* Posts by AJ MacLeod

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

AJ MacLeod

Re: Why install when it's going to be obsolete in a few months?

@Jim 59; I'm aware of that, I've been using Linux since long before Fedora existed. My original point still stands and you've really just agreed with it; whilst Fedora is fine for people playing with worse ways of reinventing the wheel, it's hardly a suitable distro for anyone actually needing a stable, reliable operating system on which to carry out non-linux-distro-developing actual work.

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AJ MacLeod

Re: Why install when it's going to be obsolete in a few months?

Yes, I would rather use something with a decent life cycle and so I don't use Fedora (and one year isn't just not long, it's ridiculously short.)

If your "actual work" is developing Fedora, then I can entirely see the point - if not, why bother? For the record I generally use CentOS on servers purely because of the support lifecycle and have used Gentoo on my own desktop for over a decade. This way I can keep an up to date system through incremental changes as it suits me without having the hassle of blowing everything away each year and starting again.

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AJ MacLeod

Why install when it's going to be obsolete in a few months?

The support lifecycle for Fedora is so short it's not worth bothering about unless you're just playing. There's nothing wrong with just playing of course, but for those of us who use our machines as a tool to get on with our actual work these short-lived distros are a waste of time and effort.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

AJ MacLeod

Re: Love it, well done

There's always one, isn't there? I can only conclude that you're either viewing the site with a screen reader or completely insane.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

AJ MacLeod

Re: #fail

If my experience of cheap Samsung colour lasers is anything to go by I'd be a little more circumspect with the fail tag... In the offchance it doesn't sap your desire to continue breathing with its continually worsening and eventually terminal paper feed problems, the price of replacing the consumables will send it straight to landfill. Chances are that the toner will outlast the paper feed mechanism though!

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AJ MacLeod

Re: Wi-fi and printers....

I regularly have to do the same... Unfortunately people invariably just buy the first thing that they see in Tesco or wherever (usually some horrific bottom-end Canon monstrosity) and then realise they can't set it up themselves and end up spending in total what they could have bought a decent printer for. It's even more annoying when they phone back a day/week/month later once the stupid thing has lost its settings again for no good reason.

I'm afraid that most people are convinced that they want to be able to print in colour at home, no matter how rarely - and the one thing worse than a cheap inkjet printer is a cheap colour laser!

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AJ MacLeod

Re: Brother DCP-J4120DW

Having set up hundreds of these devices I have found Brother's printers particularly hassle-free, whether cloudy, LAN or USB connections (they tend to have quite wide ranging device support too.) The worst I've found are some Canon models which can be atrocious.

I have the almost-identical previous version of the cheaper Brother in this review and it couldn't have been easier to set up - it's happily scanning to and printing from Linux, Mac, Flickr etc.

In general most of the newer versions of this type of AIO device are fairly easy to set up. Avoid like the plague any that don't have a proper control panel (i.e. just have one or two buttons and a info-display-only screen.) These usually rely on invariably rubbish software run from a Windows PC for initial setup (Mac / Linux / airprint etc support on these is usually hopeless.)

Avoid those and you should be fine.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

AJ MacLeod

Re: thowing out the baby with the bathwater

Gnome (3), PulseAudio, systemd... yep, three technologies that have been purged from my own main desktop machine as intolerable, impenetrable rubbish. It works much better without any of them.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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@Eddy Ito

"I'm sorry but you've obviously tightened the nut a bit too tight."

That's impossible on the vast majority of cars these days as almost all of them use sealed bearing assemblies (or even complete bolt-in hub units) with the preload already fixed and not adjustable in any way. The days of "snugging it down and backing off half a turn" are long gone...

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

AJ MacLeod

Re: I wonder why the change of hinge...

Hadn't you heard that thin-ness is now the only criteria by which all IT gadgets must now be judged?

All that confusing stuff about processing power, battery life is just boring waffle - see how thin it is!

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

AJ MacLeod

Re: cynical remark

Exactly what I was going to say. I can't see anything even slightly revolutionary about it (other than MS backing down a little bit perhaps) - they're clearly distancing themselves from the Windows 8 disaster as much as possible.

I had thought they might go for another non-numerical name in an exact reverse of the way they went back to numbers to distance themselves from Vista...

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

AJ MacLeod

Re: Linux, not windows...

They're not running Linux according to the actual blog post.

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AJ MacLeod

Now, if only they could hack it to get WiFi working reliably for more than about ten seconds at a time I'd be really impressed...

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

AJ MacLeod

I think you'll find that Fortune 50 companies are a tiny minority... most businesses I deal with (none of them huge) use something other than IE.

