* Posts by JimRoyal

11 posts • joined 30 Oct 2012

The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

JimRoyal

Small claims worked for me as well, but I would not bother with anything less than £500 because it takes quite a while to put all the paperwork together. And beware, if you are the claimant you will have to travel to the nearest Small Claims Court to the defendant. But you will be able to claim the travel costs back, if you win. I won and got expenses, but had to take a whole day out from work to travel the 150 milers for the ten minute hearing.

I would not have taken on this job in the first place, even though I used to work a lot with Novell. Just like I would not take the job I saw advertised two days ago. Project manager wanted for Windows 7 rollout. Seriously! Windows 7! in 2016!

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Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?

JimRoyal

You all lose

On TV tonight is Lorraine Kelly's Penguin A&E. There's four, count 'em, one hour programs FFS.

Madder than anything anyone here came up with

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Jemmy the Car with Jimmy Carr

In which Jimmy Carr sets up a 'nice little earner' by breaking into and stealing high end cars. We follow him as he ships them overseas and arranges for the money to be channelled through a chain of offshore bank accounts.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

JimRoyal

It's not comfortable, but Simon Travaglia assured me that you get a stronger WiFi signal like this.

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Phone thieves to face harsher penalties for data theft

JimRoyal

And this covers......?

Any chance this covers GCHQ and the NSA?

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Met at 'huge risk' of botching its Sopra Steria outsourcing contract

JimRoyal

And before then?

Of course the other point is what happens between now and October next year? With the uncertainty of the future I would think that many of the best people would leave. The Met would then find it difficult to recruit replacements. So they would fall back on contractors, which will increase their staffing costs over the next year.

Please note, this is not a cynical view, it is exactly what I have observed at another organisation in a very similar position recently.

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

JimRoyal

Shadow nightmare

Customer: We bought this PR software package. It's fabulous. It does exactly what we want. Can you install it on a server please.

I.T.: OK!!!

Later.....

Customer: Why can't people access it on the Intranet?

I.T.: The software is client server, it does not work in a browser.

Later.....

Customer: Hello, Servicedesk! I'd like to log a call please. Please build us a web interface for our PR software.

Problem solved!!!!!!

And in another very similar situation, I.T. were unable to build a web front end for another customer bought system. A few days later the customer was overheard saying in a meeting "Yeah, we asked I.T. to web enable it but the too difficult light came on".

And don't get me started on 101 instances of "we've got this Access database that John wrote. John's left the company now and so you will have to support it"

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

JimRoyal

Re: Consulting the users

Can't believe the amount of negativity about user's ideas. They do sometimes make relevant points or useful suggestions. In such cases they should be taken on-board.

Of course, you will claim that you had already thought of them and that the fact that your ideas are the same is indicative of the passionate customer focus you have. You can also praise the users creative thinking which means you will always have someone in the future to support any ideas you put forward.

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BT warned: Speed up Openreach repairs or face PUNITIVE FINES

JimRoyal

Appointments

Amazed to see in this article that a target is in the offing of 12 days from contact with BT to get an appointment. When I worked for BT in the early 90s we made appointments when the customer called. Single business lines were installed in 3 days, residential in 4.

So what happened to privatisation and competition being improving the market? I suspected then we would end up with nothing but a choice, a customer choice, of poor services.

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

JimRoyal

Be Off!

Joined BE to get away from Talk Talk who took over what was originally a pipex account and then gave me terrible download speeds which they refused to fix, apparently 650k was within acceptable parameters.

Now need to leave BE to get away from Murdoch.

This is no bandwagon jumping, I've been refusing any Murdoch product for over a decade and intend to continue doing so.

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Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule

JimRoyal

:-(

My HTC Legend running Android 2.2 will not load it.

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