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Has anyone seen sigpad upgrade projects?  Citi is pushing their new microchip credit cards.  This is something the rest of the planet has been doing for many years, but I guess the Target breach pushed them over the edge. 

Citi said in the advertising paperwork, "many places might not be ready yet with microchip technology"...I'm interpreting that as, "we'll be upgrading to new sigpads in the near future".  I'm not holding my breath or expecting the profit after expenses to be higher than a fast food job, but I'm just curious.
I haven't run into that problem. I think I was lucky to build up a large amount of completed wo early on and to connect with several buyers of above average quality. 8 plus years doing platform and direct national work and still going full blast.
I am still using OF, WM, and FN. I stopped using FS after just 6 wo. It just seemed like amateur day in all ways including pay.  SL was similar but lower vloume so I deep sixed them. I wonder if Frank the forum admin is still blowing smoke over there. I have pared back or eliminated work from the likes of Sarcom, EES, etc. and instead am concentrating on buyers that call me direct, pay well, and treat techs with respect. Last Friday I was sent to the beach for a half hours work with a 2 hour drive there. They paid $100 an hour including drive time both ways. Overall last year was my best year yet. I payed off the truck in less than a year and made a nice contribution to the retirement fund. This year I plan on concentrating on completing a BS in IT along with the regular work load. The buyers and work are always changing a bit but the flow never stops. Just recently I have been seeing a ton of project work come out on the platforms. Most of it is relatively low pay $20-$40 an hour with full time hours. Not my cup of tea but if it keeps Pete busy it will be very nice.
News and Editorials (PUBLIC) / Re: DRAM $310 Settlement - FYI
« Last post by bfarmer on March 06, 2014, 01:04:56 AM »
Damn, I bought a lot of RAM, not sure about that time frame though
News and Editorials (PUBLIC) / DRAM $310 Settlement - FYI
« Last post by backforty on March 03, 2014, 05:34:37 PM »

About the Lawsuit

There are class action and Attorneys General Settlements involving DRAM, a memory part that is sold by itself or as part of electronic devices such as computers, printers, and video game consoles.

Purchases made directly from a DRAM manufacturer are not included.

The lawsuits claim that the Defendants fixed the price of DRAM causing individuals and businesses to pay more for DRAM and DRAM-containing devices. The Defendants deny that they did anything wrong.

Read the Detailed Notice to learn more about your right to object or exclude yourself from the Settlements.

Do You Qualify?

You qualify for money if you bought DRAM or products containing DRAM (computers, printers, video game consoles or other electronic devices) between 1998 and 2002.

The minimum recovery is $10, while larger purchasers could receive a $1,000 or more.

Important Dates

May 5, 2014
Deadline to exclude yourself (opt out).

May 5, 2014
Deadline to comment on or object to the Settlements or request for fees.

June 25, 2014
The Court will hold a hearing to consider whether to approve the Settlements and award fees.

August 1, 2014
Deadline to file a claim online or by mail.
News and Editorials (PUBLIC) / Why techs complain about platforms
« Last post by Rick Savoia on March 02, 2014, 02:22:46 PM »
I polled the techs and asked the following question: Are you a contractor, a vendor, a commodity or customer? I clearly defined each term, discussed each in detail and drew the seemingly obvious conclusion that techs who worked on service platforms were, indeed, all of the above. After all the complaining from techs about the issue and what I thought was an open-and-shut case, I expected almost unanimous agreement from the platform techs. I was wrong again.

According to the feedback, these platform techs who complain that the IT service platforms don't treat them as well as they do the clients don't consider themselves worthy of such status. So, why do these techs complain at all?

Then I remembered why.

Why do techs complain about IT service platforms?
I really liked your comments, Roy.
I like it!  :-)
Today we’ll ask a very important question to the techs who work on web-based IT service platforms. Are you a contractor, a vendor, a commodity or customer? We’ll define each of these business terms and find out which one best fits the techs who work on these platforms. We’ll also evaluate the numbers from a poll that asked this very question and read some comments from techs who responded to the poll.

The Force Field Episode 67 - Are You a Contractor or a Customer?
Wired (PUBLIC) / Re: No connectivity?
« Last post by Roy J. Tellason on February 16, 2014, 04:30:41 PM »
Following up,  I did pull the box down and open it up,  and among other things removed the case fan assembly and lubed those,  and stuck a NIC in there.  One minor edit to /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf to tell it that card was now and I'm back on the air,  with the web server and the shares being accessible and I can continue to work on it for now.

What else I'm wondering about is that the software is seeing both ports just fine.  I just can't get anything into or out of the onboard one.
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