* Posts by Tezfair

334 posts • joined 6 Dec 2006

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Super cool: Arctic data centres aren't just for Facebook

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Alert

Missing a trick

Data centres should tie in with the NHS (bare with me). Hospitals have to be hot all the time, and servers have to be cold. Why not colaborate and build small data centers in the grounds of hospitals and essentially the hospital pays a share of the electricity costs in return for the heat. Saves on fuel costs for the hozzy and electric costs for the DCs.

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Happy

awesome

Need to make a movie with keanu reeves as Charlie

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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cloud goes pooooof

Shows how easy 'your' files in the cloud can be removed overnight.

That aside, (I have no clients nor interest in 123) i'm surprised 123 are saying 'tough' to those without a backup. As it was their fault they deleted the files, they have a moral obligation to undo that damage.

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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

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Re: nothing new

Teamviewer did the same recently. v10 and earlier was a one time fee to upgrade, now v11 onwards it's a monthly subscription and for me the upgrade has jumped from around £150 / year to £672.

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TalkTalk broadband customers continue to flee

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poor speeds

I have 3 x customers that have TT business via a reseller and the speeds are untenable for all of them. I'm in the process of getting on of them out of the contract and also upgrading to fibre with BT

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

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no offence taken, however imagine a job where you are standing most of the day, maybe walking around offices, up and down corridors / stairs. Lugging equipment or when on call, walking from carparks to offices. 2 miles might not seem far but over a day that is exceeded so I have to now pace myself.

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Unhappy

I broke my ankle back in 2014 and it's still painful and limits my ability to walk (2 miles is my limit before the pain is unbareable) or climb ladders etc. Basically this engineer is now a deskjocky. I hope he gets / got a decent payout as his life will be radically changed. Mine certainly was.

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It really is time to sort out your professional indemnity insurance

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Most likely this will be deleted

but I get my PI PL and EL through www.warrantyindemnity.com and has been cheap over the years. In fact some other insurance company at xmas (co-op I think) tried to beat it but they couldn't and gave me £50 vouchers. no interest in the company, just a user.

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Server vendors? Pah, they're mere resellers

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diminishing sales

The more companies move to the cloud the less 'sales' there are. Whilst it's easy to sell a couple of thousand blades in a data centre at near cost, I imagine there will be a time where 'physical servers' will become a niche market.

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Aluminum-wrapped robbers fail to foil bank

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Facepalm

probably worked at home

Most PIR sensors seem to work on movement of heat, so guess they thought the banks security was based on home security systems.

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Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot

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Headmaster

My theory on black holes

I reckon that black holes are the hoover of the physics universe. Eventually it sucks everything up and converts it back into it basic form, so all the bits / atoms that make the periodic table are pulled apart into the sub particles / neutrinos / quarks (or what ever it's called) and you end up with a soup of matter with no form. Eventually the black hole(s) collapse as there is no further matter to convert and you end up with a universe of 'nothing' which eventually goes boom and you get the big bang and it all starts again.

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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Bad version

I had to roll my insider preview back as the graphics locked up or the login screen hung. MS seems to be going backups again.

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Ransomware now using disk-level encryption

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Unhappy

I wonder if it only encrypts the boot drive. Might be worth revisiting folder redirection to another drive (or server depending on scenario). Either way it's getting more of a headache.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Contempt for your customers is the wong way to go

"Windows Server 2008 is the same kernel as Windows7. Not Windows Vista."

R2 is more like Windows 7, the first 2008 is a vista clone. Not sure about the kernal, but there is a visual difference.

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

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Headmaster

Holy Hell

Bet your spell checker was having a melt down as you wrote this article.

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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Holmes

language

Seems odd that all the tabs in in English yet he's a German. Don't they have German sites over there?

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Locky ransomware is spreading like the clap

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Unhappy

docm's deleted

Been a run on docm emails across my clients so I have currently banned them - specifically the filters are deleting them. I'm not aware of any user that would need a macro enabled document to be emailed to them and given the risks, anyone that has to send one can rename it.

Gotta be brutal to save my clients.

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Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

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Re: 2013 / 2016 / 365 for small businesses

I install a shed load of single Office 201x and I do is make a one-time-use outlook account which i then write onto the card along with the password. It adds maybe 10 minutes to the installation, and granted, it doesn't scale well, but it's worked for me in the past.

