* Posts by Trygve Henriksen

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Only real use for this one....

Those machines have dust covers and seals everywhere to protect them from dust. I really hope that the $300 PC you set up beside it is similarly protected...

The $15 adapter will fit where the old 3.5" drive sat, so is protected from dust.

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Trygve Henriksen

Only real use for this one....

Instead of a $15 version from eBay(I have one of those already) is to 'network' old CnC machines and robots that has a 3.5" drive but a dedicated controller that's not 'smart' enough to handle a network.

That is, if it's easy to make and transfer a 'floppy image' to this drive over ethernet.

But the fact that it seems you have to order it with a fixed IP... sucks if you later reconfigure the network...

Network box that doesn't support DHCP = Fail.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

Trygve Henriksen

Re: "black A4 photocopy paper"

There's a couple of 'print your own PCB' kits that uses silver in the ink.

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Trygve Henriksen

Just wondering...

Who did the old blunt 'object, carpetroll and shallow grave' on the old bofh website?

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

Trygve Henriksen

The only thing that needs to be enabled with IoT is the stapler. You can never ever find it when you need it...

Well, maybe the 'off' button on any video projectors in the building, so that we can run a remote shutdown on them when a scheduled meeting ends. with the cost of new lamps, that system should pay for itself pretty quickly...

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BOFH: Sure, I could make your cheapo printer perform miracles

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Guerrilla Printers

I would have done a bit of service on it... Just a little nick with a scalpel here and there. One little cut, another new and annoying stripe on the prints every day...

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Western Digital spins up a USB disk just for the Raspberry Pi

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Or.. get one of these

Or the one actually named 'PiDrive'(how does WD get away with nicking the name?)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2073955313/pidrive-low-power-msata-ssd-for-the-raspberry-pi

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

Trygve Henriksen

Re: (Ahem)

Dark chocolate?

'Not wanting more chocolate' is classed as a serious side effect...

I think they sell 80% at a local store...

(I'll be stocking up, just in case)

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Trygve Henriksen

The best cough syrup I've used is something pharmacies make and sell here in Norway.

'Bergensk Brystbalsam' (Bergen Chest balm, or something like that when translated)

Licorice, honey, Star anise oil, camphor, some sort of alcohol to keep it all dissolved and distilled water.

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Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

Trygve Henriksen

Actually, according to the wiki, Narativium is the basic buildingblock of 'reality'.

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The Disc's nature is fundamentally teleological; its basic composition is determined by what it is ultimately meant to be. This primary element, out of which all others spring, is known as narrativium, the elemental substance of Story. Nothing on the Disc can exist without a Story first existing to mold its destiny and determine its form.

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So, it's probably pretty abundant and all that.

Octarine is the light of Magic, and can only be observed by wizards(and cats, of course), much like 117 can only be observed(indirectly) by todays scientists with powerful tools.(and also, probably by cats... )

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'Wipe everything clean ... Join us ...' Creepy poem turns up in logs of 30 million-ish servers

Trygve Henriksen

Re: X-Clacks-Overhead anyone?

Seeing as all 3 posts have 3 downvotes, I can assume that there are 3 extremely illiterate dickheads visiting these forums.

Not that I can understand what they're doing here.

I really despise those who downvote without revealing why.

Why can't they at least post anonymously and tell me what they didn't agree with?

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: X-Clacks-Overhead anyone?

I wonder what kind of dickhead gave you a downvote.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Sacks Are For Groceries

You should have varied the error message a bit...

Out of Resouces, reboot server.

(If this one is used, let a script enable the tools again, after an hour or so, but only for the next 66.6 minutes)

Badly formatted request.

Name not found (This one is good if you can filter it to tools working on usernames)

System unavailable because of planned downtime, see recent email.

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BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Nice touch...

The RD2 unit?

(Remote Drive))

The next version is the Remote Reckoning Dangerous Drive, shortened RRDD, or R2D2.

(So called because it can detect dangerous situations and do the appropriate maneuvers automatically; that is eject right before a crash)

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Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

Trygve Henriksen

I assume that you also told the head and governor how to change said passwords, and recommend that they do so asap. (It's what I would have done)

Call it a 'clean break' policy.

