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10 types of system administrators you’ll encounter in the field

  • Date: July 17th, 2010
  • Author: Justin James

The world of IT is filled with interesting characters. System administrators are human just like the rest of us, and some have such standout personalities that we remember them for a long time. Here is a humorous look at 10 types of sys admins you may encounter in the wild. You might even find yourself on the list.

Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.

1: Over-caffeinated Man

We all know that IT departments require caffeine as a critical resource. It’s right up there with electricity and paychecks in terms of getting things done. But a few system administrators take this a bit too far. They drink so much coffee they’re constantly changing from an unstoppable ball of energy to a morose sack of caffeine withdrawal. This type is easily spotted by the innumerable brown stains on their shirts (soda or coffee) and their wild, bloodshot eyes.

2: Rebel Without a Clue

Ever meet the administrator who acts as if the company is the enemy instead of the employer? I know I’ve met a few. These admins treat the spare parts shelf as a treasure trove to be raided whenever their personal PC breaks down. They constantly work around the rules when they don’t like them. And they badmouth management to anyone who will listen. Trying to get a project done with them makes you feel like being a character in a Hunter S. Thompson book: You keep expecting something to explode or to be deported. While it can be fun watching them at work for a few minutes, spending more than five minutes with these rebels can possibly get you fired.

3: Your Data Is My Gossip Mill

Yes, the system administrator has access to all of the data on the network. But one kind of sys admin delights in actually taking a look at data all over the network, looking for juicy tidbits to start rumors. You’ll know if there is one of these around pretty quickly. They will start using phrases from your reports and emails in conversations with you to let you know that they know what you have been doing with your PC. Your best defense is either to be fastidiously proper in your use of company resources or to embark on a ruthless campaign of disinformation aimed at exposing these admins to others for the snakes they are. Planting false evidence in a file named Super-Secret Merger Plans should do the trick.

4: The Otaku

“Otaku” is Japanese for someone who is obsessive about a particular item. It’s like a geek gone to the ultimate degree, but specialized on one particular topic. Many sys admins take the geek trait of curiosity too far and end up deep into Otaku-land. Otakus are increasingly difficult to spot. As IT becomes more and more assimilated into mainstream corporate culture, the Otakus have a harder time expressing themselves in the workplace.

5: Flower Power

An increasingly rare breed of system administrators still thinks it is 1967. And it shows. These men and women come to the office wearing bell-bottom jeans, tie-dyed shirts, and patchouli oil. Chances are, they became interested in computers sometime around the Moon Race. They can be a ton of fun to be around, with far-out stories and knowledge of the history of computers, as only someone who was there can tell it. Sadly, these hippies-turned-geeks are retiring now, and their wealth of knowledge will soon be lost for good.

For the rest of the list, visit TechRepublic.com

Chrome Shows Off Some Fancy HTML5 Tricks

Google’s Chrome browser has a well-established reputation for being not only extremely fast at rendering JavaScript, but also robust in its support of cutting-edge HTML5 technologies.

Both of these capabilities are on display at Chrome Experiments, a site that Google set up to showcase some of the coolest demos on the web for JavaScript apps, intricate CSS layouts and animations done with Canvas.

Chrome Experiments now has over 100 demos on offer, and we picked out some of our favorites for this little gallery.

Interest is exploding in HTML5 and its companion technologies. The hope is that these emerging standards will be widely used to power new web apps, as well as for playing animations, songs and videos in the browser without any plug-ins. Developers and content providers continue to rely on plug-ins like Flash or Silverlight for such multimedia playback tasks for now, but they are increasingly turning to HTML5, JavaScript and other web standards as browser makers continue to build the new capabilities into their latest releases.

We tested all of these experiments in multiple browsers, and almost all of them worked in Safari and Firefox, though they performed much better in the latest beta of Firefox 4 than in the current stable Firefox 3.x builds. Some of them also work splendidly in the latest Microsoft pre-release, Internet Explorer 9 preview 3.

