* Posts by Jay 2

319 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Silent server monitoring: A neat little cure that doesn't kill the patient

Jay 2

There's not much excuse for "test" stuff to end up in prod. Usually this sort of thing is due to management deciding to push something through against the wishes of IT. I'm writing from very current experience. And of course when something does go wrong, it's up to IT to fix it even though they have already pointed out why it was a piece of crap...

Rant over, we use Zenoss Core (the free version) here to monitor Linux boxen and various databases and applications, but I believe my US colleagues also use it to monitor network kit. Once you get used to some of it's little quirks it's quite useful. Plus as hinted at in the article you can tweak bits yourself or download ZenPacks for extra/enhanced functionality. A lot of the back end is written in Python, so not a huge learning curve is needed. My main customisation is to write some bits to pick up (hardware/OS) info from Dell servers running OMSA and HP servers running SPP/MCP.

The downside to some of it being a FOSS product is that there's no proper support and the documentation can be wrong or out of date. Some stuff you may find on the wiki, but you might get better luck on the forums. Though annoyingly sometime in the past the forum was moved and seemingly all the older posts have been discarded.

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Twitter slips into the world of venture capital with barely a chirrup

Jay 2

Re: The bubble will be bursting soon

Yes I do wonder how exactly a loss-making company can get away with investing in another. I'm sure there's smoke and mirrors involved (as well as some very creative accounting).

All part of the bubble 2.0 (or whatev) when people are throwing money at t'interweb/app companies that have no firm plan of how to actually make a profit. It's almost as if they ignored what happened last time...

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: I didn't think Boot Camp was really that widely used?

I only use it (on my 2013 iMac) to play Elite Dangerous. Hopefully the Mac client will be good and then I won't have to bother.

However, the entire Bootcamp thing can get a bit confusing. Until recently I had a 2008 MacPro, which all the blurb said could Bootcamp Windows 7. Unfortunately I was running MacOS 10.9 which had Bootcamp 5... which didn't support the creaky MacPro. So after a lot of reading/research/trial/error I gave up.

All that aside I've got Parallels to run various Win and Linux in case I ever need to dabble with something. Whilst it was possible to (just about) play Elite Dangerous in Parallels it did crash quite a bit!

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UK government says goodbye sat navs, hello Xbox, e-cigs and Spotify

Jay 2

Re: Really?

Though at least on various handheld devices you can update the maps etc without too much trouble (and hopefuly cost). I hear some in-built satnavs require something from the dealer to update them (assuming the car manufacturer can be bothered to provide an update), which usually is not a trivial amount of money.

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Re: Progress - what progress..?

I agree. It's fine if you only use Apple kit and services (and want to throw yet more money at them).

I'm not still sure if its the case, but don't Apple TVs only play video if it's in very specific formats? So if you rip your own legally purchased DVD/BR (ahem) then it has to be in MP4/AAC or something? That's the reason I decided on a WDTV which has pretty much played everything I've thrown at it.

Similarly it's a bit annoying that there doesn't seem to be any third party plugin for my Synology NAS that will allow an iOS device to pick up music directly from the NAS, rather than having to go via iTunes on the Mac.

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Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

Jay 2

Re: More rubbish coding

I'm surprised a Windows person would even install Safari on their machine (assuming it was a concious decision and didn't sneek on via an iTunes install or something). I'm a Mac user and only very rarely do I even consider using it.

I tend to use FF or Chrome nowadays on Win/MacOS unless I just need a very brief third opinion of a website, and so have to resort to the OS' included browser.

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Linux kernel set to get live patching in release 3.20

Jay 2
Linux

On a RHEL course many years ago the instructor said (semi-seriously/jokingly) that "rebooting is a sign of weakness", the gist being that there is a fair bit you can change on the fly in Linux. However he also pointed out that's all well and good until the server reboots... so it's best to make changes permanent. And as part of the RHEL certification exams they'll reboot servers to make sure.

