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* Posts by Mike Lewis

14 posts • joined 18 Apr 2009

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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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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