1004 posts • joined 23 Apr 2010
Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode
Yes you can rotate it, but I've yet to come across a desktop OS and monitor that automates the screen rotation - funny Apple were able to do it on an iPad back in 2007, swiftly followed by Google with Android (okay not as smooth but still usable). Windows 8.n, MS's tablet OS, can't, likewise Linux. Given CRT displays that could be rotated from landscape to portrait mode were around in the late 80's, you would of thought a desktop OS, could handle them by now.
Re: Perspective @Silver
>I work in Financial Services and the majority of IT contractors I know earn at least £500 per day. I have to do the budgets for the ones in my team.
Are you sure? Just because your company pay's the agency at least £500 per day doesn't mean the contractor is earning that much...
Re: Perspective @Silver
Your maths tells me you are a committed permie, who has neither contracted or worked as a consultant, nor seriously considered working in such a position.
I suggest as an exercise you take your current package and work out how much you would need to gross to earn it if you were to freelance - then work out how much you need to charge as a minimum day rate to cover it.
Re: Mozillidiots @CaptainHook
>This is a Trademark / Contract issue
The problem with your argument is that Dell aren't using the Mozilla trademark!
Re: Are they blonde?
>The Mozilla product must be without cost and its distribution (whether by download or other media) may not be subject to a fee, or tied to subscribing to or purchasing a service, or the collection of personal information.
So taking a pedantic legal position, my broadband is free because the only way I can download Mozilla is by purchasing a service (my broadband), do Mozilla distribute CD's with their product on for free? suspect not so Mozilla are in breech of their own T&Cs.
I think Mozilla are just trying their luck, however from what I can see whatever the outcome, Mozilla ends up with egg on the face.
Re: low cost?
That's extra, the $1,119 only include 1,366 x 768 graphics.
But even the best graphics display is obviously still intended for viewing movies rather than doing work on.
Re: As a lesser mortal...
Probably only people who can't be bothered to install an SSD (or two).
But then MS with Windows doesn't exactly make it easy to do a sensible disk partition and allocation strategy, something that was integral to any Unix system back in the 80's.
Re: Daddy, what is XP?
>The supplier of these tools? Why, it's Microsoft themselves.
Know the problem, I remember the fun and games of implementing a web site with MS interference, it was decided to use ASP.NET; only problem key products in the MS product suite the MS guys had identified the client would need, didn't supported ASP.NET and wouldn't for 2+ years....
The laugh was that if MS hadn't interfered the website could of been built in weeks using (non-MS) COTS products from an establish enterprise solution vendor.
Re: Is one able to stop these nagging pop-ups when they appear?
According to MS you can
But you may just want to avoid downloading the update: Windows XP End of Support Notification (KB2934207)
However, if you are also running Microsoft Security Essentials, you will also get a permanent reminder in the system tray. From what I can find out now (ie. before the March patch update) is the time to disable auto updating.
Re: "... one more thing"
Well the solution is to install MS SteadyState and a cloud-based AV (browser/internet security scanner) - no need to worry about OS security holes.
Re: Daddy, what is XP?
I think the real point under your post is that much of today's problem probably dates to decisions made concerning desktop refresh in 2007~2010.
Certainly, for one client of mine who were forced to implement an MS-based ERP system asap in 2008 we took the decision to use Server 2003, Sql-Server 2000 and XP, because that meant we were able to fully leverage both the client's and the vendor's expertise with their existing product set to expedite installation and minimise IT risks. However, two years later (without the same time pressures) we went live with the ERP vendor's brand new (and more suitable) product set that supported (and benefited from) a more up-to-date MS server and desktop infrastructure.
Re: The problem back then was mostly the software
But the advantage of DOS and WfWg3.11 was that it could be held in ROM, somethin not possible with W95 and later editions. Unfortunately, MS rather than taking WfWg and taking that forward they did something different and came up with yet another new and incompatible platform WinCE.
Re: It's actually quite a tricky spec.
