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* Posts by Andy

34 posts • joined 4 Apr 2007

Orange can't find BlackBerry maps

Andy

also MIA from the Pearl 8120

I brought a 8120 for myself in May, (only because i have a work 's 8100 and a car kit for it, and didn't want to buy a cradle for my personal phone and swap it about) I rang Orange two days after getting the phone about Blackberry maps, to be told they couldn't help me, as they "don't support 3rd Party apps, call Blackberry direct to find out why it won't install"

I gave up trying to get an answer form both so downloaded a free version of amAze which is not as good as Google Maps for detail but does allow Navigation so can listen to the directions as i'm driving. Shame pesky work won't allow the 8100 to connect to GPS devices else i'd use Blackberry Maps.

So a big Boo and Hiss to Orange for being Orange, i'll migrate to a new network at the earliest shame i didn't realise i was being shafted by Orange till after the 14 day cooling off period

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Wireless browsers shut out of the Olympics

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Pain in the backside

As a payer of the license fee I am happy to see that non UK IP Addresses are blocked, I become very unhappy when away on business for weeks on end, and maybe i feel like a bit of UK Telly to help the time go by, using works VPN I am unable to use streaming sites, and in most sys admins eyes "Quite right to!"

I have heard through the grapevine that you can P2P TV shows within hours or a few days of broadcast, P2P Clients not the sort of thing you want to explain away to BOFH when it's picked up by the Discovery Tool.

FTP show's from home maybe be an idea, if you can be bothered with the poor transfer speeds, (8hours for a 30 minute show or 750Mb for the tech minded) and you would have to be a LAN engineer to ensure no impact to folks back at the ranch when your killing the bandwidth.

In this IT day and age can we not have User ID's linked to License fee's, anti fraud in place to ensure user ID's are not pinging up all over the place at the same time?? or at least something that allow's exceptions to the rules like me to be able to view what i am actually paying for whilst overseas?

With an abundant amount of PVR's on the market what is the point of having IP TV currently if not to be able to watch where you wouldn't be able to on a real life, actually in front of you TV?

7 weeks in Asia with no English speaking TV Programs except BBC World News and CNN was not fun, when trying to watch F1 on Chinese CCTV6 (great channel name i think!) as F1ITV.com was not playing ball. ESPN only show's Football, not my fave sport if i'm to be honest. Which left me with an enourmous task on Sky+ to decide what i could do with out watching and what i did want to watch upon my return.

Content providers seem to wheel out the standard "At this time only UK Addresses can access the Online Content for free" every time i drop an line to ask when i will be able to use iplayer, 4oD etc abroad

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Singapore forum 'scammer' faces caning and prison

Andy
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@ all the correctors

Bad day at the office? or lack of Friday extended liquid lunch break?

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Pod slurping licks a*se antlers to claim Oz word of the year

Andy

@Ellen

Cheers learnt something new there :) I will get back in my box

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Andy
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Not very PC

Sorry have to pull you up,

BUT brainstorming is no longer allowed by the PC police, it offends Epileptics, regardless of if one is present when said slogan is mentioned and is now referred to as "Thought Shower" unless another group of people decide it is offensive and a new Slogan is produced.

You have been warned, repeat offenders are forced to watch Newsround* in a Continuous 24x7 cycle for 30 days, with only water and thin gruel as sustenance in an effort to re- educate in what is acceptable to say out loud.

For non UK types Newsround is a Childrens News Program which is presented in a simple non offensive manner to allow the pre teens to keep up to date on world affiars. And are interviewed for thier opinions on the state of the world.

jacket please - mine is the High Vis with the clipped on hard hat, knee and elbow pads with gloves tied together through the arms

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Businesses blind to the security risks of temporary staff

Andy
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Is I(C)T/HR to blame

While the stats may appear a bit hairy, looking deeper at the reasons, having had the issue of Temp user(s) Account land on my lap in serveral companies, I saw a common theme, and quickly sloped my shoulders to somebody else.

1) the Business typicaly never hire a temp to start after the SLA for Account Creation, (then Norm i've seen is 5 Days) most Temps are need within 48 hours due to business demands (IT have been unwilling to negoatiate a reduced SLA)

2) HR will not invest in automated systems which feed IT New/Leaver Requests.

