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They can work around the clock, no breaks or benefits. They would quickly pay for themselves.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Short term projects?
« on: May 10, 2018, 07:47:06 pm »
My experience is quite dated since I needed a steady income, though I've experienced the same as both an employee and contractor. There was often no planning or specs and the ones in charge were clueless. As stated, part of the problem is the millennials with their 'know it all' attitude, want it now and don't want to pay for it.

The other part as I experienced it was a combination of Agile crap and micromanagement. In order for agile to work, it assumes the team knows what it's doing. Either through its customers, a business analyst or something. You can't have the blind, leading the blind. The other part is having a manager that can't leave anything alone and thinks he alone has all the answers. So he will push what he wants and chop out what he thinks is unnecessary.

This has gotten worse as time has gone on. I've had parts of projects whacked because the client didn't want to pay for it. Had a client "renegotiate" a contract AFTER it was completed. Had a client "peer review" my code so they could steal it, without payment. Had a client intentionally derailing my progress until I was no longer needed. Later I found out I was there to buy them time, not to find a solution. I've seen projects get cancelled in the final stages of testing, where they brought in 6 to 10 contractors over a year to complete it.

I have also talked to IT managers where work was sent offshore, knowing that the project would either fail or be cancelled. Their thinking was it was cheaper to offshore it than do it here. I was thinking why do it at all but often it was out of their hands.

I've also had a 2 - 3 month assignment run 1 year. And my best one was a short term project that ran for nearly 9 years, as part of a consulting agency. So you never know what you might run into.

In general things are worse than they used to be but hopefully you find a good client. Your new norm might be many more shorter term projects.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Did you ever visit the Dark Web?
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:12:28 am »
Oh, so the plot thickens...

First am I correct in saying that you can use Tor as a kind of VPN to hide your traffic, bounce it around a bit and have it connect to a normal website? I know that works but the only thing I gain is no prying eyes from my wifi provider, correct? So even if you connect to a wifi honey pot, they don't get anything useful?

Second, with .onion there is a whole other network that is not accessible without Tor. It's more than just "not indexed".

Third, if by chance you "knew" the IP of a .onion site, what would you get using a regular browser? I'm guessing nothing other than some handshaking since the two are not compatible?

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Did you ever visit the Dark Web?
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:01:34 am »
You bring up a great point! I always thought that the "Dark Web" was just like you stated, simply sites that have not been indexed or publicly known.

Yet I sometimes hear about how you have to use Tor or special protocols or some kind of magic because it's all scary. So which is it? I suspect it's people that don't know what they are talking about but I wonder if there's a part of the web that requires something special?

In the end it's all IP addresses and maybe the "magic" is knowing what you're connecting to and the appropriate protocol? Not every site is a web server, and I've seen people discover ftp sites like it's a new continent.  Heck, you can have a service sitting at an IP that's very specific and it can look all "magical".

Here's a throw back about the dark web, ever have your modem randomly dial numbers and see what it connects to?

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Did you ever visit the Dark Web?
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:22:44 pm »
I've heard some of that too, where they can look at packet delays and other quirks to track down where you are. I would think at some point the "selected pool" gets small enough that a brute force approach can single out who they are looking for.

Being targeted just for checking out Tor is weird. The government created it but if you check it out, to see your tax dollars at work, then you get put on a list? Yikes, I routinely use Tor at work to keep my employer out. No need for them to see my job search during lunch.

Oh, what if everyone used Tor and the dark web? Then their database would be useless since it would include all users.

On a side note, I like how the article once again refers to Snowden. Love him or hate him but without him, how much of this would be unknown?

I never considered a crash in Linux with an encrypted drive being open. What about in Windows? Do you still use Veracrypt or switched to something like Axcrypt, which I believe also uses individual files instead of one large file in Windows?

The easy backups and crashing one file vs the entire volume is a huge factor but again, how big is the volume and how often does it crash? Also I've never compared the two either.

Discussions - Public / Re: what a nice weekend
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:04:04 pm »
I'm still digging out from a snow storm / blizzard. Winters feel like they are 6 months long.

