* Posts by Franco

40 posts • joined 11 Apr 2008

Microsoft, rivals together fight US govt's cloud data snatch

Franco

Taking this concept of US law has global jurisdiction over US firms to it's extremes, they will next argue that all revenues of US companies should be taxed in the US, all employees of US firms must swear allegiance to the constitution, denounce football (real football, where you use your feet) as a commie plot to destabilize the youth of America and agree with such pearls of wisdom as the French not having a word for entrepreneur.

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Franco

Privacy was always worth fighting for, we were just labouring under the misapprehension that we had some.

Regardless of Microsoft's reasons for fighting this (and lets face it, we all know that they are self-serving), I am glad that they are fighting it. The US Law Enforcement Agencies are taking the Team America: World Police concept a bit too far for my taste.

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

Franco

Re: Pricing

No, but I did find a video on YouTube showing you how to take the charging coil out of the case and fit it directly into the phone which I've now done.

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Re: Pricing

ZSn - I tried my Lumia 925 with the no-name pad I got from Amazon for my Nexus 7 and it doesn't charge properly, but works perfectly with the Nokia pad. YMMV.

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Franco

I use a Lumia 925 myself and thought it was a bit of a gimmick. Then when I dropped my phone and it bounced onto 3 out of 4 corners I got the wireless charging cover to hide the damage and thought I might as well get the plate as well. I also ended up getting one for my Nexus 7. I go to bed at night, put the phone on it's plate, and pick it up again in the morning charged. I am no longer adding to the scratches around the USB port and can safely say that my next phone will have native Qi support rather than the cover add-on that the 925 uses.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: Could be GCHQ that is playing up. Also, it's in Northern Ireland too

You can get BT TV through another router - I use a Draytek and their support forums list several others that work successfully. BT won't support you, but given how useless their support is anyway that's no loss.

I switched routers after countless missed recordings and DNS issues across multiple devices. Their second-line support told me all my devices had the same fault (2 Windows PCs, an Xbox 360 and a Nexus 7) and it wasn't their router, then told me I wasn't being very helpful when I told him I wouldn't factory default the router. They also wouldn't give me an upgrade to the HH5 from HH3, even though they admitted that the HH3 had some issues (which they wouldn't tell me).

Back on topic, I'm not having any BT issues but I have my own DNS server that uses root hints and not forwarders. Even if I did use forwarders they'd be OpenDNS or Google and not BT DNS servers.

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Trevor contemplates Consumer Netgear gear. BUT does it pass the cat hair test?

Franco

I have similar experiences with the DG834, up to a point. Over the last 18 months or so they have become less reliable IME. As it's across multiple ISPs I haven't been able to pin down the cause, but speed issues and disconnects are much more common than previously.

The Draytek 120Y has become my modem of choice, as it's just a modem and will work with just about any Ethernet firewall behind it.

Rarely had a bad experience with Netgear kit though, can't beat their prices if you just need a basic unmanaged rackmount switch for example.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Franco

Re: 5.5 million sales...

Not if you live in a flat with buzzer entry, which apparently is an utterly alien concept to them. Even better, their collection depot nearest to me is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. They don't seem to understand why I don't think this is much use......

Like many people I signed up for 30 days free of Prime to do my Christmas shopping. Won't be paying for it seeing as I'm not getting next day delivery and the offerings on Instant Video are pretty poor.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

Franco

What really annoys my is the binary nature of the packages, it's all or nothing which is why I'm no longer a Sky customer.

I switched my broadband to BT as I like MotoGP and wanted fibre anyway, so I get BT Sport for free. Were I paying for it, I would be paying for Premiership and European Rugby, NFL, Baseball, etc whilst only watching MotoGP and some of the Football. I pay the extra to BT for Eurosport so I can watch British and World Superbikes and other events like the Le Mans 24 Hours, Macau Grand Prix etc.

If Sky let me only watch Rugby League and Football I'd be quite happy, but I have to pay the full whack for F1, Cricket, Golf, Tennis and a host of other sports I don't want to see.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

Franco

I don't see PCs fading away any time soon. Not just the reasons everyone has already mentioned, but physical security too. I've worked on numerous sites where there is no internet access, no wireless, no remote access etc. Whilst some of the hybrid devices have Ethernet ports, tablets and smartphones do not generally.

Add to that the fact that numerous applications (MS Office being a prime example) either do not have a touch optimised version, or have an immature version, keyboards and mice are here for a while yet.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Franco

Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

Good luck finding a hill top that doesn't have a fecking wind turbine on it!

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Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

4G in Glasgow is great, the strongest signal is in the largest car park. The M8 over the Kingston Bridge.