Of course, a few of the Chrome demos on the Experiments site use Webkit-specific technologies and CSS prefixes, so those only work in Chrome and Safari. Some have poo-poohed vendor-specific prefixes, and others see them as a necessary step to force browser makers to adopt the latest behaviors being used in the wild. Regardless of that debate, it’s encouraging to see the different browsers all improving their JavaScript capabilities, which all of these demos exploit.

Sean Christmann's HTML5 demo

In short, you don’t need Chrome to view these, but they will all be more impressive in Chrome than in other browsers.

For the rest of this post, including demos, visit Wired.com’s Webmonkey

Microsoft shoots for the stars with Bing update

by Ina Fried – June 22, 2010 6:37 PM PDT

The event, hosted at Soho House on Sunset Boulevard, got off to a late start thanks to LA traffic.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–Microsoft is hosting a celebrity-laden event here on Tuesday, announcing a variety of new entertainment features it hopes will give Bing a little more star power.

In truly LA fashion, the event started late as reporters battled the southland traffic to get to the Soho House on Sunset Boulevard. However, Microsoft’s blog post with the news posted promptly at the 6 p.m. starting time.

According to that, Microsoft is adding casual games, more TV content as well as Zune music and lyrics to the service. Each of several million songs can now be played once for free, with 30-second samples available thereafter. Songs can also be purchased from Amazon, iTunes or Zune.

The event, meanwhile, just kicked off at 6:30 p.m. PT, with Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi talking about Bing’s history and showing a clip from the promotion Bing recently did with Stephen Colbert.

In the clip, Colbert notes that Bing is for real, adding that he knows that because he “Googled it.” Mehdi said that despite a 47 percent gain in market share, Microsoft knows it still faces an uphill challenge.

“It isn’t like people wake up and say dang, if only I had another search engine,” he said. “We’re definitely humbled about a lot of work we have to do.”

Turning to entertainment, Mehdi said that there is a huge opportunity around entertainment and search, noting that there are some 1.5 billion entertainment-related queries per month.

For more, follow this link to Cnet.com

MIA NEEDS A DATE!! COULD YOU BE THE LUCKY ONE?!?!

I know this is a MAJOR shocker! But yes folks it’s right! This beautiful podcast host is lacking in the “lots and lots and lots of dates” department! Can you help her?

Want a chance with her? Start by following her on Twitter and Facebook!

Whats that? Need more content from Mia before you decide to take her out? Well check out below!

Partial Musical hits by Mia:

Bad Romance by Lady Gaga (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

All by Myself (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

On the wings of love! (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it (performed on the Apptastic iGame Review Episode 16)

And who could ever forget the memorable time Mia Holtzman guest hosted on the Apptastic iGame Review for the first time ever?

NEED SOME BREAD BUTTERED?

Technology Tips by Mia (This genius girl blesses us with INSANE amounts of knowledge every week!

Come get yo tips!

Ok, so the jig is up, this is all just for fun, she don’t actually need a date, but we here at Tech Jives enjoy giving her a hard time about things!

iPhone 4 Fact Break Down, AT&T, Netflix, Farmville App, Guitar Hero and more!

By: Chris Pope –  TechJives.net / CEDSolutions.com

Steve Jobs takes the stage around 10:00am PST with the words “It’s great to be here”, one loud audience member yells “We love you Steve!” and Steve’s reply… “Thanks.. I think”. Anyone watching the growing sensation that Apple’s co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has become might note that although he’s skinnier and a little more pale than the past, his powerhouse presence on stage is still going strong!

Getting to the point, let’s take a look at the breaking news and facts that were discussed here:
The WWDC sold out in only 8 days!

