* Posts by Tezfair

261 posts • joined 6 Dec 2006

Page:

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.

12
1

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

Tezfair
Facepalm

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.

12
0

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

Tezfair
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

0
0

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.

9
0

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

1
0

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

4
0

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

Tezfair
Thumb Up

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).

5
0

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

Tezfair
Thumb Up

Ahh CL

The only IT mag I ever purchased religiously.

0
0

Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

Tezfair
Unhappy

Office issues this week

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

6
0

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.

1
0

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

Tezfair

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.

3
1

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

Tezfair
Thumb Up

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 :)

11
0

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

Tezfair
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.

0
0

Crackdown on eBay sellers 'failing to display' VAT numbers

Tezfair
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.

7
0

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

Tezfair
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.

1
0

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

Tezfair

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

8
2

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

2
0

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

5
0

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

Tezfair
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.

0
0

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

Tezfair
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.

0
0

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

Tezfair
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.

2
0

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

Tezfair
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.

2
3

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

Tezfair
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

5
1

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

Tezfair
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

0
0

Azure has put new life into Active Directory

Tezfair
FAIL

on premise AD has one advantage..

People can carry on when the internet goes down.

0
0

Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

Tezfair
Pirate

I know what it is..

Wireless charging spot for Android tablets

4
0

Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

Tezfair
Coat

All singing all dancing

I have an S4, it does everything I need it to do, and I prefer touchwiz to the stock android layout.

I had the S4 18 months ago at the start of the current contract and now i'm looking to see if there's anything worth having. My lad has something called a oneplusone phone which seems to be cutting edge, but dies a death when Android 5 is installed. but other than speed, I think Samsung have ran out of ideas. S4 (like XP) was a good enough product that did a reasonable job. S5 is Vista??? I don't know. S6 is next year and will probably be faster this and a bigger that, but I think that smartphones have come to a point where the extra toys don't really enhance the usability.

I suspect smartphones in general have stopped being 'the must have thing' and have become part of the norm now.

Now where did I leave my phone?

1
0

Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

Tezfair
Thumb Up

Re: Open

I tried a similiar set up but ours kept crashing or losing files. In the end they went over to Owncloud.

I would be interested to hear from you to know if the remote machines are left on 24/7 as mine were laptops and were turned off a lot which made me wonder if this was the problem.

Now it's gone 'non commercial use only' I had to look elsewhere

0
0

That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

Tezfair
Unhappy

Recent trials

Customer has 10 remote offices / single user at each and all have Office 2013. Outlook is already syncing to on premise server. File server in HQ to be accessed by staff, with files shared out to the external staff.

Have tried BTSync, but it's not a 'commercial' product and still under development

Currently using OwnCloud to sync the files to each office, but slow ADSL causes issues on folder operations.

So this weekend just gone, thought I would have a little play with alternatives. Googl drive seemed the most likely way forward, cheap, lost of space but the moment I opened an excel spreadsheet, it was converted to gsheet and saved as such, so the HQ staff can't open it in Office.

So tried O365 despite vowing to never touch it. Trialed ODFB as all they need is the ability to open docs on line and sync back the changes to the file server for the local staff. Should have been the ideal product. Not a chance....

ODFB sync tool crashes constantly, assuming it's not running the cpus at no less than 25%

Discovered that there is a 20k file limit despite a large storage capacity

Very slow uploads, I mean 3Gb over the weekend slow

Then I started to have a play...

Online word, yes you can open a file, but there's no 'Save as', you can't import a picture from the O365 library nor rename files.

I know you can download to a local word. I know I can install ODFB on each machine and sync, but the point was to have a single central sync and the external staff work 100% within a browser. They have simple tasks, simple spreadsheets so a browser based office should be more than enough for their needs.

It could have been a great product, but it's not quite there yet.

0
0

Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

Tezfair

Re: Unfortunately

"As an author who has just spent a while sat here signing books ... the signature is more than just a signature. There's a personal bit from me, to each person who I've signed the books to as well."

Couldn't agree more. I always buy the wife a selection of 'real' books for Christmas. A few years ago I came across an autobiography by Ricky Tomlinson and it looked interesting. I purchased the signed one over the unsigned one as it was a little more personal.

Most books are passed on in swaps or donations, however Rickys is still here.

1
0

Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years

Tezfair
WTF?

"months of tortuous licence negotiations."

Hmmm, the BBC news site said "the recent reapplication of the legal process has been fairly straightforward", so a bit of editorial embellishment?

0
0

Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

Tezfair
FAIL

I can just about tollerate the ribbon for basic use, however as a very occasional dabbler in Access I had the misfortune to be asked to amend a 2007 format DB. After spending a ridiculously long time trying to find 'stuff' in Access I rang the customer back and said that I wasn't going to develop it any further.

I don't have time to p*ss around looking for stuff that was in toolbars and neatly organised rather than being in any of 3 locations depends on what i clicked on prior.

13
0

Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

Tezfair
Happy

minimal PS user

Only time I ever use powershell is in exchange to add delegate access to new users across the rest of the mailboxs as a customer needs everyones personal calendar to be visible to everyone else (public folders were not an option).

I tweak the notepad ps script then blast it through exchange. Takes a matter of minutes to update 20 or so mailboxes with new users.

0
0

Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

Tezfair
Coat

it's binary...

