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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

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Red Flag...

...Linux again? Wikipedia Link.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Brilliant

The first two items to show up on the Weekend edition were Simon and coffee making. Have a free beer >>======>

Please try to avoid stuff that could be construed as work at the weekend.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Aeropress with milk

As you say the Aeropress no crema thing can be a bit of a disappointment for espresso fans, although our local supplier will do a special Aeropress grind which can give a small amount of foam.

For the milky coffee drinker you can get a reasonable facsimile of proper foam by putting some skimmed milk in the microwave for a minute or so and then beating it with a small hand whisk (Remember to leave the milk for a few seconds before you take it out of the microwave to avoid boiling milk "bumping" all over you).

I am fortunate to live in one of the world's best coffee making areas, Western Australia - So if I really need crema, and I can afford $5, I go to one of the many excellent coffee places by the beach, otherwise I now use an Aeropress almost exclusively at home. The less fortunate thing about living here is than most people can't make a decent cup of tea...

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

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Stock market?

This information has been available since June, and the problem was apparently sorted over a month ago. The stock is at its highest price ever. People who had a short stock position need the stock to be lower by the Friday NASDAQ close of business.

A coincidence?

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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@John Tserkezis

I believe the actual cost to the telco is <0.005 , so no price gauging there then...

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Re: No spare wheel?

Apparently, you are more than twice as likely to be stranded with a flat battery than a puncture. Not many of us carry a spare vehicle battery.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

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Re: Metadata IS data

@Denarius

I think the quote you wanted was from Lord Acton, not Lord Melbourne. It was written because of his concerns about the doctrine of Papal infallibility in Vatican 1, but also refers to temporal politics.

A longer quotation from the letter is: ...Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it...

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Re: Nothing to hide, nothing to fear...

..., licence (UK).

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: Do Apple know...........?

@AC

Or, for employees, International Broken Marriages

Or "I'm Being Moved"

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

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@sinfocomar

IBM... hasn't gotten anything right in the enterprise least of all software.

Well you might not have heard of z/OS which is only used for trivial stuff like paying salaries, running Fortune 50 companies and banking - But obviously nothing that is really important to an enterprise...

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: @auburnman

Sorry VinceH, the autocorrect on the iPad I was using is a bit over enthusiastic.

Have a beer and an up-vote as a poor consolation.

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@auburnman

...also James and Vincent.

I am retired now and volunteer to help teach older people computing. A truth, that we might not want to acknowledge, is that it takes less than half the time to teach a pupil to use an iPad compared to an Android tablet. The Samsung may be the techie person's favorite, but it seems to be even harder to teach than most of the other Android devices we have seen. Perhaps the mixture of vanilla Android, Google's apps and Samsung's own stuff causes our pupils the most confusion - Having an apparently different e-mail program appearing, when you are not expecting it seems to be a particular problem.

We have a policy of trying to have the device looking similar to how it was delivered, so that if one of us drops dead, the pupil can at least go to somebody else who can take over.

Experience has shown that one-on-one lessons can get somebody started within a couple of hours, and they can usually look after themselves after about 3 sessions. The main things that people want to know are "The Internet" (usually they mean Google), e-mail, "photographs", YouTube, and books.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Is it Enjoyable?

I thought that audiophile kit had two main purposes.

The first, as already mentioned, is to impress other audiophiles. This is not new. Listen to a "Song of Reproduction", Flanders and Swann, 1957 - YouTube Link.

The other is to sound enjoyable, or at least impressive, to the audiophile (almost always male) and his friends. When I was younger, and green in judgement, I bought a pair of Koss Electrostatic headphones to go with my Linn LP12/Naim 250 system. They sounded very accurate, had great specifications, and certainly looked the part, but did not give any feeling of engagement in the music. My apparenltly far too small Linn Kan speakers were fabulous to listen to and, in my normal sized living room, almost nobody noticed that they were lacking in bass - We just enjoyed the music.

I am now old and broken, but still remember how good the direct-to-disk Sheffield Lab recording of Thelma Houston/Pressure Cooker sounded through my old kit.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Single user PC database might be OK

@Extra spicey vindaloo

London/NewYork - We did something similar with MS Remote Desktop Services/Terminal Server. It worked well with the server 3 time zones away from two clients.

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Access?

How about a bit of truth based on someone who had to develop in Access from V1.1 to 2010 (and Oracle, Rdb, Informix, PostgreSQL, Sybase,SQL Server, etc).

Within its limitations, And IF done by someone who had slogged up the very long and very steep learning curve Acess generally reasonable - IF:

The forms,, code and reports are in a separate front-end from the back-end database.

No more than 5-10 concurrent connections to a shared writable Access back-end.

No more than 50-100,000 rows in a table which should not be linked to more than a couple of smallish tables.

No wireless networking.

If you really, really, need to go beyond this, Access is fine if you use the separate front-end to a SQL Server backend, when experience has shown that 10 million rows, up to 50 or so concurrent users, many more relationships, and wireless clients are OK, provided that you rewrite any queries to be on the back-end and use stored procedures.

