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Internet Explorer Turns 15

q2k Get off my lawn you damn kids (271 comments)

I still have the 'I downloaded Internet Explorer" Tshirt that MS sent me for being one of the first 10,000 people to download IE 3, on Oct 31, 1996, IIRC.

more than 4 years ago

Paperless Tickets Flourish Despite 'Grandma Problem'

q2k IAATM (It's Always About The Money) (425 comments)

From a purely technical standpoint, allowing the buyer to log in and change the owner of the ticket would be trivial. Upon the change, the system sends a new password to the new email address, and that person must log in and add a credit card number that will be used for verification at the venue. Paperless tickets exist for only one reason. Ticketmaster wants to capture the value in increased demand by raising prices instead of seeing it go to the middlemen.

more than 4 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

q2k COBRA (1197 comments)

Since you work for a big company you are almost certainly eligible for COBRA coverage. It normally lasts 18 months, however I believe that was temporarily extended to 36 months last year. It ain't cheap, you essentially will be paying the full cost of employer provided coverage, however it is the path of least resistance.

more than 4 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

q2k Works great, except for suspend / resume (1231 comments)

My upgrade to 9.10 was fine except that Suspend / resume is completely broken and I have to hard reset to get back from sleep mode. On the good side, my NAT drive, which would never mount on boot with 9.04 is now mounting with no human intervention. One step forward, one step back.

more than 4 years ago

IT Snake Oil — Six Tech Cure-Alls That Went Bunk

q2k Re:The crazy hottie (483 comments)

Huge amounts of skimming. I worked for one of the big telcos back in the day. The managers got paid their bonuses on self-reported revenue. The simply made up whatever sales they needed on the last day of the quarter to hit quota, and cashed the bonus check. The fact that those sales never actually materialized never seemed to bother anybody. At the national sales meeting they said about 10% of the reported sales ever showed us as revenue. Of course, the company had just lost billions and there were 2500 of us at a sales meeting in Vegas, so the problems were systematic.

Also a lot of "buy my switches/software/servers and I'll make sure you get some IPO stock" back in the late 90s.

more than 4 years ago

IT Snake Oil — Six Tech Cure-Alls That Went Bunk

q2k Re:ERP? (483 comments)

Wow, an actively maintained ~ (tilde) web site. I don't think I've seen one of those since about 2002 ;) Your column is spot on.

more than 4 years ago

The "Dangers" of Free

q2k Re:Fair beats Free (242 comments)

The problem (with newspapers specifically) is that newspapers are not in the news business. They are in the advertising business. News was an excuse to sell eyeballs to advertisers. There are more efficient ways today to match up buyers and sellers, so newspapers are suffering.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

q2k I'll stick with 8.04 LTS (620 comments)

My Hardy Heron laptop is rock solid. I think I'll just stick with the status quo.

more than 5 years ago

Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?

q2k Re:How about: less douchebaggery? (904 comments)

Hey, I am a salesperson and I resent this remark! Granted, I'm a salesperson that runs Linux as my primary OS at home. I'm stuck on XP at work.

Seriously, I actually agree. Every job I've had I've ended up being the unofficial help desk for sales, and it's scary what some of those people can do to a computer.

more than 5 years ago

Reliable, Free Anti-Virus Software?

q2k Avast is your answer (586 comments)

I've run the free personal edition of Avast on 3 XP boxes in my house for years. I've never had a problem with it.

more than 5 years ago


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