[rescue] Re: [geeks] THIS. MAKES. ME. SICK.
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Wed Jun 13 16:56:06 CDT 2001
Al Potter <apotter at icsa.net> wrote:
> > To be fair, there are numerous people who have had NT machines with that
> > sort of uptime. It also is a miracle that those people weren't cracked,
> > what with running such an outdated OS and all.
> I call Bull$hit!
> Point them out.
> If they've been up that long (two years), which I seriously doubt, they are
> obviously not patched to the current service pack, thus aren't even close to
> safe to use for "real" purposes.
There are still some machines not connected to the Big Bad Internet, you
know :-) I had an NT box up at home for nine months once, and it only
went down then so I could add another disk. My internet connection at
the time was sneakernet.
> I also have a
> HARD time believing that an NT box which hasn't been patched for TWO YEARS,
> hasn't memory leaked itself into BSOD land.
To be fair, that is, in my limited experience, usually the fault of
applications and third-party drivers rather than the OS itself.
> > I'm just saying that anyone who is familiar with Windows can set up an NT
> > workgroup server. Before NT, you had to get a real admin in to set up the
> > new beast. And workgroup servers don't really NEED 2 year uptimes, even
> > if it is something nice to brag about.
> And this is crap too.
No, you can set one up without much knowledge. It'll even work. A bit.
Of course it won't be scalable and won't be secure, but that really doesn't
matter in some circumstances.
> But they seem to have caught on.... is anybody else sick of hearing the
> Foobar Training Network's ads for "MCSEs make an average of $65k a year"?
I'd better not take an MCSE then - my salary would go down :-)
> NT "sold" well for file server use for a couple of reasons. First, if you
> beta'd it, they all but gave it to you.
Oh right, and how many small businesses were on the beta program? As near
as damnit none.
> And $500 didn't buy very much RAM in the early 90s when this was going on.
So? I've used a machine with only 20Mb as a small NT fileserver. And
you know what? When I left it alone to get on with just doing file
serving, performance was acceptable. Of course, it blew goats whenever
I tried to do anything on the 'console', but that didn't matter.
David Cantrell | david at cantrell.org.uk | http://www.cantrell.org.uk/david/
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