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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

krray I fear (451 comments)

I think I fear for our children's future... (and mine)

> I'm 30, and I am a technology teacher [and]
> I like Microsoft products and would head in that direction, probably.

Is that what you teach? I mean, I realize Microsoft is a HUGE company making billions and billions every year. Amazes me people STILL buy their crap. The software they produce has pretty much always been bloated, slow, buggy, and a complete waste of my time. Thus I don't use them anymore.

> Is it too late for me to think about this?

YES. Apparently so. Go learn UN*X. Try BSD, learn to love Linux. Understand UN*X compared to Windows. Once you do you'll laugh at Microsoft.

> What is the best way to get started on this path?

Go to http://linux.org/ -- click on everything. Download and install Ubuntu (just my choice :) -- then once you "understand" ... go buy a Mac.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

krray Re:I had to put down my 15 year-old dog. (473 comments)

I'm not sure why you got flagged funny.
Off-topic, sure, but FUNNY?

I'm with you though. Had to do the same not too long ago. 15 years and 10 months my black lab made it to. Hardest day of my life was putting him down.

And then shortly after... My uncle went ape-shit crazy. Killed his wife. And was shortly thereafter murdered himself by S.W.A.T. No joke.

And there sat the dog. So I got on a plane and drove the dog home +2,000 miles.

Probably the best dog I've ever had yet...

about 5 months ago
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Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

krray Obitalk (172 comments)

I guess I went a different direction with Google Voice. Best case my "home" line was a $25/mo VoIP line. $40/mo with the various Ma-Bells for a basic / barely use it line.

Then I ported existing home number first to Sprint (which was on some obscure VoIP provider which had ported it from at&t where it originated). Here I played a gamble as I already had an existing account with Sprint (wife's cell, I use wifi another GV# for mine w/ no issue). NOT having an account here would have seriously cost me [~$200]. Technically they could have charged me. $0 cost.

This could have just been a easy one step port, but because I was off on some unknown telco Google wouldn't port from I had to do it. Lost one day.

The moment the number went active / worked on the cell I initiated the new number request / port [one time $10 fee] with Google Voice for that number. It worked one day on the cell, and the next on Google Voice.

Then added Google Chat as a forwarded call line.

Bought the Obitalk device and configured it. One time fee $50. So for sixty dollars or within three months the move has paid for itself [so far :-].

Setup a free account ObiTalk at https://www.obitalk.com/ -- needed to configure the device...

So far Google / ObiTalk are $0/mo. EITHER one could change the terms and/or just cancel service with little to no notice. No notice with Obi and I'd just have to port my number someplace else. Same if Google cancels service (though they're good about notifying you). Problem: WILL Google port numbers out. Technically they are not a "telco" and I'm sure there's a loophole allowing them NOT to. Betting on "Do No Evil" here with my 30 year old phone number. Yes. It. Is. Cool.
http://goo.gl/drvIn

about 10 months ago
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Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

krray Re:Apple wants to get it right? (252 comments)

AC is correct -- music from iTunes has been DRM free for years [again]. Originally it was all MP3's -- then yes, it was DRM'd AAC files.

Today it's DRM free AAC files -- that yes, have your Apple ID embedded. So what?

Even when it was encrypted it was trivial (for a geek :) to convert them to MP3's. Originally you could use your Firewire iPod connected to decrypt the files on the fly -- then Apple blocked that. Always has been possible to use something like Audio HiJack to re-record to MP3's.

Today -- just convert to MP3 in iTunes. No issue. And I keep going back to MP3 because of legacy devices connected to stereo's that only understand MP3's [original SliMP3's :-].

What the issue? Sales are up (and my stock :)

about a year and a half ago
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NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtitles From Finnish Pirates

krray Re:haha... (284 comments)

obligatory Nelson Muntz finger pointing, "haha"

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

krray Re:Apple AirPort... (615 comments)

a back handed insult is how you introduce somebody to a potential product? not a good salesman or a bit disgruntled? which is it?

airport benefit: I can explain to anybody where to pick one up [apple store, best buy, walmart, etc] -- and how to quickly / securely bring it online for them. It's 5pm right now. They need a working solution by 6pm. mikrotik won't cut it -- I'll certainly look at it for local installs though. thanks (!)

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

krray Apple AirPort... (615 comments)

Go get some Apple AirPort Expresses.
Note: I'm an Apple fanboy and heavily invested. :)

I've tried DLink, Linksys, Cisco [which works, but on the $$$ corporate level], a few others, and Zyxel. Zyxel came close -- but the configuration has to be specific [repeater talk to SSID w/ specific MAC id]. The default quick setup could leave the sub-routers chattering amongst themselves... But I digress.

The AirPort's at $99 pay for themselves in setup alone. And frankly, they "just work". Unlike all the others the AirPort DOES PROPERLY PASS ALONG MULTI-CAST THROUGHOUT THE NETWORK. All the other products sub-routers ... dropped multi-cast. No more AirPrint, AirVideo, etc... Yeah -- there's a ton of iOS devices along with Mac's involved on my networks now. :)

They dynamically can be setup as a sub-sub-repeater. Wander the network rather seamlessly. I've just recently gone through this headache and with the AirPort's they will *OWN* the area I want to cover -- add AirPort's as needed to have signal strength / coverage. Just did a 6,000sq/ft house -- all three floors, my home, and the office at 18,000 sq/ft plus yard coverage [as the bay doors are opened :-].

Amazing product.

about a year and a half ago
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FTC Offers $50,000 For Best Way To Stop Robocalls

krray Re:Stupid question from across the Atlantic: What? (614 comments)

Well -- others have told you what a robocall is.
Difficult? VERY. Call-ID is trivial to spoof in the US now. Unless they call a toll-free number which passes 'ANI' for billing purposes [you're paying for the call] -- never found a way to spoof *that*.

