Posted by mike Sat, 15 Apr 2006 20:28:22 GMT
Posted by mike Thu, 13 Apr 2006 15:19:41 GMT
A leader amongst Techies.
He admitted his biggest mistake was to take his company public!
MilfordDailyNews.com – Local / Regional News: DEC’s glory:days shine under Olsen
Posted by mike Fri, 31 Mar 2006 20:41:03 GMT
LAMP is at the heart of Emergency Response Network Systems and is
saving lives. But recently, Microsoft maneuvered into taking the system
away from a Free Software vendor. As Jim Lytle put it:
It concerns some information about the deployment
of our product which looks like they are trying to replace it with
Microsoft solution at DHS. In violation of many FARs (Federal
Acquisition Regulations) in regards to COTS, commercial-off-the-shelf,
technology etc. They have awarded a contract to an existing vender to
“develop” a copy of our product. In addition to the utter disregard for
the “Small Business” set-aside programs and other directives they are
going ahead at the risk of providing a developmental system. This
system is not tested and has no proven track record and doesn’t
Keep in mind, this is the Emergency Response Network System that worked so well during 911. I believe the failure to deploy since 911 has put our nation at risk and harmed such efforts as advanced hurricane notification that battered Florida, the Gulf and New Orleans: All because it’s Linux and Microsoft can’t have that.
Posted by mike Mon, 27 Mar 2006 21:29:55 GMT
“In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American…
There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
—Theodore Roosevelt, 1919
Posted by mike Sat, 18 Mar 2006 15:25:17 GMT
This is quite an interesting read. Lockheed Martin along with CSC (largely Indian) and CSIC will develop what might be called FBI V2.0, since 1.0 failed miserably.
Your tax dollars hard at work. I would really want my intelligence tools and applications developed in India, wouldn’t you?
FBI Outlines $425 Million Computer Upgrade
Posted by mike Thu, 16 Mar 2006 19:50:53 GMT
Posted by mike Wed, 15 Mar 2006 21:42:00 GMT
Dubya wants you to believe all is just fine with the world, and after all thoseIndian fellers are just great, they not only have good casino’s but also don’t have to play by the rules when it comes to the ‘Nuclear’ option…..
You go George…. Please!!
Posted by mike Wed, 08 Mar 2006 03:27:25 GMT
Posted by mike Wed, 01 Mar 2006 19:09:00 GMT
#1 Users who insist on giving you their diagnosis of a problem rather than
a neutral description of the symptoms.
The top ten peeves of a support tech
The top ten peeves of a support tech
A classic example of this is the VP who constantly tells me that the T1 is down whenever he can’t browse the Web or log into SAP. Instead of describing the symptoms, the VP tells me, “The T1 is down; fix it.” This type of behavior is doubly annoying. Not only does it complicate the troubleshooting process, but it is also often difficult to disabuse the user of his misconception, leaving him, in this instance, with a false impression of an unreliable T1.
#2 Users who hover around asking questions while you’re troubleshooting—and worse, making suggestions.
As much as I like to share my knowledge and educate users, I don’t want to do so while I’m struggling to figure out exactly why Ethel can’t print. This is particularly irritating when dealing with an apparently insoluble problem, as the user’s probing questions, which I can’t answer, are a reminder of my incompetence.
#3 Users who deny having done anything that may have caused the problem.
This is the “What? Doom is installed on my computer? I have absolutely no idea how that could’ve happened” phenomenon. In one instance, a summer intern from the local university MBA program called the help desk to complain that he couldn’t access the network. A quick survey of his computer revealed that it no longer contained any files beginning with the letter n. The intern vehemently denied having deleted any files whatsoever but eventually confessed that he didn’t have anything to do so thought he’d delete all the files he didn’t recognize. Why he started with the letter n remains a mystery.
#4 Being treated like a user by tech support from another company.