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BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall

Trygve Henriksen

Have you tried thumb-tacks, staplers or nail-guns?

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You want to DISRUPT my TECH? How about I DISRUPT your FACE?

Trygve Henriksen

Re: I can do that!

That's 30-06 Springfield caliber, or 7.62x63mm for everyone using a sensible measuring system.

Slightly more powerful than the 7.62x51 NATO round,

30 - for 0.30" caliber,

06 - for 1906, the year it was adopted for use by the US Army.

It must not be confused with 30-40 which is sometimes called '.30 U-S.' or '.30 Army', though.

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

Trygve Henriksen

Re: A Yank's Opinion

Not seen any Hartnell episodes?

As far as I know, they're available on DVD(I have them) and from what I understand, at least some of the stuff can be found if you use the right search terms on a popular videosharing site.

In other words; there is no excuse for not seeing them.

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: Tom Baker knock-offs

I must agree.

Here in Norway we have an expression 'Jumping after Wirkola' which pretty much defines the difficulty of following Tom Baker.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_after_Wirkola

The only way of doing it is really to do YOUR OWN THING, not to mimic whoever came before you.

And that is what most actors did, until after Tom Baker.

My favorite Doctor is Hartnell... As for who I voted worst... Bowler hat?

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

Trygve Henriksen

Re: @Hugh Pumphrey - Track Stand? Bah.

Look ahead, plan the next step!

Generally, the light changes from Red to Yellow, then to Green, right?

How difficult is it to put your foot down when it's at Red, and make ready to kick off again when it switches to Yellow?

Probably as dificult as it is for some motorists to shift into 1st gear while waiting, but that's another issue entirely.

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: Joined up thinking

And this Appleist drives a 1999 Citroën Berlingo.

I have also been seen on a very, very cheap Chinese scooter(may it rust in pieces... what little isn't rotted-out plastic) and have an old 21gear bicycle that has been converted to full PEDELEC electric bike standard...

I've even been known to take the bust to work sometimes...

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Well..

Google for 'Teamwork T-shirt' and get one of those where they're 'displaying' a baseball bat. Show up with one of those to the course...

Team building exercises - Can't live with them, and can't bury the instigator out in the woods...

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

Trygve Henriksen

The only way to not be ridiculed...

when wearing them is to don a uniform...

Here in Norway the Army is testing it for use by tank drivers...

http://www.tujobs.com/news/238400-see-the-norwegian-armed-forces-driving-with-oculus-rift

Sure, they may still look silly, but... would you say that to someone driving an armored vehicle?

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

Trygve Henriksen

Re: id10t

Copy paste works OK as long as you use the mouse....

Typing the characters in the wrong order and using the mouse to click where the next character needs to go.

Some keyloggers 'filters out' arrow keys, delete, alt-tab... Write some characters, delete most, write some more... Alt-Tab to another app to type some decoy characters, then switch back...

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: GnuPG

And if the backdoor was introduced in an early version of GnuC? Which 'everyone' used to compile the source, even the source for the next version of GnuC...

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

Trygve Henriksen

The best CRT I've had was the 14" B/W VGA that came with my first PC. I don't think I've seen anything that crisp until the advent of the Kindle.

But Amber on Black is nice, too... :-)

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HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

Trygve Henriksen

My favorite T-Shirt to wear to work has a picture of the devil, and the text "God is busy, can I help you?"... (Yeah, I work in IT support) Still haven't been told to get rid of it...

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

Trygve Henriksen

Re: All of our updates are on a Friday

I don't care if I get overtime, overtime and a half, weekend bonus or whatever.

Screwups are to be rolled out on mondays!

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Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

Trygve Henriksen

anyone got any disks for a HP 9816 workstation?

I'd particularly love to get hold of a ROM card for it, preferably with Interactive Pascal...

Until then, it'll have to languish next to my ][, the SUN SparcStations, the SGI Indigo2, the Acorn Archimedes, my Psion collection, the Osborne, the Kaypro, a Husky Hunter or two, some Z88 machines(at least one with original packaging) a couple of Tandy TRS-80 'model T's, the Epson HX-20 and the PX-4, Amstrad NC100 and 200 (anyone got a 150 they want to sell?)...