>an A4 page folded longways to get a decent sized keyboard for a touch typist that's compact, light enough to not have consciously decide to carry it, and available.
A search on Amazon shows there are a number of folding keyboards but none seem to have the device integral stand like the "Targus PA800U Stowaway Portable Keyboard for Handspring Visor2 had..
Re: Now this... is engineering...
Not half as cool as going to the next stage and actually building your own motherboards etc.
One of things about the IT industry in the late 70's and early 80's was the number of companies who were building their own hardware and hence also required their own software engineering team. Hence to me the absence of scope's, ICE and other test systems from the Facebook lab's is quite telling.
Re: ToddR Meanwhile, outside hobbyville....
>the problem usually starts when you hit an issue that affects all your systems, which means just dragging out another box out of the cupboard is not going to solve your problem.
We've already seen this problem with cloud providers eg. Azure last autumn...
Re: Meanwhile, outside hobbyville....
>However, if you have the talent in-house and they are willing to support it at 2 am (or 24x7x52) when it falls over and needs fixing ASAP, then that's a different story.
Or alternatively, if you need to have talent sitting around at 2 am to fix stuff ASAP, perhaps it is cost effective to use their skills to make it easier to fix stuff ASAP...
Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
>The double standard here is that no one seems expect any other company to support a 12 year old operating system
Depends upon what you mean by 'support'.
Yes Microsoft's chosen business model is to offer free support for n years, where 'n' is determined by either the original release date or the last service pack date.
However, actually other companies do 'support' 12+ year old OS's! albeit not for free.
AIX 7.1 (released 2010) is binary compatible with AIX 5L (released 2001) and IBM will support me today using 5L compatible applications running either directly on 7.1 or within a "workload partition" (a type of virtualised container). Where this differs from MS is that as from April 2014, MS will no longer support XP-mode within Win7.
Personally, I think MS scored an own goal by not ensuring Win7 was binary compatible with XP and by withdrawing support for XP-mode now rather than when Win7 reaches end of extended support. Binary compatibility would of helped to decouple Windows upgrades from third-party application upgrades, reducing the resistance to a desktop refresh.
Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
I think XP is an embarrassment for MS! and will probably go down as a text book case study in how not to do things!
One of the big factors in the success of XP in the market and why we are largely talking about it as a current issue, has been Microsoft's good performance in releasing patches etc. and poor performance in delivering a sufficiently compelling replacement and for that replacement to be in the market for a sufficient length of time to gain traction, particularly in the enterprise space.
Reading the long-term trend graphs it would seem that MS might of done better by simply releasing W7-SP2 and forgetting about releasing W8 on anything other than a phone and tablet.
Re: Colour me dubious
>I think the major issue is incompatible schemas between legacy system 1..N and the destination system wether it be Oracle, OpenERP or SAP.
You are also forgetting the issue of incompatibility between version releases of Enterprise systems, due to new versions adopting new paradigms such as SOA, giving an upgrade many characteristics of a move between vendors. Plus as these systems are long lived, it is usual to look at the business and ask what can we do different and what do the new generation of these products now enable us to do.
Re: Fur coat and no knickers.
>a corporate switch from Vodafone to EE
Your experiences seem very similar to what happened with 3G initially, which were probably caused in part by the corporates being encouraged to be early adopters of 3G, whereas many existing customers largely remained on the established 2G network. I suspect that if you restricted your new shiny 4G device to 2G/3G services, you may find service reliability improves.
Re: My first PDA
>That famous video of Ballmer, laughing off the IPhone tells one thing for certain. Microsoft thought smartphones are a low margin, commodity business.
I think MS basically failed to capitalise in any meaningful way on it's involvement in handheld devices (eg. PDA's and smartphones), which in some respects it largely had to itself from when it launched WinCE in 1996 up until Apple released the iPhone in 2007. (Aside: yes I know about Symbian and Palm et al, but MS were probably the player with the deepest pockets and a useful ecosystem largely populated by third-parties with a vested interest in Microsoft's success.)
