Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[4]: Time vs money
by Neolander on Mon 26th Nov 2012 07:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Time vs money"
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IMO, I'd rather do the BYOD thing, if it means I can run whatever software I want, as opposed to having that dictated to me. For example, I hate working in a locked-down corporate environment, where I have to use apps like Windows Explorer, and can't install any 3rd party tools. If it means I have to pay for those tools, I'm good with that, since I'm probably already using them anyway at home.

Yup, annoying sysadmins suck. So far, those which I have met at work have been quite reasonable (either giving us an admin account on our machines, or accepting to install well-known software like Gimp or Firefox on demand), but I have heard horror stories about those who aren't.

I'd argue that even having your own laptop around won't save you from them though, because they have control on much more than just individual machines. Ever worked in one of these places where they block the IMAP and SMTP ports (and their SSL version) for "security reasons" that they won't explain ?

Edited 2012-11-26 08:02 UTC

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RE[5]: Time vs money
by WorknMan on Mon 26th Nov 2012 08:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Time vs money"
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Ever worked in one of these places where they block the IMAP and SMTP ports (and their SSL version) for "security reasons" that they won't explain ?

Yup, I work for such a company. They also, for some inexplicable reason, decided to block all the balloon/popup notifications in the taskbar. I had a ton of scripts that were using this feature, so had to write a custom routine for all of them to get around the block.

If you bother to question any of it, 'corporate policy' is the standard reply. So apparently, some asshole way up stream is making all of these decisions, whom we can never speak to, and who never makes exceptions under any circumstances.

Edited 2012-11-26 08:03 UTC

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RE[6]: Time vs money
by PJBonoVox on Mon 26th Nov 2012 14:30 in reply to "RE[5]: Time vs money"
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Those guys should try working for a videogames company (like I do).

Anything we do that blocks the productivity of the 'workforce' is frowned upon and as such we don't have any draconian policies or revokation of rights at a PC level.

This place runs smooth as silk without them.

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