* Posts by WylieCoyoteUK

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

WylieCoyoteUK
Mushroom

I actually manage a printer hotline.

And the calls can be very amusing.

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Re: The rest of us commute in daily from our hovels

Except to repair the printers, of course.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Some times the spark is to blame....

New office, nice shiny pcs, UPS the size of a small fridge.

Plug in the new large colour photocopier, switch on, everything switches off.

Investigate the UPS, which was still charging up.....and plugged into a 13amp mains socket via a kettle lead with an 8 amp fuse in the plug......

Turned out that socket also had a 10 amp circuit breaker in the consumer unit......

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

WylieCoyoteUK

turkish delight

Once got a carrier bag full of various boxes of Turkish Delight from a grateful customer who ran an import business selling the sweets. Superb stuff.

These days if I do small favours for friends, I ask them to donate to charity.

So far solar aid are about a hundred quid better off.

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An on-demand video subscription isn't just for Christmas... Oh. It is

WylieCoyoteUK
Holmes

Low long term value = churn

Just bought a chromecast2.

£30 from Pcworld, came with a £20 Google play movies voucher, and a 2 month SkyNow movies pass.

Will I be subscribing after they run out?

I doubt it, I have even struggled to use previous free passes anyway.

I do use Blinkbox or Play movies now and then, but I fail to see any value in a monthly subscription.

For older content, it is often cheaper to buy a DVD off ebay or a car boot than it is to rent it for one night.

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Windows 10 keeps Microsoft's odd desktop-as-a-service rules

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: RE:PC/Laptop OEMs would revolt

I have seen customers with exactly that in place, Linux based units running RDP to a windows server somewhere on the internet.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Re: Sea change in "allowed" foods

Apparently thou shalt not wear mixed fibres either:

http://biblehub.com/deuteronomy/22-11.htm

So eating pork while wearing a wool/linen mix is probably a guarantee of eternal hellfire.

Wonder if polyester and cotton counts?

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

WylieCoyoteUK
Facepalm

Cue all the usual stuff about incompatibility etc

Funny how so many people on-line seem to rely on obscure macros, plugins and fonts.

Or is it just those that post comments?

To be honest, probably for 75% or more of users, LO is more than adequate.

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NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?

WylieCoyoteUK

A signature

Slartibartfarst's, perhaps, although he was best at doing fjords.....

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WylieCoyoteUK

That will be a first.....

Maybe they found the ANY key

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Thin client devices revisited

WylieCoyoteUK

I have seen two separate customerss recently running Linux thin clients using RDP to run a windows desktop with Office etc. the only problems were with a locally connected MFD printing and scanning

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

WylieCoyoteUK

Re: What next

Yes, they have already considered TVs that can pause LiveTV if they detect the room is empty during an ad break.

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WylieCoyoteUK
Megaphone

Re: I wonder if he has ever changed a TV channel

Just record in advance on a PVR and skip the ads on playback.

Or pause the live TV and make a drink, then skip forward.

This comment is brought to you by the makers of Humax Personal Video Recorders, Hauppuage PCTV cards and MediaPortal software.....

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WylieCoyoteUK
Devil

Re: So, Ad Age thinks I'm a "thief" who's "interfering with business"?

And where does the money come from to pay for the advertising?

Out of the customer's pockets that's where.

I pay for unwanted advertising almost every time I buy something. Who's the "thief" now?

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Google Adblock shock a load of cock – users mock post hoc

WylieCoyoteUK
Facepalm

Re: Simple solution for google

"Ad blockers are the very reason why this isn't happening. As more and more people use ad blockers, publishers need to show more and more intrusive ads to earn the same amount of money."

That argument is nonsense, like saying we get so much spam because we use spam filters.

Ad blockers are in demand because the ads are so intrusive.

Companies often demand flashier, more intrusive advertising despite the advice of the people who actually produce it.

It would be interesting to know what the clickaway rate is for some sites where the advertising is so bad you can't actually read the page.

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

Meep Meep?

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WylieCoyoteUK
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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WylieCoyoteUK
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

WylieCoyoteUK
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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WylieCoyoteUK
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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WylieCoyoteUK
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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WylieCoyoteUK
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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