Now can the web kiddies who use MySQL because it is scalable and reliable please keep the noise down while I go for my senior citizen's nap?

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Single user PC database might be OK

The worry is that MS Access on a single PC of the sort, and with the amount of RAM, that a bean-counter will have demanded could probably do it with a bit of fiddling.

I don't know about SQL Server lite, MS will have crippled it; but SQLite almost certainly could do this : http://www.sqlite.org/limits.html

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Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

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Fast?

> /dev/null

Recovery is something else.

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Re: Ergo sum

Thanks dan1980, a good post, I reply as someone who has been a professional scientist in one of the core sciences for over 40 years.

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Re: Ergo sum

Nice sound-bite Diogenes, unfortunately it may not be true. As you post under the name of a seeker of truths, perhaps a look at published work may be helpful. Bob Altemeyer could be a good place to start - Link rationalwiki.org. A link to his book about Right-wing authoritarianism is on his University of Manitoba web page here.

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

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Re: [Citation needed]

I thought the #1 rule in journalism was to print as many people's names as possible in the article, and spell them correctly? That way all of them, and their friends, obtain the publication.

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Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

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Re: But, but.... Won't anybody think of the koalas?

No worries. The mallee used is from Western Australia, we don't have native Koalas. It seems that the population did originally extend to WA, but it seems they may have been hunted to extinction by humans tens of thousands of years ago, when the climate started to become dry.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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Re: started with 10.7

@Mathew 17

You can just tick an option box or, for occasional use, hold down the option key....Link macobserver.com

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I'm probably being dim, but

Can't you just drag Users into the sidebar when you have made it visible?

Alternatively [Cmd]+[Shift]+[G] usually remembers the last folder that it used.

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Oracle horns in on Red Hat's OpenStack party with own distro

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@richmd Re:copycat

"Oracle needs to be careful. APIs can be copyrighted now, you know.

I see that you did not put an icon with your post - Couldn't decide between the "I'll get me coat"; "Joke Alert"; "Linux - OS to the gods"; or "Troll" icons?

Have a free beer and an Up Vote.

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Canonical teams up with Tranquil PC to deliver Ubuntu cluster-in-a-box

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The link says:

No Canonical Commercial Support from Ubuntu.

Nice Box - So, for those of us who prefer to avoid Mr Shuttleworth, perhaps someone from Tranquil PC can tell us how easy it is to run Debian?

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Oracle and rentier capitalism - A perfect match

As a developer using Oracle since V4 (until I retired), I know the old truth:

Q: "What do you call Oracle customers?"

A: "Hostages"

Perhaps Larry has ambitions to take all business users and developers hostage? I would be looking to avoid Java (and Oracle) in new projects wherever practicable.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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London

Ah, but do they "Don't do South of the River" in the rain?

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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I was spared 8 bit

I started with BASIC on 16 bit DG Nova and DEC PDPs, it looked quite good after using FORTRAN. Now after learning C and SQL, I can still write FORTRAN code in most languages.

BASIC was really useful and inexpensive way to implement instrument and machine control - A few lines in QuickBASIC allowed you to open a serial line and write its output into a file, and send an input back. I know that some power and utility company applications are still out there running this code under DOS.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: Nearly

@Redbaron

Users of real computers call it a "slash", or for oldies a "virgule". To all the newer kids who go with the ISO/Unicode "solidus" - It isn't, that is a fraction slash.

I'll go for my SCAN now (Senior Citizen's Afternoon Nap), mutter, mutter.

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Cloudera, MongoDB go on a Big Data date, fall in love, jump in bed

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Obligatory...

...Mongo DB is Web Scale

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Strine

Sticks out like dog's balls is an Oz phrase for the obvious.

>>=============> Because I'm as dry as a dead dingo's donger...

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Not again

When I was younger, and even more foolish than I am now, I managed to put together a really nice Linn/Naim analogue system. It sounded really good, and in spite of what the digital people tell you, most of the time you did not notice the clicks and pops from LPs.

I have bought the stuff that I like on 45s; EP; LP, cassette, CD, DVD and DAT (I had a couple that I played through a DAT backup drive). I will not be buying any more. I have owned "Help!" on mono LP, stereo LP, digital remastered LP, CD and 5.1 surround sound. The quality did not improve, and after "digital remastering" it was notably worse. So, being an idiot, I have paid for the same music 5 times.

I now have about 12,000 tracks which will probably see me out - When I want to listen to something new I look on YouTube or try streaming internet radio.

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Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released

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Re: You left out

Err no. You do know that many servers out there aren't secure because the script-kiddy programmer left them running his cut-and-paste code, and has moved on, and because ROR would not run his really cool stuff he turned security off?

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Fry and Laurie

Cheer up It's a Soaraway Life - YouTube link. Try to avoid the Dirty Digger's organs. Can anybody think of anything that he has made better for the rest of us?

