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It's the bug zapper like lighting

My wife's 4 year old macbook pro runs wow just fine.

He's talking about the new MacBooks (not Pro). MacBook Pro's rock.

Tech Heads / Re: Interviews
« on: Today at 06:42:21 PM »
Marglar and Torrack, thanks for tips. I was hoping Marglar would respond, considering he just went through this, but a bonus from Torarck!

Utumno, let's get a pen t paper, pal...

;) if you get time.

Tech Heads / Re: Interviews
« on: Today at 06:40:49 PM »
I bring this up for two reasons.. one to brag a bit, and the other out of concern for you stunting your own growth. Remember that this new system admin is now going to be in the same boat you're in, and from the sound of the way that company operates, it's going to be incredibly difficult to find the time to cross train them properly, it's going to take a long time to ramp them up. count on a month for them to find their bearings and get through the discovery phase, a couple of months to be semi useful, and 6 months to really be useful.

curious - why are you guys bringing on a system admin to pin the helpdesk work on? why not bring on a a fairly seasoned helpdesk tech? they'd be cheaper, hungrier and more accepting of the kind of work you're going to drop on them. they'd probably feel like they had more of a future there too with some room to grow in.

As far as comparisons to me with this position, a couple of things:

1) We don't have "HelpDesk" positions, as we all do HelpDesk tasks on occasion, including our Director of IT - even VP sometimes.
2) This is a SysAdmin 1 postion and I am a SysAdmin 3, going on 4. This position is expected to do 100% HelpDesk work, which is being communicated in interviews.

In our house, the step from SA1 to SA2 isn't too big; mostly showing some mastery of every day tasks with extremely few errors and some contributions to the ongoing struggle of documentation. There is also the understanding that they will take possession of some lower tier services. There hasn't been anyone to make this step, successfully, since me 5 years ago. We did have an SA2 for about 6 months, but he was making everything twice as hard for everyone and fucking up really stupid shit trying to make projects his own. He got downsized out about 2.5-3 years ago.

There are currently 2 SA1's, one on each coast. The one on the East Coast started just before I did. I have commented in the past that I don't think he'll ever make the jump, but in the last 6 months he has taken on some potentially challenging projects; he may make it some day if he doesn't get downsized out first. The one on my coast has been dragging ass since we hired him. Probably should have fired him a long time ago, but as soon as he gets reprimanded, he takes a step up in his game. It's the weirdest thing to have to reprimand someone to get them to do their job; he already has one mark on his record, from early on, and almost got shit canned a few months ago. He is definitely smart enough to do the job - not sure about the east coast guy - I just don't know if he has the drive/desire.

My Boss' plan over the medium term is to onboard this person to tackle the low hanging fruit that literally interrupts my day, every day, whether it should or not. This frees up more time for current SA1 to start prepping for SA2, which he has expressed interest to me about in the last month, and allowing me to offload the easy Enterprise stuff (Antivirus and Mac desktop work) to him.

I will also not be on primary HelpDesk duties any longer and will become what my Boss said will be, VMware and Cloud Guy. I have been given the OK to take the initial VMware Install/Configure class at Global Knowledge in September, and we were just able to squeeze out some free tickets to AWS re:Invent in Vegas, since our CEO will be doing a talk. I may attempt a AWS SysOps Administrator - Associate while there. Then, after our datacenter move that no one talks about but looks like will happen in 4th quarter this year, I will get green lit for the second VMware class, Optimize and Scale, since I will be supporting it, and prepping me for VCP-DCV 6.

Assuming I manage all this by end of 2nd Quarter 2016, I will have made it, in my mind, to a Senior level Admin/Engineer, and will have soaked up every piece of technology that this company can offer. I will then start the process of deciding to stay or go. As I said elsewhere, the next 12-24 months will make or break some upper management careers. We will have migrated the bulk, if not all, processes to the West Coast or cloud (Office 365 and our Financial Software). My immediate supervisor (and team Manager) and Director of IT will no longer be with the company since they won't move to the West Coast, along with 2 other SA3+ Linux Engineers.

This leaves my VP of IT, Me, and 1 SA1's to run a BioTech research facility supporting 3 OSes, Private Cloud of about 200 servers, HPC/Grid, and 1 Petabyte of storage. That said, currently on the list of new hires is: SA1, NetSec, and HPC/Cloud positions; I have heard that my VP is asking for a storage admin as well, but we'll see. The HPC/Cloud position they are looking to hire, I call the Winged-Unicorn, because it just doesn't exist, and may not ever exist, because they want a full Expert DevOps person (Heavy Dev, Heavy Datacenter Linux), who has specialized in BioInformatics software. That leaves me lots of room to fill, if I decide to stay, but also enough room to bow out, gracefully, if our COO and President remain in power after this debacle. If, at any point, the VP of IT just says fuck it, I will probably bow out too. If they won't listen to him, they won't listen to me.

General Discussion / Re: Hail all!
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:10:15 PM »
meridian 59, wtf? who has that installed? it still around?

