23 posts • joined Tuesday 19th June 2007 11:00 GMT
Re: Come on wintards get rebooting your servers!
To the AC with the exploding CPU board, you must be a very unlucky person. If I was you would avoid playing the lottery or going outside in a thunderstorm.
In a 20 year plus IT career I am struggling to think of many serious issues I have had following reboots. I have had some problems in the past following duff updates, but I can't recall any hardware failures caused by a reboot. Perhaps you are running crappy hardware.
Since virtually all servers I deal with nowadays are VMs there is no extra stress on the hardware, they reboot very quickly and can be quickly rolled back to a pre-update snapshot if they didn't come back up. On the few occasions I have to restart physical hardware all the VMs have been migrated off beforehand anyway. At worst I will have a down host I have to sort out but there is no business impact. However, I haven't had any of those I can recall recently either.
Re: Come on wintards get rebooting your servers!
I know I really shouldn't feed the troll, but here goes...
Eadon, here in the real world where people who don't still live with their mum like you have pay mortgages and feed their kids, most businesses we deal with run Windows based applications. This is a fact of life. Even if we wanted to use a different OS, we can't as in many cases there is no alternative application. Many of these apps use obscure data formats and the companies which wrote them have long since gone bust. Migrating to something else is either not possible or very difficult and the client isn't willing to pay to try, since what they have still works. Don't even start about trying to run them under WINE or any other such nonsense as in many cases even just getting some of these truly shitty applications to run properly on a more modern version of windows or a terminal server takes a lot of work.
Also, many of the SMEs I work with have staff who are comfortable with what they know. I have tried to give Linux based machines to end users with little success. My most recent attempt was with the latest version of Mint. The end result was a user literally in tears as she couldn't do anything. Most of these people are not "alpha geeks", they are simply end users who want a tool that lets them do their job and go home to their family. In many cases, that tool is their Windows based applications.
That was the long version. Short version, please just fuck off.
Re: Badly Designed Server = Server running Windows
Eadon, what is your problem? I have just read through the article again, and at no point does Trevor mention which operating system is running on his servers. It is entirely about remote managment.
I strongly suggest that you up your dosage of dried frog pills. In the meantime, have a penguin on me, maybe it will calm you down.
I have my own domain and always use a customised address for each company. I also always click the do not share my email address tickbox in the vain hope that companies might actually honour it. The worst offender I have ever dealt with is Thomson Fly. I once flew with them about 9 years ago and have since received a huge amount of unrelated crap addressed to tfly@ my domain. If I still lived in the UK I might consider a complaint to the data protection registrar, but a kill filter is a simpler option.
Re: Windows Love?
Windows 2012 is priced per processor, not per core. One processor licence covers you for 2 physical CPUs.
Nothing to say really about this news but "Bugger"
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You was the first "real" SF book I ever read at about age 7, which really got me into the genre. Harry was my favorite author for years and I devoured everything else I could find by him. Desperately depressing news.
Re: The future is clear...
How secure is this financial data going to be when Extended Support for Windows 2003/XP expires and you no longer receive security updates?
Upgrade if you have SA
According to Q36 on the Windows Server 2012 licensing FAQ, if you have Software Assurance on your existing SBS Standard, then you have upgrade rights to Windows 2012 Standard & Exchange 2010 Standard. Nice upgrade path as long as you have kept your SA up to date. If you have the Premium addon, then you also get upgrade rights to SQL Server 2012 Standard (Q37).
I am an Expat Brit living in Darwin on a regional skilled migration visa. This grants permanent residency, so is certanly worth looking at if you are willing to go to places in Oz other than the major metropolitan areas. Darwin is quirky and a long way from anywhere, but is in the tropics so benefits from hot weather all year.
Regarding Oz vs the US. The US probably pays more, but we get a decent holiday entitlement here. As I understand it, the US is the only Western economy with zero legal leave entitlement and most USians only get about 12 days a year off. Cost of living is high here, but the lifestyle more than makes up for it.
I am glad I made the move and have absolutely no intention of going back to the UK.
Best phone I owned
I had a K800i for ages. The thing was virtually indestructible, had a nice camera and decent battery life. All SE phones after that looked flimsy so I never bothered upgrading it. I only finally replaced it last year with a HTC Desire after it was dropped one time too many and the back started to fall off.
