* Posts by Joe Drunk

187 posts • joined 23 Jun 2007

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Wanted: beta testers for El Reg’s Android app

Joe Drunk

Re: Before I sign up

I too have been disappointed with apps for news sites as I have found them bloated, slower loading than the mobile websites and typically, far more ads.

I was about to ask what advantages there were to the app over m.theregister - you just answered my question. The offline reading is a definite plus.

I do hope, however, that m.theregister doesn't get neglected as a result of development on this app.

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Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

Joe Drunk
Windows

Remote power on?

I Googled and found only one other review which mentioned the power button on the remote was non-functional.

I have been looking for an HTPC with built-in remote power on (not wake from sleep/hibernate mode, but full power on after I select 'SHUT DOWN' from start menu, just as if I'd hit the power button on the PC itself).

There are plenty of hacks to convert any PC to remote power on, but does such a thing exist for any HTPC?

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Norton for Windows 10 is NOT a box-borking beta, insists Symantec

Joe Drunk
Windows

The ONLY option is to use a less-targeted OS. The solution is obvious....

FTFY

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

Joe Drunk
Pint

Re: Its a small change!

This is usually followed by spending Friday night and most of Saturday undoing that 'small change' and the subsequent systems/processes that were affected/ground to a halt.

The requester of that change had a wonderful weekend however after he was told it didn't work as planned and merely replied "Oh, OK, just undo it and I'll have a look at it on Monday. Cheers."

Several pints to those of you who have the authority to push back on these last minute requests.

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CSC insiders: 800 job cuts will hit service delivery for punters

Joe Drunk

The word inside CSC is that the workforce is already strained.....

Prepare to be strained even further. Those 'concerns' always fall on deaf ears. As is always the case is such scenarios, those of you whom survive the cull may begin to bring sleeping bags and a change of clothes to work regularly since you will now have to take on the work of your departed comrades.

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Cupertino GIVES IN to Taylor Swift, will pay Apple Music royalties

Joe Drunk

Re: Royalties? What royalties?

Which is why I have no respect for those who, having amassed huge fortunes from businesses which behave unethically at every turn, then go on to put large amounts of money into charities. Seems like an attempt to buy absolution for past misdemeanours to me entirely on a par with the mediaveal practice of buying pardons from the church.

It's always good PR but I would say it's fair to bet that the amounts donated to charities by those possessing huge fortunes would be a lot less if those contributions weren't tax deductible.

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

Joe Drunk

MSA creation is optional in 8.1

I have Windows 8.1 on my laptop - I was offered the option to skip the MSA creation process during initial setup (I did) and was able to use everything on my laptop including the web, installed all my favorite apps, etc. just like I did with XP and 7, no MS account required.

If you want to install anything from Windows Store or use the afore mentioned calendar (I don't) then yes, you will have to create an MS account.

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Dotcom keeps assets, for now

Joe Drunk

Will there be any assets left to seize

after the years-long legal costs are factored in?

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

Joe Drunk

It must get awfully messy for the poor sod who has to replace a blade/hard drive/memory/power supply in the event of failure.

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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

Joe Drunk

The attack is said to have started on Saturday morning.

Given the reported size of the ransom, though, it's possible the district was specifically targeted by crooks.

Inside job or someone with knowledge/access of the school's computers. Disgruntled ex-employee?

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3,500 servers go down – so my FIRST AID training kicks in

Joe Drunk

Re: Career in IT

Oh I know other career paths suck too. I have friends in medical, legal and education. I have heard their horror stories, the only one that sucked worse than mine or my colleagues were the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) guys.

Management is bollocks, I can deal with that, you have to no matter what career. It's having to deal with it 24/7, 365 days a year that's unbearable. Right now I only have to deal with it 40 hours a week. It's like heaven compared to on-call. Social life again. Mmm regular sleep schedule interrupted only by social life, as it should be. Quality of life high again.

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Joe Drunk

This week's tale comes from Pat Dufresne, who tells us he spent two years on the night shift at a hosting company in Montreal, Canada, and rates the gig “the best two years I've spent working in IT".

Conversely, the time I spent on-call were my worst years in IT. The ten percent pay differential was irrevelant. It interfered with my social life to the point where it was practically non-existant. The irregular sleep cycles had an adverse effect on my concentration which consequently affected my job performance. I went from drinking coffee because I enjoyed the taste to becoming a hard core caffeine addict.

things seldom went awry..

