...but I'm giving this just one Meow meow beenz!
2728 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
...but I'm giving this just one Meow meow beenz!
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.
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?
...when it finally gets some good software/decent complete distro for it.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
@Jack of Shadows.
Rocking a £100.00 dual Xeon X5470 Dell workstation from late 2007. Still benches within 20% or so of modern Intel stuff costing a lot lot more. Added in 16GB of ECC ram, 850 EVO, USB3.0 and a HD7870 and it works very nicely.
To be honest though I'd be quite happy with a revised updated Nexus 4 sized phone. Bit more ram, 2500mAh battery, tweak up the camera and another 300Mhz on the CPUs.
5G will save us!
Like 4G was meant to and 3G before that and GPRS...GSM...
Yeah that explains it! Funnily enough had a customer today bring in a classic Compaq desktop running Windows 7 (came with XP originally)...on a single core Athlon 3200 with 3GB of DDR ram. Had to smile when I opened it up.
Running a bit slow apparently. I'll just scan the HDD for any bugs on the house and tell him to get a new one.
I threw all my spare old DDR ram and SKT939 chips out a while ago.
"Then we're in different worlds because I'm lucky to find a laptop with 4GB standard "
Wow...I'd say possibly a different decade too!
I run a PC repair/support business and haven't seen a laptop with less than 1GB in it for over 5 years now. I saw a netbook about three years ago.
If a machine arrived to me with less than 2GB in it I would say to them to get a new one (would probably be IDE anyway). Or someone nicked half their ram at some point.
I upgrade a lot of laptops old and new and the SSD is the best thing period. RAM is secondary....very secondary. Most have come with 4GB for the past 6 years so they are at least functional on that point.
I could put 8GB in a 6 year old laptop but if its still got a 60MBps 5400rpm 320GB HDD in, then it will still crawl. But if I keep the 4GB and put a 250GB SSD in it...even at SATA II it will still perform a lot better
...and drop to 40MBps writes when copying any data amount larger than 4GB when the cache runs out.
I've adjusted my wi-fi at home to be a little more relaxed on those than constantly screaming "Marco!...Polo!"
We have a growing problem at the UEA here in Norwich whereby a small group of students have taken upon themselves to become the thought police and ban anything that may offend (them) or have a differing opinion to theirs (cos at 19 you know oh so much). Anything controversial or thought provoking that could be up for worthy discussion is just banned or told not to turn up.
Kids really are getting more and more stupid.
Those problems are not enough of an issue for me to become...one of the herd.
Thanks for the thought though.
I do wonder why Android phone manufacturers feel they have to have 15 different Android phones in their range at all times for different regions/carriers etc. etc. knowing the support issues that presents when other companies/mobile OS systems get by with 2-3 models at any one time.
A classic example of making a difficult situation...even more difficult. Some of those models must sell in just the tens/hundreds of thousands.
Scrap em and just have a low/med and high end worldwide model.
Well I was thinking the same thing and I guess you could mount a laser on a broomstick and some cheap binoculars so you could see the hit point. I'm sure a telescopic 4x30 sight off a mates nicked air rifle would do even better.
So some form of one way glass in the windows or blinker like goggles for landing and takeoff?
Hmm I haven't had to jump through any hoops like that and I've been putting 10 on some very old kit.
Digging way back in the driver archives.
Have you tried the Windows 8.1/Windows 8/Windows 7 and Vista drivers?
You'll probably find they are pretty much all the same driver type.
I've had good results even installing Vista drivers in 10 for audio on older kit. The audio chips don't change all that much.
OEM's only put out AMD at Intel's request to stave off monopoly claims.
OEM's don't want AMD gear anymore. Hence why when you look for a AMD based laptop you'll find the single A10 one hobbled with single channel ram, a 5400rpm HDD, 1366x768 TN screen and yours for £650.00.
All my customers have heard of Intel (the jingle at the end of every Currys ad helps) but none of them know jack about AMD...so they can't be as good can they? Yes AMD, marketing does help!
I'm an old AMD fan but to be honest they are now useless. When a firm knows what's wrong but cant change course even after 10 years, then their time is past.
...that I suspected my boss never looked at as he made at least another 15 folks write them also for Friday lunchtime submission. They took a couple of hours to do and lot used to get stressed over it.
So I started sending the same on in each week with just the date changed. I did that for nearly a year until I finally left.
Had he caught me out some time later, I would have just shrugged and said -
"Okay you got me, but would you like me to go out there and tell all the others you don't look at their reports either?...No? Didn't think so!"