All I need now is room and a few glass monters...

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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Actuary cow dung

I use self-sealing tubes in my bicycle wheels...

But also have a hand-operated pump and a repair kit for longer trips.

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: This is the way it should be. Insurers should require insurees to maintain "due diligence"

The insurance is to pay the costs incurred by the hospital's patients because of the breach.

Breach happened, insurers pay out. Whether the insurers THEN make the hospital reimburse them depends entirely on their investigation.

Just like liability insurance on your car... You park your car in the side of someone else's car, and he gets the damage paid by your insurance company. They then decide if you caused the accident or not(odds are they'll blame both no matter what) and yeah, you suffer higher premiums, and all that...

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

Trygve Henriksen

Yeah, what the F! BEEP!

I mean, using a Pi for something the Speccy could do itself...

And frankly, why did they need so many Speccys?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZnOd_f9YjQ

That's ONE Speccy playing at any time.

Not Mahlers, but still awesome...

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Cactus?

I really wish whoever downvoted me would post his issues with my post...

Also, all the problems I mentioned I have seen in real-life, just so that is clear.

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Trygve Henriksen

Is that the model where Renault reccommends removing the front bumper in order to replace the headlight bulbs?

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: Cactus?

Citroën got a lot of bad rep in the 70s, not because of bad build quality, but because of bad mechanics!

"Dunno what's so special 'bout this LHM oil. Just use regular engine oil!"

(It's OK for an emergency, but will quickly destroy the seals in the hydraulics, and will require a complete and expensivee flush as soon as possible.)

That's not counting those who topped it up with anti-freeze(on the GS that was doubly moronic as it was air-cooled), servo-steering fluid or just plainly ignored for a decade or so...

Then there were the newfangled alloys used in the cylinder walls and tops...

How many 'mechanics' destroyed the heads on the flat-four on a GS when they 'tightened up the exhaust manifolds so that it held' instead of to the specified torque settings?

One mechanic actually 'tested' the suspension of my GS by pushing down on the rear, then stating that my shocks needed to be replaced...

I started the engine and told him to try again...

How many garages had the equipment to properly test the 'shocks' anyway?

One, who claimed to be a Citrën expert (not authorized, though) wasn't aware that the airfilter in the GS was of a 'wet' variety, and usually only needed to be washed in petrol.

And I have similar tales for the CX and BX, too...

On my Berlingo I do everything myself!

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Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Luck, or Unicode? Neither - just accurate coding to the API.

Yes, but...

On which platform does the code run?

On the already-infected machine, scanning for other victims, or on the target during the infection process?

Just curious.

(Haven't programmed directly on a Winblows platform since 3.0. )

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

Trygve Henriksen

I assume you meant 'Dark side of the Sun'.

Tonight, I will brew a pot of Yorkshire Gold tea, and re-read Strata.

The Colour of Magic is a good book, and a great spoof of Fritz Leiber's work, but sadly, less of a Discworld book than Strata. (In my not so humble opinion)

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

Trygve Henriksen

Re: One Nine would be 90%, surely.

90% uptime is a 'one niner'... Yeah, right...

For practical use, neither 9% nor 90% is tolerable, so the scale really should start at 'Two niner'(99%)

(90% uptime means the system can be offline for over a MONTH each year... 9% means about one month uptime/year. )

Two niner is about what I'd expect for personal websites and low-traffic, special-interest forums on the net.

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: One Nine would be 90%, surely.

The 'nines' is a reference to how many '9' are in the uptime statistics.

One nine = 9%

Two Nine = 99%

Three nine = 99.9%

Does 'three nine' sound good enough?

Actually, it's slightly over 8Hours, 45Minutes downtime/Year for a 24/7 system.

A 'four niner' means slightly less than 53minutes downtime/year.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

Trygve Henriksen

Popped open a couple of DELL Precision M6xxx, and wouldn't you know, there's a space for an additional drive.

Quite a few other 17" models also have that.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

Trygve Henriksen

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy. No more. No less.

(The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. Maxim 29...)

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

Trygve Henriksen

So, the British Rail is in on it, too?

