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Another indication that M$ is Changing (Windows -> OSS?)

From: Wil Wade 
Via Hacker News:

The other headline could be: A "top engineer" at Microsoft isn't fired be
suggesting that Windows could be Open Sourced.

We have talked about it before how Microsoft is changing, but I think the
importance here is how much OSS has gone from "I don't trust open source"
(actual quote from a co-worker, who was later fired...) to the
understanding that having (at least certain things) a common base to build
on helps everyone.

Ether that or Microsoft is following the demise of other companies hoping
that the company can stay afloat if they just open source everything.
(Don't think that is the case)

Other thoughts?

Linux has spoiled me

From: Mike Harrison 
Just ranting while watching things download and install on an MS-Server:

I’m building a testbed for some future Linux integration with Microsoft Biztalk, an “enterprise service bus / message queue” on a VM. I’m a few days of playing around, on my 4th install (I’ve made some stupid mistakes and had to start over) and learned a lot. 

Mostly what I’ve learned from the Linux and Mac worlds is: I’m spoiled. 

Linux servers, until you get into really weird stuff, just seem to be couple of yum installs or apt-get’s away from having just about anything you would normally want, up and running. On the weirder stuff, you might have to add a few things from the standard apt/yum/etc repo’s and then either use a private repo or compile something from scratch. Compiling being a rarer option than it used to be, but is still a good option for special cases. 

I’m pretty crusty on MS-Stuff, so I’ve had to learn a lot that I have intentionally forgotten. But what really surprises me is how different the processes are for installing various Microsoft products. Although the “Server Manager” has a decent start with “Add roles and features” it’s a subset of things, and I think it is missing some common essentials. For other things I’ve had to download installers and run them, use “CAB’s” and “Box’s”.. the weirdest one was install a 32 bit version of Excel, on a 64 bit Server OS because “BAM” requires it and won’t work on 32 bit.. I’ve lost track of the reboots, extra installations... uninstalls (SQL Server Express is installed with Visual Studio, but must be removed so you can install SQL Server).. Obscure menu tree hunting to find an option to turn on or off…  I’ve even found and been following several different official how-to’s that do not agree. But it works. Or at least seems to be. I have yet to use it for anything. It’s obvious that Microsoft has groups that don’t “come together” on how to install software, deal with requirements. Microsoft seems to be missing a company/product line wide package manager, and that seems to be a very antiquated thought process. and some things seem to be only available in 32 bit.. like the BI Tools for Visual Studio. Come on Microsoft, why would things you would run on a nice 64 bit server, requiring 32 bit packages for support? 

That a worldwide collective of a wide range of Linux programmer and sysadmins do such a great job of repositories and installations from them, makes me realize how spoiled I have become, and how thankful I am for everyone’s efforts. 

MS-Biztalk Wizard (that is Linux Friendly) needed

From: Mike Harrison 
I’m trying to help a foreign company with an integration project. Many of their systems are Linux/AIX/Sun/*nix, and some are not. 
Their goal is to use Microsoft Biztalk as an Enterprise Service Bus / Message Queueing interface point for multiple systems. Some of which understand CSV via file imports, some via XML via file imports, some via XML and REST and/or SOAP. They will need to do some data transformations: CSV in, XML out, etc.. 

What they need is an experienced mercenary MS-Biztalk expert that can help them, on site, do integration and train a talented motivated utility employee in care, feeding and minor tweaks. 
You would have to spend some time in the pleasant resort destination country. Probably several weeks over a handful of trips.  It might be possible to take a spouse (you would pay their airfare, some expenses) and they would enjoy the location. 

Specifically looking for the kind of person that can do actual configs, tuning and data transformational code while on site in their test/dev sandbox and possibly help move it to the production systems. As I understand it, the best way to do that with Biztalk is via Visual Studio and specific Biztalk tools. Not my worlds.  

Language: English, Pay and Travel: Corporate expert rates and expenses. 

Caveat: I may be one of the Linux geeks you’d be interfacing with and I’m in charge of the overall project. That can be very good, or bad. :)

Apply by contacting me directly first. I’ll reply with more formal information. Trying to do this via informal networking channels before hitting the recruiters and job boards. 


From the Comments of a Linux to Win 8 Test

From: Jonathan Calloway 
I can=E2=80=99t help but to add this thought.  I wonder how many of us =
will say / do / think the same thing about Windows 10?

> On Mar 19, 2015, at 9:05 AM, Wil Wade  wrote:
> So on Hacker News was posted this article:
> "Developer trying out Windows 8.1 after 8 years with Linux "
> =

From the Comments of a Linux to Win 8 Test

From: Wil Wade 
So on Hacker News was posted this article:

"Developer trying out Windows 8.1 after 8 years with Linux "

Treating developers well...