So that's the secret. He didn't work in a dynamic, fast-paced matrix environment. In my experience, major things seldom went awry. It was the minor things perceived as major things that led to the knee-jerk phone calls at odd hours followed by escalations and conference calls to determine on whom to place blame for making that red alarm go off in the NOCC. You come to work Monday morning like a zombie due to tossing and turning all night, stomach in a knot fearing that you or some member of your team will be sacked over this. Turns out that red alarm was for some service that was discontinued and naturally, the only one who knew anything about it was not available to answer that question until now. He forgot to mention that service during all our change management reviews, since, naturally, it was discontinued. Shame on myself and my team for not doing our due diligence. Unfortunately this is a true story and a scenario that would play itself out on many occasions during my time as on-call and one of the main reasons why I loathe IT as a career.

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Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari EXPLOITED to OWN Mac, PCs at Pwn2Own 2015

Joe Drunk

Doesn't matter what browser/OS/platform, all are and will ever be vulnerable

when you have REAL l337 hax0rz like lokihardt or ilxu1a who are experts at penetrating the chinks in your adamantite security.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

Joe Drunk

People still prefer real coffee over K-cups

dboyes nailed it - It's been in every office environment I've worked in and I agree that it makes sense since there's less clean-up/stale coffee left in a coffee pot no one wants to assume responsibility over cleaning.

As a coffee lover, the taste leaves a lot to be desired. So much so that about 6 years ago when I was one of the PM's managing a desktop/server refresh in downtown Manhattan I decided to BMOC (bring my own coffee). During alternate weekends I was in charge of the late shift (7PM - 7AM) and couldn't bear to drink K-cups all night so I bought a $10 twelve cup automatic drip coffee maker and $10 coffee grinder. I bought whole beans from au bon pain, a coffee chain whose coffee I much prefer to Starbucks and was in coffee heaven. During the course of the project I went from brewing 2 full pots of coffee per night to 8! Our entire team of project coordinators, vendor reps and techs switched from K-cups to my brew. Granted, I do make damned good coffee but this demonstrated to me that given a choice, people will choose regular brewed coffee over k-cups.

K-cups is convenient. It's just there. If I just want something that tastes like coffee and don't want to go outside in the rain/cold to the coffee shop I'll grab a k-cup. Probably something flavored to mask what I consider sub-par coffee. Plus it's free. Well, you get what you pay for.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

Joe Drunk
Pint

LMAO

At the 3,000 that were booted from that website. Just what they deserved for signing up in the first place.

And Tawnie...I've definitely seen way better.

Beer icon because Tawnie, after I've had a few, I will probably change my mind.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

Joe Drunk

Re: Java - again

There was a time when Java was a multi-platform OS. Write once, run anywhere. Somewhere along the line it became a slow, resource hogging programming language that seems to be the favorite of companies wanting to save money on a still pretty much write once, run anywhere, albeit slowly and poorly programming language. I thought it was just a Windows thing but it runs equally slowly on Linux. It seems that Java has become the bastard legacy programming child adopted by Oracle.

Fortunately I don't have any dependencies on Java so it doesn't exist on any of my systems and I avoid it at all costs.

PowerDVD? That monstrosity still around? I guess if you buy a new PC with a blu-ray drive you will have the misfortune of having that pre-installed (trial version?).

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

Joe Drunk

The perfect toy for the child that has everything

Except friends.

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RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

Joe Drunk

Surprised they lasted this long

Horrible business model. Convert from selling components and do-it-yourself electronics to cell phone and overpriced cable/battery store. I get that you can't beat online prices but when other brick and mortar chains outprice you consistently you're just counting the days to chapter 11.

It really has been a waste of retail space in the past decade.

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Attackers sling recent Flash 0day through 1800 domains

Joe Drunk
Mushroom

Re: Coupon-anything websites are all run by criminals

Coupon printer is malware. It hijacks your search page with a BHO (CONDUIT) and although the worthless coupon printer software can be removed, the accompanying luggage cannot be removed by punters requiring a personal visit from a boffin.

I see you posted AC as you are probably have a vested interest in Coupon Printer and related software.

