TikTay or TikTeams or maybe TikTayTeams. Some Rebranding Required...
19 posts • joined 23 Jan 2020
Junk snail mail had its advantages I used to take the unsolicited credit card application from one company and stuff it in the postage paid envelope of another credit card company. I thought they would appreciate the credit offer if I did not and they were paying for it to get mailed.
Also while waiting in airports filling out the postcards that would fall out of the magazines with bogus addresses and stuffing them in the mailbox..
Ah the good old days of getting even.
Like when the cast of "American Pickers" came to do a local show with a "blooper" reel for the audience. How can you have "mistakes" on a "reality" show? Everything is real, right? A real "reality" show will only have single takes. Or it is not reality. Maybe we should call them alternate reality shows.
Over a decade ago I lost nearly all my data to a WD Drive. My fault actually. That back up that was two weeks old, was not really. The 6 month old one was viable.
Then there's the disabling of SMBv1 by Microsoft. Ok, it's insecure, but the NAS manufacturers did not update there firmware, and Amazon et al still sell the old ones, and the Router manufacturers also do the same thing. Yes you can build one (NAS), but buying things off the shelf is no longer really an option. My rescue of the WD data though old was from DVDs I had burned and I have the sense to keep a usb DVD writer around for the truly important stuff with multiple copies made.
Best I can figure is all manufacturers have lost interest and are persuing the sweet subscription stream that is the 'cloud' and making home kit more and more cost prohibitive and offering kit that is no longer reliable.
I'm still running Micrografx Draw from the Win 95 days on Windows 10 64 bit. It still does everything I want and need. It is 32 bit, but the installer was 16 bit. Changed the installer and everything works. I do have Corel Draw loaded and it actually (still) imports the Micrografx format as they bought out Micrografx drawing apps decades ago. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Banks only have to hold a certain amount of cash on hand versus what's in deposits. Perhaps ISPs do the same. "100Mbps? We only have 10 on hand." They must count on only a percentage actually using it all at one time. My movies/music are stored locally and consumed on non-windows devices as SMB became a security risk and microsoft wants you to pay up 'Cos Cloud is better.' How's that work with this degradation? I will not be finding out. Not sure it's the people working from home causing the issues. It's the people 'not' working from home but still home. Overall a non-issue. Degraded video vs respirator. I'll take the video.
In our shop, management hogs all the VPN RDC licenses when OWA, and Teams would do. "Their impotent!" Meanwhile the line workers/admin assistants are denied them, sent home and futily use VMWare and not allowed to use RDC even from those sessions. Those are the ones that actually need to access the DBs, do the record maintenance/updates and keep the whole operation running. It was a battle to get them the dual displays first as they have the actual need for screen real estate. Exec's have only one schedule to maintain, their assistants? All of them.
I've told management several times to effectively use Teams, their employees must actually collaborate on tasks. Teams won't magically make them collaborate, and being in Government, it is against their nature to do so.
Now, working on projects with ITS or anyone under say 35 (mental not physical age)? Different story. Anyone who says 'Sharepoint is great!! Make a Sharepoint site!!'? RUN. Groups/Channels? Those get as confusing as the file/directory trees created/named by engineers using naming conventions as a pseudo DBMS.
This happens all the time in the US at the State level, through contractors. The vast majority of IT workers are H1Bs directly sourced to State IT projects due to the push to decrease the State workforce. Each H1B contracted is not another employee, thus it appears the workforce is being reduced. Good PR. Costs go up tremendously, the Contractor makes a ton and every two years or less we see a complete turnover of project teams and have to start over. It takes over two years to master our existing systems and learn what is expected, and IT is contracted o replace it with a more modern one. The contractors never learn the existing one and completely switch out just before utter failure. I've watched the cycle several times.
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