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Tech Heads / Re: Ugh
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:24:35 AM »
good luck. take pics!

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Pretty awful. I expected there to be some redeeming quality that was being overlooked by TZT's liberal bias, but nope.  That show sucks.

That's why I tried to watch it.

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i watched the whole thing. more out of spite. unless you're invested in the issues and hard headed like me, quit at the 5 minute mark. it really goes careening off the roads at that point.

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:43:25 AM »
Tosh is from UF, right?

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:16:27 AM »
I have sent that onward to the Tiger faithful. Good shit Stuff.

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Tech Heads / Re: Happy cyber security awareness month
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:22:33 PM »
cool

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:51:44 PM »
I can live with that qualifier

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:48:16 PM »
Are you insinuating that Dear, sweet, little baby Jesus, in the manger, is form Florida? Fuck you.

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:46:34 PM »
Jesus hates LSU

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:15:23 PM »
if you ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin'

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General Disconation / Re: World's Scariest Haunted House
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:23:35 AM »
Been in SD for 7 years now and never heard of this. guess it's on big on the snuff circuit.

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General Disconation / Re: Art people + technophiles: Tablet shopping
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:37:57 PM »
If he draws on a Surface Pro 3, that's out of your price range for sure. It's a full laptop in a tablet form factor.

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General Disconation / Re: 7th Heaven
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:54:02 PM »
that initial report was bogus

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General Disconation / Re: Windows 10
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:40:05 AM »
On this topic, quick cool read:

http://www.policypak.com/blog/entry/windows-10-windows-vista-4.html

[This guy an MS Group Policy badass. You don't need to know what that is, just know that you have to know Windows management inside and out. Don't know what to do with the mysterious registry? This guy does, in spades]


Windows 10 = Windows Vista + 4.
 

People are asking me “OMG.. as an IT Pro, will I have to learn a whole new world with Windows 10?”

While it’s true that Windows 10 isn’t out yet, I can more or less say the following with a straight face:

“Windows 10 is really Windows Vista with some spit and polish, just like Windows 7 was, and just like Windows 8 and 8.1 is.”

Now, when Windows 10 ships, Microsoft’s marketing machine might declare that this is a whole new ballgame.. but, it’s really not from an INTERNAL perspective.

When Vista came out.. THAT was a whole new ballgame. When Vista came out the major version of Windows changed to 6.0, where Windows XP was version 5.0. Vista gave us a whole new model for Group Policy, (runs as a service instead of a process), updated the Eventing System, gutted / replaced the Control Panel and more and more and more.

Vista was Windows’ Big Bang.

So, let’s check out the version number then. Where would you see this version number? Go to any command prompt, and type VER.

Here’s what it looks like with Windows 7: http://screencast.com/t/sbhDrhNf

So let’s break it down:
•Vista was version 6.0.
•Windows 7 was version 6.1.
•Windows 8 was version 6.2.
•Windows 8.1 Update 1 was version 6.3.

Annd.. What do you think Windows 10 will be? (At least, what is it right now in Preview?)

Here’s what it looks like with Windows 10 Preview: http://screencast.com/t/eYUxZ4Ma

That’s right: Windows 10 is just version 6.4

If you want to see all the versions of Windows shipping, you can see this tech note:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms724832(v=vs.85).aspx

So, Vista was the big bang to get to version 6.0.

Windows 7 made many fine tuned improvements to get to 6.1.

Windows 8 had a new “shell” or look and feel to get to 6.2.
 Windows 8.1 had an updated shell to get to 6.3.

And.. Windows 10.. once again, will have .. yet another an updated shell to get us to 6.4.

I’m NOT saying there wont be other neato stuff shipping in Windows 10.

I could make some predictions. For instance, Windows Server 2012 R2 has “single instance storage” for files. I’m going out on a limb here, and guessing that Windows 10 will ship with that feature. So if you have the same HAPPYBIRD.JPG 283 times on your machine, you only have to pay for it “once” in storage. (Again: No insider knowledge, just guessing.)

