* Posts by PeterM42

600 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

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Redmond slashing Win8, Office OEM rates for small devices

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FAIL

To sell rubbish.......

......you have to drop the price.

Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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Happy

Envy me

I used to work in an office with a Princess Leia "lookylikey". She was GORGEOUS!

Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

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IT Angle

Hope last night's RBS/Natwest system meltdown......

...was nothing to do with you.

Good luck in your new job. You could start with a story about the RBS & Natwest system failureS.

RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Re: FAIL felt as far as Oregon

Santander. no question about it.

Oracle trowels more plaster over flawed Java browser plugin

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FAIL

When a software supplier....

...has versions numbered 10.2.5471.2.15.26 (or whatever), you just KNOW there is some inherent problem.

I remember when having to provide support for Oracle apps, it was ESSENTIAL to get EXACTLY the right version of Oracle (which was always a PAIN to install), because there seemed to be no onwards/backwards compatibility with Oracle and, of course, no "Oracle Update" as per Windows.

If we ever got a new Oracle application to support, we knew support costs were going to be MUCH higher than comparable non-Oracle apps.

HP shareholders bay for blood in $19 BEELLION writedown aftermath

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HP started going down the pan.......

.....after making the LaserJet 4. Nothing good since then.

LogMeIn uncloaks cloud storage bypass

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WTF?

No mention?

Of Logmein's Hamachi service.

Indian government censors own web site after court order

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FAIL

These are the people that...

........Cameron wants to give away all our work to. Sheesh!

And it is a "work giveaway" ie: loss of UK jobs, When WIPRO moved in to the organisation I worked for all except 4 were made REDUNDANT on day 1, so don't listen to all that B*!!*cks about "partnerships".

Software update knocks out Space Station communications

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Mushroom

And don't forget.....

.......this IS rocket science (well, sort of). Always have a plan "B"

Capita gobbles Northgate Managed Services for £65m

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FAIL

Why would ANYONE want to buy Northgate?

Nuff said.

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Re: Oh shit

"and we've just finished moving to one of their services ..."

AH, HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

Who sold you that, then?

About to outsource your IT? Read this first

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FAIL

For most medium to large organisations.....

......wholesale outsourcing of your I.T. is effectively outsourcing a large part of your core business.

I.T. is now VITAL to any medium or large organisation.

3 million Freesat receivers now out there, and boxes to get YouTube

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Megaphone

We got rid of Sky because.....

1) The box was CRAP. Nearly every time it rained heavily, the box went titsup. We know it was the box because the same aerial feeds the Freesat box.

2) The cost was totally unnecessary (we ARE weird, we don't watch football). Cost savings paid for the box in under 9 months.

3) We finally stopped being a Sky (Phone and Broadband) customer altogether because Sky tried charging us extra "because we were not using their TV service"!!!!!

Stuff Murdoch.

Nemo cancels Microsoft's Surface Pro launch

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Joke

It's snowing.......

..... so they shut the Windows.

NHS IT bods 'walk out' in pay row with crashed UK tech giant 2e2

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FAIL

Outsourcing - the BIG FAIL

Time after time, we hear of outsourcing problems.

When will STUPID MANAGEMENT LEARN?

Happy dealers, solid managers. So what's wrong at HP?

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FAIL

HP have "Lost the plot"

It happened about the time they brought out the LaserJet 5

'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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FAIL

Oracle, Java, FAIL

As an IT professional since the late 1960's, I have often had problems with Oracle products.

Difficult to install, practically impossible to support EASILY, I grew to HATE Oracle.

Java is obviously just as bad, if not worse.

Longest-standing bug?

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FAIL

Has no-one mentioned......

...the Windows Registry.

If ever a long-standing bug needed stamping on, the whole concept of the registry must surely qualify?

Goes along with the concept that an application needs to be "installed" to the operating system. Applications should be separate from the OS for security reasons.

Not being independent is why OSs (particularly Windows) are open to malware. The OS should be COMPLETELY UNMODIFIABLE by any application. And as for DLLs - HELLO!?!?!?!?!? If you want a different subroutine, keep it IN your application, DON'T go modifying ones belonging to the OS.

This may all take up a bit more disk space but it would dramatically reduce malware.

Northgate Managed Services boss to exit

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FAIL

History Repeats Itself

In a previous incarnation as MDIS, they floated on the stock exchange at an inflated price of around £2-40 if I remember rightly.

