* Posts by Tezfair

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TXT message leaves Corvette wrecked

Tezfair
Coat

Its Q's fault.

He hacked a BMW for James Bond in 'Tomorrow never dies' and now looked what's happened.

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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

Tezfair

Check again in September

Once people have decided to stick with 10 or roll it back under the 1 month grace period.

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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FAIL

Nice to see our Gov supporting UK businesses.

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EE recalls Power Bar phone chargers after explosion burns woman

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Nasty

See above

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Man sues Uber for a BEEELLION dollars over alleged theft of concept

Tezfair
Unhappy

people have ideas

I remember 'inventing these' donkey years ago (in my head)...

- Method of tracking mileage when driving a private car for business use, with a method of seperating business from private mileage for tax purposes.

- Combining a CCD with a flash memory stick to enable recording of events whilst driving

- Putting Windows on a memory stick so when you plug it into a base PC, 'your' Windows then boots and runs with all your data available.

People can have ideas, but may not always follow it up.

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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Stop

Health lottery appears to use the same machine

Or one very much like it.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Happy

The way I look at it is....

It's just Windows 8 with service pack 2 (hence binary 10)

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Down here in the SW, wind turbines are popping up almost daily and solar farms are covering all our fields in grey panels. It's ruining a lovely part of the UK, but I always thought they are inefficient when the gov has to subsidise it. No one would spend thousands to only make a profit in 10 years time.

One unwanted by-product is dirty electricity. My UPS swings from 210v to 265v in minutes as the wind / sun comes out. Printers become unresponsive and have to be regulary rebooted. Not just in our office, but across our clients offices too, and brownouts are now a regular thing.

I think Nuclear has to be considered. technology has moved on since the 70's so smaller, more efficient plants could be built and made safe.

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Feel like you're being herded onto Windows 10? Well, you should

Tezfair

In tune with users

Myself and i'm sure, other admins that are in tune with users know when an OS works or not. I have called correctly all the bum versions and frankly 10 makes me scream in frustration at the screen.

I have already advised my client base that unless there is a clear business need to upgrade to 10, I will not move anyone off 7.

Yesterday I read an article (possibly off zdnet) that said MS was still allowing downgrade rights from 10 to 7 until 2020. That works for me.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: Quite agree.

When the wife rings for an Indian, she gets as far as 'Can I order an..' when the chap at the other end says 'Hello Marie'.

Always get a freebie included. Bet you don't get that with an app

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PC sales go OFF A CLIFF to under 300 million a year

Tezfair

Prices gone up in Q2

1st week of Jan, I was buying in Lenovo i3 @ £213, last few months they have been steady at £266+. Also, the range of models which come with downgrade rights to 7 are getting less.

Might be related to the drop in Q2

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

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FAIL

Forget mobiles stick with software

There said it. Windows Mobiles are never going to be anything more than an afterthought. I did the unthinkable and went from WM6.5 to android and never been happier. Some people get on with windows mobiles, I hated it.

Trying to get from 3rd to 1st isn't going to happen. Apple is already there, Android works well for me across home / business so Microsoft should just go back to making decent desktop / server software and stop trying to converge everything.

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David Beckham fakes bewilderment to flog mobiles to Yanks. Fakes?

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Re: I would be jealous of him.

"told to" surely?

There, fixed it for you

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Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X

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Happy

slightly off topic

Fastest way (I have found) to get rid of the w10 pop up (other than scripts), taskmanager, find GWX, end task / kill process, go into the windows32 folder and rename the GWX folder.

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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

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Quite a common thing

I always understood the ruling as you have to click on a consent rather than just reading it. I see a lot of sites with 'we use cookies' banner but I ignore them on the basis that a cookie should only be installed when I allow, but more often than not the cookie is already installed.

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Spiceworks in WTF-class social log-in SECURITY BLUNDER

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Stop

not good

Why on earth would you want to sign into a network monitoring program with a social account?

Seems there is a lot of this going on. Just bloody lazyness to make secure accounts.

