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T-Mobile US cuts overage charges, dares rivals to follow suit

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meanwhile

TMobile UK are sending out letters regarding yet another price increase.

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Uh oh! Here comes the first bug in the Windows 8.1 Update

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I think I have found the 2nd bug

Installed 8.1.1 last night and today all my printing is in reverse

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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like the....

the wd mycloud nas?

its close enough to your description

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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bad

EE around North Devon is shocking. Often it will drop out completely for no reason then come back full bars then drop off again with no service.

tmobile was pretty damn good in the past, as was Orange when they were 2 seperate companies. Once they became EE the net result wasn't double the coverage but half the range.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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confession

I hate 8. However given that I have to support this sh*t platform I reluctantly shifted over to 8.1 in Feb. But once you install classic shell etc, and copy over the windows 7 wallpaper, it is slightly torrerable.

However, if i open a picture etc it drops back into metro and that frustrates the crap outta me. Im slowly getting around these 'issues'.

I admit that it is faster on startup / shutdown, but thats the only thing I like!!

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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MS worried?

This smacks of desperation to get people to move off. Given the amount of screen coverage on the matter across god knows how many tech sites tells me that internally they are in trouble - big style.

Of all the customers I have on XP, there's only one client with 4 x XPs that I will upgrade, and thats because they use CRM that demands IE9.

All the rest will fall into a natural upgrade. They are behind good enough firewalls and have enterprise class AV / AS installed so I believe the risks are minimam. After all, I never install any updates until a few weeks after they are released incase there's an issue.

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Re: huh ?

I'm swapping a W2k for SBS 2011 this weekend. Only reason they are moving is because they are running out of space!!

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Dead PC market? In the UK? NEVER

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Good year for us

We have shifted a fair few PCs and laptop this year, ALL were W7.

So as long as the manfs keep selling them with W7 pre installed with the W8 landfill DVD we will keep buying.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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FAIL

DAB struggles to play

We have a few DABs kicking around the house. The main one in the kitchen needs to be connected to an aerial in the loft to get the local radio stations. A portable dab I brought for the wife still resides in it's box, unloved and I recently brought a clock radio with DAB and R2 is the only one that is strong enough to play without distortion.

But it's unlikely I will ever replace the ones in our cars or buy adapters so it's the advertisers that may lose out in the long run.

DAB fail

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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

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FAIL

Might not just be RTs

Brand spanking i3 HP laptop, fresh out of the box. Backed up the W7 image and put 8 on, then 8.1. Took a very long time to do both upgrades.

Had a look around, don't care much for it but need to learn I guess.

Just rebooted, and im in a continually looping automatic repair. This is a fresh install, nothing touched

System restore not done anything, trying the PC refresh. If that fails it's back to 7 in the morning.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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The customer who had this had AV scanning at the ISP, Symantec / Brightmail on their exchange server and eset on the desktops. Yes, paranoid, but apparently a waste of time.

I'm aware that new versions come out all the time, so i'm guessing my clients are at the top of the email list

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Re: Cloud backup

"If you have a sync directory, wouldn't it be rather annoying if the files in it were encrypted, uploaded to e.g. DropBox, then synced with your other machines?"

Thats exactly what happened too, they use BTSync to keep a live copy at an external location, but as soon as the files were modified those encrypted ones went out too. As there were too many to check we are resyncing from 0

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Tezfair

Already seen this

Customer on Tuesday was sending files over saying they were unreadable so I restored them from a backup and sent them back. Few hours later, more bad files so I looked at their shared drive. 25Gb of unreadable files. Ouch.

At the time it didn't make sense, I could restore to an alternative location and they were readable, but as soon as they were put into the shared dirve they were corrupt.

Few hours later I get a phone call from a staff member that 'had something on her screen the night before and ignored it'. Well, sh*t, you just wiped out all the data (yes, AV was everywhere, but it didn't see it)

You can't kill this virus in normal ways. If you try and end task, it says 'ill be back', and there's other kernel errors, I was fortunate that she was using a VM'ed desktop so I was able to roll it back and then restore a previous 'previous' back up as the backups back'ed up the corrupt files.

Very messy. Seriously changed my view on viruses and backup routines.

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Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2: Quick start guide for sysadmins

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KMS and all that nonsense

And they wonder why smaller businesses are staying on older versions

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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

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Re: Firewalls

They needed to rob the bank to pay for the 3G dongle charges

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Re: Believable

I have done a fair amount of 3rd party IT work in banks, in all those times my details / ecrb number had already been submitted to the banks I was visiting, I also had to call the bank to confirm my arrival time, near enough to the minute and then still show ID through the tellers window before I could get entry to behind the counter.

