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Comment Re: Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 2) 649

Yeah - gotta agree with sibling... 10 years' salary on a mortgage is friggin' insane, doubly so when you get a nice place outside of California for only 2 years' salary.

Not to mention that the figure also changes depending on how close you are to retirement. If you're younger and doing well, maybe get one priced at 3-5x annual salary, but once you get past 40, you may want to lower the sights a bit and be realistic.. that 30-year fixed is (barring early payoff) still going to be there demanding cash out of you for another decade when you turn 60.

Example? No problem - my wife and I just bought our new we're-retiring-here-dammit log cabin on six acres, in a gorgeous part of the Oregon Coastal Range. I paid exactly 2 years' salary to get it from the previous owner. Glopping a bit of extra principal on the mortgage payments will have the place entirely paid off in 10 years, leaving me a nice cushion of time before I retire for good... and by the way, the missus no longer has to work. Meanwhile, I still have a decent amount of extra dosh each month after the bills to put towards, well, anything. That's why you get realistic about it (besides, what the hell was I going to do with a 4-bdrm Victorian-style monster, what with the kids all grown up?)

You can say that I'm in no particular hurry to go get a $1.3m house that would cost me a mint in taxes, upkeep, labor, etc... the Joneses can go fsck themselves. YMMV, though.

Comment Re:anit trust issues! (Score 1) 255

Apple has always allowed you to disable it (in a very easy-to-find spot with admin credentials) in OSX/MacOS, and they've had it in place for like 17 years - and for the entire decade or so that the App Store has existed. Pretty sure that they're in no hurry to lock your laptop/desktop down to the App Store if they haven't done it by now.

Google is also perfectly okay with what they refer to as side-loading... and have allowed that with just an easy click or two since Android and ChromeOS have respectively existed.

What's different here is that Microsoft has a nasty history of trying to lock down the consumer when they think the rubes aren't looking. Time will tell, obviously, but I have no trust for 'em. (Personally, I think they're just looking to put PC-Matic and similar app-whitelisting products out of business since it's kind of embarrassing to have a whole industry built off of your flagship product's well-deserved reputation for flaws and crap security...)

Comment Re:"...disabled by default." (Score 1) 255

Actually, by default it restricts installation to the App Store and "Identified Developers" (e.g. established 3rd-party developers like Adobe). IIRC, you can also type in the admin account user/pass in the prompt to bypass it. Only the really out-there stuff requires going into System Preferences and explicitly allowing it.

That one TV-advertised product PC-Matic mimics this behavior in Windows if memory serves, which makes me think that Microsoft just wants to bump that company off, perhaps?

Comment Re: Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 514

If even true. The cost of a full solar setup is far far far over the claimed $30,000 that supposedly did the land, well, septic, home, and all.

Not really - 280 Wp panels can be had online for $300 each - 20 of them for $6k, which will give you 5.6 kW peak, an obscene amount of potential juice for a typical household that accounts for cloudy days.

Overall cost for a luxury rig if you do it yourself is maybe $12k, maximum (including the inverter gear, battery bank, a small shed to park the battery bank in, etc). You'll have to replace the batteries every 5-10 years (depending on brand/quality., where you live, how much you use it, etc), but otherwise it's quite doable, and you'll pay way more than $16k in power bills over the 25-year expected lifetime of the panels ($150/mo. average power bill over 25 years = $45k...)

Comment Re: Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 514

Lmfao. No. No 50,000. No internet in stix. No jobs in stix. Also need car. You do not live on minimum wage.

I live in "stix"... the nearest town to me is 20 miles away, and it has a population of 2000. Population density out here is 14 / sq. mi. The nearest city is 50 miles east of me.

I have Internet (I recently got 14mbps DSL, and still have 25mbps Satellite Internet as backup to it.) I work remotely most days, but the hour-long commute on the days I do go (downtown PDX) in is actually faster (and way more pleasant) than the commute of some of my co-workers who live in some PDX 'burbs.

