* Posts by Tim 11

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Re: Hmm... Whilst there is much that one can criticise Redmond for I have to say..............

I'm not a big fan of MS or azure but I have to admit they're on to a no-win situation here. Being open is definitely what we'd like to see from these mega-service-providers but it just gives a bigger attack surface for their detractors.

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Win Server 2003 custom support: That's NOT going to be fun

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"instead of supporting a dead-end legacy they could be contributing to Microsoft's future battles with Google, Facebook and Apple”.

I think you meant to say "instead of making money and keeping customers happy, they could be wasting money making stuff that nobody wants" ?

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: I'll wait thanks

c) there's something worth watching on ;-)

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Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

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one simple rule...

Never put anything in office 365 that you can't afford to lose.

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Microsoft: Hey, don’t forget Visual Basic! Open source and new features coming

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Re: No need to move away from VB

I think the article author could have made a better job of pointing out that he was referring to VB.NET, not "proper" VB/VBScript/VBA.

As others have pointed out, VB.NET has much more in common with C# than it does with original VB.

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Buy Your Own Device: No more shiny-shiny work mobe for you

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Re: Buy my own device for work...

it's Horses for courses. A lot of people don't want to carry two devices around all the time.

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400,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes face SUPPORT DOOM

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"...customers see the need to migrate"

Maybe MS could try making a server OS that doesn't require a touch screen and then perhaps people will have a realistic choice.

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Stupid humans and their EXPENSIVE DATA BREACHES

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Re: occurred as a result of technical failings?

Agreed 100%. Even if it was a hardware failure, and even if the hardware failure wasn't a design or manufacturing defect, ultimately it was a human who chose that hardware and had an unrealistic expectation of it.

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Parachute

I would have thought if they're going to bother to implement anything this big and complex, it would be easier just to put a parachute inside the phone and use the accelerometer to trigger the release mechanism

Then again, we all know patents aren't about actually inventing things; they're about using litigation as a revenue stream as part of your normal business model :-(

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

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Trollface

Re: Azure too

azure going down doesn't count as news ;-)

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

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Re: Not all skills have short half-lives

I think convincing someone to leave their existing employment for less money but better environment/role is a very difficult sell, because those are 'soft' factors which the candidate can't evaluate until he gets there and could easily be bullshit.

On the other hand, retaining good staff by giving good working conditions instead of paying top whack is definitely a reality. I doubt there's a single employee at my small ISV who couldn't earn more money somewhere else just by doing a job they'd enjoy less.

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STOP PRESS!! - Recruitment consultant forecasts buoyant job market

What next? - Estate agent forecasts growth in property prices? Microsoft predicts increase in Microsoft share price?

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

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What about acrobat?

I know that Chrome has its own built-in PDF viewer but doe anyone know if using Acrobat embedded in chrome uses NPAPI?

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HTML5 vs native: Harry Coder and the mudblood mobile app princes

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Meaningless graph

Asking mobile app developers whether they use HTML5 is only part of the story.

A lot of the mobile experience comes from people accessing web apps on their phone, but the developers don't see those as a separate app, and don't see themselves as mobile developers; they are web app developers who include mobile amongst their target devices.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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brief history of time??

It's an OK book but it's not top 10. I'd have the selfish gene over that anyday

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

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Re: What's the difference?

I think you're missing two points:

1. The amount of data will continue to grow exponentially, but the cost will not decrease as fast so total storage costs will increase. That may not be happening to your customers data at the moment, but in general it's an industry-wide trend.

2. Even storing today's amount of data at today's prices is untenable in the long term. Today's prices are a loss-leader and the business model of these cloud companies is based on the fact that they will start to make money someday based on ever-decreasing supply costs.

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NHS XP patch scratch leaves patient records wide open to HACKERS

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would that really make any difference?

Here's a simple thought experiment:

1. list at all the ways an attacker could try to get access to patient records

2. remove from the list anything that does not depend on a known vulnerability which only exists in windows XP

3. remove from the list anything where that vulnerability would probably not have been fixed by Microsoft even if XP were still in support

Anything still left on that list? I bet it's a pretty small percentage

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How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000

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algorithm for naming your new product or business

1. think of a catchy name which sounds unique

2. check whether <catchyname>.com and <catchyname>.co.uk etc are still available

3. if not, repeat step 1

4. register all the <catchyname> domains you want for $10 (or less) each

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

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Re: missing the point

If what they're trying to do is create an air gap, all well and good, but for testing web sites for IE compatibility this has no benefit whatsoever.