Tech Heads / Interviews
« on: July 28, 2015, 02:38:06 PM »
Not me - gotcha!  :angel:

So, they have finally conceded to the request for additional support staff here. They have opened several positions actually, but the one I'm most interested in is the Sys Admin I position that will report to me. This will free me up to stop having to do the majority of helpdesk tasks I have to do. I have also been greenlit to take the first VMware 6 install course and I may be able to get a seat at AWS re:Invent in Vegas. For some reason, in the last week, things have gone dead quiet, so I have picked back up on SQL and IIS studies, as implemented in my Altiris 7.6 deployment. With this exposure, I feel like I will have a much better understanding of enterprise apps in the next month or two.

So, on topic:

How do you run a phone interview? How do you run an onsite interview? If you've done neither, what are some things you have seen or experienced and how did that affect your view of the company/job?

I will certainly not make claims on one being superior to the other. Each is a tool and have best case uses that are (or can be) quite different, but have a lot of overlap these days. As I said, I've been using Windows forever, and have been an SME in OSX since dipping my toes in at 10.6, and took their highest certification in 10.8; not a big deal though, as a small OSX domain is extremely simple to create and manage, and won't scale well to enterprise environments without A LOT more knowledge and experience. I did see a bit of OS 8/9 and few earlier versions of OSX in action, but I stayed away then as I was still building my base Windows knowledge still.

Anyway, I would still say that I disagree at least with the install statement, on the grounds that you think Mac should change to a "Windows" centric method, even though they pre-date Windows and are consistent with their previous versions. I would also add that, you will see that dialogue these days only from 3rd party sources, which are fully capable, with a little bit of research, of adding the text you want to see and have it appear in the dialogue. App Store apps drop right where they need to be, making this a moot point if you're pissed at Apple.


I'm not sure what you are referring to, but having an "Install" button is definition more user friendly since that maps exactly to what you can do with it, instead of having to figure out drag and drop first, which requires figuring out another layer of abstraction first. This has nothing to do with being used to Windows, though 95% of the population are, so there actually is a strong argument to be made that anything that intentionally breaks with that norm, which unfortunately Apple often does, is not as user friendly as it could be.

Not to nerd-out too much, but I think you are overlooking your built-in bias.

I meant that the whole "install process" as you describe it, is a MS Windows concept, and a relatively recent one in the computing world. It would have only been needed when you have a "registry" (a Windows invention), since you would previously either compiled your own, or copy pre-compiled software wherever you wanted it. Even the early install/setup programs (and many still today) are simple copy scripts.

Then, I submit, in the above statement you use circular logic to claim that Macs should do it too, since there are more Windows products on the market and people would be more familiar with that. If you have always been a Mac user (or POSIX) - which predates Windows OS - it would not be your default thought on how to install software.

The first time I saw that dialogue, as an exclusive Windows user since 3.1, I knew exactly what to do. With a bit of intuition, it's easy to figure out. Not to mention that for the majority of that window's creation/usage, it used to tell you in the window to copy/drag it over; also, at some point over the years, you have been able to double click the Applications icon in the dialogue, which opens the Application folder, and show you where all the other apps are. It's a small leap at that point to realize that's where the other apps are, and probably where this app should go.

edit: almost forgot my =>  :nerdglasses:

I'll still dispute mac vs windows stability in present day terms.  Of course it's really fucking hard to do this apples/oranges type comparison well, but my subjective experience as of late is....  a vanilla desktop experience w/windows 8.1 or windows 7 vs my MBP....  windows has been more stable for me in the past year or so.

Maybe the last MBP generation or Yosemite in particular is an aberration?  Don't know.  Weird slowdowns, random lockups, random reboots, sound shit not working due to a wifi config setting in our office - there's just a range of wonkiness I've not seen in Windows for some time.

There are die hard apple fans here that feel the same way (this past year or so).

There are definitely some that blame this on the rapid release cycle. It certainly makes it harder to manage.

I ran the math on newegg box versus imac, and it was something like a ~15% premium for the latter. And that wasn't even factoring in the form factor (small/thin) and energy/noise levels (efficient, practically silent).

15% ?? What were you putting together?

I just looked at Apple's cheapest iMac:
500 GB Storage
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz
8GB memory
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 5000

A) Couldn't even find a 1.4 Ghz dual-core i5 on newegg, and the quad core 3 Ghz was $199.
B) 1TB HDD's are $50 (500 GB as cheap as $42)
C) 8 GB RAM is like $35-40
D) Intel HD graphics? so... no graphics card. Have fun gaming. (Their $1500 model comes with an NVIDIA GT 750, a ~$100 card)

So, for their specs listed, I'm up to about $400 and thats to get a machine that is on par or better than their $1500 model.

Throw in a motherboard($50-100), case($40-100), basic perihperals($30 or less), power supply($60), fans & heatsink(~$80), and a 22" monitor($100) and I'm up to $780-800.