From: Mike Harrison 

> On Mar 11, 2015, at 12:25 PM, Eric Wolf  wrote:
> And if you ever want to develop a higher opinion for Microsoft, just try developing for VMware. Microsoft has always had very good developer support. VMware treats developers as a revenue source.

I’ve been impressed recently that I easily downloaded and am playing with M$-Server 2012R2 and M$-SQL 2012 with a 180 day eval license (and some other toys)  More than enough for evaluating and figuring out of I can make things work that I need to.. (I’ll be using Linux, but need to emulate the other side for dev/testing). And while there is a lot I don’t like about the M$-world, I’m impressed that they have come a long way since I last played, yet dismayed at the inconsistent interfaces, and complete lack of useful error messages in the event system. “Could not connect to object” is not very useful. But yes, will agree: much more dev/testing friendly than I remember Microsoft being. 

OT: Job Opportunity: American Poolplayers Association

From: Lisa Ridley 
I know this is a LUG list, but I also know there are a couple of people =
actively job hunting so I thought I would pass this along =97 I saw it =
this morning when got online to check if our pool team stats were posted =
yet this week:

The American Poolplayers Association is looking for a Sr Software =
Engineer to act as a Development Team Leader in their Lake St. Louis =
office.  If you have experience with MSSQL Server and ASP.NET, and are =
willing to relocate, check this out:

Here=92s what I know about their system that=92s not in this job =

1.  They have a public facing site that has advertising and educational =
materials on it.
2.  They have a member portal where individual members can log in and =
see their team stats & personal stats =97 current and historical , renew =
memberships, and get an electronic copy of their APA membership card, =
which has to be presented along with a picture ID as proof of identity =
if you are playing in an APA sanctioned tournament anywhere in the US, =
including the national tournament in Las Vegas, get an electronic copy =
of the scoresheet for upcoming local league matches, etc.
3.  They have a franchise owner portal where the franchise operators for =
the different local leagues (ours here covers Hamilton, Bradley, Marion =
and Rhea counties in TN) log in every week and, among other things, =
enter the individual match sheets for every match played that week in =
their franchise territory (which the National APA uses for a variety of =
things, including handicap assessment of individuals for tournament =
play), team fees and other things that franchise operators must do to =
run their franchise.  There is also a section where local league =
operators can set up a league website for their area, that is currently =
not used =97 much of the functionality in that section is broken.
4.  The entire website is dated (no responsiveness, no mobile =
capabilities, etc), and needs some serious help.  I emailed them about 4 =
months ago as a member inquiring if there was someone I could talk to =
about helping them fix some of their website issues, but never got to =
the right person and didn=92t continue to pursue it.

I detest and MSSQL, and have little experience in that realm =
(plus don=92t want to move to Lake St. Louis) or I would pursue it =
myself.  You probably get 3 or 4 free trips to Vegas to National =
Tournaments every year as part of the job =97 nice perk.

If you are a Microsoft Techie and are open to working in Lake St. Louis, =
could be a cool opportunity.  If you can convince them to abandon =
Microsoft and and move to open source, even better.  If you =
pursue the job and get it, let me know please.=

a rather humbling experience

From: Ed King 
Y'all know I'm probably the most humble person on the list, never ever toot my own horn

I've got 8 years of Oracle DBA experience (Hamilton County) and I've been doing PostgreSQL continuously since year 2000, and Mysql continuously since 2011 (avoided it for the longest because I thought it was a toy database).   A "mega crap ton" of db activity (translation: $$$$$$$ in revenue) has taken place on databases/servers I've installed/maintained over the years.

A tech recruiter recently contacted me via LinkedIn about a "SQL DBA" opportunity.  I told her, straight up, that I was very comfortable with Postgresql, Mysql, and Oracle, but not so much experience with Microsoft SQL Server,  but I figure "a database is a database" and surely 15 years of DBA experience should be "transferable skill", right???   

So yesterday I took a ProveIt! test for Microsoft DBA.   

Ahahahahahahahaha...    I'm not gonna say what my score was.    Or maybe I should be proud of it?

I can't share the test questions since I had to "agreee" that the contents of the test were proprietary or whatever, but I really didn't think the questions could "prove" someone's DBA skill, even if they were familiar with all the microsoft-centric terminology.

Raspberry Pi 2 - Now with Windows 10!

From: Phil Sieg 

I think it is a win!