When the shares sank to around 30 - 40p, they stopped trading on the stock exchange.

Had to laugh, even though I did lose a bit on my employee-purchased shares. Motorola must have been well pissed off at the time, as MDIS paid a huge bill in shares!!!

Polish man mistakes hot iron for mobe

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Facepalm

Must be a Fanbois......

..... using his iRon

UK climate expert warns of 3-5 degree warmer world by 2100

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Alert

Another Scientist suffering from TB

Talking Bollocks - that well known disease of politicians.

Some facts:

- The SUN warms our planet.

- NOBODY has PROVED "carbon emissions" affect the climate.

- Carbon Trading is a SCAM.

What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

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FAIL

Their first(?) Tri-band phone.....

....was rubbish.

Apart from the unusable menus, it often "went funny" and the only cure was to drop it on a carpeted floor then if necessary, reboot it. (A reboot on it's own did NOT fix it).

From then on, it was all downhill for Motorola

IBM outsources UK desktop support operation lock+stock to Phoenix

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FAIL

Shuffle the sheep

AKA:

Oh the more it changes

The more it stays the same

The hand just re-arranges

The pieces in the game

Definitions of Outsourcing -

1) Well known pretense at cost saving.

2) Creator of wealthy people who profit from the deal

3) Almost inevitable degradation of service.

Outsourcing fingered as UBS cops £30m fine

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FAIL

It seldom fails.....

Save money by outsourcing.

Pay redundancies.

Pay outsourcer extra for every little bit of work you want done.

Keep on paying & if you are lucky, the outsourcer might not foul up and cost you a fortune.

If you are UNlucky, like UBS...........

Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords

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Facepalm

Ah - But.....

...Will the Belkin router stay working long enough for the hacker to work out the key?

My last one (a free replacement for the first faulty one) only lasted about an hour. I did not bother installing the 2nd free replacement. Used a Netgear instead.

Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

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FAIL

No fix for their SuperKRUD either......

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Wireless-Networking/Connecting-wireless-devices-needs-a-reboot-on-R36/m-p/1573480

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Facepalm

Re: Was going to look at virgin but wont bother

SKY!?!?!? - my girlfriend had Sky until they kept putting the price up, then tried charging her for services she did not have or want.

DON'T DO IT! get a FREESAT box and someone else's phone/internet service (unless of course you are desperate for Sky's excess of sport channels.

DEKATRON reborn: Full details on World's Oldest Digital Computer

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Devil

Ah! - Paper Tape - brings back memories

At last, it's time to confess - I was the person who modified the PDP8 RIM loader tape so that when you tried to load a binary tape, the ASR33 printed "HELP LET ME OUT" and went chattering away dumping the entire (magnetic) core) memory onto paper and ringing the "End-Of-Line" bell.

Ah! - Happy days. Was it 1967 or 1968?

Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

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What am I doing wrong?

It seems OK on my Galaxy S2 (Android) and laptop (Win7).

Freeview to be nudged down to clear 5G bands in 2018

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FAIL

Re-arrange these words to give a well-known phrase or saying.........

OFCOM brewery in piss-up not a could organize a

New Microsoft Windows chief 'shocked' by Sinofsky defenestration

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Thumb Down

It's all "Top Down"

Once the top of the organization goes duff, then it starts to filter down.

When Ballmer took over, so the rot started:

- Vista

- Ribbons

- Windows 8

Bring back Gates!!!

Say no more!

Alan Sugar's YouView loses brand judgment in court

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FAIL

"The set top box business was his only long standing success..."

...er.... didn't they make the RUBBISH Sky+ box which keeps throwing a wobbly and crashes if it rains?

I was wondering about these YouView boxes, but if they are Amstrad produced, Alan Sugar can keep them!

I will wait till Samsung bring out something equivalent.

Virgin Media vid misery blamed on unnamed peering network

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FAIL

Not their only problem...

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Wireless-Networking/Connecting-wireless-devices-needs-a-reboot-on-R36/m-p/1557998

nearly 50 PAGES of user complaints about the SuperDUD/SuperKRUD

McAfee founder claims police framing him for murder

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Pirate

They don't want him for MURDER....

......just for producing RUBBISH SOFTWARE - McCRAPAfee anti-virus - the machine killer.

Oh, wait, perhaps that IS the murder charge.......

Metro's mother to replace defenestrated Windows boss Sinofsky

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FAIL

Oh dear.......

