I tend to think of Leisure Suit Larry and Space Quest personally :)
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I tend to think of Leisure Suit Larry and Space Quest personally :)
Cortana is much better than Shazam at identifying music (IME), but the only other time I use it is in the car as the SMS reader function works through Cortana now.
On an (almost) related note, I work close to the old Rootes factory site in Scotland which is now a retail park. However the railway bridge at the end of the old perimeter road hasn't been painted in 30 years so still says "Welcome to Talbot. Home of the Sunbeam and the Avenger."
I'm of the opinion that Siri and Cortana are just rebrands of Clippy. Just as "useful" and definitely just as annoying, and also as capable of triggering my technology induced tourettes.
Got nothing against IPv6, but this current insistence that it's benefit is that every device has a routable IP address has my alarm bells ringing, particularly when it's governments and their agencies playing that card.
I know we're technically "out" of IPv4 addresses (I.e. they've all been issued), but there's no way they're all being used. I'm sure we'll see blocks returned before we'll see significant uptake of IPv6.
Stopped reading INQ a long time ago. W10 quite rightly gets bad press round these parts for it's slurping tendencies, but the articles being written by Chris Merriman went beyond all reason and in to tinfoil hat mode. That and the blatant Apple bias drove me away.
I don't like doing this, but I am going to answer your question with another.
Do the soulless, spiritless, ballless, corporate little bitches, suckers of satan's cock who try to force me to look at pop-up ads for (at best) stuff I don't want or (at worst) infect me with malware feel guilty about it?
I make no apologies for paraphrasing Bill Hicks above. As he once said Not a joke, don't wait for the punchline. If you work in advertising, kill yourself.
I've never spoken to Glasgow (always get India) but IME 3's customer service is better than average for mobile providers. Or was, I should say.
Can you get one with rounded corners?
<snip> when I kept refusing to give them information on the phone to identify myself</snip>
I once applied for a job, and when the recruitment company called me they asked me to verify my postcode to prove my identity. I pointed out to them that the postcode they had for me came from the same CV that had my phone number, so if I wasn't who I claimed to be I would already have falsified the data they had. This put them in to stack overflow, repeat question until answered no matter how stupid the question is, at which point I decided that if they were this bad about just speaking to me the job description was bound to be gibberish too and gave up.
As I have posted here before, I have actually been accused in an interview (for an IT Security job) of having something to hide due to my very small online footprint.
If I buy a pizza, it's to eat it. Not take pictures of it. Nor do I have any interest in other people pretending how great their life is compared to mine by the stream of selfies they post in "exotic" locations.
It's all very well saying sysadmins must be this and that, the truth is most are at the mercy of IT Directors or whoever else and don't necessarily make decisions based on business needs.
Lost count of the number of times I've heard variations of we need to move to the cloud from the higher ups, followed by OK, what do you want to migrate and what business requirements will be fulfilled by moving.
Usually there isn't a (coherent) answer, as the higher ups don't want to say we read it online and it sounded good.
Alternatively, we could all keep doing what we're doing because any notion of structure goes out the window in the event of shit hitting the fan in favour of I don't care how you do it, just fix it.
I'm going to start my own buzzword driven revolution called WR. I'll think of an appropriate bacronym later, but at the moment it stands for "Wheel Reinvention". Might need to get cloud and agile in there somewhere too though....
More and more I'm seeing people, once staunchly in the camp of "I'll never use Hyper-V cos it's management is crap compared to VMware" being driven away by poor support and poor product quality.
Just hope EMC don't suffer the way EquaLogic did. I went through months of pain as Dell rebranded the firmware and added new features in the same revisions, none of which worked. One SAN I supported had more firmware flashes in 3 months than the collective total of every other SAN I've ever touched.
And you can always tell when a lift door is about to open, from the intolerable air of smugness it suddenly generates.
The ATM at my local Tesco frequently shows a Windows XP log off screen. Haven't seen a blue screen from it yet, no doubt when it gets upgraded that'll be a new feature.
W10M supports USB OTG, and as of the Anniversary Update also supports USB Ethernet Adapters
I like Continuum and if more apps appear it will get better and better. I've actually used it more for entertainment than business though, and I can it being a useful travel device. BT Sport works, so last week when I was at my cousins house I connected via Miracast and watched the MotoGP on her TV. Netflix isn't a UWP yet but works flawlessly through Edge. iPlayer is a UWP and works.
Wow, didn't think I needed another reason not to have a Facebook account, but here we are anyway.
Until the day that adverts on the internet are at least unobtrusive and guaranteed not to be malicious, I am continuing to use adblockers. Banner ads along the top or sides, such as El Reg uses, are OK to me, as I can tune them out and the site probably wouldn't be here without them.