I repeat (non-anonymously), Coupon Printer is malware.

PS. aren't you making enough money from the fake "Adobe flash player is out of date, click here to update" popups?

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Joe Drunk
Flame

Coupon-anything websites are all run by criminals

How many of you spend hours per week cleaning 'coupon-printer' and related malware from unsuspecting punters' computers?

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US DoJ okays IEEE's patent troll BAN-HAMMER

Joe Drunk
Thumb Up

RCWireless complains that it's only WiFi – under the old patent regime – that rescued the world from being “tethered to the Internet via … a telephone line”. It complains that the decision published by the IEEE was reached by a "non-transparent" process and punishes "creators of patented innovations".

It doesn't punish creators of patented innovations. It punishes those whose business model revolves around the barter, sale and litigation of patents while contributing zero to the R&D of said patents.

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

Joe Drunk

Unfortunate but it is a sign of the times. Those who have as many grey hairs as me will remember a time when stability/longevity was a reward that could be expected from a career you've invested significant time and effort in to exceed employer expectations.

We were referred to as 'Personnel'.

Somewhere around the 90's there was a change - We were converted to 'Human Resources' - someone to be used up till you were no longer deemed essential. Outsourcing was what all trendy companies wanted so I became a consultant. The demand and rates were high and a 6 month + contract almost always went to 24 months + so I had more job security than regular employees. I replaced many such sods during my consulting years. Now rates have gone down along with demand due to inexhaustible supply of job seekers. The only things that have gone up are expectations of your commitment in both hours and work required along with time off in between contracts.

Enter the era of "Human Capital" - The word 'Human' is thrown in there as a PR stunt as you are treated no better than a piece of office furniture.

What kind of career awaits PFYs entering today's work force?

They will all be similar to Supernovae. Burn brightly through a short time until they are exhausted and burn out, sometimes in violent explosions (run amok with a shotgun after being made redundant).

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

Joe Drunk

Another Chromium browser. I wonder if they fixed that new tab annoyance - the one that sends new tabs to the background unless you do a key combo (control+shift+left mouse or shift+middle mouse) or load an extension. Firefox, Opera 12.x and even IE have the option to open new tabs on top.

I also wonder if it will be able to play Netflix via HTML5 like Google Chrome instead of using Silverlight.

And yeah, for it to be really geeky is should be portable without requiring software virtualization.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

Joe Drunk
Gimp

Even if the S6 were a much, much better phone it wouldn't impact Apple's sales significantly. Apple has something no other mobe maker can claim - loyal customers.

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

Joe Drunk

From personal experience I will testify that yes, alcohol won't eliminate stressful or traumatic memories. All it does is postpone them. So forget about drinking if you've been dumped by someone or work in a "dynamic, fast paced, results-oriented matrix environment". These are catalysts for alcoholism and other chemical dependencies. Lifestyle changes are the only way to alleviate chemical (alcohol) dependency.

Alcohol has helped relieve anxiety and allow sleep when I couldn't as a result of said anxiety. I did not like being dependent on booze or anything else just to sleep because my job was causing too much stress and I had bad taste in women.

I made some lifestyle changes and now drink because I want one, not because I need one.

Beer icon because that's all I drink now, the hard stuff reminds me too much of my IT tech days.

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

Joe Drunk

No, I did not brave the cold nor did I want to drive 90 minutes away from the light pollution to get a glimpse of this comet with binoculars. The NFL divisional playoffs were on TV that night along with some good NCAA basketball matches. Myself and some buddies finished off what was left of a case of Bass Ale left over from Christmas over pizza.

There'll be other comets. Will there be other comets + clear skies? Let me put it this way..the last astronomical event I witnessed was the 2003 Leonid Meteor Shower.

Thanks for the Stellarium tip. I didn't know comets and other astronomical objects could be manually added and tracked. Neat.

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Joe Drunk

Hooray!!! Crystal clear skies tonight!!!

Boooo!!!!! It's going to be -11C tonight!

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Fake Android The Interview app actually banking Trojan

Joe Drunk
Windows

Installing an app from a random torrent is definitely smart

See title.

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

Joe Drunk

Re: going down

I don't understand the downvote, probably another angry loner who thinks script kiddies should be allowed to DDOS anything on the internet they want.

