Microsoft's ^@&^#&@ W2K MCSE Policy

Written by Richard Lowe

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Okay, enough of that! Now I'm getting sick to my stomach!

The problem that many of us are facing is that we are stuck with what we've got. We have already invested so much in Microsoft products that it would be extremely difficult to switch to something else. In addition, Windows NT 4.0 SP6a is a reasonably reliable operating system, andrepparttar Office 2000 suite is exceptional.

However, every once in a while I get a little whimsical thinking back torepparttar 133592 good old days, when I used to run our multi-billion dollar company on two large VAX machines. That's ALL of our applications, every single one of them. Plus hundreds of users, over fifty printers and fax machines and numerous other things. In fact, we ran payroll, accounting, order processing, delivery scheduling, human resources, printing, communications and everything else on those two machines!

To top it all off, we ran for over ten years on these VAX machines without a major operating system upgrade! Yes, there were problems, but constant retraining, reinstalls, service packs, hot fixes and weekly major security alerts were not among them. And compared torepparttar 133593 clustering in OpenVMS (the operating system forrepparttar 133594 VAX and Alpha hardware),repparttar 133595 "clustering" in Windows 2000 is a complete joke!

And now I need over 150 servers running Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000! The really sickening thing is I'll bet I could run everything on a dozen or so Unix or Linux servers, or, again, two big Alpha (the successor torepparttar 133596 VAX) systems. (It's really too bad that Digital Equipment Corporation, which maderepparttar 133597 best hardware and operating systems onrepparttar 133598 planet, could not market their way out of a paper bag).

I think that's what is annoying is and many of our peersrepparttar 133599 most. The constant need to spend an outrageous amount of time to keep up withrepparttar 133600 new releases from Microsoft.

I know it doesn't fit into Microsoft's hostile "do it our way and pay us forrepparttar 133601 privilege" business model, but we would much prefer a different approach torepparttar 133602 MCSE certification model. Instead of constantly rolling it forward constantly, invalidatingrepparttar 133603 certifications of those who cannot keep up, why not just appendrepparttar 133604 operating system torepparttar 133605 certification?

Why not just make a "MCSE Win4.0" and an "MCSE Win2000"? To me as a manager, it would be far more valuable thanrepparttar 133606 current catch-all scheme. Look at it this way, I could scan a resume for "MCSE Win3.1", "MCSE Win4.0" or "MCSE Win95". Wouldn't that make it easier for me as a manager? You bet!

However, it wouldn't help Microsoft's bottom line, would it?

Fortunately, I am not inrepparttar 133607 business of helping Microsoft's profit margin. In fact, on my list of worries, that wouldn't even be inrepparttar 133608 top million! My job, andrepparttar 133609 job of each and every person in our company, is to support our users by giving them tools which enable them to do their jobs.

To do that, we will get certified on Windows 2000, and probably Windows XP after that. However, we will do it on our schedule, fittingrepparttar 133610 training and testing time around our jobs and personal lives. Inrepparttar 133611 meantime, we will take a closer look at other alternatives to Windows and Office, because, well, well really don't like this situation. We may, or we may not, change to those alternatives, but before this we were not even looking ... now we are.

Additional Information

The Certification Debate There is a huge debate out there inrepparttar 133612 computer world - to certify or not to certify. Here's my two cents.

Microsoft's Licensing Model (Sigh) You would think that Microsoft would want to make it easy to give them money, wouldn't you? Think again.

What's Up With Microsoft? Microsoft stock has been going down all through 2000. Here's an opinion as to why.

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Getting Revenge On Bandwidth Stealers

Written by Richard Lowe

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I'll bet that graphic comes down very fast.

I had a similar problem some time ago. I run several webrings and one ofrepparttar problems that constantly occurs is ring member sites link directly torepparttar 133591 graphics on my own host. They do this even thoughrepparttar 133592 rules ofrepparttar 133593 ring clearly state this is not allowed.

This left me with a dilemma. I didn't want to damagerepparttar 133594 beauty ofrepparttar 133595 ring by putting out a "stop stealing" graphic, but since I am paying for my own bandwidth I wanted to reducerepparttar 133596 load. I also didn't want to removerepparttar 133597 image as I don't like 404 errors (I get an email for each and every one).

After repeated emails torepparttar 133598 ring member site didn't work I was left withrepparttar 133599 choice of removingrepparttar 133600 images or removingrepparttar 133601 site fromrepparttar 133602 ring. The later option would still have leftrepparttar 133603 bandwidth being stolen (sincerepparttar 133604 ring member probably would not removerepparttar 133605 graphic).

What I wound up doing is creating a very optimal graphic with just 2 colors. The barest minimum graphic. It still looked okay, but was clearly notrepparttar 133606 best graphic forrepparttar 133607 ring. The file size ofrepparttar 133608 image was less than 1k which removed over 1mb a month from my bandwidth usage.

I know none of this isrepparttar 133609 ideal solution. It can be a royal pain to examine server logs, send email and change image names. However, if you've got a big offender it can significantly reduce your bandwidth utilization.

Additional Information

Bandwidth stealing Bandwidth stealing isrepparttar 133610 linking to images or scripts from another site without permission, thus using that sites bandwidth without compensation.

How to tell if your bandwidth is being stolen Want to find out if someone is stealing your bandwidth? Here are some ways you can tell.

Sins ofrepparttar 133611 internet- Bandwidth Stealing This sin costs hosts millions of dollars a year - and often you don't even know that you did it!

Htaccess file - Redirect You can redirect visitors to other pages usingrepparttar 133612 redirect function of htaccess.

HTML tag reference guide -

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