I got a few hours of sleep sometime this morning. Perhaps ot was between the second showing of Jules Verne and dawn or so.
I managed to get to the bank for the focus group thing. It was pretty cool, but I was late. I couldn't find the place, and ended up relying on MapQuest. Their directions got me there, and I got back out, but I still don't know where the new branch is, even though it's only about two blocks from the old one. More reasons to hate or at least strongly dislike Buckhead.
I may write up the focus group seperately (sp?) later. I corned one of the bank's employee's, who alleged he was a webmaster. I cajoled him for the way their operation is structured on 'commercialware' end to end and wondered why they waste all that money and caused themselves so much unneeded frustration, especially for the kiosks. About that time the (admittedly quite friendly and nice) ratbert came back and ushered me out (by giving me a check :). The same fellow happened to go for a smoke on my way out of the building (secured doors..) and I apologized for my rudeness, introduced myself informally, and gave him a resume. He was nice enough about the ambush, looked at it, shot one f the buzzwords back at me ("you're a sysadmin?") ("not of anything in particular. I have a couple small businesses around town who have my boxes as firewalls on their DSL"), said he thought they might need someone, and that'd he'd pass it to the catberts (he said HR, actually). He seemed nice enough about the whole thing, and didn't offer his name, which I didn't realize until later. I then decided that it was more polite for both of not to pretend like I was making his aquaintance. We both knew I just wanted someone to carry the resume in, and it seems a better transaction without all that falsehood... Nice fellow. I do rather hope he didn't roundfile the resume, though.
On my roundabout way homeward, I found ISS headquarters, or at least a very large sign advertising them and and their job openings, which I should check out.
After escaping from Atlanta into DeKalb County, I swung by a computer shop that I have been trying to do some work for of late. While heckling and arguing with the instructor, I managed to assist her [the owner] in understanding what it was I'm trying to do, and set it up for Wed. Cool. Paying work is nice every now and then, you know ;)
The heckling and outright lecturing were justified. This guy is teaching these newbies how to take networking tests (Network+, not sure) which he seems to be okay at. I mean he knows more Windows than Unix, and he's teaching the newbies on Windows so of course there is some platform advocacy and over simplification. We traded quips on that stuff, but I tried to stay out of it until he told those kids that they should go download software off the net for free, because it's out there. We're not talking about Free Software (libre and gratis). We talking stolen beer. He said "Photoshop" at least twice.
This caused me to rant a little, and he didn't get it, correct himself, apologize, or change the subject, insisting that that behaviour was okay, even after I brought up that it's illegal (which it is). He affirmed that they'll never catch you, and the tired old line that it's okay, everyone does it. I reminded him that they do go after people, that they will take your computers, and if it's a business, there are huge fines and jail time. Still he persisted. So I finished up thusly, after he insisted that it was still okay: [composed afterwards from memory, more or less]
"Sure, if the software license says: okay, take this and give it to all your friends as much as you want, then it would be fine. And there is plenty of software that says that. The stuff I use does. But, Adobe Photoshop's license says something like: for your 500 bucks you can use this software on one machine at a time and cannot give copies to anyone else for them to use, and if you do that you break the license and their copryright and they come after you with police and lawyers. And the laws have been changed, they can get you even if you were not charging for the illegally copied software."
After that, he went back to teaching them how to eliminate some of the answers in multiple choice questions. I was so annoyed that he would be feeding that crap to a bunch of newbies who were training to become computer techs... I mentioned it to [business owner] and she said she'd talked to him about it before and would again. We'll see. So I now officially describe him: "he knows his stuff pretty well, but has an attitude problem." And I will end up teaching some of these same kids UNIX or security later on...
Before I got clear of there, he talked to them a little about security, which remark: "That's why we're all about NT: security." made me laugh and say so. Just prior to fleeing I pointed at the small assembly of newbies and told them flat out that security is all on them, not on any software, that if they know their stuff, they'll be okay, but that if not, it won't matter whose stuff they use.
Going to be fun trying to retrain those minds..Argh.