Meanwhile there are some people who seem to think that uptime is a bad thing and insist on "maintenance reboots", which to me are the work of the devil and usually cause more problems than they (attempt to) solve. If there's a problem on a Linux box that requires frequent reboots to "fix" (eg pospone till the next time) then looking into the problem is probably a better idea than rebooting to mask it.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a marketing tool to create buzz

Look at this new thing! Too late, no you can't buy it! Yes that might create a buzz, but maybe not one they were intending...

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

Jay 2

Re: Two lessons from this

Data doesn't exist unless it's in at least two places! Some of mine is in four different places, one of which is in a different building. Given my day job of (paranoid) sys admin, then it would look a bit silly if I were to lose any data.

Backups, backups, backups etc.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

Jay 2

I recall doing rather a lot of work for Y2K, as where I worked I ended up being the person who knew the most about how the HP-UX 9.x boxes did their thing, and so therefore was best placed to help drag them to HP-UX 10.20/10.30 with the help of an on-site HP bod. On that subject there was something about the automounter that didn't work on 10.20, and in the previous years HP didn't seem to interested in helping. Though as soon as we gave them a swadge of money to get a bod onsite it was sorted...

That aside the nastiest thing that cropped up was some OS/2 boxes that did something financial. I left a few months before the big day, so no idea how they got sorted. Though if I'd been there I would have volunteered for the triple time NYE shift! Where I moved to was a greenfield project, so it was pretty easy to keep Solaris 2.6/7/8 in check.

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OS X search tool Spotlight runs roughshod over Mail privacy settings

Jay 2

Re: Or?

I'm not too sure what it is about Apple email programs/apps, but setting up an account with Authenticated SMTP always seems to be more hassle than it should be. In the end I gave up with Mail.app and used Thunderbird instead. That was a few years back, but I can't say I've bothered to see if they've sorted it yet.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

Jay 2

The usual (video-related) quote: Dross in 4K is still dross

Meanwhile, I assume 4K video is a bit on the large size when it comes to data. That's going to be fun getting it to the masses...

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Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

Jay 2

From what I've seen, I'm not sure why most manufacturers even bother with making Chromebooks, they almost seem to be an afterthought. What they have on their own websites may or may not match up with what the shops are selling and more often than not, as pointed out above, will be 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD and a 1377x768 (or whatever). Or if you're HP just say sod the specs and have lots of colours instead.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

Jay 2

I suspect the easiest way out of this was to not ask her to tag along in the first place!

If someone else requires a new PC/laptop/slab that you are purchasing, then get some rough details of what theyre after, then you put your tech skills to work and find a suitable item.

Though it always going to be your fault/you're always going to have to fix it.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

Jay 2

Obviously Hilton are worried that people might not want to pay the rather extortionate $25 per day (or whatever it is now) for t'interweb access.

I was in Vegas a few months ago and there you automatically get charged for the ~$28 per day resort fee, of which the only useful thing is the WiFi. Though I believe it is possible to ask/argue to have it removed or to try it on and get it comp'd. YMMV.

Like another commenter above said, the more you pay for a hotel room, the less you get thrown in.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

Jay 2

Docking is pretty easy in Elite Dangerous, so a docking computer is just taking up valuable space and weight. Besides I'm sure you can hum The Blue Danube Waltz yourself.

On a slightly more serious note, I can understand the annoyance of all the backers who based their purchases on the single player/offline game. Moreso when it was only a week or so before launch when it was announced that it wouldn't be part of the game.

The main reason for my backing the game (aside from it being Elite) was the Mac version, which will be released "around 3 months" on from the Windows version. So I'm waiting to see what becomes of that...

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Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

Jay 2

Re: I have returned stuff before as unplayable

Me too, albeit some time ago. Just after my use of MiniDisc and before MP3 players, I had a CD walkman which would play data CDs full of MP3. However at that time is when some CDs came with DRM-type crap to try and stop you ripping. They wouldn't play on my CD player, so back they went.

I also recall my first few DVD players were hardware modded so you could easily ignore all the warnings/ads etc.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Jay 2

Re: I'll wait thanks

To paraphrase another El Reg commenter on what I'm sure was a very similar subject (probably 3D):

"Dross in HDR is still dross"

I think the TV manufacturers are getting a bit restless. They're quite keen on us all buying new TVs, but now that a lot of us have HD flatscreens with HDMI connections, we're fairly happy. So far their plan has been; 3D, "smart" TVs, 4k...

