AboutSystems Engineer since early 2000s.
Skillslinux, windows, servers, storages, networking, desktop support, embeded, iot
Joined devRant on 9/3/2019
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As time goes by, older stuff just does not open in browsers anymore. Ok, so I'm not talking about web pages on the Internet, yet some of this surely applies. I just hate that it's 2020 and I'm facing these issues.
Storage interface uses adobe flash. Some other pos uses java that can not be run in any browser anymore.
Vendors should know better and release a compatible management software that works with this legacy piece of garbage.
I could scream at anyone that says "Out of support".
So far I could find workarounds for my issues, but it requres way too much thought and effort.
You know how you get hired to solve some serious issue and solve it in time, but then get blamed for every fucking thing that is wrong and stuff not even related to the project?
Fucking kill yourself if a thought regarding busting my balls so you get free advice/solution to your problem crosses your mind.
I have helped a lot free of charge. Sometimes I check some new thing out to form an opinion/get experience. But I won't do it anymore for ppl that clearly want to manipulate me and/or are not nice while doing so. It used to work when I was a noob, frightened of my own shadow thinking I might have caused problems while solving something else. Not anymore.3
Stupid fckn assholes telling me their fckn client connects to the server using tls1.2 with ciphers specific to tls1. Stop fckn treating me as if I'm a retard. Fuck you for not knowing shit and writting shit down so you prove to everyone that you're fckn ignorant yourself. Don't get me started on your pki skills. Fckn morrons die, so we can make some progress.2
I once spent a few hours on troubleshooting a simple perl script as a variable showed up empty inside a function. I had no idea it used a local variable instead of the one I defined earlier. I could spend another day on it if one of my colleagues did not help me out. Tnx Andrej.
Universal DBA wanted.
- working with multiple flavours of Sql dbs and operating systems,,
- chance to design, implement and manage secure ha solutions of the above solutions,
- unprecedented time pressure for all above
- no personal life whatsoever,
- your own wfh equipment,
- 24/7 availability
Parents bought me a computer. It was very expensive. No sw included. No sw ever bought as they did not understand what that is. Later on as I was exchanging stuff with others, they forbid me to give away sw. It's not as if they bought it. Those "piracy" days are long gone. Now I buy what I need. I mostly run linux, as I refuse some half made expensive suit to cause me headache. Oh, my parents are also running linux. We do not want to give or take something, right. Very gratefull for that comp. It ran os/2 (I even bought that one) very well and it hosted my bbs for a few years before the internet came along. A great foundation for becoming a sysadmin.
When it comes to installing/accessing banking services I admit I become a total noob. Each bank has a different solution or different version of the same solution used at some other bank. A few times I was helping out accountants to access ebanks across several countries. It took us two full days. I was on phone with support most of the time.Even problems like "Perhaps you had not registered this certificate to this username" popped up - a shot in the dark from my part that proved to be the solution.
I have no idea how an ordinary user with not much computer skills is supposed to set this up.3
Heard this one a few daya ago...
Man: What's your name, beautifull?
Woman: I'm Carmen. Because I love them both... cars and men. What's your name?
Man: Call me Beerf**k.1
Is dev in a slump for real?
I think that junior devs are a dime a dozen. But lead devs with experience in ha architecture and database are very much sought after, imho.
Perhaps the main problem is that most devs do not get involved in how the underlying stuff works. I know some that do and they are well respected.4
Best documentation seen included all required steps for installation and config files with comments explaining each config line.
Worst documentation was a non-existant one for bunch of stuff that is critical for operation. Some ppl knowing some minor parts of solutions used not knowing what is legacy and what not.
What might replace email in the future?
