Feeds

* Posts by Andrew Barr

50 posts • joined 18 Dec 2007

It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Andrew Barr

EE Test

Was this the same EE network that collapsed last week??

https://twitter.com/EE/status/446369338388254720/photo/1

1
0

For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

Andrew Barr

Maybe a simpler solution,

If you have limited disk space, but are happy to spend on hardware, then the solutions is to have a box under the desk running a headless Linux configuration and then replace the keyboard, monitor and mouse with a laptop with windows running on it, and make sure that the laptop is good enough to run your games. If desk space is at too much of a premium move the laptop to somewhere else in the house with more space?

always go with as simple solution as possible, as if there is a problem with hardware you could loose both systems!

0
0

BlackBerry BES: Hey, biz bod, fancy an upgrade on that RIM job... for FREE?

Andrew Barr

"I personally wouldn't want an IT Admin to have full device wipe capabilities over my own personal device."

This could be a useful feature, if you lost your phone (including a memory card) that may have embarrassing photos, or personal documents on it. You can then ask IT to wipe the device as a precaution. This can also be a function of an Exchange server with Andoid/iphones utilising activesync to connect to them via OWA.

0
0

Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

Andrew Barr
Coat

Re: How to tell a fake one from a real one

Maybe they just need stop wasting money then and just go for a standard USB Micro B connector then!!

2
0
Andrew Barr
Trollface

How to tell a fake one from a real one

There is a fool proof way of telling a fake apple product from a genuine one.

Fake - you get a shock after you have purchased it

Genuine - you get the shock before you purchase it - you want WHAT for a simple charger!!

7
0

Google, Microsoft go head to head in Santa-tracking tech race

Andrew Barr
Alert

And what happens if Santa is not in the same location on both systems!!!

Please think of the little children!!

2
0

This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

Andrew Barr
FAIL

Old Adidas Logo

Isnt this nearly similar to the old adidas logo - which had 3 ovals - ok they are not solid but look very similar and are part of the fashion section of the patent

1
0

EU mobe warning system for imminent disasters won't work on iPhone

Andrew Barr
Mushroom

Emergency System

In an emergency, the phone companies prioritise emergency calls over their networks, so while Joe Public gets naff all, emergency services, important MPs, etc will get a normal service so they can get on with saving the world :D

2
0

O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

Andrew Barr
FAIL

Ooops

Aren't O2 the olympic mobile provider

3
0

Force Google to black out searches in new privacy law - MPs

Andrew Barr
Coat

What we need....

Is a government website setup to display who has a court injunction, why they have a court injunction and links to pages on the web where people have ingnored the injuntions. Else how am I to now if I should report a story on twitter or not ;)

Mine's the one with a list of names of celebrities in the pocket!!

0
0

PARIS soars to Guinness World Record

Andrew Barr
Pint

CONGRATULATIONS

Now time to land it on the moon :)

0
0

The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

Andrew Barr
Pirate

Airfix Models

I will only start downloading if they torrent a Airfix MK IX Spitfire, 3D model, with the ability to scale up to a 1:1 model :)

5
0

Virtual sanity: How to get a grip on your home PCs

Andrew Barr
FAIL

This is the difference between Developers and the Infrastructure guys :P

3
0

Pickles plans curry colleges to halt Indian immigration

Andrew Barr
FAIL

So no Chefs.....

But who is going to train the new British Chefs...... Ahh... That will be the authentic Indian Cuisine Teachers!!!

1
0

97% of Three's network traffic is data

Andrew Barr
WTF?

I thought 3 piggy backed off another network for their Voice and their network was purely 3G for data ?

Andy

0
0

FalconStor founder found dead

Andrew Barr
FAIL

Probably not the best photo source to use in this article

ReiJane Huai. Photo Both Barrels Communications !!!

3
0

Supercomputer and superboffins spot rare baby supernova

Andrew Barr
Coat

A closer look

A closer look at the picture and in all that exciting technological advances and there is a piece of wood holding the cable tray up on top of the nearest rack!!

I bet there is a dwarf turning a big wheel at the back of the room!!

1
0

Ofcom mulls smackdown for rogue religious TV channel

Andrew Barr
Joke

Already out there

It's called Sky

5
0

Scientists eye curvaceous Earth gravity map

Andrew Barr
Joke

round?

So initiall people thought the world was flat, then they realised it was round. But science has just proved that it is just a blob flying around in space!!

3
0

Apple patent pic revives touchscreen Mac buzz

Andrew Barr
Coffee/keyboard

Laptop Keyboard

I have not seen a keyboard looking like that since the BBC model B!!

