The (not so) Wonderful World of High-Speed Internet Access
I have decided I am not ready to be a part of this tangled web just yet, as I don't want to pay the extra fees. While I do not possess the patience of Job, I can manage with a 56K modem for now, at least until the big corporations hammer out accords and mergers, etc. I will stress that I want DSL service. Once you have tried it, you will want it, too. Why run when you can drive? Why cook with an oven when there's a microwave? The speed achieved by using DSL or cable modem makes browsing the Internet fun again.
Whether or not you make the plunge depends on what you wish to accomplish and how much patience you have. If you run a business, be it from home or not, a super-fast Internet connection makes sense. Overall, the service is more of a want than a need, but that will change. We are a society hungry for speed and technology. Dial-up modems have served a purpose and will now give way to innovation. Within the next five years, you will most likely be receiving Internet access, phone service, long-distance service and cable from one company. In December 1999, Bell Atlantic was cleared by the FCC to offer long-distance telephone service. This is the first time, since the breakup of AT&T, that this has been allowed. What it means for Bell Atlantic is the ability to extend coverage. If other telcos are given the same clearance and DSL technology becomes widespread, thoroughly understood, and fully supported, prices will drop and the traditional dial-up modems will become door stops.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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