Re: almost magical
>"It was almost magical the way the PC came about ... and hardware from IBM."
Without the "IBM" label the PC probably wouldn't of been the success it became and Microsoft would most probably had been just another "zero-trick pony".
Re: What no bio fuel?
>like using a tall hollow tower and vents down below
I knew there was another use for all those wind turbines, constructed at great expense and spend most of their time idle.
Re: cloud != cloud @AC
I suggest that all big cloud services will tend to become more 'clustery' due simply to the way performance optimisers work.
Re: Good Riddance?
>Should I now just delete the XP?
Depends on why you've kept XP. Personally, I'd be tempted to virtualise it and use it to contain a suite of tools that permit me to access legacy work etc.as and when necessary.
>unused XP COAs?
MS have made statements that they will honour the XP EULA, which doesn't have a termination date.
However, given the fun and games I had reactivating an XP system just after the launch of Win8, don't expect all the available methods to work.
Re: desktop hardening service pack would be good
But that would mean bringing back SteadyState which Ms end gamed a while back now...
However, I note it is still available from some download sites that didn't simply link to MS...
"IBM has also introduced a new storage appliance, the GPFS Storage Server, which combines GPFS with inexpensive hardware to yield a storage server with high levels of data protection and high performance."
I thought the original idea behind RAID was to use inexpensive hardware, but given the size of a disk array the use of higher quality hardware increased the reliability and reduced maintenance costs. So I expect the real price difference between products won't be that great.
Re: Likely won or lost on the spadework.
>Then looking at how Oracle does it's thing and deciding
c) Change the business processes (and re-train staff)
This is most probably what is going on, as one of the reasons JL give for going with Oracle is the implementation of a single view of a customer.
>If you are planning for a 4 year rollout, it could mean one of two things.
No it not just an IT systems rollout, it is part of a large enterprise business transformation project (I suspect being run by Mokum) involving both business change and IT systems enabled change. From my experience, the number of legacy systems, stores and business units, combined with the change in the business that the new system will enable, largely explains the timescale; which may seem to be generous but in fact will be demanding.
Re: Between a rock and a hard place
The article gives no indication that the system will be a "big bang" implementation. Given the magnitude of the task, I expect a phased deployment - certainly the reported timeframe indicates a strong awareness of the scale and the risks involved.
A real challenge will be managing the shifting sands of the IT environment, as we can expect new platform software and hardware to be released in the coming years and some will always be wanting to run with the latest and greatest products.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
>You are supporting courts having the rights to dictate that married individuals must keep secrets from their spouses? From their direct family?
If you read the court record, the wife was also a signatory (obviously because she would have a vested interest in a settlement due to marriage). However, it wasn't until after they signed that it occurred to them that they needed a story for their daughter and others, which the agreement they had just signed effectively prohibited.
But yes the courts do have the rights to enforce contracts between willing parties, if you've ever had to: be a member of a jury, sign the Official Secrets Act then you will know that there are things that you can't talk to your family and friends about.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
As has been observed, the fact a settlement and a favourable one had been reached would be difficult to hide and easy to deduce, particularly by a family member or close friend or neighbour.
I suspect having read the court ruling, there was an element of naïvety on the part of the family and their legal team - they overlooked the need to have a story to tell the daughter (and others) why daddy was no longer going to court etc. and an element of opportunism by Gulliver's lawyer (who would of drafted the original clause) who was probably aware of the dilemma the family would face and hence why he was monitoring the daughter's Facebook posts...
I'd therefore suggest the family ask their lawyer for a rebate...
Re: Not sure where you work...
SSADM? Surely you adhere to ITIL?
Re: Job Justification!
>The most successful techies will be those that understand the world of tomorrow will be standardised business services where there is no differentiation to be gained and specialised IT services where there is.