3) New/Leaver Requests can be baffling for the Business at times with a high percentage of managers not using them for years on end, so information is basic and in most cases unhelpful. IT/HR never seem willing to offer guidence or are not approachable by the business for assistance. In defence bof a couple of IT departments I worked for, PR exercises to the business had a low take up, i guess the releationship was to far damaged.

4) The Business is never educated in the risks of allowing Temp1 accounts to exist in a way they understand,

5) Sys Admins do not always follow thier own policies or police them.

6) The Business lie to IT about the duration of a User to by pass the mountain as they see of Admin involved in the whole process.

All my Utopian fixes where quickly dismissed.

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Dinosaurs derail desalination drive Down under

Andy

why then....

Are we not seeing this in Africa?

Also if we nick water from the sea, will this help with rising sea levels due to Global Warming?

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Air France compensates 170kg passenger

Andy
Boffin

@Stick em all together

According the the DHL flight load planners at the EMA hub, The most efficient flying angle is 3 Deg nose up so I would imagine they should be near the tail end rather than the middle, depening on other pax wieght

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Jackie Chan records Olympic ditty

Andy

@ Eduard Coli

erm methinks you have been sniffing the joss sticks a bit to much my friend. Having spent some time in the industrial areas of China I have seen a remarkable lack of slave,prisoner and child labor working in the Warehouses and factories, or even as part of the vast numbers of manual labourers building roads offices hotels and houses.

However the greedy native companies would risk using slave,prisoner and child labor. Also the vast gap between the have and the have not's does mean you do get sickly looking children virtualy clinging to you begging for money which is a tad annoying as you basicly have to beat them off you and i do mean beat them!! not particualry pleasent thing to do. Give them RMB and they will follow you begging for more with thier buddies i learnt that one the hard way!!

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BT offers £1K for Wi-Fi application

Andy
Coat

Erm stuff like.....

web mail, pc anywhere, websurfing the normal stuff you do with a internet/network connection, i.e SPV Office files etc

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Vodafone UK loses roamers worldwide

Andy

That explains....

why both me and the boss had no signal in Beijing last night.

wonder if they had similar issues today as I called her this afternoon and it didn't go to voice mail, and this evening I called and left a voicemail advising i was heading to the bar, and she was rather miffed that i hadn't told her when we met for dinner!!

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Florida uni cops taser shouty student

Andy

ha you vill follow zee rulez

Well if he didn't follow the debating rules then that's OK, examples need to be set and they need to be clear!! If there were no rules, then WOW Free speech rocks

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'Happy slapping' vids prompt Brown to push net filters

Andy

websense

why companies such as websense are not punting home versions to a higher level i do not know. or are they? but i am not seeing them due to not being in the right demographic?

many a drunk chat amongst fellow childless IT people has helped design a home to guide in the lunishment of children. how many of us had had our hi-fi's and or TV's taken away as punishment when we were kids? (Apart from ye oldies who remember rationining, or the first wave of Punk) now it would be less back breaking just to remove a fuse to the bedroom, and only issue laptop at homework time and just before school.

We reckon, Home network with AD and a special punshment group set up with restrictive access levels basicly you can have access to Office and Adobe Photoshop, employ websense with same type of group i.e you only get education websites, have the wall sockets in thier room on a different ring to the other wall sockets on same floor, and remove fuse.

more ideas welcome,

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Eurostar inaugurates UK high-speed track

Andy

under water tunnels

I would like to see the flood area should some nutter decides to test how much explosive it would take to rupture the tunnel, a couple of meters of hyper re-inforced concrete and what a mile of bedrock, plus seadbed????

it would be intresting to see if the water would gush out like a garden hose at both ends until the pressure equalised, or if it would even come out of the tunnels?

A question for brainiac to answer

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Trade unions demand right to Facebook

Andy

@Raheim Sherbedgia

judging by your post, you would be a pain to work for, if you would see somebody effort at going the extra mile to get stuff done as being bad workoad management, then your a bit nucked up!! in some org's hitting deadlines can be hard and require heroics in managing what is after all a giant herd of cats, when it comes to ensuring everybody is free to have conf calls, face to face meetings supply information, esp if they are not in your team and thier priorities are different and most inportantly they do not answer to you, or your mgmnt structure.

