* Posts by ElRegUser007

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SharePoint's next release delayed until deep into 2016

ElRegUser007
Coffee/keyboard

+many for the photo

That is all. W

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

ElRegUser007

Last night's episode of Forever

on Sky Living Series 1 #17 involved (attempted) murder by hacking a gas appliance.

So a series about a 200-year-old pathologist has its finger firmly on the pulse.

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Veeam lobs backup bombs, with Cisco lighting the fuse

ElRegUser007

Re: Oh God ... I'm a shill

Lucky you.

Compared to the 10-15 years using BackupExec across multiple clients sites, in the four months I've been using Veeam, on a single physical data server, I have had far more problems. Multiple independent support cases, multiple hotfixes, considerable periods of non-operational backups.

I'm now in a situation where of my two backup routines, one has been broken since before 24 March when I opened a case which is still open and has had no effective response; on the other, I opened a case a couple of weeks back, the conclusion of which was a hotfix - which broke something else, and I'm now told that can't be fixed until a new release "later this month". So, no working backups at all. No apology, no workarounds, no working with me even to cobble something together.

7.9 millions VMs protected, they trumpet. "Protected" ?!

And no, there is no suggestion that my setup is to blame. It's about as vanilla as you can get.

Not happy. Not happy at all.

YMMV? - Clearly, everyone else's mileage is varying !

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ElRegUser007

+1 for Veeam Endpoint

Even in a small organisation like my first Veeam-using client, who have one physical server for their data VMs (filestore, LOB database, Exchange), and a second physical server for system management VMs, endpoint backup is great for backing up their non-standard-configuration PCs and notebooks, which number, despite my best efforts, too high a proportion of the 75+ total.

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

ElRegUser007

his repeated trips to the loo

Rookie mistake, mate.

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

ElRegUser007

Security? Who, me?

Yonks ago I was put in charge of a small outpost of a computer company, in an isolated corner of a large factory belonging to a distantly-related business. At the end of my first Friday, "my staff" left a few minutes before me, so I locked the door to our corner, and went on my merry way.

Come Monday morning the MD visited, to give me a bollocking because he'd been called out at 2am by the Police who had noticed the factory's massive roller door open to all elements and therefore all miscreants. Yup, no-one had told me that the factory knocked off at 1pm on Fridays and it was therefore my responsibilty to secure the entire place. Didn't stop the MD from blaming me, from then until the day he fired me.

The MD was Charles Forsyth:

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/04/22/charles_forsyth_legacy/

I learned a lot from my brief stay. Like, attacking the competition by selling at a gross loss on your largest longest-running contract is not a viable long-term business strategy.

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Google-Twitter hookup rumours pushes up babble blog site's shares

ElRegUser007

Gootter? Twiggle?

Breath duly bated.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

ElRegUser007

Dazed and confused ...

... by unexpected outbreak of common sense in a Regulator's judgement.

Must be the eclipse.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

ElRegUser007

The groom missed a trick

According to BBC: "The bride asked the groom to add 15 and six. When he replied 17, she called off the marriage ... saying the man was illiterate."

"No, dear. I'm innumerate. You're illiterate. We'll be fine."

And they left the ceremony to the strains of Sam Cooke: "Don't know much about ..."

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BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

ElRegUser007

Re: Finally

Tiefenbrun: a fine Scottish engineering name: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivor_Tiefenbrun

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A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

ElRegUser007

Career? At my age? Not exactly at the forefront of what remains of my mind.

Ouch. (My mind may be decaying but I know I am "Still Bob".)

This week during contract negotiations with my primary client I was asked what my retirement plans were. And to give them a year's notice.

B*st*rds.

I put in an ICT hardware purchase request for a Stannah stairlift.

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In Barcelona, no one can hear you scream ... HTC, Valve unleash Giger-inspired VR headgear

ElRegUser007

+umpteen for the Ivor Cutler link

Brings back memories of the man himself - sometimes struggling to keep a straight face, you could hear, among your own helpless tears of mirth - and of John Peel as a bonus.

