* Posts by WylieCoyoteUK

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: pushing a free upgrade

I support MFP hardware and software from several manufacturers on customers' networks, and the phone hasn't been that busy.

When untrained users, who don't even know how to install a network printer, upgrade to win10, we have to fix the mess.

On these, we need to un-install the rubbish WPS and WSD drivers that Windows 8 and 10 insist on using, (they often end up with a multifunction printer installed as a standalone (not working) scanner).

Then install the correct drivers.

Next, fix the broken network shares, and get job management settings working.

Then fix SMB and email scanning.

The other big problem is the "modern" apps being made default, especially the terminally stupid windows pdf reader.

On networks with sysadmins, they probably do this themselves.

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: After all, despite the hype, it's really only Windows 8.2

Meep Meep?

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Holmes

After all, despite the hype, it's really only Windows 8.2

Really Windows10 is more like a service pack for Windows 8.1

So the upgrade from 8 or 8.1 should be smooth and easy, shouldn't it?

And as they've re-added some of the stuff they removed from 7, that should be good to go as well...

Free, what's not to like....until you see how much gata they can now slurp from your PC...."free"

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WylieCoyoteUK
Joke

Did somone say FREE?

I'll take ten!

ahem

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Clement Freud

No, as any ex-Roneo engineer will tell you, we used to get that about twice a week.

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WylieCoyoteUK

Still around, but now called Neopost, and they don't sell duplicators or copiers anymore.

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How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Wow! that many?

Shall I sell windows 8.1 or 7 PCs, or load them up with an untried OS that my customers will get for free anyway, and I can say "sorry not supported on that machine" when it breaks ?

hmmmm....I'm sure there's an answer here......

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Holmes

Re: Paging Mr Twain

I think that p*ssing off your customers so much that you have to give them your main product for nothing is pretty much a fail, however you look at it.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast

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Devil

blaspemy!

As noted, this is not his holy noodlyness, for a start, everyone knows he exists only in holy Marinara sauce.

There is also a distinct lack of meatballs.

Worshippers of a false god should be subjected to death by the holy knife and fork.

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

WylieCoyoteUK
Thumb Up

Re: Nein! Nein! Nein!

sigh of relief......

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

EFI

Downloaded win10 ISO, pro version, wouldn't boot in Vbox without EFI turned on.

Then found that my MAPS key wouldn't work, so downloaded the Enterprise ISO. this wouldn't boot in VBox unless I turned EFI off.

Trying to download it on a windows7 PC using IE11 (sometimes MAPS insists) I got "4 hours and 15 minutes left"

So out of interest I tried on a Linux PC using Firefox, the download took 9 minutes, same site, same file, same network connection.

Maybe Linux users get priority :)

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Devil

Re: As another sysadmin...

Actually, some Linux distros are easier to learn than win10

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Google bows to inevitable, stops forcing Google+ logins on YouTubers

WylieCoyoteUK

I use Google+ as much as I use Facebook, which is ...er not much.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: But you will still need Excel

For power users, maybe.

For me, the real pain is the stupid ribbon interface in MSO.

Most people use a tiny fraction of any office package's features.

I have yet to find anything missing in Libre, and I can't use MSO at home because I don't have any windows PCs there.

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FAIL

Re: If you can't beat them...

"Fully supports" -nope.

Good luck opening a password protected odf or ods file in Office.

(password protected doc and xls work fine in Libre)

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: WinPho not doing better than before?

No surprise that the OS with around 80% of the market has more malware than the others.

Of course if Windows phone10 is actually just a flavour of Windows, that figure will change dramatically, won't it?

How much malware is there for Windows?

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

Of course the camel was the result of the horse design committee.

Mine's the one with the hump.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

WylieCoyoteUK
Facepalm

willing to watch adverts...I don't think so.

I had a shock the other day, I thought that my "skip forward" button had stopped working, I was actually being forced to watch adverts.

Then I realised I was actually watching TV in real time. I pressed pause, made a cup of tea, and all was right with the world again.

But even though I never watch adverts, I am not naive enough to think they don't have an effect.

What really annoys me is that I am paying for them (and indirectly all commercial TV content) every time I go shopping.

Yes, I use adblockers too, and spam filters.

I still purchase products, so I must really screw up all that analysis of ad campaigns.

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WylieCoyoteUK

willing to watch adverts...I don't think so.

I had a shock the other day, I thought that my "skip forward" button had stopped working, I was actually being forced to watch adverts.

Then I realised I was actually watching TV in real time. I pressed pause, made a cup of tea, and all was right with the world again.

But even though I never watch adverts, I am not naive enough to think they don't have an effect.