But that’s not a major change.

Heck, if you look at the handful of newest Group Policy Admin Templates settings for Windows 10 Preview, you can see that internally, the “Friendly / Displayname” is still “Windows 8.1 Update 2″: http://screencast.com/t/pPH7tTF8qR

That basically proves that Windows 10 wont be an “IT Pro Game Changer.”

What you learn / learned for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1 are going to still be valid for Windows 10.

So, if Windows Vista was the real game changer, why aren’t we all still using Vista? If you ask me, Vista’s failure was a twofold problem:
•Problem 1: The hardware that it was running on wasn’t ready for it. The existing crop of PCs running Windows XP just didn’t have enough oomph for…
•Problem 2: Vista did a lot, a lot, a LOTTTTT of disk writes.

So since Vista was writing all the time (basically, not optimized very well).. and the PCs it was running on were underpowered, you had this one / two combination that made people perceive Vista was “bad”. It wasn’t “bad”.. it was awesome, and you’re still using it, except now it’s optimized as Windows 7 and 8 and running on newer hardware.

So.. Yes, I’m saying it: You’re really running Vista + 1, Vista + 2 or Vista +3 today. And you’re loving it.

As a final quasi-related thing here… what about all this nonsense that was posted on Reddit and widely quoted about WHY Windows 10 (in name) jumped from Windows 8 to 10:

“Microsoft dev here, the internal rumors are that early testing revealed just how many third-party products that had code of the form:

if(version.StartsWith(“Windows 9″))

{ /* 95 and 98 */

} else {


Sorry.. but code isn’t written like that. It’s usually checking internal version number like what we just talked about.

If you want to dive into this idea a little more from some other angles, I found this almost perfect article from Burke Holland in Information Week:

http://www.informationweek.com/software/operating-systems/windows-10-os-x-lies-damn-lies-and-version-numbers/a/d-id/1316309

-Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:37:48 AM »
I barely get any football time any more. I watch LSU kickoff, to final whistle, then get back to work. Forget Sundays. I read as much technical writing as most Americans watch TV.

I'm sure a "newer" lawyer understands ;)

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:25:00 AM »
Headed to the Red River Shootout in Dallas between Oklahoma/Texas this weekend, then will be watching the LSU/Florida game in a bar somewhere in uptown Dallas. QB already got suspended for sexual assault, things looking grim for the Gators

Luckily LSU has sucked this year.

However, that probably means they will be twice as motivated to beat us and get a victory.

We'll see. VERY young club. Motivation has been equaling butterflies for our QB, whose accuracy goes out the window and fastballs get thrown in 5 yard situations.

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General Disconation / Re: Windows 10
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:29:09 PM »
Didn't know that. Thanks.

Still, not really in the enterprise space with infrastructure to support their own hardware and software. That's where the frustration lies, at least with me. To support Macs well in the Enterprise, you have to be a triple OS admin. Yes, you can shoe-horn it into either AD or LDAP environments, but you really have to understand what Macs do and don't do well, to make the best choice. A lot of that depends on your user base too.

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:22:01 PM »
More than kinda. Said as much in my own quoted posts.

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 6 Thread.. (pg 4)
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:27:06 PM »
Young team that, while it didn't have me screaming (more than normal) during the first half, did have me pondering a less than stellar season. I think it's going to be 2-3 more game before we see how things will pan out. I was a bit ticked with the "let's go another season with 2 QB's" approach, but once our starter got settled he did pretty well. He's got a decent arm, but his adrenaline was causing fastballs on screens and his accuracy was a bit off, early. I've got  shit ton on my mind these days, so even while I watched the whole game, I didn't get a feel for things like defensive line, or secondary, which is where I normally look.

and

Ugh. Yeah, pretty disappointing, but now we know what we really play like against competition. We were certainly not a #8 team. I'll be happy if we manage to stay in the top 25 by end of year. We're too young.

Not a fun Saturday was had by all. Routed. Shitstomped. Outmanned and Outgunned. These are all things that aren't hyperbole.