As for meetings? I found if you fell asleep in a few, people didn't bother asking you along to them so you had more time to get proper work done. I could do the falling asleep with my eyes still open trick so all they saw were my my eyes rolled up to the whites. Use to freak people out more than annoy them. It's not what you do but how you do it.
This stuff looks for and spreads to backups before it announces itself.
The only safe bet is if you have a tape/disk rotation backup that isn't connected/active.
Once it says hello, it's usually too late.
Back in 1996 I was buying my first home. I went to Nationwide and got three mortgage quotes (the low middle and high). I took them home and then Dad and I sat and tried to work the quotes out.
Just to make sure and to know how they came to the figures.
We couldn't get the quotes to add up. I went back in the next morning and handed the quotes to the mortgage lady and told her they didn't make sense. She got out her calculator and nope...she couldn't work it out. The manager came over asking what the fuss was and then he had a go.
Nope, he couldn't get the figures to add up. He was looking a little concerned. He called up head office and he was on the phone for a good 15 minutes.
Turns out the Nationwide Mortgage quote software was wrong. Had been for some time but not a single customer or staff member had bothered to check the figures apparently.
...to do proper testing anymore.
It's boring, tedious, costs money etc. The guys that built it, lost interest in the project a week after it started and this is 11 months later.
But it does need to be done if you want to stay in business or maintain any sense of credibility.
....if a new person drops by a site like the Reg with no adblocking installed and looks at say 7 pages. Doesnt click on any ads (who would?) How much money does the Reg make from that visit?
That's kind of important info to know. If it's £0.0001 then really that model might as well just die.
Maybe the Reg should try a "Fund-raising" week with a donation link and see how much that raises from viewers? I bet it pulls in far more than ads would.
Yes, I was always under the impression having the same as everyone else was the exact opposite of cool.
...that finding real support for Apple devices is next to impossible.
What happens is the Apple store moves in and the local Apple Fix it guys with the real experience then lose 60% of their work. The other 40% is just too time consuming or slowly made impossible due to the all in one/fully soldered/restricted fixing practices. So they all quit and got jobs elsewhere. I know several people that bought Macs for their business and then had to go back to Windows machines because unless you've dropped it in the toilet or iTunes doesn't work that's all the support you can get from Apple.
Customer - "Hello I need help getting my Mac to work with such and such software/hardware for my business?"
Genius - "Oh that's not Apple software/hardware so we can't help you! Did you drop it in the toilet?"
What all one of them (probably from HP) and still with 4GB ram, 500GB 5400rpm HDD, 2.4Ghz wi-fi only, 1366x768 screen and all for the bargain price of £650.00!
You'd think someone was paying the OEM's to hamstring AMD. Not that AMD doesn't do a pretty good job of that themselves.
Speaking as an old die-hard AMD fan that finally lost their patience with them a few years ago.
The old fashioned way which was take it all apart. The best you can usually do is the 3GHz dual core or the 2GHz Quad.
...at least it doesn't have a 70's disco floor keyboard and dragons/aliens etched all over it.
I have a mint Dell M6400 that I picked up for £80 a couple of years ago. Now running with a quad core CPU, 8GB of ram, backlit keyboard, 120GB SSD, 500GB HDD, Quadro GPU, USB3.0. Works quite well and the 17" 1920x1200 screen is a nice one. The 120w power supply is rather massive though. Gave it to the Gf as a back up machine for her desktop. Luggable is what I would call it.
...was a right pig and a bully. He was the Director of IT and thought he was the big 'I AM'.
I remember once he came in to talk to my boss about the current laptop choices and I was the only other one in the office.
He really started laying into my boss (who was a good bloke) about there not being any fancy ones for the Directors to pose with etc. and it was really embarrassing and unprofessional to tear into my boss in front of me.
I just snapped. I stood up, looked him dead in the eyes and said as calmly as I could muster "Look...it's just a bloody tool to get the job done! If you were a F1 driver we'd get you a Ferrari but to look at your email the Thinkpad will do just fine. We're workers not posers!"
My boss looked like he shat himself. The Director just looked dumbstruck and then started back-pedalling and apologising like crazy. He left the room. Boss didn't say anything but I said from behind my monitor "No one shits on my boss in front of me!". I got a good bonus that year.
As for the director, he was always overly chummy when he saw me after that. He got the sack a few months later for signing off contracts he shouldn't have.
I danced on my desk when I heard.
Since then I've challenged many a higher level Director etc. full on. As long as you are right and they are being an idiot they crumble every time. Bullies and bullshitters always do.
Not you again! Keeping a donkeys year sold game running does not mean that everyone else should miss out on having a more secure machine.
