* Posts by jason 7

2684 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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Re: "if the shit does hit the fan"

"Office 2016 where reinstallation following some hiccup takes hours, followed by the hoops required to convince MS that you are entitled to perform the reinstallation and activate the software"

Actually had to do that twice this week. Both times took around 10 minutes from start to finish. This was the complete reinstall/repair option. All sorted.

Something might be wrong at your end.

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What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

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Re: One person's experience

In my experience the folks that have the most smartphone issues are the ones that fiddle the most with them.

Ask 1000 XDA members and 999 will say they have many many issues with their phones.

Ask 1000 normal people in the street and 999 of them will go "Hmmm no...seems to work okay for me! It's alright I suppose!"

The less you dick around with smartphones the fewer issues and longer battery life you will have.

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Re: Style over content

I had a customer who's son wanted to buy a Macbook (maybe the Air?) about three years ago. It had a 4GB or 8GB option (obviously the 8GB option was exponentially more) but I suggested for longevity and potential resell value going forward to get the 8GB one as it couldn't be upgraded later.

He got the 4GB version. He now regrets it big time.

Had he been after a Windows machine I would have told him to get one with 4GB and then slapped in another 4GB and a SSD for half the cost of the 8GB upgrade on the Macbook.

Ah well.

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Re: Apple's biggest plus is also its problem

Yeah works both ways. My 2009 13" Dell laptop with a CULV 1.3GHz CPU which does have 10 Pro installed on it, still works fine too. Its been upgraded some time ago with a 120GB SSD and 6GB of ram. It has a nVidia GPU so it can push pixels which helps. To be honest it should still run fine for another 7 years.

It still gets 2-3 hours+ from the battery.

If you look after kit it will look after you. Doesn't matter if its Apple or Dell or Lenovo.

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Re: meager?

It's what happens when you see something believed to be a 'god' suddenly bleed a little.

The Man Who Would Be King.

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A few folks I know that run Apple gear...

...all seem to be losing patience. The feel that Apple just doesn't listen to its customers anymore and just wants to pander to the tech luddites that cant handle a choice of more than two ports.

Power users or anyone that knows the difference between USB and HDMI? Apple doesn't want you.

The fact that support from a Apple Store is limited to either "is it a problem with iTunes?" or "have you dropped it?" speaks volumes.

I think Mr Ive needs to go ASAP. He has painted Apple into a corner with his reduce and refine stance. There does come a point where you cannot reduce the interface available between user and computer any further. Ive doesn't understand that. They need some new ideas and new designs.

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Not bothered.

Don't watch the BBC anymore. So much of their programming is made for the lowest common denominator or overseas markets now.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Can I just ask...

...where are all these ads I'm supposed to be seeing for allowing all those corps to 'slurp my data'?

I'm just not seeing them in my day to day web use.

It's bollocks.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: ARM is 10% cheaper than it was a month ago.

I bought at £1 for a bit of a laugh. Now at £17.

Do I sell or do I hold?

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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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Boris won't let it get that far.

He'll stage manage some huge diplomatic 'gaffe' that requires yet another 'heavy hearted resignation' before it gets too tough for him and we all see him way out of his depth.

He can then go back to dicking around the edge and maintaining his tiresome 'lovable buffoon' shtick for the media and public.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Ransomware

As far as I know the Ramsomware can also encrypt your cloud files too especially if the local files are all set to sync.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: £60 million?

That or just the annual cafeteria bill.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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How about...

...dropping your prices say 15-20%

Oh and putting the QA tolerances back up to pre-flood levels from a few years back?

It's pretty rare for me to use more than 30% of a HDD/SSD. I've never wanted to become a digital packrat.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Thing is...

Most machines use secure boot and I haven't had an issue with it yet. I think you might be another that doesn't actually understand Secure boot.

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Re: Thing is...

Whats so funny? If they have a USB3 and SSD I can do it in less than 20 minutes.

This stuff aint difficult.

Or are you seeing it all from the Enterprise IT dept rather than the grass roots support side?

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Thing is...

...had she called me or any other local IT guy we'd have fixed it in a couple of hours and for around £80.

At worst I could have copied off her user data and rebuilt it from scratch in less than two hours.

Why would anyone call Microsoft? That's like calling Ford's HQ in the USA if your Fiesta has a knocking noise.

I know because I've made a lot of money the past 8 months or so sorting out Windows 10 issues.

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The truth about Silent Circle's super-secure, hyper-privacy phones: No one's buying them

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How about just...

...a Nokia 6310 with a 1024bit encryption and voice scrambler?

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

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Re: Nagging works

Damn right!

Like I don't want some megacorp slurping and spying on all my data so I decided to use a different megacorp that just doesn't tell me straight out that it slurps and spies on all my data!

Yeah that showed them!