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Lenovo: China biz down, PC and mobile down

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Unhappy

Not surprised

I have seen a significant drop in quality with Lenovo the last 6 months. PSUs failing, hdds going south and laptop keyboards falling apart. It's now got to the point where we are looking to go with another brand.

Interestingly, with Think products they send the part to you, but Edge has to be shipped to Germany. Imagine how much it cost to send a laptop to Essen to replace a broken laptop keyboard.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Clients down in Devon, Cornwall, Leicester and Edinburgh. Looks like BT are getting on top of it as our connections are coming back up.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Stop

Gone back to 8.1

Upgraded to 10 on main machine at Christmas, all seemed fine, then mid Jan noticed that my accounting software started to play up. Sage would run but the page selecting tabs were all white, so considerable time is spent trying to guess where the tab is (I also did graphic driver updates, and downgrades to earlier versions). Then my payroll software refused to run, throwing .NET errors all over the place, and the other week I wanted to update my Garmin, but the garmin software refused to install.

In the end I went back to 8.1 (multi hdds in PC)

I don't have anything fancy on my machine, I simply reflect other businesses, but my view on 10 is that it's ok for consumers, but dangerous for businesses.

As far as I am concerned, Windows 10 is still in beta

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Cloud growth? Take a number, Microsoft. Two engines have stalled

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Ribbons then downhill

Lets face it, MS have lost the ability to listen to what the market wants. We were happy with toolbars, so were forced to ribbons. We were happy with the start menu and we got blocks. All these years latter MS will not admit they got it wrong and resolve the issue, meanwhile other OS's are mopping up the people that are willing to try other things.

These days MS are all about squeezing as much out of enterprise as they can. I recall quoting a SQL server in 2012, 30 users and would have cost IRO £7000. In the end the client went to a CPU licensed 2005 version for £1000. Now support is finishing for SQL 2005, I dread to think what the license will be as they have now expanded to 60 users.

Sad so say that MS have peaked. XP / server 2003 was their glory and anything they try these days will fail.

Roll on business grade software for Linux.

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Backblaze big data restore. Get this: it involves disk drives

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WTF?

Hmmm

No mention that the data is encrypted. Bugger if it's not and is lost in transit. And the format and send back could leave sectors open to extraction in future reuses.

Good idea (potentially) poor execution.

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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FAIL

I feel their pain (the engineers actually)

I did an exchange 2016 update earlier this month which pretty much killed exchange and IIS. Despite restarting all the 'disabled during the update' services, the server remained borked. Fortunately I left the update until after a full backup which I then used to restore the VM.

Not done the update yet, still testing the 'before update' and 'after update' VMs

Back in December, KB3114409 munched it's way through a lot of my managed Outlook 2010's rendering them all 'safe mode', so who's in charge of testing the patches these days?

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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

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Facepalm

none issue

So, there's not that many women in IT, but surely thats their career choice. How many male nurses are there in hospitals? bet not as many as women. Well duh.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Thumb Up

Over Christmas I saw a huge drop in spam across all my clients systems and that remained low until 'businesses' went back to work. You could argue that the spammers were also having a break, however I prefer to think that since most businesses would have turned off their PCs for two weeks, thats why all the bots stopped working.

So I would say it would be a good idea if Windows alerted the end user to 'bot activity'. i'm not sure if making changes automatically would be legal, however there is a lot of ignorance in businesses PCs - 'it's someone elses responsibility so i'm not touching it', so anything that makes people aware can only be a good thing.

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Competition watchdog to rubberstamp BT gobble of EE

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glad I jumped

Went to three, and although it hasn't been as good a service that EE provided (less coverage, I live in the country), the biggest plus's is that I now only pay £20 a month for just about all I can eat on monthly (from £39), and a 1Tb data alllowance a month.

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Who's laughing now, doubters? Cloud makers rake in £75bn in sales

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So....

As a reseller, I put my clients into the cloud, take a small profit and then never sell anything to them ever again. Good business model for me - not

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Re: Ah joke wallpaper ...

Ahh yes Johnny. Must remember to fire it up before new year ;-)

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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FAIL

Better expect some invoices then

If my clients go to work and discover any machine has been upgrade without authority, they better pay my invoices for reverting the computer back and expect a computer misuse knock on the door. And no doubt the clients will be seeking damages for lost work.