Just wish there was a 2GB and 4GB ram version=E2=80=A6

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapf=C5=8Dn=C2=AE

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. =
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

> On Feb 2, 2015, at 11:59 AM, Chad Smith  wrote:
> =

> =46rom the announcement:
> Let's get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 =
is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), =
> A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance)
> 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory)
> Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1
> Because it has an ARMv7 processor, it can run the full range of ARM =
GNU/Linux distributions, including Snappy Ubuntu Core, as well as =
Microsoft Windows 10.
> Microsoft has said that in the next few months, they are going to =
introduce a *Free* version of Windows 10 designed to work on the =
Raspberry Pi 2.
> =

> What do you guys think?
> - Chad W. Smith

Linus says we must party

From: Mike Harrison 

Our glorious and benevolent leader has proclaimed:
"Wear silly hats, get a banner printed that says "Leap Second Doomsday Party", and get silly drunk. You'll blink, and it's over, but at least you'll have the hangover next day to remind you of that glorious but fleeting extra second."
What: Leap Second Party When: June 30th, 2015, 7pm until ??? (staying up to Midnight is optional. We'll toast the leap second at 9pm.. and 10pm.. and... ) Where: 1031 Lower Brow Road, Signal Mtn TN Bring: Yourself and others, a smile, good stories Leave: Grudges, Microsoft systems, bad mojo.

"Best computer you can buy for $499"

From: John Aldrich 

Microsoft Surface Pro. Wonder if you can wipe it and install Linux or
Android? :)

  John Aldrich

A nice laptop to install Linux on

From: Phil Shapiro 

After disabling Secure Boot, this would be a great laptop to wipe Windows and install Linux on. 

Quad core processor. Weighs 2 pounds. I could go for that. 

Then I'd ask Microsoft to send me a refund for the Windows I didn't use. 



Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

[OT] Job Posting

From: Benjamin Stewart 
Astec Industries, the company I work for, is searching for candidates for
an IT Help Desk position here in Chattanooga. It's mostly a Windows shop,
but we do use Linux occasionally where we can. Our IT department is a small
team, so there's lots of room to learn new skills, and every day is

Send resumes to

HR speak follows:

Linux @ 23 of 85 top Disruptive Ideas since 1929

From: Dave Brockman 
On 12/4/2014 8:28 PM, Wil Wade wrote:
> "The 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History" [Our being Business Week's
> 85 year history]
> Open Source/Linux (not GNU :( ) came in at 23.
> Interesting that Apple was at 10 and Microsoft was no where to be seen
> except that they bought a small company named Forethought at 53.

And Apple gets credit for the "smartphone" in 2007. Guess they only 
bothered to define a smartphone as an iphone, I know there were 
PDA+phone devices in the late/mid 90s, and I could browse on non-apple 
products waaaay before 2007. I guess Novell and MS actually replacing 
mainframes in the first place doesn't deserve a spot here, but < 15% 
desktop market share, < 1% server market share, and < 15% global mobile 
market share earns you lots of places in this silly list.  Writer/Editor 
is a FanBoi?

And it calls Linux an Operating System, so GNU is silently and 
implicitly included in that statement, because we all know that Linux is 
just a kernel, and without GNU, well, then you boot the Linux kernel and 
run BSD or Solaris or some other weird shit that just makes you feel 



Linux @ 23 of 85 top Disruptive Ideas since 1929

From: Wil Wade 
"The 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History" [Our being Business Week's 85
year history]

Open Source/Linux (not GNU :( ) came in at 23.

Interesting that Apple was at 10 and Microsoft was no where to be seen
except that they bought a small company named Forethought at 53.

HP announces $99 dollar winders Tablet

From: Rod-Lists 
supposedly free 4g

Wonder how ubuntu's tablet os will run on it?

Chugalunch Reminder

From: Mike Harrison 

A gathering of Linux users and interested parties, Today at Waterhouse Pavi=
llion about Noonish. =

I=92ll have a small Tux doll on the table. =

All are welcome. Practicing Radical Inclusion: Even Microsofties are welcom=
e. =

Bring your own food/drink.. =

Mike Harrison  =

423 605 6943
Skype: meuoned

Somewhat OT: Chattanooga Salaries?

From: William Roush 
What is everyone's experiences regarding Chattanooga and it's IT 
salaries compared to other places?

On one hand, I'm told we're /significantly (>15%) /lower by some sources 
(mostly a handful of people), but others like Glassdoor say we're pretty 
competitive except vs. some of the biggest players (Google, Microsoft, 
etc.), and my personal experiences so far seem to generally agree with 
that within a certain degree of sway.

Your experiences/opinions?

Who Died and Made Microsoft Internet Police?

From: Jonathan Calloway 

I guess it could be worse, McAfee and Norton could have started doing =
this years ago. . . Maybe they do. . . .=20