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Not as urgent as an issue as MS would like

I have customers with 2003 boxes. They are aware of the lack of support, but as these are under stairs, cupboards etc and never accessed other than to reboot, where is the risk? It's not like anyone browses from them, and in most cases have no port forwaridn to them as they are simple file servers.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Unhappy

Different needs

If you are on a server farm, then great, have a gui less server. Thats your world, however I look after 18 or so servers for lots of small buinesses and there's many times I have been no where near a computer to allow remote access so I have had to talk through simple tasks for a 'competent' person whos day job is not IT. The GUI allows me to visualise in my head what that person is seeing on the screen and I can ask question on what they see to ensure we are both 'looking' at the same screen.

Another way of looking at it is, I want to check something quickly, eg, a forwarder on DNS (random example). couple of clicks im in, checked and out.

I use a little powershell. I get it's usefullness, however, could I remember every single command synax / switch for every part of the server, formed in my head with a guarantee I can reliabilly relay that to said competent person whilst driving around the roads and it works without causing some problems? No

Also, all this 'remote administration' is fine, but what if your NIC(s) fail?

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

Tezfair

Re: similiar affect with cruise control

It increases, however some hills are too steep for the engine to maintain the speed at the preset level. If the engine is 'full throttle' but the speed drops by 10mph the cruise disengages. The speed will increase in the same manner if the hill is steep enough. Usually the engine braking will overcome the rolling effect.

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Tezfair

similiar affect with cruise control

I have had 3rd party cruise controls fitted to various vehicles in the past, and if I am on cruise and say, the speed drops too much, eg, steep hill, or from a jolt due to riding a pot hole, the cruise will disconnect. When it is least expected and the car suddenly starts slowing down, it makes you quickly focus on WTF.

I would imagine that auto braking for evasion is a good thing, but I would not want it for normal driving

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There's a BIG problem with Microsoft's VDI rules

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Re: VDI still too much for a small business

RDS and VDA are different CALS. RDS are when you are using remote desktop services based from a TS server. VDA is when you have standalone virtual desktop instances, lets say in hyperv / vmware etc. There is a difference

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Tezfair

Re: VDI still too much for a small business

You need a VDA to connect to any remote VIRTUAL Windows computer regardless of the OS you are connecting from UNLESS you have a valid SA which has roaming rights built in.

You don't need a VDA if you are connecting to a remote 'physical' PC regardless of what OS you are connecting from.

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Tezfair
FAIL

long term expense or short term hit

Small biz customer, no agreements, all OEM stuff. 2003 upgrade with a need for 3 x external users to remote into the office. After doing a cost analysis, which included the VDA, it was cheaper in the long run to get 3 cheap PCs and shove them into a cupboard rather than dropping them into hyper-v.

MS are killing the whole VDI concept because they want a share of the market despite the fact that the end computers are already running Windows and need to remote into another Windows machine.

£80 or so per year may not be much, but on the basis that I just brought 3 x lenovos for £213 each (insight UK) it means there's no long term costs. Sure, there's a bit of electricity, but thats only pennies.

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Don't panic as Server 2003 rushes towards end of life

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Re: They can have my 2003 SBS.....

I'm still installing SBS 2011. None left in the channel, they are all on my shelf :)

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Coat

I know...

Have the cryptolocker virus on a memory stick and run that. Total deniability to have the encryption key

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

Tezfair
Holmes

Something else is happening here

I can't for one second, think that anyone would take servers home with them or cut cables unless those items were owned by the support company. Other than theft, it will come under the computer misuse act. No IT person regardless of how bitter they are would go this far upon dismissal.

I suspect the kit was supplied and there is a disputed bill. If the invoice states ownership remains with the IT company until the bill is paid, then (s)he would remove the equipment. Perhaps the IT person was on a contract, and at the end of the minimum period wasn't fully paid up to date, so took the personally owned / unpaid equipment to recover losses.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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too old to care

My first MP3 was don't speak by no doubt. Since then I have stayed with that format because it works well across all my devices. Sure there are better format such as flac etc, but for me, any new format will be ignored.

As the digital downloads, etc, yep, brought a couple of albums in the past but are no longer accessible since the email address has long since gone (so has the ISP). Nope, for me, I will buy CDs as and when, in fact I recently realised I had a gaping hole in my collection and brought ELO greatest hits v1 &2 off ebay. Cost a tad under £2, unmarked. Now ripped to the server, wifes ipod, mobile and memory stick for the car.

Stop reinventing the wheel and look at why people try and get around your protection.

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Cybercrim told to cough up £1m or spend years in chokey

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Facepalm

how much is it costing us tax payers?

