* Posts by jason 7

2944 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Wheels fall off Aviva Insurance's website for 5 hours

jason 7

Not quite

I think you might find Aviva sold the two data centres in Norwich and moved all their kit out some time ago. The two centres have been fully refurbed and are now run by Sentry42 and very nice they are too.

Sentry42 would be more than happy to have Aviva put their data back in should their current system not be up to scratch.

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Netflix goes live in Blighty

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Happy

Local Library is the way!

We've been doing this for a couple of years now. £2 for a new title for a couple of nights.

10 minute walk to the library. Reservation is dead easy too.

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Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

jason 7
FAIL

Ermmmm....

..just what the hell are you on about? Run that past us again?

So folks need to go rummaging into the BIOS code? Plus use torrent sites?

Well that's a step forward for the common man.

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jason 7
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On the right lines....

But the problem isn't really with MS when it comes to the actual media.

It's Acer/Asus/HP/Compaq/MSI/Fujitsu et al that actually make the decision to not include the media.

Now if these companies as you say had a download section that allowed you to type in your serial number or license key and download the appropriate ISO then that would be superb.

Would cut their support overheads I would have thought?

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jason 7
Happy

Ahh but......

...that doesnt stop us having a good moan about another topic in a similar vein that bugs us.

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jason 7

Chances are you cant use an Acer disk on a Dell.

Unless you meant can't instead of can. If so sorry.

The keys etc. are checked to make sure the licence key issued for say a Dell ties up with the OS installed thats likely flagged an Acer OEM version.

Years ago you could rebuild anything with a plain XP OEM CD but MS have tightened up big time on this.

To be certain if its a Dell you are rebuilding then you use a Dell reinstall CD, likewise for any other OEM brand.

YMMV but its quite rare for mix and match to work nowadays. Hopefully maybe the EU will step into this and make it so as long as you have a valid licence on the machine you can use any disk that matches the type of OS or make it so physical restore media has to be supplied.

It's enough to make you install Linux.

Almost.

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jason 7
Stop

More to this than meets the eye I reckon.

It could be that Comet were charging for the disks rather than just including them with the PCs that caught MS's attention.

I get very agitated when a customer asks me to repair or rebuild their old XP/Vista machines. The first question I have to ask is "Do you have the original OS CDs to hand?"

There is the customary pause then they usually respond "Err no!"

If its a Vista laptop/PC then usually there is a recovery partition but often these are so complicated I wonder how the average user is supposed to use them. Some even need the PC to be properly working to actually recover from! If its a Dell that's okay as I have a full selection of Dell recovery/OS disks to hand. If its an old XP Acer/Bizzaro brand then its pretty much tough luck as MS have tightened up the activation checking databases and unless you use the exact manufacturer OEM CD now you are screwed. They really don't want you re-using that XP now.

It can be so frustrating especially when you are just trying to re-install a OS that the Machine has a licence stuck to it for. At the end of the day there is no change, the user carries on using XP/Vista just as they paid for a few years back but oh no.....

I now have to spend around 90 minutes for every laptop I buy in for customers creating the damn recovery DVDs. If I leave it to them then chances are a year later I'm screwed.

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Virtual sanity: How to get a grip on your home PCs

jason 7
FAIL

Arrghh I meant Explorer 8 or 9 not Windows.

Sorry.

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jason 7
Facepalm

One other change I'd like....

When you have rebuilt your PC and are then downloading and installing the 118 updates for XP/Vista/7 that half way through the install (when you have walked away for a bit to do something more interesting) that it doesn't stop the install to ask if you want to install Windows8/9!

Well yes I bloody ticked the box so just install it and stop asking me if I want this or that running I dont care!!!!!

Many is the time I have come back to an install an hour or so later to find it sitting there waiting for me to tick 'yes' with 75 updates (and a lot of .NET ones at that) to go.

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jason 7

Sounds like hard work to me!