RE: Ex pat Brit in Darwin
Missed you guys in the throng at the start line unfortunately. Good luck on your trip. I haven't done the drive all the way to Adelaide yet, but have done two runs to Alice. The first, large parts of the road were underwater and the second involved driving through a raging bushfire (you will see the devastation North of Alice). On the return trip I had close encounters with 2 large cows that had wandered into the road. Serves me right for driving in the dark I suppose.
I don't know how the cars will cope with the weather at the moment though, as the wet season seems to have moved in very early. It has just started bucketing it down here in Humpty Doo about 30KMs South of Darwin at about 14:30 in the afternoon. One car didn't even make it this far though as I passed it by the side of the road at Howard Springs about 15KMs South of Darwin. Hope the weather is still fine further South.
Ex pat brit in Darwin
Darwin is just starting to get hot and humid as the dry is coming to an end. You need to be here in the middle of the wet if you want to catch Darwin in its full hot & humid best. I will be at the starting line on Sunday morning. Hope to catch up with the SPB there.
A few years ago I went into Curries to buy a sandwich toaster. Found one for 14.99. The person behind the counter pushed me towards someone who looked about 16. Presumably he was a new guy on training.
Me: I want this sandwich toaster please.
PFY: Would like an extended warranty with that. It is only 10 pounds.
Me: (after several seconds of dumbstruck silence) A warranty.... for a sandwich toaster?
PFY: Yes. If it breaks down in the next 3 years, you will get a new one.
Me: So you are telling me it isn't reliable then?
PFY: No, it is reliable.
Me: So why would I need a warranty? Especially one that costs almost as much as the toaster?
PFY: Just in case it does break down.
Me: If it breaks down I think I will just buy a new one.
At this point he admitted defeat and processed the sale.
Read the specification
Presumably, before they bought the PCs in question, the people behind this suit must have read the specification of what they were buying. In this specification would have been listed the operating system installed on there. They then chose to buy the PC anyway. What next? Sue NVidia for "forcing" their video chipsets on them?
There are PCs out there with no OS or a different OS installed they could have bought instead.
Can't be worse than Lynch's effort
The Lynch movie was a mess. The SciFi channel TV adaptation was much closer to the novel, although it was let down slightly by the fact that the guy playing Gurney Halleck is one of the worse actorsever to be committed to celuloid/digital image. Guess he was always onto a loser though as his performance would get compared to Patrick Stewarts. Even so, he was dreadful.
SciFi also did a creditable adaptation of Dune Messiah/Children of Dune (unfortunately still with the same bloke cast as Halleck). No sign of God Emperor yet though!
Icon for the "weirding module" sonic weapon Lynch invented for his movie, along with the Sardaukar troops who coultn't breath normal air. Hopefully these will not be in the new version.
What hardware are they running Vista on? I tested Vista when it first came out but decided that the drivers were in no fit state so didn't deploy it at the time. I expected this though as it has always been the case with any new major MS OS release.
However, I recently bought a new laptop with Vista installed and decided to give it the benefit of the doubt before chucking XP on it. Now that the drivers have matured it runs fine as long as it is on appropriate hardware. I am used to it now and actually quite like it. The laptop isn't massively high spec although it does have 2GB of RAM. I havn't actually timed it, but it definately takes no more than a minute from startup from cold to being logged in, including the hardware boot sequence. Probably more like 40 seconds in fact.
It isn't future technology. It's from long long ago in a galaxy far far away.
Trying to prove/disprove technology in a piece of fluff space opera is just plain silly though. Some people take things far too seriously.
These havn't been a big success then?
Presumably the 200 quid is inclusive of VAT, whereas the US price is exclusive of sales tax which varies by state and gets added at point of purchase.
This still makes the ex VAT price 170 quid though, so we are still get stiffed in ripoff Britain, especially as the strong £ to $ should make US imports cheaper.
I caught highlights of a Nascar race recently. I thought I would give it a go and see how Montoya is doing in his new career driving tintops. However, I couldn't take it seriously and switched off when the commentator and crowd all started shrieking "Biggedy Biggedy Biggedy" at the start. WTF is that all about?
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