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13 Responses to “TV-2014-06-04 #126”

  1. An amazing podcast as always. Thanks for explaining TrueCrypt and Bitlocker.

  2. If had to convert someone into to listening to this show it would be through this episode. Great discussion.

  3. If a worker puts tape around the handle of their hammer to make it more comfortable and productive, then that customization should be allowed and encouraged. In the same vein, if a worker wants to add certain tools to their computer that make the work more comfortable and productive, then that worker should be allowed and encouraged. Treating workers like children who do not know how to improve their own working environment is demeaning. Draconian IT attitudes are about as off-putting as spoiled milk.

  4. Thanks for your kind words and support!

  5. Mad Marv said on

    The corporate IT perspective (or at least the one Carey is presenting) is flawed. The IT department exists to service the organization, not to promote IT department’s interest. To that end, improving the productivity of the workforce is in the company’s interest. Even if there is increased work for the IT department to support, increased productivity of the workers can often justify the expense.

    Let’s say that a typical organization has 1 IT worker per 50 employees. To keep things simple, let say the average IT salary is close enough to the average of the rest of the workers. Therefore if allowing customization results in at least a 2% increase in productivity in the workforce, that would justify the entire salary of the IT department. Citing standardization as a cost cutting measure is a short sighted analysis of the situation. The costs must be weighted against the benefits to the company’s bottom line.

  6. Carey, I understand your position as someone who supports computer and network equipment. Having a completely uniform setup makes your job easier, saves you time and the customer money on support time.

    But think of it this way: you, as a chef, want to make your cooking process easier and manage your restaurant efficiently, so you offer all the customers the same hamburger, cooked identically, prepared identically, and served promptly. The only trouble is not all customers want their hamburger the same way. Some customers may be satisfied and accept their lot in life. Other customers who know better and are more demanding will take their business to a chef that does not impose his/her tasts and desire for expediency to override the customer’s wishes.

    Thanks for your podcast. I do appreciate your and Mike’s efforts. I did not mean to sound so harsh.

  7. Oh, and I meant to add that I think Carey’s Irish based doppelganger gets my 6pm bus home.

  8. When you own your company and pay for your employees to work and get your whole network taken down because some employee is illegally downloading files with BitTorrent, bottle-necking everyone’s internet access and causing loss of productivity for the entire company, they are all adding their smartphones to the wifi in the office and you run out of IP addresses, someone else has copied all the pictures off of their phone on the network drive and the backup is taking twice as long and other employees are shopping online and taking care of personal matters on company time, I think you would understand why companies have these policies. When you are an employee, you are paid to do a job. You are NOT paid to do what you want, how you want. You are to follow the companies procedures. If you cannot or will not do that, you should not of accepted the position. As an employer, you would understand this. This sense of entitlement from many modern day employees is unbelievable. And part of the reason Mike is passionate about NOT wanting employees. It would be like telling your commanding officer in the military how you want to do your job. It doesn’t work that way. There is a chain of command and the policies and procedures are there to protect the company, it’s assets and ensure a level playing field and no favoritism (which can open you up to law suits from employees). Again, this is something you would only understand if you had a company big enough. Employees who need special tools to work can be easily replaced with another employee who does not.

  9. I agree with Carey 100%, I had a instructor at school who used to be a Network Admin, and a user kept putting Limeware on the company computer and downloading music and movies illegally. on company time. After 5 times of having to reimage the workstation, the Network administrator told his supervisor either it stops or the next time he will be put last in line for work to be done on his computer. Th workstation is not your it belongs to the company and should be used for company purposes only.

  10. Arthur said on

    I didn’t know the telecom companies are like this in the US. In belgium they chance your plan automatically and they don’t try to sell you things you don’t ask.

  11. Why does the audio stop for me randomly? I have to reload the page to resume it.

  12. Hello,

    I would like to first thank both Mike and Carey for making this wealth of information available here. Great Job!

    The TruCrypt thing came as a shock to me. I looked around at other solutons and found nothing that does what trucrypt did accorss platforms like Windows, Linux, OS X.

    I did find DiskCryptor. I do not like the fact it is developed in Russia.

    Hello,

    I would like to first thank both Mike and Carey for making this wealth of information available here. Great Job!

    The TruCrypt thing came as a shock to me. I looked around at other solutons and found nothing that does what trucrypt did accorss platforms like Windows, Linux, OS X.

    I did find DiskCryptor. I do not like the fact it is developed in Russia.

  13. Not to be obstinate but in NO way does HIPAA say you cannot use XP. I can use whatever Operating system I want.
    Pleas read:
    http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/faq/securityrule/2014.html

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