The only real changes I'd like to see are simple lift and shift single folder migration for Outlook/contacts/favourites etc.

All those silly hidden folders and data stuck all over the place for what is for some such a core application.

Sorry but the import/export options are not good enough.

Would be so cool to be able to copy the user folder and drop it into a new machine and all the appropriate installed apps just pick up the data and run with it.

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BlackBerry PlayBook in US price plummet

jason 7
Stop

Isnt it just a case of....

.....if you have email via a Blackberry then you need the Blackberry?

Anyone else using Gmail/Hotmail/webmail need not take notice and just access their mail via the browser as usual.

I wonder if folks in general have got the wrong end of the stick and think that they cant access email at all unless they have a Blackberry phone to tether to it.

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jason 7
Meh

Nice hardware.......

....shame about everything else really. I had a look in the apps selection and whilst I agree its not the be all and end all to have 50000+ apps with only 10 good ones that are worth using but the RIM app store is woeful.

My other half was interested but as there was no proper Kindle app she walked away.

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Year of the Penguin - el Reg's 2011 Linux-land roundup

jason 7
Meh

Please not a Mac UI!!!!

I borrowed a Mac Mini a few weeks ago to see what the fuss was about.

I was expecting a life changing experience after all the hype.

What a disappointment. It just felt clunky and looked clunky. I'm a long term Windows user and after using Win7, OSX just felt awful.

I even prefer using the Ubuntu 10.4 Netbook edition on my Acer Aspire One netbook for getting stuff done.

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CSC faces £1bn write-off over botched NHS IT project

jason 7

When you see sums like that wasted.......

.....why don't we just give James Cameron a billion pounds to make four movies and just take the profits from that.

Okay we don't get a NHS system (well we didn't from the original plan either) but we'll probably more than triple our investment.

Couldn't hurt could it?

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AMD loses marketing boss

jason 7
Mushroom

No great loss.

I've been saying this guy has been a waste of space for ages. Not like he put a lot of effort into the role.

Marketing? What marketing? A lot of 'working from home' I reckon.

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2011's Best... compact cameras

jason 7
Meh

Ermmmm....

...I think we could have gone more 'compact' then these to be honest.

Just want to find a cheap pocketable 8MP+ compact that doesnt compress the crap out of every shot to make the more expensive version with the same hardware look better.

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Windows Defender Offline: For PCs too hosed to go online

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I tried nine linux based AV rescue disks about 6 months ago.

Most of them were useless so another alternative is welcomed.

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Next Dr Who game to leave Xboxers in the cold

jason 7
Stop

Will the game...

....be as much of a mess as the show is now?

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Toshiba Regza 32UL863 32in LED TV

jason 7
Facepalm

Ummm important question here.

Where exactly would one buy such a TV?

Google/Amazon et al drew a blank.

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Navy pays 2x purchase price to keep warship docked for 5 years

jason 7
Meh

But......

...why should anyone like BAE?

That company that gives such great value for money every time.

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The BBC Micro turns 30

jason 7
Happy

I would tend to agree with this.

It was a nice quality bit of kit. Though I always felt the specification was unbalanced for the time (great connectivity with ports galore but limited RAM/graphics capability) and it was too pricey.

Had the machine not had the backing of the BBC I strongly believe it would have languished like many others such as the Oric and Dragon 32.

However, I am more than happy with how it turned out. It was a fun time to be at school.

The best Computer Studies memory I have was when the BBC B's and Masters were all hooked up to a disk server (this was around 1986/87). We sneaked a look at the manual and found all these extra commands and programs that let you send messages to the screens of the other machines and watch what they were doing.

Oh the fun we had sending messages like "Hello Sexy!" to the girls and watching their amazed faces as such messages appeared then dissapeared. "Whats up Helen?" "Oh...nothing Sir...ermm nothing!" Watching the other kids trying to 'hack' the system and sending messages such as "ALERT ALERT SECURITY HAS BEEN NOTIFIED!"