Sadly as far as the networks are concerned, outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh and their airports, and some coverage in Dundee and Aberdeen depending on operator, the rest of Scotland is rural. The BBC reported in April of this year that around 25% of Scotland barely gets a 2G signal.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

Franco

Interesting the number of comments about bias, when the writer lists himself as an iPhone/iPad user who picked the Lumia specifically for this task for it's screen size, and the conclusion states pick your device based on what you need.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

Franco

Bill Hicks — 'The whole image is that eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God's infinite love.'

This reaction was inevitable sadly, all credit to Cook for doing it when he must have known there would be this sort of reaction from the (very) shallow end of the gene pool.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

Franco

I'm assuming this book was ghost written by Enrique Salem to gloss over the complete charlie-foxtrot that was his management of Symantec.

Can't deny Nokia got to the top then got complacent, but it's happened to IBM and Symantec in the past, is happening to Apple right now and will no doubt happen to Samsung in the future

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

Franco

I like WinPho personally, it's simple and easy to use and does what I need. Can't really think of any app I don't have that I actually want other than the YouView app, and it's anyway pretty rare that I use that

Metro or whatever they're calling it this week does actually work quite well on a touch screen device (I have a Surface Pro) but I still spend most of my time in desktop mode

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

Franco

Re: I've said it before...

I agree, I have an android tablet but my phone is a Lumia 925 and I love it. It's slim, light, does everything I need and I really don't care about the supposed "missing" apps. Granted some of the apps are poor (linkedin for example) but IMO the El Reg app is better than the Android one.

And the ultimate pro for me, Microsoft have binned Zune which was the biggest customer gripe that I saw about WP7. I don't care how pretty their hardware is or how many fanbois there are, I will not use Apple products because I will not use iTunes.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Franco

Re: Don't mind it

I'll go with IS for Internet is Slower. Would call it IIS, but there's already a Microsoft Charlie-Foxtrot with that acronym....

BTW, as much as I don't like IE, Google should get far more flak than it does for their horrific drive-by-download policies (in conjunction with Adobe's evil empire) and the the Chrome uninstaller that breaks everything when you try to get it's greasy paws off your system.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Franco

Do what I do - buy coffee in Greggs. This has two advantages. One, it's cheap and I'm in Scotland so they are on every corner. Two, there is no danger of someone asking me what flavour I want and getting punched in the trachea.

Seeing as any place I know of with free WiFi is populated by Hipster morons wearing "ironic" glasses, I'll happily pass on that "perk."

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

Franco

Re: Familiar story

Being a contractor is, in my experience, just like the Arabella Weir sketch in The Fast Show. The woman who has all the answers but it ignored because she is a woman. Similarly, no matter how many times you have stepped in the turd that is being proposed by a permanent member of staff, no one will cross to the other side of the road on the say of a contractor.

I had to wait a month to start my current contract for the standard background checks etc, then 2 weeks for a logon to be created for me, another week for an admin account and another for a laptop. Would be frustrating were I not paid a daily rate, regardless of how much work I do (or don't do!)

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

Franco

Re: Swirling JDs??

Doublewood may well be my favourite malt, and it's very reasonably priced too.

Also recommend several of the Bruichladdich malts. Rocks and The Laddie 10 are both very nice, and not peaty, despite being Islay malts. Caol Ila 12yo unpeated is lovely too.

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Franco

This article definitely had me smiling. I'm an IT contractor and the number of recruitment consultants who cannot comprehend my not having a profile on Linkedin or any other social networking website is truly staggering.

I was once asked in an interview what I was trying to hide about my past, as my online footprint was very small for someone in my industry.

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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

Franco

Fix what's broken

Salem got the boot cos Backup Exec 2012 was a POS. Newsflash: IT STILL IS!

Still the same hated UI, still no support for Server 2012 media servers, still bloated and inconsistent and still a far worse product than it's predecessor. Support is atrocious and getting worse

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Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

Franco

Re: Turnover

Same for us. We had a really good account manager in Ireland who got reassigned, our new one is India and we are in Scotland. We can never get hold of him, and if we place an order that he doesn't know about he cancels it and then re-orders under his name. Can't get hold of him to shout at him either.

I used to work for Dell as an engineer in Glasgow and the "us and them" attitude from the sales team there was the worst I have ever seen at any company I've ever worked for, made worse by the global assumption that every engineer wanted to progress to sales or team management.

The combination of all of this and lead times getting longer and longer means we're buying HP 90% of the time as the kit we want is on the shelf and our reseller is available at the end of the phone if we have any questions.

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

Franco

Re: Please leave the browser market

I tend to agree, this is more a CRM issue IMO than an IE one. We use Dynamics in-house and we've had issues with browser compatibility for years. If you don't sacrifice a chicken and anoint yourself with deadly nightshade on the third Sunday after Whitsun before installing the Outlook addin it breaks everything.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

Franco

Lack of expandable storage is pretty poor TBH. I have an original 32gb Nexus 7, and whilst the Nexus Media Importer app works fine without rooting the device, OTG and an SD card slot shoould have been bundled from the start.