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Uh?

Over the head?

You make certain to go to the Big BOSS first!

All company-wide IT policy should be approved by him personally.

If he says 'No' to BYOB, you can tell any wannabe asshat to go take a hike.

If he says 'Yes' you ask him for permission to take 'reasonable precautions'(and make certain that he agrees with those precautions).

In fact, there should not be a level of administration between the Big BOSS and the IT department. He is the only one who should be able to tell you yes or no to anything.

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Trygve Henriksen

Re: Secure erase....

My office-supplied phone is a JesusPhone 5(16GB)...

So I see no reason at all to even try accessing my work mail on my Samsung Pocket whatever.

Anyway.

A corporate network is bound to have security holes, but it's up to us as users and administrators to make certain that those holes are as few and far between as possible.

If someone wants to read corporate email on the phone/tablet/watch/internet-connected toaster... then it's up to us to make certain that outsiders who 'happen upon' that device doesn't get to that email...

Or the network it resides on...

That's why the 'remote erase' requirement. If someone nicks the iThingie, we want to be able to delete ANYTHING job-related. Unfortunately, it also means that private stuff goes to H!, but I can live with that...

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Trygve Henriksen

Secure erase....

We have a Wifi network dedicated to BYOD stuff like notallthatsmartphones and tablets, and 'everyone' wants to read their email on their devices...

Quite a few reconsider, though, when they have to set up security measures on the device(password protected screen saver) and agree, in writing, to us being able to remotely erase everything on it.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Trygve Henriksen

Re: HiFi Power cords

Eh...

Power supplies in audio equipment are Switch mode, and generally operate at 20KHz or higher.

Generally, they operate by rectifying the AC, then using a 20KHz oscillator and a PowerFET(fancy transistor) to chop the rectified power up into 20KHz square wave, pushing that through a transformer, and rectifying the(lower voltage) output of the transformer.

Line noise doesn't get through that...

And the 20KHz that might get introduced into the system is inaudible anyways.

(Which is kind of the reason they use those frequencies)

And any audio equipment that doesn't have a Switch-Mode PSU wasn't worth the $4.99 you paid for it on dx or aliexpress...

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

Trygve Henriksen

Re: I am hopeful

There's some speculation as to how long a civilisation actually outputs identifiable radio signals.

Our early signals are all pretty easy to decode(plain AM or FM, or even Morse)

Add the TV signals and it gets a bit moe dificult. Not impossible, just takes a bit of trial and error as soon as they see a pattern.

Now, imagine today's digital radio, or the signal being sent to a satellite for broadcast.

Our strongest transmitters today are probably those used to talk to assorted probes in space, and they're highly directional.

How long will we even continue using Radio waves?

Maybe there's only a short (less than a 1000 year) window when civilisations use radio?

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

Trygve Henriksen

The iBox Nano not only has a small build area, but the resolution isn't all that good, either.

(I still backed it... We'll see if it arrives in April or is hit by the usually Kickstarter Delay)

Talking about cheap...

The Peachy Printer (sub $100) resin printer is now nearly a year late...

Another interestng printer is the Overlord 'kossel style' 3D printer.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1122205541/overlord-3d-printer-multi-color-smart-stylish

This one even has a backup battery built-in.

The name should be perfect for most TheRegister readers...

It's even available in 'Black Devil' colour scheme...

(Still 8 days left of the KS)

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

Trygve Henriksen

Why not take it all out?

Like the Il Tempo Gigante...

http://www.caprino.no/pages/en/iltempo.asp

The full-sized version has a 6.7L Big Block Chevy in the front and a gas turbine in the back.

You know they've done it right, when noise polluton laws forbid you from starting the rear engine...

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Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

Trygve Henriksen

Re: Finally!

I got him confused by first saying I didn't have a 'Windows key' on my keyboard, that it was a very old keyboard, then that I didn't have Internet explorer or Firefox... But that I did have another browser I could start...

Then he very slowly and painfully directed me towards Teamviewer...

And I 'sunk his battleship' by claiming that the site told me that my OS was 'not supported,' and I asked 'You are aware that I'm running OS/2, right?'

CLICK!

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