Might be a great idea to keep them locked up for x years, but in the end it's costing us £££'s to keep him there. Far better to deport him and save on the prison bill as there is 0 chance of seeing that £1m

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

Tezfair

short term benefit

I brought one of those meters that give you a live readout on consumption. It was useful at the beginning as it showed things like two florecent tubes in the kitchen consuming 120w each, when the tubes were only 60w (old design). Or it showed that the house had a baseline consumption of 300w (CH pumps, tvs, radios, server, phones etc)

Over the years we have swapped to LED GU10's and switched to halegen bulbs as the smaller filtament bulbs popped, so the consumption naturally reduced.

Now its in a drawer somewhere as the batteries kept needing to be replaced but mainly I paid no attention to the readout as there was nothing else to save power on without splashing out cash on a slightly more economical model.

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

Tezfair
WTF?

tariff

So, have 4G dirt cheap but only 500mb of data? I used 1.6Gb on Three last month and barely touched the internet on it, just exchange emails and general look ups.

Hardly looks like a killer deal to me

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BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

Tezfair

need to work hard

I ditched EE the day they announced the takeover and went to Three. This essentially saved me £20 per month

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3,500 servers go down – so my FIRST AID training kicks in

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feel the pain

Now granted, I deal with 'small buiness' servers, but many a time I have been sat on the floor in front of a dead server at O'mygod O'clock wishing I was working as a checkout operative at Aldi (pay better than Tescos apparently).

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Ahh CL

The only IT mag I ever purchased religiously.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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Unhappy

Office issues this week

Shortcuts failing, Access giving library errors. Having to do office repairs all over the places

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Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

Tezfair
Mushroom

experienced something similiar

Once plugged a flash memory stick into a Dell PE server, saw a tiny blue spark and the server went off. Fortunately it started ok, but from that point onwards I have always been cautious plugging anything USB into servers.

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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None of this is a significant issue

I have been selling Lenovos for years, and I often wondered what the superfish was, and why the cert went to BoA, but I just killed it. I too have seen pokki on W8 machines, and again just uninstalled it. Also removed all of the prebundled stuff that arrives ready to install in peoples homes.

I WILL continue to use Lenovo as I think its good kit and a good price - even better now as there's plenty of deals on.

I would rather have a Lenovo than a Dell and whilst superfish is the current topic, bloatware has been on computers for years, christ, even a fresh install of Windows 98 would set malware scanners chiming.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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family biz

I run a small IT biz, mainly myself but I 'employ' my sons when needed. Customers / Clients used to ask if my sons was going to follow me into an IT career. I always replied that in the future (by which I was refering to around 2020), the job I do will be largely non existent as computers will be dumb terminals as everything will be online (at least at a consumer level). PCs will be so cheap that if it fails you by another, bit like white goods in general.

So I have encouraged my boys to persue a career outside of IT, eldest is at uni doing advanced maths, applied physics and therotical physics, youngest is at college doing a 5 yr engineering apprenticeship (good old fashioned 'you draw it, I make it').

I'm 50 too, been around for 30 years doing IT in various guises, but I only do enough to keep me in chocolate and holidays :)

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BT coughs £12.5 billion for EE as fourplay frolics pay off

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Happy

Byee from me

Business contract cancelled, Pac received. Off to Three (Glasgow call centre - business tariff?)

far better deal, business 900 cost £20 a month. EE was £40 for less of everything. Thanks BT for the push I needed to make the 'call'

Before you all flame me for three, there is no Vodaphone or O2 signal where I live.

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Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

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Facepalm

Simple reason...

It's a nightmare to make any changes to your VAT number. I deregestered and in the end spent so much time communicating with ebay that I wanted to remove the number that in the end I gave up (you may think you can change it in your settings but you can't). I have now reregistered for FRS and have a new number.

Anubhuti 11:03:25

Welcome to eBay UK Live Chat, my name is Anubhuti. How can I be of assistance today?

me 11:04:08

Hi, just going throught my business account and it is showing a VAT number. I have noiw deregistered. can this be removed. thanks.

Anubhuti 11:05:54

Hello Terry,

Anubhuti 11:06:02

Thanks for sharing your concern.

Anubhuti 11:06:20

Just to confirm, you want removal of VAT number from your account?

me 11:06:49

I confirm the removal of the VAT number from my account

Anubhuti 11:07:23

Thanks for confirm, let me check this for you.

