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Time To Cut the Ethernet Cable?

beaststwo Really? (496 comments)

WiFi is a great way to invite people into your systems that you wouldn't let in your front (or back) door! I prefer to use at least as much access control to my network as I do to my home...

more than 5 years ago

German Wikileaks Domain Suspended Without Warning

beaststwo Re:Damn! (215 comments)

DAMN YOU, notarockstar1979!!! (With fist in the air...)

more than 5 years ago

Leaked Pics of CrunchPad Elicit Progress Update

beaststwo Re:Kinda reminds me of a Chumby (85 comments)

Except they don't make the claims of "Hackability"...

more than 5 years ago

German Wikileaks Domain Suspended Without Warning

beaststwo Damn! (215 comments)

Who leaked it!

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

beaststwo A great solution! (655 comments)

I'm working with a customer that has a very high regulatory sensitivity to hardware changes. Whenever they change the hardware platform, there are mountains of paperwork to fill out.

We went with Vmware,so that as they have to change hardware dueto life-cycle replacement, the virtualized hardware seen by the OS and applications never changes.

Either Vmware's or Microsoft's products should provide as consistent a virtualized environment as can be had today. Certainly less painful than moving the existing software environment to a new machine.

more than 5 years ago

Google Reveals "Secret" Server Designs

beaststwo No Ethernet? Interesting... (386 comments)

Looking closely at the top and side pictures, I can identify PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse connectors, a serial port, and a metal can that seems to hold 2 USB ports and maybe a firewire port (the top connector-Not an RJ-45).

Next to the can is where a dual Ethernet (standard on most server MBs) connector would go. Nothing there.

Are they using USB/firewire for communications or add-in boards (maybe Ethernet or Infiniband)? Or maybe it's a Zen thing...

more than 5 years ago

Interviewing Experienced IT People?

beaststwo Do you know what you really need? (835 comments)

Chances are, not. Most IT managers I meet are looking for people with some type of specific skill and wind up with someone who may only meet their needs for a few months. You can teach a reasonable amount of technical knowledge to a monkey. What you can't teach is judgement and a willingness to hammer out the details that, if not hammered out, lead to failed projects.

I'm in my late 40's and remember what I was like in my 20's - eager to go, spinning my wheels on a full-time basis and cussing about those old farts that seemed to do things "once" slowly that I did "fast" three or four times because I had no discipline. I see it in the 20-somethings we hire today; but a few of them have that special something that goes beyond technical knowledge and youthful energy.

I've seen knowledgeable, energetic, yet completely nonproductive young people who grew into listless and still nonproductive old farts. At the same time, I've seen moderately knowledgable but interested young people who grew up to become superstars in their 30's and 40's.

Don't hire somebody for want you need right now (Temp it instead). Hire the person for the qualities that you'll want around in 5 years. If additional knowledge is needed, there's training and education.

If you're in leadership, it's also important to differentiate between those who produce versus those who manage to look productive to the boss. If you've been in the workforce any time at all, I don't need tp explain that one...

more than 6 years ago


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