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CyanogenOS...

...aint all that.

Overrated IMO.

They need to cut back on the customisation options and concentrate on stability and performance.

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

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Re: jason 7 jason 7 You know a better way to stop home invasions...

If you have to pull a gun on someone then a whole chain of sad sad nasty FAIL has happened.

Not going to convince me otherwise. Sorry.

But you keep living your strange masturbatory dream chap.

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Re: jason 7 You know a better way to stop home invasions...

@Matt Bryant.

That fact a society requires or enables that situation in the first place is in effect...a big FAIL.

Nothing to be proud of really is it?

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You know a better way to stop home invasions...

...is to just lock your doors and windows.

If you have to resort to gun play in your home for 'protection', you have kind of failed your family anyway.

In moments of stress/fear most people cant shoot for shit, even if they spend hours a month down the range and plasterboard doesn't do a lot to stop those stray bullets.

Big fail.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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I've mentioned this before about corporate suppliers.

I challenged our purchasing department many years ago as to whether our preferred IT supplier was offering the best deal.

Preferred IT Supplier - 1x32MB RAM stick - £200 and 6 week delivery.

Crucial Website - 1x32MB RAM Stick - £20 and 2 day free delivery.

I just got told to "shut up!"

I guess the Preferred supplier provided better 'jollies' than Crucial.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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You know what...

...I bet Boris actually voted to remain.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: If I hear a single pensioner...

Yeah at age 24 I started putting in extra to retire at 55 (oh how young and silly I was) now at 45 I may be able to retire at 75 or 80 as I'll still have to pay for my babyboomer parents that will still be alive and well past 100.

At least my parents voted to remain.

For every £1000 a year in pension I want, I have to save up £35000. It's probably at least £45000 now.

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Re: Say it with song

The one Sex Pistols quote that comes to mind a lot these past few days is -

"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

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To me it now looks like it was the cleverest FU to Boris in the history of FU's. Cameron did the right thing.

As we can tell Boris never expected Leave to win. He now lives in a city that despises him and wants him hung drawn and quartered. He is now expected to stand as the new leader by a bunch of ignorant racist knuckle-draggers and soon to die pensioners that never gave any thought to their decision.

Not only that, he will have to do all those tricky trade negotiations that he never actually thought he would have to do, again surrounded by people that despise him. His nose will get so sore from all those doors slammed in his face.

He's screwed totally. And I can think of no-one more deserving of handling the UK's course to being a G30 status country at best. If he had any sense or decency he would own up and call for the vote to be made null and void.

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Re: Ghastly Mess

Well I think my cynicism has served me quite well so far in light of the past 48 hours revelations.

Now we know that Leave never expected to win in the first place and our 'scaremongering experts' were correct.

I don't see what's wrong with being able to know bullshit when I see it.

Better to be cynical than irresponsibly naive.

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Re: @Jason

@Alan Brown, I totally agree. I was telling all the Leave folks I met what about all the things you mentioned and their faces just went blank and all I heard was "...yeah but immigration..."

Now everyone knows the whole Leave Campaign was total bullshit from start to finish.

Well I say everyone, 16 million of us knew that from the start but we were just scaremongering apparently.

The other 17.4 million should be banned from voting ever again if they are that stupid and gullible.

The best thing that can happen is Cameron before he leaves just null and voids the vote in the interests of the future financial security of the UK and drops the mike and walks off stage.

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Re: Ghastly Mess

Let's be honest..more of the same then. Just with less money and fewer jobs.

The agenda will carry on. It will now be easier.

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Re: Ghastly Mess

Yeah I'm amazed at how many people (well 17.4 million) think that Britain is now going to become some wonderful egalitarian economic powerhouse that has freedoms and representations for all and will embrace and support the 'common man'. That all of the existing Govt infrastructure will be swept aside and a new fairer Britain that every country will want to be best mates with, will emerge.

The truth is the only people liberated are the 1%/establishment who can now rip us off with 100% impunity and with ALL laws now fully supporting them.

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Re: Good news for the British workers!

I am looking forward the great Polio comeback and Landlords to have the right to put "No Blacks No Irish!" signs up in their windows again.

Ahhh freedom!

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Re: If I hear a single pensioner...

"Or you could swallow your pride, put childish emotions aside and try and do something positive to help not only yourself, but others, avoid a depression."

Okay well care to give us some tips o wise one? I already went to the trouble of trying to make myself financially stable, have savings, invest in UK companies, try to get ahead on my pension, try to pay off my mortgage etc. and that's kind of all going to pieces in front of my eyes.

I didn't even give a toss about immigration, because I could see it for the silly inflammatory, non-issue it always was. I don't even use the NHS even though I could.

I guess it's the 'Leave' folks I'll be asked to bail out in a few years time.

