* Posts by Jay 2

335 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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Data AWOL? Thank God for backup. You backed up, right?

Jay 2

Having a backup plan is fine, but it's the restore plan you really have to worry about!

It's all very well having the data backed up somewhere, but can you still restore it? Some backup products can be quite finicky when it comes to how and where they'll restore something. Meanwhile not having a suitable tape drive (or even backup software) handy may also be a bit of a problem.

Personally I try and stay away from being too involved in backups, storage and monitoring, so not to be in the firing line when something goes wrong (and it will). Unfortunately that's failed miserably as I run the monitoring systems and also keep an eye on the backups to make sure they're actually running.

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Microsoft to Linux users: Explain yourself

Jay 2

Re: "monitoring agent for Linux" required

Indeed, I was thinking the same thing. Also some agents are prone to getting a bit too carried away with how much system resouce they're using. Or they stop running, therefore giving you more work to do.

One of the many things I do at work is to run monitoring (using Zenoss) for hundreds of Linus boxen. If something isn't being presented by/to SNMP, then you can just knock something up to use NET-SNMP-EXTEND-MIB::nsExtendOutLine and it soon will be.

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

Jay 2

Re: Is this out the El'Reg window?

The area in question has been termed "Silicon Roundabout" due to an influx of IT/media/digital-whatever companies. I think it is the result of some sort of government/hipster thing.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

Jay 2

As a Linux sys admin I spend all day looking after Linux boxes (funnily enough) and also get to do all the usual stuff on a Windows box. At home I've got a Mac.

In short I got a bit fed up with looking after Windows PC at home, plus when Microsoft (and various peripheral manufacturers) decided to try and flog more kit when Vista came out it was the straw that broke the camel's back. So I purchased a Mac.

The up side is there is generally less messing about and I can just get on and do stuff. Everything I need to do I now have suitable applications for. Though I have VMs with various Windows and Linux if I ever need to do something different. Having a UNIX command line to drop down to is pretty handy every so often. And my first Mac lasted 6 years before I decided to upgrade before it could no longer get the latest MacOS.

The down side to Mac is that they cost a small fortune, and now are increasingly difficult/expensive to repair yourself. Also if you want to play any more recent games, then you may be out of luck. Though I'm now playing Elite: Dangerous OK, however I must mention that performance under Windows (via Bootcamp) on the same hardware was a bit better.

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Unable to log on to online games? Blame cheap-rate DDoSers

Jay 2
Unhappy

And just as I read this I'm twiddling my thumbs as I can't log into Elite Dangerous. Oh well, may as well read a few more articles...

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Jay 2
Meh

Copy then crush?

If the BBC are to believed, then the Goog are just trying to do something Chirp, a UK-based firm, has already been playing with:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32810220

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

Jay 2
Happy

Dilbert's PHB got there first...

http://dilbert.com/strip/1997-09-10

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Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

Jay 2

Some notes

Ichan, just fuck off. If you want cash just sell your Apple stock!

Meanwhile if an Apple television would more-or-less be a TV with an (DRM-infested tied-down) Apple TV in it, then I don't think we've lost anything. I may have a fair few Apple products, but I drew the line at the Apple TV as the latest version only seems to like playing media from/via iTunes. I like my media to be platform independant thanks. Also Apple can never quite figure out if they're bothered about Apple TV or not, which does not give me the consumer a warm fuzzy feeling.

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Grooveshark closes, blames 'serious mistake' of not paying for music

Jay 2
Pirate

From the early to mid 90s to the mid/late 2000s I bought a *lot* of CDs. So I remember the £15(!) CDs. Toward the end of that time a lot of my CDs came via cdwow and play.com who would sometimes be selling grey imports, as obviously getting stuff to the UK market over the English channel adds £2-3 per unit...

Then came Napster and torrents etc and my CD buying lessened. And with iTunes/Amazon/etc selling DRM-free AAC/MP3/whatever then there was a slight upturn in purchases. But like a fellow commenter above, I'm still unsure of why an MP3 album from Amazon can cost more than the CD (which comes with pre-ripped MP3 anyway).

