* Posts by jason 7

2569 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: For space retrieval hints.

Could it also be Hibernation/Page File reservation?

I also switch Hibernation off and if 4GB ram I set Pagefile to 2GB and if I have 8GB I set it to 512MB.

That can free up a lot of space.

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Re: Footprint

I did some Windows 10 testing a few months ago with some old laptops that I fitted with some £20 40GB Intel SSDs. The fully updated and clean installs came in at around 12GB.

The Windows 10 installs I've done since release have been in the region of 12-14GB.

I really don't know how people get a 25GB+ clean install.

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John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

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I guess his doctor...

...was behind on his 'sales targets' for the makers of Xanax and other such drugs.

Yes US doctors have 'sales targets' for pushing drugs for big pharma.

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A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

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However...

...the best solution would be to not have a huge sign over your lair saying "Getting up to evil stuff with computers here!" in the first place.

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Run the HDDs in a small 'clean room'...

...with just a perspex cover over the opened drives with exposed platters.

The knock at the door means you walk in with a hammer and chisel and go to town on the platters within seconds.

However, being found standing next to a load of destroyed sparking smouldering HDDs would make you look like a guilty puppy sitting next to a pile of poo.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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"...already a problem"

And quite how is that definition going to change over the next few years.

Terrorist -> Political Activist -> Rights Campaigner -> Political Blogger -> Satire Writer -> Journalist -> Comedian -> Non-compliant Citizen -> Anyone else that doesn't like the way it is.

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: Obvious really.

Well the only reason for the Plea system is to get as many people into prison. Because the corporation running the prison gives kickbacks to the courts or the Warden is best pals/cousin of the Judge. The more prisoners, the more money they get.

Prisoners make money!

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Re: So if they came across it, mounted and readable

Yeah the simplest answer is he simply gave them the password once he made the guilty plea.

A deal was done. I would assume it's much cheaper and simpler to put the fear of whatever into some IT bod than it is to break a encrypted data vault.

Path of least resistance.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: There are others available

I install ClassicShell on PCs that customers have said they didn't want Windows 8/8.1 PCs.

"Ahhh this is lovely, so glad you didn't get me a Windows 8 PC!"

Yes that's right! They can't tell the difference.

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Yahoo! website! ads! spaff! CryptoWall! ransomware! AGAIN!

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Re: False alarms ?

This is it, no point white-listing fave sites as safe ads today may well be infected ads tomorrow.

Just isn't worth the risk. Blanket ban on all sites is the only way forward.

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I joined a discussion on LinkedIn...

...a couple of months ago about "How Ad marketing on the Web is so fabulous!"

Myself and a few other IT/Non marketing bods on there then went on to destroy the marketing folks with tales of dread and disaster and why we all used AdBlock and never saw their ads in the first place. Why web ads are poison and a security risk, never clicked on them etc. etc.

The Ad folks were totally bemused and just kept saying "but why wouldn't you all want to see our massive, intrusive flash laden adverts on the web?"

There is a disconnect...

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Cryptoprevent

Worth installing for those that just wander anywhere and insist on using leaky email setups.

www.foolishit.com

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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It's getting like food to be honest.

The more food scares of "Sugar/Beer/Bread/Butter/Veg Spread/Ready Meals/Wine/Cake/Fast Food are bad...then good...then bad!"

Means I just turn off all the more.

I'm getting to the point of IT security whereby I'll worry about something if I know it's happening. Otherwise...just sod off!

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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

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I've rolled out a lot of dual disk NAS

To small local businesses. Using RAID1 and a further USB3.0 external daily backup. We then have data copied onto 3-4 different HDDs. Encryption is handy for some of the companies dealing in financials.

The beauty of a pre-made NAS is that I can install it and set it up in 10-15 minutes which means less messing about for me and they are usually set and forget for the most part. FreeNAS etc. just seems a bit too targeted at the tinkerer/enthusiast crowd. Don't have time for that.

I've manged to rescue several small firms that just needed simple file sharing and backup storage from ridiculously over complex and expensive Xeon/SAS/Server 2008 solutions from other local IT firms, not to mention got them out of over the top monthly support contracts.

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Re: SS2 no better than a vomit comet trip?

Hire a U2 plane for the day. Surprised no one has tried getting hold of and hiring the back seat of one of those out.

Seemed pretty amazing view from the James May documentary. Plus you'd get more for your money.

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BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

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Add Norwich to the list.

Hohum.

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Greetings...

...Star Commander!

Said by RADA/RSC trained actors without batting an eyelid. Marvellous.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: So...

Never used them or had them in the first place so never miss them!

No one is forcing you to buy the phone, so with all due respect...quit your whining and look somewhere else.

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Re: So...

Well seems the world is divided.