What really annoys me is that I am paying for them (and indirectly all commercial TV content) every time I go shopping.

Yes, I use adblockers too, and spam filters.

I still purchase products, so I must really screw up all that analysis of ad campaigns.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

WylieCoyoteUK
Paris Hilton

Ho Hum

We have reached a sort of plateau where even a cheap PC is more than man enough for most users.

Especially when you can carry an 8 core processor and several gigabytes of stuff in your trouser pocket.

The only way for windows10 to drive new PC purchases is to be bloated and a bit rubbish, slow down your hardware, etc, and that just isn't going to wash these days.

Extended life of hardware means an extended refresh cycle.

Even Paris is looking a bit sad and boring these days.

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

WylieCoyoteUK
Pint

No, just the kitchen PC....

*We assume that most of our keen readers will not be using anything so basic as a stone-age telly without digital storage. We presume it'll be more along the lines of custom media servers with a fistful of tuner cards, top-end DVRs, iPlayer run on a variety of exotic platforms, that sort of thing.

A little quad core Kabini with MythTV and dual HD tuner, streams LiveTV or recordings to a RaspberryPi behind the TV, or various other devices (phones, Tablets, PC, Android TVbox, etc.)

I originally built it as a backup for my YouView box.

Now it seems to be the other way around.

Shame there is so little worth watching these days.....

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

WylieCoyoteUK
Pint

Re: Actually....

Nigel is one of our finest operators. Blends right in, doesn't he?

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WylieCoyoteUK
Alien

Actually....

We've been here for a while, but you simple humanoids are easily fooled.

You won't even believe this post.

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

WylieCoyoteUK

you probably have misjudged Will.I.am

For a start, he is quite an astute businessman, which is probably why he has igored this.

Most of his money had been made producing for others, and he makes huge charity donations.

You should probably investigate more before dismissing someone.

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: HiFi vs Premium

Where can I get a subscriber list?

I have a $1000 HDMI cable to sell them....

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Streaming? more like Steaming

Yeah, My car ignores my playlist order, it plays everything in alphabetical order by song title.

Which dumbass thought that was a good idea?

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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: tablet sales will continue to decrease because of their longer-than-expected lifecycle.

Actually, I think that is what is meant by "longer than expected lifecycle"

PCs as well as tablets are good enough these days that there is no urgency to replace them, either because of functionality or obsolescence.

Laptops (and does that include Chromebooks by any chance?) seem to be taking a while to catch up, but they will reach the plateau soon.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

As someone who has tried to order goods from Amazon's German website, for delivery to someone in Germany, the language might be a small issue?

As for delivery, you might get it quicker from china than France.

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

WylieCoyoteUK

Worth 25.99?

Of course value is in the eye of the merchandiser.

A true BOFH would have bypassed the middleman and had some shipped direct from the sweatshop in the third world, and by now be selling them on eBay for a tenner.

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

WylieCoyoteUK
Pint

So, I need to drink 100 pints to save a pound?

Better get started saving money right away........

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Microsoft chucks patent sueball at Kyocera over Android phones

WylieCoyoteUK
Meh

Could just be a little arm twisting..

I wonder if Kyocera was making noises about dropping windows phone?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Lot of heat and noise on here

Poll Tax?

That was per person, not per household, remember?

License fee

Started off as a way to pay for the infrastructure, only the BBC had the transmitters.

I don't really mind paying the license fee, I use the BBC quite a lot.

But I have no choice but to pay for commercial TV, even though I don't use it, ever.

Every time you buy a product that is advertised on TV, you pay for the commercial TV companies.

I bet it adds up to a lot more than £145 a year.

Bear in mind, if there was no Freeview then the monthly sub costs would increase, as they would then become the only game in town, and advertisers, bless them, would love to use more and more airtime to feed you the important stuff.

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Mushroom

Re: So

Other defence and education services are not.

There are private schools. Can't afford them? tough.

Maybe we could franchise defence to another country, Putin would be keen, I'm sure.

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Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

WylieCoyoteUK
Alien

Matbe they don't really have much to offer.

Microsoft are exceedingly coy about which patents are actually involved.

Perhaps they are worried that their supposed patent pot might melt away if examined?

Barnes and Noble's "prior art" declaration led to MS backing down.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Unity is fine with me

Tried most distros at one time or another.

Mint is for XP refugees as far as I can see, don't like it much.

Xubuntu is Xcellent, run my Main home server (which doubles as a Kitchen desktop) on it, with MythTV and Zoneminder (for security cams).

Lubuntu isn't bad, used it on my netbook until I got a tablet.

