* Posts by Melanie Winiger

93 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

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HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

Melanie Winiger

Amazing AC

I learnt something new:

"People doing the same work in UK, Holland etc, quite often with having less knowledge, earn 3-4 times more than we do"

I think you earn a lot more than someone "with having less knowledge" (sic) in other parts of the world e.g. the Indian sub-continent.

Don't gloat about your piitance of a salary.

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Yahoo! web! traffic! BIGGER! THAN! GOOGLE! in! July!

Melanie Winiger

I will save you the trouble

Read what Ms. M has done.

Not just a few complaints.

000s. See the Stats thread which is what this El Reg article is about

http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/

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Melanie Winiger

Marissa and Flickr

She is destroying Flickr for serious photographers in an attempt to make the Stats look better.

Google for Flickr Help Forum to see some of the damage.

The site doesn't work quickly or conveniently anymore.

But who cares, the Statistics look good...

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British IT consultant talks of his three years as an Iraqi hostage

Melanie Winiger

What a story!

Not sure I'd have coped so well. At least he's got a girlfriend and doing what he wants - I wish him the best.

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Cupertino man jailed for exporting tech to China

Melanie Winiger

Re: Should have shipped it to the UK ...

China Airlines is Taiwan - but that's close enough now there are direct flights between the two :-)

But seriously, I think this guy didn't have a good enough lawyer. I can't believe the technology was *that* sensitive.

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Wikipedia failing to recruit any new admins

Melanie Winiger

Fad over

Without going into the Technical details, I tried to edit a Wiki Page which was blatantly incorrect.

I was over-ruled by the Admin.

I'm not bothering again.

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Border Agency comes out with another e-Borders deadline

Melanie Winiger

My prediction?

Fingerprinting to come.

"UNABLE TO PROCESS" when someone with 4 fingers and 1 eye arrives at Immigration.

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'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros

Melanie Winiger

"In the good old days"

"In the good old days" when you programmed for the company you worked for, isof for an outsourced multi-national, I felt a connection with the company and enjoyed the work.

Now - after been outsourced, bankrupted, bought, sold and bought again, I feel like a pawn in a beancounters' chess game.

The technical side is still fun, but those accountants and their multiple time-reporting systems have made the overall job like swimming in treacle.

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RBS collapse details revealed: Arrow points to defective part

Melanie Winiger

As others have said

"The RBS spokesman stated that "the software error occurred on a UK-based piece of software" but declined to give details on where the staff overseeing the software were based."

"UK-based piece of software"

FFS!

I obviously don't work in marketing because only a Spin Doctor could come up with nonsense like that.

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Natwest, RBS: When will bank glitch be fixed? Probably not today

Melanie Winiger

Got the solution

CTL-Z

Works for me everytime.

What? That's not how a mainframe works?

.-)

I am an old mainframer and I'm caught between thinking "there for the grace of God go I" and "you got what you deserve you bunch of non-technical beancounters for outsourcing something you had no clue about".

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Melanie Winiger

As Bill Gates said

"Show me the code"

I would like to see it!!!

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Oracle staffer accused of sex-for-favours in Singapore

Melanie Winiger

Apologies for Gay reference

Sorry AC:

"Re: Really?

Grow up, Melanie."

I am growing up. I'm in my 30s now:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_Winiger

If you want my autograph, check out my Homepage.

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Melanie Winiger

Really?

"Ng Boon Gay" - probably not the 3rd one...

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HP and SAP: What we need is a MASHED UP cloud

Melanie Winiger

Cloud this, cloud that, been there, done that.

Hybrid cloud, Converged cloud, cloud solutions etc.

Can't we just call it a mainframe with Time Sharing Option? .-)

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Euro 2012: England is semi-final probability

Melanie Winiger
Coat

Erm, am I allowed to write this?

Has Dr. McHale used any racial factors in his statistical analysis when analysing the English Team?

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1,000 Foxconn iPad workers trash dorms in riot against guards

Melanie Winiger

Joke altert

At least they didn't call the Army in.

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Hackers expose 6.5 MILLION 'LinkedIn passwords'

Melanie Winiger

Possible problem

If your LinkedIn password is the same as your Paypal, Gmail or Amazon account, you could be in trouble.

But if somone wants to change my photo on my LinkedIn page to Mickey Mouse, not a problem.

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Facebook's ONLY failure: Expectations management

Melanie Winiger

Stupid Facebook Revenue Question

Facebook Value?

