* Posts by Roger Greenwood

786 posts • joined 7 Sep 2006


UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?

Roger Greenwood

There are more vulnerable than you think

We employ several who don't have an email address, no computer, no smartphone. Perfectly upstanding members of society who graft and pay their taxes. Up until a few years ago the same group had no bank account either (we insisted eventually). In many ways they fall into the vulnerable group as well, or they certainly will when they retire, they just aren't on the radar yet.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Re: Are any of them any good?

+1 for Zen. And it's run by very savvy humans.

I got a letter this week from TalkTalk inviting me back. Took me ages to stop laughing.

Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing

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After the war . . .

In case you missed it, I recommend this excellent book "Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing".

Makes you weep - we were so stupid.

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

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"hostage-grade cable ties"

Love the article, but shirley those are merely apprentice grade cable ties?

(or reserved for children of people you don't like).

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

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Where's Groklaw when you need it?

Just being nostalgic, made for great reading back in the day.

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

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In the UK what usually happens is that as soon as redundancies are mentioned all the good (employable) folks leave immediately leaving the dross to fight it out.

Facebook's pay-for-more-eyeballs shtick looks too good to be true: Page views, Likes from 'fake' profiles

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Every now and again . . .

. . in a spare moment (too few) I randomly click on adverts. Partly this is to support the website I am on, partly this is to improve the quality of ads then seen elsewhere.

I don't really care (or sometimes even notice) what they are as long as they have nice pictures. If I used FB I would probably do the same - am I a fake account?

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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Hardly a mistake when they got a free advert - I call that a success.

Despite vows to spend more with smaller firms, UK.gov sure does seem to love legacy lock-in

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"..included setting unlimited liability requirements.."

No such thing in reality. Oh you can put it on a bit of paper but really? Perhaps the SMEs are too honest.

Still using Azure Scheduler? Schedule in 30 September 2019 'cos it's being euthanised

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Re: And on 31st September . . .

Yup - that was the joke :-)

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And on 31st September . . .

I thought you pulled this service?

Well I scheduled it to be pulled!

Godmother of word processing Evelyn Berezin dies at 93

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Re: CHM oral history

I read that oral history - absolutely fascinating story. Still shocks me where a pay rise was larger "because she was blond". Given recent history it really shouldn't shock me, but it does. Despite all the challenges she faced she comes across as a really kind person and a proper engineer who most of us would have loved to know.

More of these stories, please, preferably while they are still with us.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

Roger Greenwood

5 Litres every 2 weeks?

I suppose if you put 14 in a row then fair enough

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Re: Echoes...

Could be worse if they had called it Bomb 20

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Delivery by drone surely?

Is that not the obvious delivery method?

I think they missed a trick there for some excellent publicity.

And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

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Thanks Kieran

I hope you enjoyed writing that as much as I (and I hope others) enjoyed reading it.

Bit more smiting next time perhaps?

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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Re: Ah the Cloud

Where does rain come from?

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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As an EU directive, I wonder how it is going in the other 27 countries? I have seen some very dodgy wiring over the years (looking at you Greece and also your attachment to cash with no paper trail).

I imagine it will be just as difficult to get folks to accept these in many other places.

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT

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Music might be a good thing:-

- more harmony, less dissonance

- using the same key

- working to a plan

- in time with each other

- all practised and well trained from an early age

- obey the commands of one strong leader ......

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

Roger Greenwood

Re: Cost savings.


Besides the cost of the materials, I guess there are huge time savings during assembly. If you can shave a few seconds off several operations multiplied over millions of units . . . .

Persuading world+dog to love Microsoft's AI assistant a step too far for Acompli founder

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Cortana is a business?

People depend on it?


Cyber-crooks think small biz is easy prey. Here's a simple checklist to avoid becoming an easy victim

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Size matters

Businesses with 2.5, 25 and 250 employees are all often described as SMBs but will require quite different levels of support. We are bombarded with offers to provide us with "support" but the targeting is way off sometimes - the number of staff actually using computers (with a keyboard) in a business can vary widely.

@Claptrap314 It's quite difficult to get folks to drop windows after growing up with it and being dependent on it for critical bits of kit you have no control over (if you are a SMB). By comparison dumping MS Office was easy.

Bean-counting outfit Sage appoints bean-counter as new CEO

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Re: Perhaps

@ VinceH

Agree. The trouble is there is nothing better for many small/medium businesses - lots of the competition is pretty micky mouse* according to my colleague (we tried a few). We just moved from 2008 version to current (subscription) and not a lot changed. This was entirely forced on us because of MTD.

* not casting aspersions at MM - just a phrase that means "cheap and nasty" around here.