If it breaks...fix it!
I've been running EMET on max settings for over three years now. I have no old software that trips it.
Never been a fan of supporting legacy.
I managed to move all my XP diehards over to Windows 8/8.1 no problem.
I just slapped Classic Start on and didn't tell them it was 8/8.1.
Them - "Ohhh this is a lovely machine, so glad I didn't get that Windows 8 nonsense! heheeee"
Me - "Yes...yes that's right!"
Most of the fuss was because they heard from a friend of a friend of a friend's window cleaner it wasn't that good apparently!
We don't need EMET because its all in Windows 10 etc. ?
Why is it then if I check the DEP setting (one of the major ones of the set) in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP that it is only enabled for Internet Explorer by default? I have to manually set it to run for everything.
Sure it's all built in but it's all switched off by default. The reason being I'm pretty sure is that if they switched it all on (like you can do with EMET) that masses of old software and modern stuff that isn't coded to the proper standard would fail. Even modern versions of Chrome still trip up on it. You then either switch off the security or wait for the next release.
It would be good if the Reg could contact MS and ask why it's all switched off and how that helps?
Yeah the Linux boot Live CDs are pretty good. Variable results with the half dozen I've tried plus they are really sloooooow. All part of the toolkit.
"As a professional, I can't really hand back a system in this state and say I've fixed the problem."
I wouldn't like to either but then you have the issue of having spent X hours and then having to tell the customer that spending x further hours rebuilding the machine from scratch (obviously some of you would also recommend a new HDD and replacing the BIOS chip too), losing the precious settings and copy of AutoCad/Office/Other software that you can't imagine they would normally have (that he cant quite find the license key for right now)...all for a £200 laptop or £80 worth or 2009 vintage desktop.
Which he said no to when he dropped in it that morning.
Ten years ago it was worth throwing some cash at fixing tech. But when you can buy a new Windows laptop for £200 it can be a hard job convincing them.
I understand where you guys are coming from but most people just don't want to know or pay for it.
Fine, the alternative is always PC World. Then they lose their PC, software and the data.
Or some guy that just slaps Malwarebytes on a the machine and says job done!
Remember these are people who won't pay even £200 to get all their business data back if their HDD fails. Let alone pay to have a machine with all the "irreplaceable software" and settings wiped and rebuilt for whatever it costs. This is what you are up against.
People are cheap bastards. You only get so much for £50.00.
Like I said, In the real world with real world small business and domestic customers, it doesn't work like that.
Sometimes the best solution just isn't workable.
By all means if you have the time, staff and the money.
Indeed herman. Wiping the HDD and starting again is the best (and sometimes quickest) way to deal with such things.
However...real world...customers...critical machine...no backups...licenses lost...complexity of existing build...how much willing to pay...etc.etc.
Please note I do not run a IT team in a corporation etc. I deal with customers that walk in off the street.
So no clone builds or structured processes. Oh I wish...
You haven't done any regular AV removal clean ups have you? Never thought you might use a machine specifically set aside for scanning the infected HDD in a docker? Malware and virus use stealth techniques that AV and malware scans cant find if the software is active...on a running machine. You have to run the infected drive as though its a dumb data drive.
In my line of work you just lump the whole lot together AV/malwear scan...all the same thing. Saves time and the customer doesn't care. Just wants their machine back working. Which it wont be if you don't scan it using another machine. I guess you might be a bit worried now about those machines you thought were clean?
One AV/Malware tool does not clean them all off. Especially if you are using MWB! You have to use several. Finish off with some Combofix for good measure.
I take it you guys are installing MWB on the actual infected machine?
Not a good way to do it. You wont have got it all in most cases.
Removes the HDD from the machine and scan it with another PC with at least three other AV products.
I still use another two products once I have put the HDD back in the machine to finally clean up and check. Only way short of wiping the HDD and starting again.
One product installed doesn't work.
Hmm funny that. I do a lot of virus removal for customers and MWB is one of the tools I use. It's regularly the one tool that finds nothing. Even MSE finds more stuff than MWB. You can scan with MWB and it might find something and then if you scan the HDD with it again it might find another. Hang on....
Not very useful. I have dropped it several times from my cleaning process but it comes back when fans tell me "oh its a lot better now!" It never appears to be.
I think a case of marketing/fanboi love over effectiveness. YMMV however.
Not a problem chap. These conversations often would be so much better served over a pint and a packet of pork scratchings down the pub!
Here however, its the mad scramble to get your point across that sometimes leaves a bit to be desired.
Get well soon!