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What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?

Xserv Re:Isn't it obvious? (592 comments)

I think you're correct on most of your points. I would only disagree with Dropbox as it stores local copies on every computer connected to the application. In the even the service is down, all of your files are in tact. Aside from that, you're spot on.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

Xserv Re:Email is vital (601 comments)

No, I don't think you're too old to "get" it at all. Your summation of how those services should be used is accurate. It's a paper trail without the paper.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

Xserv Re:using words hard speaking more easy (601 comments)

I have heard of temp agencies where I'm from doing exactly this. Particularly the ones that deal with law offices, doctors offices or high-end manufacturing. And you're right -- it definitely weeds down the applicants.

Another company I used to work for would require you give them an email address so HR could send them an email and ask some questions that required longer answers to see how articulate they would be. Seemed to work well for their needs.

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

Xserv Re:I've noticed this too (601 comments)

I agree with you. I work for a sub-contractor to a school district. They can't keep their own communication straight let alone with us. They hold us to contracts so tightly that when things are said it absolutely has to be documented. It can mean the difference of millions of dollars long-term if you get an unscrupulous administrator playing the He Said, She Said game. You'll never win without written backup.

We do have other clients that prefer other mediums but we always ask to record the conversation if in voice so we can archive it. When we get back to it later, someone will write-up a summary to keep things trackable.

Xserv

more than 2 years ago
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10 Years of Windows XP

Xserv Re:Speaking of OS/2... (471 comments)

There is some testament there to stability! That OS died in 1996 or so. I saw them in service through about 2001 or so but haven't seen one since. I think the last one I deployed was right around the end of life as a Warp 4...

more than 2 years ago
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10 Years of Windows XP

Xserv Re:xp or die (471 comments)

I have a feeling I've shared the same diatribe myself. Good for you. I, like you, am one of those guys who have more work than I have time. I regularly turn down jobs and forward them on to reliable, and in many cases, like-minded techs in my area. The ones that need hand holding go to company A and the others go to techs that can get the job done like me. Sometimes those guys appreciate the referral and give me a kickback -- I don't ask for it but I would do the same for them. I also don't overstate my abilities and have no qualms telling people, "that's not really within my expertise but I know [this person/this company] that can do it for you more cost effectively." I don't advertise as word of mouth is really my only "advertising". My clients are basically "no bullshit" people who know that when they call me they can expect the job will get done quickly and on budget.

Someone attacked your work ethic but I disagree with their summation. Big universities teach people that IT is "all customer service" but that's not entirely true. Customer service is always important and hell, I'm a pretty nice guy but if I can't do the job being the ultra nice guy only gets the customer to yell at me a little less when I screw it up. I'd rather not screw it up. I worked the amusement park business for the better part of 15 years both in IT and out so I pretty well got the customer service part down. I've worked in big corporate and small guy shops and, in the companies that really matter, guys like us make the difference.

*awaiting flamers*

xserv

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Sued For Violating Wiretap Laws

Xserv Re:Cookies cannot "unlawfully intercept" anything (284 comments)

Well, technically, they can. They can build a profile using Third Party Cookies. There's a site I saw awhile back about how to block them in multiple browsers (http://www.bobulous.org.uk/misc/third-party-cookies.html) which handles most of your advertisers out there.

For the technically inclined, by loading the javascript through an iframe which runs it natively from the remote server, also borking any browser warnings you might get, you have the ability to set the cookie as itself and read it across multiple sites who share the same information. Facebook does it this way if I'm not mistaken.

You can set a P3P header with:
response.setHeader("P3P","CP='IDC DSP COR ADM DEVi TAIi PSA PSD IVAi IVDi CONi HIS OUR IND CNT'")

This is known as a "Compact Privacy Policy" and allows IE to handle the cookie which it would normally block. You can read about p3p policies here: http://www.p3ptoolbox.org/guide/

Once you do that, you can set the cookie using whatever language you want as normal. You can also read those cookies through the same method.

more than 2 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

Xserv Re:DNF (1855 comments)

Good point.

But what do you want really? They were planning ahead by putting "Forever" in the name. The general public just didn't get the memo.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon EC2 Failure Post-Mortem

Xserv Re:I realise this is "News for Nerds"... (117 comments)

I think I just peed in my pants. My cubemates (who we lovingly refer to each other as cellmates) poked their heads around walls wondering what I thought was so funny. Bravo!

more than 3 years ago
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Electricity Rationing Starting Monday In Tokyo

Xserv Re:50hz vs 60hz (286 comments)

Thanks for the pictures. I had seen them on TV but every damn news agency has to put their scroller, logos and whatever other "Breaking News" horseshit they have so you get only a small piece of it on the screen at any one time.... And the slider is pretty nifty. I will admit to a little "Ooo, ahh" affect.

Xserv

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack

Xserv Re:if you insist. (437 comments)

This reeks of Jay-Z's H to the Izzo! Fo' shizzle my nizzle used to steal code from tha' Son-ay...

...Ok, so it was a stretch....

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Work To Grow Meat In a Lab

Xserv Re:In Soviet Russia... (376 comments)

Good try... I'm rather partial to: "In Soviet Russia, the meat grows you."

more than 3 years ago
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Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

Xserv Re:Helluva long distance call (840 comments)

WWIVnet was similar to your one-to-many scenario. The protocol did have routing tables but were fairly fault tolerant as I remember them. If a node was down, it was still transmit to the other notes in a mesh type style. ... unless of course, the node that was down was the hop that called several other systems to update the message queue. But, with enough nodes, and network correctly defined callouts, all sites would eventually get the update and the down node would be caught up to current. At least that's how I remember it. I haven't run a WWIVnet system since 1996 though...

more than 3 years ago
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Challenger 25 Years Later

Xserv Re:I remember... (236 comments)

Similar scenario for me. I was home sick from school with my mom and my dad was on deployment in the Mediterranean Sea. I remember there was a lot of talk at school about it since there was a teacher on board. I, too, was a shocked child that day and knew phrases like "SRB separation" and knew what "SRB" stood for.

It was a very sad day for us and the space program.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Xserv Re:This is slashdot? (2254 comments)

I'm running 1920x1080 on a 23in monitor and default seems fine in Chrome. Hmm.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Xserv Re:This is slashdot? (2254 comments)

I'm using Chrome and it works perfectly.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch on Skype

Xserv I wonder... (4 comments)

I wonder what part slows it down... The toolbar itself of the actions of the toolbar to read every single piece of text on the page looking for phone numbers that it can inject the cute little phone icon in front of and make a link back to Skype? Maybe Skype should reconsider that practice in particular. It does kind of slow stuff down.

Xserv

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA Threatens ICANN Over Music-Themed gTLD Standards

Xserv You know what? Fine... (174 comments)

So be it. Give it to the greedy bastards. And the moment ICANN signs over the rights to the .music TLD to them, I want all, and I mean ALL, music groups and music related sites OFF of my ever valuable and largely becoming scarce .com TLDs.

They have no "rights" to them. You can't own the word "music". Period. I'm a musician and have been for the last 24 years. I own only what I create and that's all I've got. Nothing more, nothing less.

F 'em.

more than 3 years ago
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Yahoo! To Close Delicious

Xserv Re:What am I supposed to do now? (311 comments)

Is it wrong, out of habit, I just added this to my del.icio.us account?

#FAIL

Xserv

more than 3 years ago

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