I remember one day about 15 years ago -- at 5:01pm (one minute passed office close) the ENTIRE switchboard lit up at the same time. I saw that happen once before -- someone was killed on our job-site. Freaked me out when it happened -- and going from rattled to pissed off pretty quickly once I started answering the calls.

Unfortunately for them then I had easy access to more phone lines than they did. There was also a bug in their software which I took advantage of [they didn't properly hide their caller-id].

I programmed 20 or 30 lines to call them [let it run for a week or two]. Once the call was answered -- and it's not that they were answering calls ... their system was picking up the line to make the next robocall which connected my inbound call. There's also another problem [for them] -- the caller "supervises" the line. Meaning once I got in a quick hang-up / pick-up [to make the next call] on their end would NOT WORK [the call was supervised by my end].

Within an hour I had our system providing the supervised calls fake dial-tones, listening [recording] the dialed attempt, and providing a fake busy signal back. Whatever they were selling for the next couple of weeks wasn't working too well.

Those victories to the phone spammers are few and very very far in-between...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

krray Re:Question: (708 comments)

Because maybe his job sucks and his wife is a little hottie and banging her is, well, FUN. It's called life... :)

about 2 years ago
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Assessing Media Bias: Microsoft Vs. Everyone Else

krray Syllables (364 comments)

It's the syllables. 3 is so 1900's and too many.

Not that they simply stole money from me. To license their product on hardware that is 1) still running today and 2) never ran Windows, but still runs Linux. I can easily think of ~$4K they got from me -- money that I would have rather bought more ï£ stock with. That's roughly an additional $285,000 Bill Gates owes me I believe. Of course their antics are the reason I started looking at other companies and choosing the red or blue pill I'll leave for another day.

And as ingeniously stated previously, "karma's a bitch". And frankly I never forget.

Microwho? Troll

about 2 years ago
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Rare Earth Restrictions To Raise Hard Drive Cost

krray Re:Recycling? (254 comments)

Well .. *I* have recycled my old hard drives... The magnets in server class hard drives are phenomenal. They make absolutely wonderful tool holders -- as long as the tool can become magnetized (and they do) without being a problem for you. You find yourself buying metal things just so you can hang them up easily... :)

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 11.10 Down To 12-Second Boot

krray Re:HDD -- SSD (221 comments)

You'll spend more time in the POST than you will booting the OS up...

more than 2 years ago
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CEO Confirms Chevy To Sell Diesel Cruze In US

krray Re:I like my Turbo Diesel (349 comments)

> There's no ignition system to worry about, no plugs and so on.

What does this mean? There has to be some sort of ignition system [to worry about :-]. I wonder how well this car will start in -20F weather.

> The downside is the soot that comes out the back when accelerating hard.

I always saw that as a PLUS. Usually don't accelerate _hard_, but when that idiot is riding you it's fun to "dust them" and with the torque ... buh-bye.

more than 2 years ago
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NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again

krray Re:Police state (666 comments)

I am living in a police state.

more than 2 years ago
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Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

krray sudo -i (592 comments)

You've already ticked me off by wasting my time.
Link to the print version next time: http://www.infoworld.com/print/151276

I prefer my password. It's just a PITA that changes daily. alias s='sudo -i'
Same result as "su -" but with less typing.

Yes, root's password was set / changed. It's insanely long. I like it that way.

PS: this /. interface sucks now :wq

more than 3 years ago
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How Apple Had a Spectacular Year

krray AAPL (504 comments)

Thank God for Apple stock (for me at least :).
I remember in ~October of 1998 thinking of buying AAPL. It was floating around $5/share I believe.
Everyone was telling me to buy Microsoft. By this point I was becoming a "ABM" system administrator. They're stock was floating right about where it is today (~$25/share)...

The only stock I'm interested in is companies I believe in that produce something I like. Day trading in some chemistry company I know nothing about does not Interest me.

I hesitated (and was second guessing myself in those days). I could have tripled my money in that one year with AAPL.
In that same year there was a MSFT split AND they nearly doubled their price. They've been dead since...

Bottom line -- a decade later and both companies have each had two splits. My $15 APPL stock is worth over $315 (today) while MSFT is still at ~$25/share. There is a reason for this. Microsoft has forced people to use their crap and those days are seriously numbered. Apple, OTOH, gives their customers what they want. Thus they become foaming at the mouth Apple loyalists like myself. I understand now (and am laughing all the way to the bank).

In looking at these two companies Apple has pretty much always been innovative and led the pack. No floppies with a Mac? People laughed. See many floppies today? Microsoft has historically always been a "me too" company (with very few exceptions).

The ONLY product that Microsoft has done that makes me shake my head and wonder why Apple didn't do it is the KIN. Cool idea. Problem: WHERE is Apple's gaming console???

more than 3 years ago
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Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter

krray Prop 19? (147 comments)

Looks more like an endorsement for proposition 19.
I want what he's smoking!

more than 3 years ago
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Google Secretly Tests Autonomous Cars In Traffic

krray Re:I wold love a car that drives itself... (561 comments)

I want your commute, just not your job. You work 52 weeks a year? No vacation, holidays, or sick days?
Heck, I want my old commute back. 5 minutes each way. ~40 minute commute for the entire year
Now it is 47 * 5 * 2 = 470 free hours. Almost twenty days a year just sitting in the car. Blech.

more than 3 years ago
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Burglary Ring Used Facebook Places To Find Targets

krray Re:Hang on.. (152 comments)

http://youropenbook.org/ is still very much up. Look up "vacation" and be amazed. Found a guy on there the other day letting everyone know he was going to Disney World for the next 11 days. He lived in NH and had a listed phone number...

more than 3 years ago

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