....if she was responsible for Notro AND the Ribbon, it is all going to be downhill.

I give her 6 months during which the sales of Windows 8 do not meet Salesman Ballmer's expectations and she is given the boot.

If Microsoft had given users SWITCHABLE options: Ribbon or Drop-down, Metro tiles or REAL Windows, then users would accept it. Enterprise customers don't want it - the training costs are horrendous when you have fundamental changes like these.

Microsoft rolls out always-on Skype for Windows Phone 8

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WTF?

What is the big deal?.......

....Skype can be always ON (or OFF if you prefer) on Android.

What a clockup! Apple's Swiss clock knock-off clocks up $21m fine

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Megaphone

And meanwhile on Android....

Did Patrick Moor pay the Swiss anything for his app which provides a Swiss Railway clock? (unfortunately NOT in place of the standard one).

20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

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FAIL

Did anyone else suffer.....

.....the dreadful Motorola Timeport L7089.

The only phone I have used that needed to be thrown on the (carpeted) floor to make it work properly (not just mine - it was a standard feature!). That's assuming you could work out the appalling menu system.

Virgin offers unlimited action on the cheap

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FAIL

The Three option...

,,seems good on the face of it. However, their network coverage is CR@P and their customer service is not much better.

Virgin liberates landlines with converged call service

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FAIL

As long as......

....... the VM SuperDUD (SuperKRUD) is not involved, it might work OK.

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Wireless-Networking/Connecting-wireless-devices-needs-a-reboot-on-R36/m-p/1540338

Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

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FAIL

All we want now...

...is for VM to be "Smacked" over their SuperDUD.

Have a look at the forum on the subject - now at 45 PAGES!!

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Wireless-Networking/Connecting-wireless-devices-needs-a-reboot-on-R36/m-p/1531946

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FAIL

Nooooo.........

Wowfood - DON'T go to Sky. whatever they quote you to start, it will very soon be increased significantly and if you DON'T take TV services, they will subsequently charge you for NOT using them.

Apple exec behind Maps and Siri to exit One Infinite Loop

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Megaphone

While they are at management reshuffling...

.. why not replace whoever thinks extremely fragile non-industry-standard USB connectors are a good idea.

also: whoever is responsible for non-replaceable batteries

also: whoever is responsible for non-replaceable memory cards

Light ties itself in knots - spontaneously

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Alert

I have always believed.....

...as a target pistol shooter, that light does NOT travel in straight lines.

Thank you scientists for proving me right. Now I have a scientific excuse for my poor shooting.

Samsung posts record profits as Galaxy sales crush Apple

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Thumb Up

Many people missing the point......

.......The reasons Samsung are doing well are:

1) They make BLOODY GOOD kit (Phones, Laptops and TVs)

2) Most of their phones have user removeable/replaceable batteries

3) Most of their phones have replaceable (ie: upgradeable) MicroSD card slots

4) They use industry standard MicroUSB connectors on their latest smartphones.

5) They use standard-sized SIMs

The last four being very good reasons why I will NOT buy an iPhone.

Imation cutting 20 per cent of workforce amid losses

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FAIL

If Imation goes.......

... I for one will not miss them. I stopped buying Imation because their floppy disks and blank CDs were so unreliable.

Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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Happy

Can it be used.......

......to decipher doctor's handwriting?

I just LOVE Server 2012, but count me out on Windows 8 for now

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Pirate

This article is SPOT ON

...I think Microsoft are suffering from Alzheimer's or some similar mental degeneration.

If they implemented most of the recommendations in the article, it would be brilliant, but I cannot see it happening. Ballmer doesn't have the brains to see the problems like Gates did. He is just a salesman.

Port Android to Intel platforms big time and Microsoft will be heading for the graveyard.

Outfit which will save your Freeview TV from 4G interference stands up

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FAIL

" LTE, ........ will be snuggled up next to Freeview"

Well, the W*nkers thought THAT through very carefully.

Free WiFi in London Tube stations extended until end of 2012

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FAIL

"Great the way it cuts off when you go in the tunnel"

VM never claimed it would work IN the tunnels.

Mind you, it wouldn't work very well in the stations either if they used R36 of their crappy SuperHub which is so bad it has been renamed the "SuperDUD".

The complaint forum thread is fast approaching 40 PAGES:-

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Wireless-Networking/Connecting-wireless-devices-needs-a-reboot-on-R36/m-p/1510304

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