense of them reading my emails is scaredy-cat idiocracy at work.

Their IMAP and POP servers work with my blackberry and outlook just fine, and I don't need more than that. I don't need phone service for such a simple product with no problems.

Your paranoia is troll-like and your arguments are piss poor. Please, go lurk moar in the Exchange cave. My 25 person non-profit couldn't be HAPPIER for the last year with the money they've saved.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

Vu1turEMaN Re:Exactly right (365 comments)

I think we'll be sticking with Server 2003 until the cows come home lol.

Asterisk for the phone server. Worked out well. We were severely getting ripped, and our hardware was from the early 90's.

Only thing I had to train people on in OpenOffice was Mail Merge. Everything else they could figure out. But yea....definitely try out LinuxMint if you get a chance. I keep a persistent version on my flash drive at all times, and used pendrivelinux's installer to make it that way. http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-linux-mint-8-to-a-flash-drive-in-windows/

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

Vu1turEMaN Re:Exactly right (365 comments)

Asterisk.

Threw it in an old desktop server, added some magic, and POOF.

It was infinitely cheaper than their current solution.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

Vu1turEMaN Re:Hidden costs of open source (365 comments)

Comment to your 3rd point:

I will use my free copy of Office 2003 until the day I die.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive

Vu1turEMaN Re:Exactly right (365 comments)

Similar scenario.

I'm interning at a 25 person non-profit. They were putting thousands into Exchange. I did 4 things:

1. Switched them over to Google Apps for free. Saved them loads of money, and they all love having the ease of access. To the exchange admin below, suck it. Seriously, that one outage was nowhere near as bad as the spam problems and other hassles an offsite exchange server created.

2. Got the people who "just couldn't" use gmail's web interface copies of Outlook 2007 through techsoup. Which, after 3 months of switching, was only the secretary and the president.

3. Switched our 5-computer lab for visitors and program members over to linuxmint. It needs no configuration, let alone administration, and its better than the prior windows 2000 by far.

4. Set up Hamachi for remote file access, because nobody used the VPN anyways (cause "my home computer is so slow and full of WeatherBug!").

5. Set up an open source phone server. It was a PITA, but it was WAY better than renting terrible equipment from the phone company.

more than 4 years ago
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Pneumatic Tube Communication In Hospitals

Vu1turEMaN In use in most hospitals (350 comments)

They use them at Sewickley Valley Hospital in PA to send stuff around the Lab area on the 6th floor, and to send samples from the 2nd floor upstairs.

People love it. It's worth every penny.

more than 4 years ago
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Samsung Develops a Transparent OLED Laptop Screen

Vu1turEMaN Re:Realistic Uses (148 comments)

The only realistic use that I can think of is finally building a working version of Ed's computer from Cowboy Bebop. http://imgur.com/5SpiR

And trust me, I've had the SketchUp diagrams for 3 years, waiting for this.

more than 4 years ago
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Alien Screenwriter Dan O'Bannon, Dead At 63

Vu1turEMaN Return of the Living Dead = Best B Movie EVER (139 comments)

I've got alot of love for Return of the Living Dead. If you read the IMDB for it, it actually gets good ratings, despite being campy.

First Movie with Running Zombies? Check

Tarman? Check

Running around naked in a cemetary? Check

BBBRRRRAAAAAAIIIINNNNSSSSS and zombies that eat them? Check

A movie where every line is a memorable quote? Check

Character names like Trash, Scuz and Suicide? Check

Go BUY it from FYE, Amazon, or KMart now. It's more funny than it is scary, but that doesn't detract from it still being a good movie. Alot of zombie movie lovers keep a place in their heart for this movie, even though it isn't a true George Romero movie.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Is a Laptop's Battery Dearer Than a Lawnmower's?

Vu1turEMaN Re:Well that's easy... (427 comments)

Indeed. The standard battery for my Dell D520 costs $135 from Dell, yet the WONDERFUL knockoff I got from www.laptopbatterystore.com works better than the original and cost $45 (pricegrabber gives the store a pretty good rating too if you google it).