0
0

Channel islanders attack Street View car

Andrew Barr
WTF?

Got to be good

You have to be good to sneak up on a car with a 360 degree camera and slash the tyres!!

1
0

Paris jub-flash mugger busted

Andrew Barr
Troll

Playmobile or it didn't happen!!

You might have to cover the relevant bits due to the age of the playmobile girls!!

0
0

Ton-up speed merchant blames dyslexia

Andrew Barr
WTF?

playing snap!

Surely he would just match the numbers on the side of the road to the numbers on his speedo?

0
0

Apple preps iOS fix as Germany warns of iPhone peril

Andrew Barr
FAIL

Apple OS = Microsoft OS

iOS 3 = XP

iOS 4 = Vista

We are all just waiting for iOS 5 :)

1
1

Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

Andrew Barr
Joke

I have about 20,000 names, address and telephone numbers in a searchable format

It is call the BT phone book, it gets delivered to my house maybe once a year!

1
0

Spam filters stuff Canadian Beaver

Andrew Barr
Thumb Up

On there website...

From Our Readers - A Flip Through The Beaver Album

Nice :)

0
0

Pig plague alert: Avoid missionary position

Andrew Barr
Paris Hilton

bad linking

went to the link in the post.....quite informative, but then there was a link to this

http://gawker.com/5418423/grandmothers-and-ice-cream-should-not-get-so-close - very wrong!!

Pais, because this is what she will look like in 40yrs time

0
0

Musos demand Guantanamo Bay playlist

Andrew Barr
Badgers

licensing

Just wait till the PRS gets involved!! They will be wanting the royalties !!

0
0

Adobe tries to rub out LibDem airbrush claims

Andrew Barr
Troll

Will the MP show us the way

I take it from now on that Jo Swinson will not be wearing any make up or doing her hair before any PR photos or public outings, as this would just be the old fashioned way of "airbrushing".

Troll icon because this is what she looks like without makeup on!!

0
0

Boffins: Ordinary lightbulbs can be made efficient, cheaply

Andrew Barr
Unhappy

How much electricity is used to product the laser beam

I bet that the laser used on the light bulb uses more electricity than the bulb saves and therefore the whole process is a waste of time!

0
0

Too much sunshine makes you commit suicide

Andrew Barr
Coat

SAD Lamps

So we now need a replacement idea for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps - may be a thick blanket that you could put over your head!! But because it has medical properties you could now sell them for twice the price of a normal blanket - the same could be done with black out blinds!

Mines the one that does not let the sun shine through!!

0
0

'Spam-friendly' domain registrars named and shamed

Andrew Barr
Unhappy

IP Addresses

IP Address would be useful, then we could block those mail servers directly!!!

0
0

Opera sings praises of Microsoft-browser statement

Andrew Barr
Unhappy

Next step

So MS removes IE, keeping opera happy, but wait what will people use to download their browser of choice?

Yes they can use FTP, but wait that is bundle with windows as well, so then generic FTP software company pops up and whines, it will never end.

Maybe remove TCP/IP from windows to stop all the fuss!!

0
0

ITU plots third dimension

Andrew Barr
Alert

3d Resolutions

So when are we going to see monitor resolutions in 3d

1024x768x<distance from screen object appear> :D

0
0

Firefox plug-in Trojan harvests logins

Andrew Barr
Coat

Back to IE then

Just pass me any coat, I have to get out of here quickly before the fanboys turn up

0
0

MPs lost for Word over creaking Microsoft packages

Andrew Barr
Coat

There is a free download

Why don't they just download the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack?

Just in case there are any PICT employees reading the register instead of working on the problem here is the link to the free download:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en

Darn, maybe I should have rang them up as a contractor, and charged them millions, only to go over budget and taken as long as it take for the next version of office to come out!!

Mines the one with the software assurance license in my pocket

0
0

Arizona boffins get a grip on their newly-fat pipe

Andrew Barr
Joke

Obsidian Strategics Incorporated contract small print

USAGE CAPS

Broadband

Please note the speed of th BIG FAT PIPE is "up to" 18,000 Megabit/s so you might not necessarily get that speed..

If you subscribe to the BIG FAT PIPE, this is a capped service, and is based on the amount of data that you download or upload via your BIG FAT PIPE access each month ("Usage Cap"), your usage must not exceed that Usage Cap each month. The current Usage cap for the BIG FAT PIPE is 100TB,

If you exceed your Usage Cap, your download speed will be reduced to 256Kbit/s for the rest of the month.

