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Google Ends Internet Explorer 9 Support In Google Apps

bpechter Re:Choice (199 comments)

Or run Chrome or Mozilla at a reasonable rev.

about a year ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

bpechter Re:Goes along with the VMS announcement (243 comments)

Damned shame that they killed Alpha and with that move doomed VMS. The Itanium port didn't help expand the VMS base, since there wasn't enough support to VARs to keep the support for VMS in applications. There are only two viable OS choices now.
Windows and Linux/Unix. (And the Unix part is weakening over time due to costs vs. Linix).

about a year ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

bpechter Re:Translation: Groklaw has been gagged (986 comments)

It may have been the kind of things like an NSA letter -- it also needs to be said that she is very serious and zealous about maintaining her privacy. Remember the SCO suit seemed to even have private investigators looking to find PJ.

This may not be about secret magic security letters -- but again... how do we ever know. 8-(

about a year ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

bpechter Re:wtf groklaw (986 comments)

We need a Groklaw NOW to keep a light on the legal maneuvers that are impacting the digital ecosphere.

I wouldn't have minded if PJ shut down Groklaw after SCO -- but the coverage of the patent suits and other
recent reports on the IBM suit have proven we need to have someone covering this. The mainstream media (not a political issue -- but a fact that they are not tech aware enough to cover this) can't do the job on these stories.

I was a reporter once and moved to Hardware and then Sysadmin. There are technical things that the journalism school crowd can't cover. PJ's legal background made Groklaw a major resource.

We do need Groklaw now more than ever.

about a year ago
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Groklaw Turns Ten

bpechter What we really need is an investigative reporter (50 comments)

I'd love to see a good investigative reporter pick up and run with the story. I'm afraid, though, that the folks who "know where the bodies are buried" won't talk.
Perhaps if someone went at the story like they did in All The Presidents Men and just follow the money.

Amazing to see a decent company ruined by it's own management.
I liked Caldera and owned OldSCO stock before they made this ridiculous lawsuit happen. I got out before they killed the company.

about a year and a half ago
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Code.org Documentary Serving Multiple Agendas?

bpechter Come on -- is anyone surprized here (226 comments)

How could anyone find it surprising that a corporation is promoting use of it's own products. Please. Actually, Microsoft's got a couple of good products that I've used and been happy with. One's Microsoft Lync which we use at work to do messaging, desktop sharing etc. I just wished there was a linux client for the thing. It would make my life much better.

I'm Linux/Unix guy for a living but I do admit Microsoft makes some reasonable products. I wish the corporate lock-in was not as bad as it is and I wish they published docs documenting all their file formats for interoperability. They have made some strides in the last couple of years.

about a year ago
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Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server

bpechter Re: ELC (281 comments)

I've got one laying in the basement. Or perhaps it's the SLC.

Runs nicely with Solaris 1.1.x (SunOS 4.1.x).

What's it worth to you...? I've got IPX's, Opus Sparcstation II clones with the SparcUP upgrades... etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Living Computer Museum Opens To Public In Seattle

bpechter Re:Cool beans. (68 comments)

They've got at least one 11/70...
I remember the VT11 on PDP's running Lunar Lander.
I remember VSV11's (qbus connecting to Unibus via an adapter) running on Vax11/780's. Was the VS11 similar to the VSV?

about 2 years ago
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Living Computer Museum Opens To Public In Seattle

bpechter Re:IT job from hell? (68 comments)

I used to be the guy who fixed this stuff.
TU77 tape drives, RP06 disk drives, VAX11/780's.

I'd kill to have a job doing that today. Much more fun than Unix Sysadmin.
Now the techs just do parts delivery -- if that. Now it's mostly customer swap with manufacturer sending the stuff via FedEX/UPS or courier.

Adjusting the TU45's on those PDP10's was a real PITA.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Seamonkey vs. Firefox — Any Takers?

bpechter Seamonkey's great (302 comments)

My kid and I both use it.
It's handy as both a browser, nntp and email client in one.
Even the html editor comes in handy for occasional quick stuff...

It's a good throwback to the old Netscape Navigator days and it's still being updated regularly.
I've been using that and Chrome.

about 2 years ago
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MARCH Presents: Apple I Reproduction In Action At HOPE 9

bpechter Re:Perfect for Kickstarter (80 comments)

Try something bigger. More lights and fun. And the fan noise. I had a PDP11 in my kitchen. Power up both 14 inch disk drives and watch the breaker for the 20 amp circuit blow. 8-(

The SIMH emulator can run PDP11 software and give you the 11/40 blinking lights in a window. I put up RT11 and did some toggle in programs to test it. Amazing. I just wish we had the 11/45 and 11/70 light panels to watch as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Computer Industry Mourns DEC Founder Ken Olsen

bpechter Re: Ken Olsen -- Your values are missing today (172 comments)

I never met him, but I always admired the way he put values ahead of pure profit.

As a Field Grunt in Field Service I always was told to do what's right for the customer. In these days of call centers, untrained support personnel reading from scripts, software that requires a paid support contract to fix security defects in the releases... or to upgrade firmware which used to be free for buying the hardware (Oracle, HP).

