It’s a simple thing, but often overlooked, and could save you thousands, or even tens of thousands, depending on your monthly spend. Here it is:
FISCAL YEAR END
Like all publicly traded companies, revenue is king. Even if that revenue is sometimes at a break-even point, or occasionally at a loss. Revenue is important at month’s end. It’s even more important at the end of quarters. It’s down right critical before the fiscal year end. How a company closes out its year can mean ramifications for everyone in the company, including the CEO. Depending on how the year ends, he or she could be getting a bonus, or a pink slip.
There is no better time to begin negotiating your telecom contracts 30 to 45 days before the carrier’s fiscal year end. It’s OK to drag things out until the last moment. The longer you wait, the better the deal you will get.
Here’s a list I have started and will add to over time:
AT&T – December 31st
British Telecom – March 31st
GTT – December 31st
Level3 – December 31st
Sprint – March 31st
Telecom Italia – December 31st
TeliaSonera – December 31st
Verizon – December 31st
Zayo – June 30th
To set your desired timezone you need to copy your timezone file from /usr/share/zoneinfo directory to /etc/localtime file. Just change directories:
# cd /usr/share/zoneinfo
A directory listing reveals many regions and zones to choose from:
Africa Arctic Australia EET Etc HST MST Pacific WET
America Asia CET EST Europe Indian MST7MDT SystemV posixrules
Antarctica Atlantic CST6CDT EST5EDT Factory MET PST8PDT UTC zone.tab
Listing the America directory with recursion looks like this:
# ls -R America/
Adak Belem Chicago Edmonton Guyana Lima Metlakatla Noronha Rankin_Inlet St_Barthelemy Tortola
Anchorage Belize Chihuahua Eirunepe Halifax Los_Angeles Mexico_City North_Dakota Recife St_Johns Vancouver
Anguilla Blanc-Sablon Costa_Rica El_Salvador Havana Lower_Princes Miquelon Ojinaga Regina St_Kitts Whitehorse
Antigua Boa_Vista Creston Fortaleza Hermosillo Maceio Moncton Panama Resolute St_Lucia Winnipeg
Araguaina Bogota Cuiaba Glace_Bay Indiana Managua Monterrey Pangnirtung Rio_Branco St_Thomas Yakutat
Argentina Boise Curacao Godthab Inuvik Manaus Montevideo Paramaribo Santa_Isabel St_Vincent Yellowknife
Aruba Cambridge_Bay Danmarkshavn Goose_Bay Iqaluit Marigot Montreal Phoenix Santarem Swift_Current
Asuncion Campo_Grande Dawson Grand_Turk Jamaica Martinique Montserrat Port-au-Prince Santiago Tegucigalpa
Atikokan Cancun Dawson_Creek Grenada Juneau Matamoros Nassau Port_of_Spain Santo_Domingo Thule
Bahia Caracas Denver Guadeloupe Kentucky Mazatlan New_York Porto_Velho Sao_Paulo Thunder_Bay
Bahia_Banderas Cayenne Detroit Guatemala Kralendijk Menominee Nipigon Puerto_Rico Scoresbysund Tijuana
Barbados Cayman Dominica Guayaquil La_Paz Merida Nome Rainy_River Sitka Toronto
Buenos_Aires Cordoba La_Rioja Rio_Gallegos San_Juan Tucuman
Catamarca Jujuy Mendoza Salta San_Luis Ushuaia
Indianapolis Knox Marengo Petersburg Tell_City Vevay Vincennes Winamac
Beulah Center New_Salem
I want America/Los_Angeles so I would type the following:
# cp America/Los_Angeles /etc/localtime
Verify your work with date:
Fri Nov 13 16:12:30 PST 2015
Have you ever noticed that when you start or reattach screen it resizes every SecureCRT tab you have open to 80 columns?
There’s an extremely easy fix. First, find out which term you are using. This must be done outside of screen or your term is simply screen.
[cmp@server ~]$ echo $TERM
Then add the following line to your ~/.screenrc file, adjusting for your term, as needed:
termcapinfo vt100* 'is=\E[r\E[m\E[2J\E[H\E[?7h\E[?1;4;6l'
For xterm, you’d replace vt100 with xterm.
Your terminal will now be the width of your SecureCRT window.