Sounds like the 80:20 rule we were pitching in the 90's: 80% of what a business wants IT to do adds no competitive advantage (it just allows them to participate in a market) and hence is probably best 'outsourced' (ie. purchase off-the-shelf package or service), it is the remaining 20% that makes them different and hence they want to keep tight hold of. The challenge was and is in any individual business identifying the 20% and separating it from the 80% because it is highly likely to be different even in companies operating in the same sector and offering similar products and services...
>Whereas with OSS, the backdoors are included for free!
I think you didn't get that quite right: the claim was "the FBI paid contractors to insert backdoors", so hardly included for free...
However, many of the backdoors that utilise stack overflow conditions to circumvent security etc. can be said to have been included for free, as these are largely put there by poor programming and review practises...
Re: Microsoft needs to adapt
Re: Computer market in the 50's and 60's
Obviously I was a bit too hand wavy in using the word 'enterprise'. However, the fact is that only organisations that could afford the rather high prices mainframe computers commanded along with all that went with them were in the market, so vendors designed for that market. OS's such as IBM's OS/390 can therefore point to many decades of development and refinement (however that doesn't prevent them from being a bugger to work with - try setting up a geographically distributed Parallel Sysplex...).
Re: Hmm. You never......
>Get to hear exactly how much Munich still spend on MS licensing. (Hint, if you remote in to a windows PC from a Linux box, MS will still charge you for a windows license).
MS may charge if you require more Client Access Licenses (CALs) than are bundled with the version of Windows you are using. but these are different to a "Windows license".
The point isn't whether Munich are or aren't still buying MS licenses, but whether the environment they are creating is more suited to their needs than one based wholly on proprietary off-the-shelf products.
NB. I assume the reason you are consistently posting as AC across El Reg is because either you don't really like Microsoft and hence are playing devils advocate or you are being paid. The question is do you have the balls to step into the open? You may find that when you find the courage to stand on your own two feet the quality of your contributions and the responses significantly improves!
Re: Microsoft needs to adapt
"The only operating systems that have any claim at all to have been "designed with the enterprise in mind" are, of course, IBM's. Which is why they have always been far and away the best suited to that environment."
But then if we go back far enough...
Which is probably the reason why IBM and other mainframe vendors, who's OS's date back into the 50's and 60's are enterprise ready, because it was the only market back then.
Re: If it's not on your servers
>How are you supposed to do the same for your cloud service?
In some cases SaaS can be treated like an internal service so users have to go through your security checks; although not all SaaS providers will limit access to your user accounts to connections via your IP-sec connection.
The real challenge is where companies (typically smaller businesses) have swallowed the cloud model and permit full direct access to SaaS from uncontrolled client systems. So whilst this isn't strictly an exploit of a Salesforce.com vulnerability, it is an exploit of Salesforce.com and other SaaS providers current approach to access security.
A natural progression...
With all the focus on banking sites, it was just going to be a matter of time before other uses for ZeuS were found.
The Adallom blog is a good write up and indicates the security headaches associated with SaaS.
Re: Backward compatability ? @AC Re: Any standard adopted
>Must not contain anything that has been patented.
Not necessarily, the key is that the standard must be publicly available and unencumbered by the need to negotiate royalties etc. thereby avoiding the 'FRAND' problem that engulfed 3G smartphones. So a standard can contain patented elements, but the the owners of such patents has wavered all royalties etc. from those who implement the standard.
>Also, something that might be a bit hair shirt for most, the standard must be written in plain text
Definitely a hair shirt!
I doubt you'll be able to write a standard in plan text that isn't open to wide interpretation. No it will have to use a standard's defined notation and language like ASN.1 and XML. A look at the various draft document standards back in 1990 will give you a flavour of what is involved.
Re: Re "Actually, I like CSV best."
Re: I just tried a few in LibreOffice Calc
Which route did you try? Excel permits you to either open (auto detect and determine field) or use the external data import wizard. Trialling the above through Excel 2007, it gets everything into the right columns but doesn't remove the quotes.
But thinking about how I've handled csv's over the years, it has been a case of either using Word (load as unformatted text file) for the smaller, simpler and one off pre-process or brush up the Awk & Sed scripting skills.