However, flash popups forcing me to look at them and stealing my mobile data allowance can fuck off. As can any ad man who accuses me of "stealing" by blocking his content. I did not give you consent to use the small allowance of data my mobile operator gives me. TV , radio and print advertising may be annoying, but at least I'm not going to get malware or worse from it.
If I had a fiver for every time I'd heard variations of "whilst you're here I'll show you this problem. Oh it's not doing it now. I bet it'll happen again 10 minutes after you leave" I could retire. And then only hear it from my family and friends.....
Can't speak for others here, but I'd like to see some policing of 3rd party companies who are advertising such services as 95% take home.
As a LTD Company contractor, my details are on file at Companies House, and spammers/scammers call me on an almost weekly basis offering services that sound too good to be true. Therefore, IMO, are. I don't pay myself a small salary for the avoidance of tax, I do it so that I can keep a steady and guaranteed income even when I am not working, and top that up with dividends when finances allow.
My sysadmin day present has been a flurry of emails saying this doesn't work, can you help?
This is only different from every other day by the fact that the emails are not from users, but from the junior techs. Clearly some re-education required....
I am glad someone has managed to get a substitute past their engager on an SC Cleared Contract, cos I never have and neither has anyone I ever worked with on one.
I worked with a guy who broke his leg, and was told not to bother arranging a substitute as he would be back before the substitute (already SC Cleared) was cleared for the site.
One of the things I am going to mention in my response to the document is the ridiculous tests they use.
Using your own equipment simply isn't an option in IT, most Public Sector organisations won't let personal devices anywhere near their network and quite rightly. Similarly the "Right of Substitution" clause is also nonsense in much of the public sector as HMRC (for example) would require SC Clearance or similar and a vetted (by them) contractor.
HMRC: We can't go after Google or Amazon or Starbucks, their lawyers are too good. But we need £400m to make up our shortfall. I know, lets go after contractors. People don't like them, expecially the ones who are too scared to try it themselves, so they're a soft target. Even if we don't get £400m (because we pulled that random figure out of our collective arses) it looks like we're doing something.
You know the law isn't fit for purpose when private companies are insuring against it and beating HMRC, IR35 status should be simple to determine but it's even different if you are a PSC or an Umbrella Contractor.
For a real showstopper, the WM10 version of the iPlayer app works perfectly in normal mode. However, it is a Continuum aware UWP app (allegedly) but when you connect to a large screen it tells you the content isn't available without Flash.
Does work via Edge though.
I have visions of the packets sprouting legs to go faster like the Ant Hill Mob in Wacky Races.
It absolutely terrifies me the number of people in positions of power to make decisions about technology who have not even the slightest inkling of what they are talking about.
I'm not much of a gamer, but recently I've been playing Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and have just got Doom. More of a nostalgia thing than anything else, I played the orginals in the 90s.
What I find odd is that people in the office saw me with the Doom DVD and some offered comments along the line of my being a nerd, gamer, weirdo, potential axe murderer etc then proceeded to spend their lunch hours lining up bottles of soda or catapulting anthropomorphic birds at thieving pigs and failed to see the irony.
I can just about see the point of the heating control, and to a very small extent fridges/freezers that can remotely tell you what's in them when you go to the shops, but not enough to want one, buy one, or trust one.
On the subject of office furniture, I used to work with a guy who demanded Microsoft Natural keyboards everywhere he went, and whined like a little girl with a skint knee if he had to use a pleb keyboard like the rest of us. Same guy demanded natural light bulbs (think that was what they were called, he might just have watched a lot of 70s porn and preferred soft focus though, and may also explain any wrist issues caused by keyboards....) so he didn't get migraines.
One of my colleagues was on the phone last week telling a member of staff that InfoPath has been deprecated from Office 2016. I heard this as defecated and wondered why a feature had been shat out rather than omitted, but it's possible my subconscious knows something I don't...
To be fair most of the tools aren't theirs but Rolson, although I agree that they are utter shite.
I used to use Maplin quite a bit for guitar effects projects parts, but TBH it's easier ordering from specialists in this area as it's a bit of a niche. It's rare I can get all the components, pots and enclosures I want just from Maplin.
My sympathies to Lester's family, friends and colleagues.
I greatly enjoyed reading most of his articles, particularly the Post Pub Nosh Neckfiller series and will this evening be having Nasi Goreng Pattaya in tribute.
I signed up (under protest) when I started contracting, and whilst I have some useful contacts about 1 in 5 new contact requests is from a recruitment consultant who then never contacts me directly. And about half of the ones who do contact me haven't read my profile before getting in touch about a role I am "perfect for" but have no interest or qualifications for.
When I was a student at St Andrews the chippie on South Street used to do deep fried Cadbury's Creme Eggs as an "Easter Special"
No, I did not try one. Even thinking about it now gives me the dry boak.
