30 posts • joined 20 Oct 2010
Not Free Wi-Fi
Personal Data has value, thus any "Free" WI-Fi that asks for personal information is by definition NOT free and should be prosecuted under the trades descriptions act.
IMHO a good reason to support openwireless.org
It's now my permenant laptop
An Acer C720 was my Christmas "experiment" - to see if I could live with this rather than my "full-fat" Windows 7 Toshiba. The answer is YES, including giving conference "powerpoint" presentations in off-line mode.
I only needed to buy an HDMI to VGA converter dongle for a couple of quid on e-bay.
Apart from that, the ability to just plug in my Android phone and get (configuration free) network connection means working on the road is now simple and instantaneous.
Add to that instant-on when I lift the lid, and a 7 second boot from cold, and a battery lifetime of 9 hours that means I really can do a whole day in London in meetings without needing to carry a charger brick with me.
Configuration free with no updates to manage.....
Close the lid, it sleeps, lift the lid it is ready to go; No more worrying of "will it resume"
The only thing missing is the ability to mount Windows file shares, but it looks like this will be here very soon.
Seem to have missed Draytek off the list.
Not only that, the reason for many people to replace the standard box supplied by the ISP is additional flexibility required, my list of things I need a router to do includes;
* VLAN Isolation
* Ability to configure "openwireless.org" and isolate from home traffic
* Ability to stream Linear IPTV
* USB Dongle for 4G Auto-failover
* (Nicety) Ability to directly support Fibre (FTTC)
Hence the use of a Draytek, however I would be interested how many more routers support configuration at this more advanced level.
Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it
“I think we can take lessons from how physical security has been mounted historically: something as simple as a castle didn’t have just one wall. There were layers of walls and eventually a redoubt within which the most precious items were kept,” Woodward says.
And how many working, walled cities are there in the world right now? Look at the history, the merchants and the people were too contained by the walls and simply bypassed them, making them obsolete, so now they are simply tourist attractions.
Fast forward to today, and if you put (more) security in the way of businesses (friction) then they simply go BYoD, Cloud. Parallel IT etc.
The Jericho Forum outlined this over 10 years ago and also gave you better models to implement.
But those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it (or be out of a job).
Love my C720
Works just fine, boot 6.5 seconds from cold, instant on from standby and I can work a whole day without needing to carry a charger.
Can produce documents and have done conference presentations from it - no it's not full blown windows but then E-mail, Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations are fine.
OS is getting the API's added (not quite there) for mounting Windows Server File Shares - then we will see fuller corporate SOHO adoption.
Brought it as an experiment to see if it was usable when out and about - and it's been real success.
Only downside - Google Docs, import and export of Word, but then Libre Office on a PC also suffers, but then the blame should rest squarely with MS and their "open standard" docx format.
Voicemail to e-mail
Really nice, 3CX Voice-mail will mail you a copy of the voice-mail left. However, it still (despite many requests and much grumbling on the bulletin board) support MP3, so it's a full-fat WAV file - not great over a poor (or mobile) e-mail link.
Other than that - probably the best SIP exchange for SOHO/SME. IMHO
Notwithstanding the date....
£10000 for a backup contract vs £10 for a subject access request - no contest!
View but no print
Well not that I could find, so rather pointless, view it but need to find a PC to print it out??
Good but no banana!
Let's not forget ICI
The failed ERP implementation at the Quest division which resulted in the share price diving resulting in dropping outside the FTST 100 for the first time in its history. First the Quest CEO and then the ICI CEO (yes CEO not CIO) fell on their swords to placate the city - and ultimately (many think) this led to demise / sale / break-up of ICI.
Oft quoted as #1 in all time IT failures!
Two simple low cost solutions.
1. Buy from e-bay or similar a USB to SATA adaptor, then remove your hard disk and connect it to a second (clean) computer with this adaptor. Now run your scans and tests without any root kit being able to easily hide itself.
2. Put in your diary a reminder, every two weeks to run backup. Use the Microsoft "Backup" (Create System Image) - to snapshot your C: drive, along with a daily or real-time data backup program.
"Non-strategic business" (Areas we’ve failed in)
"Non-core business" (Areas we make no money from)
Chrome OS Corporate Fail
As an owner of a Chromebook (which I love) the biggest barrier to getting the Chrome OS into the corporate environment is an inability to mount Windows File Shares or Print to Printer Shares.
