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Discussions - Public / Messengers - viber, telegram, whatsapp, etc?
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:10:42 pm »

Anybody use these mobile device messengers such as viber and telegram? Whatsapp is supposedly the most popular in the world.
Signal is endorsed by Snowden and it replaces your standard text messenger but I am not sure if they charge you for international messaging, or it's free. It appears to be free as voice-over-IP, not a text message.

All of them are encrypted.

Most if not all of these have desktop versions.

The advantage is, stuck in an international airport somewhere, you can send messages for free instead of paying so many cents per minute for a text or phone call. Yeah, you can also make free phone calls via viber and the rest of them. Whatsapp does video.

Discussions - Public / My expectations from this forum
« on: March 04, 2018, 05:39:30 pm »
This is not completely OT.  I think of this forum as a once a week gathering of consultants to engage in shop talk, clients and misc items. Such as the current political climate. Which is really inseparable from the aforementioned issues. Who gets elected and who directs the budget has a direct impact upon your current and future gigs.  Then there is the ever-present H1 Visa issue. That too is political to the Nth degree.

But "shop talk" bores me most of the time, including technical stuff. I am up to my eyeballs in it during the week and after 17:00 hours it's anything but shop talk, please. I suspect 99% of "computer consultants" feel the same way. Who wants to extend the workday to 22:00 hours or so and think about that stuff? Well, the most dedicated, that's who. The rock-star type consultants.

I would rather talk about gardening, V8 chebby engine mods or just some random complaint about something. Usually social or political in nature.

If auto repair mechanics got together on weekends, I doubt very much  they would talk about spark plug gaps or which ratchet is better, snap-on or Craftsman. Usually  such conversations quickly degrade towards obscene subjects. Much as in our case. I think 90% of the stuff posted here over the years has no direct relevance to the field, but that's OK. We do have a common denominator.

I am trying not to think about IT at all after 4:30PM, I mentally and completely check out. If I do, I risk damage to my sanity.  I am just overly, completely saturated in that feces. I need a breath of fresh air. Would you hang out with your co-workers after hours?


I enjoy reading some of the posts here, it's like reading a book at times and you can comment if you have to.  I am also frustrated with the idiot contigent of IT people, they take so little initiative about anything. I don't feel there is a "we", or "us".

I went to this computer consultants meeting when I worked in Milwaukee, it was downright hostile. The vibe was, No, I will not tell you about any clients who engage in X, Y or Z. Let's talk about the current football game on TV (it was in a sports bar setting).  They just royally pissed me off. I was the most junior member there and there were only about 2 people present. Sadly, this is a good representation of the field in general. Nobody collaborates or shares or supports fellow team members. It's lone-wolf type tactic and every man for himself. Even when they do get together, meaningful information exchange stays on a very token level.

A forum such as this one is great in theory and practice. But a local FTF based forum is another good idea if we could exchange clients contacts and info and stuff, something business-oriented and all in the context of a "fun" after hours water cooler type discussion, highly informal. But I don't know anything and even if I did, I could predict their behavior. Which would be downright hostile or resentful.  They literally don't want you to succeed. When I think of such engagements, I think of a watering hole in Africa, you know the type where they set up time-lapse cams. You see zebras fighting lions and elephants for their chance at a limited resource - our field is exactly the same.
The olde Janet's forum was a perfect example of a poisoned water hole that it was.   I got the constant condescending vibe of this F-ing kid, we don't want you to succeed so let's hammer this nail in. *This* forum is better - actually much better. But.

The level of social cohesiveness royally sucks. But I don't think it's a thing that's exclusive to the IT field.   Come to think of it's it's like that in  every field. Plumbers are the same way.  And likely in every country in the world.

All Technology & Tech Help / MSI Gaming laptops
« on: February 24, 2018, 09:05:34 am »

Not my pic but I have this model. GT80. Loaded with 4 SSDs and other cool stuff. Technically the machine is from 2015 but I got it new last year. Boots in 20 seconds and is pretty fast.

The mechanical keyboard kicks ass. I just love the clicketty clack.  I could type all day on it.  My only complaint it's not 4K but it's a moot point because I run a 4K device connected via HDMI.  And with 1080, you do get better battery life.

All Technology & Tech Help / So they upgraded from Windows 7 to 10...
« on: January 27, 2018, 02:57:26 pm »

they said your windows 7 machine will be quarantined by such and such date.

