* Posts by Mike Lewis

25 posts • joined 18 Apr 2009

BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

Mike Lewis

CRTs and Backups

Fun times were had when a team of software engineers kept getting corrupted backups on a Sony DAT (remember those?) so off to the repair shop it went. The shop couldn't find anything wrong but the team's backups were still being corrupted so the DAT, cable and controller card were bundled up and sent off. No errors detected. Then they asked me to have a look at it and I spotted the problem right away. They had laid the cable connecting the controller card to the DAT across the top of a 21" CRT. Cable moved, problem solved.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

Mike Lewis

Re: Beats

It makes headbanging easier.

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

Mike Lewis

Outsourcing

To me, the most interesting part of the insurer's complaint is that the healthcare system "outsourced data to firms with poor security". Could that be extended in future to "outsourced programming to firms with poor security"?

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Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

Mike Lewis

Re: This is *NOT* how you do interfaces

Been there, fixed that. I once rewrote 2,651 lines of C as a seven line shell script. The previous programming team had written a data transfer program with its own buggy implementation of ftp. I just used the one that was already on the computer.

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

Mike Lewis

Mixed feelings

I have mixed feelings about the IoT.

On the one hand, I write device drivers for a living so I'm looking forward to the greatly increased job opportunities with every Thing needing a device driver.

On the other hand, I'm not really into home automation, let alone IoT. I prefer to keep it simple.

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

Mike Lewis

Re: Hmmm...

I still use a Palm Pilot Tungsten E2 every day. I call it my "information engine" as I listen to podcasts and read ebooks and Internet articles (captured by Sunrise XP) on it. I had to buy a new one on eBay for $60 several months ago as the old one just wore out after eight years. When I changed to a smartphone, I got a data bill for $1,300 (eventually cancelled) thanks to something called "automatic update" so it's back to my Nokia 3315 and Palm Pilot for me. I now use the smartphone for what I had bought it for originally, which was an MP3 player.

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GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

Mike Lewis

See foot, shoot

Teaching a lot of teenagers how to break into computers. What could go wrong?

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Mike Lewis

TomTom? Just say no

No, not TomTom. Never again. I bought one for my mum and it was hopeless at navigation. A sextant would have been more useful.

It did have a nice display, though. Something pretty to look at while you wander around, lost.

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FTC calls for Congress to crack down on consumer data harvesting

Mike Lewis

Re: Strange that they missed some big harvesters.

They also missed the NSA.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

Mike Lewis

A marriage made in Heaven?

Newsflash: company making overpriced computers buys company making overpriced headphones.

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

Mike Lewis

What could possibly go wrong?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7MGE9lzpsU

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

Mike Lewis

It still doesn't beat carrying 128 GB on the keyrings in my pocket.

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

Mike Lewis

It's like déjà vu all over again

If that doesn't work, they could send someone over to destroy the hard drives.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

Mike Lewis

Bill Shock

I asked the local (Australian) telco to set up data and calling plans for my new smartphone then transferred the SIM card from my ancient Nokia. I got a bill for $1,300 (about £585) thanks to automatic update and the plans not being set up correctly. When my hands stopped shaking, I moved the SIM card back. It took three months with many phone calls, emails and visits to their shop to get them to cancel the charge. The SIM card is still in my Nokia.

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

Mike Lewis

Where has all my bandwidth gone?

Where has all my bandwidth gone, long time passing?

Where has all my bandwidth gone, long time ago?

Where has all my bandwidth gone?

Gone to Windows, every one.

Oh, when will they ever learn?

Oh, when will they ever learn?

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Mike Lewis

It happens with other industries too. I recall being at a motorbike club party when one of the attendees foolishly admitted to being a motorcycle mechanic. He was swamped.

I read a story on the Internet, so it must be true, about a university student who went home for the holidays, taking his usual rescue CD to clean up his mother's computer. To his horror, he found that she had told all her friends he was coming so he spent the entire time fixing their computers as well.

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Guinness World Records pulls beards off online Secret Santas

Mike Lewis

World record?

Is there a Guiness World Record for the worst email privacy breach?

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Acer dishing out 16,400 cheap OLYMPIC laptops to schools

Mike Lewis

They're doomed!

From http://www.acerdirect.co.uk/Acer_TravelMate_6593G-944G32Mn_LX.TPX0Z.100/version.asp

Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Business

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Telstra gets mail with Microsoft

Mike Lewis

After using BigPond email since the early days of dialup, it's off to Gmail for me. I prefer to use an email service that works, not one that seems to be running on Vista.

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Microwaved hard disc, run-over PC and other data disasters

Mike Lewis

Confidentiality

The way I see it, computer user - technician confidentiality is like lawyer - client or doctor - patient confidentiality. If there's nothing blatantly illegal in the data I'm recovering, I don't even mention it.

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Mike Lewis

Missed it by that much

And make sure the backup really is off-site. When I was interviewing an employer for a job, one of the questions I asked was "Do you have any off-site backups?" "Oh yes," he said. "They're in the building next door."

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Inside Windows Phone 7: ghost of Zune

Mike Lewis

Ebooks?

"hubs - People, Pictures, Games, Music and Video, Marketplace and Office"

What about ebooks?

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Consumer tech pollutes enterprise IT

Mike Lewis

Cisco DisConnect

Oh god! Not Cisco VPN everywhere! I had enormous problems with their VPN client for XP. It scrambled the TCP/IP stack so badly that nothing worked. Utilities to repair the stack didn't fix the problem and the VPN client couldn't be removed so I had to reinstall the whole operating system.

Colleagues said a later version of the software worked but wasn't available from corporate IT as it hadn't been tested yet so they downloaded a cracked version from one of the warez sites. Probably not the best source for security software.

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IT managers are spoil sports

Mike Lewis

Soccer with the IT Department

Ideally, IT departments should not be oligarchs but they often are, Along with the person in charge of the stationery cupboard, they are people you do NOT want to make enemies. What works for me is to treat them as if they have done me a personal favour when they fix something, which is the attitude of the worst ones. That gets me to the front of the queue the next time something goes wrong. It also works when getting help from a member of another team, even to the extent that they will neglect their own team's work in favour of helping me. A little appreciation can go a long way.

The best thing one of the companies I worked for did, come to think of it the only good thing they did, was to set up a projector in an empty room while the Olympics were on. People were free to wander in and out as they pleased. Perhaps the same could be done for the soccer.

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Police, Cameras, Inaction!

Mike Lewis

If they're not doing anything wrong...

When filming us, the police say "If you're not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to fear." That works both ways. If the police are not doing anything wrong, then they have nothing to fear.

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