That's the problem with being a wannabee l337 h@xor. You're (in)famous for only very a short time. After that the rest of your life is a toilet. Try getting a job.

No, no bragging rights later - you will have been replaced by another wannabee l337 h@xor. No one will remember your name.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

Joe Drunk

Re: The hobbit: five battle armies movie is AMAZINGLY FANTASTIC!!

Yup, when I was your age I was easily distracted and entertained by exciting special effects, explosions, slow-motion fight scenes, CGI morphs etc. Apparently Hobbit is targeted towards people your age as it it mostly special effects, little content.

I did like LOTR trilogy and as someone who read Tolkien at age 12 I was disappointed to learn Hobbit was going to be stretched out to 3 movies.

I realize it is a business and trying to squeeze out as much money from the franchise as possible is a wise move as it appears to have a large established base of loyal customers fans who will eagerly part with their money on anything Peter Jackson, regardless of how mediocre.

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Feeling safe in your executive hotel suite, Mr CEO? Well, DON'T

Joe Drunk
Facepalm

Consider the target

High level execs are the most technologically handicapped people on this planet and therefore ripe targets for this kind of threat in spite of the rigorous security tools and policies on their laptops.

When I was a PC tech we repeatedly cleaned malware/bloatware from many senior officers' company provided laptop because most didn't want to be bothered and just gave it to their kids to play with.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

Joe Drunk

Re: Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

I only know two opticians.

Both wear glasses.

Neither are planning on getting laser surgery until it 'gets better'.

My optician wears glasses too. Odd?

I'm very happy for those of you who've had this surgery and experienced both an improvement in your sight and quality of life. I'm also not too proud to admit that I am envious. My problem is this procedure is irreversible. You have to admit you did roll the dice by having this surgery and the odds were clearly in your favor. I gamble with my money, not my health. Glasses/contacts are a pain sometimes but not enough for me to make a decision I may regret for the rest of my life. As technology evolves maybe some day there will be a procedure that will offer a permanent solution with minimal risk. I suspect by that time I will be too old to care.

Anyway if there is one silver lining to my myopia it would be dispensing with reading glasses. I can see up close with razor sharpness simply by removing by glasses/contacts.

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Joe Drunk

Re: Another solution

@JDX: Agree 100%

Social networking sites give the false impression that everyone with an IP address is your trusted friend and have tricked humanity into thinking that sitting in front of a computer, unkempt and in your underwear is the same as going out and interacting with people face to face.

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Joe Drunk

Eye laser surgery is not for everyone.

You hopefully have a doctor who has your best interests at heart (very rare these days) and will advise on all the risks and whether you are a good candidate for this surgery.

That said, my uncle who lives here in the US has been wearing contacts/glasses since he was a teen. He went for an evaluation and was given the green light. 24 months later he complains of constant discomfort in both eyes and has to use eye drops on a regular basis for his dry eye conditions. He tells me he has close to 20/20 vision but not as good as he had when he wore glasses. He went from being dependent on eyeglasses to being dependent on eye drops. Furthermore, this is considered elective surgery so no insurance here in the US will cover this. He regrets the decision but as it is irreversible he will have to deal with it or have more corrective surgery. He declines of course. He considers himself fortunate after reading some of the other eye surgery disasters.

At one point I too was considering this surgery but I think I will stick to my contacts/eyeglasses. My vanity will have to suck it.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

Joe Drunk

Netflix US already has every Star Trek episode ever made, one of the things making my Netflix subscription very appealing. Does this mean CBS will eventually be pulling ST from Netflix and making available on CBS OTT exclusively?

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Drupal SQL injection nasty leaves sites 'wide open' to attack

Joe Drunk
Pint

A Giant Toast

to all those of you who not only weathered the long night addressing this vulnerability but find that weathering long nights and weekends fixing/maintaining/upgrading systems to be a regular course of your job. All too often this sacrifice goes under appreciated and soon forgotten except by those of us with first-hand experience.

I am no longer a member of this club but have vivid memories of an era where a strong addiction to caffeine was a requirement while regular sleep cycles were grounds for termination.

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Monster banking Trojan botnet claims 500,000 victims

Joe Drunk
Holmes

Re: Hmm

I wasn't one of those commenters but that orgasm is largely due to the fanbois' insistence that their walled garden is immune to malware. If I had a shilling for every comment on the interwebs I've read that had the phrase "Macs don't get viruses" I would be incredibly wealthy.