Windows 2, we are going back in time

12
0

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Tezfair

CDs for me

Every single streamed album I ever purchased are inaccessible due to DRM as I have replaced my computer and the email address is from a long-gone-bust ISP. Sure I have windows media backups but they still needed to authenticate to open. I suppose I could crack them, but over the years I have obtained the same music from CD rips or by other means.

6
1

Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills

Tezfair
Coat

Malware proteced payment device....

Cash

7
0

Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Tezfair
Unhappy

carriers are forgetting where they come from

Without the likes of CW and P4U etc starting up in the 90's, most people wouldn't have a phone. I have never ever called a carrier or visited their high street shop to buy a phone and yet, I have had many mobiles since 1995.

Yes, there has been issues with some of the 3rd parties selling techniques, but if you know what you want and the package suits you, there hasn't been an problem. More often than not, it's the resellers that offer the better deals. Recently my lad wanted a nexus from EE, but they don't do it, however it can be brought from an reseller on a better package that EE had.

Mobile phone companies may be trying to get the sales back in house, but with poor sales staff, lack of phone types on extremely limited deals, everyone will lose out.

3
0

Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

Tezfair
Happy

weakness in this story

Homeplugs. Never had much sucess with them both here and at customers. All ok for a while but eventually they have to be rebooted as they stop working. I accept they are ideal in properties that have thick walls etc, but I look to fit a wifi mesh system as it has better coverage when wifi is the only option.

Dangle more that a couple of HD IP cameras off a wifi and you essentially run out of bandwidth. When I install axis cameras on site I insist on a gigabit backbone.

But to be honest, I have had IP cameras around the house for years. I can access them externally by port redirection and use an app call IP Camera Viewer Lite. Recorded movement goes to a hidden repurposed server with Security Monitor Pro installed.

3
0

Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

Tezfair
FAIL

BT guilty here..

Number of new setups I have been to and BTs default password is.... welcome1

0
0

Windows Server 2003 end of life: Plan your WS2012 migration now

Tezfair
FAIL

ouch

I have a customer I have recently quoted to do a near direct like for like replacement for their SBS 2003, eg, OS 12r2, Exchange 2013, SQL 2014 (not express). Before the hardware and CALs were factored in I was over £5k with SQL being the biggest cost.

Granted this is all lazy ball park figures based on a wander around google, but I don't think that it will come down much more than a grand.

I have recommended sitting on SBS and SA their Office up to 2010 from 2003 and see how the costs are next year.

2
0

Job for IT generalist ...

Tezfair

Don't knock being a generalist as most IT people are just that. What this does give you is raw experience in real life situations.You get told an issue and you can come up with mulitple ways to talk through and resolve the problem. If you're like me, you 'see' the desktop in your mind as you chat with a customer.

See if you can get on the books of national breakfix companies. When I worked for microtechs (who have a habit of going bust quite often) I would be swapping server mobos in nuclear power stations, or visiting MOD facilities.

I have been in IT since the mid 90's and not once have I been asked what qualifications I have. Prospects tend to look for confidence, experience and a reasonable priced invoice.

I will be the first to say that IT isn't very well paid. But this is my choice. I would rather work a couple of weeks a month and draw 15k than work everyday of the week for 25k. I have been fortunate to watch my boys growup and be involved in their school activites - some thing I would not have been able to do if I was a wage slave.

8
0

Honey, the satnav app says you're to leave at 6am... Yup. I'll have that coffee off you

Tezfair

Re: Waze

Converted Wazer since last December. The eldest put it on my S4 when we were driving around seeing friends at Xmas. It's only in the last few months that I now use it all the time as the routing is significantly superiour to my tomtom (2 yrs old, lifetime map updates yet still manages to take me the wrong direction or the long way around). I like the fact that you can contribute road issues live and it gets flagged up on other wazers screens Been thanked a few times which is nice.

Tie that into google maps and I have a pretty powerful satnav.

Used to swear by copiot on the old windows mobile, but after many many years of useage and upgrades copilot decided to not support WM7 and there were no discounts for switching platforms. So bye bye from me!!

0
0

Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

Tezfair
Pint

Already migrating clients off 2003

Over the last few years I have been moving clients off SBS 2003 as their iphones cause exchange activesync to crash constantly, and in recent times anyone that uses Office 2013 can no longer connect to exchange 2003 (imap is not an option).

I will be sad to see 2003 go, it's one of those OS's that simply gets on with the job. Gone are the days that 4Gb ram was enough. Now 16Gb is considered the starting point, and EEC is not exactly cheap (at a small business level)

Our tech server has 2012 loaded to 32Gb (max) and we hyperv all manner of server OS's, but 2003 is the one that feels friendly, 2008 is 'in your face' and 2012, well classic shell helps!!!

So cheers to 2003, I built my business around you and will miss you old friend!!

5
0

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

Tezfair
Thumb Down

meanwhile

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

3
0

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

Tezfair
Facepalm

I think I have found the 2nd bug

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

2
0

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

Tezfair
Facepalm

like the....

the wd mycloud nas?

its close enough to your description

2
0

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

Tezfair
Thumb Down

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.

1
0

Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

Tezfair

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!!

3
0

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

Tezfair
Facepalm

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.

5
2
Tezfair

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!!

0
0

Page:

Forums