* Posts by jason 7

2452 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware

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Re: New machine?

Actually if you are running 8 and higher you can download bloatware free ISOs directly from MS that install perfectly on OEM machines.

Made rebuilding clean machines a lot easier this past couple of years.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

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Re: Laptops

Yeah six years from laptops is the norm for me too. Compaq, Panasonic, Dell all keep on trucking.

Wireless routers as you say are the weakest link. Heat kills em. Even my Draytek only lasted 18 months or so.

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Often more to these "Only had it 8 months" stories than meets the eye.

I remember back in my corporate days a lot of users would on purposely mistreat their kit to get the kit they actually wanted. Dropping, spilling were very common occurrences just a day or two after being told they could just change it.

Many years ago one guy who was a real pain in the arse came in on a Friday and demanded he be given the latest colour version of the PDA (remember them?) he had. We refused as it was just a few months old and still did all he needed it for. We knew he wanted it for bragging rights etc. So off he went in a huff.

Monday morning he comes back in with the PDA in his hand and it looks like he ran over it with his car. In fact we suspect he did just that. He threw it on my desk, walked out saying "There you go! Now I do need a new one!"

What did I do? I took the mashed up case off it and slotted in the innards of a working spare. It looked like roadkill...but it worked just fine. Went to his desk threw it down in front of him and said "No you don't!"

He never bothered us again.

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Indeed manufacturers cannot build against user stupidity and clumsiness.

However, how much care and attention does a normal person give to a laptop costing £400 to one that cost them £1500?

Plus do people really carry those very heavy MacBook Pros around with them all day? I wouldn't.

Personally all my (non Apple) laptops long outlast their usefulness to me and still look at worst a year old before I hand them on after 6 years or so use. I still get 4 hours+ battery out of my 13" 2009 Dell laptop (to be replaced today with the new Dell 13" i3 Chromebook).

Looking after kit is quite easy. Though you cannot guard against the crappy Toshiba HDD in your laptop, that's luck of the draw. If you have one of those then you are on borrowed time no matter how long you've had the laptop.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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I don't get the thinking at Mozilla.

Dumping Thunderbird which is my go to software if people demand an email client and currently need to move from Outlook Express...

Plus the reason people usually use Firefox is that they don't like Chrome. But Mozilla just want to turn Firefox...into Chrome.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Re: @d3vy

Cushing doesn't get enough kudos. I really enjoyed his two goes at the Doctor.

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Toothless Ofcom: C'mon consumers, show your teeth on broadband speeds

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Indeed.

The customers I know that moan the most about their broadband?

The ones that decided to move into £500000 barn conversions 3.5 miles from the nearest village.

"So you didn't think to check the speed before you moved in with your essential online business?"

I know one that lived in the city centre and had a 70MBps connection that worked superbly with their work as an IFA and share dealer etc. I didn't hear from them for 6 months and then the next thing I know is they have moved out to...yes a barn conversion out in the sticks 18 miles away and they are wondering why they only get about 750Kb with 250ms+ pings if the wind blows in the right direction.

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Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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Timely!

I had two emails in my spam folder today. Both were from old contacts still using...yes you guessed, Yahoo email. Once again Yahoo's emails servers have been hacked or whatever and spammers have got in. I always tell customers to move away from Yahoo email.

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US 'swatting' Bill will jail crank callers for five years to life

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Re: Spot the difference

Plus they do not have 'Civil Forfeiture'. This is a loophole whereby the US police can just take your money, house, car etc. with just a mere hint of 'made up' suspicion with no charge and keep it.

They can then spend the proceeds as they see fit.

"Buying toys" one Police Chief stated on record.

Legalised theft basically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks&list=PLmKbqjSZR8TbfAMV9bLy4beDh4vrze5kc&index=37

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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

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Re: Phone OS

Indeed...bring back WebOS!

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

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Re: Voice assistants

I get a really high success rate with all these speech systems.

I just talk to them in the same cadence they talk to me.

Works really well. Quite easy to do too.

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Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

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Re: Just Thinking Out Loud

Yeah, I hate BT but at the end of the day...they own the infrastructure and for 363 days of the year its pretty darn smooth. I have seen so many customers struggle with this alternative ISP and that 'boutique' ISP, the latest cool ISP etc. etc.

They all start off with blazing speeds but they all fail or slow to a crawl in the end.

I tell them "just go back to BT!" They moan, they grumble but the "Hey my internet is really slow!" moans dry up.

Just how it is. I do make sure they dump the Homehubs though.

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Re: Back up and running.

Yawn...

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Back up and running.

As per Peter 26 said, some parts were still running (Netflix thankfully) last night and I found switching my router DNS to Googles helped get a bit more back this morning.

All speedy again now.

I guess it was their DNS servers down...again.

