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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

Jim Willsher

Despite all the publicity, my bank (Clydesdale - Yorkshire will also be affected) is still vulnerable!

http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#home2.cbonline.co.uk

Ouch!

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

Jim Willsher

Re: The beginning of the end of Microsoft.

dsa.msc is even quicker

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Jim Willsher

WTF has this got to do with IT? This is The Register, not The Guardian.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Jim Willsher

Yesterday was a catalyst for us, I'm now blocking all emails with zip attachments. If anyone needs to get a zip file, they'll find another way. All the zip attachments we've received in the last month have been viruses.

Emailed zip files no longer serve a business purpose IMHO.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Jim Willsher

Re: As if this will make people happy!

TL;DR indeed

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Re: Pet peeve

Save the toes and use your couple of quid to buy (almost) Start8. Then tick "Disable all Windows 8 hot corners when at the desktop". Job done.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

Jim Willsher

Yep, teamviewer. Free for personal use, installation with fixed ID numbers and passwords for unattended access, facility to reboot remote computer in Safe Mode. And it's free.

What's not to like?

LogMeIn can LogMeOut as far as I'm concerned.

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Latest Chrome adds Chrome OS flavor to Windows 8 'Metro' mode

Jim Willsher

<pedant>

It's the register .CO.UK, can we have flavour instead of flavor please. Thank you, I'll get my coat.

</pedant>

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

Jim Willsher

Re: So, finally...

At least you have a cabinet. All our lines are EO lines, and if BT do decide to install a cabient then they'll install it right outside the exchange so we'll be no better off.

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

Jim Willsher

Quit moaning peeps and just move banks. Simples.

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

Jim Willsher

Because it's easier to *refine* your search if it's not overwritten by the web page you visit.

If you type XYZ 123 into the adress bar, the browser will happily submit that to google for you. So you choose a link and then realise you'd have been better putting XYZ 124. With a separate search box you can edit and resubmit; with a combined box you either have to retype or you have to hit countless iterations of the back button.

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As long as they keep the separate search box, I'll be happy.

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

Jim Willsher

Re: @Unlimited - if ipv4 addresses are so rare

Errm...no-one is sharing my static IP thank you.

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Jim Willsher

Re: if ipv4 addresses are so rare

Yep, that's what he said

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

Jim Willsher

Re: Hmmm, no website

I travelled Edinburgh to Bristol yesterday, returning tomorrow. No weight limit on baggage, and if it's < 50x45x20cm (from memory; might be wrong numbers) they GUARANTEE it will travel in the cabin. Slightly bigger (25cm width) and it's still permitted but might get white-tagged.

No weight limit. Just as well, as mine was 14KG.

I find SleazyJet to be fine, especially when Edinburgh has crap connections to many places and EZY have a direct flight. Never had a bad experience with them.

But in all my years of business travel (many) I'm stil very proud (and pleased!) to say I have avoided RyanAir. Heck, I'd thumb a lift down the A1 before booking with RyanAir.

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Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

Jim Willsher

Re: News from the trenches

I too am dependent on ADSL, working from home for an I.T. company, and I too have a solid 8Mb connection (SNR 6.5, so only just). Whilst I'm not in the Highlands, I'm in rural Perthshire (about 2 miles south of the fault line) and I'm on an Exchange Only line (fed straight from our 138-premises Essendy exchange). Hell will freeze over before Scottish Government, P&K Council, or BT (take your pick) upgrades our exchange, and even when it does, my EO line will probably still limit me to 8Mb.

Yes, I choose to live here. And no, I'm not jealous of the 100Mb+ connections elsewhere in the country. Well okay, just a bit jealous. If I could get 20Mb down, and 2-3Mb up, I'd be happy with that.

I suspect I'll be in the remaining 5%.....

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Jim Willsher

Re: Good Experience with BT

Bunch of Tossers is how we refer to them, for the same reasons.

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BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Jim Willsher

Thank F***. Roll on Windows 9!!!!

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

Jim Willsher

Re: Clean install

First thing I do with any new PC is run Everest/AIDA to take a note of driver details then wipe & reinstall. Then I know it's clean. Back in the old days of XP/2000 you had to have the right media to match the license (e.g. I couldn't use an MSDN CD and enter an OEM license code), so I've got a whole set of XP CDs with different setupp.ini files. But with Win7 it's easy, just use an MSDN DVD and enter the OEM key on the PC, then go through telephone activation. So with a new PC I can wipe & reinstall in 45 minutes and know that I have a clean system. No spyware, no crapware.

No idea if Win8 will give me the same flexibility 'cos I'm not going anywhere near it.

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Xerox admits there's no fix yet for number-fudging copiers

Jim Willsher

Re: not do (correct) copes.

Edit: Or perhaps the 'a' became an 'e' due to the compression algorithm?

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Jim Willsher

Re: not do (correct) copes.

No worse than their article saying Ariel instead of Arial I guess.

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

Jim Willsher

Re: How many of those XP machines

Not just on Linux.