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

Jay 2

Over the weekend I sold my 160GB 6th gen iPod on eBay. It didn't go for the mega-money described in the article, but it was OK. It was a great device, and I could store all my music (now > 64GB). So if the mood took me to listen to a particular mix of 3am Eternal whilst on the move, then it wouldn't be a problem.

However about 2 years ago I got a 64GB iPhone 4S. And as that was always with me, the iPod was demoted to sitting on a shelf. So having a bit of a clear out I decided it was surplus to requirements and off it went. The main problem with the 4S is that at 64GB, not all my music will fit on there, so I have to do some playlist tweaking. I always said if there was 128GB iPhone I'd get one, but at ~£700 SIM free (for a 6), that's not exactly cheap. I guess that's one of the downsides to signing up to Apple's ecosystem in blood. I know their kit is expensive, but the sheer markup on flash storage is one of my pet hates.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

Jay 2

Re: Take your number when you leave.

Fortunately I spotted that one a few years back. At the time I'd only ever had two mobile numbers, both for work, which everyone used to get hold of me.

So with the assistance of our helpful IT purchasing staff I managed to port the work Blackberry number to my own iPhone and then get a new number for the BB.

Work were pretty OK about the odd personal call on mobiles, but I thought it best to be independant. Admittedly I now have to carry 2 mobiles every now and again. Though there's a fair bit to be done via email on the BB. I don't think having the work "mobile" number redirected to my iPhone would be as productive.

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Amazon comes over all eBay with new ‘make an offer’ facility

Jay 2

An offer you can refuse!

If it's like the offers I usually get for anything tech that I sell on (fl)e(a)Bay, then it'll probably be for half the amount the item usually goes for.

And even then, some punters seem incredulous that you've turned down their "offer".

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Kim Dotcom Dotcan remain on bail, despite Fed protests

Jay 2

Just like Assange, Dotcom is just a self-publicising waste of space. As well as the insider trading, he also crashed a car at the end of the Gumball Rally (when it finished in Beaulieu) and did a runner pretty sharpish before the police caught up with him, as I seem to recall there was another (non-rally competitor) car involved. Also like Assange, he was only trying the politics thing to try and escape potential custodial problems.

We can only dream that they both get locked up locally for a while, if only so we don't have to keep hearing them banging on that the US is out to get them. The US probably is out to get them one way or another either via dodgy extradition methods or just grinding them (and their bank accounts) down. But in both cases they've poked a nasty beast with a stick, made a song and dance about it, and then got a bit upset when said beast gives them its attention...

As for his mansion in NZ, he paid the rent up front. So he's good for a few more months.

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Trevor contemplates Consumer Netgear gear. BUT does it pass the cat hair test?

Jay 2
FAIL

No more Netgear...

I used (and recommended) Netgear kit for years. I went through DG824, DG834Gv2, DG834Gv4 and non-router I had a ReadyNAS, the powerline plugs and at some point even some wireless repeaters.

After some strange ADSL droputs (and ISP not seeing much) I though it was time to look into replacing the ageing DG834Gv4 with something a bit newer. So for a few weeks I borrowed a DGND3300v2 whilst I looked around.

In quick succession I went had and returned two DGND4000 and a D6200. They all suffered from the same problem, which was after a few hours of inactivity the WiFi would stop working (or rather they wouldn't respond to DHCP requests over WiFi), but if you just happened to power on a wired device it would all start working again.

In both cases I logged calls with Netgear, who seemed to suggest I run an open ended Wireshark capture "untill the disconnection occurs". Eventually I got hold of an engineer who said it was a known bug, and that I should install a certain firmware version. Until I pointed out he was referring to some US-only firmware which wouldn't work on my UK router. He then said I should RMA the D6200. Given that it would cost me money, and the new one would come with the same (broken) firmware I declined. So back it went to Amazon.