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General Disconation / Re: Windows 10
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:14:41 PM »
FWIW, I have taken classes (though haven't taken the test) for Apple's highest certification (ACTC) and have built out our Mac infrastructure from single site, <15 workstations and two (circa 2004) OSX 10.4 Servers, to two sites, two 10.9 Servers, ~50 machines, and basic management software (network imaging, remote installs, desktop sharing) all authenticating to LDAP (very few companies do this, so not a ton of info, but is a requirement for our org). I have also taken classes for the most encompassing Windows Server cert (Enterprise Administrator), though I failed a couple of the tests, literally by one question each. I also have basic certifications for Linux Administration and medium-level Cisco networks. I am by no means an expert in any of these technologies, but I get the job done and have some detailed knowledge on each platform that anyone who has never been in IT would never run across, even on accident.

There a several things converging here: UI, Software, Hardware, the Internet/Cloud.

I've always said OSX 10.8 and Win8 both tried to tackle the tablet vs. desktop convergence issue around the same time. If you remember some of the things posted about Jobs and Gates, after Jobs' death, both companies have been moving towards mobile/cloud since at least 2007; they at least acknowledged it publicly (All Things D conf) then, so you can assume quite a bit longer. Apple went conservative. MS went too far, imo, and alienated their Corporate revenue stream over strictly a cosmetic issue. While Apple has dabbled in corporate environments, it still won't jump in; some would say they are slowly moving out.

Why did they make such choices? In 2007, Apple released the iPhone, with the original iPad three years out. After the explosion of the iPhone, the iPad was a no-brainer to get out the door ASAP. As the iPad took off in 2010, the obvious choice is to merge the two OSes as much as possible, for ease of use for customers (leading to increase revenue) and lower dev costs. This initially isn't seen in the UI - the front end - but rather in the back end - the server side - where new management tools start to move into the space that can be used for the mobile (iOS) and traditional (OSX) platforms. It was called profile manager and it sucked. I still don't like it, even in it's 10.9 version, though I admit I haven't tried to do anything with it in a long time. It's a blunt instrument that replaced a scalpel. It replaced a perfectly good management system already in place - it still works if you haven't moved away from it. When it's time to give up the ghost on our current methods, I will move to other, open source, configuration management tools, which allow finer control for slightly more overhead; any low- to mid-level Sys Admin can work with Puppet.

MS has had "tablet" inputs since XP; these were really just convertible laptops, where the screen pivoted and an on-screen interface for use with an active pen. They even had rudimentary handwriting recognition, but not very usable. Both sides had early tablet failures, but slowly the hardware was catching up. Apple, being a company that creates their own hardware as well, is much faster to respond to trends. MS has to rely on partners to kick out hardware to put their stuff on. It's possible that MS had been working on tablets previous to the iPad, but with the success it was seeing, they had to get into high gear. The original Surface was their first attempt to put out their own hardware. Like most first tries, it was awful. The second Surface didn't fare much better.

Knowing they were behind in the race, which they both must know can/will lead to Corporate market share eventually, as well as a large consumer market, I assume MS felt that they had to get the next iteration right - meaning next iteration of convergent OS. Until a better balance is reached in what is processed on a device and what can be offloaded into the cloud, desktops are here to stay. Everyone sees the clock is ticking, though I  imagine there will be a space for desktops for probably at least 10-15 years. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) requires huge spending on architecture to match what a $500 PC can still do very well. The old guard are finally putting their weights behind cloud tech, so it will take a while before things get better/best. It's still so new that you don't really now how big you will need to go until you are already bailing out the boat. Anyway, with all these market forces at play, I think Microsoft went "all in" on the converged desktop. It was just too soon. It was ballsy for a big company like MS to do and I think they will learn a lot from it. Unfortunately part of that will be that they tried to grab the ring too soon. Your average wage drone can't/won't understand such a huge change to how they complete their job and the move to the cloud leaves IT worker scrambling just to complete break/fix issues, while downsizing infrastructure. There's no time for "training" or knowledge transfer anymore. It has to work out of the box, or you will wind up marginalized - like they have.