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

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Put your router on a timer switch.

Make it reboot and refresh the ISP assigned IP addy every 6 hours or once a day. I bet that would make someone's job just that little more tedious. Especially if everyone was playing musical IP addresses rather than sitting on the same one for months on end.

In fact that could be quite a handy feature if your router code be programmed to refresh its IP address every so often. Just adds to the admin at the other end.

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Horrid checkbox download bundlers drop patch-frozen Chrome

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Re: apt-get is your friend

Your kids...not my problem.

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Re: apt-get is your friend

Never had to use it.

I use CMD to switch off hibernation and reset the IP config a few times a year. That's it.

Usually there is a one click button that does most things. Its the 21st century after all.

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Ninite

www.ninite.com

The best for Windows machines.

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Unchecky

I now install this on customers machines. I find a lot less crap on their machines when they bring them back a year or more later.

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Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

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Re: Try finding a "GENUINE xxxx" mobile phone charger for instance.

The Blackberry 2A charger is the best phone/tablet charger you can get!

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Amazed at how many people...

...still don't have a clue about how this stuff works.

"Make sure you have backups and you'll be fine!"

Well yeah by all means, but make sure they are not connected to any machine or network as this thing will rip through your servers, mapped drives, NAS, USB HDDs and cloud. Seen it happen to a couple of small businesses in my area.

Cryptoprevent installed on maximum! Oh and maybe upgrade the security and email scanning on your cheapo Exchange server hosting too!

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LG picks up US smartphone crumbs, gains on Apple and Samsung

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Re: Everyone knows they pop out new phones in the fall

I bought my G4 about two months ago for £360.00. I was waiting for other phones to appear but just gave up waiting...

I looked a few days ago and it had dropped to around £299 ish.

I love it. No issues with it. Though if you look on sites like XDA Developers you'd think any phone was plain terrible. I really don't know how/why those guys screw kit up so much. I wonder if any of them have a clue about how to use technology.

Stop playing with it and just use it FFS!

Oh and its pretty easy to remove or just disable 95% of the LG apps and services. No need to root or any of that stuff. LG Backup is about the only unwanted one I couldn't get rid of. A better situation than trying to clean up a Samsung of its bloat!

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Condi Rice, ICANN, and millions paid to lobby the US govt for total internet control

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Democracy....

...hilarious.

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BlackBerry makes Android security patch promises

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Maybe...

...there is hope!

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Samsung S6 Edge has 11 nasties, says Google Project Zero team

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My past two phones have been Android.

To be honest, as far as I know I haven't had any issues security wise with them. However, the current lack of any clear leadership and control in the Android world is worrying and I think will eventually be it's downfall unless Google or someone (anyone responsible) takes control.

I find this current policy of ring-fencing by carriers, multiple models by phone suppliers which just dilute the support even further, the reluctance to support products past 6 months baffling. Just how difficult does it have to be?

Do we really need a big Android snafu to make them actually do something? But will that mean the end and Apple taking all the rewards?

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Halo 5: Overhyped, but still way above your average shooter

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Re: A 9 Gig patch for a brand new game?

"what happened to shipping finished games?"

There is a way around this! I gave up buying games for three years so now I'm gaming like its late 2012. The benefit is you know what the good games are, they cost a third as much and they are usually fully patched and working as originally intended when you install them.

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

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Happens all the while in Norwich.

I hear in some civilised places they have public toilets and sanitation.

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Windows 10 growth stalls during October

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Re: XP

So reading through that seems my thoughts were broadly correct.

Though I did forget curmudgeons.

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XP

Would say the 11+% of XP is made up of 50% old codgers who never read a tech article and just use it for Ebay or sending pictures to their friends in the care home and the other 50% is companies running old legacy software that either cant be moved to a newer OS...or they lost the installation media/support years ago.

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Big mistake, Google. Big mistake: Chrome OS to be 'folded into Android'

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Hear Hear! I would rather use a Chromebook for casual and on the go usage than anything else. Carrying around a full fat laptop with all your data on it nowadays just feels overkill. Not to mention a bloody liability if you lose or break it.

I often think the negativity to ChromeOS is either from those that have never dared to actually sit down with a Chromebook only to find to their horror it actually does 90% of what they need to do in most cases. Or IT Support guys that fear their career is over if it really caught on.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: So what?

I'm amazed someone still thinks we have 'democracy'. We have what appears to be democracy but when you dig deeper it's far from it.

Doesn't matter for whom you vote for, the 'agenda' carries on. True democracy has yet to be reached.

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SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

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Re: Windows 10

FFS grow up and move on.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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At the end of the day...

...isn't this just another example of the American 1%/GOP's uber dream of next to no American labour/Employment laws so they can have a workforce of unpaid slaves?