Esclations can SOMETIMES be more of hassel than helpful

sometimes you have crises which can not be left alone at 17:30 to be picked up at 09:00 the next day, Sometimes said crises impact on what your curently working on, now yes you can say ok fair enough i'll pick that up another day, it does really depend on your work state of mind, you may decide it is easy and have less impact on future work to JFDI there and then at 18:45

I would also say to you it's not always about workload management but expectation management,

and i would hate to break it to you buddy my boss loves me and respects for the extra effort i put in, which has resulted in lot's of time off in lieu, even a paid holiday in miami as long as i aranged a meeting, a nice big fat payrise. and lot's of playful slaps on the wrist for working to play catch up after having had loads of addtional work dumped on me, by said boss. It's swings and roundabouts buddy.

Sometimes when you are busy, spending 5 minutes distractiing yourself helps re-focus your attention, like when i go for a ciggie, or make a cup of coffee or jump on to el reg to read a news piece or two and make a long ramberling comment such as this.

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Boffins trial cheap landmine sniff-tech

Andy

But why....

Are the Farmers/landowners being asked to pick up the tab?? 9/10 the farmers didn't ask for the mines to be laid, the offending army should pick up the tab.

Must dash, otherwise i'll miss my ship back to Utopia

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Google in crusade against neckties

Andy

everything has it's place

min two piece suit and Tie for formal customer/supplier meetings unless customer policy is to not wear a tie, even so default to a tie at the start, remove after asking, 9/10 they will say yes, but alway's polite to ask, if you have a fantastic raport with your contact you will rarley have to ask.

Normal office work, shirt and trousers, Jacket optional and every friday dress down day.

For some people First impressions still count, and these people do not always wear a sign that's advises so!!! Play it safe.

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Jordan names sprog 'Princess Tiaamii'

Andy

Pronounce

Anybody fancy doing the phonetic spelling for PT's name? I am struggling to work out how it should be pronouced, forigen lang is not my strong point (as english isn't at times) I can ask for most items in french, and ask directions to the beach, night club, the train station, and helpful things like " I live in a House" "i do not understand, can you speak english?" i.e basic 13 year old french!! German well that is about one lessons worth.

Hangs head in shame

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Japanese P2P leak cop fired

Andy

RE:This is a joke, right?

Anon,

I am with you, I think an IT bod should be ready to fall on his/her sword as well.

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Speedy evolution saves blue moon butterflies

Andy

and all because....

A butterfly saved it's self from extinction, we have a rather bizzare debate on who owns the trademark on Evolution ©. God or Nature. Mental!!!

I'll chuck my 2 pennies worth in and go with Nature, as my own personal views on all religions is that it is a social evolotion used the concept of Gods to bind us together, some of us have evolved (socially) to stand aside and find a different path to help us deal with lifes joys and woes, rightly or wrongly (the final truth comes out when we die either way)

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T-Mobile in court over Truphone call blocks

Andy

sounds like protecting an empire to me

Artical doesn't goive much to go on, and to be honest can't be arsed to look up the facts, just want to gripe about Telcos protecting thier empires rather than look to diverse and look for new revenue streams.

Take VOIP and some UK telco's asking Nokia to remove the VOIP feature from the Handsets. Why? well obviously protect profits, damnit at the expense of allowing me to have full freedom.

French Telcom, have broadband and Mobile infrastucture, why can't I ditch BT as a landline take up good ole FT and have one Number which i can either use at home as a land line or when out of the house it switches to the Mob(il)e network, would save me some pennies i'm sure, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO how would BT and FT survive without the addtional charges.

Data access what a waste of money that is, crap speeds, crap display,crap pricing model, and they would like me to watch TV on my Mob(il)e!! not on your nelly, the license fee to watch a proper telly is high enough with out you stripping my wallet bare. I wouldn't mind catching a bit of Telly while sat in an airport, train station, or even on my lunch break, but i would be bankrupt by the end of the billing period

Int Roaming, Erm do the big Telco's pretty much dominate the global market? so why oh why are you fleecing me out of the lint left in my pocket to use you networks in another country? Thankfully not my bill to pay but in April my works Voda bill was £1,300

all i can say i Greedy fuckers

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Microsoft pushes Office 2007 with 'try-before-you-buy'

Andy

Flawed

M$ want to infiltrate the end users with O07, hmmmm most companies i've worked for either have a standard desktop image, flashed on before it hit's the corp office by the vendors OR before the end user log's on for the first time it is built by Desktop support with guess what???...........

A) a build image!!

How then do M$ intend to wow the users with it's flashy new Office?

What about if a company allows it's users to run the trialware?

