* Posts by jason 7

2570 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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Re: Macs might last longer than _Windows_ PC's

"I am a Penguin, so my knowledge of Windows is thin and Macs even thinner. I keep seeing Windows PCs replaced because of software issues - the required software only runs on new versions of the OS, the new version of the OS will not work with old hardware. "

Yeah your knowledge is a little out of date. Maybe stick to your linux install on that Athlon XP 2600+ PC with 1GB of ram?

Windows has been getting better and better with old kit since Windows 7. Hence why people are not buying new machines. Windows (any version from 2009 onwards) should work just fine on any hardware since around Vista days. If you cant find a driver then Vista onwards drivers will work fine too. VMs will work fine for old software too in most cases.

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Re: Saddo!

Macs lasting longer than PCs is generally a myth. Usally perpetuated by those that want to help justify the £1400 outlay to the wife and family over the £600 box the kids wanted to play BF4 on. The biggest killer of any computer is usually human stupidity than component fails. And then again the components whether Mac or PC are still all made by FoxConn.

It's only the case and OS that's different at the the end of the day.

I remember the folks I used to give Mac gear jobs to (before they went under) had plenty of people queuing round the block with faulty Apple gear.

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Windows 10 could be improved...

...with a simple custom install option like we had up and including Windows 98SE.

When you go to install a list of tick boxes appear with all the stuff that is not critical to the OS functioning and you get to untick all the stuff you don't want or need.

Windows 10 for me is becoming that huge Swiss Army knife display that has 258 different blades and tools in it and weighs 4KG when all I need is the little blade, bottle opener and screwdriver.

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I work in supporting small business and domestic IT. I have yet to see a single Mac in any serious usage business wise.

Three of my customers decided to buy them for work even after I told them I didn't support them (pressure to buy them from their iPad using family). But all of them called me back within a year to 18 months to tell me they had gone back to Windows for work use.

No serious Mac support out there you see. What happens, Mac Store arrives and takes away 60% of the Mac support guys bread and butter work. Then Apple make the damn things harder and harder to take apart and repair and its not worth it financially. They give up. So if you are a Mac user the only support you can get is iTunes issues or if you've dropped it, from a 'Genius'.

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Just had a phone call from the Register?

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Yes sorry Phishing. Gahhh

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Just had a phone call from the Register?

Had a 'unknown' number just call me with a lady saying she was from the Register on the line.

I could not get what the hell she was talking about. Something to do with wi-fi APIs? Anyway she wasn't putting it across very well so I told her that and hung up.

Scammers? Fishing?

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How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts

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Indeed, yesterday I saw a 'homeless person' sitting in his begging patch on his iPhone 6s.

I guess those phones don't pay for themselves...

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: counterfeit pound coins

I have a collection of about 20 of them that I have been given in change over the years. They got better and better as time progressed. The early ones were quite crude in comparison. If you have more than 5 or 6 quid coins in your pocket there is a pretty good chance one might be a fake. They never got the edge quite right.

I mentioned to a friend I had better spend them before they are removed. He said "Oh it's illegal to spend counterfeit money and they aren't worth anything!"

I just looked at him as if to say "Really?!?" and said "Well in my experience they are valid and accepted anywhere!"

I have noticed a lot more shiny new 2015 pound coins in my change. I guess they are clearing all the stock into circulation before they are phased out.

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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Re: Dear Advertising People

I had to smile reading your amendments as I thought of most of those, especially the clean up bit, while writing it but decided to trim it down.

I didn't want to confuse the marketing numpties with too many hard real-life concepts.

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Re: How it was, and how it should once again be

I had a rare spot of posting on a LinkedIn article someone from marketing posted up saying about how great internet ads are and its the future blah blah blah. Myself and many others posted up quite politely and plainly why ads are mostly a bad thing and how bad it is but the marketing types just totally failed to grasp it. They were still saying "but...but why don't you want ads? We are offering so many extra benefits to readers and customers!"

They live in a totally other world from the rest of us. Eventually the rest of the world will block them out and they won't notice for ages.

Time is not on their side.

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Dear Advertising People

You all seem to be struggling with why we mere mortals don't want to see your ads on our screens.

It's a simple concept. Try and follow.

Imagine you are waiting for your post in the morning. Instead of post, a man pushes a pile of dog crap through your letterbox. Obviously you are annoyed and want to do something to stop this. So you take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

If you are still struggling, the dog crap is your ads!

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Re: I keep asking and no one answers.

From what I see of the web, 25% of the sites produce the real content and 75% just repost or link to it in some way. I'm quite happy for that 75% to die off tomorrow. Ohh all those useless blogs...

If you have good content they will pay. I've donated £25 last week to a couple of my fave sites that do a "Keep the site free of Ads" campaign every year. How many times would I have to visit to give them that through not clicking on ads and also having a frustrating time while doing it?

