* Posts by Jim Willsher

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Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn

Jim Willsher

£7 month - give me the opportunity!

I currently pay £54/month for Zen's Office product, just so I can get the 832Kb upload. They have a fibre package starting at £33/month. I would gladly pay an extra £70/month for fibre, never mind an extra £7.

When all you can get is an "up to 8Mb" service, price is largely academic. It's access to the service that matters.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

Jim Willsher

Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Yeah completely irrelevant. No-one uses any Microsoft products anywhere. Windows, Office, SQL. Yeah all dead, no-one uses them.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Jim Willsher

Whilst the NHS is huge, with about a million computers, it doesn't help itself by having dinosaur policies. Buying extended support from Microsoft for XP is a prime example.

There's every chance that this has spread by one of the zero-day exploits that were made public this week, this month or even this year, you can bet that their computers are very poorly patched.

Hit a poorly maintained LAN with a wormable encryptor and game over; all local files and network shares are encrypted very quickly on high-bandwidth networks.

Rolling back to "last night's backup" will be a challenge, and even a few hours' worth of lost work on a million PCs is a lot of work.

It was bound to happen eventually.

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

Jim Willsher

Last year I replaced my iPad 4 with an iLatest iPad. Now I find myself using it very infrequently it's far easier to grab a laptop and a mouse than it is to faff around using finger gestures.

Wish I'd saved the ££££.....

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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Jim Willsher

There's your problem

"Another reported: "My business email uses an 123-reg mailbox,"

Stop right there, no need to finish that sentence. There's your problem.

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

Jim Willsher

Re: OpenSignal

No signal to upload the data, i guess.

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Jim Willsher

Assuming the train is actually running, too.

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Jim Willsher

Still a bit of a key artery though. A720 and A80 are both big roads, yes, but plenty of alternatives. If you can't access the A9,you basically can't travel N to S.

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FAIL

In all the areas I frequent near home, including the A9 between Dunkeld and Pitlochry, I can get 5 bars on Vodafone. That's 5 bars of GPRS, Not even an E symbol or a 3G symbol, let alone a 4G symbol on my phone. I have to go into a town to get 4G.

Hello? This is 2016. The A9 is the biggest trunk road in Scotland (hint: single digit). And only GPRS?

WTF.

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

Jim Willsher

Pretty sure it has absolutely nothing to do with ISP whatsoever. My users on remote sites get their IP (or not, as the case may be!!) from our SBS2011 or 2012R2 boxes. None of our users at any of our sites get their IP from the router. So I don't see how it can relate to the router, and therefore the ISP. I think it's purely client-side (since our servers haven't been updated/bounced for a while).

And the problem first reared on one laptop on 7th November. Nothing would get it to connect, whilst the rest of the office was happily working. Got said laptop sent to different office and it connected fine.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

Jim Willsher

Agreed, it's not just BT. I manage a dozen networks, all using Zen. We have Cisco 877 or Cisco 887 on them all, and we've had this problem for a few weeks now. The first time it happened, I even had a desktop PC couriered to me as I couldn't use teamviewer to access it.

We had three on Monday, two Tuesday and two yesterday, at four different sites.

Running those commands does fix it, but you can only run them if you are a local admin, which our users aren't....

We actually reckon it's solely a windows problem, unrelated to any router, because all our sites use SBS 2011 or 2012 R2 as the DHCP provider. Our bets are on a recent windows update.

It's a PITA.

In all our cases, they are all win 10, upgraded from Win 7.

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Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

Jim Willsher

There are ways and means of managing a team. Good ways and bad ways. Public denigration is never a good way of boosting morale in a team. I'm sure there are a lot of young developers out there who are highly skilled and highly motivated, but whom read Linus' posts and say "fu*k, that, I'm not working with that arrogant tw*t".

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HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Jim Willsher

My view on lots of the above posts:

Models: I have a Dell 3130cn which I'm delighted with. it's been telling me for two years (or maybe three?) that the C/M/Y toners are nearly empty but it still happily prints all colours. Good job I didn't just chuck in my spare set when the printer warned me to.

Multifunction: never, ever buy a combined printer/copier/scanner. You wouldn't buy a spork (spoon+fork), you'd buy a spoon and a fork separately. You wouldn't hold an iPad up to your ear to make a phone call, you'd have a small phone for calls and a big iPad for videos (or Android/whatever). Get the right tool for the job, and if that means separate tools then fine.

HP: Never, ever buy HP. I did, once, and regretted it ever since. The nail in the coffin for me was when my £2k laptop had a hardware error the DAY AFTER the extended warranty expired, and they were not even remotely interested in helping me, even though my laptop was one of 20 that we'd bought. Cutting off nose to spite face?