(Edit to add:) None of them are using Oracle either, but some of them are using centos to serve up remote desktops - naturally enough they're also not using IE but are using Firefox ESR. The rate that Mozilla fires out standard Firefox releases is completely unworkable for any sysadmin, no matter what size of business they're looking after.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

AJ MacLeod

Re: Personally I use Kontact + Citadel

Citadel is great; stable, mature, ridiculously simple to get up and running and very capable. I'm amazed it's not more widely known...

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AJ MacLeod

Re: Thanks for that

There are several very good open source email clients; which one is best for you depends on exactly what you're after. For a straightforward lightweight but capable and extensible GUI email client Sylpheed or Claws Mail are a good start.

KMail was once (in fact, even as far back as KDE 1.x) very good but was ruined years ago with all that "semantic desktop" garbage... Thunderbird had potential but has also been largely botched by changes which show that those responsible have given no consideration to deployments larger than their own laptop.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

AJ MacLeod

Re: Too little, too late

"It is only Microsoft who is disadvantaging itself by not releasing IE on other platforms."

They did once upon a time; many years ago I tested IE on Solaris... didn't see any reason to switch from Netscape for everyday use though. Still don't, though Netscape has morphed into Firefox and IE has got less bad in the subsequent decade and a half...

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

AJ MacLeod

They've done incredibly well to get anywhere like this far and so cheaply, even if they never do manage to persuade it fully back into life again. It can be nerve wracking enough at times doing remote work on well documented ordinary server a few hundred miles away, this is a completely different proposition altogether.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

AJ MacLeod

@Anonymous Blowhard

Aldrin is claiming that it's "usual" for life to evolve all over the universe. That's a statement consisting of 100% conjecture with no evidence to back it up, as not the faintest sign of life has been detected anywhere other than our own planet.

I can state with just as much confidence that our planet is the only one in the entire universe to hold life; as virtually nobody seems to have been able to comprehend, my beef is with prominent figures stating as fact that which is actually conjecture (and the ignorant masses who eagerly swallow said statements, foolishly imagining themselves to be rather sophisticated.)

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AJ MacLeod

Re: Blind man declares "there's nothing out there!"

nexsphil - That's fine, a reasonable enough conclusion - I don't object to Buzz Aldrin holding that view, but I'm tired of the way that so many prominent figures (Aldrin here, but Dawkins, Hawking etc) make completely unfounded or dubious statements which are then received as gospel by millions of sycophantic fools (who imagine themselves to be terribly sophisticated)

Clearly, that includes an awful lot of Reg readers whose comprehension skills seem rather less honed than their high-horse mounting abilities...

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AJ MacLeod

Re: As trolling goes you get gold.

Clearly you haven't actually read my comments or if you have you aren't capable of understanding them. Your piffle here is unrelated to anything I wrote - or are you suggesting that the scientific understanding is that the rocks you found contain trilobites from outer space?

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AJ MacLeod

Hillarious I'm sure. The evidence though is that not even the faintest sign of anything even remotely resembling life has been found outside of our planet.

Statistics, as everyone knows, can be used to "show" pretty much anything you like, making them fairly worthless in this kind of argument.

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AJ MacLeod

It should be perfectly obvious what I'm talking about - the article. Buzz Aldrin claims that it's entirely unremarkable that life evolved here on earth and it's certain there's other life "out there"... the evidence we have shows very clearly that both those claims are likely to be wrong (regardless of whether life "evolved" here or not.)

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AJ MacLeod

"It was not that remarkable, that special, that unusual, that life here on earth evolved gradually, slowly, to where we are today"

Buzz Aldrin may have stood on the surface of the moon, but neither that nor anything else gives him the right to state that as fact. That's pure opinion, conjecture... and the hard evidence is completely against it.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

AJ MacLeod

I was interested in the subject of the article but the gross ignorance of the author was made clear on the very first page, saving me the bother of wasting my time with the rest of it.

The human ear is a masterpiece of sensor design, and that much should be glaringly obvious to anyone who has studied it in any detail; most of its workings have been known to science for generations. If the author has a better design, let's see it... I think we can safely file his work in the same dustbin Dawkins' rubbish about eye design was immediately filed by those who are actually scientific experts in that field and not ignorantly speculating science fiction writers.

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Aaah, what's that smell, Nook? Yes, it's death: Barnes & Noble to jettison e-book biz

AJ MacLeod

I can see how it'd be annoying to pay for something which is also available for free but I'm not sure it's illegal; from the Gutenberg FAQ:

C.7. What can I do with a text that is in the public domain?

Anything you want! You can copy it, publish it, change its format, distribute it for free or for money...

I have no particular fondness for B&N (though I do for the hardware) and have never had to test their customer service - it's just a shame that there is effectively no major competitor to Amazon in this field to keep them on their toes.