The fun lasted several months till we realised our O level projects had to be handed in a few days later. I remember I wrote the BASIC code out by hand at home then typed it into the BBC B when I got to school at lunchtime. I managed a C pass. That was before exam passes were given out like sweets.

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jason 7
Stop

Indeed, Revisionist history strikes again.

I remember those great days very well.

I was 12 years old in xmas 1983 and everyone in my high school at that time wanted a 48K Spectrum. No one, I repeat no one wanted a BBC B.

Certainly no one wanted to take on a paper round to buy a BBC B. We all felt quite sorry for the poor kid who's well meaning but mis-guided parents bought him the BBC B or Electron.

Then the C64 came along and it was over for the BBC B as a home machine really. Spectrum or C64 all the way.

The BBC B was fine to do my Computer Studies project on but that was it really. I did however have a hankering for those classic Microvitec Cub monitors though.

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eBuyer £1 sale fail: Customers vent fury... on Facebook

jason 7
Happy

May I just say....

...that I use Ebuyer at least once a week for orders and I have yet to have an issue with them.

They often deliver far faster than I expect and their service has improved greatly over the past few years.

I wish them continued success. This I am sure is just a blip and a load of whingers moaning that they didn't get the crap crap they didn't need anyway.

No one died as a result.

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Ten... top Xbox Live game downloads

jason 7
Happy

Yes Defense Grid!

Best Live game EVAR!

I have spent so many hours playing Defense Grid and the game never gets annoying.

Very rare.

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Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale

jason 7
Unhappy

I had a look for monitors.

They only had six on sale!

All of them pretty average. No wonder they failed.

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jason 7
FAIL

Yes, waste of time.

The BestBuy discount code simply reduces the price to the same as or slightly higher than Ebuyer/Overclockers etc. etc.

Nothing to see here.

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MPs: This plan for proper navy carriers and jets is crazy!

jason 7
Facepalm

So 100% operational by 2030....

...and retired from service 2031 is that it?

Am I right or am I right?

I would like to go on record as stating I'd like to take over the running of this project. I feel that even knowing the basics of this kind of thing, I am light years ahead of everyone else running it currently.

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Climategate: A symptom of driving science off a cliff

jason 7
Mushroom

We need to dump Global Warming/Climate Change now!

As a concept its flawed in that its not something thats blatantly proved. Show me some states showing it exists and then someone will show me stats it doesn't and both can be classed as credible depending which side you sit.

It's not helping as a poster boy for the environmental cause. Too divisive and it's wasting time we don't have.

As I have said before we need to go back to basics. We need to go back to that old fave of the 60's and 70's......Pollution.

Yes we can all see 'pollution' and the effects of pollution. No one can say "Hey pollution is a great thing!" and not look mental. No one can stand by a lake full of dead fish and say "nothing to see here!"

If we all get behind just cleaning up the crap we've made then chances are the planet as a whole 'climate wise', will benefit as a direct result.

We are all too busy arguing about what or what isn't going on above our heads but forgetting about whats going on around our feet.

Let's all tackle that instead. Worth a try isnt it?

Or isnt there any money in pollution? Hmmmmmm.

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Ex-NASA space shuttle to touch down on aircraft carrier

jason 7
FAIL

Yes, poor conditions to keep such artifacts.

Total lack or respect there. Horrific.

Would have been better to put it in Duxford!

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We talk to Moon designer about ULTIMATE sci-fi ship

jason 7
Mushroom

With regards to Nell.....

...a design I liked too by the way.

He does know that the designer of that ship was one James Cameron?

Oopsie!

"SADORRR??!! Sador of the Malmori??????"

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Erotica 2011 stands firm against rise of the sex machines

jason 7
Meh

Yeah its not the same anymore.

I went to the first three of the Erotica shows and whilst the first one was a bit rough the second and third were really good. I then didn't go for a couple of years then went to one around 2002 and it wasn't the same. Not the same buzz and far more porn sellers.

