Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?
> In the time I've not run a/v, I've never had an infection.
--If you haven't scanned your PC *at all* in that whole amount of time, you actually have NO IDEA whether you have an infection or not!! Your PC could be part of a botnet or doing something insidious deep in the background, for all you know.
--Do us all a favor and at least try scanning it once with a couple of different free utilities - you may be surprised at what you might find.
Google Nears $1 Billion Investment in SpaceX
Try submitting a free / non-encumbered link
Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025
--I'm with you 99% as far as ZFS. The thing is, I *don't need* a 100TB hard drive, that's a single point of failure with WAY too much data on it to try and copy off before it dies.
--I'd like to see a drive that stores multiple copies of files like ZFS natively, so in the event of $badthings, the end-user has some way to recover files. (It might be nice to have RAID1 on the same drive, with independent heads between the platters.) I'd like to see a drive that goes beyond SMART diagnostics and gives you a really good indicator that it will fail soon. And all of this needs to work well / transparently with Linux and other OS's.
--A 5-year HD lifetime should also be a *given* anymore by default, but WD Black drives are about the only ones I trust for that. (I'm open to others tho, but WD's warranty/RMA process is really good as well.) Hitachi looks promising according to the Backblaze report*, but I'm not sure about the prices and their RMA process.
Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe
--The "cloud" is no substitute for decent IT admin. Even with hypothetical 100% cloud usage, the company should be keeping *at least* 2 decent admins on staff for planning (resource usage, disaster recovery, rollouts, etc), which-holiday-are-you-working swaps, and vacation coverage (not to mention sick time and accidental death-type stuff) as well as you know, daily work...
--And that's the bare minimum! Any less than that and the poor soul will burn out and eventually quit, or get sick.
Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X
--Technical question that I just thought of: Can this TRIM issue be worked around just by installing Linux as a secondary OS (or booting a liveCD) and just running TRIM against the drive from there?
World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old
It's impressive on one level, but then you realize:
o The kid has no pressing social-life responsibilities
o The kid doesn't -need- to pass the exam to put food on the table
o The kid hasn't been dragged down by the general pain,angst,disappointment everyone goes through in life yet, so he can think clearly without being worried and still sees it as a great opportunity.
Yeah he's bright I'll give him that, but the above factors make it easier for him to pass as well.
HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show
--You say what now?
The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles
" Do something for us " (from the article)
> ...it's tricky to imagine how you could make the job more attractive...
--I have a couple of ideas.
First is to keep the mind occupied. How about starting a radio station for the silos (run by the on-duty guys) where the DJ duty gets rotated every day to a different silo?
Second, how about inviting the on-duty guys to a couple of prestigious events (2x/month or so, all expenses paid) where they can stand guard for a while and then enjoy the party? It would give them something to look forward to.
Third, these are trained military people with time on their hands. Set them to solving problems in their spare time. Maybe they can contribute to SETI, or otherwise help with observing things?
Any other creative ideas are welcome...
How To Beat Online Price Discrimination
--Amazon does this sometimes if you put things on your Wishlist. Much of the time though, they coupon/discount something you've already bought one of - which is kind of useless for high-dollar items, since you're not likely to buy another one any time soon unless it's a gift for someone else.
ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption
--I wish I had mod points; you deserve that +5 Informative / Insightful ;-)
Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape
--Bloody Stupid Johnson, is that you?? :b
Microsoft Announces Windows 10
--That will get you a very loud AMEN. We don't necessarily *need* a unified input method for tablets, phones and desktops - but they keep trying to force it on us. Desktop is an entirely different beast, one that most people are more familiar with - and *have* to be productive on.
Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking
" I solemnly swear that I am up to no good... "
Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd
> Issuing "service restart" strikes most people as much more natural. That will send the signal for you.
--Actually, ' service blah restart ' does not just send a kill -1, it *shuts the service down* and restarts it with a new PID. The whole point of kill -1 is to tell a running process to reread its config without having to bounce it.
Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd
--I would love to have Scientific Linux do something like this, it would give them more of a distinction from Centos. There have been times when SL was a "better" distro than Centos because they were faster with updates.
--Keeping upstart in SL would be a great move, IMHO.
Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?
> a beefier laptop running ESXi to replace the servers
--Mind if I ask what the brand + model is? I've been wanting to do an ESXi box for the last few years on the cheap and just haven't found the right equipment yet. If I could do it used for ~$400 it would be a done deal...
Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory
> Kind of unscientific, n'est pas?
...I'm sorry sir, we only have Hershey's.
/ couldn't resist
// should not be obscure
Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
> I agree. I've been running a similar set up on a PIII-100 (remember those?) with 96MB RAM and a 200MB disk for almost twenty years.
--Dude, how high is your electric bill? o_O
--If you hook up a kill-a-watt to that beast, you might want to consider replacing that ancient machine with something like a Raspberry Pi / Cubietruck / Atom box - it will likely pay for itself within a year due to the power savings...