Current iPhone
Some of the statistics given out involving iPhone specifically are as follows. The iPhone currently owns 28% of the US smartphone market, Android is currently at 9%. The iPhone browser usage is around 58% which is 2.5 times that of Android.

iPhone 4



The new iPhone gets stated as the biggest leap since the original iPhone with over 100 new features. There’s a whole new design in which  “A lot of you have already seen this.” is thrown out, which is a reference to the Gizmodo fiasco a few weeks back.
Facts about the new design:
  • Glass on the front and the back
  • Stainless steel on the sides which is used as part of the antenna
  • 24% thinner than the original iPhone
  • 9.3mm thick
  • Thinnest smartphone to date
  • Front and back cameras with LED flash
  • New volume button designs
  • Micro-SIM support
  • Mute
  • Noise Cancellation Mic
  • Sleep and Wake button
  • Support for Wi-Fi, UMTS, GSM, and BT
  • Retina Display which can increase pixel density and generate a “Really really sharp text”
  • The display is 326 ppi (Pixel Per Inch). Also stated “Once you use a rentina display you can’t go back”
  • Resolution is 960×640 800:1 contrast ratio
  • 3.5 display which is the same as the previous size
  • Apple A4 chip (such a small chip will provide great battery life)
  • 32 GB storage capacity
  • 7.2 mbps download support
  • 5.8 mbps upload support
  • 802.11n dual support
  • 3-axis for pitch/roll/yaw
  • 6-axis motion sensing
  • CoreMotion API (Excellent addition for gamers!)
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with illunimating sensors
  • Camera has 5x zoom within the camera app including tap to focus and LED flash
  • HD recording capabality with the camera at 720p 30fps (also includes built-in editing)

Steve Jobs thinks the new display will set the standards for the next 7 years. He made the comment “We don’t think anybody’s going to come close”. One of the comedic moments of the presentation is when Steve Jobs tries to demonstrate the Wi-Fi features and is unssuccessful. An audience member yells out “Try using Verizon!”. After leaving the stage and allowing other people to address the crowd, Steve later returns and states that 570 Wi-Fi stations are currently in the room and asks yet again to please turn off Wi-Fi devices and shut down laptops.


iPhone OS 4 Facts (Now called iOS 4)
  • The iPhone OS 4 is now renamed to “iOS 4″
  • Has over 1500 APIs
  • 100 new user features
  • New Multitasking support
One nice demonstration of the new multitasking capbabilities shows the Pandora music app while checking email. This example was only able to successfully work after Steve asked the audience to turn off Wi-Fi enabled devices in the room.

iMovie for the iPhone
  • Includes themes, titles and transitions
  • Records directly into a timeline
  • Works almost exactly like the desktop version with the exception of a smaller screen
  • Camera can record geolocational information into the video
  • Ability to add music, including items from the iPod library
  • Starting price will be at $4.99

AT&T
AT&T is offering an early upgrade promotion for current US iPhone users. This is going lower the upgrade price to 6 months earlier than usual.
  • 8 GB 3GS iPhones will be priced at $99 with a new 2 year contract
  • 16 GB iPhone 4 will run you $199 with a new 2 year contract
  • 32 GB iPhone 4 is priced at $299 with a new 2 year contract
Apple announced towards the very end of the WWDC event that the iPhone 4 will introduce amazing “iPhone 4 to iPhone 4″ video capabilities.
Features include:
  • iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 Support
  • Anywhere there is Wi-Fi
  • Zero setup required
  • Portrait and landscape
  • Front and rear camera
  • Amazing video and audio quality


The iPad

Steve began his keynote by talking about Apple’s “magical” device known as the iPad. “A whole new way to interact with Internet” as he put it. Over 2 million iPads have been sold, which is approx one iPad every 3 seconds since the release back in April. The iPad is now available in 10 different countries throughout the world and that number will grow to 19 within the coming weeks.