I am still on OXP, my coll gets a flashy new Laptop and proceeds to create a new doc saves it as per the norm, totally ignorant of the fact i'm 2 V behind them and i can't open it, I send it back say "Oi I need it saved as a 2002 please!" OK not too much hassel but when they have to do it every time they send a file out, soon enough you'll hear "Hi, is this the Hell desk?" " Yeah can I have Office XXXX installed please, my trail ware is useless nobody can open the files I send them"

doomed to fail i tells ya, doomed!!

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Chinese net addict murders mother

Andy

thats number wang!

Which number Wang was he? with 8 million Wngs out there and was the 7,777,645th Wang he was doomed from the start

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US harvests anti-terror research

Andy

Can it tell different types of stress?

can it tell stress apart?

I mean i get stressed when i land wondering if i'll make my connection on time, will i be able to sneak a quick fag in, before i start the journey to the connection terminal?

like this morning when i missed my connection to beijing before i even thought about can i have a ciggie before my flight leaves, it had left already and am stuck in s.korea until saturday

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EFF lawyer is smokin' on Google Street View

Andy

I forgot to say.. RE:Maybe...

To a degree I agree about Street maps being a bit fancy and pointless, however there has been the odd occasion when doing a routefinder say with multimap and then double checking with a normal map, I've been sent to the wrong area only by a few streets, having a street view would have given me a chance to verify that indeed I am being directed to the right place, this has happened to me twice in 3 years and caused me to be late even when I've double checked the address and postcode.

opps shuttles about to leave best be off

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Andy

back to earth with a bump

LMAO i totally didn't think about all the people who would like to descend down to a google photo shoot point well made. I guess Father4justice would be the first in there, along with PETA and CNLA.

I didn't know about the Sydney thing I'll google that in a bit and have a laugh.

On the point of legality, i vaguely remember once when suffering from a spate of random car vandalism on my street when talking to the boy's in blue about CCTV, they said fine as long as it didn't point directly towards another houses window.

I'm back off to planet Utopia with my tail between my legs, maybe i could get a new job in a Strategy Boutique, and leave ITSM, something to ponder about on the journey back.

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Andy

the obivous thing to do would be.......

Am I the only thinking a lot of this sillyness could be avoided if Google took a sensable approach and pre-warned people this was happening, Just like the highways agency advise us in Blighty that on X date this road will be shut or on X date roadworks will commence for a period of x Weeks.

All Google have to do is invest in signage in agreement with the yokle authorties advising that this street/district will be photographed on x date (no need to provide a time just the date) as well as talking out bill board posters, yokle rag advertising so all can see.

Bill Boards/ rag Advertising

GOOGLE WILL BE MAPPING YOUR TOWN

During the month of X Google PLC will be photgraphing the streets of your town, to enhance it's mapping service. please be warned that these pictures are at a street view and may enchroach on your privicy, we advise that residents look out for signs in your area giving you advanced notice of when google is to be in your area, and prepare accordingly, e.g if you residence fronts on to the street, you may want to draw your curtains.

Our Vans are coloured X with large Google Logos, if you are walking out and spot our Van and do not wish to be seen then hide!! (lol lost the plot, but you get the jist)

Street Signs

Google PLC will be photographing This Area on X date(s) between the hours of 9am to 5 pm

there how easy is that, expensive but easy

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The cheapest calling plan of all: Friends and Family on the company phone

Andy

Sales pish

LMAO, totaly unenforceable, i defy any company over 1000 drones strong with spilt office locations to know every single company owned number, and that is before, knowing customer and supplier numbers!!

mind you i got a panic on when i saw my April bill for £1k+ spoke to team bean counter who laughed and said welcome to the club!

I wonder how HMRC view personal calls made while away on company business? 9/10 times the employee has not made a choice to go away, the company has sent them, it would seem unreasonable to expect them to use thier own phone to call home, esp if abroad. obviously the fairuse policy would kick in to stop a 4 hour telephone call every day

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BMW helps nail 105mph V-sign biker

Andy

Speedo watching

Hola,

My two pennies worth

I take issue with people saying speed camara's are dangerous because it encourages people to stare at the speedo, and not the road, whilst this is true in most cases, it shouldn't be an excuse, with or without a camara you should be able to feel your speed with only having to glance down every now and again to make corrections of about +/- 5mph, if you stick to the limits.