HP are no longer significant in any market (although some unwise folks still buy their servers for some bizarre reason). HP are a Woolworths; they sell lots of stuff but it's all humdrum and they don't actually produce a single good product that makes them the goto place for something. They're an also-ran.

Downvotes expected. But I'm past caring.

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IPv4 wealth redistributed

Jim Willsher

I enabled V6, after my ISP (Zen) opened a trial. Yes, it's 2016, and it's just a trial. However it took nearly a month for them to set up my reverse DNS entry, and as most websites are still IPv4 anyway I found little benefit.

I have a backup network solution, via EE 4G, which offers no IPv6 at all. So rather than have a dog's breakfast of stuff on my LAN, I reverted to IPv4.

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Bluetooth 5 debuts next week

Jim Willsher

It's not nicknamed slowtooth for no reason.....

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

Jim Willsher

It's been happening for at least a fortnight - a friend of mine had it happen to him. I know he has a secure password (11 characters, mixed case, symbols) but he noticed in the morning that user X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X had connected and transferred files from his computer. I contacted TeamViewer and I received a stock answer about security.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Jim Willsher

I've no problem with it, since I pay my TV license. All I ask for, in return, is the ability to watch iPlayer and browse news.bbc.co.uk when I am overseas, which I am frequently (I'm writing this from a hotel in Milan). Having the BBC websites splattered with shitty adverts and getting iPlayer stuff blocked is, quite frankly, bollocks, when I am paying handsomely for the privilege of watching BBC when I am in the UK. Surely some form of authentication linked to a TV license is not beyond them?

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

Jim Willsher

Never used anything from Bleeping Computer except for ComboFix, which has saved bacon on many of my friends' and neighbours' computers when they've installed crap. And for that alone, I've donated.

And yes, SpyHunter is crap.

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TalkTalk website STILL down on day TWO

Jim Willsher

Choose a shit provider, expect a shit service. That is all.

Downvotes welcome.

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Kill Flash: Adobe says patch to fix under-attack hole still days away

Jim Willsher

200 computers on my LAN.

ninite Flash....

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Jim Willsher

Re: Attachments

I must be having a dullard morning but I can't find where to change the default behavour, either in Outlook intself or in the GPO templates I've installed into our policy central store.

Clues please?

Muchos gracias.

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One in eight mobile calls in India drops out __ ___ middle of your chat

Jim Willsher

Echoing the post by AC. If you're with Vodafone in Perthshire (Scotland, for the avoidance of doubt) then a dropout rate of 1:2 would be more accurate. That's assuming you got a signal in the first place.

Yes I have a SureSignal. No I can't change provider (it's a work phone).

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Jim Willsher

Agreed, but the banishing of live tiles is just one advantage.

Right-click unpin, the technically literate solution to which you elude, just leaves a huge blank area where the tiles used to be. Is that meant to be a solution? And yes I know I can resize it, but I'm pretty sure the next application I install will want to plant itself there.

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Jim Willsher

Within 5 minutes of installing W10 in a VM, I had downloaded Start10.

Live Tiles - WTF. Start10 gets rid of those, and that makes it worth every penny.

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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

Jim Willsher

Re: Upgrading tonight

>>>I shall report back in a few days :-)

Once you've rebuilt your system with your W7 DVD?

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Jim Willsher

What advantages does Windows 10 *actually* bring to the average power-user? Windows 8 had some performance improvements, native mounting of VHD/VHDX/ISO files, improved File History. Enough for me to use Win8 (with Start8, of course).

But what does Windows 10 bring? Live Tiles - not interested. Cortana - not interested. Edge browser - not interested (Firefox). Multiple desktops - not interested (I use dual monitors soI have enough screen space without needing Jekyll and Hyde options).

Are there really any compelling reasons to use it?

I'm currently downloading from MSDN anyway, but I've yet to see any reason to install it.

Jim

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Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

Jim Willsher

I get 1TB/month allowance. Sadly I'm only on an 8Mb connection, but soon to move house with a 80Mb connection.

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Jim Willsher

Re: for me at least

Just checked mine, I have an 840 EVO which I've had for a couple of years I reckon. 931GB capacity, and I've written 14.52TB overall. And my laptop is in use all day, every day. Looking at SMART I have 7755 power-on hours (861 cycles).

So either of the shiny new devices would be very welcome on my desk. Thank you, I'll clear some space.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Jim Willsher

Whilst I do confess to owning an iphone (all beatings accepted), I haven't worn *any* watch for about 30 years, so the apple watch will not be on my wishlist.

And TBH, and don't see any appeal to it whatsoever. Perhaps I'm the minority.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Jim Willsher

The comments on page one re: tablet mode, touchscreen mode, are completely academic. NOBODY uses them! Mouse, keyboard.....that is all.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

Jim Willsher

El reg is a fortune teller; it's not even 07:45 UTC yet...