I've stopped buying the official replacement batteries a long time ago.

more than 4 years ago
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Extended Warranty Purchases Up 10% This Year

Vu1turEMaN Re:You get what you pay for (253 comments)

Dell specifically tells you with their basic on-site warranty that they'll come and fix it after you've talked on the phone with someone and troubleshooted it. If you didn't wanna get on your hands and knees with them, then it would've cost an extra $50 for real on-site service.

I just got an Optiplex 360 with the 3-year basic on-site warranty, and I already utilized it for a bad stick of ram. They had me reseat the ram and troubleshoot a few other things, but the process (from dialing, waiting on hold, and finishing the call) took 25 minutes. I called early enough that we had someone come the same day too.

more than 4 years ago
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What Can I Expect As an IT Intern?

Vu1turEMaN IT Intern Expectations (325 comments)

I'll start off by echoing everyone else: $8/hr is very low for an IT intern at such a place. I'm currently in an internship at a non-profit and getting $10.

Anyways, what you should be doing is whatever they ask you to, and quickly. But in your spare time, finding ways to save the company money is always very helpful. Be sure to talk to people all the time. Talk with your main bosses once a month atleast, even if its just BSing....

more than 4 years ago
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Review: Eufloria

Vu1turEMaN Re:For the record... (121 comments)

I'm more confused why he's trying to convince me to play a game that he rated a 6/10...

ANYTHING that I recommend to others, be it games or anime, usually is an 8/10 or higher. 6/10 is for the bargain bin games that weren't entertaining at all and only for the niche crowds that love X-style game.

more than 4 years ago

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Microsoft to remove 3 app limit on Starter edition

Vu1turEMaN Vu1turEMaN writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vu1turEMaN writes "Microsoft will be removing the 3-app limit from Starter edition. Rumors are abundant that Starter edition will now become something similar to a Netbook edition and will only run if your screen size is less than or equal to 10" and is not dual core."
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Google wants consumers to turn off https?

Vu1turEMaN Vu1turEMaN writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Vu1turEMaN writes "Since the beginning of the GMail gadget for iGoogle, you were allowed to use the setting "always use https" when launching the full gmail.com page, yet view GMail over an insecure connection through iGoogle. As of yesterday, Google has changed this to block iGoogle users from accessing mail through their GMail gadget with the message "The Gmail gadget does not support the "Always use https" setting that you chose in full Gmail. If you would like to use https, please open full Gmail. Learn more".

The convenience of the iGoogle page is high, and the GMail gadget was always apart of that. But without an option to make iGoogle use https, most users will probably turn off https in their gmail settings in order to make it accessible in iGoogle again."

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Quality of tech hires going down during recession?

Vu1turEMaN Vu1turEMaN writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Vu1turEMaN writes "I'm an intern who has now become the head administrator of a small non-profit's network. The other businesses in our business park have also been hiring tech-related staff in the last year. However, the quality of ~90% of these new hires is questionable at best. They have seemingly talked their way in with lingo and a fancy resume, and then hold their business hostage with a stranglehold on their files or emails after only a few weeks. I'm being recommended by my boss to the other businesses in the area to clean up their servers and administration tools overnight if they ever choose to fire an IT person, so that nothing malicious happens. There seems to be a lack of morals and a lack of work being done with these fresh starts, and most of them are 30-40yrs old.

One business owner called me up yesterday and asked if their company could use google apps if they own a domain, because their IT manager said that they should keep their hosted Exchange server for the ~30 people in their organization (dropping it would save them $4000 a year apparently). I assured them that he could, of course, and told him the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. For a small non-profit, $4000 is ALOT of money.

I'm interested, has anyone else noticed a decline in quality in IT staffing within the last year or two, or has it been declining for a while, or do you think it isn't declining? Or maybe this problem is only with non-profits?"

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