* Posts by ElRegUser007

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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

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Worth it for:

"one of those omnijerk-class twunts who whines and whinges until they're given network superpowers because they're a special unicorn princess"

Thank you.

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A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

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*Remarkably* sharp prediction?

Given the vast number of science/future fiction stories written, in a few decades which have seen no major discontunity in human/planetary develoment, it's surely completely unremarkable that a few, selected retrospectively, can be portrayed as congruent with the present day?

A million monkeys, and all that ...

While I enjoy rock documentaries and music family trees, the constant "isn't is amazing that none of all this would have happened were it not for that chance glance passing on the stairs, that overheard remark in the crowd ..." irks.

No, it's not amazing. The vast majority of bands and musicians aren't successful enough to warrant recording; of those which are, those which were boringly managed and manipulated to the top wouldn't make interesting watching.

IMO :)

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Founder gave entertaining talk at LSE recently

Business for Punks :

http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2016/01/20160119t1830vOT.aspx

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See that fist punching through the clouds? That's Veeam's, that is

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Re: Hate it anyway

Admittedly I'm on HyperV not VMware but AIUI that means I have identical functionality to you but I have the bonus of added fragility, not Veeam's fault. Anyway: restoring single files is *trivially easy* and speedy with v8, from 8x VMs, 6TB total filestores. Digging out individual e-mails from Exchange ditto. This without even using the Enterprise Manager features which make stuff even easier. Bare-metal server and PC OS disk restores ditto - the free endpoint backup is an excellent bonus. I speak as a long-standing BackupExec sufferer (with no link to Veeam other than as a user).

I am certain that if you reach out to the Veeam forum you'll get the help you need, and will reform your view of Veeam. Good luck.

Just last week I reported a problem at 11:30pm, got a callback on my mobile within the hour, problem solved and useful additional advice received by 1am. This all on a two-server installation - not a big-bucks corporate setup.

Best software and support I've come across in 30 years.

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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I visited Dounreay in 1967.

My abiding memory is of exotic materials, never before seen on Earth, with a half-life of under a minute ... baked bean flavour crisps!

O, the white heat of technology! The future is here, and the future is now! (and prophetically if prosaically was indeed slightly orange).

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Apple's Tim Cook rocks up at Vatican - one week after Schmidt

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Angel

Pope Francis is about to launch a new Virtual Church called ...

The Cloud of Unknowing.

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It'll be Bill Gates next

It's not for his teeth that his nickname is "Pearly".

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Watchdog says yes to BT's EE takeover deal. Shrugs. No 'significant' harm in it

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Crapness of customer service isn't arithmetical, it's geometrical

When BT crapness is combined with EE crapness, you don't get double crapness, you get crapness squared.

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Who needs CCTV? Get a terrifying slowpoke hoverdrone cam

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Re: 10kmph isn't that slow.

> The 10kmph drone, which will fly at a height of five metres

How much damage would that do in a built-up area? "Paging Randall Monroe ..."

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Cat discovers GNOME desktop bug

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Dog ... kernel

I see what you did there.

Too early in the morning to think of a witty reference to my pet distro.

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Broadband minister: Our voucher scheme for SMEs is a tremendous success

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£3k gratefully received here in Glasgow

This was the only upside of a ridiculous 6-month installation delay courtesy BTOR, SSE, etc - the scheme was extended to Glasgow while we waited !

Plus we only found out about the scheme by a chance tangential comment by our ISP.

So, completely not surprised take-up is poor.

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Shadow state? Scotland's IT independence creeps forth

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Thanks for prompting me to find out more

For a start, given that a recurring outcome of inquiries after each sadder-than-sad abuse/neglect cases is "individuals in separate departments/organisations didn't join the dots or share the information" then the notion that for each Wee Jimmy or Jeanie, someone identifiable has "your buck stops with me" on their desk, seems arguably sensible. And it needn't *necessarily* involve untoward layers of bureaucracy or intrusive data-gathering.

I can see similar potential sense in each of the other topics mentioned. I can also appreciate the risks highighted in the article. So, I am going to find out more - with an open mind.

Thank you.

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Skype founders planning non-drone robodelivery fleet. Repeat, not drones

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There's your next Dr Who villain right there

We shop, you drop.

Dead.