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

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@Stephan 6

Surely serving a 1,000 customers can be done even with a simple microsoft access database file ;-)

After having written production MS Access based stuff, it always surprised me how easily it could be migrated to SQL Server, so 1000 customers is a trivial "proof of concept".

But if you want fast, scalable fancy web-based stuff, how about SQLite with CGI/FastCGI? ;-) That will migrate easily to Postgres IF you ever get more customers...

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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Re: Those prices?

"Large customers get a better deal."

A very long time ago when a DOS based WP programme cost nearly £400 retail, we paid £500,000 up front and then £7 for each user for a keyboard template - It worked out at ~£20 per user. The only ongoing costs were for manuals and installation media, and upgrades at a similar price.

A few years later we went with MS Office. The cost on a VWA was discounted by less than 30%, so MS have always been good at negotiating...

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Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

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Re: Not for me.

I have one of the early generation clockwork thingies on a leather strap on my wrist.

If I manually synchronize the analogue time display indicators with an NTP client, and remember to wind the the clockwork device up every day; it displays the time on its "easy to read" metal/quartz/enamel and radium display.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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Re: @article author: reading comprehension FAIL

@zooooooom

"So Google, and apparently you, think that it is OK to break W3C HTML5?"

Fuck yeah. Its a mark up language, not a contract.

So, you would be a systems/hardware person then?

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Re: @article author: reading comprehension FAIL

@G2

This change affects only when a web SITE specifies the parameter autocomplete=off on a password input field, the browser will ignore that and instead will use the USER's preference instead of the SITE's preference: if the user has the password manager enabled then it will use that for autocomplete. If the user has disabled the password manager then it stays disabled.

So Google, and apparently you, think that it is OK to break W3C HTML5?

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Beyond parody

Google "Don't be evil" indeed.

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Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

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What'll the speed be when your provider has you by the throat...

..after you have disassembled your internal IT and moved all of your files into the cloud?

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The Punch and Judy show is LIVE NOW cancelled

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Re: Cancelled due to wind?

Too many kebabs last night lads?

Or possibly because the universe had noticed that Paul had been taken over by the shade of Jimmy Savile.

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One Win 8 to rule them all: Microsoft talks up 'universal apps' for PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: A drop in the bucket

A drop can vary in size by about an order of magnitude, but a standard laboratory drop is 0.05 mL, so you get 20 of them in a mL or 20,000 in a litre. Assuming that you have a standard old imperial 2 gallon bucket (~9 L) that would be one part in ~180,000 or ~5.5 parts in a million....

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SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

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From experience

...(developing with Oracle since V4) I can tell you ... It's a trap!

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: Irrelevant Here.

@LDS

I acknowledge that I am a recalcitrant old fart, but I am still occasionally using a Nokia from then Wikipedia: Nokia 8210. It makes and receives phone calls and texts. Sometimes I use my "new" Nokia 11 series that is "only" 10 years old.

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Microsoft: Hey, small biz devs – Windows Store apps are for you, too

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Been somewhere similar, done something similar

As a "nearly as old as dirt" retired developer who has actually written small biz Windows apps, my immediate reaction was: "What could possibly go wrong", followed by the thought "How likely is this to go tits-up in a small biz production environment", leading to the conclusion: "Customers are not going to like this".

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Redbacks

Redbacks are normally found near their characteristic webs (untidy networked strands) in dark places near the floor.

Last year I was standing up to relocate a network switch when something hit me in the face - I stepped back and saw it was a very large female redback hanging from the ceiling on a 4ft gossamer about 4ft from the wall. When my heart-rate had returned to normal and a can of flyspray later...

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Chinese patent app tries to own Wine on ARM

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Re: This is an elaborate April fool's joke, isn't it?

@AC

Take a down vote for deliberately conflating a design patent with a software patent.

If the USAian patent people had used the superior UK name of "Registered Design" instead of design patent the whole rounded corners meme might not have happened, and most of us would have been aware that the Apple/Samsung thing was initially about "trade dress" - Wikipedia Link.

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iiNet CEO Michael Malone resigns

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Tech CEO

It was good to have a CEO who actually knew what the company did.

In the early days I was trying to set up Exchange on a MS Small Business Server for a customer on a Saturday morning. It needed to connect to iinet's mail server using multiple dial-up lines. After wading through the unhelpful MS documentation and studying iinet's recommended server settings I still could not get it to work. I phoned iinet tech support. A pleasant young man said that he did not have the information immediately to hand as he thought that we were the first people in Western Australia to do this, and could he phone me back in a few minutes? It was Michael Malone. He phoned back a few minutes later and ran me through many settings (not those in the MS documentation) and 30 minutes later everything worked. I told him that I would be on site for another couple of hours setting up client workstations and he phoned back an hour or so later to check that everything was OK.

He might not have been the bean-counter/spreadsheet-jockey business background Suit that some people expect from the CEO of a large company, but he did know how his products worked and how to treat a customer.

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Turnbull to add speed test app to MyBroadband web site

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Speedtest for Oz

I find this one works well for the NBN: Link to my result with OOKLA here

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