As I've found out from many years of pain, if you need to support IE8 on windows XP, you test IE8 on windows XP. Not IE10 in IE8 quirks mode, not IE8 on windows 7, and certainly not some kind of online tool where you have no idea what environment it's running on. most browser-specific code in my applications is to work around browser bugs in specific environments, and you don't find that out with an emulator

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Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

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not just the APIs

It's not just the APIs. we've been trying to use office 365 for internal document management for a few months and it's as flaky as hell, with frequent "service unavailable" messages.

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Bad dog: Redmond's new IE tool KILLS POODLE with one shot

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Microsoft's own servers

I think you've missed the point here.

Assuming Microsoft's own servers haven't been compromised, counting the number of people who connect with SSL3 is only counting those incapable of better security (basically IE6 users). The point of the poodle vulnerability is that anyone capable of downgrading to SSL3 (i.e. the vast majority of people) is vulnerable even if they use a higher security by default.

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

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UAT

If your users aren't motivated to get their hands on the software and try it out, maybe you're making the same mistake 95% of IT operations do. It's your job to supply what the user wants so that it will make his job easier, not try to foist stuff on him just because it suits your own purposes.

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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You don't have to be mad to work at Apple but....

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Thus it ever was

Like it or not, most brilliant products (brilliant ideas even) come out of a relatively small number of often very intelligent and highly motivated individuals being completely obsessed with it and working their ass off to the exclusion of everything else. A larger team of people just "doing their 9-to-5" just doesn't seem to have the commitment and innovation required to push the boundaries.

The challenge for us as a society is to reward and leverage these type of people so they can produce their best but still value those who want a more relaxed work/life balance, not to judge between the two.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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Re: User Interface

don't hold your breath. I presume using anything other than touch-screen to manage the server will be considered "legacy".

don't you just love trying to hold the mouse over the exact right pixel to get the start screen to show up using server 2012 over RDP?

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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deliberate misinformation

Since 8.1 is an automatic upgrade from 8, and you are counting the two separately, it would be pretty much inconceivable for windows 8 market share to be increasing.

You might as well run the headline "google loses browser wars, chrome version 32 market share less than IE9"

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Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

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Re: £530...

yes but don't all phones have a completely fictitious RRP nowadays? £530 is less than the list price for the cheapest iPhone 6. As with all phones in the UK the actual price will depend on what contract deal you do.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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not the BDOD

I don't wish to appear pedantic, but "BSOD" is usually used to refer to the stop screen in windows NT4 or it's successors, which is terminal and requires a reboot.

The screen in the screenshot allows the user to press escape to return to Windows and, as far as I can remember, a similar screen can be invoked in Windows 3.1 at any time using control-alt-del, so it's more like a system-modal dialog.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: um

> Anything less than *** with more than 50 reviews should be removed immediately; simple uat...

And how exactly would a new app ever get on the store in the first place if it needs 50 reviews first?

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EE accused of silencing customer gripes on social media pages

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Re: Shops?

Last time I was in an EE shop (my 4th visit to try and get a PAC code, but that's another story). there were a queue of people (all with complaints) and 3 staff, all the staff were on hold to the customer services line trying to resolve complaints so nobody could attend to the queue. Is that really any way to run a business?

I'm never going back to EE as long as I live, and I strongly advise anyone else never to touch them. I should probably put "YMMV" but from discussions I've had with colleagues this is a universal finding.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Is it really that important

"The browser is one of Microsoft’s premier pieces of software – a piece of code as important to Microsoft in terms of brand as its presence among developers building for the web and Windows and netizens consuming it."

it it really though? sometimes I have problems with a web site in chrome so I just switch to FF or IE to view it. Since all browsers are basically the same nowadays I don't see why we should be fanatical about having a favourite browser like we used to. And that's from someone who works in IT - I reckon for most users if you switched them to a different browser with the same home page they wouldn't even notice the difference.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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wrong on two counts

I have no reason to question the author's knowledge on the history of computing (I didn't study the article too closely) but he makes two fundamental misjudgements about the nature of people.