One of my work colleagues also tells of a chippie in Stonehaven that sells deep fried Tunnocks Teacakes, which might be even worse.
In the spirit of being properly representative of Scotland, if we have a flag emoji we should also have:-
A "See You Jimmy" hat emoji
A pizza emoji (battered)
A Duke of Wellington emoji (with a traffic cone on his head)
A square sausage emoji (Not square, but rectangular)
I'm not quite sure how to encapsulate the essence of our sporting heroes in emoji form. How do you have a single icon for the inherent ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?
Common affliction amongst rugby players, at least at my old club, although it was referred to as Stubby Wee Bastard syndrome.
I have the same issue with suits. I'm 6 feet tall, near enough, but have a 29" inside leg. If I was in proportion I'd be 5'5" or 6'7". Shops often tell me that you have very short legs for your height sir, as if I had reached my current age without being aware of this. Consequently attempts to buy off the shelf suits result in trousers that are far too long, and jackets that fit perfectly across the shoulders but end at the navel.
Thankfully my local gentleman's outfitter offers free alterations and you can order online, so I don't need to be told once again about my very short legs.
Right up there with BT when you call to report a DSL fault. "Have you tried visiting our support webpage?"
I frequently see posts liked by other people on LinkedIn from the proprieter of "Solutions On Demand IT" with a suitably contracted email domain.
There's also a tanker hire firm here in Scotland with an Italian domain name. For a quote just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Asterix was brilliant for the different levels of humour. Kids love the cartoons, adults loved the puns and the comedic names.
On a related note of Carry-On levels of humour, as I was driving to work this morning I passed a lorry for a timber merchant. Their slogan is "Wood. Just the Way You Like It." In the words of Eric Idle, say no more!
This joke should now be designated Floggy McDeadhorseface.
Wait until your contract/minimum term is up. Mine just expired and they tried to move me from £6.90 a month to £15 as it "better fit my usage patterns" apparently. When I phoned up to quit they admitted there was the same package as I already had but at £7.99 a month.
This being East Lothian council they'd be far more concerned if you weren't recycling the husks of your organic beans or didn't rinse your milk bottles before disposal.
Cars and computers have that inherent ability to fail at the very moment you discuss replacing them in my experience. Or once, when I was doing an SBS 2003 to 2011 migration, the RAID controller on the old server died during the one reboot I had to do to get the server in migration mode.
3 have done something very similar, whilst pledging not to increase prices if they get their mitts on O2 they are increasing prices now for existing customers.
Favourable licensing in that Hyper-V server is free, and Hyper-V as a role has no additional cost on top of a Windows Server license. Add to that the free VMs available (IIRC 2 on Standard, Unlimited on Datacenter) and if you are a Microsoft shop it makes a lot of sense.
The learning curve, I was speaking from my own experience of how quickly you can get a VM up and running. I've had all manner of fun myself with iSCSI, MPIO and 3rd party software not playing nicely together.
Both products have their foibles, my point was that Hyper-V has closed a lot of the gaps between itself and VMware in the last few years.
I know that Azure and AWS and such like are the current trend, but I am slightly surprised to see not a single mention of Hyper-V in the article.
As much as Microsoft were late to the party with their Hypervisor, Hyper-V has come on leaps and bounds over the years, and whilst it still suffers greatly (as of 2012 R2, not tried 2016 yet) in terms of managment compared to VMware (Having to look at Hyper-V manger, Failover Cluster Manager or Virtual Machine Manager depending on setting/environment), the favourable licensing and less steep learning curve make it a viable product in a lot of places. I know of a lot of very large companies and public sector bodies making the shift from VMware.
I'm also hearing a lot of grumblings from VMware guys about the support, most are saying the sooner it's split back off from Dell/EMC the better.
Interesting that El Reg post this sensible and well written piece on the same day as the latest round of you must all use DevOps propaganda.
It all goes back to first principles, design based on requirements rather than on trends.
Much the same, MCSE 2003->MCSA 2008->MCSA 2012 and looking at System Center exams.
As much as MS are taking the piss a bit (Went from £88 to £99 not that long ago, and changed from Prometric who didn't charge VAT to Pearson VUE who do), the fact that VMware "require" you to sit their course before certifying you even if you pass the exam is ridiculous. Haven't seen the VCP course for less than £1400 anywhere.
Dreams? You were lucky!
(this could carry on for a while....)
Have to agree with the other repliers, I've disagreed with a lot of what AO has posted about Windows Mobile over the past few months, but there is nothing in this article to criticise. It's a statement of new features, a warning about poor battery life and praise for the OS looking more attractive.
If you want to read anti-MS propaganda with no basis for it, try reading some of Chris Merriman's columns on the Inquirer.