Glad to see the speakers are upgraded too, I rarely use them but they are awful.

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Symantec: We've lopped off half our heads, but look how well we're doing now

Franco

Symantec pats itself on the back for being marginally less crap than it was last quarter.

The cull should have been far greater, anyone who had any input whatsoever to the worst piece of enterprise software ever released (BE 2012 as Symantec call it) should replace the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation's marketing department in being first against the wall when the revolution comes.

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Sky falling: 119,000 Brits flee O2, Be after Murdoch broadband gobble

Franco

BT FTTC is £5 more a month for me, but taking my line rental on contract saves me £5 a month. I get twice the speed I had on Be and from next week I'll get BT Sport for free as well. I've lost my static IP but wasn't hugely bothered about that.

Unlike most I was not impressed with Be's support, I had a two week outage this year that I knew was an exchange fault as 4 different routers showed no DSL connection, but convincing someone at Be of that was hopeless.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Franco

Re: The biggest Aunt Sally of them all....

It does rather seem a case of now you all know about Prism, we're just going to be a bit less discreet about wanting to know everything you do. But you can't know anything about us, and we're giving ourselves a pay rise because you stopped us fiddling our expenses.

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Franco

The biggest Aunt Sally of them all....

...to quote Chris Brookmyre.

Who defines what is porn? Whilst no-one condones images of violence against women or children, I'll be the Daily Mail considers Page 3 girls to be offensive, yet it is legal and features in more than one UK newspaper.

This head-in-the-sand approach is utterly ludicrous. What is needed is a method to take down websites hosting truly offensive content rather than trying to block access to it on a nationwide basis. As others have said it is only a matter of time before other phrases relating to scandals etc are being blocked too.

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

Franco

I'm leaving too, although not explicitly because of Murdoch.

I'm a Sky TV customer at present, and because I was on Be I also have a BT line. BT have offered me a really good deal to switch to Infinity (FTTC, 40mbps download estimated) which also gives me a free YouView box and access to the new BT Sport channels when they come on-stream.

I was really happy with Be for years (Been with them since 2006, even before the O2 buyout) but I had a 2 week long outage this year and the service and after-incident care was awful. As an ADSL customer, never tell your ISP what you think is wrong (even if you are right) as they will assume you are incorrect.

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Dell storage still staggering a year after EMC break-up

Franco

Equallogic kit is (or was) pretty good. Till Dell got their hands on it. It's improving slowly, but the support and the firmware for the first year or so after the acquisition was unbelievably bad.

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Salesforce CEO Benioff: Win 8 is 'the end of Windows'

Franco

Wow, the CEO of a cloud computing company thinks his product is right and everyone else's is wrong. Shocker.

My company is a Watchguard partner and their website is fecking useless since Salesforce took it over!

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

Franco

Re: Still more Microsoft marketing propaganda...

Almost all of our customers have "pool" laptops, for desktop users to take out for doing presentations or when they are on trips. Pool iPads are starting to appear in their place as a lighter option.

MetroUI cannot be called a failure. Most impartial (or should that be iMpartial :-) ) tech websites agree that Metro on Windows Phone gives a great experience, but the brand awareness isn't there and neither is the app ecosystem that iOS and Android have, hence the slower uptake.

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Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

Franco

Re: No Windows Media Player on RT?

What I don't understand is the lack of Pro features in RT. Microsoft dominates in the Enterprise market, and no IT manager is going to buy tablets with an OS that can't join the corporate domain and be centrally managed.

Looks like a clear speration of consumer and business tablets to me.

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Carmageddon

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Re: Destruction Derby

I loved this game, and to this day I will still refer to difficult tasks as being "Harder than French Kissing a Cobra" to blank looks from the rest of the office.

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Mandelson to get Nominet reform powers

Franco

Mandelson

Oh good, that oily **** that has no power granted to him by the electorate has taken even more power for himself. Just as well there's an election next year.

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Dell to launch 'Eee PC beater' today

Franco

Not on Latitudes

Just to point out, the E Latitudes are replacing the D series and are not related to the Inspiron E. The 12.1" E series Latitude is a replacement for the Latitude D420 and 430, the former of which I am typing on right now.

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IT career virgins need a cherry on top

Franco

True, as far as it goes...

I finished a contract about a month ago and here in Scotland the vast majority of jobs are permanent rather than contract.

It's been going on for ages though, particularly the qualifications part. I was hired by a company because I have an MCP. At no point, for a desktop support role, did they ask me what my MCP was in. ITIL seems to be the buzzword of the week in recruitment agencies.

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Apple MacBook Air Early 2008

Franco

Two words - docking station

If Apple aren't going to provide a few more ports such as ethernet or firewire why not provide the option of a docking station or media slice for the Air as Dell do with the D420/430? Then you've got the ports and optical drive when needed and the weight is unaffected for travelling.

I hate to imagine how much Apple might charge for an Air docking station though.....

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