So going to try this out.
176 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
Time to break out that Nokia 5230 from long-term storage...
Re: "Lost datacentres"
Another alternative is, as the first commentard said, to go back to basic phones - but the problem is that most of us BOFH's are reliant on emails, IM and the such... most especially when we *must* know where the CFO is at the precise moment...
Sounds great. Just great.
I don't want to go to Apple, as they're too expensive, and Windows mobile doesn't have a lot of apps and support yet.
I installed "warez" only once, and never again, it dumped something on my phone which make it run hot and useless. A factory reset sorted that out, luckily.
Still waiting for the promised Android updates for my devices, but I have to assume that these will never come.
Then the time is right for an alternative to Android to take over... just not Windows or Apple, thanks.
Aggg, just use it as a clipboard (the dead iPad).
expect some ne'er-do-well to combine stagefright and all the other fun android packages into one...
Also happened to myself.
PC was off, nobody could get it to switch on. First line support suspected a dead PSU, so they sent me off to investigate.
Never swapped the PSU out, took one look at the monitor (was dead as well), searched for the circuit breaker distribution box, and reset the tripped circuit breaker, and hey, presto! All fixed! 1 hour charge plus callout fee for 10 minutes' work.
And, yes, I will get one myself as soon as it launches here in South Africa.
The physical QWERTY does it for me :) I may be an old fart, but, let's face it, typing on glass doesn't give the feedback as does a proper keyboard....
Good to read that they decided to put a fatter battery in and not make the phone thinner.
Wish all manufacturers will follow suit with fatter batteries that can last a day or two... I really don't need an ultrathin phone that need to be charged every x hours....
<insert bad word here>
was victim to cryptolocker once, but backups saved the day!
not in the mood for a repeat of that!
Ooooh... SuperCalc5! Best of the best!
Will OS/2 eZine also be given a new lease of life?
Still got my original copy of "Master of the Empire"....
Re: Oh happy memories!
You forgot to add that OS/2 does not report back to base on system usage as Wind00s 10 does...
This brings back the memories of a 40Mhz 386SX (with 387 maths coprocessor) and 4Mb RAM.... monochrome VGA... and a 80Gb HDD.
And, of course, DOS DOOM. Whereas Win3.1 could not run it, or kept on bombing out, OS/2 just keeps on working fine.
If they price it right, and it works on both 32-bit and 64-bit bare-metal systems, then it will offer an alternative to Linux and Windoze.... I may get a copy for myself and play around with it...
I sincerely hope they fixed the SIQ (single input queue) problem properly this time round. And allow you to boot to Safe Mode to edit config.sys, and also have multiple config.sys configurations... and allow on-the-fly screen resolution/color adjustment settings... and and and...
Only time will tell.
Any updates to this sad tale, seeing that it is almost the 1st of November...
Re: Such is the power of The Register
One reason why I first check The Register before others. It is my staple of IT information.
Keep it up, guys! Good stuff!!
This just in from The Guardian - apparently they're throwing an U-turn on that specific clause
Just wondering when this ruckus will die down - but it seems not soon.
Quite a daft idea. In fact, it ranks first before Waterloo and Germany's invasion of Russia, and the experiment at Chernobyl (prior to meltdown).
Whose idea was it anyway? Epic rolleyes.
Now that the cat is out of the bag/horse has bolted/beans have been spilt, all they can do now is to acquire a new IT team, but that will be next to impossible since nobody will touch them with a barge pole.
Any investors or people having their savings invested in this bank must take note and withdraw it all lest their savings goes walkabouts, because walkabouts it will go.
The road forward will be very interesting.
May thy smartphone chip and shatter
Off to the local watering hole... Arrakis sure is dry!
Outsourcing a la SunTrust coming soon?
Interesting, this will be a legal precedent.
And it will not end well for all of us, no matter where it go.
Surefire way to lose 10 years of highly-critical company data in a few seconds really quick.
Didn't happen to me or my company, but heard of others who had the misfortune of that happening to them during a rm -rf * or a route * to /dev/null session at one of our major ISP's hosting VM's.
...or is it just a case of sour grapes?
Thanks, but no thanks. Not for me.
Am stuck in such a company at the moment. They have money for other things, but my manager and myself have to battle to get new IT equipment.
We recently got in a new Mikrotik for load balancing the network outgoing to the Internet so that youtube etc won't bog the line down. Was an epic battle.
Main server is more than 5 years old, and I have been moaning about it for a long while now, and is doing backups on a regular basis because you never know. Still battling there.
Also wanted to go on some IT course (on company expense) but CFO still is hemming and hawing about that. I cannot afford to pay for these...
Recently it was discovered that the heatwave we're experiencing in Sunny Souff Effrika caused the server room aircon to trip... My manager managed to get his foot in the door and got the server room a nice inverter aircon, so we can run it from UPS should it ever come to that.
And I'm looking for another job, one where the people will value me, and listen to my suggestions.
Been there, done that, is there a T-shirt for us sysadmins? (El Reg, here's a market segment still unexploited :p)
Going to the pubbe for an extended brekkie hour, I need it now.
If somebody can market an app that can securely wipe *all* data from your droids...
Traffic analysis to spy errant behaviour?
Yeah right. What if said traffic is hidden inside a VPN tunnel? By the time it takes to notify a meatsack about the errant traffic, it'll be too late to stop the nuclear reactor from SCRAMming by itself, or start a meltdown...