I know for a fact that one of my clients with 60 desktops (workgrouped, no domain, multiple external users), they run software that fails to run under 10. Been there, tried it.

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IT salary not enough? Want to make £10,000 a DAY?

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Not bad for what is essentially a 'self taught' industry

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Windows Phone won't ever succeed, says IDC

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Who wants a phone with no apps

How many times does 'IOS and Android' come up when someone is pushing an app, eg, im a celebrity app, but nothing for the WM. Thats microsofts biggest issue, lack of support.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Re: Fucked for us too....I would love to have avoided this

Last weekend I installed a 60 user Exchange 2016 server at a customers. Didn't need to be super fast as all the staff are external. 365 on paper seemed the best way to go, but on the basis that a hosted exchange account was around £6 a month per user, or £360 per month, or £4320 per year, their little system cost £10k, that also includes server 2012r2 + 60 device CALs, Exchange + 60 CALS and Symantec SMSMSE, 60 Licenses. They will now support Outlooks from 2010 right through to the next 2 versions, basically a good 10 years of service. (although the physical server might not last that long, but exchange has been virtualized)

So on March 2018 they will hit the point where having an onprem becomes cost effective.

Oh, and they have 2Tb set aside for their mailboxes, not the 25Gb per mailbox limit that 365 imposes (althought I have set a cap of 30Gb for the time being, but even that looks like it would take 8 years to reach with most accounts that I exported)

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Ponmocup is the '15 million' machine botnet you've never heard of

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Facepalm

wow

imagine my ranking on seti if I had that many machine under my control. Ah the good old days.

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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

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Unhappy

Stop being shareware first

Until MS has a fully polished ̶t̶u̶r̶d̶ OS that doesn't require large updates, I, and my clients will not be upgrading on any day to day machines. The other weekend my lad installed threshold 2 and discovered his machine was almost stock. apps and other things had gone awaol. Imagine if that happens in a business. Hello IT, nothing's installed on my computer, it was there on Friday.

Don't get me wrong, i'm not a fully signed up hater, I have W10 on a laptop and there are a few things I find easier, something things I wonder 'why', and others well, classic shell sorts out.

Fact is, we have got to get used to it because MS thinks the interface of the future is tablet shaped (rounded corners are optional)

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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

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No Sky thanks

I stopped having Sky when they jacked the price up twice in one year. i think it went from £14 to £16. got to be 12+ years ago. Never once wanted to go back. Freeview and Amazon's DVDs cover all my needs, not that I watch much TV anyway.

But this price war that goes on between Sky / BT / BBC has forced the cost up so high that no one wins in the end (ok, maybe murdock). I used to watch F1, now, hardly ever. Not really interested in footy but the wife will watch MOTD but has LFC TV on her ipad (birthday subcription present).

However our football mad friend has a season ticket and has sky sports, but even he has said it's just getting too expensive. I think £60 a month was mentioned. ouch.

I think (and bare in mind I have zero interest in sports so may not be aware of all the facts) the problem comes from the sports bodies that put TV rights up for bids. Whilst it may put money into their teams, ultimatly it has to be the fans that are losing out. Expensive match tickets, or expensive subscriptions. It has to come from somewhere. I can see it all getting to a point where sport becomes only available for the rich, your average working man / family simply won't be able to afford it.

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Hey Cortana, how about you hide my app from the user?

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Unhappy

hey cortana

"rd space backslash s space backslash q space c colon"

ok, i know it wont work, but when you start controlling file operations by voice, that becomes concerning

" hey cortana, format c colon backslash s"

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BT reveals vanishingly small detail about its fibre broadband network

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Re: Seems to concur with my use

I do an average of 230Gb a month on regular 8mb ADSL. I think my fair usage policy is supposed to be at 30Gb but no ones bothered to get in touch. Not sure that fibre will make much difference other than the faster uploads

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Seen it three times..

1. 'Client' staff member opened payload and decided to ignore it, went home with pc running, next day couldn't figure out why she wasn't able to access anything, ignored it for most of the day until she got hold of me. Had to restore data from 3 days prior because the last 2 were also infected.

2. Called out to a domestic job, basically his laptop was fully encrypted, as was his backup which was also connected at the time. He admitted that he had taken it to a local IT shop for repairs and they couldn't do anything, so called me out. I worked out that he had been infected some 2 weeks earlier and told him that there was bugger all that anyone could do.