Anubhuti 11:10:02

Please stay connected. I am checking this for you.

Anubhuti 11:13:01

Thank you for waiting.

Anubhuti 11:13:31

Terry, shall I help you with the steps to remove VAT number from your account?

me 11:14:02

ok, but everythign I read said I had to get in touch with ebay

Anubhuti 11:15:02

May I know where you have read this?

me 11:15:20

http://sellercentre.ebay.co.uk/change-or-remove-your-vat-number

Anubhuti 11:16:09

Thanks for the link.

and so it goes on and on and on

Fortunatly the overall costs of selling as a business cost too much for the handful of bits I want to get rid of so I flog it as a private seller. Much less hassle and cheaper.

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Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

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Unhappy

I think there's more to it

I wonder if the tests were done from a single factory rather than sampling from different manufacturing plants. Reason I say this is that I prefer Seagate over WD. Not had a failure with Seagate, but i'm always shipping WD's back.

This is across 2.5s and 3.5s, or OEMs or Enterprise so we tend to avoid WDs now.

I had a Lenovo edge laptop shipped last week, full of bad sectors, HGST - Z7K500-500. We requested Lenovo swapped the drive rather than RMAing the whole laptop.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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changing market

I wonder how many people actually watch the TV these days. I personally watch maybe 4 hours a week, and unless it's something really worth looking at, i'm usually listening because i'm playing with the tablet.

Over Christmas the TV wasn't even on, on Christmas day or Boxing day, and we are now only starting to catchup with stuff that was worth recording.

The wife usually catches up with soaps from about 2 weeks back, and again, she will have her ipad on her lap, being the main focus of her attention.

When our TV dies, it will be price and quality that dictates what I will get, not 3D or 4/8k

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Tezfair
Facepalm

Ford must have employed Julie Larson-Green on this one

Take something functional and f*ck it up in one go

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

Tezfair
WTF?

vat threshold...

"Currently in the UK, you must register for VAT if your turnover for the previous 12 months is above £67,000, known as the VAT registration threshold."

Not been that for years, it's £81k

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Office MACROS PERIL! Age-old VBScript tactic is BACK in biz attack

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Unhappy

"newly discovered attack" ??????

I have been waging a battle with word and excel attachments for around 3~4 months. Almost daily I will get a client asking me to check if it's legit or not.

Problem for Anti Virus is that VBA isn't something that can be checked (at least on my one), so I have to rely on bad spelling or the RBLs snare it.

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

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FAIL

EE BB

I enquired online into EE broadband a few weeks ago but because i'm outside EE's area they cap it to 20Gb.

I got the sales call and basically said I averaged 250Gb a month and it was no good for me to switch. So even if I wanted an EE box, the limits they impose is going to prevent me from using their service.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Facepalm

no wonder our BT bills keep going up

I have been looking to jump from EE business as the service (signal) has been getting worse over the last year or so, whereas 3 has been getting better (son on 3 PAYG). I may hold off incase there's any perks, otherwise i'm off to 3.

For the avoidance of argument, O2 and vodaphone signals don't come here, I have to walk up the road to get their signals.

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Google? Microsoft? What the heck do they do in cloud?

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FAIL

Looked at the cloud, then went indoors

Needed to look at way of getting data to branch office laptops and looked at Google and 365 (as well as others). Disvovered that Google Apps converts files online to googles own format which meant that the files held / syned back to the server were not readable, and 365's online Word was more a viewer than anything useful. No abailty to save as, can't import pictures etc.

Clearly the 'cloud' is not the great answer to everything.

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Firmware update kills Lenovo Home Media Network HDDs. Here's how to resurrect them

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Stop

Rarely update firmware

I know it's supposed to be the right thing to do, but I can count on one hand the number of firmware updates I have ever done on anything. Scares me to think I could bork a server, or in this case essentally lose the data. Unless there is a critical need, it will stay on the original FW

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Unhappy

Shame

I use that site a lot when i'm producing parish newsletters. No doubt there will be a risk of using copyrighted material by accident.

Maybe I will have to go back to my office 2000 with a cd full of them

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Azure has put new life into Active Directory

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FAIL

on premise AD has one advantage..

People can carry on when the internet goes down.

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