If this is how Oracle treats their employees
I'd dread to think how they treat their customers.
Hoping I never have to find out first hand...
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I have two columns in front of me.
One of them is the time and costs spent across all my customers cleaning up viruses and malware caused by unpatched systems.
One of them is the time and costs spent across all my customers cleaning cleaning up messes caused by broken and misbehaving patches.
Guess which one is bigger.
Amen to prying LTO out of my cold dead hands. Yes they are pricey at the SMB level, and getting Backup Exec to play nice is always a fun game, but the cartridges are cheep enough to keep full backups permanently every week/month for both DR and Compliance.
That, and I've never had trouble getting a customer that has previously lost data to budget for one to do them properly.
At that scale, Robotic tape libraries may become an out of hand cost but geeze, some kind of offline backup people! Imagine if they'd Cryptolocker'd their on network - did this scenario never occur to them?
I'm not a web developer, but with my end user and IT Support hats on, Edge always seemed like a nice rendering engine wrapped inside a half baked User Interface.
The incomplete status it launched in on the first few versions of Windows 10 (Probably up to around Anniversary Update) burnt users badly, and it got the reputation of not being very good that it just couldn't shake - about 30% of issues we saw with the RTM Windows 10 release were fixed by setting the default browser back to Internet Explorer or Chrome.
I think this may be the little talked about downside of releasing early and often to the general populace.
Over the last year, I've fallen out of love with Firefox: Ever since they launched Quantum with an incomplete API set so a whole subset of simple extensions (coincidentally, all the ones I use) just can't be made.
It's been one year since the code switch, and toolbars are still on the "TBD" List
Then they pulled that little Mr. Robot stunt.
Then they scooped up testers DNS Results
Then they caved to Symantec on the certificate removal
All the while removing every USP (Customisation, Add-Ons, Privacy) their browser has, and turning it into a Knock-off version of Chrome.
At this point, a mix of Chrome and Edge provide a much more stable, pleasant web experience; After 14 years of use, time to say a not so fond farewell to Firefox.
I was expecting the browser makers to play hardball: Users can still click through to get to the sites, and the "Not Secure" message being shown to everyone is a nice public incentive to fix it.
Still, as Google's the no. 1 web browser by a large margin, They'll still have to fix it, so Firefox's stance, if done in isolation, is a moot point.
I had the exact same problem;
I used to do tech for a legal firm where all the computers were named after cats (Lion, Jaguar, etc.) It was fine when they were in a single office, but by the time I left, there were in three buildings, and putting a new system on the network normally involved a frantic trawl through Wikipedia (Caracal, Toyger...) or IMDB (TopCat, SnagglePuss...).
That was before going to the user, and making sure the name didn't upset them (The new HR Hire was *Not* happy getting Bigglesworth...)
Probably just put on the site without an event or much fanfare; I like the 4 inch form factor, although I recognise I'm in the minority with that one (along with a desire for an iPad mini 5; In my mind, Bigger is not always better)
However, not having an air quote "Budget" iPhone seems a bit remiss; £449 for a starting price (As opposed to an almost-reasonable £359 for the SE) is basically cutting price conscious customers off from jumping into the Apple ecosystem, and tempt them to upgrade later.
Still, I don't run a trillion doller company, so I'm sure Apple have a solid gameplan. I just don't fully get it, right now...
Anyone got recommendations for a good product to manage getting data onto a local tape drive for if/when this goes South? Hoping it's a contingency plan, as not even Symantec's best effort managed to kill it off
Every time I've looked around, not found a suitable replacement for BE.
I've actually lost count of the number of mobile phone platforms they've ungracefully killed with no upgrade path.
Do they honestly expect us to buy the ever-rumoured Surface Phones at this point, when evidence points to them getting bored and killing the platform 18 months later? You've had your (several) shots at the phone market; just give up and move on.
Back in the 2011 London Riots, I had the fun of doing an overnight server upgrade on a little business on a North London high street.
I managed to get in for the early evening before things kicked off, then put the metal shutters down, turned the lights out, hid in the back office with a brand new 2012 Foundation Server. One of the most tense nights of working I've had, and not just because I had to make a Symantec product behave...
I know all the bad things Amazon do (Especially to suppliers and the poor warehouse workers), but they tilt the deck so far in the customer's favour, and really work with you to make sure you're happy: I've yet to have an Amazon issue that was not resolved to my satisfaction.
Most recent one was a £50 battery pack I bought that manufacturer said could do X, but could only half do X: Amazon initially arranged a free return for refund, but Post office wouldn't accept it as a "Defective" Lithium battery. Amazon said keep it and refunded it anyway.
I've (Half-jokingly) said it many times before: Amazon are evil, but they're convenient evil.
Speaking about extinct SKU's, can we get some love for Foundation Server? (Almost) everything Standard server could do, none of the extra stuff that can cause problems in Essentials/SBS, pre-licensed for 15 users, and in place upgradable to Standard once you reach that point.
It was the perfect "My First Server" for SMB Customers.
