* Posts by David Cook

11 posts • joined 30 Apr 2007

Mother faked ID to 'disappear' child from school waiting list

David Cook

Yea right.......

"Not THAT serious a set of issues. I mean looking after her kids and wanting them to have the best schooling available is just natural.

Just doesn't have quite the hypersensitive sense of right-and-wrong that you need to not piss anyone off anymore."

Correction: doesn't have any sense of right-and-wrong

This is taking the stupidness over school admissions to a new level. I hope she gets hauled into the Magistrates court and they make an proper example out of her.

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For sale: Dr No's Scottish bunker complex

David Cook
Black Helicopters

Aerial Perspective

For anyone interested here is the aerial view:

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=56.85189355543685~-2.265845015645027&lvl=17&sty=h&eo=0

Amazing the things you get distracted by when you should be doing something else :-)

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Microsoft's past - the future to Android's iPhone victory

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@Anonymous Mac Coward

"The iOS SDK is free. There will be a charge if and when you build an app and want to submit it to the App Store, however."

But the Apple Mac hardware to run the iOS SDK on is anything but free. For a PC user that wants to dabble with some casual mobile app development in their own time and on their own dime this is a bit of an obstacle. The Android SDK is equally at home on Windows, OS X and Linux.

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VMware: virtualized SMBs do it better

David Cook
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Says who ? ...

"Virtualization may be useful for a lot of things, but disaster recovery ain't one of them."

We have virtualised all our systems with the exception of MS SQL, which is a doddle to restore if you back it up properly. We did look at VMware ESX which works great until you try and back it up without a SAN.

We saved our pennies on ESX and then spent them on Doubletake to provide continuous replication of two virtualisation hosts running VMware server on Windows 2008 x64 to a third fileserver (VMware server will be migrated to Hyper-v at some point). We now have realtime crash consistent failover and at night we simply pause the replication and then archive the whole lot to LTO3 tape.

Our most recent offsite DR test was carried out in March. The limiting factor for the restoration of our systems was the speed of our DR providers tape drive. Everything including our AD controllers and Exchange system came back with no drama.

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115,000 nabbed for in-car calling

David Cook
Stop

155,000 caught ......

....millions of idiots still doing it. The irony is that in my experience of travelling the M1 everyday it is the people that would appear to be able to most afford/most need a suitable handsfree kit are the people that are still doing an Dom Joly impression while driving 2 metres behind the car in front with their full beam on. Yes you BMW/Audi driving twats, you know who you are.

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Database containing 1.8m UK postcode locations leaks online

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Protectionist Business Practices

It's not just that they hold the keys to public data, it's the way they hold the price of access to the data artificially high in cahoots with QAS (Quick Address Systems, now part of Experian).

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Windows 7 free upgrade generosity hits limits

David Cook
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Poorly researched

SA is available to any business on a volume license scheme. The minumum entry requirement is an initial purchase of any five MS licenses; the headcount size of the organisation is irrelevant. We have customers that are two person consulatancies on volume licensing.

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Tory who claimed brother's tech gear on expenses quits

David Cook
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Snouts still in the trough

What hasn't been reported anywhere is that the reason non of these MPs are standing down immediately, but waiting to the next election, is the massive payout they will be then due.

Between them MacKay and Kirkbride could clear upto a further £200,000, much of it tax free, in resettlement and office winding-up allowances. That's before they start claiming their tax payer funded pensions.

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Civil service apologises for HMRC data loss

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Easy Come..... Easy Go.....

More of our hard earned income tax p....s.d away.

I don't suppose anybody at HMRC stopped to think that a mail shot to the 7 million effected households is going to cost anything up to £4,000,000.

As a family with two children under 5 we are definitely on those disks. I have heard and read all the spin, half-truths and fuddled explanations I need. The last thing we want is more junk mail sent out at our direct expense.

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BlackBerry finds Outlook 2007 an upgrade too many

David Cook

Never trust anythng with a fruit logo....

Microsoft, for all their faults, are upfront about their development plans, make beta software and documentation available to third party developers and are usually a bit late in releasing new software giving everybody a bit of breathing space.

There is no excuse for any third party developer, especially the size of RIM, to not be upto speed. Nobody likes to be forced into a development cycle by anybody, but when you operate in a free market you need to provide for the needs of the market. Whether RIM likes it or not Vista and Office 2007 have happened and the fact that they are not upto speed casts them in a bad light not Microsoft.

Contrast this with the situation that companies developing for the Apple platform found themselves in early 2006 when Apple released the Intel Mac platform 6 months ahead of previously published schedules? Ok for the home market that Apple were targeting it made no difference, they were happy with iLife. For business professionals it was a problem as software companies were still coding for the swap from the PowerPC platform to Intel and were anything upto 6 months away from releasing Intel Mac compatible software.

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BT slammed in broadband cut off battle

David Cook

Blame culture?

Sorry, as much as I enjoy disliking BT Retail, on this occasion I cannot see how Capital Fortune have a case against them.

Some very quick checks and these idiots have a BT Openworld broadband connection, a website hosted by a very anomynous hosting compamy is the US and what looks like a MS Small Business Server onsite which is their one and only destination for email (capitalfortune.com - no backup MX).

Obviously with no fallback for either their internet connectivity or email they were in a bit of a mess. I am very grateful that I wasn't one of their customers caught up in this.

No doubt this is all part of a face saving exercise for the benefit of Capital Fortunes customers. I hope it doesn't back-fire on them and they find that their customers are as trigger happy with lawyers as they are.

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