I dread problems that result in a call to the manufacturer’s tech support department. I will experiment, read manuals, Google the error message, and sacrifice chickens on the keyboard before I will call a tech support number for a problem I can’t resolve. My pride simply can’t handle answering the most basic questions: Have you checked that the printer is in fact plugged in and turned on? ARRRGGGH. Get me out of here. Please, please, please, put me straight through to your highest support level because I can guarantee that I have tried everything you are going to suggest at least three times. Oh wait, never mind, the power strip was turned off….
#5 Purchasing departments that change purchase requests.
I understand and appreciate that part of the role of the purchasing department is to find the best possible price, but I do not appreciate it when they substitute what they consider to be an equivalent item because it is cheaper. One particularly irritating instance of this was an order I submitted for Kingston RAM for a Lexmark printer. When the RAM arrived, I failed to notice that it was Golden RAM instead of Kingston. It simply didn’t work. A quick check of the Lexmark documentation confirmed that Golden RAM was not acceptable, but as the RAM was now “used” it could not be returned. The purchasing clerk had made the substitution on the advice of our VAR, as there was a special on the Golden RAM that made it a third of the cost of the Kingston RAM. This proved to be a very expensive attempt at cost savings.
#6 Internal junk mail.
We go to great lengths to minimize the junk mail being sent into the organization, but there seems to be little we can do to eliminate the jokes, photos, and movies being shared internally. Policies preventing or in some way restricting personal mail are of limited use unless mail is manually screened or spot checks are made. Merely using the corporate e-mail system for sending the occasional personal message is not a big deal, but when people start liberally using “Everyone” or create folders for “Recipes,” “Baseball,” and “Boy Scouts,” I tend to get a little annoyed.
#7 Users who think part of my job is to spend my lunch break telling them how to fix their home computers.
During one particular job interview, my prospective new boss announced that he would hire only people who “eat, breath, sleep, and think computers 24/7.” I stood up, shook his hand, and told him I was wasting his time and wished him luck. Not that there’s anything wrong with being computer-obsessed; it just so happens that I’m not. If I were, I would probably welcome having my peanut butter sandwich interrupted by, “Uh, every time I try to access the Internet, this message pops up and then the mouse freezes. What’s the deal?” I’m more than happy to help people out. I just resent being asked at work where I’m a captive audience.
#8 Users who complain about not being able to use a new application, when they “didn’t have time” to attend training or read the documentation you painstakingly prepared.
I find this situation especially irritating because in most cases, the user really didn’t have time to attend training or read the documentation—so it wouldn’t be fair of me to vent my frustration on the user. This is a symptom of the far bigger problem of expecting too much of too few employees. Instead of being irritated at these people, I find that they have my deepest sympathy, as they are usually the most overworked and pressured people in the organization.
#9 Being summoned to a user’s office to resolve an urgent computer problem, only to be kept waiting.
This is extra annoying when the person in question is on a personal phone call with her husband to discuss plans for the weekend. I never know how long to wait. Leaving instantly would seem churlish, but once I have waited beyond a certain length of time, leaving and having to return a few minutes later simply increases the total time wasted. Fortunately, in all but the most intractable cases, treating the user as a used car salesperson by starting to walk away usually elicits a cooperative response.
#10 The positioning of the IT department in the organization.
During the course of my career, I have reported to an office manager who reported to a regional office VP; to an IT manager who reported to the CFO; to an IT manager who reported to another IT manager who reported to the CFO; to an IT manager who reported to a committee; and to a department head who wasn’t sure who he reported to. Whereas most departments know where they are positioned within a company, no one seems to quite know what to do with IT. All too often, the IT department is made into a subdivision of some other department, which then has unfair control over the IT resources. In other instances, each department or division has its own IT function, which may or may not have a well-defined relationship with corporate IT.
Posted by mike Wed, 01 Mar 2006 18:22:18 GMT
Good stuff…. Check it out.
A great tool for creating an SSH tunnel to your home computer