* Posts by DJV

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Alan Turing's LOST NOTEBOOK goes under the hammer

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I wondered where that had gone...

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MARS NEEDS BROADBAND, insists Elon Musk

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Internet on Mars?

No problem with latency if they just send a copy of the whole thing - it's small enough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDbyYGrswtg

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: Heavy...

Typo:

politicians lie

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

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BT Preregistration

Oh hell, yes, I remember that - I think I'd signed up to mine for more than a year before they even thought about upgrading the local exchange. By the time they got around to announcing that they were finally going to upgrade it (at some point possibly 6 months in the future but, hey, we're BT so we will take as long as we want), NTL (as it was then) had got their cable broadband system up and running so I went for that instead.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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@ Pen-y-gors

Yeah, I agree - the next stage is automate that offsite backup (with an easy to notice visual check if it ever stops working) and make it run at least twice a day!

Getting there....

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Re: FTFY

Indeed, I'm just a one-man, self-employed, work from home, web developer but my backup solution verges on the paranoid as I've been bitten in the past:

1) I have 2 local web/data servers - they have 4 hard disks in each of them. The main OS is on the smallest drive so that, if I need to reinstall or update the OS (Ubuntu Linux Server) from scratch I can do that on a replacement drive so that the original drive can be put back in if problems arise. The other 3 disks hold data only. The backup server can be converted into a main server quite quickly.

2) A daily backup of the OS configuration files is made automatically via a CRON script (this helps if I need to swap which one is the main server).

3) The backup server constantly replicates the main one's files using CRON scripts which run at (half) hourly intervals - the more important ones get the more frequent backups.

4) The database does an almost instant update and the "home" page on all the web browsers I use (which displays links to all the sites on the servers and their live equivalents) displays a large red message if the two databases are not currently in sync.

5) Once a day the entire database is backed up. Four times a day the database tables that contain my rather more important time recording information are backed up.

6) Every hour a script runs which backs up anything changed on all the code in the past 48 hours and zips it up into a file on a different disk within the same server - this means that if I mess up something then versions that existed earlier in the day are still available. These files are also replicated to the backup server.

7) After finishing work each day I run manually scripts which copy any changed files from the "web" working disk to another disk on the main server. A dated full (once a month) or incremental (all other times) zip file is made of the code files for the site. Some of these go back 10 years. Again, these will get copied across to the backup server as soon as it runs the associated backup script.

8) Every 2 or 3 days I upload the latest versions of these files to an externally located server as offsite backup.

Paranoid or what?!

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Pixels? Easy...

Just ask Kryten:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMIHNiR3CP8

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

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Is there...

...a dot talkingbollocks, especially for marketdroids and clueless* politicians?

(* sorry, redundant term there)

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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I can't wait for...

... Ericpicklesband!

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Boffins spy I in your little eye

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Re: CSI?

Or even Red Dwarf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMIHNiR3CP8

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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No. It. Wasn't.

You've never had the "pleasure" of "Love and Monsters" or "Fear Her"?

And you could at least learn how to spell "Moffat" - sigh...

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Blue and Yellow Meccano

Sigh. Thanks for making me feel even older. Mine was the green and red version from the 60s. I remember getting highly frustrated trying fit one particular nut onto a bolt. It was only when I peered inside the nut that I saw it hadn't actually had the thread cut into it!

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Apple scuttles NTP flaw in OS X – with 'first ever' silent auto update

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Re: Apple "recommends"?

Ah, now this explains it! I turned my Mac on after hearing about the update and immediately ran a check for updates. I suspect if I had not done that deliberate check then it would have done the notification update instead.

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Re: Apple "recommends"?

That's weird - I didn't get a notification - it came up in the normal App Store updates with a full explanation instead. Another mystery that, no doubt, will never be explained!

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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If that's supposed to be funny...

...I didn't get the yolk.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Boffins cure BONING PROBLEMS in 'virtual lab'

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"Unless you can legally define a group of humans as sub-human test subjects"

Erm, politicians?

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Hopefully...

...SMG will dig out a couple of pointy bits of wood and stake someone in retribution - whether that's a Sony someone or a Grauniad of Piss someone, I don't particularly care!

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Feel free...

'Feel free to replace “Virgin Media” with the preferred target of your irrational ire: BT, O2, Vodafone, DPD, Ocado, etc.'

Nope, Virgin Media will fit the bill just fine!

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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"apps built with Adobe Air"

Bloody Hell! People actually use that stuff to build apps?