I have to connect to 15+ customers for my work, and invariably they all use some flavour of VPN that doesn't play nicely with any other VPN (different versions of Cisco, or Juniper, or Fortinet, or Shrew, or...). So I have one VM for each customer, each loaded with all the appropriate connection software for that customer. And whilst my main OS is Windows 7, every one of the VMs is XP Pro. Easily cloneable, light enough to run several at a time (although I do have 32GB RAM on the Win7 lappy) and perfect for the job.

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

Jim Willsher

Annoying

This is what really bugs me with many of these devices, and many of the Edimax access points. Pormise 802.11n etc and then saddle it with 10/100 port. So you'll never ever get better throughput than 100. Such a waste.

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Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

Jim Willsher

Impressive

I walked the circuit of Ben Cruachan and Stob Diamh a few years ago, and my route took me to the foot of the dam and up steps then across the dam. The dam itself is impressive, given the location, let alone everything that's buried in the hillside in front of it. The only clues (apart from pylons and tracks) are the tide mark around the water's edge and the subtle hint of the whirlpools above the tunnels.

Ironic that the turbines mostly sit idle. Can't they fire them up 24x7 instead of putting bloody wind farms everywhere?

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

Jim Willsher

F-all use

Absolutely f**k all use if you a) live somewhere with crap 3G coverage, b) have a flaky broadband connection or c) really want that 41MB spreadsheet NOW and don't want a 30 second lag every time you open/save it. Or a/b/c combined.

Cloud? Might as well be Mars for all I care, as Microsoft must be on another planet if they see this as being a winner.

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

Jim Willsher

Typical, misguided Microsoft

I look after (or advise upon) half a dozen small businesses in the area. We knew SBS was being killed so over the last 9 months we've upgraded all our SBS2003 and SBS2008 installs to SBS2011 (the final one was done a week ago). All are on new Dell hardware, all of which was purchased with 5 year warranties (one has a 7 year warranty). So hopefully we are safe for a few years.

There is absolutely no way we will EVER put anything into the cloud. Firstly, we don't know who is looking at it (and the Yanks seem to feel an implied right to look at anything). But more importantly, all these half-dozen sites are on broadband connections of 5Mb or less, so the prospect of anything bar emails going up and down the line is nonsense. Cloud storage for files and backups? You must be joking.

So that's one "alternative solution" ruled out. The second - Server and on-site Exchange - is far two costly. With SBS it's all in one; with Server + Exchange we'd need two servers, Server CALs, Exchange CALs, two sets of backup drives etc. For SMEs it's not going to happen. We don't use Sharepoint and think it's cr4p, but we use Exchange heavily, and SBS was the most cost-effective way to get both products on the same box, plus WSuS and backup configured as a bonus.

Once again, Microsoft has cut of its nose to spite its face. We've used SBS since SBS 4.5, then 2000, 2003, 2008, 2011 - a gravy train for Microsoft. But now that SBS has gone we will be sticking with SBS 2011 until the servers fall apart, and then we will see what's out there.

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Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

Jim Willsher
Coat

Re: Coping without who?

and I thought it was just me. Never heard of it either until I read about its demise.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

Jim Willsher
Facepalm

Fantastic

Fantastic. As an employee of a Microsoft Partner I've just received an email promoting their Windows 8 app-creation utility called Joshfire (No, I didn't just make up that silly name). And I quote:

"Even better, for the next 6 weeks Joshfire is free. And what's more, if you're one of the first 250 to create an app with Joshfire, we will give you a lovely Microsoft British & Irish Lions commemorative toy. "

Fantastic. So if I create an app to help dig Microsoft out of the hole they are in with Win 8 apps, I get a free fluffy teddy. Let me drop everything and get started right away.

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Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps

Jim Willsher

...now THAT would be impressive

"Firewire's 400Mbps and 800Gbps"

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Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

Jim Willsher
Megaphone

Someone at Reg Towers has far too much time on their hands. You could be using that time to make us all a coffee.

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Scan your branes LIVE IN REAL-TIME, thanks to GPU-surfin' boffins

Jim Willsher
FAIL

How about spelling branes (brains) correctly for a start?

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Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

Jim Willsher
WTF?

Eh?

How the hell can someone get so orgasmic over small tiles and on-screen keyboards, and yet totally gloss over the fact that there's no start menu and people just want a desktop? The video would be funny if it was a spoof on how not to create a desktop/laptop OS....

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

Jim Willsher

Re: This is a product for which I am willing to pay.

Likewise. At least I've heard of it now, even if only to hear that it has been chopped.

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Michelin critics to football blogger: Salaud! Unhand that URL

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Bloody fantastic

Gotta love it

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LibreOffice 4.0 ships with new features, better looks

Jim Willsher

Not a great outlook

For most of our users, Outlook is the key component of Office. Word and Excel are important of course, but many of our users spend 50% of their day using web-based in-house apps, 10% on Excel+Word, and 40% in Outlook - and they don't like web-based Outlook / OWA. So to them, Outlook is the most important component, something LibreOffice seems to completely ignore.

