Where's Groklaw when you need it?
Just being nostalgic, made for great reading back in the day.
782 posts • joined 7 Sep 2006
. . 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?
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.
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.
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.
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)
+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.
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).
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).
Send drone towards miscreant. In the civilised world it would then land on top with a magnet and a tracker allowing the chase car to back off. In other places attempt to shoot out the tyres?
Speed more important than range. I bet someone has already done this but I missed it.
When I were a lad you turned on the TV and it took 5 minutes to warm up before you got a picture (in monochrome). Then came electronics and TV screens were almost instantaneous colour - magic. Now we are back to a 5 minute warm up while the digital box boots up, coupled with random video artifacts for no good reason.
Once upon a time you turned on your AM or FM radio and got joyous sound in an instant. Then came DAB and the box has to find the strongest signal resulting in short audio jumps and repeats as it swaps from one tower to another, really weird when listening to speech.
Currently when I lift my phone handset I have an instant dial tone ready to receive my instructions. The general experience and quality is totally reliable. It also works when the power goes out.
I really hope that this time the "improvements" work for the user, not just the supplier.
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