Dread to think what it's like now.

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Russian Mars probe heads into space WITHOUT ENGINES

jason 7
WTF?

Did the insurance company....

.....actually see what they loaded into the top of the launch rocket?

Could have been a busted old boiler filled with concrete.

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Gates: Novell are sore losers, Word trounced WordPerfect

jason 7
Meh

I prefered....

...Amipro but that's just me.

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Gov web boss: Our sites look like bleak council estates

jason 7
Unhappy

Hmmmmmmm....

...my other half built a website for HM GOV a couple of years ago. Was the first they had on time and on budget I think.

There is a reason the sites look the way they do and not like Facebook etc. They are not meant to be fun, just give information and the barest means of interaction needed to get the job done. Less is more.

I'll give him say 6 months tops. I can imagine the look on the mandarins faces when he goes after them asking for billions to re-build all the sites out there.

As taxpayer I'd just like to say I've already payed quite enough for the council estate. I don't really want to now pay for Alton Towers.

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Clooney fingered for Steve Jobs role in Hollywood biopic

jason 7
Meh

Tough job for Clooney.

I cant see him taking the role.

He just isn't that unlikable and whiny. Wont convince.

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Were Lavasoft's buyers once on its hit list?

jason 7
Stop

Not nasty sites usually.

The organised crime gangs behind this stuff now seem to target sites that more affluent web users would go to.

Cruise sites, holiday sites and finance sites seem very popular. No point putting drive-by virus stuff in free porn sites.

No they want the less confident users that they can terrify into typing their credit card details.

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jason 7
Meh

Malwarebytes, not bad but not perfect.

Still misses a lot of stuff. You run Malwarebytes on a heavily infected HDD (no point running it on the infected PC, too late) and let it clean off say 43 items.

Then run it again and see what happens. And again....

Most folks will only run it once and think themselves clean. Then after three runs, run MSSE or Combofix and see that another dozen items crop up.

Its not perfect. Yes its worth using but not on its own. You need to use at least three products.

However, by the time you have run 3-4 full scans you may as well have rebuilt the PC from scratch.

Havent bothered with AdAware in years. As for Spybot S&D, christ, is there still a market for software that looks like it was designed in 1998? Lazzzyyyyyyyyyy!

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Ten... Blu-ray disc players

jason 7

No it wasnt dumb.

I was more than happy to buy them in ever better presentation up to the end point. I enjoyed that.

But now I've reached the point where enough is enough. That and having access to physical format movies isn't important to me anymore. My priorities in life changed.

I realised that much of my DVD collection had only been watched once, maybe twice and it really wasn't worth it with the downward trend in Hollywood output over the past 10 years to keep adding to it. Case in point about 8 years ago we would go to the cinema about 25 times a year. We now go maybe twice a year! That's how crap it's got. I bet we are not the only ones.

I therefore dumped most of my DVD collection into Oxfam. Haven't regretted it. Quite liberating in fact.

In contrast to my CD collection which I'll never part with, as many of the originals are better than the modern LOUD remasters.

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jason 7
Stop

Not buying into it again.

I bought my movies on VHS.

I bought my movies again on Widescreen VHS.

I bought my movies on DVD.

I bought my movies on remastered DVD Directors cuts.

I'm tired. I'm not buying them anymore.

Its the local lending library or streaming from now on.

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jason 7
Meh

In this age.....

..when everything is designed to fail the minute it gets past warranty why would you bother to spend more then £200 on such a mundane device?

Before anyone counters, yes I was one of those folks that would spend £1500 on a CD player. So I know all about the 'superior power supplies", "the enhanced DACs" for picture/sound quality etc. etc. However, that was many years ago when you could count on support for 10+ years on a device. So maybe it was worth paying the extra for that. Nowadays?

Now I see any electronics device, regardless of price as delayed landfill. That and I've grown up a bit.