  A car? Hell, my commuter vehicle, a cheap-but-damned-reliable 2000-ish vintage minivan, cost me a mere $2,500. I do not live on minimum wage, but once the house/land is paid off (10 years hence - I'm paying it down fast/early), I could *very* easily do so.


My neighbors? Many of them live and work at astoundingly low income (a substantial portion on a fixed retirement income), and do just fine.

Comment Re:Kids these days... (Score 3, Insightful) 408

Gotta agree with sibling, and can drill down even further...

There's a reason I still support and read our local paper, printed in the town nearest my house; this is a town that has barely 2,000 souls in it, mind. Oh, and the "local" TV news around here covers and centers on Portland, OR - which is 50 miles away.

The NYT isn't going to tell me the school board minutes, the city council minutes, or the local budget/tax/bond stuff. I don't expect the NYT to print a picture of my kid making the winning score at the last high school basketball game, or remind me when stuff like the Friendship Jamboree is coming up. No coupons for the local grocery store are going to be found in the NYT, either.


Also, there is a hazard in consolidation, one we can already see. The US (and UK, and etc) have a grand tradition of slanted/yellow journalism that is present even today, denials be damned. Only difference is back then, the papers proudly proclaimed their slants up-front (today? Not so much - you usually get denials from 'em). The best way to counterbalance that bias was to have competing outlets with different slants, then you could compare/contrast to get the actual truth of a given matter if you wanted it.

Besides, do you really want to go back to the days (1970's-1990s or so) where a select few outlets were the literal 'gatekeepers of truth'? Personally, well, fuck that. Let the marketplace win out - webhosting is cheap, the code for it is free of cost, and it doesn't take much more than a 10th grade education these days to set up a working bit of homegrown journalism. The market can (and in my opinion will) choose the winners and losers from the lot (see also The Drudge Report --love it or hate it-- as an example of a local gossip rag/site that exploded and went international.)

Comment Re: Leading Indicator (Score 1) 119

[...] was turned down as I had not been actively using Puppet in the previous few months. Sometimes the job requirements are strict.

There's a massive diff between Puppet 3.x and 4.x (or 2016-x), which likely explains why if they indeed gave you that reason (for example, roles and profiles are dead, and R10k became something entirely different along the way). It's a bullshit reason, but maybe they had a candidate who had demonstrated a more current and complex grasp of it?

Comment Re:Leading Indicator (Score 1) 119

In my experience, that is completely different. If you interview for a DevOps role, you will be asked a laundry list of programs like Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Bamboo, Jenkins, TeamCity, Vagrant, Terraform, Saltstack, Kubernates, Katello, Foreman, and Rake. If you don't know one of those programs (say you know the ins and outs of GitHub Enterprise, but not BitBucket), the interview stops -right there-, you are shown the door, and they call for the next candidate.

*sigh* - it's a troll, but I'm currently waiting for something, so...

I can count only a few companies that interview that way, and you're right... the interview would stop right there, because *I* would walk out of it, telling them in so many kind words to go fuck themselves on my way out. What you described is a laundry-lister, and any company which still (in this century!) interviews like that is either going to hire an incompetent or a liar.

Let me explain for the studio audience why your premise is bullshit and pick through a few of these: Puppet/Chef(or cfengine)/Salt are similar enough that finding experience in one means you can quickly train your candidate in the others at very little cost if they have the skills/drive to learn them. Bamboo/Jenkins/TeamCity? Same-same (though SCM tasks are more and more being automated into oblivion, handed off to the dev teams to do their own housekeeping, or still run by a dedicated team as a service to the devs). Few folks use Foreman anymore (you get what you pay for, no?), Kubernetes (- note proper spelling) is primarily for Docker (which curiously you did not mention), and Fleet (which you also did not list) still competes with it. You only list one language of sorts, and it's an extension set to Ruby, which you did not list. You also left out service discovery (e.g. Consul), process security (e.g. Vault, also a Hashicorp product), and totally left out deployment methodologies (though you did casually mention CI/CD), which is fucking *primary* if you want to fit into a new company (e.g. a company that is still religious about gitflow isn't going to cotton so well towards the GitHub feature/master branching model). Also left out are process methodologies, which often are akin to religion in the dev world.