$800 compared to $1500. That's not 15%, closer to 50%.

And if you are like me, when you upgrade your computer you re-use a lot of stuff, so it's much much cheaper to upgrade.

I would certainly agree, on that model, it's a bigger premium. Once you start looking at upper tier configurations, it's more along the lines Sear mentioned.

Not to fuel a PC was Mac flamewar, but macbooks tend to be a pretty good deal unless you pile on upgrades or adapters. PC laptops with comparably sleek design tend to be about as expensive, and they still have trouble with the touchpads. The quality premium on the rest of the Apple line up is harder to motivate but will always be worth it to some.

If I were to single out one thing as the most overhyped part of the Apple ecosystem, it would actually be their software. It is actually worse in some regards (features / interoperability), and their ease of use is greatly exaggerated imo. Example: Installing programs by drag and dropping may be a cute design, but it's not at all obvious  what to do when presented with an installer window just consisting of an unknown icon and an icon of a folder named applications. A big fat "Install" button would have been much easier.

That's only because you assume Windows as the default. It's completely different and even harder to understand in the Linux world.

I am a borderline senior Windows admin and I now run 80-90% in Mac. When you have to support 3 OSes, Apple presents the best perch to do so.

Spamalot / Re: need an image for a coffee mug
« on: July 24, 2015, 12:52:25 AM »
god damn searyx that's the best thing i've seen today    this week   this month


Spamalot / Re: Dear fascist admins
« on: July 21, 2015, 04:43:52 PM »
sorry bra

Spamalot / Re: Little person
« on: July 20, 2015, 07:34:06 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Did you like Ready Player One?
« on: July 14, 2015, 05:10:15 PM »
I really enjoyed the audio book of Ready Player One. Wil does a good job narrating.

I have since read it as well.

General Discussion / Re: Online Genetic Testing
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:50:30 PM »
no idea. they were very limited when they first came out, but no idea what they do now. The $1000 genome is already here. At the current pace, the $100 genome will occur in the next 2-5 years. This tech outpaces Moore's Law by orders of magnitude.

General Discussion / Re: Online Genetic Testing
« on: July 13, 2015, 07:56:12 PM »
43andme. It's cool shit. Would do business again

23 and me

General Discussion / Re: Oh god help! (chiropractic)
« on: July 07, 2015, 01:04:50 AM »
good point Pal.

General Discussion / Re: Oh god help! (chiropractic)
« on: July 06, 2015, 06:41:14 PM »
I used to think chiropractors were bullshit, but I had a ex-marine go a bit off the reservation at work and go on a drunken rant where he started throwing shit around in the shipping/receiving area. I went to try and talk him down from doing anything really bad, and started making some ground, before he was crazy again and started throwing full boxes of razor blades. I dodged the first 2, but caught the 3rd as a glancing blow to the forehead. We eventually had to call the cops, but I was already on to the urgent care for the cut I got.

It wound up being not too bad of a cut, but by the end of the day I started developing headaches, off and on. When I went bad a week later to check on the cut, I told the Doctor. He started feeling out the connection points in the neck and wound up giving me an adjustment. The headache stopped immediately and never came back. I was floored.

There are apparently a class of doctors called osteopaths, that I had never heard of before, that specialize in these things - like chiropractors - and totally changed my mind.

General Discussion / Re: parent's shed caught on fire yesterday
« on: July 02, 2015, 05:17:45 PM »
No they supply water to the shed.

here's your sign

General Discussion / Re: parent's shed caught on fire yesterday
« on: July 02, 2015, 03:13:46 PM »
are those extension cords being run to the shed for power?

General Discussion / Re: Progressive Muslims, they exist.
« on: June 30, 2015, 09:28:41 PM »
nice tulion

by the way, oddly enough i've lately been really lamenting the fact that jon stewart is leaving his gig.  he was really perfect for pointing out this type of bullshit in an easily digestible and entertaining manner (and comedy does seem to be an ideal way of communicating this).  hope someone else can rise to the occasion in the future.

While I agree with the content, the reality is that no one who needed to see it would watch it.


thanks for the link, but now I feel sorry for humanity - moreso than before.

General Discussion / Re: Classic/Vanilla WoW PvP Server
« on: June 27, 2015, 12:34:59 AM »
haha sucker!

(I say that while being hopelessly jealous)

General Discussion / Re: supreme court anticipation station
« on: June 25, 2015, 12:59:52 PM »
thx man. will read when I can.

General Discussion / Re: supreme court anticipation station
« on: June 25, 2015, 12:31:30 PM »
if you find a quick, good article, please post. thx.

General Discussion / Re: Amazon doing Big Things
« on: June 25, 2015, 12:24:57 PM »
watched on amazon's site yesterday. very impressed. Could be christmas presents for everyone

General Discussion / Re: Classic/Vanilla WoW PvP Server
« on: June 22, 2015, 03:27:57 PM »
 Oo Harper's agitated. That's new.  :grin:

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