It doesn't make sense - unless it's an inside job too.

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

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Try the other BT....

BTSync

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Microsoft gives TechNet a one-off reprieve

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you learn, you sell, you teach, you support. Maps and then (for me) Technet was the foundation of my business built on MS software. Trialware simply doesn't work for me as they are often not the full package or have something missing.

As a long term MS based mobile user I took the first steps to android and I have been pretty pleased. The other week I was involved as a gofer at a college rolling out macs and saw first hand what improvements apple have done in intergrating into AD.

The closure of technet has made me see other platforms in a different light, and I can honestly see alternatives now being viable. It's a big learning curve, but learn or die.

MS, enjoy your dwindlling client base. Your ship is sinking and your turning off the pumps.

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WD: Enjoying our $630m, Seagate? Let's ruin your day with our results

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Poor quality

Of all the brands we have supplied to end users, whether domestic or enterprise, WD are the only brand that give us the most problems. There's not a month that goes by that we sent drives back. Earlier this year the replacement for a month old HDD failed and that also had to go back.

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6Gbps is for FOOLS! Now THIS is what we call a SAS adapter - LSI

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cheap, but everything around it to utilise the speed is where the costs mount up.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

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Holmes

subtle marketing here?

I'm sure the Reg gets a fee for all these subliminal MS adverts. There's always a theme, whether its hyper-v week, or virtualise your desktop week or get on the cloud (week 1 - server 2012 , week 2 - 365, week 3 - W8).

I forecast clear skies around here, not a cloud in sight

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Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

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Re: Have you been to Meriden* ?

Meriden hasn't been the centre for years. It's only the locals and the bulls head that claims it still is.

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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think of the possibilities

get your own version that transmits things like...

you have missed your stop

someones just taken your laptop

your're sexy, see you in the toilet in 2 minutes

I can see your knickers

look at me smile, i just farted

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: New name for SkyDrive

IdidntaskforthistobeinstalledonmypcDrive

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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FAIL

"8.1 is a big improvement"

Where?

Like Office 2013 it demands to have a MS account to continue (unless you go back, disable the lan and try again, and then you can set a local account (I was hyper-v'ing mine)) did I miss this in W8?

It looks the same other than a token icon in the bottom left corner

Why can't they simply make a pure desktop version and pure tablet version? And app this, and app that. p*ss off. Its just bloody software wrapped up in a fancy name.

I can see consumers now opting for Android on their new PCs (HP slate21) and the many PC variants that will now spring up. MS will simply pull out of the desktop market opting to tie up the business market in the cloud only.

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Making the case for upgrading from Server 2003

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Re: Last week...

fully patched sbs 2003, but there's a long terms issue with IOS and exchange 2003. Starts of with active sync errors and eventually dies a death

This issue is very well documented but none of the many suggested 'fixes' actually work

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Think you're streaming Superman? Think again, punk

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Stop

I can wait

It will be on the BBC this Christmas

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Cloud company avoids the cloud

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You have to reboot your own server now?

aww bless

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SUPERSIZE my CLOUD - Microsoft plans $677m data centre embiggening

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WTF?

Some where to put all those fake hotmail / live / outlook accounts...

The ones you have to make to activate Office 2013

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

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in space no one can hear you sms

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Vodafone set to splurge £2.5 MEELLION a DAY building 4G network

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haha, I just came on to say the same thing

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Windows Phone piques CIO interest says analyst

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Re: Jumped

WM / WP it's the same thing as far as im concerned.

I had tiles / jump lists to the point that I had so many that it would have been quicker to have none at all and have the 'next' arrow closer to the top. At least in WP7 the arrow was at the top of the screen, then an update shoved it right at the bottom. Its these changes that MS seems to think helps.... but doesn't.

Not usually having to scroll in emails, sub folders and only the last week's emails keeps everything minimal.

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Jumped

As a long time user of WM devices I did the unthinkable - went to Android. Had the S4 and just find it so much easier to get to places. No transistioning chunky squares, no scroll, scroll, scroll to the bottom of the tiles just to get to the next screen.

Android works well for me. main screen for phone / contacts / emails / calendar, left screens for play, right screens for biz apps.

Native email doesn't work for me as I use sub-folders heavily but im trialling an app which shows unread emails in ALL sub-folders.