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Re: @Jason

Democracy? What a naive concept. We haven't had proper political democracy in the West for years. Whomever is in power just carries on the same old agenda.

Do you think that with Boris and IDS in charge, that things are going to magically change for the better? That minimum wage will go up to £20 an hour. House prices will become affordable? Universities will become free again? The NHS will be perfect? Bankers won't be ripping us off for all they can? Wow is that John Lennon's 'Imagine' I hear in the background?

No.

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Re: Nigel Farage's next venture.

I would have thought his MEPs are not too keen on losing their jobs soon. Whilst they did nothing, I'm sure they enjoyed all the perks going. Plus without his MEPs...UKIP is basically totally defunct and he can just disappear. Hopefully.

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Re: Racism

Well I got told today that the leave campaign was nothing to do with finance and the economy.

Ahhh so it WAS just all about "sending them back!"

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If I hear a single pensioner...

...moan over the next few years about how crap things have got, they will get a punch in the face.

Yes I am a little annoyed. A line has been drawn.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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"bloody awful sausages " - 'floppy fat tubes' we call them. Never found any trace of meat in a German sausage.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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The graphics cards...

...in Maplins always make me laugh. £50 for a 5 year old bottom range GPU that will sell for £10 on Ebay.

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When DIY is not enough: Web-snack firm Graze has an offline awakening

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Re: Not for me...

Well I won't eat anything with the word/letters 'anal' in it.

You might have to think about that one.

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Not for me...

...more a pork scratchings kind of guy.

Personally never seen any one buy anything more then the starter pack then give coupons for.

Hipster nibbles.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: How much?

Yeah always amazes me that so many here and in IT just refuse or cannot realise this.

Lalalaaa not listening!

It's too late guys, it's all the same. You cannot escape it if you want to work in or with IT. It's one huge multi-corporation complex now. It's no longer the wild west.

Just stop whining and make the best of it.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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"Most people want a phone that works out of the box and continues to work and to be fully updated and secure until they pass it on, 2-3 years later, to a relative who uses it for the next 2-3 years and who also wants it to remain fully updated and secure in that time."

I bet if you asked the first 100 Android phone users you saw in the street 99 wouldn't have a clue about updates or really care. From talking to most customers they actually find phone updates annoying as it 'breaks stuff'. Yes ignorance is a kind of bliss.

My Gf hates the fact her phone comes with Cyanogen on it. "Fucking nerds keep updating it!" She especially loved the last update a few days ago whereby the receive updates over wi-fi OR data had been reset by the last update to pull the 400MB in over her data allowance instead of wi-fi, while sat in the living room.

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Nice idea chap but some (read most in fact) just want a phone that works out of the box and till the day we chuck it on the shelf 2-3 years later. All it would do is give the XDA crowd more to obsess and waste their lives on than they do already.

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TalkTalk says 8-month app outage lasting 'bit longer than we hoped'

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Re: oh talktalk

From what I have seen out in the wilds as a roving IT Guy, I can imagine the people using this are probably over 55 and have no clue that any other such software or application exists and do not understand what a 'web browser' is, only the term 'Internet Explorer'.

They are the ones that will hand over money for anything without question. I've seen so many paying £60+ a month for TV and phone services when they only watch Freeview.

Yes...I do call up the provider for them and either cancel or downgrade the package.

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I always encourage...

...any of my customers to move to anyone but TalkTalk. Miserable company for broadband. I've known several folks that were stuck on 1.5Mbps Talk Talk connections when every other house in the street was on 6Mbps minimum. You would call TT and they would say it was the best their line could manage. Sorry nothing they could do but please stick with it!

So the customer would move to BT/Sky etc. and bingo...6 or 8Mbps.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Stop Dicking about!!!!!

Yeah cost doesn't really come into it when a modern economy cannot function without electricity. It will cost what it costs.

As for nuclear waste...it's a hell of a lot less than people think it is. Much less.

Doesn't matter though cos as soon as the NIMBYS can't charge up their iPads they will be bending over backwards for Nuclear. It's going to happen so why fight it?

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Re: Stop Dicking about!!!!!

Yeah ask any Green what happens when we've gone 100% renewables on a cold still Xmas night when folks across the country turn on their kettles for the EastEnders Xmas episode.

They go very silent.

Don't get me wrong, the local Green politicians where I live are fantastic people for getting behind local community issues. They really do put in the effort unlike the Labour and Tory folks. But on bigger national and more technical issues they are as thick as two short planks and twice as naive.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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Re: How come....

Sigh...so you say 10 knowing you'll only get the 5 you need.

Have you never done that? Works quite well.

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How come....

...whenever the IT manager says to the tech guys "How many servers will we need to handle this system/game?" And the tech guys say "Oh five should do it!" That they haven't learned by now to quadruple whatever figure they say.

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