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Maggie Philbin on tech, teens and cardigan fear

jason 7

Thanks Maggie!

...and Judith, Kieran et al. I actually think myself lucky that I saw many of the tech conveniences we see today many years before as a kid on that show. It was a truly great show and also a integral part of what made Thursday night the best night on TV in the 80s.

Top of the Pops then Tomorrows World then switch over to BBC2 for some great comedy.

Does anyone remember the night on TW when Maggie wore her hair pushed back behind her ears? I've never forgot that!

Sorry Maggie. I thought you were lovely though.

Oh and yes I'd buy Johnny Ball a pint too! Cant imagine a show like Think of a Number or the others he did on kids TV today. I guess no cartoon comics or lunchboxes to made from actual real educational TV.

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Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world

jason 7
Meh

Look again.

Not for long they wont be.

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jason 7
Stop

Yeah price hikes.

Really bad. Was going to build a 8TB data storage setup for a customer but have advised him to wait.

Building on a flood plain...at least build the factory on stilts!

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Apple's iPod: ten years old

jason 7
Unhappy

The incease in use of such devices......

...has had a reverse effect on the amount of CDs I have bought over the past 10 years.

Generally the 'iPod' has become the benchmark for the level of audio playback most folks have access too. Hence why most CDs/recorded music now sound total garbage.

Thanks iPod! Wish you'd never been invented.

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TomTom Go Live TopGear Edition

jason 7
FAIL

Yes TomTom road maps seem stuck at around 2004.

I bought a TomTom One back in 2006 and updated the map with new ones three times and the same old turnings that had been physically gotten rid off years before still exist in TomTom land.

I then bought a new Live Via (whatever) TomTom a few months ago and sod me if it still thinks its 2004. Tells me to go down loads of lanes and roads that have been turned into bus or cycles only, years ago.

Appalling really.

Oh and the new USB cable design is a really bad feature. Not easy to fit without actually taking the device off the window and a poor fit to boot.

I think its the last TomTom I'll buy.

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Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again

jason 7
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Thanks for the fun.

We loved the show and also agree its good to see someone know when to quit. The last series whilst better than most, was the lesser of the four.

However, I will always be thankful to Mr Linehan for that absolute classic episode with the Gay musical. That episode was the most funny laugh filled 30 minutes I've known in years.

The GF and I were in tears watching it. Doesn't happen often..well not in a comedy way.

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Ten... small screen HD TVs

jason 7
Meh

Yeah these are not small.

These are TVs for normal folks that have lives. 22" and below is what I consider small.

Having the TV as the center piece shrine in your living room is just sad. Oh and really tacky.

Plus it would have been nice if you stated what the actual size of the screens were instead of letting us work it out from the cryptic "WX223243XBC" model names.

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Ten... Freeview HD recorders

jason 7
Meh

Topfield - Dead as a Dodo

Long gone. I wouldn't hang around for them to come back.

Shoddy build quality and even with all your Taps and My Stuff, its still not a great user experience.

I'm amazed that after all these years PVR boxes are all still a dogs dinner when it comes to usability.

How difficult does it have to be?

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This Dianamania is a slur on Jobs

jason 7
Stop

The fact most folks getting so emotional over Mr Jobs...

...need to remember is that he didnt actually know you or care about you.

It was business. Nothing more, nothing less.

Move on.

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The $35 android tablet, a snip at $50

jason 7
Thumb Up

Yeah, its the software not the hardware.

The increase in power has just allowed more and more sloppy programming.

In 1995 I was still getting by fine with a 33Mhz 486 with 8MB of ram.

In 1997 I had a Intel 150Mhz Pentium with 32MB of ram which surfed and played Quake just fine. Cost me £1300 and was to be the last actual PC I bought. The rest I built.

It wasnt till 1999 that I got a AMD 400Mhz K6-III and was running Quake 2 and Unreal like a champ.

So in 4 years I went from 33Mhz to 400Mhz. It all worked very well for the time.

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