All Technology & Tech Help / what are some cool computer news sites?
« on: January 05, 2018, 07:38:14 am »
Computer as in hardware developments and news and what the next great thing will be. Case in point, SSD, processors, monitors and stuff.
Cryptocurrency seems to be a permanent part of the IT landscape.

What is that bit about processor flaw I see floating around.

Sick to death of political forums.

Discussions - Public / is everyone MIA in this snow apocalypse?
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:23:28 am »
We got 1" in DC.
Definitely time to hit  the bunker.

Schools are closed.

Discussions - Public / Latest season of Black Mirror on Netflix
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:04:44 pm »
Kinda interesting. I am engaged in it right now.

I think it's a giant step backwards.

The control panel does not show up in the default when you hit Win-x, you have to use cortana or search for it. Or add it.

Took me 15 minutes to figure out how to change a user's password. In Seven, it was all of 20 seconds.  Seems they changed things around just for the sake of changing them. Without actually improving anything.

Discussions - Public / Virginia country and the DC area
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:20:45 pm »
So I drove about 1.5 hours away from DC and a what a change in scenery. I hadn't realized I've become a DC person or more precisely, a NoVA resident. You drive about 60 miles from the area and it's a completely different social contingent you engage. Pickups trucks, rude behavior, just a few notches lower on the politeness scale.

It's not that I mind confederate bumper stickers or shotguns on the gun racks.  I don't.  But there is something about their lack of sophistication.

DC area is such a bubble.  Such an unreal bubble.  And when you rejoin the reality that surrounds it, it's a shock.

Discussions - Public / Thoughts on cryptocurrency
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:42:59 pm »

Is this thing a form of madness?

I mean there is nothing there but some bits in a database somewhere, all encrypted.The block chain. I get the technical concepts (more or less) but from the economic standpoint, this thing is as bad or even worse than the federal reserve note.

There isn't even tangible paper present. Am I correct in understanding they won't ever expand the volume of the currency, but who can enforce this? can't rules be changed? So what if one day you have the cryptocurrency (bitcoin) equivalent of $10,000 and then the next day it's 10 cents?

I get that the anonymity and the privacy are a good thing, but we are still trading zeroes in the purest sense.

Discussions - Public / Netflix: The IT Crowd
« on: November 04, 2017, 07:19:10 pm »

Currently engaged in that show, looks promising.

All Technology & Tech Help / Dell came out with an 8K monitor
« on: October 30, 2017, 04:09:18 pm »

So there it is. All my ultra - bluray whatever disks are obsolete and I have just 2. Likely wont buy anymore until 8K is solidified.

Dell UP3218K

That's what I want for Christmas.  Meaning 2025 Christmas.  When the price comes down from the $4K mark.

All Technology & Tech Help / Buying hardware one generation behind
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:43:16 pm »

I don't think I ever bought a shiny new expensive computer in my life.  Well, maybe once and that thing had 8MB of RAM.

The rest of the machines I got since my starving college student days,  I have always gotten them when they were about 2 years old and were pretty high end when new. Given how rapidly technology depreciates and how fast new things are introduced that's not hard. Yet the old tech doesn't suddenly turn into old typewriters. It's still very fast and respectable.

Case in point, just a few years ago, 4K displays were the shiny new fad. Not anymore. Even before it got widespread, it got -- well, *will* get replaced by 8K.  I suppose 4K will become the de facto standard before getting displaced like 1080.   Dell just introduced a stunning new monitor in 8K. I thought it was just a theoretical thing but no, it's reality. Right here and right now. I think it's price is very reasonable given how new and progressive it is. I think it's about 3.5 grand? That's in line with that 4K was when introduced and I think similar to what "regular" HD used to cost when introduced, what, 15 years ago?

I scored a huge 4K monitor for only 750. Damn.  4K prices are hitting the floor. Nobody will pay 2-3 grand for yesterday's technology.


So Williams Hall will get renamed Vishnu Hall.

I feel so excluded as a minority.

All Technology & Tech Help / So I jumped on the 4K bandwagon
« on: August 20, 2017, 06:11:57 pm »
Actually I did so last Black Friday when I got a 4K Tee-Vee and has it has been a mesmerizing experience.

I just got a 4K monitor.

The first reaction is, wow, it's so sharp. Wow it's so bright.

And, wow, it's so tiny.  I kept it 8 inches from my face until I gave up and adjusted the scaling to 125%. Windows recommended 150%.  You need a microscope
for the 100% version. I got a 27" 4K but I what I really wanted, the 32" model is still pricey.

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