So I think the final sentance of Jim 59's post pretty much sums it up. If music isn't paid for at all, then it'll either dissapear or just be the same old marketable shit. I suppose at least the music industry has eventually woken up when it comes to digital. The film and book industries could take some lessons...

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

Jay 2

I thought IT pimps would be more interested in their own comission first!

My own musings on the subject seem to be that if an indivdual is interested enough in an IT area and has some experience then they'll probably be OK. They'll probably be more useful than people who have got/drifted into IT for other reasons, usually because of it's "where it's at/the future" or it may be more luctrative than something else.

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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

Jay 2
Unhappy

Many years ago (well, 1996) at a well-known telco the (telephone) network ops people decided to buy some new contraption to display some of their monitoring apps on the (6 x rear projector) videowall. It turned out to be some sort of X-Station. They didn't bother to tell us IT types, who ran all the HP-UX kit that ran the monitoring apps. In short we got told to make it work, we did... but it looked liked crap as a lot of the apps didn't scale well when given more pixels to use.

These were also the same people who wanted a "secure network" and so were going to order some kit to be strung together with coax 10base2. We had to point out all the floorboxes that everything was connecting to via RJ45. And as soon as they asked if it was "secure" we managed to placate them by creating a separate VLAN and suitable routing/firewalls/etc. Fine until they wanted to copy a file from the PC network to their own network. So in the end we found some old HP-UX workstations than still had a floppy drive and got them to use sneakernet...

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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

Jay 2

When I was in Las Vegas last year I discovered that there was a Microsoft Store in the Fashion Show Mall. When I walked past it didn't look particularly busy (unlike most of the other shops), but it did appear to have at least one customer in there who looked like they were actually buying something. As stated above by Herby, there were a few Kinnect demo thingies dotted about in the mall to try and entice in more customers.

I've always wondered what they sold in there (Xboxen, mice, retail OS?), but due to various pressures (aching feet, full belly, tired missus) I didn't venture in. Though in fairness the same excuses kept me out of the Apple Store too.

As a quick aside, trying to find a non-Apple smartphone cover on The Strip (or the big mall just South) was near impossible. The missus had a new Moto X and was on the lookout for accessories.

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

Jay 2

Previous

It wouldn't be the first time he's had some problems with speeding. Many years ago (when he was pre Mr Dotcom) he took part in the Gumball Rally. However somewhere near Beaulieu where it was due to end he had a speed-related accident with another car that was not a fellow rally entrant. I recall that instead of helping the police with their enquiries he got out of the UK rather sharpish...

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

Jay 2
Unhappy

To be honest I'd rather not be looking after kit that's ventured firmly into legacy territory. I've done the buying spares off eBay thing and I've also done the "cross fingers and sacrifice chickens" when it comes to even looking at certain boxes. It's not a nice experience when you have to try and get things working again, when you've been pointing out for months/years that the kit really needs to be refreshed/replaced and management are breathing down your neck asking when is it going to be up every few minutes...

Nowadays I'm using nothing but Linux day-to-day, but every so often a Solaris or HP-UX box resurfaces to which I have to regress to a past life ( also occasionally dusty manuals and seach engine of choice) in order to do something. This is usually worse if it's not a box you set up in the first place, so you have to go in blind.

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Microsoft Lumia 640, 640XL: They're NOT the same, mmmkay?

Jay 2
FAIL

“We wanted to make the naming convention easier for consumers,”

Well that failed miserably then didn't it?

It's beginning to look like the mess HTC got into when it launched a load of phones with the name along the lines of One *something*.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

Jay 2
WTF?

Maybe they shouldn't have agreed to it in the first place then? But that would deprive them of all that lovely money that these shitty new gTLDs have ushered in.

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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

Jay 2

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

Jay 2

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

Jay 2

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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