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Posted 10-29-2011 at 03:47 AM by peonuser
Updated 10-29-2011 at 03:53 AM by peonuser

Probably going to get lambasted for this, but it is something to think about when judging a potential employee. Can a potential employee use what they have or do they need thousands of dollars just to do the simplest thing to get going. Here we will pit a confirmed Microsoft software only advocate versus someone who has at least some familiarity with linux or is willing to try something new and use the systems alloted to them.

In each of two separate rooms on the desk is a Pentium II computer with 128 megs of ram, minimal graphics card, network connection, floppy drive and a 4 gig hard drive. This system will have access to the internet. Also on the desk, are two items. A brand new MSWindows 7 dvd install disk and a gpxe based floppy setup to install linux remotely via the network. The two potential techs are sent to each of the separate rooms to get their computer up and running plus send an email to predefined email address left on a piece of paper also on the desk.

After an hour we hear the Microsoft software only advocate say he or she thew away the floppy as being worthless. Then they go on to complain they did not have a real computer to complete the job. They felt the project was unfair and demeaning. They also said they wanted no part of this type of company.

At the same time, we go over to the other room and find the other applicant working away sending an email as requested in the test. The floppy was put to full use and the MSWindows dvd was left untouched. That applicant in his or her email thanked the company for giving them such an opportunity to be useful.

Which applicant do you think should be offered the position? Which potential employee would you want? You might be also thinking, how can I use Linux to save money in my company?


Mutt works great with gmail.

$ sudo apt-get install mutt openssl

$ mkdir .mutt
$ mkdir .mutt/cache

enter into .muttrc, then edit the first four lines with your specs:

set from = ""
set realname = "Real name"
set imap_user = ""
set imap_pass = "password"
set folder = "imaps://"
set spoolfile = "+INBOX"
set postponed ="+[Gmail]/Drafts"
set trash = "imaps://[Gmail]/Trash"
set header_cache =~/.mutt/cache/headers
set message_cachedir =~/.mutt/cache/bodies
set certificate_file =~/.mutt/certificates
bind editor <space> noop
macro index gi "<change-folder>=INBOX<enter>" "Go to inbox"
macro index ga "<change-folder>=[Gmail]/All Mail<enter>" "Go to all mail"
macro index gs "<change-folder>=[Gmail]/Sent Mail<enter>" "Go to Sent Mail"
macro index gd "<change-folder>=[Gmail]/Drafts<enter>" "Go to drafts"
set move = no  #Stop asking to "move read messages to mbox"!
set imap_keepalive = 900
# Header stuff
ignore "Authentication-Results:"
ignore "DomainKey-Signature:"
ignore "DKIM-Signature:"
hdr_order Date From To Cc

ignore *
unignore from: date subject to cc
unignore x-mailing-list: posted-to:
unignore x-mailer:

# For better looks
set markers=no # don't put '+' at the beginning of wrapped lines
set pager_index_lines= 5 # how large is the index window?
set sort = 'threads'
set sort_aux = 'last-date-received'

# My Editor
set editor='vim + -c "set textwidth=72" -c "set wrap" -c "set nocp" -c "?^$"'

# My Rolodeck :)
#set alias_file= ~/.mutt/aliases
#set sort_alias= alias
#set reverse_alias=yes
#source $alias_file
$ chmod 700 .muttrc
$ mutt
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