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

Jim Willsher

Even my home PC is protected from a power failure. It's called a UPS. WTF?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Jim Willsher

Bloody hell! On a 24" screen at 1920x1080, the headline picture is insanely big! I thought those sheep were in my living room FFS!

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

Jim Willsher

Re: Typical households need 10Mbps

My home happens to also be my workplace. So yes, I would like 10Mb or better please.

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Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

Jim Willsher

We're on an EO line....I guarantee we'll be in the remaining 5% that doesn't get any faster service.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Jim Willsher

We use Ordnance Survey maps a lot (Memory Map application) and the 1:25000 and 1:50000 maps in HD take up 39.2GB. That's the main reason I have the 128GB iPad. My wife has a v1 iPad (my cast-off) and we wanted to replace that with something Android-ish.

I had high hopes for the Hudl2 - but max 32GB MicroSD - and I had high hopes for the Nexus 9 - but max 0GB MicroSD. So that's just blown away two potential Android devices for us.

Back to the drawing board.

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Adobe unveils mobile app Cloud Atlas

Jim Willsher

I have a legal, purchased copy of CS6. I purchased it as a registered charity, of which I'm a trustee, and I paid the princely sum of £120 for Design and Web Premium CS6

I have absolutely no viable upgrade options, since Adobe wants about £70/month for CS7. So 2 months into a subscription and I'll have already paid more than I paid for CS6. No thanks, Adobe, I'll stay with CS6. You can keep Cash Cow.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

Jim Willsher

I use eWallet. Software available for Windoze PCs and Andoid/IOS devices, with card-level sync between them all. No reliance on cloudy stuff, it's always to hand and under my control.

The software is constantly improved and enhanced and it's cheap as chips. What's not to like?

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Free 2004-spec AS/400 pops up in the cloud

Jim Willsher

I used to work in the AS/400 arena, which I left in 2004. We implemented JBA (bless....). Worryingly, one of the customers I implemented in 1999.....is still using it! I keep in touch with the IT manager, he's a good friend now.

The AS/400 is still going strong, none of the 8GB drives (10 of them, I think) has any errors, and JBA System/21 is still running just fine.

JBA was pretty bad, with no database consistency and it crashes all over the place. But that good old AS/400, running V5R2, it just keeps on chugging away! It'll die one day of course, but no sign of that happening.

Crazy to think it's still running a £30m business.....

Jim

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Jim Willsher

for those of us who live in an RDP / Teamviewer world, either to remote PCs or remote servers, a physical button doesn't really help.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Jim Willsher

Totally disagree. Over the last 10 years we've bought hundreds of Dell desktops and laptops, and about 20 Dell servers. We used to opt for the 5 year warranty on them, but after a few years we stopped as we realised we'd never needed the warranty. Now we just get 5 year warranty on the servers as that also covers replacement SAS driver.

We've had to use a warranty once, after 4.8 years, for a failed PSU.

We're running about 130 Dells at the moment, a mixture of XP (ahem...only for another 10 days), Vista, 7, 8, SBS 2011, 2008 R2, 2012. No problems with any of them,

Shoddy? Unreliable? Certainly not in our experience. We'd never go anywhere else. Yes you pay a slight premium, but what price reliability?

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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

Jim Willsher

Despite all the publicity, my bank (Clydesdale - Yorkshire will also be affected) is still vulnerable!

http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/#home2.cbonline.co.uk

Ouch!

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

Jim Willsher

Re: The beginning of the end of Microsoft.

dsa.msc is even quicker

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Jim Willsher

WTF has this got to do with IT? This is The Register, not The Guardian.

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

Jim Willsher

Yesterday was a catalyst for us, I'm now blocking all emails with zip attachments. If anyone needs to get a zip file, they'll find another way. All the zip attachments we've received in the last month have been viruses.

Emailed zip files no longer serve a business purpose IMHO.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Jim Willsher

Re: As if this will make people happy!

TL;DR indeed

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Jim Willsher

Re: Pet peeve

Save the toes and use your couple of quid to buy (almost) Start8. Then tick "Disable all Windows 8 hot corners when at the desktop". Job done.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from now

Jim Willsher

Yep, teamviewer. Free for personal use, installation with fixed ID numbers and passwords for unattended access, facility to reboot remote computer in Safe Mode. And it's free.

What's not to like?

LogMeIn can LogMeOut as far as I'm concerned.

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Latest Chrome adds Chrome OS flavor to Windows 8 'Metro' mode

Jim Willsher

<pedant>

It's the register .CO.UK, can we have flavour instead of flavor please. Thank you, I'll get my coat.

</pedant>

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

Jim Willsher

Re: So, finally...

At least you have a cabinet. All our lines are EO lines, and if BT do decide to install a cabient then they'll install it right outside the exchange so we'll be no better off.

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