I've never needed NFC, never used SD cards, QHD screens just eat battery and haven't used wireless charging since I retired my Palm Pre 2 three years ago.

Nice to have/non essentials for a good deal of us. For those that need them well there are plenty other (more expensive) options available.

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Re: But what about people who don't want huge great phones?

I too have a Nexus 4 and the size is perfect. However, when I saw a OnePlus One I was surprised at the dimensions. Whilst its a taller phone its not that much wider.

I think this will be the phone for me due to the price and at the end of the year it will be time to retire my Nexus 4. Especially since the Lollipop 5.1/5.1.1 updates bricked the mobile data on it.

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: Pester Power

I've sent a note out to all my customers telling them to wait till at least October before pressing the button. Also best they call me to do it for them.

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If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Re: Needs USB Type-C

And what would you have to plug it into for the next 18 months?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: Suit'n'Tie Guy

No visible toes is a good idea.

Men in flip-flops or sandals is just the worst. Guys...you really don't have the feet for it. Just don't.

Disgusting.

Keep your bare feet for home and in private. No need to share your yellowy, fungus encrusted and cracked feet with the rest of the world.

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: All relative

Lotus Notes and the over pixel sensitive copy/paste.

"easy does it...just want to copy those two lines...F**K its selected the whole 3 pages again!"

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The best way to use Outlook...

...is not to use it in the first place.

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I blame hipsters.

Seems software has to be constantly changing so a certain sector of the community doesn't get bored and move onto the next 'groovy' thing.

So often we've seen perfectly easy to use and functional software which appears to have reached its evolutionary zenith (no real harm in that) ...and then it changes for no apparent reason into something grotesque and counter intuitive.

It's times like those I would dearly love to see the initial design discussion meetings.

A: "It's fine as it is, we have 90% user satisfaction!"

B: "Yes but a lot of bearded guys in those ridiculous jeans 3" too short in the leg that we all laugh at behind their backs, are starting to moan about how boring it is on Twitter!"

A: "But it's just an email app FFS! It just has to do a simple job and do it quick and easy!"

B: "Well the vocal plimmy and pop up kitchen brigade are revolting so we have to change it!"

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Roll up, roll up, for the Meta35: The hybrid snapper's data dumpster

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I really miss....

...using film.

I really enjoy my old holiday snaps taken with my little Olympus Mju (mk1) and Kodak Ektar film (early 90's). Man that little camera took a beating but I loved it. Had a Mju II later on but it wasn't the same.

The blue skies I captured with that little combo on my USA west coast road trip in 93 were amazing.

All the digital stuff I take just gets dumped onto a NAS box. Big whoop.

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Neil Armstrong's MOON spacesuit: One small donation from you - one giant leap for Mankind

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Re: $500,000

Yeah lots or perishable plastic and rubber I bet that air pollution/UV (prolonged exposure) would have a great time degrading.

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Its a game of poker.

I've used some tactics in the past to get through obstructions.

1. The social services worker who wouldn't organise help for a sick elderly gentleman in our apartment block because "he hasn't asked us personally!" I then asked for her name. She asked why and I replied - "It's because when the guys in the hazmat suits turn up in 6 weeks to scrape him up off the floor I want to know who to mention in the complaint!" Amazingly he had a daily nurse visit from the next day onwards.

2. The Dixons store manager who would avoid our calls re. a faulty washing machine. I called up the store and asked for the manager. "Oh he's not here!" said Tracey (whatever). "Oh that's a shame as I have some positive feedback for him!" Tracey perked up and said (I kid you not) "Oh we don't get a lot of that here! I'll go fetch him!" Manager was on the phone 10 seconds later...busted!

3. British Gas fitted a new heating system and did a piss poor job. Corgi condemned it! Took them four goes to get it right. At the end of it I asked for compensation. The area manager said no. I told him "Okay then I'll go to every plumbing and home improvement website in the country and post up all the horrendous pictures of faulty/out of spec installations and the Corgi report for all to see. If I do, you'll be lucky if your company can fit a tap after a month!" He gave in at that point.

4. Had to get a cost centre for a IT project to upgrade a system that was critical to a major part of our business. It was a dull system that hardly anyone had heard of but would bring the business to a halt if not working. Anyway had a bunch of senior managers that didn't want to commit the funds and I was going round in the circles. So I sent out the following email to all of them -

"Guys, thanks for your support so far. Unfortunately, it appears that funds are not forth coming which is a shame. However, I would ask one last favour. I would like one of you to volunteer as a point of contact for the CEO when he gets all the complaints from customers that can't get their cars fixed?"

I had a cost centre code within 5 minutes of posting that email.

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Pray for AMD

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I would bet the console contracts are the only thing stopping the banks from calling it a day.

A lot of folks thought AMD were mad to go for those gigs but hooking yourself to three big players is a handy safety net giving you time to turn things around.