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AJ MacLeod

Doesn't sound like you were comparing two equal models (there are lots of Kindles and several Nooks) - the Nook simple touch has both hardware page turn buttons (dirt/waterproof, under the rubber coating of the front bezel) and a touch screen. It doesn't have a physical keyboard but despite being a hater of touch screen keyboards I've found it to be really quite good - significantly less horrible than the tacky plastic buttons on Kindles so equipped.

Last time I checked the guts and screen were identical to those in the matching Kindle, and they were running the same Android OS - in fact you can fairly easily root the simple touch and install the Kindle software if you really felt the need. The ability to easily root the Nook was another item in its favour for me, but it works so well for me as it is that I'm not going to bother.

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AJ MacLeod

It's a shame that Amazon are quite as dominant as they are in this field. The nook simple touch is much nicer than its Kindle competitor... I haven't bought a single book on mine though and I don't really see that changing any time soon (I bought it to read Project Gutenberg books - if I'm paying I'd like to see real paper for my cash thanks.)

I suppose that makes me part of B&N's problem... I certainly got the hardware at a bargain price.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

AJ MacLeod

Re: Repairs

I'm not sure how many computers you're dealing with on a daily basis but I've seen loads and loads of RAM go bad after a few years ("good" brand names and bad alike) - and seen several older Macs with soldered-on RAM binned because of the same fault.

I wouldn't touch one of these with a bargepole, and nor would anyone else with even half a clue...

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

AJ MacLeod

I have to say that I found both the content of the article and many of the comments somewhat ironic; "science" "KNOWS" the age of the earth is blah de blah years now, anyone (scientist or not) who has a different opinion is a fool and must be ridiculed.

Only... "science" "KNEW" that the age of the earth was something vastly different just a few days ago! Both values are almost certainly wrong, but dissenters with perfectly plausible theories of their own will be ridiculed regardless, for being ignorant heathen unbelievers.

The hard fact of the matter is that nobody can _ever_ prove the age of the earth - it isn't possible because we don't have all the observational data required and can't ever have it. You can take one of many different sets of assumptions and guess at it "scientifically" - but you can't be truly scientifically sure that your assumptions are correct. Oh - and it doesn't matter in the least what percentage of "true scientists" take the same set of assumptions; their opinion is as worthless as yours because they haven't a complete set of data either. History has proven that ideas firmly believed to be fact by the majority of scientists at any one time are often completely wrong.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

AJ MacLeod

Re: Might be big....

Sorry, it's an HP - death from heat exhaustion is the norm. I have stacks of dead laptops here from many different manufacturers, cause of death varies; only HP comes close to 100% heat related deaths in my experience. I wouldn't touch this one with a barge pole...

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EBay, you keep using the word 'SECURITY'. I do not think it means what you think it means

AJ MacLeod

Re: Sigh...

No point in doing that, you'd end up having to pay all the ridiculous delivery surcharges...

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AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami

AJ MacLeod

Re: All the signs are that this is not simple spoofing

Yes, I've seen this too over the past week and a bit. Changing the account passwords hasn't made any difference and there's never any spam in their sent folders so I'm not too sure exactly what's been happening.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

AJ MacLeod

Re: The witch hunt continues @Chris W

Think about it, please; he's not a moron for having his own opinion, he's a moron for crying loudly that someone having an opinion opposed to his is not fit to lead Mozilla.

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AJ MacLeod

The witch hunt continues

This self-important Catlin moron needs to get a grip and understand that billions of other people have different opinions and beliefs to his own and that he is not the sole arbiter of truth and right; in this case the opinions of Eich have absolutely nothing to do with his work and are completely irrelevant to Mozilla.

We are now seeing more and more the militant homosexual lobby not just sitting back and being content with having achieved what they first claimed they wanted, now they want to destroy all those who have disagreed with them. We're all free to our own opinions as long as they don't clash with theirs...

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

AJ MacLeod

Pirate Windows 8?

Don't think they need have worried there!

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Ford to dump Microsoft's 'aggravating' in-car tech for ... BlackBerry?

AJ MacLeod

The trouble is that car manufacturers have spent most of the past ten years sticking technology and gadgetry where it isn't suitable, doesn't work and isn't wanted.

I can think of very few places where a touch screen interface is less suitable than in a car, particularly if it's supposed to be operated by the driver - and yet many manufacturers have used them for all kinds of operations which were previously trivially easy to manage purely by feel whilst driving.

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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

AJ MacLeod

Re: @James 51

My own trackpad (BB9105) has been very reliable even in situations where it couldn't really be expected to be and as for the physical disconnect button I won't buy a phone without one. I only hope they don't make it completely flat and indistinguishable by feel...

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AJ MacLeod

Finally!

