597 posts • joined Saturday 25th October 2008 15:35 GMT
Re: A casual Observation
120 meg hard drives? Christ, were you using a mainframe? I remember slobbering over a 5.25" full size Bigfoot that I think was 40 megs. 120 megs was like, no way I'll ever get a hard drive that big. Imagine all the porn GIFs I could store...
And for the record, in 1991 or 1992, I was pleased as punch when the wife "bought" me grey-market OEM copies of Windows 3.0 and DOS 4.1. DOSSHELL FTW!!!
You're one-in-a-million. Which means in China there are 1,351 people exactly like you...
High-tech science lab? check
Brownish, stained-looking electron microscope? check
Pure white walls? check
Whole thing in an underground bunker? check
Demonic undead walking the hallways? not yet
Re: Sort of related
why did I follow the centipede link? why?...
Re: Steve Jobs moment...
As much as I hate to say it, MS might be better if Gates eventually returns to the helm. His OEM-license-lashing in the 90's was really bad, but let's face it - under Gates, Microsoft gave us upgrades that made sense, even if they were buggy and full of holes. Under Ballmer, Microsoft has been forcing unwanted crap down our throats every few years (which seems to be still buggy and full of holes, although to a lesser extent).
What neat little engines Stirling engines are. I watch machinist-porn on Youtube, and MrPete222(Tubalcain) did a series of videos on Stirling engines earlier this year. I never knew such things existed until I saw his videos. If you've a mechanical bent, and are unfamiliar with Stirling engines, look him up on Youtube. He's an old, retired machinist who's taken a liking to the new fangled Internet.
I don't think this is a unicorn. As others have astutely noted, it has two horns, not one, and said horns are oriented incorrectly. As well, it lacks rainbows shooting out its ass. It can't be a unicorn if it doesn't have rainbows shooting out its ass. Everybody knows that.
"The result is a setup that gives you access to all your running terminal sessions and media player without needing to shuffle windows or switch workspaces."
Eh, if you're just running terminal sessions and a media player, why not just boot straight into the CLI and get an ipod mini? Get rid of all of the GUI overhead and let your processor run like the wind.
Why people want to fsck up a great OS like Linux by running a crappy GUI on it, I'll never know. GUI is for porn, CLI is for work...
Re: Too bad
Well, I was just thinking about direct integration of O365 with AD. Something along the lines of creating a new user with
new-aduser -name email@example.com ...blah blah blah... -includeMSOL me.com
that would create the user in AD as well as creating the MSOL/exchangeonline user. All without needing ADFS as a stand-alone kind of middleware.
I admit, I'm talking out my arse here, and my knowledge of ADFS is vague and limited to what I've seen in a few high-level slides. I'm not planning to start reading up on ADFS nitty-gritty until after Christmas. But my understanding is that it's an after-the-fact thing - it gets notifications of changes in AD and pushes them out to othe federated systems. If I'm wrong about that, please forgive my ignorance.
I see the first side-effect of a long-term, all-soylent diet: megalomania...
"I certainly enjoy mortal food,"
Yes, I'm certain the new god Rhinehart sometimes tires of sipping ambrosia and banging virgins, and decends from his lofty perch on Mount Incontinentia to chow down with us mere humans... perhaps eat an apple or a suckling pig.
"This is something new and a lot of people are very uncomfortable,"
Probably takes the colon a while to acclimate to the gloop that's running through it. Then the uncomfortableness will go away.
I just put in a new Avaya VOIP system, and ~30 of their (Nortel) Enterprise Ethernet switches since last Christmas. Good to know we've dodged the bullet of being owned by Evil Empire #2.
Avaya gear is OK, but as others have said, it is a bit pricey, and seems to be a bit "trailing edge" as far as features. You can definitely feel the ghosts of a Great Ancient Telecom provider when you are dealing with them. Everything is very regimented and flexibility is, ehh, what's flexibility?
Their customer service completely sucks donkey balls, though. If a switch goes out, you can't call and talk directly to a rep, you have to fill out a web form (after you remember/reset your login info) and wait for them to call you back. That happened last week when a POE module went poof in one of their switches. I was not happy about that, and told them that for what I paid for these switches, I shouldn't have to deal with no stinking web form. That got me a "click" from the other end. Great. I shoulda bought HP Procurves.