Shame they squandered that. Oh and gave us the most technologically dull generation of consoles so far.

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Re: I am sure I am not alone, but...

To be fair Intel really didn't have to do anything against AMD. Their products generally have just been better (other than that glorious 18 month period just over 10 years ago) and AMD have just never bothered marketing or selling themselves.

One company makes the effort with their products and the other one doesn't/never has.

Its like if there were just two car manufacturers in the world and they were Mercedes and Morris.

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Re: I am sure I am not alone, but...

That's because the OEMs just aren't interested in putting AMD chips in competitive (spec and pricewise) machines.

Not to mention you go into a store and find 50 Intel machines and maybe 2 AMD based ones. One will be cheap and nasty and the other overpriced for the spec.

I still say AMD didn't help themselves by never bothering to try to market themselves to the general public....or for that matter, the IT public.

A silly jingle can help.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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I have a few of his albums.

In terms of sound quality none of them are anything to write home about.

If you want a stunning album to listen to then hunt out "A Meeting by the River" by Ry Cooder and V.M.Bhatt. Now that is an album that would benefit from a 24/96 presentation.

Young's stuff? Not so much.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Installed it on several 2007-2009 spec machines.

Never caused a problem installing 8/7/Vista on DirectX 11/10/9/8 capable kit so I don't see any reason for that to change.

Currently it works just fine.

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Installed it on several 2007-2009 spec machines.

And all have worked just fine.

2GHz AMD laptop CPUs, 2GB of ram etc. etc.

Drivers are not an issue either as to be honest you can get Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista 64bit drivers to work just fine.

If you find the odd rare bit of hardware that 10 doesn't recognise out of the box then a driver should be easy to find or you should ask an adult for help.

In fact just last week I installed it on a 2005 spec Toshiba tablet laptop. Installed 98% of the hardware first go. The Vista 64 bit driver got the audio working no problem.

Any vaguely competent IT person should be able to get the old Windows 7 infrastructure up to date if they so desire.

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Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

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And...

...we moan at BT...

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

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How much of Flash...

is original code compared to patches?

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Two Corsair SSDs destroyed thanks to faulty PSU from Maplin

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Never...

...spend less than £30 on a PSU.

A rule that has worked well for me over the years.

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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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Re: Reliability

I've bought around 20 so far over the past 3-4 years. So far only one has failed. I was still able to get 85% of the data back from it before it was RMA.

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I always create partition/s that leave at least 2-3GB unused even if the drive keeps some for over provisioning.

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Re: I beg to differ

I think you misread what they were getting at.

They were saying the difference between a high end SATA SSD and a PCIe SSD is not that noticeable to the average Joe so not worth the expense.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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But....

I and many others don't watch BBC stuff anymore!

The BBC is living on past faded glories...

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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Re: Can anyone tell me...

So stuff always has to stay the same version after version after version.

You still wearing your school uniform after all these years?

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Re: Can anyone tell me...

Question.

So you find adapting to change slightly difficult and yet maybe, you work in IT?

How does that work?

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Re: Sorry but I think this review is RUBBISH

Same here. Has worked fine with next to no issues and as you say ...it's BETA.

But as I said earlier if you say its okay you don't generate 4+ pages of forum posts and all the clicks that come with it.

Shame that internet journalism has become all about the clicks.

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Re: Works fine...

Yeah I don't know why the reviews all hang on the Metro apps/Start side of things when

A. No one cares or uses them.

B. See A.

Then gloss over the fact that the usual desktop side is fine and all the software thats used there is still all the same old software we've always used.

Generates clicks I guess. You can't afford to have a neutral/pretty good review as it just doesn't generate traffic. So you have to title it "OMFG THE APOCALYPSE THAT IS WINDOWS 10!" and then spend 80% of the review bitching about a couple of 'apps' that no one uses anyway.

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Will people please note...

....there are no more service packs. Windows hasn't had what we would call a Service pack since 2010?

It will just be continuous features and updates as they come out.

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HD and SSD Prices not declining - why ?

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Paid £45 for a 120GB SSD in early February.

Just paid £40 for the same model SSD today.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: Translation

Dell?

Hmm I find they are not too bad. The only Dell parts I've had issues with are their 19 in 1 card readers. For some reason they tamper with the standard Teac firmware making drivers for later OS usage difficult.

Though thinking back there was a issue with Nvidia drivers for the Dell M4400 laptop. It could take standard Nvidia drivers but only two specific releases.

That's about it.

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Re: You can use a clean copy, if it's W7 at least

I always keep a full Retail copy of any version of Windows handy. I buy them cheap at release date.

I've found a retail copy can be used to fresh install Windows using 99% of keys whether OEM or not to activate.

Hit and miss with OEM copies.

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