* Posts by Jim Willsher

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Jim Willsher

I've no problem with it, since I pay my TV license. All I ask for, in return, is the ability to watch iPlayer and browse news.bbc.co.uk when I am overseas, which I am frequently (I'm writing this from a hotel in Milan). Having the BBC websites splattered with shitty adverts and getting iPlayer stuff blocked is, quite frankly, bollocks, when I am paying handsomely for the privilege of watching BBC when I am in the UK. Surely some form of authentication linked to a TV license is not beyond them?

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

Jim Willsher

Never used anything from Bleeping Computer except for ComboFix, which has saved bacon on many of my friends' and neighbours' computers when they've installed crap. And for that alone, I've donated.

And yes, SpyHunter is crap.

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TalkTalk website STILL down on day TWO

Jim Willsher

Choose a shit provider, expect a shit service. That is all.

Downvotes welcome.

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Kill Flash: Adobe says patch to fix under-attack hole still days away

Jim Willsher

200 computers on my LAN.

ninite Flash....

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Jim Willsher

Re: Attachments

I must be having a dullard morning but I can't find where to change the default behavour, either in Outlook intself or in the GPO templates I've installed into our policy central store.

Clues please?

Muchos gracias.

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One in eight mobile calls in India drops out __ ___ middle of your chat

Jim Willsher

Echoing the post by AC. If you're with Vodafone in Perthshire (Scotland, for the avoidance of doubt) then a dropout rate of 1:2 would be more accurate. That's assuming you got a signal in the first place.

Yes I have a SureSignal. No I can't change provider (it's a work phone).

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Jim Willsher

Agreed, but the banishing of live tiles is just one advantage.

Right-click unpin, the technically literate solution to which you elude, just leaves a huge blank area where the tiles used to be. Is that meant to be a solution? And yes I know I can resize it, but I'm pretty sure the next application I install will want to plant itself there.

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Jim Willsher

Within 5 minutes of installing W10 in a VM, I had downloaded Start10.

Live Tiles - WTF. Start10 gets rid of those, and that makes it worth every penny.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

Jim Willsher

Re: Upgrading tonight

>>>I shall report back in a few days :-)

Once you've rebuilt your system with your W7 DVD?

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Jim Willsher

What advantages does Windows 10 *actually* bring to the average power-user? Windows 8 had some performance improvements, native mounting of VHD/VHDX/ISO files, improved File History. Enough for me to use Win8 (with Start8, of course).

But what does Windows 10 bring? Live Tiles - not interested. Cortana - not interested. Edge browser - not interested (Firefox). Multiple desktops - not interested (I use dual monitors soI have enough screen space without needing Jekyll and Hyde options).

Are there really any compelling reasons to use it?

I'm currently downloading from MSDN anyway, but I've yet to see any reason to install it.

Jim

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Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

Jim Willsher

I get 1TB/month allowance. Sadly I'm only on an 8Mb connection, but soon to move house with a 80Mb connection.

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Jim Willsher

Re: for me at least

Just checked mine, I have an 840 EVO which I've had for a couple of years I reckon. 931GB capacity, and I've written 14.52TB overall. And my laptop is in use all day, every day. Looking at SMART I have 7755 power-on hours (861 cycles).

So either of the shiny new devices would be very welcome on my desk. Thank you, I'll clear some space.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Jim Willsher

Whilst I do confess to owning an iphone (all beatings accepted), I haven't worn *any* watch for about 30 years, so the apple watch will not be on my wishlist.

And TBH, and don't see any appeal to it whatsoever. Perhaps I'm the minority.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Jim Willsher

The comments on page one re: tablet mode, touchscreen mode, are completely academic. NOBODY uses them! Mouse, keyboard.....that is all.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

Jim Willsher

El reg is a fortune teller; it's not even 07:45 UTC yet...

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

Jim Willsher

Even my home PC is protected from a power failure. It's called a UPS. WTF?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Jim Willsher

Bloody hell! On a 24" screen at 1920x1080, the headline picture is insanely big! I thought those sheep were in my living room FFS!

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Jim Willsher

Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

My home happens to also be my workplace. So yes, I would like 10Mb or better please.

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Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

Jim Willsher

We're on an EO line....I guarantee we'll be in the remaining 5% that doesn't get any faster service.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Jim Willsher

We use Ordnance Survey maps a lot (Memory Map application) and the 1:25000 and 1:50000 maps in HD take up 39.2GB. That's the main reason I have the 128GB iPad. My wife has a v1 iPad (my cast-off) and we wanted to replace that with something Android-ish.

I had high hopes for the Hudl2 - but max 32GB MicroSD - and I had high hopes for the Nexus 9 - but max 0GB MicroSD. So that's just blown away two potential Android devices for us.

Back to the drawing board.

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Adobe unveils mobile app Cloud Atlas

Jim Willsher

I have a legal, purchased copy of CS6. I purchased it as a registered charity, of which I'm a trustee, and I paid the princely sum of £120 for Design and Web Premium CS6

I have absolutely no viable upgrade options, since Adobe wants about £70/month for CS7. So 2 months into a subscription and I'll have already paid more than I paid for CS6. No thanks, Adobe, I'll stay with CS6. You can keep Cash Cow.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

Jim Willsher

I use eWallet. Software available for Windoze PCs and Andoid/IOS devices, with card-level sync between them all. No reliance on cloudy stuff, it's always to hand and under my control.

The software is constantly improved and enhanced and it's cheap as chips. What's not to like?

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Free 2004-spec AS/400 pops up in the cloud

Jim Willsher

I used to work in the AS/400 arena, which I left in 2004. We implemented JBA (bless....). Worryingly, one of the customers I implemented in 1999.....is still using it! I keep in touch with the IT manager, he's a good friend now.

The AS/400 is still going strong, none of the 8GB drives (10 of them, I think) has any errors, and JBA System/21 is still running just fine.

JBA was pretty bad, with no database consistency and it crashes all over the place. But that good old AS/400, running V5R2, it just keeps on chugging away! It'll die one day of course, but no sign of that happening.

Crazy to think it's still running a £30m business.....

Jim

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Jim Willsher

for those of us who live in an RDP / Teamviewer world, either to remote PCs or remote servers, a physical button doesn't really help.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Jim Willsher

Totally disagree. Over the last 10 years we've bought hundreds of Dell desktops and laptops, and about 20 Dell servers. We used to opt for the 5 year warranty on them, but after a few years we stopped as we realised we'd never needed the warranty. Now we just get 5 year warranty on the servers as that also covers replacement SAS driver.

We've had to use a warranty once, after 4.8 years, for a failed PSU.

We're running about 130 Dells at the moment, a mixture of XP (ahem...only for another 10 days), Vista, 7, 8, SBS 2011, 2008 R2, 2012. No problems with any of them,

Shoddy? Unreliable? Certainly not in our experience. We'd never go anywhere else. Yes you pay a slight premium, but what price reliability?

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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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Jim Willsher

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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Jim Willsher

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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