Bye WM, life was good at 6.5, but 7.8 was torture.

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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FAIL

Let me see...

Take the money from the debit card, or the credit card which charges 29.9% APR. Wonder which one they prefer?

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Currant Bun erects £2 paywall: Wraps digi-paper around free footie

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can't remember the last time I read a newspaper

Why pay for yesterdays news when the bbc news website does a respectable job for free*

*tv license acknowledged

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

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Need advice

My contract due at the end of the month. I have a Lumia.I hate it with a passion, and not that interested in iphones. So which really is the best for average 'old IT man' usage..

S3, S4, Note, HTC one?

My ultimate pet hate is transitions. If I press something I want it to happen instantly, not have to wait 0.5 second to watch the icon swooshing around the screen arrrggggg. Can any of these phones turn off any / all screen transitions?

I have been playing with the S3 at Tescos but spent more time working out how to bypass the 'tesco system lockdown screen' than testing it

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What's big, rich and goes down on you in every department? BT

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FAIL

Oh great...

....another price increase coming shortly

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

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Marketing scare mongery

XP is old and W7 could be seen as an improvement however there will be some applications that can't or will never be able to run under x64.

I look after lots of XP desktops running against SBS 2003 box. Am I going to upgrade? no. Why? businesses can't afford to ditch a working machine for a new one

I will accept there is a security risk, but on the basis that all my client use non IE browsers and have industrial strength AV and AS on the servers and on the desktops, their systems will not suddenly all stop working on 2nd April 2014

I have one customer that still uses Server 2000. It amazes me that its not died, but it still works, its not exposed to the internet, so where's the problem?

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Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

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Coat

What actually happened...

This is the batch where the auditors came around and all the children were sent home so the cleaners had to fill in for a few days.

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Microsoft betting on smaller Windows 8 devices and subscriptions

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WTF?

"a quarter of Microsoft's business customers are now using it,"

Which cloud is he referring to... the one called cuckoo land??

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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

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Re: @Tezfair

Been a partner for 10+ years on various tiers but have tended to step down the levels over the years since I was getting less for higher subscription payments.

I can live without MAPS and settle with just a basic technet these days - and even thats on the radar to ditch since everything now comes with a few months trail.

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MS will agree to anything

As long as its shifting Windows

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Re: Support

I don't have an apple, and the nearest apple store is 60 miles away, but I use Windows Mobile based phones, HTC / Nokia etc. I have a business contract and when the phones started playing up TMobile replaced them the next day (usually battery related)

Had I lived within commuting distance of a TMobile store I too could have had a same day straight swap. So in some ways the apple store is not offering anything extraordinary.

Im guessing here the difference is apple replaces the phone regardless of contract whereas TMobile only offers instant replacement to businesses.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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WTF?

no windows

but they can afford the internet and electricity. doesn't make sense

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The Register guide to Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V

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Re: >> but classic shell helps

"Must be an idiot to start mucking about with stuff like that on a server. Change happens, get over it"

My personal server so its fine. besides, I can navigate around server environment far faster than having to spend 30 seconds each time running the mouse into corners to get anything to appear or having chuffing great coloured blocks appear on the screen and then looking to see which one is relevant.

People like CLI, I prefer GUI although I do 'do' CLI when I have to.

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dipped my toes

Over xmas 2012 I treated myself to a new server, chucked 16Gb and virtulised my live SBS 2011 with disk2vhd. Dropped it into Server 2012 hyperV and it pretty much ran without issue, and has been solid since. This is now part of my DR plan for customers.

Only issue I had was that im not able to make auto snapshots because I use direct access to a hard drive rather than a VHD so all I do is pause the sbs, take it offline, copy the vhd and restart the sbs vm.

My lad has a Virtual XP running a minecraft server in hyperV too.

This version is far easier to use than any others, shame the gui on server 2012 is metro-y, but classic shell helps :)

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EE extends network: Soon, 1 million users will pay us for 4G

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FAIL

"Soon, 1 million users will pay us for 4G"

Actually, we will as next month they are increasing the monthly contract rate by £1, and it went up only a few months ago too.

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

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FAIL

so which happens first...

1. you wipe out your battery

2. you wipe out your data allowance

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Babbage's engine

Best steampunk computer ever

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

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I wonder..

Couldn't *we* send them an invoice for our time and expenses? Maybe we could call it..

attendance fee

obligatory card usage fee

patronage fee

buyer fee

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