If El Reg would allow it, I'd give my whole day's quota of downvotes to your comment. Blaspheme not against the mighty Turbo Pascal, for it was Holy and did give many of us reason to stay in CompSci instead of switching to History or Psych.
For their next trick, Intel will come out with a super low-powered chip that lacks dedicated math processing circuitry or support for MMX, but is fully compatible with the 80386 instruction set...
Does make me wonder - how small could intel make a 386DX these days? I'd think it could be teeny-tiny.
But then again, it's not like we've had Obamacare go into effect before, either.
They should have planned the details as big as they planned their ideals. They are, after all, the federal government - the same folks who gave us the Internet. It shouldn't really have been an issue. I mean, geez, how many super computers does our federal government have on the Top500 list, but they can't even properly prepare a website for the start of a major, massive program like Obamacare? I guess now that their ideals are enshrined in law, then the devil with the details. It'll be the same shoddy service we're used to from DC.
Re: @BillG Always a PC
@Hoola - "Arguably, eDirectory & NSS are far superior to AD, GroupWise provides the same functionality & if you have actually used the recent versions, is proabbly better than Exchange. There simply isn't the integration and MS have almost total monopoly on the back end infrastructure. They are more than Office and a Windows desktop."
I'm a Novell admin, there is no "arguably" to it - eDirectory is far superior to AD. Very stable and you only need 2 tools to fix most problems - dstrace and dsrepair. Groupwise vs Outhouse/Exchange is a tough one though. I've never used Outhouse in my 20+ years in IT (yeah, amazing, I know), and I do (mostly) like Groupwise as client and server. The client is good for mail, and folks who use it for calenders are OK with it. The GW server (at least on Netware) is freakin awesome - lots and lots of self-healing abilities that the admin only knows kicked off when he gets the Post Office Maintenance email saying the problem was fixed. Oh, and single-storage for attachments, something the new versions of Exchange lack. My users generally don't like Groupwise though, because NOTHING ON THE PLANET integrates with it without 3PO's or other strange tweaks - it doesn't "just work" with stuff like Outhouse does. And there are a few spots in GW that I wish Novell had tweaked (like letting the admin set proxy access or rules for a user).
But your last sentence nailed it - it's the integration, or lack thereof, that's finally moving us off of eDir/GW to AD/Outhouse. It's pretty dead simple to setup RADIUS on Windows so that an Aruba Mobility Controller can use it for user authentication. Not so with eDirectory - you either have to pay through the nose for something like SteelBelted, or bung around with FreeRADIUS until you finally find the magic combination that makes it work (hint: it takes a liberal dosing of pixie dust, three virgins, and the pre-compiled radiusd that ships with SLES. Don't EVER try to compile your own). On the Groupwise side, my users have been bellyaching for years that they can't buy off-the-shelf software and use it to do mail merges. So we have special-purpose desktops running Outlook that relay through our GWIA just for this. But we are leaving all that behind over the next 4-5 months and moving to AD and Office365 (yikes, that part wasn't my idea...) where things will "just work" and my users can finally feel like they're modern and up-to-date.
"He said hundreds of thousands of people had flooded the website, which slowed down the system,"
They do realize there are MILLIONS of us, right? And they have a system that can scale to handle such a load, right?
Him: "Hi, this is James Sausage from Stuffers Data Service. Have you heard of us?"
Me: "No. You say you make sausage?"
Him: "Ha ha. No, we are a relatively new company that provides the Stuffit Data Silo, and we are in the Gartner Magic Quadrant [ *sparkle-sparkle* ]. Have you ever heard of Stuffit Data Silo?"
Me: "No, I can't say that I have"
Him: "Oh, well, the Stuffit Data Silo integrates into your <blah blah blah > leverages <blah blah> cloud based <blah blah blabbity blah>. We..."
In general, once a cold-call salesperson tells me (proudly, always) that they are in the Gartner Magic Quadrant [ *sparkle-sparkle* ], the phone call is basically over. It's just a question of how soon I will hang up.
I got an email from them about this a day or two ago and it wasn't quite as earth shattering as it seems. Their Instant APs (and maybe even their Remote APs) could already do most of this "self configuration" since last year (I think) when Aruba started some program or other where they tied the serial number of purchased APs to a controller/airwave. So when you plugged them up, they called home to Aruba and got the address to your controller/airwave, and then connected to that to get their config. So the only really "new" thing is Aruba's new web interface/portal that lets you admin them from "the Cloud".