We're in a world which views the customer as a consumer and pushes profit ahead of everything else.

VAX/VMS was a solid well supported product and Vaxclusters were revolutionary.

Ken Olsen made mistakes... but he never forgot he was an engineer first. Here's to the techie's techie who valued more than just the bottom line.

He missed the Unix boat and was late to the "Open Systems" camp -- but the folks at DEC put an awful lot of source stuff up for download on decwrl and market-20 on their dime before there were web browsers and download.com.
Here's to AltaVista, DECnet and BasicPlus. Here's to distributed computing to the desktop.

more than 3 years ago
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OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback

bpechter Re:VMS (763 comments)

Boy... HP's done everything but driven a stake through the heart of VMS and it's still out there in places like chip manufacture.

VMS -- the Timex of operationg systems.

more than 3 years ago
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At Google, You're Old and Gray At 40

bpechter Re:Age Discrimination is Reality in IT (543 comments)

As a 56 year old in IT... You're damned right.

But as an IT guy I'd rather be a Wal-Mart greeter than in management. I'd sleep nights because I won't have to be the guy doing the right-sizing.

I'm just looking to survive these days with a kid headed for college and a mortgage. Finding new and exciting challenges in IT is nice, but a steady paycheck beats a startup right now.
(Unless it's my own startup.)

Unfortunately, that's just the way it is.

more than 4 years ago
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Scroogle Has Been Blocked

bpechter www.google.com/ie gone -- also used by the blind. (281 comments)

The wife used the www.google.com/ie interface for accessability reasons. It worked much better for her with her screen reader. She's totally blind. She'll miss the interface and I know there were others using it for the same reason.

more than 4 years ago
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Spam Causes Microsoft To Kill Newsgroups

bpechter Time to bring back usenet (157 comments)

Time to bring back point to point newsfeeds which limit access. Spam control by knowing exactly who you'll feed -- and who you cut off for spam.

Bring back the days before Eternal September and the great renaming.

more than 4 years ago
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What Advice For a Single Parent As Server Admin?

bpechter Re:ClearOS (618 comments)

ClearOS (I used the earlier ClarkConnect 3.x and 4.x) was ok but a bit more than I needed (web shares and pages were more than I
needed).

I've added most of what I need on top of IPCOP. Filtering, time based controls are available.

I put in my own dhcp and dns to allow me to redirect the gateway to a non-existant IP so I can have a time period when my kid can use the network based printer and computer for homework -- but not get to the outside world to screw around with Social Networking or games... I ssh in and run a script to restart dhcp to allow access to the outside when the work's done.

Having openvpn so I can get to the home network securely was a plus.

more than 4 years ago
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OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

bpechter Re:FreeVMS (405 comments)

Also... take a look at the early Unix varients for PDP11 for SimH. You wouldn't recognize it.

more than 4 years ago
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OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

bpechter Re:FreeVMS (405 comments)

Instead of FreeVMS which isn't ready for prime time... Get the OpenVMS hobbiest edition, load up SimH and run OpenVMS on a real emulated Vax. For fun you could boot OpenBSD, NetBSD or BSD4.x on the emulated Vax.

As far as Solaris vs. BSD -- I run 'em both here. Solaris mostly on Sparc and BSD on x86. I've done Solaris x86
and it's ok, but it's really fun to set up a jumpstart server and load up some old Sparcs.

I've even got SunOS 4.1.4 up...

Take a look at the software available on the http://www.openvmshobbyist.com/ site. A ton of VMS languages including C, ADA, Pascal, Macro32... TCP/IP and Clustering.

http://simh.trailing-edge.com/

more than 4 years ago
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Installing Linux On Old Hardware?

bpechter Old Linux (507 comments)

Use only old Linux.

Corel 1.2 is quite nice on my Pentium 166 with 60Mb.
RH6.2, Slackware, older Debian. I ran FreeBSD 3.x on a Thinkpad 365 with 486 and 28 mhz. I usuallly rebuild the OpenSSL and OpenSSH from source to avoid major security holes for when I need to ssh to a work site.

I'm amazed how much more power even these $250 Netbooks have.

Bill

more than 4 years ago

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SCO Terminates Darl McBride

bpechter bpechter writes  |  about 5 years ago

bpechter (2885) writes "Linux Today reports SCO has terminated Darl McBride and linked to the SCO 8K SEC report.
The report found also at the SCO site http://ir.sco.com/secfiling.cfm?filingID=1144204-09-53428 which states:

"Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers
On October 14, 2009, The SCO Group, Inc., (“SCO”, “us”, “we”or the “Company”) announced that the Company has eliminated the Chief Executive Officer and President positions and consequently terminated Darl McBride. The current management team comprised of Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Hunsaker, Chief Financial Officer, Ken Nielsen and General Counsel, Ryan Tibbitts, along with the rest of the management team will continue to work closely with the Chapter 11 Trustee and his advisors."
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