I prefer the SPEC camara's that measure the average distance as most numb nuts don't heavy break they just crawl through on average at 10mph below the limit, this is only a minor iritation if on a single carridgeway, I am seriously considering a PA system for the car, so i can tell the pratt infront that the speed limit is 40 not 30, and other useful pieces of information, like turn your bloody rear fogs off, i'm not flashing you for a laugh your blinding me!!

The police should sit by the fixed camaras and pull anybody who breaks sharply before a camara for dangerous driving, i'm not talking about soft breaking to scrub off 5-10mph 10ft before the camara, i'm talking about those who break so hard that they grind thier front bumber 10ft down the road scrubing 40 mph, for christ sakes these camaras are pretty much all now in floresent colours, with signs 1km in each direction advising of the possibility of a camara, if you can't see it, you are a danger to us all.

The saftey team, sneaky bar-stewards, but i know thier out there somewhere, and touch wood i've spotted them well in advance that i have yet to be caught, Speed all you like just make sure your watching the whole road and mirrors whilst doing it.

Camaras are not dangerous it is unobservent drivers that are the danger.

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Virgin Media piles Cable and Wireless sandbags

Andy

ADSL helps me how??

The sole reason I am with Virgin is because i'm to far from an exchange to get anything higher 1 mb service. Now I face the potential of being capped, I would be happier if they invested in thier cable infrastucture so they could do away with the capping then go into adsl, but then i'm a selfish bugger

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Half a million kids' DNA on UK police database

Andy

Planet Utophia

I would like to raise my hand and say i live in a Utopian daydream where my company act's the way i think it should and i live in a United Kingdon which is thinking about going in the direction I am happy with.

I am more than happy to provide DNA to the Fuzz, I am not worried about having my coller felt for a crime I did not commit (a la 1982 with my crack commando team) I really belive that if my prints were found at a SOC that forensic aging would prove that I was not at the SOC when it happend, unless i passed on through within 7 days then i would sweat esp if the Lag wore gloves, but that is a risk i am willing to take, and to be honest unless said ne'er do well wore a hazmat suit to commit said crime the chances of a full false positive is quite low.

yes there is there inconvience factor but F**k it!! it makes a good pub story, how once you were given the "Bad cop, Good Cop" treatment by the Orrafices of the whores, sorry officers of the law.

How you get around the Anoym post "I think I am on the list..." about the hammer not sure, I would hope i had an alibi, like

"well I was at A&E getting my thumb reset after smacking it with the hammer, the CCTV, or ask Officer xyz who came in to arreset the drunken pratt having a go at the staff, go on check and get me a do-nut and coffee on your way back" or well "OK, you have my hammer but where is the victems DNA on said Item?"

The people who have fears are quite correct in having them, but like everything in life it's a numbers game, and the chances of it being you are slim, unless you truley are the worlds most unluckiest person.

One last thing, I'm not a Science whizz, but faking DNA i do not belive to be possible at least in the next 3 generations anyway, Finger prints yes, but that is not DNA.

The Daily Mail and all likewise media bod's have a lot to answer for with it's scare mongering!!

Andy

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Germans invade Second Life

Andy

How empty....

hmmm, I barely have time to s**t shower and shave, plus do my job plus see friends, oh and grab a bite to eat.

What an earth do these players do for a living that gives them soooooooooooooooooooo much free time,(I want that Job) along with socialising in reality? or have i missed something and these games are thier socialising?

tis a dark dark day that the only way to make friends is via a VDU

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Bull delivers 16 cores in pizza box

Andy

re:Heat

Ahh but any cost savings can be used to hire imigrants to wave fans at your racks, thus reducing the carbon foorprint by not having to have as many A/C units, boosting the econemy, and giving these guys a foot in to IT without first having to annoy me with poor language skills when calling up the Service Desk, they can tumb through the Manuals to help ease the boredom and teach themselves Technical english, tis a win win situation all round i feel

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Phones on a Plane: FCC still says no

Andy

In a way thank you FCC

In some respects thankfuly the ban remains in place, as a frequent traverler it's is a joy to not be contactable for 2-12 hours also it is a joy not to hear somebody elses one way converstation, but on the flip side I will still have to wade through a mountain of Texts and VM and when checked in at the Hotel, emails but i guess it is a small price to pay for some P&Q, as much as I would like to be able to work on the go I can't have my cake and eat it. so i choose have the cake and eat it at the Hotel!!

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