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Visa's tokenisation scheme to debut in Australia

ElRegUser007

Frustrated is an anagram of t'fraudster

Inspired by this ultra geek-histori-cool:

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=17884

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

ElRegUser007

Re: Nobody talks to Cortana

>> a back-end on Azure try to guess what I wanted or get it wrong

>> if I happen to sneeze or be eating a mint or whatever.

"Azure!"

Bless you.

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Did North Korean hackers nobble Sony Pictures?

ElRegUser007

A plague on both their houses

My lack of sympathy is equally distributed. Is Adam Sandler in this movie? - that would tip the balance.

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NHS and POLICE non-emergency services GO DARK after Voda switch failure - source

ElRegUser007

"We do not anticipate any further outages"

Unusual for a company to publish such an honest and succinct statement of their approach to system resilience.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

ElRegUser007
Mushroom

Re: Er no, not yet

>> I wonder if it responds correctly to Alexa, can you put Cortana on please?

This is how we humans eventually regain control of our world. Get Alexa, Siri, and Cortana talking to each other. Boom.

(Tish).

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ElRegUser007

In a couple of years

- this will be The Master's latest attack vector sending children of all ages scurrying behind their sofas. Very quietly.

"Echo, when will I die?"

"Die. Die. Die. Die. Die ......"

(not quite as scary as Nestene though <shudder>)

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iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

ElRegUser007

Fillip glass

Three paragraphs later my mind applies the brakes, and says "You've just been e-mailing your classical musician sister-in-law. Something resonates. Back up, back up ... Yup. Very good."

How many of these throw-away references do I miss?!

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

ElRegUser007
Headmaster

Pecking order

Not pegging order. Otherwise very chortlesome thank you. But with a bitter twist - brings back all too many memories of incidents of social inadequacy, such as telling a joke to my parents then finding out the next day what it meant. Oh, and - quelle horreur - doing the same with not just my girlfriend, but my girlfriend with half a dozen of her friends. <shudder>

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

ElRegUser007

Early retirement destination list

Far North of Scotland now down to Number 2.

New entry at Number 1.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

ElRegUser007

Microsoft Valued Professional <> Microsoft rep / employee

When Susan Bradley (fka SBS Diva) says "we" she does not mean Microsoft.

She is (IMO) One Of The Best.

Oftentimes, she - and/or others like her - work out what's going on and what to do about it, well before Microsoft does.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

ElRegUser007

Man Utd support the Tabletban

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

ElRegUser007

Hearts and Minds

I am a Scot and I have a vote.

My perception is that the majority of Scots feel "Heart says Yes, Mind says No."

And as any of you who have paid attention to any recent neuroscience//psychology/economics will know, even when our mind thinks it made a decision, much of the time it didn't.

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Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

ElRegUser007
Headmaster

Edit

> Companies will, from a limited pallet, let employees

Palette.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

ElRegUser007

Michael K Pilliod

Rearranged into a well-known phrase or saying:

He calm: I kill iPod.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

ElRegUser007

Re: She reads El Reg!

And she means well. Unlike some who take public money.

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ElRegUser007

Re: Never...

Her Art Matters series on Sky Arts was (IMO) rather good. Absolutely not just a pretty face. I feel quite upset that Reg + 'tards are sinking collective teeth into her. Not saying you're wrong so to do, just saying I'm upset.

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Measure for measure: We visit the most applied-physicist-rich building in the UK

ElRegUser007

Peak pedantry

Peak != peek (nor pique nor Peke)

Please.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

ElRegUser007

Any fule architect kno this

With free SketchUp any architect-schmarchitect can model a guy-looking figure - a few triangles and a few rectangles.

For a female-looking figure, you'd need Rhino, possibly Grasshopper, and more of a clue than your average architect.

Cheap buildings: boxes. Expensive buildings: curves.

This is not sexist, this is geometry.

