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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

lusid1 ERP Implementations are like home remodeling (209 comments)

It always takes longer and costs more than anyone ever thought possible.
The results are not always what you had in mind
It often ends up in court
You definitely don't want to be around while its happening

about 6 months ago

Maybe Steve Ballmer Doesn't Deserve the Hate

lusid1 Author mistakes momentum for success (240 comments)

" its stock price remains remarkably resilient and the company continues to turn a healthy profit"

That's not success, that's momentum. Under the current leadership, entropy will continue to take its toll.

about a year and a half ago

PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

lusid1 They should do it Sony Style (406 comments)

Include all the awesome features everyone wants on the box art, and put an insert inside that reads something like "By the way, we disabled all those nice features for uh, security reasons or something. What did you expect? We're Sony, and that's the Sony Style."

Then they can include a root kit virus on the pack-in demo disc.

about 3 years ago

HDCP Master Key Revealed

lusid1 about time (747 comments)

Finally. It was a stupid idea to begin with. I should be able to time-shift all my content without renting a crippleware box from the cableco. 2 months for china to make capture hardware, 6 month for an open source driver to mature, another 6 months for support to stabalize in mythtv, plus some time for it to make it into the distros. Maybe a year and a half before I can refresh my mythboxen. Yeah.

more than 4 years ago

Symantec To Buy VeriSign's Authentication Business

lusid1 not again... (97 comments)


Every time I kill off my "last" Symantec app, they buy something else I'm using. It takes them 12-18 months to kill a product, and it takes me 24 months to swap it out.

more than 4 years ago

Recourse For Draconian Encryption Requirements?

lusid1 Entertainment potential (555 comments)

Read your mail from a VM. Hand them a jump drive with your .vmdx & .vmx files, and see if they can figure out what to do with it.

Note this is purely for entertainment value, since that is about all an 1d10t wanna-be it staffer is good for. The reality is, they either A: want you to work from home, and will provide whatever is required to do so, or B: They don't want you to work from home, so don't work from home.

more than 3 years ago

UPS Setup For a Small/Mid-Size Company?

lusid1 Wow, its amature hour on ask slashdot (260 comments)

First off, no redundant PSU because they "don't have the capacity"? You not only need a UPS, you need an electrician.

Second, no sizing data? What is the peak load at startup per rack? What is the average running load per rack?

What would be your ideal runtime?

How many racks?

Peak Load will tell you how large a UPS you need (in KVA), Average load and run time will tell you how many expansion batteries you need to buy.

Buy the management card for your UPS and configure it to send you email alerts. While you're at it load the client software on your VMs so they know when to gracefully shutdown.

Ask your electrician if you need 3phase or 2phase (my money's on 2 for you)

Then get the electrician to install enough dedicate power circuits to drive your new UPS(s). While you're at it, ground the racks.

Then call your AC guy, because once you've done enough math to buy a UPS you'll have enough data to correctly size the AC in your server room.

When you find out management doesn't care about extended recovery time and data loss, and they shoot down the CAPEX for your UPS project, you can focus on things that really matter: good backups and your resume.

more than 4 years ago

DRM Flub Prevented 3D Showings of Avatar In Germany

lusid1 Happens all the time (386 comments)

I see this happen all the time, just not usually with something as high profile as a new movie release.

Usually its some CAD/CAM or engineering package secured by some vendor customized variation on FlexLM. Every time they buy a new seat, rev the version, or a product comes up for renewal, we can expect an extended service outage while the vendor tries to issue a valid set of keys. More often than not, the first set they issue doesn't work, the support group isn't authorized to issue keys, and the group/individual that can issue keys doesn't work on days that end in Y, or only during banking hours in india.

more than 5 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

lusid1 Keepass (1007 comments)

Keepass works well, and has been ported to almost every platform. Win, Lin, Mac, iphone, droid, winmo, even the old fashioned blackberry.


more than 5 years ago

XP Users Are Willing To Give Windows 7 a Chance

lusid1 mixed bag, depends on the user (720 comments)

Windows 7 will be a huge success for home users that bought Vista boxes and are in desperate need of relief.

I've been running it in an experimental vm since RC, and now thats its RTM I can honestly say it doesn't suck as bad as Vista.

However, it still has the same core flaw that kept Vista from passing our initial predeployment testing. IT staff can't run it. Sure, you can surf the net on it, or RDP into a machine you can actually do work on, but as an IT person its a pretty useless environment to try to work in. adminpak hacks from vista aren't as useful as they used to be, and the rsat is pretty limited unless you've magically replaced every last server with windows2008R2 since last week. (which BTW, you can't because Windows2008R2 doesn't support ANY shipping version of exchange).

If you can somehow bypass IT and give it to end users, particularly the dolts that only run 3-4 apps in their entire work day yet somehow have fantastically overpowered workstations, they might just like it. But then you get back to the original problem: how do you support an OS in deployment that you can't run in IT.

more than 5 years ago

Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

lusid1 Its not a mistake, its horrifically misguided (617 comments)

Its not a mistake, its a horrifically misguided design decision.

They went through a reasonable design process based on data collected by the user experience program, the problem is anyone with a 3 digit IQ unchecked the box to send all their usage data to microsoft when they installed office. If you work in a company that installed it for you, the geeks with triple digit IQs disabled it for you. Who does that leave?

Stupid people mostly, along wIth a few lazy people that couldn't be bothered to uncheck the box.

They designed the interface for stupid people.

To make matters worse, Jensen Harris realized that if they gave users the option, they would instantly disable his masterpiece. Even some of the stupid people would have disabled it, so they removed that choice. No alternatives, no customizations.

more than 5 years ago

Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

lusid1 Re:I'll say.. (617 comments)

But thats really just Word, which fell on the ribbon sword.

The main outlook window escaped relatively unscathed, but only because they ran out of time butchering the rest of office.

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

lusid1 Re:Your choice (958 comments)

The last time I found myself in that position, I surveyed the environment, documented the gap in compliance and put together a risk assessment.

When they saw the cost of compliance vs the punitive penalties for non-compliance and factored in the risk that any disgruntled employee could report them with a phone call, I had the support of executive management. It took time for the accountants to "finance the compliance initiative", but in the end they came around.

On the other hand, I have seen it go the other way. An IT person was fired after suggesting the company come into compliance. Shortly thereafter they were "mysteriously" caught and audited, settled with the BSA for about $1 million, and agreed to a really strange monthly audit where every PC had to have a binder next to it with original media for every installed application. This was late 90's, but still an odd settlement.


more than 5 years ago

The Last Will and Testament of Circuit City

lusid1 Why didn't this happen sooner? (600 comments)

I've never understood how they stayed in business this long.

Their loss leaders were over retail, they lost their shirt on DivX, and their service and selection have always been miserable.

I had always assumed the whole thing was a tax shelter or some large scale money laundering scheme.

more than 5 years ago

British Royal Navy Submarines Now Run Windows

lusid1 Bad idea (725 comments)

Didn't they try this on the Yorktown in 1997 and have to tow the ship back to port?

more than 6 years ago

MS Says Windows 7 Will Run DirectX 10 On the CPU

lusid1 Re:Quickly, bash microsoft. (503 comments)

That's a different game of "find a working driver".

When a user drops a Vista laptop on your desk and begs for an XP install, you'll find that not all laptops shipped with Vista have readily available XP drivers.

more than 6 years ago


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