Keep in mind traffic will be monitored by computer, but it'll take a human (or team of humans [meatsacks]) to respond to the threat notification and do something about it. Bonus points if attacks are done just after New Years' Eve when world+dog is drunk/passed out/is NAAFI, or at any other times when human reaction time will be very slow and uncoordinated.
I still say IoT is a load of bollocks. Put the IoT behind a proper firewall with controlled external access to said IoT gadgetry, that way you can cut attacks down, and be notified by the firewall itself should there be an increase of SSH attacks (or the such).
But in the end any damager worth his/her salt will just decree to have IoT talk directly to the 'net and hope for the best. And Skynet will be born.
It's things like these which invokes nostalgia for the good old days of DOS, Win3.1 and OS/2 - and when antivirus solutions did their job properly.
Maybe it is high time to make something like a Psion Organizer which cannot be hacked that easily.... or, failing that, just fall back to the good old pen/pencil and paper...
Getting my jacket, I'm leaving for the pub!
Or they had some serious legacy hardware which they did not (or could not) replace in time, and now something borked...
Maybe some n00b engineer decided to run software updates on a critical server, borking something in the process. Or it could be some spammah/pornbot throwing a hissy fit because I've told her off because of her small titties....
We use a Polycom video conferencing system. Many times I wished to kick it out, and installing Skype instead of that.
Now I'm glad I didn't...
Skype services still offline in South Africa. Not going to break my head about that. They'll sort it out in due course.
You'll need access to the physical device, obviously. And enough time to type/paste in that long string.
But any ne'er-do-well will have all the time in the world once your device's been blagged...
I'm using PIN's on all my devices. Wonder if these are also susceptible to these kinds of shenanigans and ne'er-do-well tomfoolery?
I also hail from that era.
When simpler was actually better.
Nowadays the average PC is burdened with a virus (windoze) & maybe a couple of trojans or three...
WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS was the best. Small, fast and stable. Not unlike the 500Mb+ bloat of today's crap just to write a simple letter lambasting the local council for their lack of attention to detail.
And email clients also bloat as well. Not to mention complexity.
Where did things go wrong?
All is good and well using the cloud for backups, but, as noted in the comments above - what if the provider decides that said service isn't profitable anymore?
One more reason NOT to rely on the cloud for a backup solution.
Rather get a NAS+server solution, plonk these down in a secure location (which will be a headache, but can be sorted out) and use this for remote backups for critical company data... no more worries about somebody snooping around in sensitive corporate data (which is a possibility with cloud storage).
Another thing most people overlook with cloud storage is what happens if some critical upgrade is applied incorrectly? Then most, if not all, backups will be gone in a flash, never to be recovered. This kind of thing happened before (there's a couple of articles on El Reg) and will happen again.
Terabyte backups = the bane of limited-budget sysadmins all over the world
I enjoyed his stories, and most are food for thought, most especially Fahrenheit 451.
I found it odd that Equilibrium (movie) shared the same storyline as F451 to a degree, but with the addition of 1984 (Big Brother = "Father"), The Matrix (Grammaton Clerics) amongst others.
Pfft, you youngsters did not experience the dark old days, before mobile phones, when all we had was pagers, or nothing.
Wussies, the lot of you who can't survive ten minutes without pecking at your cellphone like a chicken on steroids.
Email administrator's worst nightmare - finding his/her email server compromised...
Glad I don't do email admin anymore. And I don't miss it. But I learnt a lot, and developed skills around that.
Already received two suspicious MMSes - luckily I disabled MMS auto-retrieval on all my Android devices.
I have a Symbian device (Noka 5230 phone) - maybe I should switch off Android*.* and go over to Symbian for a while until all this bollocks have been sorted out...
Or, an alternative. Disable 3G/cellular and use wifi only - that way no pesky SMS/MMS messages will come through.
Wonder how Windows Mobile is coming on... may be a good choice. Pity Symbian's dead.
Wot? No Sir Clive?
Would've been ironic if one of the drone operators lost his car/house due to his own stupidity....
Why not do like any normal M$ server does and lock the account out for x minutes after y incorrect login attempts? Not sure if *nix offer this kind of feature though...
Coupled with a script to ban offending IP's for an hour, then two hours, then a day, then a week should keep most accounts safe... or am I talking to a brick wall?
What the **** is it with a live link to SourceForge.net and getting blapped with spamvertisements? :/
Quite easy to spoof DNS and have the keyboard software update itself from a malicious server...
One of the many reasons why I'm going to ditch Samsung and look at something different. (Not Apple or Microsoft/Nokia).
Even backing up to a removable hard drive is not good enough - because cryptolocker.
The best strategy is a three-pronged strategy. (Others may correct me as they see fit).
First stage - backup to an external hard drive hourly.
Advantages - quick recovery, especially undelete/undo folder move operation (can also use shadow copies)
Disadvantages - Cryptolocker or other forms of data corruption can occur quickly.
Second stage - weekly backups to a separate server in a separate building.
Advantages : if main building burns down, you can recover quickly.
Disadvantages : Your data may be anything from 3 to 7 days old.
Third stage - backup to tape.
Advantages : Can store for long periods
Disadvantages : Not quick to restore, prone to failure if reused too much, need frequent testing
Fourth stage : Backup to cloud (daily/weekly/monthly)
Advantages : Totally offsite
Disadvantages : Are your data really secure?
So maybe we need to take a look at punch cards again?
Problem is our judges and courts are not impartial anymore.
So therefore we will find another way.
V for Vendetta.
Some more background on my country...
"he he he he" chortles the Zoomster in glee as another R250mill is made available for upgrades and enhancements at Nkandla....