I then got a Linksys X3500 which also had some DSL connection problems, but eventually a combination of new firmware and tweaking MTU seemed to sort it out. So the kit is now OK, but the front end is horrible to use. So next router probably won't be a Netgear or a Linksys...

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

Jay 2
Unhappy

No melting apples

Apple, of course, did not have this problem having decided to opt-out of Black Friday in the UK. But in the US punters still get iTunes gift cards with their purchases.

Given they've done something the past few years, I'd be interested to know why they decided to give this year a miss.

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IDC: iPad sales CRASH incoming ... Win 8 killing 2-in-1 typoslabs

Jay 2

People who have tablets don't replace them every year shock etc... I'm reminded about the TV situation when virtually everyone has a HD flatscreen that talks to things over HDMI, so are in no need to buy another one. This, of course, concerns the manufacturers and analysts who then try and make up some bollocks or push some un-wanted functionality to try and kickstart things.

I agree with Charlie above. Win RT was DoA, but the Surface Pro is a bit more of a go-er. Though that it hamstrung by being very expensive.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

Jay 2

WD TV Live, same price, probably better

I picked up a WD TV Live not so long ago for the same price. I was so impressed having a play with one at my brother's I went out to get one shortly after (I too also upgraded from Netgear ReadyNAS to a Synology). It also has WiFi, Ethernet, HDMI and optical, but will allow you to use the USB slot to pick up media. So far it's played everything I've thrown at it from NAS and Mac streaming via DLNA and NFS. It also has a few built-in apps like BBC iPlayer and YouTube, though I'm pretty sure Spotify requires you to have a subscription.

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Jay 2

Re: Cut-price console?

I too ditched Amazon Prime when my last yearly subscription ran out. I didn't mind paying £50 for the zippy delivery etc, but I did mind paying an extra £30 for something that I was never going to use. I had a brief look at what TV/Film was available, the selection was pretty dire and anything vaguely interesting required you to pay even more money.

Amazon manged to further annoy me by cancelling their BoA/MBNA Mastercard, which gave you an Amazon voucher in a sort-of cachback way (more spending = bigger voucher). It was nice to get a few quid off just to go about my normal spending.

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

Jay 2
Unhappy

Re: Laptop

From my brief research into the latest Mini, Intel classify the the CPU options (I5-4260U, I5-4278U, I5-4308U, I7-4578U) as "Mobile" opposed to "Desktop".

http://ark.intel.com/products/family/75024/4th-Generation-Intel-Core-i5-Processors#@Mobile

http://ark.intel.com/products/family/75023/4th-Generation-Intel-Core-i7-Processors#@Mobile

Given the latest 15" rMBP comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M and potentially a zippier CPU (when fully spec'd), it does have some sub-laptop looks about it. Annoying, as I'm thinking of buying a new Mini.

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Jay 2
Meh

My 2008 Mac Pro is getting slightly long in the tooth, and OS X 10.9 has already started to move beyond the capabilities of the hardware, so I doubt 10.10 will be better. So I'm on the lookout for a replacement. The new Mac Pro is out for more than 2500 reasons and I'm not a huge fan of iMacs.

So am seriously thinking of getting one if these (fully spec'd up i7, 16GB RAM). To be honest I really want to be able to run Elite Dangerous (Bootcamp or native), and I should just be able to get away with this I think. My biggest concern is storage, going from a box with 4 internal disks down to 1. So I'm going to have to have various other Thunderbolt/USB3 disks hanging about to get close to the same as I have now. It's not so much the space, but ensuring that a disk failure doesn't completely wipe me out. I really wish Apple would make something that at least took 2 disks, but that's obviously not going to happen...

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Microsoft jolts awake, remembers it still makes Office for Mac

Jay 2
Meh

I've only just got Mac Office 2011 as we had some sort of deal at work to get it for £8.95. Though have also got Mac Office 2008 and Libre Office lurking about somewhere too.

I don'e use it too much. but the main difference I've noticed so far is that Excel 2011 takes an ice-age to open compared to it's predecessor.