Publishers have taken a huge interest in developing newspaper apps and other eReader type of material for the iPad. One might speculate that alot of the publishers out there really haven’t got much of a choice consider the massive demand and success of this device.


iBooks

The use of iBooks is one of the very next things Steve movies into after talking about the iPad, stating that over 5 million books were downloaded in the first 65 days of the iPad release, which comes out to around 2.5 per iPad. Steve ends that comment with “Terrific”. 5 of the 6 biggest publishers in the United States are stating that the iBookstore has 22% of the market of eBooks now.

Some of the new iBook features will include new bookmark capabilities, in-line note Post-it like features as well as the ability to read PDF using iBook format. Speaking of the PDF feature, they are updating the software with a new bookshelf that will be dedicated directly for that format.

App Store
In discussing the App Store, Steve begins by talking about the dual nature of support for open HTML5. In stating this, he always mentioned that Apple’s browsers are currently leading in HTML5 support. Developers have had and will continue to have the right to write apps for the iPhone OS and MAC using the HTML5 format.
  • There are now over 225,000 apps in the store with around 15,000 apps submitted per week.
  • A surprising 95% are approved within the first 7 days of submission.
  • Over 5 billion total downloads on the App Store last week
  • Over $1 billion paid to developers
Netflix App


CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings takes the stage to discuss the Netflix App.

Hastings stating the following:
  • Stop, Pause and Resume functionality included on any device that supports the app, as well as queue management cabilities.
  • An Adaptive bitrate feature allows the capabality of switching between networks on the go.

Farmville App


CEO of Zynga Mark Pimcus took the stage to discuss Farmville on the iPhone. Farmville is slated as having over 70 million monthly active users which blows away records of any web based online gaming community.
Functionality of the iPhne app includes:
  • Most of the same functionality as Facebook
  • Push notifications as one might expect

Guitar Hero

Activision SVP Karthik Bala discussed the new mobile Guitar Hero. Fuctionality of the new Guitar Hero includes:

  • Multi-touch Strumming
  • Customizable 3D rock stars
  • Gameplay that matches the classic versions as closely as possible

Finishing Comments
In finishing up this article I would like to make it clear that although I might have thrown out some silly sarcasm about certain things, I like many others have drank the Apple cool aid and plan to get the new iPhone 4G as soon as I can!

Feel free to email any questions or comments at Chris (@) TechJives.net (Email split up to protect from spam bots)

Chris Pope is a Certified Technical Trainer for CED Solutions in Marietta, Ga as well as he hosts numerous podcasts for The Tech Jives Network. You can also follow him on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/thechrispope

Google exec confirms Jobs’ claim that HTML5 is ready for some uses

By Joab Jackson

April 30, 2010 04:19 PM E

IDG News Service – Despite concerns that it is far from being finished, HTML5 is ready for use, at least for most platforms and for most duties, asserted a Google developer.

“Depending on who you ask, HTML5 is already ready, or it won’t be ready until 2022,” said Google developer advocate Mark Pilgrim at the WWW2010 conference, being held this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. “The answer is both, depending on what your definition of ‘ready’ is.”

Of course, with Steve Jobs’ directive that Web developers use HTML5, instead of Adobe Flash, for rendering Web pages and RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) viewable on the iPad, the question of HTML5′s readiness for duty has been an urgent one.

And not everyone is convinced of the technology’s maturity.

Read the full article at Computerworld.com

Samsung Electronics and Microsoft Announce Plans to Expand Access to Digital Entertainment

Samsung adopts PlayReady technology in its consumer devices to enable easy access and transfer of content among TVs, mobile phones, set-top boxes and other devices.

REDMOND, Wash., and SEOUL, South Korea — April 13, 2010 — In a significant agreement that will improve flexibility for consumers looking to transfer and enjoy digital content on a range of devices, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced plans to include Microsoft PlayReady technology in a broad range of its consumer products. By including support for PlayReady technology in devices spanning mobile phones, digital video players, televisions and other device offerings, Samsung will make it easier for consumers to have flexible access and to experience and move protected digital content throughout the home and on the go.

