Uh duh... good point ? or, not.
%% on an i386 Install allows...
> And u look like the guy who has worked
> only on linux or at best i386 unix
I should know not to partipate in such forums. I was
talking specifically about i386 solutions for that problem -
and that would be why I said so. Hm... any further
response is a waste of time since you did not get the
primary pulse of my post and chose to make some type of
silly 'admin' attack on my 'experience' level. But, wasting
more time... I might suggest that some of the admin/
user problems reside in issues I specifically mention and
NOT Unix-type operating systems. But, you ignored that
point... I am sure most others will as well.
Re: the other side of the coin
Quote:e.g if ur X windows session hangs and
there is no other place for u to log in. u have to call the sys admin to login as root and kill ur session. there are many situations where a root
password is reqd. and i don't have access to
You are either talking as someone who has not a clue how to interface with an UNIX-type Operating System, or one who has a terrible admin (or both). You can log in a different term, simply by hitting [ALT][F2], [F3], etc. Each one up to [F5] on an i386 Install allows you access to a new term. You simply log in a kill the process. But, this is evidence of poor setup in the first place. (oh, and you could also hit [ctrl][alt][backspace] to kill the X session)
I realize that admins often leave users high and dry. See, they are often not good decision makers or are protagonists. The fact is you can design your network in a way that forces your users to do things more intelligently. The fact that this original article is talking about Outlook - and a sys admin scares me. No sys admin in his right mind would suggest you use Outlook. It is a security nightmare. I bet he spends a fair amout of time removing trojans installed by Microsoft's Scripting Host and a Ill Intended Email. Sad! It takes some convincing of management to let you do your job. But, any sys admin worth his salt could design a network that required practically no support to end users.
So, what is the real demon? It really isn't the user. They are suppose to be ignorant. And, we could let them stay that way. Why are they allowed to admin their own machines while proudly displaying ignorance about the most basic of Operating System issues? Why? Cause Microsoft sold you on that idea! Why did they do that. Oh, that is a lesson in Economics - this forum will likely not tolerate such a display of technical and fundamentally political/social/capital savvy knowledge. So, to get basic - they make more money when things really don't work correctly. Upgrades and New Sales require new needs and problems.
Basically, your management does not allow a real IT/IS Professional to make decisions. Why? Well, that is an easier thing to describe. They are full of themselves! All Corporate guys are. I am one, so I know. Nobody can possibly make a decision better than I can. So, why would I listen to someone just because they have more experience and knowledge about the subject? The fact is, they own a Windows box that Microsoft has convinced them they can run on their own. The truth is they seldom do more than balance a checkbook (not complicated IT functionality) on a single machine running a single program and/or play solitaire. They get in the office, and the computing system look similar to them. Sure, they are exponentially more complicated and essential. But, they fancy themselves savvy enough to make a buying decision. The truth is, few are even savvy enough to know the difference between a sys admin that plays Quake all day and the one that actually does something useful. They don't know who to trust, so they trust their gut - and it tells them to stick with the Devil they know. Unfortunitely, it is usually crap!
So, users - understand that the sys admin is working with his hands tied behind his back. Ask him, sincerely, what he would do differently. Admins, realize that being ignorant is an American privalege. What good is being free if you can't act stupid. Seriously, if they wanted to be IT Professionals they would be a geek like you. So, lighten up and give them something pretty to play with. Make their system do what it needs to do and that's it! Take as much control and potential to screw up out of their hands as possible. That usually includes dumping any program Internet related that comes from Redmond. Any time you have to do more than an update a week, you are running the wrong software. Even Linux is more stable than that.