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ElRegUser007

Double the visual assets

Chortle.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

ElRegUser007

We Were Promised Jetpacks

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Were_Promised_Jetpacks

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Review: GFI Cloud eliminates need to nursemaid Windows

ElRegUser007

I use GFI Cloud with one client. Not for monitoring or asset management (I use Desktop Central for some of that, plus deployment and MDM) - for anti-virus and web protection. Nice clear positive daily status e-mail. Reporting looks good but is oddly restrictive - you can find out users' web usage today, and for the last seven days, but not for yesterday, for example. Agent deployment was pleasantly straightforward. Tech support has been pleasant and effective.

I don't like dealing with GFI (UK) sales or admin though. Unpleasant. And I vividly remember deploying their on-server Excahnge anti-spam solution some years back, to find that it scanned all mailboxes deleting what it thought was spam - by default, automatically and immediately and without warning.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

ElRegUser007

Re: I hope they use thicker plastic...

>> "Carrier" being a somewhat optimistic description of what they are supposed to do.

"You shop, you drop", then.

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

ElRegUser007

What have you got against Tesco's website?

I happened to try out a few of their close competitors recently, and went scurrying back - Tesco's Finest, I decided. What have I missed?

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

ElRegUser007
Coat

An excellent article

Without a trace of irony.

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Live in the middle of nowhere? CONGRATS. Some of you can pay EE for 4G

ElRegUser007

Livingstone = explorer

Livingston = place

(or star of Office Space)

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

ElRegUser007

Re: Just a question: "utilize"?

and why "administrate" over "administer" ?

But yes, that's a rhetorical question.

No point trying to hold back the tide. Like Canute. Or Canutility.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

ElRegUser007

the hardware bollocking did require matrix broad

Ahhhh, Carrie-Anne Moss in PVC ...

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How bad WAS the parking situation in Middelfart* in 2013?

ElRegUser007

Nominative Determinism

Spokesperson for a continent-spanning project to future-proof data mining : Dr Delve.

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

ElRegUser007

Re: @AC (was: Here in Sonoma, Californa ...)

Whoa there! Cross purposes, I suggest.

To my knowledge, Jake's comment accurately reflects - albeit in humorous vein - the instinctive reaction of the majority of c.60-year-olds these days when marketed at on the basis of likely/possible infirmities/limitations.

ie " I'm not bl**dy well old ! "

That's completely separate (as I see it) from the reaction of those who are coping with their infirmities/limitations (including some of the same people, just in a more reflective/realistic moment) and of those who care for them.

This GranNote could be very useful for some I know who are very much younger than 60.

I hope it will be renamed for the UK though.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

ElRegUser007

BBC headline on the subject

US and British spies 'get personal data from Angry Birds'

Hardly news. Standard operating procedure for yonks - Mata Hari, Christine Keeler ...

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ElRegUser007

Re: So once again the advertising companies s**t over your privacy

But why is it always 24/7 which is "24 divided by 7" so about three-and-a-half? Why not 24x7 ?

I've always been perplexed by that.

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Now we're cookin' on gas: Google crafts sugar-alert contact lens for diabetics

ElRegUser007

Would you put a beta product in your eye?

And you know it'll never get out of beta.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

ElRegUser007
Happy

Re: P.S.

Food stories - Mmmm, Dell issues :)

Ballmer's now trying recipes from Rose Elliot's Has-Bean Book.

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EasyJet website crashes and burns

ElRegUser007

Re: Hordes. Not hoards.

Thank You! (El Reg comments: the one place in the world I am sometimes listened to.)

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ElRegUser007

Hordes. Not hoards.

Please. Thank you.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

ElRegUser007

>> which of the above parts fails

All Tesco stores I know are open 24 hrs.

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Microsoft delivers baker's dozen of patches on Tuesday

ElRegUser007

Outlook having trouble too

KB2817630 reportedly problematic, see eg here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/8ebce46d-1645-4909-8951-d1ca954179ac/outlook-2013-folder-pane-is-empty

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

ElRegUser007

>> only a couple of months into a 24 year deal

Next renewal I'd expect a decent loyalty discount ...

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