Your Friendly, Price-Gouging Cell Phone Data Provider
This is sort of relevant, because it involves an incident that I recently experienced with an application on my Android phone. Android runs the Linux kernel, so this is peripherally a Linux issue.
I started having problems with Good for Enterprise – Android v1.7.1 yesterday. Good is a corporate PDA email client often used by corporations, such as the one that I work for. I noticed that my inbox had stopped updating, and that I could no longer send mail from the client. I had my admin reset my account and reset my pin, and I uninstalled Good completely from my Android phone, then reinstalled. I got the setup screen again, and entered my email and pin, but this time I got an error code: An unknown error occurred. (Error: 0x90047). I did some searching and discovered a reference which suggested that I needed to call Verizon and request that feature code 73666 be added to my data plan.
I thought to myself, I have a $30 unlimited internet data plan, but if Verizon wants me to request this feature in order to use the Good client, ok. I guess.
I called Verizon and mentioned the feature code 73666. The friendly account representative initially said I'd have to upgrade from the $30 data plan to the corporate data plan for another 15 bucks, but if I would hold for a minute she would verify this. The same story came back: apparently in order to access the Good server, Verizon now required me to have the more expensive corporate data plan. Because I was using the service on my personal device. You can guess my level of excitement for paying Verizon even more than I already do just for the pleasure of my workplace.
My coworkers on Sprint with Android don't have this issue. If there are any other Verizon/Android/Good users out there who have experienced their Good email service being silently turned off, you might want to check in with your friendly, price-gouging data provider.
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
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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.
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