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Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:42
'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

MCSA/MCSE has no value??

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:42

One of my connections on LinkedIn asked if having an MCSA or MCSE certification held any merit which quite a few IT recruiters said no.

They said that they rarely, if ever, have positions that request the aforementioned Microsoft cert.

What gives??

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Question about microsoft multi factor authentication

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:36

I hope this is allowed. I was given a project and have hit a brick wall.

My boss gave me a task to see if we can send messages or requests via the microsoft MFA application on users phones. We have remote users who use MFA to access company sites/email but we want to be able to send them a message for if their password needs to be reset or any important items they might need to know.

I've read you can do this with SMS based authentication but this application is just notification based, no text.

Does anyone know if this is possible or not? I've been looking into this for a day or so and can't find anything saying it's possible. My boss also has one of our senior admins looking into this as well and he can't find anything either. We just started using MFA so this is fairly new for our whole company.

Thanks for any help or guidance you can give.

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Pixel 3 - Dim screen brightness and night mode

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:35

I have set up a tasker command to dim my screen to a lower brightness and turn on night mode at a specific time. I am having two issues with this:

When I set the screen brightness level to 1, the screen only dims to 50% of the maximum brightness. Going the other way, a value of 255 sets the screen to 100%. Is there a way to decrease the screen brightness beyond halfway?

Additionally, trying to toggle night mode on does not work at all.

I'm using a pixel 3 xl and am up to date on all app and software updates as far as I am aware. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Looking for an application, not sure what search terms to use

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:25

Hello all;

I'm looking for an application I used years ago, but I'm totally failing to come up with functional search terms for it. Here's the basic idea:

*It's a customizable canned message notepad.

*You could set up hierarchies of response types.

*When you found a piece of a canned message you were looking for, you could double click it, which would copy it to the clipboard, to paste later.

This made generating canned messages for technical questions really simple, because you'd just save your response minus the identifying information, then name it whatever the problem was, organize it with similar problems, and then organize all of those problems into groups. After a month with four reps, we had a solid, professional sounding canned response for 99% of the emails we received, which made automating responses a breeze.

Does anyone know an app similar to the one I'm describing? I'm sure I'm not thinking of something obvious, but my brain hasn't kicked on yet this morning.

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How do you imagine the last years of your career?

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:17

Hey SysAdmins and other IT operations types. I have a question about what you think you will be doing towards the end of your career? What is your long term plan. I am 48 and have been in IT on the operations side for my entire post-college working life. Having been with a number of companies (private equity owned so they all got sold eventually) I often wonder where I will be in 10 years and if I lose a job at 58 how impossible it's going to be to find a similar paying job. The US is not very friendly to older workers in my experience. Is this something you think/worry about? Anyone know any 62 year-olds swapping back up tapes or moving VM's to the cloud? etc etc.

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My Thoughts on Getting a Software Engineer Job at Google

Computer Science: Theory and Application - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:10

I recently failed miserably during the Google Software Engineer interview process and I wanted to share my thoughts in hopes to help the next person that thinks they are good enough to work at Google (you are not good enough). Most of the research says that a huge majority fail the first time interviewing and this is because you are the wrong type of programmer and/or did not train.

Your past experience only gets you the opportunity to interview. Don't think that because you have coded for 10+ years the interview process will be easy or Google will read your resume and hire you on the spot.

  1. They don't want programmers that can build software with libraries. They want computer scientists that can solve difficult problems with the most efficient code ever, this is a huge difference that I did not realize until after I failed. I have a CS degree (4.0 gpa), 20 exp years building internet companies, business degree, coded for 20+ years in over 10+ languages, but I still fall into the first category "programmers that can build software with libraries"
  2. Why does Google only want computer scientists that can solve difficult problems with the most efficient code ever? This is because of it's scale, they are not in the business of building a simple website with the coolest, newest framework. Pretty much all frameworks can't perform at Google's scale, without major re-engineering.
  3. So how do you get a job? An analogy is a heart surgeon is not going to attend a 2 month heart surgery bootcamp and get a job at a hospital. You have to be at a Doctor level expertise with your CS knowledge, one or more programming languages, and solving hard algorithm problems quickly. If you are not at a Doctor level expert in any of these areas the interview process will expose you.
  4. Most important is the ability to solve algorithm problems? Don't even think about applying until you can solve most of the hard problems on hackerrank, euler project and leetcode quickly. I am talking about putting in a massive amount of time here. These problems do two things, they perfect your understanding of a language and teach you how to build efficient algorithms quickly. In the technical phone screen you have 30 mins to solve and code the solution to either a medium or hard problem. You have one shot, no pressure at all...haha.
  5. Google welcomes everyone to apply for a job, but you have to remember your competing against all the other candidates, some that have been training for years. Another analog: you wake up and say I am going to run a 5k race in month, you have experience jogging for the past 10 years. When you get to the race there are people that have been hardcore training for years and they destroyed you and then you die of a heart attack.