Firstly, many (and an increasing number of) computer attacks do/will not arise from a lack of hardware/operating system protection; they come from things like social engineering attacks - fooling the naive user into doing something they don't understand.

Secondly, we are now in 2014 yet still a large proportion of the worlds population does not have access to drinking water, and any relatively rich nation spends a large proportion of its wealth on going to war (and inventing machines to kill people). Over half the world's population still believes in God for f***s sake. Humanity is simply not rational nor capable of acting in the best interests of the whole world.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

one nice trick is to have a space at the end of the password - even if someone finds it written down or sees the plain text on your screen they're unlikely to be able to use it :-D

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Tim 11

Re: @ J.G.Harston Resets?

the worst offender I've found here is fasthosts (this was a few years ago and I wouldn't be surprised if they've fixed it now). The "change password" form allowed me to set a password with punctuation characters, but the login form did not allow me to log in using such a password - D'oh!

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?

so I presume you either just write all your passwords down on sticky notes, or you've written your own encryption software? compared to those alternatives, I'd take a third party solution any time

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Keep Calm - you don't need network access to use lastpass

if the lastpass server is down, the client just opens the local copy of the data - network connection is only needed to sync.

this isn't really that big a deal

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Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

Tim 11

In general, I'd agree about letters after your name but I must admit, seeing MVP does make me sit up and listen

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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

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Re: I can see how that would work...

Agreed - the point of contract staff is that you use them for as long as you need them - not a day more and not a day less. An arbitrary limit makes no sense whatsoever and will just encourage departments to game the system, generating waste.

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NO TIME to read Facebook? Delegate the task to your FUTURE SELF

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What I really want...

Is some kind of bot that just reads all those thousands of "unmissable" FaceBook posts for me and likes them on my behalf, then I don't need to log on at all

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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: Hmm Hang on.

You can get windows in <20GB but only if you don't run any updates. It's only 9 months since I reinstalled windows from scratch and my windows directory is up at 35GB. And unlike XP there's no way to trim out the junk.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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There's not much wrong with windows

If you exclude the Windows 8 UI for obvious reasons, the Windows (desktop + server) platform is really not at all bad for people who are sat at a desk while they work - and that is a hell of a lot of people. The reason people aren't buying laptops any more is simply because there is no compelling reason to change them, not because they're using them less. This might be a problem for MS shareholders, but it's not per se a problem for the users, or even the software vendors.

What is a problem for the users is the fact that MS are getting ever more desperate in chasing the mobile market, leading to stupid design decisions, which is having the side effect of making the windows desktop less usable and cannibalising what would otherwise be a pretty stable market.

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

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Windows 8 *PRO*

When even a 7 inch tablet runs pro, surely windows RT is dead now?

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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my own festival survival kit

- 24 pack of stella

- wad of cash (a lot less than most of these gadgets cost)

- Nokia 6100 (10 day battery life)

sorted :-)

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Facebook goes TITSUP across WORLD! Who will look at your cousin's baby NOW?

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What about people using FB to log into other apps?

The more serious point here is that people often use FB to log into other applications which are actually useful (maybe even apps they use for work). Ironically, FB being down could actually have a negative impact on some people's productivity.

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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solving the wrong problem

transport security isn't the big problem with email - it's identity.

when every email has to be "signed" with the sender's credit card, and the recipient gets a "this is spam" button which donates $1 from the sender to charity, then we might have the makings of a sensible email mechanism.

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Failover in FOUR SECONDS? HP's SAP-specific iron hits the streets

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Trollface

how on earth did it come to this?

needing all this state-of-the-art computing resource just to figure out a few people's time-sheets and expenses forms

<insert obligatory comparison with the amount of processing power required to execute a moon landing>

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

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blackberry playbook anyone?

MS are discounting the hell out of the surface RT to get rid of them because the OS is dead in the water. The surface pro is just another touch-screen wintel box.

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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haha - facebook

hmm I remember facebook ... from 2010. is it still going?

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Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

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Twitter

"users took to Twitter to complain"

Aah the irony of it. Use the one service that is designed to splatter out every message to everyone

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Re: Amazing!

Pah - stop being so negative. If something _can_ be changed, it _should_ be changed - that's the new Microsoft paradigm

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