I use Firefox with Adblocker Version x.

I don't see any adverts at all on Facebook.

So how can Facebook get any revenue from me clicking an Advert when it doesn't exist?

Sure they know my name and Date of Birth, but they won't get me to click on their Adverts because I can't.

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The Great Border Agency IT Crash: Just who was responsible?

Melanie Winiger

Almost restored my faith in democracy!

Quote

Q153 Chair: What is the company?

Rob Whiteman: I would rather not say.

Q154 Chair: I am sorry, Mr Whiteman; this is a Select Committee of the House-

Rob Whiteman: It is Atos

:-)

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HP taps VC to run software unit

Melanie Winiger

One rule for some...

Try getting an internal job transfer if you're an ordinary worker.

15 Sharepoints to update

400 e-mails to various exotic Eastern parts of the world

6 simultaneous escalations when nothing is done

Guess the rest....

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UPS death in Pulsant data centre knocks out websites

Melanie Winiger

3 little words

"during planned maintenance"

Well, we all have a few bar-room stories there...

Proviso: I'm an old mainframe systems programmer, so naturally biased .-)

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Waterstones stores surrender to Amazonian invaders

Melanie Winiger

It's the begining of the end.

Whilst moving house recently, I gave away 00s of books.

I felt sad, but I liken it to ditching my father's old 78rpm records and LPs.

Times are changing and our children won't be reading as much paper as we did.

They will be reading their news on tablets and their favourite books on e-readers.

Now pass me my Horlicks and slippers, I'm going for an afternoon sleep, I'm that old.

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Heathrow CIO pledges seamless future with £1.5bn collaborative system

Melanie Winiger

What's that English saying?

"You can't fit a quart into a pint pot".

And that's Heathrow Airport - a pint pot.

We don't run our systems at 99% capacity - because there is no contingency.

You need to run an airport with space for contingency.

All it takes is an aircraft blowing a tyre at LHR and the resultant chaos lasts all day.

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US, Australia may share SmartGates

Melanie Winiger

A rather large exaggeration

This claim is hyperbole.

"She also praised the Passenger Name Record (PNR) data program as having helped to prevent thousands of “individuals with potential ties to terrorism” from entering the US."

What does happen daily is that passengers who've forgotten to renew their Green Cards get refused boarding for a flight to the USA. Typical profile: 50+ years of age, lived in USA for years, and "just forgot". In the old days, we would call the Embassy and ask for an exemption. Nowadays, we just offload them.

These are not "individuals with potential ties to terrorism", but I suspect they are being included in the numbers...the days we do find someone suspicious are few and far between. And normally that's just someone with the same name/birthdate as a listed name.

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Copyfighters jumpstart MPs' probe into Blighty's IP law

Melanie Winiger

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I thought it was "Cockfighters jumpstart MPs"

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UK Border Agency servers go titsup, thousands grounded

Melanie Winiger

What changed?

Let me guess at a "Route Cause Analysis":

Software upgrade to record the DNA and urine specifications for non-EU resident Kent Strawberry Pickers Temporary Summer Visas went wrong.

That kind of thing...

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

Melanie Winiger

Classy article

310 GOTO 340

It feels "strange" to write that now as if I've gone back in time to an ancient civilisation...

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Stray SMS leads to aborted landing

Melanie Winiger

Well handled

I'm biased, but NO OTHER INDUSTRY reports its incidents so openly as the Aviation Industry.

Google for AAIB and see all the UK incidents

If this had been a boat or a bus, you'd never have heard of it.

And if it had been a medical incident, well, the Doctor would have "buried it". Literally...

Well done to the crew for handling it well.

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

Melanie Winiger

Judge for yourself - Instagram Example Photos

Here you go:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/instagram/

Would you pay 1 Billion for that tool?

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Melanie Winiger
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Cheap at the price

If Leo Apotheker was still at HP, he would have paid 10.3 Billion for Instagram.

Oh hang on, that was what he did for Autonomy .

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Windows 3.1 rebooted: Microsoft's DOS destroyer turns 20

Melanie Winiger
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A salute

Admiral Grace Hopper

I salute you - thanks for jogging my memory about the RAM thieves.

And a great article as well.

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Gov IT contractors hire staff in India to work on benefits system

Melanie Winiger

Indeed

@David Hicks I don't know you, but we've had the same conversation with Indian colleagues:

"The top flight people, they all go to the US for the money. The rest of the good people come to Europe for a little less money. What's left is, well, what's left."