My guess is that this is a step to get Aruba into smaller shops that didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on a Mobility controller (and hundreds more on consultant fees to install and configure it) just to run a handful of access points. So throw up a web portal that anybody can use and start selling those $300+ access points into mom-n-pop shops up and down the street.
Aruba's gear is good stuff - we have 2 of their newer Mobility controllers and around 200 APs. It works, and works well. But it ain't no easy-to-setup DLink. Pretty much everything is configurable if you know where to look or what command to use. About the only thing you CAN'T configure from the controller is the color of the plastic shell. It would be interesting to see if their "cloud" controller has the same myriad of config options as a Mobility/Airwave.
Re: Always a PC
I can't disagree with any of your points, other than the trifle of saying "well, that's still possibly 1+ billion PC licenses on the upgrade treadmill"
Microsoft has always been its own worst disruptive technology. Call me a fool, but I thought DOS was a pretty decent OS for what it did - load programs on underpowered, memory limited machines, and manage files. But MS killed DOS once they realized Windows 3.x was getting popular, and they didn't even have the courtesy of throwing a wake. They went straight into poor-mouthing it (as we say here in the States). That lasted, eh, 3 or 4 years before MS decided to sacrifice Win3.x on the altar of Windows 95. Win95 was shit, but it was prettier shit than Win3.x. Win98SE fixed some of those problems, so then it was time to throw 95 under the bus. Then Win2k came out and was so much more reliable and secure than Win98, which was important in the age of high-speed Internet Porn, so Win98 had to get the boot. And when XP came out, you'd have thought Jehovah himself had coded it and ordained it as THE OS for PCs, because Windows 2000 was suddenly the worst OS ever written in history. PERIOD. Why we didn't hear about these massive holes in Win2k before 2003, well, I'll never understand.
MS did misstep badly with Millenium, but luckily not many people cared since Win2k was there to take up the slack. And the second misstep with Vista was tolerable only because XP was still in its glory days.
For Office, I still use 2000 because it does all I need it to do. Sure, I could upgrade to whatever the latest version is, but that's all crap in my book. And I'm on a volume license, so it wouldn't cost me a dime - other than lost productivity due to the Ribbon.
The big problem with a Microsoft second act is that I don't know if they have the "style" to put together a second act. They don't have enough sense to realize that even if they did find a "killer app" or "killer device", they shouldn't burden it down with trying to make it a clone of a PC running Windows and Office. They've done well with Xbox, but that's still tiny compared to the PC market. Apple got big again because they had bling, and they were focused (IMHO) on actually finding out how people used an MP3 player, then making one that was worth buying. They didn't try to make it look or act like a tiny Mac. The iPhone just ramped that up even further, and the iPad sent the whole thing through the stratosphere. I don't think MS has the "people" knowledge to pull off a similar stunt - to them everything looks like a PC running Windows and Office.
Re: R.I.P. First Amendment
That's the real kicker, isn't it? In its essence, the FISA and (un)Patriot Act, as well as the guilty accomplices in the Congress and the White House that have allowed this to continue, have recast the US as a surveillance state with absolutely no fucking end in sight. It's been 11+ years since we were attacked, and apparently the attack scared Uncle Sam soooo fundamentally that nothing must stop his efforts to avoid it again. Any arguments against this by us, the citizens, are stonewalled with this same "we can't tell you why we can't tell you why we have to spy on anyone at anytime but we're doing it to keep us all safe". Bullshit. For the past 80 years or so we've ALWAYS had folks who "want to do harm" to our country, but somehow we never had to turn into this current orwellian nightmare to avoid it. We didn't have to gag the press or the comms providers with threats of jailtime if they revealed what the oily bastards in the Government were doing with the ragged shreds of Liberty. But now it all has to be secret because it's "for our own good." Lady Justice has been raped and left for dead, lying on a soiled mattress stuffed with a shredded Constitution and lots of greenbacks.
Always a PC
Well, according to yesterday's article about aging XP machines (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/01/six_months_end_xp_support/), there's still 1.6 billion PCs out there, so I'm guessing that's still a bigger market than smart phones or tablets. Nothing wrong with selling 1.6 billion Windows licenses at what, $30 a pop, every few years. That's good money. Too bad their current version of Windows is such rubbish. And that's why MS should stop worrying about this "Act II". They've got a huge user base that isn't going anywhere anytime soon, and trying to merge the tablet/phone world with the PC world is obviously something they have no demonstrable skills or talent at. They should focus on the PC and make that their Crown Jewel again. If they want to do tablets or phones, fine, they've got plenty of money to spin out child companies to take care of that.