3. 'Client' staff member emailed me to say that a file on her desktop was no longer accessible, but because she had been busy hadn't bothered to get in touch. I remoted in and only because her machine was full of old profiles and offline server work had it kept the crypto busy all day locally. It had just started to much through the server when I screamed at her to pull the network cable.

Spiceworks gave me a good method using file services / monitoring that I have that in place at all the sites so if a crypto starts on the server I get an email (because clearly I can't rely on AV or users).

I still think there needs to be some sort of background monitor that can be installed on local machines that will flag up a message or perform an action that if x number of files are read / modified within x number of seconds. Maybe there needs to be a folder / honeypot on the local drive that contains a couple of hundred small docs so the only thing that would access it would be a crypto.

It's just a thought.

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

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Been exposed to dyson once

Did a networking job, jeez, must have been about 15 years ago, and I had a lot of cable strand ends on the floor, so grabbed the offices dyson and no matter how hard I tried, I just could not suck up those ends out of a carpet. Dustpan and brush did it in no time.

I do currently own a 'cylone' / bagless vacuum - samsung. I can put the hose on the ceiling and it will stay there. Brilliant suction.

On a side note, a few years ago I was contracting for HRG (Argos) and dyson had a tradein offer on vacuums. The savvy ones were buying brand new, dirt cheap vacuums and then immediatly trading them in for dysons. Not sure what the trade in value was, maybe £100?

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Online pharmacy slapped with £130,000 fine for flogging customer data

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Unhappy

probably not the only ones

I know for a fact that Travis Perkins has sold my details, I made an online enquiry but put me down as Dr rather than Mr, now I get loads of postal junk. All good for the bonfire :)

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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WTF?

Re: Finland did this ages ago

I discovered this by accident when I was in Holland with the dutchside of the family. I paid for something and was expecting change, arm out and the shop owner looking at me. Very odd situation to be in. Sister in law forgot to tell me and found it amusing.

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How to get 10Gbit/s home broadband in the US: Step 1. Move to Chattanooga, TN

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Coat

Great if you can afford the 10Gb NIC. Wifi might struggle to keep up though.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Bit of Jack Wagner me thinks

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Sysadmins can forget PC management skills, says Microsoft

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"Nope, lack for certification can also be a reason not to give a pay rise / promotion, if you do get certified that have to come up with another excuse"

i'm self employed so the only reason I looked into it was to 'promote / enhance' my company, however as I live (quite happily) in the small biz world, this hasn't been an issue for me. And been trading since 2001.

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Tezfair

The more MS does to change the way a business works the more likely they are of losing customers.

Example, Windows Mobile, I lived and breathed WM 5 and 6, but soon as metro turned up, they lost me to Android and will never go back (and I advised my clients to do the same). Do the same to the traditional desktop and businesses will simply look at the alternatives.

As for certification. I looked at it until I saw the cost. Never been certified, never been asked if I have them. Only ones they benefit are MS and the people floggin them.

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Ten years on: Ronnie Barker, Pismonouncers Unanimous founder, remembered

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Pint

Good write up but...

I disagree with the 'un-pc' remark in open all hours. The show worked at all levels and was never offensive, stutter or not.

The modern comic writers just don't have that magic style of innocent and witty comedic timing. There was always something that people could enjoy at all levels, something that people will say when Brucie leaves us (I call him Mr Saturday Night). Most modern writers try and stay on the inside of politically correct and more often than not produce something that maybe is only so so. R&R proves that good writing is timeless.

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Top QLD sex shop cops Cryptowall lock; cops flop as state biz popped

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Facepalm

I have been getting a few dropbox invites just recently, but i'm behind smsmse and I set the content filtering to drop any email that contains any executible file whether exe, cmd scr etc. Seems to work well.

Also implimented a file scanning rule on windows servers (courtesy of spiceworks) that if we / client gets unlucky and gets infected and starts mass file modifications / decrypt.txt files start appearing, it effectively blocks that IP, or blocks the file saves (can't remember off the top of my head)

I have seen it three times, twice in businesses and once as a residential job, but his one was a bugger because it took out his backup too as his backup hdd was always left connected.

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TXT message leaves Corvette wrecked

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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

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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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