225 posts • joined 6 Dec 2006
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.
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.
BT guilty here..
Number of new setups I have been to and BTs default password is.... welcome1
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
TMobile UK are sending out letters regarding yet another price increase.
I think I have found the 2nd bug
Installed 8.1.1 last night and today all my printing is in reverse
the wd mycloud nas?
its close enough to your description
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.
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!!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
KMS and all that nonsense
And they wonder why smaller businesses are staying on older versions
They needed to rob the bank to pay for the 3G dongle charges
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.
Try the other BT....
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.
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.
cheap, but everything around it to utilise the speed is where the costs mount up.
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
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.
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
Re: New name for SkyDrive
"8.1 is a big improvement"
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.
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
I can wait
It will be on the BBC this Christmas
You have to reboot your own server now?
Some where to put all those fake hotmail / live / outlook accounts...
The ones you have to make to activate Office 2013
in space no one can hear you sms
haha, I just came on to say the same thing
WM / WP it's the same thing as far as im concerned.
I had tiles / jump lists to the point that I had so many that it would have been quicker to have none at all and have the 'next' arrow closer to the top. At least in WP7 the arrow was at the top of the screen, then an update shoved it right at the bottom. Its these changes that MS seems to think helps.... but doesn't.
Not usually having to scroll in emails, sub folders and only the last week's emails keeps everything minimal.
As a long time user of WM devices I did the unthinkable - went to Android. Had the S4 and just find it so much easier to get to places. No transistioning chunky squares, no scroll, scroll, scroll to the bottom of the tiles just to get to the next screen.
Android works well for me. main screen for phone / contacts / emails / calendar, left screens for play, right screens for biz apps.
Native email doesn't work for me as I use sub-folders heavily but im trialling an app which shows unread emails in ALL sub-folders.
Bye WM, life was good at 6.5, but 7.8 was torture.
Let me see...
Take the money from the debit card, or the credit card which charges 29.9% APR. Wonder which one they prefer?
can't remember the last time I read a newspaper
Why pay for yesterdays news when the bbc news website does a respectable job for free*
*tv license acknowledged
My contract due at the end of the month. I have a Lumia.I hate it with a passion, and not that interested in iphones. So which really is the best for average 'old IT man' usage..
S3, S4, Note, HTC one?
My ultimate pet hate is transitions. If I press something I want it to happen instantly, not have to wait 0.5 second to watch the icon swooshing around the screen arrrggggg. Can any of these phones turn off any / all screen transitions?
I have been playing with the S3 at Tescos but spent more time working out how to bypass the 'tesco system lockdown screen' than testing it
....another price increase coming shortly
Marketing scare mongery
XP is old and W7 could be seen as an improvement however there will be some applications that can't or will never be able to run under x64.
I look after lots of XP desktops running against SBS 2003 box. Am I going to upgrade? no. Why? businesses can't afford to ditch a working machine for a new one
I will accept there is a security risk, but on the basis that all my client use non IE browsers and have industrial strength AV and AS on the servers and on the desktops, their systems will not suddenly all stop working on 2nd April 2014
I have one customer that still uses Server 2000. It amazes me that its not died, but it still works, its not exposed to the internet, so where's the problem?
What actually happened...
This is the batch where the auditors came around and all the children were sent home so the cleaners had to fill in for a few days.
"a quarter of Microsoft's business customers are now using it,"
Which cloud is he referring to... the one called cuckoo land??
Been a partner for 10+ years on various tiers but have tended to step down the levels over the years since I was getting less for higher subscription payments.
I can live without MAPS and settle with just a basic technet these days - and even thats on the radar to ditch since everything now comes with a few months trail.
MS will agree to anything
As long as its shifting Windows
I don't have an apple, and the nearest apple store is 60 miles away, but I use Windows Mobile based phones, HTC / Nokia etc. I have a business contract and when the phones started playing up TMobile replaced them the next day (usually battery related)
Had I lived within commuting distance of a TMobile store I too could have had a same day straight swap. So in some ways the apple store is not offering anything extraordinary.
Im guessing here the difference is apple replaces the phone regardless of contract whereas TMobile only offers instant replacement to businesses.
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