Even if they stop "growing" and just maintain current revenue for the next ten years, they are still making a shitpot full of money every 5 seconds.
Totally awesome craft.
Although I do have to wonder why the lads from Southhampton made the "internal structure of the beast's rear fuselage" look like a rear image of Lohan (as in Lindsay) bent over. That made me chortle.
I look forward to seeing this craft fly.
An idea from an ignorant American
So why doesn't the British government build their own search engine, then install a country-wide firewall that blocks access to Google and redirects that traffic to the new British firewall? That way your government can tightly control the search results you guys get.
Just an idea, probably bad...
Re: How the bacteria came into being
Angel farts, obviously...
That was awesome. Best morning (here in the US) I've spent at work in quite a while. :) Great work all around, guys.
If El Reg would do more of this type of stuff, I'd consider upgrading to the Platinum Subscription.
Lester - will you guys be streaming video again tomorrow? Today's action was awesome. That's the most fun I've had on the Internet since that guy drove a backhoe across Finland a few years ago.
Re: There is little I will not attempt.
Stay thirsty, my friend.
It would have been ironic if Snowden had used the supposed NSA backdoor into WIndows to break into the NSA's own computers to steal NSA documents. Since he was a sysadmin, it wasn't necessary, but it would have been a bit of sweet justice and lots of LOLs if he had...
Quote of the year nominee:
"It's not normal to get your testicles bitten off, of course, but it can happen, especially now in Sweden."
I must be in a strange mood today, but that sentence struck me as insanely funny, almost as if it came straight from a Monty Python skit.
Angus Thermopyle approves
In the spidery recesses of my mind, I seem to remember something similar to this in Stephen R. Donaldson's "Gap" series. IIRC, ship's logs were written to immutable ruby crystals. That's about all I remember though. That, and the name Angus Thermopyle.
Re: Movie Title
MAG - aren't those also useful for cross-country (USA) trips when you don't want to stop to take a leak? I seem to remember something about that...
I'm in the same boat here. After 18 years of running Novell, we're moving to Server 2012 by Christmas. I won't miss our OES2 Linux servers, as I hate, hate, HATE them, but I WILL miss the 4 or 5 NW6.5 boxes I still have in service. We're giving up Groupwise and moving to Office365 for email (yeah, I'll probably regret that decision later on).
AD has nothing on eDir, but Powershell does make it a little easier. It's still a bitter pill, though. But hey, gotta stay modern and hip.
I should go turn off my NW 6.5 servers then... ;)
But in my experience, it wasn't NT that killed Netware. NT merely gutted the dead Netware corpse. What really killed Netware was the built-in File and Printer sharing in Windows 95/98. Suddenly, small 3-4 user shops didn't have to pay $500+ for Netware so they could share files and have networked printers, they could share files and printers right from their shiny new PackardBells running Windows 95/98. IMHO, that ate up a lot of Netware's "grass roots" purchases. I saw it here several times - small companies running Netware 2 or 3 on aging hardware needed to upgrade, and pretty much every one of them, when given the choice, chose to buy a new "server" desktop and do file and printer sharing with Windows 95/98. It wasn't as safe or as reliable, not by a long shot, but it was cheap and did the job. By the time NT became "a thing", it was really just a way of corralling those workstation servers into yet another new box, and giving fancier access rights to the files and printers. But by then, the company had been off of Netware for several years and didn't miss it - if anyone there even remembered they had been on Netware at all.
Shame, as I still really like Netware 6.5. For simple file sharing, eDirectory is tough to beat. But I despise that atrocity known as OES2 on Linux. Why the fuck did Novell have to take away all of our CUI screens when they went to Linux? Come on guys, the console screen on a Groupwise POA or GWIA is very important when troubleshooting. It just is. And dsrepair just isn't the same without a menu system. Who the hell wants to have to remember all of those damn command line switches? Isn't that what we paid for - software that's easy to use? Apparently nobody at SuSE gave a damn about ncurses or any other way of generating user-friendly menus or screens. "Screw the old Netware guys, this is how we do it now!"
So we are leaving Novell behind and going into Microsoft-land. Sad, as I spent a good deal of my career dealing with Netware servers.