Summary: I wish someone would have told me this before the interviewed and I would have spent another 6 months training.

Google is an awesome company because of it only hires engineers that perfectly fit into its culture. Their process does a great job of weeding out the wrong type of programmers.

This is just my take on the process, I love Google and have a massive amount of respect for them. They have given me the gift of how to become an expert programmer. I will apply again in a year.

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Giant Swarm 2019 Predictions: Double Down on K8s, Day 2 Operations, Big Data, The Control Plane, and Extending the K8s API - Virtualization Information - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:03
The big ones will double down on Kubernetes. You have already seen that with the big cloud providers as well as other players like IBM and VMWare....(read more)

Bitdefender Releases the "GravityZone Ultra Suite", a Complete Endpoint Security Solution - Virtualization Information - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:56
Bitdefender rolls out its newest software ‘GravityZone Ultra Suite' a complete Endpoint Security solution that uncovers and stops elusive threats with Endpoint Detection and response (EDR) that works....(read more)

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data

The Register - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:40
Sueball lobbed at Brit government over Data Protection Act

The High Court has agreed to hear a campaign group's case against the UK's Data Protection Act, which they say leaves immigrants with fewer rights over their data.…

Cost savings after VOIP migration

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:24

In general, what percentage of costs savings have you guys seen on your facility phone bill after migrating to VOIP?

What types of line items go away, and what types of things do you still pay your service provider for after the migration? I realize it's generally priced by X number of concurrent calls. But I'm a first time sysadmin working on my pitch to get some money together to move us to a cisco IP phone system with SIP server, CUCM, Unity, etc... Probably contracted out thru CDW.

We're a manufacturing and office environment with about 200 office users. When I look at our current monthly phone bill from ATT, I can tell you we are vastly over paying, but I'm having a very difficult time deciphering exactly why or what for. Any advice?

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Mega Raid errors

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:22

just helping out a customer while they find their own i house Sysadmin and I've come across an issue.

Megaraid 9280 card with MSM software. every time the server reboots there are errors popping up (fan failed in enclosure). this happens every time.

however: - software says everything (fans, psu etc) are removed and readded on reboot - only 3 fans report an error - all fans appear to be working and when you physically remove a fan it registers with that same error but is cleared (same as the boot log) when reinserted.

anyone have any experience with Megaraid software and if this is normal?

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Hybrid permissions - Send As delegates

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:20

Afternoon all,

Hybrid exchange permissions have become the bane of my life and I can physically feel myself getting older. But at least its almost Friday.

Anyways, more to the point. We have a hybrid Exchange 2013/365 environment. I have just migrated a bunch of users over to 365 but now they are unable to send out from a shared mailbox. (Shared mailboxes sitting on-prem for now.)

Ive checked permissions in EAC and users are in the Send as delegates.

Do i have to remove and re-add the permissions? If this is the case, does anyway know the correct command for applying send as permission? I can apply full access via PS with no issues. Send as always seems to be a nightmare.

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Stange Issue with Send to One Note UWP Store App

Sysadmin - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 10:16

Hi all,

Have had an issue with on all Windows 10 deployments (Education 1809) with Just 1 particular Windows 10 app. Send to One Note []

Users want to use the UWP version of OneNote, not the desktop app, and the send to onenote app refuses to work with the error:

The error is a red herring, as I can physically go to the location and open the program file under user and admin context. But because it creates a virtual printer and uses the virtual printer as a pointer to this app, to send the document to OneNote, you cannot use this as a workaround.

*DISM repair then a sfc made no difference

*Procmon showed no problems with permissions

*Event logs are poor for UWP apps, and are no help, it just displays:

Execution state: Activation of app Microsoft.SendtoOneNote_8wekyb3d8bbwe , 0, The operation completed successfully.

*Registry keys are fine

*Occurs on all new build surfacebooks, on all user profiles including administrators

*No group polices seem to be affecting anything, the nromaOneNote app works fine and so does every other App except this one.

*Reregistering using Appxpackage powershell commands make no difference

*No windows updates available

Any ideas?


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