Microsoft teaches a 10-year-old Red Dog new tricks and the Windows 10 1809 delay hits Exchange 2019

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“lose the trust of developers for a generation.”

As we are talking computers, that's about 6 months then?

(The one with the copy of the SBS manual in the pocket)

'BMW, Airbus and Siemens' get the Brexit spending shakes

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"£105bn will be splurged on tech . ."

Could this be better quoted as "will be squeezed out of the finance department as easily as blood is extracted from granite"?

Just me then.

It's Two Spacecraft, One Mission as BepiColombo gets ready to launch

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Re: Ariane 6 --


"2.4.5. Earth escape missions "

"To be provided later"

Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU

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Re: New name?


Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Silver/Tin whiskers

Under certain environmental conditions, contamination by hydrogen sulphide (common in sewage works, for instance) will grow what look like whiskers on tin plated surfaces. They can grow amazingly fast and long. This is not great for anything containing electrickery. The effect on 400V gear is truly explosive.

Pictures etc here:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisker_(metallurgy)

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: WTF?

Looks like this could be made into a cheap video conferencing system. If so then I am sure someone will buy it.

Small business looks for video conferencing at the moment and just goes "How much!!!"

Windows 10 passes 700 million, Office Mobile in a coma and Intune, er, cracks time travel

Roger Greenwood

Re: Numbers

"...browser-based solutions."

Sage are helping - they are pricing their cloudy accounting offering lower than an update. Guess where we're going next....

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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UKIP - Come with us

Tick-tock, tick-tock. Oh, that's just the sound of compromised logins waiting to ruin your day

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Made me laugh . . .


Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

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Re: Do the math(s)

That was my first thought - one of those critters could charge my phone!

Wonder if it was micro amps or millivolts?

Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered

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Re: Microsoft keep on trying don't they?

+1 for Zentyal - we have used it since version 2 or 3 (about 6 years?) and it's fine for a small business (say 10 to 20 users). We don't need or use all of the features but the main thing is it has been rock solid reliable. For email we use Thunderbird but my phone can now connect thinking it is an exchange server - easy and faultless.

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Re: Case sensor

"Percussive maintenance" was also known as "Gentle Persuasion" round here. Any large heavy object will do.

Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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I would like to know what happend subsequently. What's your vector victor?

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

Roger Greenwood


1. The IEC is rather larger than just the EU or even Europe.

2. You can usually only read a standard if you pay for it (EUR168).

3. As was pointed out, the standards are written by the manufacturers. They are then rubber stamped by representatives at a meeting in an expensive hotel. Hence the cost.

4. It's still the best system we've got as it tends to reflect the real world and many of those folks are very clever with the best intentions (until the money men get involved).

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

Roger Greenwood

Re: What we need


Interested in your thoughts regarding Betamax v VHS . . . .

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

Roger Greenwood

Re: It's what people voted for!

"your national flag"

Well today, of all days, it should be the white rose of the Yorkshire flag.

Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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Re: Antiquated IT systems

"Those same tills have access to every single customer who has ever purchased from Carphone Warehouse."

Unless you paid cash (and some still do).

Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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"forget to attach"

So many times Thunderbird has saved me from that one.

Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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Re: Predictive Fuckups

"Because they might choose "never" because their machines are running nice and stable."


(Having just spent several hours wrestling a time clock system back to life - on Monday when the reports are needed.)

Updates now disabled.

Your 60-second guide to security stuff Google touted today at Next '18

Roger Greenwood

Re: The Abiding Trouble Associated with Becoming All Powerful and All Seeing ....

You should write Vogon poetry, I feel your talents would then be better appreciated.

Quantum, Linux and Dynamics: That's the week at Microsoft, not a '70s prog rock band

Roger Greenwood



Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: What about

1. That means you heard it before it was released (impressed).

2. Damn we're old.

Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

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Losing email is nothing . . .

. . . compared to the mess caused when they closed the technical discussion forums (without notice) and re-branded them "communities" a few years ago. Not recovered yet. (Yes I am a member).

Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS

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Re: If only it were that easy

"idiot proof guides" - see httpsiseasy.com

Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

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Dates of birth

I have several of these. 1/1/70 being a favourite.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

Roger Greenwood


Reminds me of the many shortcut descriptions in the techy field.

As a young apprentice I worked with a guy referred to as Fubsy. His real name was probably Dave, but everyone said "See Fubsy about that ... Fubsy has the key .... Borrow one off Fubsy etc". Took me months to find out FUB meant effing useless bastard.

Surely along with the list of El-Reg standards we should have a list of these many useful acronyms.

A friend of mine has one he calls the WHIP syndrome when he has trouble working out what has gone wrong with some electronic gismo. (What haven't I pressed).

'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

Roger Greenwood

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