Re: Damnit - Free Robot Assistance
Eh, is the free robot assistant there to help manage the park, or is it a replacement for the beautiful girlfriend left behind?
Re: A text editor would be more attractive than Microsoft Office
"Isn't the other way around - softies used edlin , *ix use vi"
Softies use an editor with a user interface. Real men use sed, awk, and grep to view and edit their documents from the command line...
My biggest question
about Office365 is - how long will it be before Microsoft comes up with Yet Another Greatest Thing Ever that will be the successor to O365 and forces all of us who use it to switch over?
I'll wander back into the shadows now, and grumble into my beard about being pushed from the simple Live@EDU into O365.
Never see WIndows 8 as personal desktop
But I have found that beating on Server2012 for a few hours gives a desktop that is fairly close to useable, even without ClassicShell. You just have to go nuts with shortcuts on the desktop and get used to not having a Start menu (not easy after 18+ years of using it, though). I still prefer my Server2003 desktop, but I guess times change.
These two articles about Hyper-V were great, Trevor. Thanks, man, I've got to look into this stuff later this summer after my other projects finish. We're leaving Novell and heading into Microsoft-land, so this is timely info.
I am very unpopular today.
Let me state, just to salvage some small modicum of dignity, that what you Brits may not know is that we have thrown way too much tax money down the "find-new-power-technologies" rabbit hole, either in loans like this, or in straight-out grants/giveaways. Some of it, such as this loan to Tesla, was actually paid back or in some other way benefitted our society. Other of our dollars went to waste - http://www.ajc.com/news/business/georgia-ethanol-plant-sold-at-taxpayers-loss/nQP5m/ .
But in either case, it was Congress gambling with large chunks of our money on private enterprises in an unproven area in search of what often turns out to be snake oil. Now, had they gambled on a company that had found a way to increase corn yield 5x, then maybe I wouldn't have griped. But to gamble on a company that SO FAR is only churning out luxury items is a bit much. And there is,( to my limited knowledge, admittedly) no guarantee or requirement that Tesla will ever produce vehicles of more moderate price. What if they get tired of playing the game in 3-4 years and decide to go chase some other rainbow instead of bringing an affordable car to market? We're all in tech, we've seen that kind of thing happen before.
So there, that's my gripe. Please downvote away. I'm still waiting for the next BOFH episode like the rest of you lot.
Fine, then let them develop without endangering taxpayer dollars. Had they defaulted on this loan, the taxpayers would have lost quite a large sum of money on absolutely nothing.
Re: Note that difference *loan* (with interest) versus old car maker (2nd or 3rd) bailout.
No, the US taxpayers made a loan for developing a vehicle that does little, if anything, to improve the life of the average American, but is, instead, a plaything for rich folks. This is not the same as funding development for mainframe computers or putting a man on the moon or even developing new ways to turn corn or algae into ethanol. This is entirely and totally a toy.
Re: 25 years too late
"my daily routine has never included talking about file formats."
Then why are you on a computer-nerd site talking about file formats? ;)
I didn't realize we taxpayers had funded research into an electric car that most of us can't afford. Toys for rich tree-huggers? Thanks for being good stewards of our tax dollars, Congress.
Re: Soon to get "upgraded" from Live@EDU to O365
Thanks, but it's all over now. Was really a non-event, in spite of all of the hype and hoopla coming out of MS about the "upgrade". The biggest problem has been getting word out to the students that the URL for webmail isn't www.live.com anymore. Other than that, it did require some major twiddling (and pondering) to my powershell script that creates accounts, but nothing show stopping.
Re: 25 years too late
I've been using a soft "g" for it since the early 90's. I remember reading somewhere in the docs for CompuShow (a popular DOS image viewer back in the day...) that it was pronounced with a soft "g", so that's what I've stuck to. I always assumed those using a hard "g" were newbies.
"The FBI argue the net is “going dark” to them, thanks to encryption technologies which render valid wiretapping warrants useless."
That's Liberty at work. Warrant is useless because of encryption? Boo-hoo, I'll cry you a handful of tears.
has anyone written a FlickrFileSystem module yet so we can store other data (non-images) in the free 1-TB of space they are giving out? ie - this big 300-gig backup of my boot drive? Break it into a bunch of 200-meg chunks, encapsulate it in something that looks like a JPG and send it off to Flickr. That would be cool.
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