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In the article, IBM claims cost of ownership is much lower with the Macs --

"IBM claimed last year that 40 per cent of Windows users called the IT help desk, compared to 5 per cent of Mac users - a shocking figure. A deployment of 90,000 required only five admins."


I can believe it. Windows is so support-intensive compared to *nix platforms.
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https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/19/ge_apple_move_impact_microsoft_analysis/

Say it aint so, companies are choose Macs over Windows. If they were smart they would consider Linux.
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Actually....

IT is closer to a sales role today. So you kind of covered it in your first list.

You have to persuade, sell, and defend your own value as well as the value and importance of whatever it is you're trying to do on the job.

Nobody will leave you alone to just do your f***ing job today except in isolated circumstances.
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(I can also tell, I D, that you have absolutely no interest in gig contracting or freelancing, since you never weigh in on those real-life, "this is how it is" threads, even though you are foremost here on the board in wanting to explore and discuss alternative employment options. Probably there is great wisdom on your part in not being interested in something that is a rathole. That's not a backhanded snipe, that is how I see it.)

...

Second major point -

2) Information Technology IS a people job. It was never completely a neckbeardy, social-isolate vocation, even in the 1980s. Today IT is extremely intermingled with the online, social media, gamified, "face time important" world.

So, I would add IT (and gig freelancing, of course) to the vocations you listed.

Regarding point 2.  Absolutely agree.  IT is very much a team sport with a boss-manager somewhere in the picture if you're an FTE.  Being a freelancer avoids boss-managers, which is why people do it,  but then it becomes more of a people job.

Regarding me being "foremost here on the board in wanting to explore and discuss alternative employment options": whatever I've read lately is that it's a good idea to try different jobs to see if they're a good fit.  I.e. one should take an agile approach to your career and prototype different jobs rather than locking onto one type of job early in your career and never change.   I never did it, but it sounds like a good idea.

It might be worth a try for someone in IT to try out a building trade.  I suspect, however, any job is going to come with its own set of problems.  I was a framing carpenter for a while and didn't like walking on outside walls 40 feet up.   I did it, but never got used to it, although many people did.



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I did a google search for fields with the most depression, expecting to find IT up at the top.

Nope.  The worst jobs require dealing with people, as in personal care, social work, sales, financial advisers.   This seems right.  Software can be frustrating and tedious, but at least it's logical even when a program is doing the wrong thing.  Human minds, OTOH, are often bizarre and illogical to the point of acting the opposite of what you expect.

(Says Spock  :-X)

Heh heh.

Two major points:

1) Freelancing, which is almost entirely a people job with a thin veneer of providing billable work, would have to be among those high-stress, dissatisfying, depressing job roles.

So I agree completely with this premise. You probably saw my threads about the nutso client who acted like she was going to stalk me invasively over a $500 dispute after receiving and using the website I built for the money.

(I can also tell, I D, that you have absolutely no interest in gig contracting or freelancing, since you never weigh in on those real-life, "this is how it is" threads, even though you are foremost here on the board in wanting to explore and discuss alternative employment options. Probably there is great wisdom on your part in not being interested in something that is a rathole. That's not a backhanded snipe, that is how I see it.)

Anyway - I came to a sad realization a couple of nights ago when I was restoring my data: I have to say that I pretty much utterly despise a good 80% of the clients I've had over the years. Really and truly. 80% did something odious to me: bullied me, demeaned me, insulted my work, accused me of ripping them off, got me involved in idiotic pointless fights with the worker bee idiot full timers, etc.

Second major point -

2) Information Technology IS a people job. It was never completely a neckbeardy, social-isolate vocation, even in the 1980s. Today IT is extremely intermingled with the online, social media, gamified, "face time important" world.

So, I would add IT (and gig freelancing, of course) to the vocations you listed.

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I did a google search for fields with the most depression, expecting to find IT up at the top.

Nope.  The worst jobs require dealing with people, as in personal care, social work, sales, financial advisers.   This seems right.  Software can be frustrating and tedious, but at least it's logical even when a program is doing the wrong thing.  Human minds, OTOH, are often bizarre and illogical to the point of acting the opposite of what you expect.

(Says Spock  :-X)

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20428990,00.html

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I'm just voicing an opinion based on my own intuition of the process that's going on in wireless secured networks to create connections.

I understand. And I think you nailed it right on the head. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see similar vulnerabilities exposed in the future.
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Regarding my previous post, I read over the papers again and now understand --

1. No need for WPA3, WPA2 can be patched to fix this
2. Users need to update both their PC OS and router firmware to be safe (doing only one or the other leaves you vulnerable still)

Of course, in light of Gorn's post, all this fixes only the immediate vulnerability that has been discovered... which could only be the first of many.

I'm just voicing an opinion based on my own intuition of the process that's going on in wireless secured networks to create connections.

I say what I did because, after all, WPA was supposed to be secure and fairly bulletproof - the designers supposedly anticipated any possible hacks. Except they didn't.

I'm guessing that any revision of the protocols will have similar design oversights that may take years to uncover, just like this one. It's not like a mathematical proof of unhackability is possible.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Just When You Thought Internet Security Couldn't Get Any Worse
« Last post by unix on October 18, 2017, 05:40:34 AM »
so when does the Android OS get a patch? Meaning Samsung in my case.
 
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Regarding my previous post, I read over the papers again and now understand --

1. No need for WPA3, WPA2 can be patched to fix this
2. Users need to update both their PC OS and router firmware to be safe (doing only one or the other leaves you vulnerable still)

Of course, in light of Gorn's post, all this fixes only the immediate vulnerability that has been discovered... which could only be the first of many.
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