TL;DR, you have no idea how this whole thing works, do you?

Comment Re:They're screwed (Score 1) 119

Um... side projects aren't "jobs to qualify experience" when talking to HR.

Sure it does - your resume can specifically state "I also implemented $buzzword as an early adopter to provide $somethingOfGoodValue to the company." It gives you the provable experience you can point to.

Comment Re:Not good enough (Score 3, Insightful) 62

Ditto here. I actually use Net10 (which uses either AT&T or Verizon's towers/data/tech, depending on which phone you buy or bring)... $35/mo for unlimited talk/text, and 2GB data (then throttled after that, but with no further charges). So really, why the frig would I pay Verizon or AT&T $100/mo for something that I wouldn't use? In the 5 years I've been with Net10, I think I've gone over the 2GB cap once, a year ago (when I was farting around with rooting).

Comment Re:Leading Indicator (Score 1) 119

I would say the economy peaked last summer, when in June and early July, there were hundreds of DevOps job postings for the local area I am in (Austin, TX). In six weeks, the number of those was reduced by over 90%.

Minor point of order: The term is overused, and passe'. Christ sakes, every sysadmin I know in Portland quickly ran to LinkedIn and tacked the word "DevOps" to his resume last year, even if they never professionally touched any of the common tools or processes involved with the job. Doesn't matter though: Everyone and his dog knows how to run/use Puppet** these days, and thanks to the Forge and hiera, you don't even have to really know how to write a module these days (unless you need to do something unique/niche/etc). Toss in Docker, Consul, Ansible, etc, and you really don't need near as many people who get in there and do grunt-work for your company. Now getting people who can actually put together a usable automation process and who knows how to make it all work at a production level of reliability... different story. That said, you don't need nearly as many of those to make that happen either.

Anyrate, that's not exactly a usable metric (and neither is any other buzzword, really. I mean, c'mon, that's like gauging the economy in 1996 by how many MCSE job postings were open...)

** Let's be honest here: to 90% of PHBs, "DevOps" == "Guy who knows how to use Puppet". Never meant anything else, common sense be damned.

Comment Re:They're screwed (Score 1) 119

...that's where side projects come in.

If it weren't for doing little side projects that involved the new skills/goodies, I'd still be an AIX sysadmin*. Ugh.

Go find something that needs done (but no one is really doing) in the company using those fancy new/cool/marketable skills, then go do it in your spare cycles, learning as you go.

* Funny thing, I became the sysadmin because I had a known habit of side-projects that required using the computer systems. That's how I got into this biz 22+ years ago (the previous sysadmin had flunked his drug test, and my boss at the time thought that his fresh-outta-school EE who tinkered on the work computers would be a perfect replacement).

Comment Re:If the *.AA think it's bad (Score 1) 134

Not completely related, but to answer your question... why not just publish paper-only stuff? Lots of self-publishing resources out there. For example, CreateSpace can publish his books on paper and sell it for him on Amazon for a nominal fee per copy, and for an additional fee, pimp his book to bookstores.

I guess what I'm getting at is, your bother is limiting himself if he only does eBooks.

Comment Re:First post (Score 1) 81

Seems like a solution using a problem.

No real sysadmin is going to use a $20 a year account just to (maybe) rely on onedrive. You're either rolling your own exchange server or renting email from google or office 365.

TBH, in a small enough operation you can skip even that... a simple Postfix/Dovecot/Spamassassin rig with IMAP enabled will do the job just as quickly, and for far less money (the entire thing can be parked on an old cast-off *nix server with a decent amount of disk space, or on a small AWS instance if that's how your small business rolls.)

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