TS-836A Plug Power Meter = ~$16 on Amazon
SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card
...and the smart(er) ones will only pay ~$50 more for the Android equivalent...
Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android
--I agree with you there. Having Prime is really good, but adding a streaming video to your Q on amazon and then getting "Please go to amazon.com to pay more $$ for this movie" when you try to watch it, is bogus. Netflix is much more straightforward - and has a better video library, for the most part.
--The only movie I've actually paid the extra $2 for was "The Raven" with Vincent Price, because it was rare and I hadn't watched it for decades. Everything else I just look for on Netflix and add it there if they have it.
Current mood: Pensive -- 2011
" See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh Take his hand, you'll be surprised " -- Supertramp
Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
Give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my love to you
There's so much that we need to share
Send a smile and show you care
I'll give a little bit
I'll give a little bit of my love to you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Take his hand, you'll be surprised
Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
I'll give a little bit of my love for you
Now's the time that we need to share
So find yourself, we're on our way back home
Don't you need to feel at home?
Oh yeah, we gotta sing
--Pensive, but trying to stay Positive
/ Looking for work
So a couple of weeks ago I was truly ready to call it quits, and start learning how to live with being single again for a while.
Sometimes, God steps in where you weren't expecting, and really does something to save your ass.
Things are better now. She's doing better than I am, these days. We're even looking at going to a different church.
Such fierce loyalty, such commitment... The full-on realizations, soul-searching, and changes on her side lately have been incredible. It wasn't what I was really expecting, that night -- but having gone through something similar myself a while ago, it's definitely something I value - and respect.
All I can do is remember to be humble, and thankful, and try to be a better (and Godly) man, for both our sakes... she deserves nothing less.
My house is cold, even though I have had the heat on for about a week and a half... This is the coldest d--n Spring in memory.
I has a sad - 2010
--Last night, I said something that hurt somebody I really care about.
--Needless to say I did not get any sleep, and had a horrible day wracked with guilt and shame - wishing I could take it back and make things OK again... We were actually having a pretty good time until I caught Teh Stupid.
--Looking back on it, I am appalled not just at my own words, but also the way I said them. I thought I was "being honest", but I was really being insensitive (and blinded to it by my own callousness.)
--I kept checking my phone for texts that never came, and feeling low. Spent most of the day thinking about it with a big pain in my heart, and keeping the tears back.
- I couldn't get this song out of my head all day:
--She is one of the best things in my life, and I acted the fool.
--Honey, Six -- if you're reading this, please forgive me - I really am sorry.
Oh, to -not- be feeling sick on Cmas...
I've got the typical upper-respiratory garbage; excessive mucus, sore throat, mild headache. All stuff I could do without, especially since I have a largely phone-based job.
So far, 2008 hasn't been the greatest - except for Holly. It all would have been about 3x as hard to deal with if it wasn't for her.
I miss the Old Farmers Almanac and the Honey Nut Cheerios.
But, I got some really cool stuff this year - Holly went all-out and got me -all- the Halo sci-fi books, plus a GPS navigation system. So I got that going for me. ;-)
Wishing you all a great Christmas... :D
Things are quieting down a bit at work, which is nice. Holly and I are still doing well together :)
More updates as time allows...
Well it's pretty much been a horrible week so far. Been stuck in a stuffy room for Citrix training the last 4 days, (with NO BREAKS scheduled besides LUNCH, mind you) -- and been SO TIRED, that I can barely function well enough to drive all the way home from work without crashing into the guy in front of me. Not to mention that homeward traffic has been sucky all week too.
The instructor zoomed thru the whole course like a bat out of hell, which pretty much left me in the lurch as to: HOW DOES THIS TRAINING APPLY TO MY DAILY JOB?? ~:(
Then Wed, my hard drive CRASHED at work and I lost pretty much everything stored there, including the Virtual Machine I've been developing to make the server farm searchable. Last backed-up copy on my USB stick is from like the 18th.
On top of that, I haven't been able to see Holly all week (except for Tue night Bible study) -- then I get the guilt trip for BEING TIRED and having to cancel plans.
Need prayer -- overwhelmed, annoyed, and feeling like some major change needs to happen.
Haven't said anything about it till now cuz I didn't want to Jinx it. I'm working for a large agricultural company, doing monitoring and troubleshooting of their (extensive) Web server cluster. It may involve Vmware ESX admin skills in the future - and it's 1st shift :-)
So far it's 1/2 year contract-to-hire possibility -- please PRAY for my long-term job needs, as right now it looks like a very good place to build a career!
Going good so far -- will try to post more often, but it depends on how busy I get.
Please write me an email if you have time!
Been busy with work and stuff.
Right now I'm working a 1-week contract installing some network equipment; need prayer for reliable work SOON... Will share more as time permits. TIA.