But then as I said CSV's can be read, just getting them back into a useful form for further processing...
Re: Is there a link to ££££
>I suspect this is much more an issue of revenue protection than anything else.
Definitely, if they can keep MS Office in government they are more likely to keep Office in the Enterprise. Hence why, like in the past, we can expect a deal to be done, the details of which will remain confidential, just so that MS can claim the UK government are still a customer.
Re: Re "Actually, I like CSV best."
Fully understand the point, but I've yet to find a CSV file that can't be read, just don't expect programs like Excel to correctly auto open it. But yes without some guidance making sense of what you've loaded into Excel etc. can be problematic...
Re: Very long term @Number6
>Technically you don't need the format to endure that long...
Obviously not been involved with archives as the scale of the task you are contemplating would tell you how impractical it is.
Plus whilst slightly different, we shouldn't forget the problem encountered with the maintenance of climate data. Where due to the size of the records archive it was decided to do a conversion and consolidation and destroy the source records. When questions were raised about the reliability of the conversion etc., it was not possible to verify the process because the original source records no longer existed.
Likewise as we've seen recently the compression algorithm used in Xerox copiers was found to be flawed even though the algorithm was reliable. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/06/xerox_copier_flaw_means_dodgy_numbers_and_dangerous_designs/ )
What is telling about this one is that the majority of pages copied were okay, but some weren't and the only way to verify was a detailed visual inspection of each page.
So no we do need formats that can be read over long periods of time, but yes like Microsoft and others have shown, if we want to do more than just view ie. edit, then we can save it in a newer format.
Re: Data Format, not Applications
>More than a few government bodies have tried to make the jump to open source office suites.
One of the hurdles to migration is office document/file formats. So the switch to more open file formats means that other providers of office suites begin stand a better chance of competing.
Obviously, given the various Windows migration projects currently going on within government, I doubt there will be any serious deployments of non-Microsoft desktops until Windows 7 is due to go off support.
However, by setting a standard for office file formats now sends a strong message to the industry and perhaps may encourage a greater investment in non-MS products such as the open source office suites. So come January 2020 the competition and their offerings could be much more credible....
Re: What!? Microsoft not well-loved by software users???!!
>The alternatives don't have compatible "casual" programming functionality.
That could be an advantage! As it might help security and prevent users from circumventing IT...
Yes 802.11ad is really targeted at "in-room applications" having an effective unobstructed range of 10m. You've hit on one identified application area, the other is in more flexible peripheral connection and sharing by mobile devices and enabling PC's to wirelessly connect to peripherals at sensible speeds.
Re: Just got myself a Nokia C3-01
Have a Nokia X3-01 (only real difference to the C3-01 is that it supports WiFi) as my main phone, only really wish that I could sync contacts better with my other devices/systems.
The main feature omission of these phones is the lack of Nokia maps (I previously had a Nokia 6220 Classic, so got used to having map's). But otherwise whilst travelling I've partnered it with an HTC Desire (pocket device so handy for essential mobile app's such as MapDroyd) and an iPad (larger device that resides in the bag for reading/watching stuff whilst travelling on train).
As for battery life, you should get a couple of days out of it, so whilst no where near as good as some of the older Nokia's still very good by today's smartphone standards. Recommend you install Nokia PC/Ovi suite on your PC (need to lookup the phone on Nokia's website to get the right version that fully supports this handset).
I've yet to find a half reasonable data usage counter even on Android - I've resorted to setting a hard bar so when I run out of allowance I can't use the internet!
Re: Peak Mobile
>For those that had an HTC Desire or similar, you might benefit from an upgrade, since it was so close, but not quite.
Agree, the main limitation I've encountered with my Desire is the memory (and battery life!). As app's update and enlarge the number I can squeeze into the RAM has reduced (many default app's such as YouTube and FaceBook were deleted years back) - even after installing AppMgr to make use of the SD card.
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