Every time Windows changes, you can't find anything. I have no idea why they keep doing this. Same thing with their programming languages. They just keep spinning the same old thing in new ways with different names. Plus they over-complicate operations, like connecting to a database and getting some data. Some tools make it so easy but I need an ADO book for MS stuff.

With that said, who here has gotten use to the ribbon in Office? Know their way around and prefer it to over the "old" menu system?

So I guess that Snowden wasn't too far off the mark when he asked people to put their phones in the fridge when 'visiting'.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: New Browsers
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:18:02 pm »
Thanks for the info! I clearly have an outdated Firefox version with most scripting turned off and as noted above, it's a pain at times. I'm amazed with how much crap and scripting are on some sites. I guess it makes sense to off-load your server but at the same time I just want a clean, simple site that doesn't need tons a scripts just to display their home page.

Thanks for the tip. Our first house (which we are getting ready to sell) was built in 1905 and is full of 2 prong plugs. I regularly plug in surge protects with the 2-3 prong adapter. So basically its a waste of time what we are doing. Need to do updates which we won't be doing as I want to sell it.

As I understand it, correct, it's a waste of time since there's nowhere for the surge to go.

My home was built in 1922 and when I updated the power, I had the electrician add whole house surge protection. Ha-ha, he had to read up on that and told me he never heard of that. Regardless the house is protected from anything from outside, less a direct lightening strike.

This is better than nothing but if something goes bad inside the house, it can still take out everything plugged in. So it's a good idea to have individual surge protectors on your TV's, stereo, computer, etc., except as you mentioned, that doesn't work for our houses.

I wonder if surges happen so fast that it would trip a GFCI? Thus kind of acting as a surge protector? That's one thing you can upgrade to with old 2-wire houses, but you need to label it No Electrical Ground.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Stock photo sites
« on: December 12, 2017, 05:20:15 pm »
Thanks for all the feedback! She discovered Unsplash just before hearing back from me but appreciated the recommendation and felt good about her choice. She has a budget and is willing to buy something if it meets her needs.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Stock photo sites
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:45:48 pm »
Thanks for the tip. I guess since the site wants you to buy stuff, they make it easy to narrow down your choices.

Tangent alert! This reminds me of searching for apps for my phone. Yes, my old flip phone finally died and I upgraded to a "smart phone". I think that means you have to be smart to use it, not the phone. Short of it is, how do you find a "quality" app? Some are obvious but others are junk with high ratings.

Thanks again. I'll pass it on and see what happens.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Are All LED TVs Pretty Much The Same?
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:37:54 pm »
It might be the video technology. The MPEG. The same data loss that makes some scenes with uniform background colors blocky.

So you're suggesting it might be the video feed?

Hmm, so it still comes down to the TV or just the feed? I'm trying to remember if different TV's with the same program, had the same problem? I don't think so. If that's the case, then not all TV's unpack the data the same way, which sounds like nonsense. But maybe you're paying for post processing of the video before it's displayed? Just to clarify, the TV's are not all the same.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Stock photo sites
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:26:47 pm »
Gorn! Of course I'm a web designer, just not a very good one! Ha-ha. (I know what I want but can't get there without training wheels. More of a back-end guy.)

How the web has grown. I'm thinking there's about a dozen sites at best with decent stuff, so this is easy but maybe not so? Gosh, do I miss working for a big company with an in-house art department? Need something? They will take care of it plus it added a consistent look and feel. Guess those days are long gone.

Short story is my sister got tasked with doing the flyer and whatever else they need for their ribbon cutting (expanding their service area). She was frustrated with the prices she was seeing for garbage stock photos and asked me for help.

I Googled a bit but thought we're all like minded, so why not ask and just cut to the chase? Also I'm not sure what is out there since if you search for 'ribbon cutting' you get a lot of "other people". I suggested she take her own photos if she can't find anything since she doesn't have an art department to hit up.

Personally I think she's overthinking this by wanting to do a good job. Show some scissors, a ribbon, the info you need and you're done. Hmm, maybe I'll show her several good examples of other people's ribbon cutting flyers, though I'm sure she already has something in mind.

Also looking at ribbon cutting photos, where do they get a pair of ridiculously oversized scissors? Not exactly something you find at Hobby-Lobby.

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