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AD-NNIHILATION: Apple-approved iOS tool blocks ALL ads in apps, Safari, Apple News

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Not currently available in the UK

So the App Store tells me.

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Edward Snowden denies making a deal with the Russian secret service

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Re: Soup Dragon Algorithm

I find the notion of modems whistling like Clangers strangely appealing.

W

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

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Coffee/keyboard

Prime Minister Corbyn will sort them out...

v.g.

I vote BT OpenReach be first against the wall come the revolution.

He could do *so* much good ... the country needs a purgative ... give him the rubber gloves for a year, on the understanding we then get a year of whalesong and incense and no surprises from a MOTR coalition of the bland-but-competent.

<shimmer-shimmer>

<sigh> back in the real world ... :(

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

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Re: Now there's a freudian slap if ever I saw one...

>> several trussed sources

Bound to be telling the truth.

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BBC joins war against Flash, launches beta HTML5 iPlayer

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Error 500 - Internal Error

And lo, BBC.co.uk site yields the above, entire site down apparently. Coincidence?

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The pachyderm punch: El Reg takes just-over-a-ton Elephone P8000 to tusk

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Headmaster

bought site unseen

Sight, please. Thank you.

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Break from the future: Hold the new stuff and fix the web first

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Headmaster

one of the most fundamental tenants

Tenets. Please. Thank you.

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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

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we're offering all seven of those that did well in the poll ...

What's the collective noun for collective nouns?

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Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing

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Re: Another

The collective noun for dead lawyers?

As in, "What do you call two hundred dead lawyers?"

A start.

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

ElRegUser007

Now flies in exactly the same way as bricks don't

Thanks for reminding me of my favourite Sheryl Crow line:

Concrete is as concrete doesn't.

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Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10

ElRegUser007

Been using Start10 aka Windows-10-Be-Gone for 10 days

And it's doing the same excellent job as Start8 did.

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'Cilla Black introduced me to my wife on Blind Date': Channel man's heartwarming story

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@6x7=42

Harsh

(a) he's MD of Westcoast

(b) who could pass up the opportunity for the subhead "Re-seller re Cilla" ?!

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21st century malware found in Jane Austen's 19th century prose

ElRegUser007

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune

works in IT.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Spotify vs Apple Music

Night vs Day. I trialled Spotify recently and throughout felt everything it did was pulling me unadventurously and inexorably into the Middle of the Road. Whereas with Apple Music, I started with its brilliant 1969 playlist (Oh Happy Day!), started a radio station from "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies, and two tracks later found myself listening to Cellophane Symphony, 9'31" of psychedelia. WTF, in a good way. And so it continued: I've since started radio stations from the B52s, La Swift's 1989, PiL, and more - every time, new and interesting sounds in all directions, returning from time to time to familiar territory then setting off again. If you're happy restricting your listening to (a) what you own or (b) what "everyone" is listening to or (c) radio with ads or inanities, then of course you don't need Apple Music.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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Our best hope is that The Machines kill each other

But even in that scenario, unfortunately it's likely we'll all be collateral damage.

Gah, shouldn't be so pessimistic of a Friday lunchtime. Andthese days we should be optimistic - because, as I heard Stephanie Flanders say recently, "pessimism is for easier times".

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

ElRegUser007

Re: I need to access my accounts ...

No, users can't wait till they get home, because when they're away from home, they're living their lives, and that means needing access to vital data. Whether it's my business clients travelling abroad, or my offsprogs' day-to-day London life, usernames and passwords, and other security/identity information, are needed all the time - when things are going fine and even more so when there's a problem.

For the techno-savvy there may be "better" solutions than LastPass and its ilk, but for the rest of the planet, those solutions will not be better because they won't be usable and they won't be used.

Said with some feeling having spent too much time recently helping my hapless users - and some of my more hapful users too - sort out username/password messes. Apple IDs being the most troublesome.

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Re: So, LastPass got hacked ...

Absolutely. For my clients to whom I have recommended LastPass, it's a huge step up in security and convenience over what they were doing before.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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xkcd

https://xkcd.com/1536/

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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

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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.

W

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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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+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

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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

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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

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Gootter? Twiggle?

Breath duly bated.

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Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Dazed and confused ...

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

Must be the eclipse.

W

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

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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'

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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

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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

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+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

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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

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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?

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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

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"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.

W

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