Ads are not the way forward. After all it wasn't what the net was solely intended for was it?

People got greedy, thought they were in control and they got burnt. Deal with it.

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Re: Double-stacking

Yeah still amazed how many 'IT experts' still haven't picked up on this point. I always use Adblock Plus with the untick and I never see any ads either.

People only read what they want to see I guess.

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I keep asking and no one answers.

Just how much money would a site make if a person did not use adblockers but visited the site and looked at ten pages, read ten articles and then left?

They didn't click on any ads, as only an idiot would do that. However, according to the ad folks they have played fair by not blocking. So that's all good with them.

No one can tell me the magical figures. I reckon its so small its not calculable to any great financial benefit.

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Yeah, rebuild in order I reckon.

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Patch out for 'ridiculous' Trend Micro command execution vuln

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Less is more.

The more and more junk they add into these suites the worse it gets.

You just need a slick efficient AV only that sits in the background doing it's thing.

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Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

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Re: how many people

I thought they used them to pose with in Starbucks.

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Sonos' chief product officer takes a hike after two years

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Sonos...

...just seem to have dropped off the face of the earth past couple of years.

Haven't seen much about them in the press in ages.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: "In reality, Windows 10 today is nothing like as bad as its reputation."

Yeah...but it works.

Other folks can carry on waiting for their updates and that Intel driver that they can't stop installing that crashes the screen.

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Re: "In reality, Windows 10 today is nothing like as bad as its reputation."

Its moved on a bit since then. But most folks can get by just fine.

Once you've used one for a while you realise how bloated and over complicated the likes of Windows and OSX is.

I can do 90% of what Windows does with 90% less hassle and resources. Isn't that the future?

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Re: "In reality, Windows 10 today is nothing like as bad as its reputation."

It's why I switched to Chromebooks and tell all my friends to do likewise.

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Windows 10 is okay...ish.

...till it breaks. And then you find all the new systems MS has put in place to make it easier to 'fix' just get in the way, slow things down or just plain don't work.

You find the longer you try to fix it the more it pushes you to do a full OS reset which loses everything. So after 6 hours of hair pulling you go for the reset. Nothing else to lose, after all it couldn't find the system restore points you know are there.

Then it pops up a window saying the reset can't function either.

Back with Windows 7 a quick SafeBoot and 5 minutes of under the hood tinkering had you a working laptop again.

Plus I love it when a customer hands me their laptop I then have to ask for the unlock password...which is their email password. That's so handy. Why not just push the PIN or tell them not to use the email password?

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Wow...

pretty much the same article now two weeks running.

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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Smokers machines? Put them in the Shower!

Seriously thats what I do for the really bad ones.

Take out the CPU/HDD/DVD/Ram and BIOS battery. Make sure power is drained and just blast the thing through with hot water. Ten mins and it will gleam.

I then put a industrial fan on it for an hour or so and then leave it for around 72 hours in a warm place.

Pop all the bits back in and bingo. A fresh machine that works fine. Most smokers encrusted machines are quite old so its worth the risk IMO.

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Your money or your life! Another hospital goes down to ransomware

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Re: Sigh. Windows vs Linux again.

Now you see I'd say never buy a Brother printer.

I'm sure someone else will say Lexmark...Canon...Oki...

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Re: Sigh. Windows vs Linux again.

If I decided to switch my 200 user company over to Linux....where do I get professional hands on service and support for users and infrastructure? I know half a dozen local companies that can do Windows till the cows come home.

Linux...not so much.

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Re: Hmm the ransom...

No.

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Hmm the ransom...

...is probably less than one ibuprofen tablet in the US system.

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Hackers giving up on crypto ransomware. Now they just lock up device, hope you pay

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Re: Isnt it time....

and meanwhile 99% of the world doesn't need Admin as the main user account...

I love it when the needs of the very few outweigh the needs of the many and non-legacy.

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Isnt it time....

MS did away with Admin accounts as default accounts?

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

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Starved...

From the dozen or so I've cleaned up in the past, ransomeware is pretty easy to find and clean off. It doesn't really have to lock itself down or stealth itself to any great degree as once its started you are over a barrel. Has a different modus from most malware.

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Re: There are two options here...

Yeah more to this than meets the eye.

This stuff takes hours or days to take effect. It doesn't just encrypt everything in 20 seconds and then goes "You pay now!!"

It runs till its done and then announces itself. She would not have known till then.

I've had customers bring their machines to me that have had it running for two weeks and just ignored the warnings from the AV that actually said something was up.

They both screwed up but to be honest the major weak point was her just not being savvy enough.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

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Re: I applied the big update to my Mk2 Paperwhite a couple of weeks ago.