I've been lucky, even I would say privileged to work with some excellent Indian programmers.

The caveat: NONE of them still live in India.

We're talking Singapore and Switzerland if you are interested...

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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

Melanie Winiger

What's the problem?

HP attiutude in our limited time:

If you don't like it, you know where the door is.

And then go and book your flight to India, Bulgaria, China or Vietnam.

Take your pick .-)

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Bio student thrown in the clink for Muamba Twitter rant

Melanie Winiger

Mixed feelings

Someone robs my 75 year old mother's purse with cash + house keys from her shopping trolley.

The Police do nothing.

They're not interested.

Someone makes some racist "jokes" - nick him and jail him.

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Sitting down all day is killing you

Melanie Winiger

We should all take up smoking

So we can get some regular exercise.

Ahem...

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If Nominet has spoken, you can't come here – High Court

Melanie Winiger

Squatters

I declare I have a professional interest in the future of the emirates.co.uk domain.

Mr Toth is a squatter. Even El Reg thinks so:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/31/domain_name_associates/

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You're crap and paid too much for the little work you actually do

Melanie Winiger

Good stuff

Enjoyed the article and will now be praising my excellent manager at this morning's Team Meeting. He's great, I love him and we're doing well.

I thank you all!

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UK Home Secretary approves TVShack's O'Dwyer extradition

Melanie Winiger

I have serious doubts

I have serious doubts about the Yanks calculation for the amount of revenue that site brought in.

I don't have any doubts that he will be "forced" to plead guilty and enter a plea bargain e.g. 6 years in prison isof. 120.

Yeah, he did something wrong, we all did when we were young, but he never killed or injured anyone and yet he'll be receiving more time in Prison than UK rioters got.

If I was Richard O'Dwyer, I would be seeing Political Asylum in the United Arab Emirates Embassy right now!!

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Bletchley Park gets personal with new Alan Turing exhibition

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We are poor at recording History

I think us IT people are poor at recording (and learning from) History.

This exhibition looks great - I look forward to visiting next time I visit the Island (as us Swissies call you Brits :-))

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Blighty's PC market fell to its knees in Q4

Melanie Winiger

My kids used to want their own PC. Now they have one it's:

"I want an iPad Daddy"

"I want an iPad Daddy"

"I want an iPad Daddy"

Well, that's one way to judge the PC Market.

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US Senator: 'Retest airport scanner safety'

Melanie Winiger

Does it really improve security?

Using X-Rays in a non-medical environment on humans doesn't feel "right" to me. Who calibrates and checks the machines and how often? Which independent agency regularly tests them.

Too many unanswered questions for my liking.

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SharePoint gods peek into colleagues' info – poll

Melanie Winiger

Sharepoint

We record all user inputs on our large legacy (I prefer the word "classic") mainframe system and keep the data for several years.

Read-only or Read-write, the time, the user, the address, everything.

Can you do this on Sharepoint?

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Facebook obsessives overlook enterprise riches

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Enterprise Software

Good article.

Think small.

If I did it all again, I'd have taken the risk and joined a small IT setup isof. what turned out to be (after mergers, bankruptcies and takeovers) one of the largest Enterprise organisations in the world - where I now spend my time recording my time in 5 different systems neither of which talk to each other...

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

Melanie Winiger

This is what happens when you hire Ex-HP employees to be your CEO

Good analysis on the current Kodak CEO and his "slash and burn" style.

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US deploys 1.8 gigapixel helicopter surveillance drones to Afghanistan

Melanie Winiger
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Special Request

Dear USAF,

Please can I borrow one for a day?

In summer if possible.

A new neighbour wants me to check her rooftop sun lounge is free of insurgent activity.

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Certification for Malaysian IT pros?

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Playing devil's advocate

Doctors and Aircraft Pilots are certified by their respective professional authorities

So why not Computer Programmers?

After all, we can cause real-life death with a register going negative and an appropriate loop...

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Microsoft and HP sign four-year cloud cooperation pact

Melanie Winiger
Happy

!!

"the slightly dynamic duo" I love English humour :-)

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HP CEO to reveal fate of WebOS in two weeks

Melanie Winiger

HP Skill

HP is skilled in dismissing people, very skilled.

That's all you need to know...

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System crash briefly grounds Qantas boarding passes

Melanie Winiger

No boarding pass? No problem - let's have sex

Love the tag "Mile High Pilot" and the unique British Humour - linking Boarding Pass Printing with Sex :-)

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