The good news is that the Surface Pro 3 has finally realized its potential. I haven't gotten to try one, but people I know have and have been happy. Unfortunately, as I said above, it's an attempt at the next iteration of convergence, not current generation. It's basically a single screen laptop and can run full version Windows 8. I wish I could get my hands on one to give it a spin, but it's also priced as a Laptop would be, at what I consider a usable level, for corporate use. So, your choices today are a single app at a time expensive tablet (iPad), or a multitasking laptop in a tablet shell, and equally priced at a higher point.

I skipped Win8 after seeing Metro in action, initially. I have been running a daily VM with 8.1 (and the Update 1) and have been happy. I am very happy that Jump Lists are coming back in Win10, as well as a true START menu. With the shit I have to support, pinning stuff to the START and various Jump Lists for pinned apps, is essential to everything I do, to reference documentation created either internally or for purchased apps, in addition to the disparate admin portals I have to access. I got used to the START Screen, and see the potential in tablets. I also like it's spotlight functionality for finding things, but for your average KB&Mouse worker, there's no need for it. It just causes confusion and helpdesk tickets, which distracts techs from juggling the chainsaws they are required to juggle, mostly due to legacy reasons, but also an inability to afford large changes required for internal clouds.

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Getting Fat with TZT / Re: Football Food and other stuff
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:48:15 PM »
maybe so, but I like cilantro and hate hoppy beers

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Tech Heads / Re: Time to take a minute and reflect...
« on: September 26, 2014, 05:37:00 PM »
i wish. boards are in repair.

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 3 Thread..
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:48:56 PM »
Skars, why do you hurt the ones you love?

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Tech Heads / Re: Time to take a minute and reflect...
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:14:25 PM »
First Exchange crash today. Fuckin' awesome. I love when the 10 people in my immediate cube-farm-area all start jabbering about email not working...

Luckily my boss was around. I might have actually discovered the underground cause, but for some reason the cluster service needed a restart.

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General Disconation / Re: when empathy sucks
« on: September 23, 2014, 07:19:22 PM »
Openstack.  Don't get me started.  It's a clusterfuck of a technology.  Yeah it may rule the world in the future but right now it's deep in the midst of too-many-open-source-cooks-in-the-kitchen and unbridled opensourcy enthusiasm and despite my idealist side, I desperately want one single uber-corp to lay down the law and pull the fucking project together so it's not a rambling mess.


good. something I can wait to look into for a change...

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General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 3 Thread..
« on: September 23, 2014, 07:04:11 PM »
Ugh. Yeah, pretty disappointing, but now we know what we really play like against competition. We were certainly not a #8 team. I'll be happy if we manage to stay in the top 25 by end of year. We're too young.

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Spamalot / Re: Cat ear hematoma
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:54:27 AM »
cats actually do tend to heal differently. they tend to abscess more. Depending on size you may want to take it in. I never did see one on a cat though. For bigger ones, on dogs, the vet I worked at would stitch in a pressure bandage after drainage to prevent its return. If not, scarring can happen and ruin the conformation of the ear, leading to worse problems; once again that was dogs, not cats.

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Tech Heads / Re: PCI Compliance SAQ
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:07:33 PM »
no, sorry

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General Disconation / Re: Need to try to walk again but ima chickensh*t
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:41:46 PM »
being scared is going to happen no matter what you do to recuperate. Start slow and small like Pal suggested and build confidence.

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Tech Heads / Re: Internet Connection at SKEWL
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:34:46 PM »
You need to go to your IT office before spending any money. It's probably on their end.

This is probably true. Since you already updated drivers, about the only other thing I would expect them to put you off with is antivirus. Make sure you run a scan and are fully windows updated. Then go to them and explain the issue. Either APs can't support the number of connections, or they have an artificial cap on number of connections.

Also, do you always sit in the same spot? If so, try another desk, if possible.

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