If, in subsequent months, your usage continues to exceed your Usage Cap, we will continue to contact you to ask you to reduce your usage immediately or you account will be terminated.

1
0

Winning contestant dies during competitive eating event

Andrew Barr
Stop

Cost of Life

in this case £38 - walks away shaking head!!!!

Stop - cos he did!!

0
0

Anatomy of a malware scam

Andrew Barr
Go

Too Many to count

I have removed this malware from too many machines in the last month or so, ranging from home PC of friends and family, to corporate machines, that have corporate AV installed on them.

I find that Malwarebytes Antimalware (malwarebytes.org) program removes the program with out any problems. You dont need to buy anything (unless you want continuous protection - but I run it once a week to keep an eye on things)

I hope that this will help others in the fight against the crap that is out there

0
0

Boeing gets new raygun-on-a-lorry contract

Andrew Barr
Coat

a frickin' laser on a truck...

I want it on a shark ;)

Mines the one with a gold member sticking out of the pocket

0
0

BOFH: Smash + grab

Andrew Barr
Unhappy

Life Insurance

I hope that the Insurance guy was up to date with his life insurance payments :D

0
0

MPs lambast BBFC over Batman

Andrew Barr
Paris Hilton

Vaz and his daughter

As the 12a certificate has replaced the PG rating then it is up to him if he wants his under 12 daughter to see the film, if he thinks that it is to violent then that is his right as a parent and not as a MP to decide! Some parents will think that their child is adult enough to appreciate the film and still understand that crime is wrong and take their child to see the film, others wont, but both will get on with life.

Paris, cos she knows the difference between right and wrong

0
0

Ofcom slaps MTV with £255k fine

Andrew Barr
Coat

Percentage of Viewers

Perhaps that OFCOM actually use the percentage of total viewers who complain to decided if they are going to act.

Therefore

4 viewers = 100% of the viewers for that show = OFCOM have to act.

0
0

A quarter of UK adults to go on child protection database

Andrew Barr
Stop

So what are CRB checks needed for?

I have to fill in multiple CRB documents, so I have one for the Cricket Team I captain, one for a school that I visit, one for a different school that I visit. I hope the new system covers all jobs/positions, rather than having multiple certificates.

How are they going to vet people, self certification of course !!!

0
0

Boffins ponder 100-year archive made of TOMES

Andrew Barr
Coat

Do like the egyptians

And write the stuff on a wall and then put it in a big pyramid shaped bunker.

Their archives have lasted thousands of years and still readable!!

Mines the one with the hieroglyphs on the back.

0
0

Phone insurance firm reveals Sharia rules policy

Andrew Barr
Go

@Jamie

Jamie, just because you rent a house does not mean no house insurance, it just means that you don't need buildings insurance. I hope that you have home contents insurance!! Else we might all pop round and try and nick your phone :)

0
0

Taking the piste: Wii to bring skiing to the living room

Andrew Barr
Coat

We need the eeePC girl playing this

I think the El Reg need to combine the eeePC girl and the Wii Ski game and post it on YouTube for all to see.

Mines the dirty old one with the binoculars

0
0

USB Missile Launcher gets integrated spyscope webcam

Andrew Barr
Flame

A few suggestions

We have the camera and the laser sighting, but I think the following could be in the pipeline:-

Wireless, webcam (with Night vision), laser targeting, mobile (fire and move) missile launcher.

and maybe a redesign so it looks like this

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/m270.htm

0
0

Becta excludes Vista, Office - again

Andrew Barr
Unhappy

BECTA costings

I used to work at a Secondary School in Berkshire. We had technology specialist status, and we decided that it was always better to order directly rather than go with BECTA approved suppliers. As the BECTA suppliers always thought that schools are an easy target for making extra cash.

This included a MS schools agreement licensing, it always seemed better to go to the suppliers ourselves as it normally saved us between 10-30% in cost.

One of the biggest pains was the tesco "computers for schools", which always required you to get the computers/accessories from RM. This is a pain as the RM prices were comparable to buying a mac than a std HP machine, so we always ordered printers instead.

0
0

Sysadmin admits trying to axe California power grid

Andrew Barr
Flame

Where were the UPS Connected to

Why was the little red button not connected to the unfiltered side of the ups, so that the UPS would nicely shut down the servers. This would then allow the server to be turned on in the set sequence to get the system back up and running as quickly as possible.

But then again I have seen little red buttons more than electronically turn of the power, but actually cut through the power cable suppling the server room, but this was still on the unfiltered side of the ups.

0
0