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Used IT Equipment Can Be Worth a Fortune (Video)

nbvb Come on, what a ridiculous "article" (79 comments)

Oh, please...

Used IT gear has been sold professionally for as long as there's been IT gear.

This is just a crappy ad for another Johnny-come-lately vendor.

about 9 months ago

Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

nbvb $300?!? (310 comments)

That makes an AirPort Extreme seem like a bargain ... And it's no bargain.

(I do own one though!)

1 year,21 days

How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla

nbvb Re:A risky gamble (231 comments)

I disagree.

Some of the most successful IT shops I've ever worked in have been 'build' vs. 'buy' shops. They get tremendous cost advantage from having internally-developed tools that exactly meet the needs of their business.

Done right, it works very, very well.

about a year ago

Sensor Characteristics Uniquely Identify Individual Phones

nbvb Re: ... nothing new. (69 comments)

Depends on your definition of proximity.

RF fingerprinting requires the phone to be somewhere cellular coverage is available.

Not too many places outside Antarctica (and not even there) where that's not the case.

about a year ago

Sensor Characteristics Uniquely Identify Individual Phones

nbvb ... nothing new. (69 comments)

Cell phones have been identifiable by RF fingerprinting for many, many years.

Was a common anti-fraud technique in the analog cellular days.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

nbvb SFDC, Workday, done. (163 comments)

Forget maintaining / rolling your own. Doesn't make ANY sense, especially when this thing got dropped in your lap.

Salesforce.com for CRM.
Workday for ERP.
Sleep at night. Priceless.

about a year ago

10GbE: What the Heck Took So Long?

nbvb Re: The bottlenecks are elsewhere (295 comments)

You are so wrong it isn't even funny.

We're running app stacks at full line rate on 40GbE using today's hardware. A dual-socket sandy bridge server (I.e. HP DL380) has no problem driving that kind of bandwidth. Look up Intel DPDK or 6Windgate if you want to learn a thing or two.

It's real, it works, and we're getting ready to start 100GbE testing.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

nbvb Re:MasterTroll (965 comments)

None of this would be necessary if you just used HP-UX!

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

nbvb Re:Try.. (295 comments)

The Moto Droid is not even 3 years old yet ...

The iPhone 3GS is older (coming up on 3 1/2 years) and is still very much usable. In fact, it even supports the latest release of the operating system.

But Apple's the evil, money-grubbing one, right?

more than 2 years ago

Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard Switches Compared

nbvb Re:Mac Users (223 comments)

Our friends at Unicomp also have a Mac version of their keyboard - the Spacesaver M. Freakin' awesome.... feels like '92 all over again.

This post was brought to you by the Unicomp Spacesaver M.

more than 2 years ago

IBM Deploys Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer

nbvb Re:microchannels? (112 comments)

Does it come with Reference USB Keys?

Sadly, I don't think anyone else reading slashdot was alive during the Micro-Channel era, let alone gets the joke ....

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

nbvb Re:Don't go there... (671 comments)

Not true.

It's absolutely accepted - and encouraged - to use our company-issued vehicles for personal use, including vacations.

Not all policies are completely draconian.

Now, having said that, modifying the vehicle (i.e. adding a remote starter, changing the radio, installing NOx) is strictly forbidden.

The person who posted this "question" really just needs to buy his own laptop. A MacBook Air would work well for travel. Even at home, I do the same -- work on one machine, personal on the other. Point, set, match.

more than 2 years ago

Solaris 11 Released

nbvb Re:Nothing to see here (224 comments)

That's still once too many.

And still one more than I've ever seen of VxFS. I've managed many, many petabytes of VxFS file systems, and never lost so much as a single file to FS corruption.

(even when I had a coworker manage to import the same VxVM disk group on 2 cluster nodes simultaneously and mount the FS in both places...). A little private region editing and I was able to correct the damage.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

nbvb MoCA. (196 comments)

Seriously, if you have coaxial jacks, get MoCA bridges. They're awesome.

more than 3 years ago

Windows 8 Introduces a New Cross-App Data-Sharing System

nbvb OpenDoc? (213 comments)

Welcome to 1992. ... What's the codename for Windows 8? Pink?

The revenge of Taligent.

What's next? Microsoft CyberDog?

more than 3 years ago

USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

nbvb Re:Do your part! Snail-mail your comments! (734 comments)

... and you think dropping a check off in person will help?

My (previous) mortgage company deposited my mortgage check... and I have no idea whose account got credited for it, but it wasn't mine.

The check cleared, I marked it as such in my bank book, and the only clue something was wrong was when I went from 0 bill collector calls (since I pay all my bills on time) to 4 in one day all about my mortgage. Even after I opened a case, and they started investigating, AND finally credited me back, they STILL had the hounds calling me.

I had to tell them the next call was going to my attorney before they stopped.

So, even dropping that check off in person won't necessarily help. Mistakes can (and do) happen.

more than 3 years ago

Endeavour Launch Now Slated For Monday

nbvb Godspeed, Endeavour. (55 comments)

Godspeed, Endeavour. It's a real shame to retire these workhorses. Are they expensive? Yes. Are they exactly what was envisioned in the 70's? No. But, so what? They're still incredible machines that do things mankind has NEVER been able to do before.

The ISS? Wouldn't be possible without the Shuttle.
Hubble? Impossible without Shuttle.

They're workhorses, and it's a damned shame that we, as Americans, have gotten ourselves into such a political quagmire that we can't figure out how to keep man in space. Depressing.

more than 3 years ago

Novell Completes Sale

nbvb Final Abend (202 comments)


System halted Wednesday, April 27, 2011 4:30:00 pm EDT

  Abend: Page Fault Processor Exception (Error code 00000002)
          OS version: Novell NetWare 4.10 November 8, 1994
        Running Process: SCRSAVER.NLM
          Stack: AC 1F 65 01 E7 66 03 F1 50 CA 65 01 03 00 00 00
                          D0 1F 65 01 09 00 00 00 B0 81 01 F9 54 CE 65 01
                        39 67 03 F1 0B CB 65 01 B4 D0 65 01 B0 81 01 F9
    Press "Y" to copy diagnostic image to disk.
    Otherwise press "X" to exit.

more than 3 years ago



nbvb nbvb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nbvb writes "It's a sad day for science. The one and only Mr. Wizard, Don Herbert, passed away today at the age of 89. It's impossible to count the number of children — worldwide — who were mesmerized by his amazing feats of science! To all of us who grew up with Mr. Wizard — let's hoist one high and remember a great man. Thanks Don — it's because of you that countless children were excited about science. May your legacy live on!"



nbvb nbvb writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and if you're an atheist, have a nice day.



nbvb nbvb writes  |  more than 12 years ago

just playing with the system .... check my webpage at http://www.osxadm.com

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