I use Ubuntu 14.04 as my main desktop at home, but I use Android more and more, the desktop is becoming a fading memory for many.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

WylieCoyoteUK
Coat

I have a killer recipe for Bacon Jam.....

Yes, I can do the other stuff too, just thought it might give me an edge :)

Bacon Jam, described by my daughter as "emergency bacon" keeps for up to 3 weeks in the fridge . ...Apparently, not actually been able to resist it that long.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

WylieCoyoteUK
Go

Or Hollandaise the easy way....

Melt butter, put eggs and other ingredients into liquidiser, whizz until mixed well, then slowly drizzle hot butter in the top.

That way, the heat from the butter cooks the eggs, avoiding all the bain Marie faffing.

I add Bacon Jam as well.

(I make my Bacon Jam with free range streaky bacon, red onions, garlic, cholula sauce, demerara sugar, cider vinegar and Calvados)

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

WylieCoyoteUK
Childcatcher

What else are they inserting?

I thought that it was just coincidence that Benedict Cumberbatch was in everything.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Re: What exactly is being exploited here?

If you are running an internet server, you should be taking basic precautions to reduce the attack surface.

I know that default VPS setups are often pretty poor, so if you just set one up thinking "it's Linux, I'll be safe", your server was probably rooted a couple of months ago, right when you put it on the internet with no firewall settings, and a big sign saying " PLEASE ROOT ME".

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

WylieCoyoteUK
FAIL

Alphabetical list of programs with no categories?

And no customisation.

Who thought that was a good idea?

Probably the same dork that programmed my car entertainment system.

It took my carefully arranged playlists and played them alphabetically by title!

I don't mind some people using search for everything, I just want the choice.

Nobody two people use a PC the same way, why must they be limited to one method?

Progress is not about removing options.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Sorry...

Yeah, that stopped being the case after Vista, pretty much....

The number of "Vista capable" PCs sold that were no such thing left a sour taste in many consumer's mouths.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

OK computer, Is there a god?

THERE IS NOW

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

WylieCoyoteUK

Would be a shame to see Blinkbox go. I only watch films infrequently, but it is nice to have the option to watch one without taking out a monthly subscription to channels filled with loads of American TV carp.

Because it isn't an all you can eat service, it tends to have a better choice, whereas the sub channels only have some stuff for a limited time. I assume because the royalties are on pay per watch.

Sky store is apparently similar, but I haven't tried that.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: What kind of numpty prints out email, ever?

Simple solution, just tell your printer to print page 1.

I only print email out when it is money off food or drink at >insert name of pleasant hostelry here<

And then the voucher is conveniently designed to print the bottom few lines (or half the bar code) on page2 ! DoH!

Happily a lot of them allow you to show the barcode on your phone now :)

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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

WylieCoyoteUK
Thumb Up

Re: good as they first thought

Yes, you are in the main, right.

Like Netbooks before them, Tablets fit certain niches very well, but they are not the all purpose devices they were touted to be.

I have just replaced my 2.5 yr old Samsung 10" tablet (which replaced a 4 yr old Netbook). With a Sony 10" Android tablet with a faster processor, more storage and more memory.

I find it invaluable.

I use it for reading, surfing, email, etc. I can carry software, firmware and manuals for all of the 6 manufacturers' hardware and software I support in the field. Best point: it weighs less than 500g.

With a USBOTG cable and a USB stick, I can use it for 99% of the stuff I need when away from my desk.

My laptop mostly stays in the boot of the car nowadays, but in a case with its charger it weighs over 3Kg.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: Billing

And the bill can be changed after it has been issued.

A few examples: (CBA to find sources at the moment, but they should be easy enough to find similar stuff)

Guy has a few stitches after an accident, bill $200. After they find out he has insurance, bill magically triples, but is still not high enough for his insurance to pay out.

Woman is hit by another vehicle, hers is written off,

Hospital bill suddenly doubles when they try to claim some of her payment from the car insurance.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Because the CD is basically free....

Buy the CD off Amazon, and most of the time you get instant download.

A few days later the shrink-wrapped CD arrives, goes straight into the CD rack, in case you ever want to sell it on/rerip it/move to another format..

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

WylieCoyoteUK

TWM has one too......

http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/Apps/phone_app.aspx

It works very well, and the bus connections usually work well too.

As someone who has to use a car to get to work on the days when I am not able to work form home, (25 miles away and no direct bus or train service)

I was pleasantly surprised how much things have changed since I used to be a commuter.

I regularly use it now to visit the town centre for restaurants and theatres etc.

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WylieCoyoteUK

Re: The best urban transport

Unless you are shopping.

And don't mention bike trailers or home delivery.

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