In this case, “not a good use of my time” may be a euphemism, but I honestly believe it to be true;
Like it or loath it, Bill's work at Microsoft changed the world.
I genuinely believe his work at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is even more important, and will have even more impact in the long term (And eradicating polio is probably going to be more popular than Windows Me).
Been using it as my main browser Since 2003 when Blaster struck (Back on my Win98/XP Dual Booter), and until last year, I loved it.
Their push to kill XUL extensions before the WebExtentions API's were finished meant the six plugins I used to make the web work the way I wanted all stopped; spent the last two months trying to replicate the functionality with modern extensions, but it's just not possible (Protip; Not having a frikkin' toolbar API tells you everything you need to know about their attitude to portability, flexibility, and legacy)
So: If it looks like Chrome, serves ads like Chrome, and has less extensions than Chrome... why not just use Chrome?
Or even better, Palemoon or Waterfox, which is the decision I'm currently trying to make.
A user interface is like a joke - If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.
Swipes trade off usability for discoverability: If there's no on-screen clues, then the less technical users will be stuck high and dry. Not impossible to do, but it takes a level of UI Designer not seen that often nowerdays...
A very rare "In defence of HP" post from me, here;
if it was about 10 years ago, that would have been in the Intel Centrino era; a stipulation Intel put on to get Centrino certified and that lovely logo on the box meant the laptop had to not boot if it had a non Intel Wireless card (Or Chipset or processor, but obviously less of an issue)
This wasn't a HP thing, it was across the board with Intel Centrino. A bit of a dick move on Intel's part, but partly in their defence, the Intel Centrino logo was a mark of quality; it was the first wireless systems you could buy that "Just Worked" without any of the normal compatibility headaches; this was intel protecting the platform integrity, and you got caught in the crossfire of it.
I need busts of data when onsite during outages and on the road, so I was after a big chunk of data that didn't expire.
The last few years, the Three Data only SIMS have been the best deal I can find;
12 GB Data or 12 Months, whichever comes first, for £40, and often discounted lower.
As a bonus, three give you free roaming in a load of other countries, including most of Europe and United states - was handy for my last holiday.
Only downside is there's no way to top them up (They go to rolling monthly), so every year I just eject the old sim, and slap a new one in.
Think is the third major Outlook update cock up from the House of Microsoft in the last 12 months. Getting tired of their laissez-faire attitude to update quality, especially with what is arguably their crown jewel in the business market.
Can't help but draw a direct correlation between them shutting down the Trustworthy Computing unit, and updates getting less reliable. (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/19/ms_shutters_twc/)
As I Commented on that article: "OK, Microsoft - close the department, but don't you dare stop doing the work and ethos they promoted, or they'll be hell to pay."
In a Laptop? Don't think I've seen that outside the Gaming laptop area, even in Business Premium before.
My gut reaction is it sounds like a bad idea, but I could [Probably] be wrong. Anyone willing to weigh in on this? Off the top of my head:
- Is the Liquid moved using convection or by pump? Wouldn't running the pump take more out of the battery than a temp controlled fan?
- Assuming it's a sealed loop for serviceability, will that give it a shelf life through coolant loss?
- How will liquid cooling cope with being bounced around in a backpack all day?
...But I can't see how you could reasonably argue it's not Monetary Instruments, which in the UK at least means most financial laws would cover both.
Still the trouble of actually tracking down the xcoin users at the other end of the transaction, but one step at a time.
I know you were being tongue in cheek, but I can think of a fair few websites I use where that setup would be a huge improvement for usability and/or performance...
I'm not saying the look isn't important, but some web developers sometimes need a gentle reminder that it doesn't trump the other two...
If you wanna play with it, fire up a Windows 98 VM without internet access, the same way that someone would want to play with any old versions of stuff in a secure way (Looking your way, RealMedia)
Nothing stopping you building an oldskool machine with 1995/1998/2001 era technology and software. No need to keep this zombie shuffling on for the rest of us.
..but last build I looked at, it was either missing a huge amount of basic classic paint features, or did a bloody good job of hiding them. I'm reasonable technical, but with all the 3D Controls, doing some of the basic stuff like transparent cutting was either impossible or a ball-ache.
There's a lot to be said for paint Classic's "Keep It Simple, Stupid interface"
I'm not dissing on paint 3D: it's an amazing free built in app for doing rendering and 3D printing, but they're two different programs with two very different usage cases.
If you are on the current public Windows Server 2016 14393, if you don't intervene manually, will that go onto the twice yearly update system, or the LTSB?
With most SMB customers I work with, Windows server is basically file and AD, so the stability and less intervention of the LTSB seems more attractive than the bleeding edge version, which will have many (Admittedly cool) features, but few they'll want or need.
On Office 2013+, the normal fix for that is to disable Hardware Acceleration:
Start any Office program.
On the File tab, click Options.
In the Options dialog box, click Advanced.
In the list of available options, click to select the Disable hardware graphics acceleration check box.
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