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Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

Jay 2
Meh

Cabin Fever

Am currently giving my company's remote setup a good testing as I'm housebound for a few weeks whilst allowing various bones to fix themselves. Plus it means I keep away from any nasty germs at work. So various VM/Citrix solutions to use plus IP Phone and mobile. Sometimes people don't even realise I'm not in the office. Though I'm not sure how the infrastructure would all cope if > 50% were trying to do the same thing!

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

Jay 2
Linux

I didn't register, but did download and throw onto a VM for a look. To be honest I've only spent a few minutes having a look round (ooh look, a start menu!) but not done anything in anger. Must get round to firing up the XP/7/8 VMs for latest updates sometime too. Actually, probably need to update all the Linux VMs too. All that lot running under Parallels on the Mac, as I like to keep my eye in on what's going on in the world of desktops, more so when I get hit up for support.

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

Jay 2

I feel old now!

Wow, so it is 20 years. I recall downloading 0.9 and running it on various NT and Win 3.11 boxes. I've pretty much stuck with Netscape/Firefox since then (though there was a large period of IE in the early 2000s, and some stuff now is much better on Chrome).

So thanks to Netscape for opening up the WWW!

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

Jay 2
Unhappy

Not without problems

iOS8 seems to be OK on the 4S (though I mostly use it as a dumbphone/iPod), but on the iPad Air WiFi keeps crapping out. A (fairly) quick toggle of WFi sorts it, but it's very annoying... and didn't appen with iOS6 or 7.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

Jay 2

Re: Original iPad 2 updated fine.

Switching on Bluetooth post-upgrade has been default behaviour for iOS upgrades for a while now. A bit annoying, but at least I now remember to switch it off.

Meanwhile I have a sneaky feeling my 4S battery is draining a bit faster since iOS8 was installed...

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Facepalm

Take my money! Oh, you're too busy...

Not a huge fan of NFC, but if it gives the option of walking into an Apple store, picking something up off the shelf, paying for it, then walking out without interacting with a member of staff, then that would be great.

On the recent few occasions I've had to buy something from an Apple store trying to flag down a salesdroid to pay for something has been a most infuriating and time-consuming operation. I've even complained to Apple and pointed out that having a till may not be aesthetically pleasing to them, but it will allow them to close a sale, unlike the punter getting pissed off and walking out the shop to buy elsewhere (or not at all).

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Hey, HP shareholders! Mike Lynch is set to buy a 180-foot superyacht with his Autonomy loot

Jay 2

Re: wiser to wait?

I think he'd be waiting a very long time in that case. HP are still trying to get their act together in finding some allegations that may stick and then there's the small matter of what exactly Deloitte were up to.

HP are trying to find anyone to blame but themselves.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

Jay 2
Meh

Flash, saviour of Apple's profit

I first had a 16GB iPad2, but ran out of space. So last year I flogged that and acquired a 128GB Air. For my sainity (and bank balance) I obtained it from USofA so it was a rip-off rather then extortion. It does annoy me how much Apple charge us consumers for flash, when they're paying pennies. Anyway I don't intend on buying a new slab for a while, as I still have a suitable amount of space. I wouldn't mind a 128GB iPhone 6, but I'm not sure Apple will oblige.

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

Jay 2

Re: No googling?

I'm a (lapsed) RHCE and the good thing about RedHat certification is that you have to sit an all-day practical test to prove you can actually do stuff. Also you have to sign an NDA to say that you won't tell other people what's in the test.

From what I know of MCSE (not much admittedly), it's all still a multichoice memory test without having to prove you can actually do stuff. I seem to recal the Sun Solaris exams from several years back were also similar. They would sometimes ask some rather obscure questions which only seemed to test if you could recall various command options.

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Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer

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Unhappy

Ouch

Those puck mice were horrible! Everytime I had to use one for more than a few mins my hand would cramp up. Thankfully didn't have to use one very often.

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

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Unhappy

Drat and double drat!

Oh dear. I posted the missus' Tab 3 on Saturday as it won't power on (a common fault rectified by a battery pull I hear). Though I can't quite remember the address it went to, so it may have gone elsewhere. I'll have to check the Post Office reciept and also check Sammy's own online tracking for repairs. Fingers crossed on this one...

