* Posts by Tezfair

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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.

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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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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Pirate

I know what it is..

Wireless charging spot for Android tablets

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Samsung to boot out Shin after Galaxy S5 tanks – report

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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?

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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

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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

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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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.

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Apple patents AUTOGRAPHS. Checkmate, eBay

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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.

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

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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?

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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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.

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

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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.

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

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Coat

it's binary...

Windows 2, we are going back in time

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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.

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

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Coat

Malware proteced payment device....

Cash

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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FAIL

BT guilty here..

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!!

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Next Windows obsolescence panic is 450 days from … NOW!

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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!!

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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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Facepalm

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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Facepalm

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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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.

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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!!

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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

Tezfair
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

Tezfair

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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Tezfair

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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Unhappy

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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Coat

Re: Firewalls

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

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Tezfair
Holmes

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

Tezfair

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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Unhappy

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

Tezfair

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

Tezfair
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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Mushroom

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

Tezfair

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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Facepalm

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

Tezfair
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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Unhappy

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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