You think it's bad now...

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Company references...

....are worth jack. The HR dept doesn't even know you and chances are your corporate personnel file was lost years ago after the 23rd re-organisation. At best the last appraisal they can dig out for you is 6 years out of date.

Before I left a few years ago I went round several of the senior/exec guys I knew and had done good work for and tapped them up for written refs and contact details. They were more than happy to help.

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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Re: Light fuse and

Sinofsky bolted about a week after launch. At least this time he waited 10 weeks!

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Western Digital's hard drive encryption is useless. Totally useless

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Re: Good enough for government work

Spot on!

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Re: "Totally useless" ?

Some people really do go over the top when it comes to encryption. Plus why do most here think they are special enough to warrant in depth attention from the NSA.

I would bet you don't.

Yes this product is flawed but how will it stack up in 99.9% of the cases it would need encryption.

i.e. will it stop Mum/Wife/Girlfriend/Guy who finds it on the seat of the train from looking at it, there fore avoid embarrassing episode?

I'd say so.

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

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Get a proper man kettle!

One that sits on a gas hob.

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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I know your game! Mr Lapdance club!

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Reg reader escapes four-month lightning-struck Windows Vista farm nightmare

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Re: Winning formula

The downside of that is the more employees, the more your actual efforts are diluted in the real world.

You just become a smaller and smaller and ever replaceable cog in the machine.

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This stuff goes on all the while.

I sometimes look after a large taxi firm. It makes a small fortune for the owner but any IT has to be begged or borrowed. If it costs more than £40 on Ebay forget it. Their whole taxi booking and accounts system resides on one old XP PC that has no backup or copies of any of the software. They wont buy new software, I've given up explaining that you just cant copy and past software from 2000 over to a new PC from 2015 (well you can if you get lucky or have major patience) and they wont even let me have the machine for an hour to at least clone the HDD so we have a copy. I also work for a taxi firm across the road that has invested tens of thousands in IT and it's a different world. They are also slowly taking over the other taxi firms. I pray it wont be long...

Seen company bosses that boast to me that they just invested £250000 in new van fleets but when I ask for £600 to replace the 10 year old PC they all manage it from...oh no, can't do that.

In these cases I just write up a simple "This is what's going to happen if you don't..." report and post it to the boss and the next two or three down.

Then I simply sit back and wait for the desperate call and that £600 PC suddenly costs £1200...

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I have one thing to say to MacBook users at EMC: Whoops

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Re: EMC guys who transitioned away from using Dell laptops to various MacBooks

"Ironically Apple released some new iMacs today."

Yes and they are just as dull and boring as the previous 5+ iterations. How much effort Apple?

Lazy! You'd think Apple doesn't care about Macs...

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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

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I just love the faux sincerity and concern...

...these announcements take.

I remember at one corporation I worked at there was a exec meeting to make 80 staff redundant. I was expecting a load of hand wringing, heated discussion and sadness.

All they did was look down the list of branches and the staff numbers.

"Ahhh look Preston office has 78 staff! Sorted!"

That was it. Took maybe 20 seconds to change 78 peoples lives and then onto the next item on the agenda.

No consideration of the work they did there (some offices did specialist schemes and work). Just that the number fitted the closest.

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Playboy drops the butt-naked ladies

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Re: I think it's a good move

"nudity outdated"

I know what they mean. It's like when a current TV show or a mainstream movie puts a 'gratuitous sex scene' in the middle. You are just sat there thinking, "Why are you bothering with this??"

Hit the FFWD button.

It was welcome back in the 70's, 80's and 90's (thank you Helen Mirren and Jenny Agutter) but now, it just ruins the pace of the movie/show.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Nice current topics...

and a great chap! Rather hear him talk about Project Orion...

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TRANSISTOR-GATE-GATE: Apple admits some iPhone 6Ses crappier than others

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Re: I don't think the vast majority of people would even notice

Yes but the thing is...we weren't having to do the charger shuffle all day with our non Apple phones. It was a constant source of amusement for the week.

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Re: I don't think the vast majority of people would even notice

We were staying with some friends at a large holiday cottage and another family they knew were staying too. They were a family of 5. All of them had iPhones. All they seemed to do was spend their time going "Where's my/your phone charger?? I need to charge my phone!!" Just never stopped.

Seems owning an iPhone is a stressful endeavour.

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Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

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Re: No

I switched back to good old steel rims. The freedom and carefree attitude you get far out-weighs the style downside. Alloy wheel phobia is a distant memory for me.

Kerbs? Bring em on!

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Re: What a meltdown.

It all depends on who you read. One side hysterically claims a million people died as a result of Chernobyl. If you read the WHO/UN reports it's a double figures result.

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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Two light sources? The sun and light reflecting off the earth?

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