Email is a very old concept based on a legacy technology and rules. It used to be some tech for g33ks, then it became all serious and all business. People who did not uderstand its flaws adopted it as standard and that was just idiotic back then. Now sysadmins are working hard to make it more secure. I don't care bout tls implementation as every email server has those messages stored in clear text, as encryption is not a default. Most people still find it secure. Just dumb.24
How does 2FA and https help, when site forwards all traffic from cloudfront to their actual servers in plain http?5
Me and my buddy sysadmin wondered how to get the fastest response from a client that was otherwise slow to respond over email. We needed to test their new email server.
So... we figured, hey... sars is spreading globally, let's use that.
The email went like "Critical warning! Your computer got infected with sars. Contact your sysadmins immediately.'
So she did. Success! Email server working fine. Tested in less then 5min, some sort of a record.
ROTFL trying to keep a straight voice over the phone with tears in our eyes.
Priceless experience for all involved. Interestingly, the client was cool enough to accept this as a harmless prank. Thank god for that.
For me, programming is translating and transforming a human expectation of how a computer can help, into a code. I am no coder per say, but I can "tell" a computer what to do far more successfully then I can a fellow human.8
PM asked to mass configure the embeded system's wifi settings on remote locations where utp connection is not an option. No pre-configuration available. Systems already shipped.
PM: "You will configure it in puppet later on, right?"
Me: "Sure thing, boss."
Some things are best tought through experience.
Client had a rule that the backup must finish successfully. I saw a bunch of empty backups in the green for the stuff our company was responsible for back then. I saw that the nfs folders got copied over empty as the folders were not mounted. Me: "You ppl do not have your databases backed up." Client :"Sure we do, look at the backup job status. It's all green." Me: "It's also 0MB in size." Client: " Must be good compression."
Me: "That must be it."12
Hidding file extensions.
For security reasons do not enable hidding file extensions.
Some have already seen this one. I almost died laughing. Tears and all.
Grammarly... how much does it cost to get a live feed of what a specific person is typing within a browser?
Do we really need another spyware extension?
I still remember when Win98 got to the EOL. A few weeks later, all hell broke loose due to its volnurabilities. I got a virus while installing the os due to having it connected to the internet. With WinXP things did not get as bad. Who knows - perhaps Win7 will stay known as the ultimate stable Windows os to date.
Used to work for a company that offered outsourcing services to clients. One time a sales person passed me a description of what is to be done as: "copy some data from old to these two new servers". He charged pocket change for that task. Told me what servers to bring along.
When I get there, the IT person in charge told me to migrate two separate Active Directory servers to new machines.
Generally it's all just moving some data around. Though AD migration is a pretty easy task once you know how to do, I still take it as undermining the value of skills required to do it.
When you gain enough experience, you can use devRant as a knowledge base for all current issues. :-)
Many years ago I brought a new server with latest SLES linux installed to a customer. Back then you needed to write your own X11 configuration. So while writing it for the customer's monitor, one of the PhDs approached me saying "Oh my god! We're in the 21 century, and you just brought in a computer that opens a terminal prompt?! - We used to work like this 20 years ago. Why don't you take it back and bring us something modern to work with?"2
Long time ago...
I've been migrating users to new Exchange server along with the whole AD domain and such.
I knew that most of the ppl there were out in the field working. I needed to confirm that email is working after switching MX record. The person who was in the office for sure was kind of reluctant to reply fast to my emails.
So I've written an email that stated:
Your computer is infected with a <whatever the latest globally spreading threat to humans was back then>. Please contact your admin as soon as possible."
Guess what... I've received a call in record time. I did my best to explain the email to the customer while trying not to burst in tears laughing.
Not my most professional moment.1
Accounting: Can you not aggregate your orders? Why do you keep coming in with new orders each week?
Me: Sure, I'll go tell the servers to aggregate failures.4
A coworker came into my office today telling me that she cannot make any calls from any software using any kind of headspeaker sets (tried bt, usb, audio cable).
The audio device was not available. I open updates, run "install" - all updates fail except defender definitions. Audio is back.
Tnx MS, you make my day so fun as I get to explain why this happens.