Had to call in to work today -- ice storm hit and the GF lost power for a few hours. I've been OK tho; just the roads were bad and I didn't want to chance it. A coworker got in a major 5-car accident on Sat (he's pretty much OK - but he was in the hosp wearing a neck brace for a while, and his car got Totalled.)
Working 6 days a week now - Sats are a pain. Keep me in prayer -- Thanks!
I've been working since Nov 5; things are going OK right now but Cmas will definitely be "light" this year. Lots of bills and outstanding stuff to catch up on. And the "official" contract ends in April, so I'll prolly be looking for work again sometime in Spring.
Keep me in prayer - I need to read my Bible *every day* - and I'll be missing Holly for 2 days this weekend because she can't come to Decatur with me for the fam reunion.
Looking fwd to seeing my brother and family again tho.
Sorry for not writing much lately -- been busy.
I'm working 7am-4 now, with some Saturdays coming up (supposedly) -- but I'm planning on going to the family reunion in Decatur on the 1st. As long as we have someone to take care of the cats-n-birds, Six should be coming along as well. :-)
Gimme a call if you'd like to catch up; I should have a fairly slow week til Thu or so.
Started a new job Monday working for the local tax people (Major worldwide company. ;-) ) I'll be working 1st shift for like the 1st time Evar.
Haven't been on the phones yet, but the training has been going well. I'm a little nervous about manning the phones (I'm 2nd-tier tech support) but I've done it before. Just have to get used to their way of doing things, and knowing WHERE TO FIND ANSWERS...
Keep me in prayer, it might turn out to be something of a high-stress job ;-)
Sunday: Six and I got back from church and I found a note in my door from the (apparently) crystal-meth-crack-ho bezotch next door (we share two halves of the same condo.)
Long story short: With NO prior warning OR provocation (I've been Mr Nice Guy the whole 2 months), she gets ALL up in my face, and THEN CALLS THE COPS ON ME -- after threatening to sic me with her "fiancee coming home from Iraq next Friday."
Little Miss Attitude proceeds to inform me (while the cops are on the way) that not only am I not fit for this "family-oriented neighborhood" -- she also warns me to stay the h--l away from her kids - like I'm some kind of threat!! PLUS, she apparently was sufficiently PARANOID that she accused Holly TO HER FACE of "harboring" me as a WANTED FUGITIVE!!!
So the cops arrive. I was of course pretty steamed, but tried to be cooperative and polite to them --- but they Obviously were on the side of this idiot "neighbor" - until they ran my license, and turned up ABSOLUTELY NOTHING (As expected.)
Needless to say, I've been Insulted, PO'd, Offended, and Falsely Accused - all in the same afternoon!
This uptight little moron has Directly Threatened my right to live in peace in my own house -- believe me, I'm not taking this lying down.
I'm gonna keep my own counsel and not do anything to aggravate the situation - but if she tries ONE MORE THING, I'm calling a lawyer - AND the Homeowner's Assoc.
The way she was acting, it's like she wants to start a war -- and believe me, I did not do ANYTHING to deserve this kind of response. I *will* however *protect* myself AND my landlady - in self defense.
Worked a short-term jobby (we upgraded ~64 PCs/laptops to Win XP) and Sat was a 12-hour shift. (They fed us some good stuff tho.)
Supposed to start "real" work on Nov 5 -- PLEASE keep this in prayer, as the last 2 jobs before this screwed with my start-date so many times that I dropped 'em as unreliable!
Well, sorry for not writing in such a long time. Was SUPPOSED to start work on Monday, but things have been getting pushed back and pushed back. Now I'm looking at working (for a completely different company) this weekend Fri-Sun (12 hours on Sat!!) and STILL have to make the rent +utils *somehow.* :(
Keep in touch and prayer!!!
Been having a couple of really weird weeks, and I don't like to write about bad stuff too much.
Holly and I aren't really "dating" exclusively anymore, just more-than-friends, with $interest. Still no job yet.
Joined the foot-wiping church tho (which happens to be Holly's church), and have had really great discussions with the pastor.
Volunteered for the homeless ministry. :)
Need to pick up my Bible and start reading it every day again...
Got the computer system setup, router/firewall in place, furniture, and we even unloaded the car-top carrier last night.
Feels good. :)
Working 100% on FINDING A JOB now -- gotta go
" Pie are not square. Pie are round. Cornbread are square. " == Slashdot Fortune ;-)
Utilities are ATKO (All Taken Kare Of) except for cable Internet (Thu) and a minor gas leak that needs to be fixed b4 I can take up residence... :)
Six and I are doing better than ever; just need to pick up my Bible and remember to PUT GOD 1ST Every Day(TM).
--God must want something to happen here, cuz all the Utils were incredibly easy -- everthing was setup in 1 day. Gas + electric + water == tomorrow (Tues); Cable Inet == Thu.
Everything looks GO right now - just need steady Work. Praise God!! :) 67 :)