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

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"and we remain committed to providing the highest possible standards of service"

Ha ha, as if! They never have - this is SNAFU for FastHosts! Abandoned those useless tossers years ago (though a couple of my clients still use them).

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Wow

Out BOFH'd by a primary BOFHess! Excellent stuff! There had better be a part 13!

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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"The genius of Ballmer"

The WHAT of Ballmer?

Now I've heard it all!

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

They went vertical.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Re: Don't buy a crap watch

That watch... name, model and/or link please!

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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Even porn's gone to the dogs

...especially around the 2:12 mark...

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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"Now she has reached the age of telling me to shut the fuck up."

Ah right, going by my partner's daughter, that will be 5 years old then!

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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I look forward...

...to a time when such days are not needed due to gender discrimination becoming something completely relegated to the past. Given the sexist trolling still seen in various places (online or otherwise), I suspect it's still very much an uphill battle.

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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

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Shouldn't this article have "Advertisement" splatted right across the top in big letters?

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'Utter killjoy Reg hacks have NEVER BEEN LAID', writes a fan

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Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells!

I am disgusted by your reviewer's review of Mummy on the Orient Express. Not only did your reviewer totally miss the point of the whole episode (whatever that was), he (or she or it) made inane and inaccurate comments about how a train cannot fly through space, why the first class carriage was going the wrong way and how his mummy never wore bandages like that! I find it utterly preposterous why the Reg even pays a reviewer to say such laughable and un-Dr-Whoey things!! It's almost like they haven't even watched the episode!

What do you mean you haven't even reviewed it yet?

Bah humbug!

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Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

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"responsibility not to harm their users"

Well, there goes all the fun!

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No 12-inch maxiPads for Christmas: Suppliers 'smothered by iPhone 6'

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Re: Christmas time, mistletoe & wine (OCTOBER!!!)

I'm sure they'll BEND over backwards to make your wishes come true!

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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I'm not worried about spam...

Billy boy said it will be history by 2006. Oh wait...

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gates-spam-to-be-canned-by-2006/

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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@Michael Maxwell

OMG! I pity you.

Sigh. I wonder what ever happened to usability tests?

Glad I use an Office alternative here.

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Re: Do they still...

Having played with it, I think it's fair to say you will be disappointed in the answers to your questions...

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Re: What I want to know is...

Of course, it goes without saying, that the registry hacks that would previously allow the border size to be adjusted in Win 7 or 8 no longer work! Sigh...

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What I want to know is...

...why the hell have they reduced the window borders down to almost nothing? It makes resizing much more of a chore and it's way too easy to miss where one window starts and another ends! Another design "feature" that hinders more than it helps!

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SHOW ME the MONEY: Payment code spied in Facebook Messenger

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How to use the Facebook Messenger app

My experience on both iPad and Android:

1) Tried the separate messenger once they'd ripped the usable one out of the main app.

2) Looked at the excessive privacy access it wanted.

3) Raised my eyebrows in a correspondly excessive manner.

4) Deleted it.

5) Reverted to using web browser.

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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CTRL+C

CTRL+C will still break into a long directory listing - e.g. do dir /s from the root and hit CTRL+C before the listing finishes on its own - haven't tried a script yet but I suspect it stil works.

Looks like CTRL+C will only do the copy when something is highlighted. If you do dir /s and then click and drag it halts the directory listing. Doing CTRL+C will copy the stuff highlighted and then the listing will continue. Do CTRL+C again and you break into the listing and stop it dead in its tracks.

Sort of like "operator overload", methinks!

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

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Re: Am I the only one here...

You've never heard of Miley Cyrus?

Lucky sod!

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Just checked the glass of water I'm drinking and...

... 23% was sneezed out of the nose of the Great Green Arkleseizure.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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Re: Is it just me...

Agreed - they should torture test something else instead. How about Iain Duncan Smith?

Flames - well, it's just appropriate!

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Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

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It was...

It was probably only ever an empty office with a big sign on the door anyway!

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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

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Steven Sinofsky's already left!

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

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Re: Some continuity required??

"5 or so years ago Sony tellys were the best"

40 years ago, more like!

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'Broken code' costs Yelp half a mil in child privacy dust-up with FTC

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FAIL

Half a mil!

Oops!

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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HealthKit

Why do I keep reading that as HeathKit? Brings to mind old DIY radios and hifi from the 1970s!

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Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland

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Slap

million -> billion

Otherwise, good point!

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