“Consumers are increasingly interested in accessing the content they love where they want and when they want,” said Dr. W. P. Hong, executive vice president of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “PlayReady is an integral technology component that will help us to deliver on our vision for connected entertainment and bring to life the kinds of seamless entertainment experiences that take full advantage of the digital medium.”

“We share Samsung’s dedication to deliver on the promise of making digital entertainment content available in more scenarios and on more devices,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division at Microsoft Corp. “By pairing powerful software such as PlayReady with its broad line of impressive consumer electronics products, Samsung is poised to offer consumers exciting new ways to deliver, share and enjoy their digital content.”

Read the full press release at Microsoft’s News Center

Steve Jobs Debates Developers Over Apple’s New App Policy

By Brian X. Chen – April 12, 2010 – 5:20 pm

Controversy erupted around a change Apple made last week to its iPhone developer agreement, and now even company CEO Steve Jobs has waded into the fray.

A new clause in the iPhone developer agreement (clause 3.3.1) stipulates that iPhone apps may not be written with anything except Apple’s approved programming languages, including Objective C and C++. The rule would effectively ban apps that were written on third-party platforms, such as Adobe Flash, and subsequently converted into native iPhone code.

Apple and its supporters claim that the policy change will ensure long-term quality of apps in the App Store, while critics argue that Apple is attempting to hold software developers hostage in order to stifle the growth of competing platforms such as Google Android.

“It’s an obvious lock-in strategy,” said Greg Slepak, CEO of iPhone development house Tao Effect, in an interview with Wired.com today. “They are locking [developers] in by making it difficult to convert their applications from a different platform. I think that is not a smart move. It’s going to piss people off or drive developers away.”

Slepak was mad enough about the policy that he wrote Jobs directly to complain. Over the weekend, the CEO replied.

“We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform,” Jobs wrote in an e-mail response to Slepak’s inquiry about the new clause.

Read more at Wired.com’s Gadget Lab

Google Squeezes Flash into Chrome

The move is part of an effort to let browsers and plug-ins interact more easily.

By Erica Naone - THURSDAY, APRIL 01, 2010

Adobe’s Flash Player has come under fire from developers and companies who question its necessity, but the plug-in has just received a big vote of confidence from Google.

This week, Google announced that its Chrome browser will come with Flash built in. And Google, Adobe, and another browser maker, Mozilla, have revealed plans to improve the way plug-ins interface with browsers. This could lead to better performance, security, and user experience for Flash and other plug-ins, say those involved.

Flash is commonly used to add graphics, interactive features, video, and animation to websites. But users have to download and install Flash to make these features work, and they need to download newer versions to keep it up-to-date.

Google now plans to bundle Flash with Chrome downloads, and to make it part of Chrome’s automatic update system. This means users should always run the most recent, stable, and secure version. In the future, Google and Adobe plan to work on deeper integrated features, such as finding a way for Chrome’s unique security system to work in conjunction with Flash.

Read the full article at Technology Review

Pixar, Dream Job: The Creative Geniuses Reveal What It’s Like To Work At The Studio

By Steven James Snyder on April 2, 2010

Would you accept a job at Pixar?

Um, yeah, so would I. (Don’t tell Peter)

The studio behind everything from Up to Wall-E, from Toy Story to Toy Story 2, strikes me as a hotbed of ingenuity. A shop where creativity rules. A place where the impossible becomes possible. Just listening to someone like director Pete Docter talk about all the creative influences that have brought him this far makes me want to sign for an unpaid Pixar internship:

Time after time, the studio has surpassed the expectations of their harshest critics. There were those who thought a CG movie wouldn’t work, and then came Toy Story. With Ratatouille, they sold America on falling in love with a dirty little rat. In Wall-E, they took a hero who couldn’t speak, occupying a planet without life, and delivered one of the best films of the year.

Read the full story at Techland.com

Read more: http://techland.com/2010/04/02/pixar-awe/#ixzz0k2aLayq3