Oh I still have the book files, that's not a problem. Just that the update shouldn't have deleted them in the first place.

Just have to copy them back on again.

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I applied the big update to my Mk2 Paperwhite a couple of weeks ago.

Had around 230 books on it. 130 had DRM the other 100 didn't.

The 100 that didn't just vanished from my device.

Thanks Amazon.

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Hackers crack OS X, Windows, web browsers' security to net $460,000

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Is this coming to a close?

Virtually zero coverage or build up to this event in the tech press I read. In years past its always got quite a build up and daily reports etc.

Seems the west has given up on it.

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Get lost, Windows 10 and Phone fans: No maps HERE on Microsoft's OS

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Re: Not so excellent where I live

Well TomTom haven't updated theirs where I live, for much longer than that. Here provides a far better service so much so that the TomTom now sits unused in the glovebox.

Here is a great app.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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Slow news day?

Don't we have this or a similar article every 3-4 weeks? I guess it's better than the usual "10 Top Tech Fails" lists you usually see on other sites on such days.

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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Re: Conspiracy Theory

Indeed, it's blatantly obvious and simple. Everyone can be bought for the right price. Democracy hasn't existed ever. Sure the rabble can vote this way and that but the same agenda carries on.

The top 1% of the 1% are worried that the rabble will realise that revolution (like in Eastern Europe in the early 90's) is the only alternative available to them. They need to make sure that never happens. The only way they can do that is monitor us all to nip dissent in the bud.

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Pascal...you are spot on. When you fight through all the mist and murk it is purely the top 1% of the 1% making sure they keep hold of what they stole.

They need to find the future leaders (read trouble makers in their speech) that others may follow and deal with them before they become a potential challenge.

The last thing they want is to be dragged up against a school wall and shot.

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

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Data recovery is the best one.

They haven't had the chance to delete off the naughty stuff before handing it over.

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Yeah been there.

Before I started my business I was asked to sort out a loan laptop that had been given to my Gf's sister from her best mate. It was really crufted up and wheezing and so I did a search for JPG to see what they had been up to. Straight away with my GF's sister watching over my shoulder came up loads of pics of her best mate in split crotch knickers etc. and her Bf doing stuff to himself that his parents wouldn't approve of. Gf's sister was shouting "Turn it off turn it off! That's my best friend!! I can't see that!!!"

She decided to play it cool and didn't act surprised when the mate looking rather concerned asked for the laptop back the next day to "get some stuff off it!" I guess they remembered what was on it.

We could never look them in the eye again so I learnt my lesson to never go looking.

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Google splats more bad Android security bugs with patches your mobe will probably never see

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Re: Bad news if you have an LG

My LG G4 has had several security updates since I bought it in September last year. Got one last month in fact.

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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Sorry...

...but I'm giving this just one Meow meow beenz!

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Provided...

It's not actually. The rest of the world has moved on considerably. Most of the BBC's output is now designed and dumbed down purely for export.

The BBC is trading on past glories from a previous century.

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I don't watch the BBC on any channel or delivery system.

So I don't want to pay anything. I don't even watch BBC stuff on Netflix or Prime (how I watch TV now).

I guess I don't have to pay then?

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Will be good...

...when it finally gets some good software/decent complete distro for it.

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Official: Toshiba pulls out of European consumer PC market

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Re: Toshiba laptops

The quality of the domestic models has been very poor for some years now. I always die a little inside when a customer hands over a Toshiba laptop. The quality of the plastics was particularly awful.

The worst was a Toshiba laptop from 2013/14 that had a AMD E1 CPU in it. The thing just struggled at 100% CPU the whole time. I had to put a SSD in it to get to it do anything in minutes rather than hours.

I won't mourn their passing.

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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Re: Why Aren't These A-holes in Prison?

"Combofix, HiJackThis and Sysinternals are good but are designed for professional use and can destroy a Windows system if used incorrectly. "

But as I said earlier if you have to use them the system is pretty much toast if you don't. Makes zero difference. They are all fine to use. The alternative it just wipe it and start again. That's fine but sometimes not possible.

Like telling someone with cancer that chemotherapy is dangerous.

Hyperbole and pointless.

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Re: BC's forum

Must admit I've never personally found Malwarebytes all that effective. It's also painfully slow even with a SSD to scan and 8 cores behind it.

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Combofix

So many people say "Ohhh you should be careful using it, its soo powerful you can ruin a machine with it!" Well to be honest if you are having to use Combofix that machine aint too great as it is.

Hmm well I've used it hundreds of times over the past 7 years (and contributed cash to the project) and it's never once caused an issue. Only helped fix crufted machines and set stuff back to how it should be.

Can't really see what all the fuss is about. Great tool. I use it as a final 'mop up' tool on the machine after I've scanned the HDD with several other tools.

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