Fine is you want to go HTML for all your apps, but GoogleDrive and CloudPrint is not a prime-time solution for 99% of Corporates!
SoHo users in a greenfield environment maybe.......
Lets get real
The last 30 years of the PC revolution is littered with the need to upgrade or lose you Data.
The "standard" for desktop publishing was Xerox Ventura - I cant read or translate any of those files now.
How about DAT backup - loads of those tapes - little chance of reading them.
ARC compression - spend a day translating them to ZIP
I've lost count of obsolete programs and file formats I've either had to move from or that are unreadable.
Remember: in computing, if you can buy it - it's obsolete! (and plan accordingly).
In cloud: cloud is outsourcing - and any good business school will tell you the first rule of outsourcing is "understand your exit strategy".
Got one for Christmas;
* 6.5 second boot to log-on, instant sleep and restore with no worries about will it make it or not that you get with Windows.
* Instant browser, and gmail just works.
* Plugging in a USB to my Android phone and tethering just worked.
* (claimed) 9 hours on battery - the promise of a whole day on the move without a charger
* Size & weight
* Screen - good and resolution on this size screen more than adequate.
* Feed HD videos on the SD card - just works
* No Bluetooth tethering
* No SMB mounts to allow access to Windows file servers.
It's all about the key location......
But where are the keys held? If you hold the keys good - if they hold the keys then the encryption is about as much good as a chocolate teapot. (Patriot Act request for Data AND Keys and you know will nothing about it).
If you hold the keys then at least a legal request needs to come to you asking for the keys, and then you can make a decision about what to do (comply or fight) - and if you comply then at least you know that the spooks have which bits of your data.
This could solve both coverage and reliability issues. If every-time there is no signal from your provider your phone is allowed to roam and ** your provider ** picks up the ** full cost ** of you having to roam to another provider, then market forces will quickly ensure coverage in those black-spots and also ensure a reliable network.
Or is this too simple?
+1 for Carbonite, similar solution here, with just over 1TB hosted at Carbonite, 20 years of home video and 40 years of photos.
Had to do a full restore when two disks in my RAID failed (large power glitch) and got everything back!
Product looking for a Problem - More
Ditto to previous, plus am I going to have to put batteries, or charge all those USB keys and other USB devices that get their 5V power down the cable?
Worse is the bluetooth problems with 4.3 on a Nexus, paining with cars / headsets is buggy and the bulletin boards awash with issues about bluetooth keyboard.
Same old same old
So if I read this correctly, connect anything to anything - as long as it users Microsoft Active Directory and other Microsoft components - so ubiquitous computing (not) Microsoft style.....
Polar Drill runs out of steam?
Could explain why the Wise Men did not show up until January.
Motorola Accompli 008
Motorola Accompli 008 - a product before it time, only really sold in Asia, not available in Europe or USA.
Nano with bluetooth
One of the biggest addition to the 7th Gen Nano seems to be Bluetooth which should mean linking to BT Car enabled systems and BT headphones.
FastStone Image Viewer - Not only a great viewer, with slide show, and dual-screen support, but edit, copy and scanner support.
Absolutely essential freeware IMHO.
Actually some good arguments
Actually reading the letter they propose sending to US utility companies, 80% of it make good rational sense - unfortunately it's the other 20% that defeats their argument and makes them seem like loons.
In an accident, that rather protruding bit of plastic /metal looks nicely placed to punch a nice hole in your forehead?
and its how secure?
So lets get clear, you rate this as 90%, but this is an app that will tunnel through your home firewall and let you connect to your computers inside your home. And yet there is no mention of "security" anywhere in this article.
More scarily, there in no mention of how secure this app is on the the iStore web page, or even the developers own web page.
Going into the support forum it seem there is little / no security by default.
And you still want to install this app??
Leads me to question how you can do a serious review of a product, and not ask the obvious questions, and how it should ever get a 90% rating [Ahh I forgot, features, features and more features], and we wonder why the bad guys have it so easy.......
Nothing new here
It's a trick obviously learnt from the record companies. Buy it on vinal, but now I want in on cassette for my car, now I need a CD version, and now in MP3. Yes you can rip it (albeit it's always been a legal grey area) but if it's cheap enough most people will simply pay for the convenience of getting it in the correct format.
Rip-off UK pricing
Amazon USA $199.99 Amazon (and others) UK pricing £199.99
Us folks in the UK are getting ripped off.
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