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Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

Jay 2

Re: Seems depressingly common with NAS vendors

Fortunately I don't require remote access to my NAS, so when I first powered on my new Syno a few weeks back and it asked me if I wanted to connect to t'interwebs I politely declined. OK I probably said something along the lines of "fuck no!".

Though you hit the nail on the head in that such devices are now seen as appliances and they will quite happily run off and do strange things to your router via UPnP if you let them. We IT pros know this sort of thing, but Joe Public doesn't. It does worry me that with all the hype about The Internet Of Things and a bit of IPv6 then it's only a matter of time before fridges, toasters and the like are subverted...

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

Jay 2

Do some maths!

Wrong! Back in April I was in Las Vegas on holiday, so before I went I did some research on MacBook prices. Below is my workings for US price + 8.1% sales tax then thrown through the exchange rate of the day. I think the difference in the region of £200 or more in each case speaks for itself...

MBA 11" (1.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD)

£849

$999 + $81 (8.1%) = $1079 = £654

MBA 13" (1.3GHz, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

£1129

$1299 + $105 (8.1%) = $1404 = £851

MBP 13" (2.4GHz Retina, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

£1249

$1499 + $121 (8.1%) = $1620 = £982

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

Jay 2
Linux

Being a Linux guy and not taking too much notice of anything MCSE, that sort of revaltion does shock me! You would like to think that for some sort of certification you might have to demonstrate your knowledge, rather then recall it for a multi-choice.

Many years ago I became an RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) in which the exam was in 2 parts. The first was you were plonked in front of a PC with a deliberately-borked setup of RHEL and told to fix it so that various end user functions could be accomplished. In the second part you were given a config/feature list and told to rebuild the PC so that it conformed to the config/list.

All the above was done without notes. Also it was open-ended enough so that if, for example, an email server was required it was your choice if you wanted to use sendmail, postfix or anything else you could get your hands on. And to top it all off you had to sign an NDA as not to make it easy for anyone else!

My certificatoin has now lapsed (and then some), so I guess I should get it renewed at some point. If only I could get the company to pay for it and give me the time off...

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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WTF?

Re: Hypothesis

Funnily enough Mark Kermode did one of his video blog thingies on this subject (see linky below). There's apparently an unwritten rule where journos see films whenever, but hold off publishing their reviews until the official opening.

All well and good, but "The Man" (for it is he), has now started showing films as previews to the public up to a week or so before the official opening. The reasoning behind that is so that by the time the critics publish their scathing reviews more punters would have already handed over the green stuff. The flip side of this, is that anyone who goes to one of these previews can just as easilly then bang out some vitriol on Twitter/FB...

Kermode: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markkermode/posts/Preview-Tactics

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Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

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Re: I for one

My main beef with the Mail app on iOS and MacOS is the lack of an advanced "just let me get on with it" option with regard to setting up an email account. Both insist on trying to guess the various settings based on your email address, which never works when you have your own domain. And then there is significant faffing about when trying to set up authenticated SMTP. On that point I never got it to work on MacOS and just gave up and installed Thunderbird. I believe the trick with iOS is to try and set it up, let it fail, then try to set it up again to which is then decides to work.

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Star Wars: These are the 'unknown' actors we were looking for

Jay 2

Re: "Disney and Lucasfilm are, of course, saying nothing about the plot"

Given that JJ Abrams is involved, you forgot there will be some crappy deus ex machina time-travelling concept.

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Free Red Hat clone CentOS-7 is full of Linux Container love

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Happy

Having had a very quick play with RHEL 7 to see what it was all about, I'll be grabbing this next week as the bulk of our servers are CentOS 5.x/6.x. Mind you, not looking forward to all those potential upgrades at some point!

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WD adds Miracast support to feed-slinging tellybox gizmo

Jay 2
Happy

Great little box

I hope this new functionality is pushed out via firmware update as I purchased a WD TV Live about three weeks ago!

It's a great little box and indeed plays almost everything I've managed to throw at it so far.

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