We would love to break free from the MS Office stranglehold, but can't due to Outlook (with Exchange).

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Help us out here: What's the POINT of Microsoft Office 2013?

Jim Willsher
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Cloud storage....right on cue

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21263321

(sorry if others beat me to it, too many posts here now for my attention span)

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

Jim Willsher

Where are we?

El Reg - please quit the CHECK and MOM crap. This is theregister.CO.UK - the UK bit should give it away. If you have Yanks writing the articles, please ask them to write for their target audience.

'Nuff said. Downvote here we come.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

Jim Willsher

I'm connected to an exchange that's a shed serving just 138 properties; some city exchanges serve 20,000 properties. But I have an extensive choice of providers. Of course they all use BT backhaul, but the service (Zen in my case) is second to none.

So I'll never have the choices of Virgin or Fibre, but you just have to make the best selection from the choices available.

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Jim Willsher

I doubt working from home equates to commercial use anyway. Hosting a retail website probably would, but even then I doubt Sky would object. Mind you, you wouldn't get far with no static IP etc.

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Jim Willsher
Holmes

Anyone who RELIES on broadband at home, but is stupid enough to choose Sky as their provider, deserves what they get. Want a decent service you can rely on then get Zen or A&A. Yes they are more expensive but...ummmm.....there's a reason for that.

No sympathy whatsoever. Pay for a Trabant, expect it to break.

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Apple 'slashes iPhone 5 screen orders', tight-fisted fanbois blamed

Jim Willsher

I want cursor keys. Notice a typo and have to either back-space like there's no tomorrow or click, point, hover and hope that you've landed roughly past the typo and on the same line so you only have a few characters to backspace.

Are some arrow keys too much to ask for?

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Jim Willsher

I have an iPhone 4 and I think it's good. But there was not enough in the 5 to warrant an upgrade. And besides, given that I use Google Maps a lot, at the time the apple maps saga was enough of a deterrent. That's now changed I know, but there's still not enough in the 5 that the 4 doesn't already have.

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Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

Jim Willsher

Our exchange is 2.5Km away and serves a miserable 138 properties. No mains gas, no mains sewers, no mains drainage...we do have mains water though! So our exchange is Market 1 and likely to always be; no-one else will add their kit to it. We get "upto 8Mb" and I get exactly that, 8Mb, through tinkering with internal cables, disconnecting bell wire etc. So living in the sticks does not necessarily mean carp broadband speeds. Admittedly we will never EVER get "up to 24" or FTTC/FTTH, but 8Mb does the job and allows me to work at home (in I.T.).

BT don't give a stuff if someone is getting low speeds. All they are interested in is headline-grabbing stuff about how many exchanges are fibre-enabled (never mind all the cabinets which are not). Sounds like you have duff cable or joints, or the cable is taking the sightseeing route to your house.

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BT in ad slapdown after 'misleading' punters on fibre deployment dates

Jim Willsher

Re: Quit moaning people!

Population of 1500? You should be so lucky. Look at my exchange:

http://www.samknows.com/broadband/exchange/ESESS

138 :-) AND we're connected directly to the exchange - no cabinet - so fat chance of anything happening. I do sync at 8Mb as a result of rejigging the BT wiring inside and (ahem) outside the faceplate, disconnecting bell wire, blah. But 8Mb is probably the best speed I'll get here for the next 15 years.....

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No virgin, no fibre

Perth exchange was upgraded a few months ago. Of all the local businesses I have involvement with, only one can get fibre (admittedly it does sync at 79999 and has attainable rate 143264). All the rest are attached to cabinets which are not in any current phase. And surprise surprise, they are in non-Virgin areas of Perth. And yes, the one that can get fibre can also get Virgin.

BT will easily achieve their headline figures of the number of fibre-enabled exchange, but that matters little if the cabinets aren't being upgraded.

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'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch

Jim Willsher

Re: The Real Story here...

Quark, no, but Corel is still a fantastic product. Outside of AutoCAD I've not yet found a better vector-based, layer-based package.

Mine still works, no font snafus here.

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Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5

Jim Willsher
FAIL

Roxio???

"For every Roxio making millions on Angry Birds"

Rovio surely?

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Design guru: Windows 8 is 'a monster' and 'a tortured soul'

Jim Willsher

Re: What's new?

I'm just glad Dell are still offering Win7, as we manage small companies who are too small to benefit from VL software; everything is OEM-based. I dread the day when the first Win8 machine gets installed, hopefully we can live on Win 8, stall, then go Win 9.

Win 8 is the new Vista. No wait, it's worse.

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Jim Willsher
Holmes

What's new?

So a design guru has come forward and stated what we already knew; when Windows 8 was designed Microsoft forgot all about the desktop/laptop users. I'm sure Wndows 8 will be great one day, when "Windows 8 Desktop Edition" is released. :dreams:

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

Jim Willsher
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Re: Well

Quicklaunch works fine with no problems. Right-click taskbar > toolbars >new toolbar, then browse to C:\users\<username>\appdata\roaming\microsoft\internet explorer\quicklaunch. Job done.

Jim

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