If you are a Reg regular you will know that not even Linux is immune, Windows is simply a more lucrative target due to market saturation.

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Ex-basketball star CUFFED on suspicion of stealing Apple gear worth $14k

Joe Drunk

Re: Blown Away.

At least some NFL players do invest wisely, Such as Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He purchased over 20 Papa John’s Pizza franchises in the state of Colorado just before the recreational use of marijuana was legalized in that state.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/peyton-manning-credits-legal-colorado-pot-booming-papa-john-pizza-business-article-1.1944951

Genius.

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Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach

Joe Drunk

Re: Sniffing

It's been about a decade for me too. 80K users? more like 2K actual humans and the rest bots.

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Joe Drunk
Windows

IRC Still around?

I though only malware writers used it as command & control centers for their crap.

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

Joe Drunk

These scams will never stop

As long as there are people gullible/greedy enough to be take the bait.

Free money from unknown/unexpected source should be an automatic red flag.

Prince Matumbo would be envious.

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

Joe Drunk

@AC

"Hardly anyone is going to be using any version of Firefox in a business situation anyway. 99% will be using IE."

Have an upvote on me for stating reality.

@Hans 1

Have a downvote. Being a System Admin of your home network is not the same as a System Admin in a medium to large business. IE + MSOFFICE are the defaults on the desktop. It's a fact. You may see an alternate browser on a corporate desktop if permissions are relaxed enough that user can install their own apps. This isn't the case at the Fortune 50 companies I've contracted for in the past decade. Sorry to burst your bubble,

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

Joe Drunk

No jailtime or fines necessary

Probation on the condition that they are banned from using the internet for 24 months.

If this were a standard penalty it should deter the vast majority of future anon wannabees.

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

Joe Drunk

Re: Need similar laws in the UK..

Not sure about the UK but most of the firms I worked for here in the US didn't have hourly IT workers - we were classified as exempt (either salaried or more commonly, per diem). You worked your standard 10+ hour "professional" work day and were paid the same regardless of hours worked.

I wonder if the the steps they will be taking to ensure the same things doesn't happen again involves the conversion of these hourly workers to either salaried or per diem.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Joe Drunk
Pint

Re: I can't believe this started before the War on Terror

I wholeheartedly agree. I raise my glass today not only in honor of those who didn't make it but to those of us who worked even longer hours than our normal 80+ hour week on the grueling process of restoring the infrastructure in the aftermath.

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Lads from Lagos turn from 419 scams to basic malware slinging

Joe Drunk

Well this would certainly explain why Prince Matumbo stopped emailing me years ago.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Joe Drunk
Pint

No, Bill, no..

"You caught me at a bad time...I'm at at the pub having a good time helping a friend install a new sound system in his car, I'll have to call you back." "No, Bill, no, I can't help you right now I'm very busy I'll call you back as soon as I'm free." Hang up, ignore subsequent calls from Bill for the next few hours. Call Bill back hours later, "Hi Bill, so what's the problem? Oh, never mind, you figured out what the problem was, fix it yourself/called someone else and the fixed it for you? That's great, glad everything worked out for you."

Happens about 95% of the time.

Beer icon because I do get a lot of these types of calls when I'm at the pub trying to enjoy myself.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

Joe Drunk
Facepalm

Hey I started with True Image 2009 and was happy with it - until I found it wouldn't work with SATA. I upgraded to 2011 but then found that it was incompatible with images created with 2009!

facepalm!

Back to Ghost I go then - only to find that it too was incompatible with image files created by previous versions.

double facepalm!

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Joe Drunk

Re: Macrium Reflect

That's what I've heard and that has kept me from upgrading from True Image 2011. I heard that they started to go downhill at around the time they fired all their internal support in favor of outsourcing.

For me, a long-time Ghost user since DOS it wasn't easy to make the change but True Image 2011 has become the only drive imaging software I've ever needed for years. I have used it to backup and restore XP/7 and Ubuntu 12.04 partitions successfully. Being able to reliably backup to and restore from FTP is my favorite feature although I'm sure other imaging products have the feature as well.

Drive Image XML is free for personal use - does anyone have firsthand experience with it?

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