A company that listens to their customer base and not only admits to mistakes but rectifies them? I'm sold. If only they'd bring back a model with a proper numeric keypad too... I know I'm not likely to see that ever again though and my current phone won't survive for ever - this is probably as good as I'm going to get, and far more than I honestly expected so unless the reviews of the final device are universally awful I expect to be ordering one.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

AJ MacLeod

Re: faulty premise no.1

Precisely why I'm still using my BB 9105 three years on... one day in the future I hope that somebody, somewhere, will realise that a phone is best supplied with a phone keypad on the front (and should last the best part of a working week without being recharged)

Until then, I'll be deleting the "upgrade" offers Vodafone plague me with...

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HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop 'competitive misuse'

AJ MacLeod

Re: AJ McMakeStuffUp Shove off, HP

Newsflash for those living in cloud cuckoo land - most companies are NOT managing large server estates. Those that are are no doubt well placed to fork out limitless money on shiny manufacturer's support contracts (which actually aren't all that brilliant once you move away from the larger population centres.) HP then appear to be saying that all they care about is big business - that's fine, smaller businesses have other options and will use them.

Why _shouldn't_ customers who have spent plenty of money on a product get fixes for the flaws built into that product once HP eventually admits to them and produces a workaround? That kind of behaviour is pretty close to extortion...

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AJ MacLeod

Re: AJ McMakeStuffUp Shove off, HP

Oh come on - it doesn't take a genius to apply firmware updates as required, nor to swap out faulty hardware. There's nothing magical about HP servers or even anything particularly different about them compared to any others - they're just basically fancy PCs. In fact, if anything they're even designed to be _easier_ to maintain.

And I didn't say ProLiants don't come with a warranty, obviously that's not legal - but they don't sure as anything don't usually come with a full three year support package as suggested above.

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AJ MacLeod

Re: Shove off, HP

No they don't - none of the servers I've bought from HP have ever had a 3 year warranty included, it's been a very expensive add-on every time. Are you suggesting that being permitted to download fixes for only the first year of a server's life is in some way acceptable?

Besides the article appears to have been edited - I'm sure the suggestion was that if HP suspected that firmware updates had been applied by someone other than one of their overpriced agents they would cease to honour any warranty. Either way I really don't care - the very fact that they're even thinking along these lines is enough for me, and already my (or my customers') money is going elsewhere as a consequence.

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AJ MacLeod

Shove off, HP

Specced my first two Dell servers instead of the usual ProLiants just yesterday, reading this garbage today just makes me 100% determined - HP aren't getting another penny from any of my customers. Just who do they think they are? What they're insisting on has to be beyond what they're legally able to.

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Adobe goes out of band to fix frightful Flash flaw

AJ MacLeod

Linux Support

The question is, do they class the Linux update as less critical because it's less vulnerable in this case or just because they couldn't care less about supporting Linux?

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

AJ MacLeod

Got this last night

and that's me convinced - I won't be buying HP servers again. It's a shame because I'd only just settled on them in the past year or two and was pretty happy (notwithstanding having to pay extra for iLO to be usable - and even then it's a bit iffy unless you're using old versions of IE)

I was buying desktops and laptops from Dell anyway, might as well add servers to the list.

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Another one bites the dust: AVG kills its remote access service

AJ MacLeod

Re: They had an extra service? (@ecofeco)

Nor had I heard of it, and I'm an AVG reseller. Having said that, they probably stuck some stupid "cloudy" name onto it, making me automatically ignore it... If only AVG could stick to making a decent, lightweight AV product and steered clear of all these other pointless gimmicks!

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UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

AJ MacLeod

Re: Important change @El_Andy

That's exactly the case now (for various values of reliably.) Nobody has said ODF is already perfect (indeed the quotes in the article show that the expectation is that later versions can be used as the spec develops) but at least it's not 100% controlled by a single US corporation with a staggeringly bad track record.

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AJ MacLeod

Re: Important change

The whole point is that implementing good ODF support is actually a realistically achievable goal, whereas properly implementing Microsoft's "standards" is never going to be because that's the way MS wanted it. Having one highly untrustworthy foreign company calling the shots on data formats is just stupid and I'm amazed (but pleased) that the government has actually noticed and appears to be doing something about it.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

AJ MacLeod

Increasingly common fraud

It's all very well saying one shouldn't buy "refurbished" drives, but I've had several sold through Amazon as brand new which had many thousands of hours on them. They usually come packaged correctly in a sealed anti-static bag but handling a fair number of new drives each month I can usually tell there's something slightly off, and check the SMART stats before using (or rejecting) the drive.

I'm sure lots of people with a bit less experience would never even think about it - after all some manufacturers are keen on "hiding" the production date in a less than obvious code, and the drives are clean enough on the outside.

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