Would love to have an energy efficient and light to carry psion 5 equivalent above a heavy laptop whose operating system (windoze) just churns and forces you to wait for windowsupdates to be applied before you can start to work....
1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
Re: Call me old fashioned if you will but...
Agreed. I have the ways and means of installing undetected backdoors etc, but will never do it. Just is not worth the effort and the pain it brings.
I won't do BOFH-style because the music that follows just is not worth it.
Rather I'll suck it up, grin and bear it, and look for another job, and put everything behind me. Only immature people delight in revenge.
Had the opportunity to do some work at remote sites.
Google Maps found all of the remote sites, no problem.
HERE maps did not find all the remote sites, only a select few.
So I had to use a combination of Gmaps and HERE to find the sites in question.
Another thing I like about HERE is that it will warn you when exceeding the speed limit. So you can cruise all along until you hear the bongs, then you'd slow down. Company car, toyota Yaris, had its speedo in the center of the dash, very very irritating as I use my peripheral vision to keep tabs on my speed (speedo in front of me).
In some places speed signs was not present and the speed varied from 60km/h to 80km/h to 100km/h and sometimes back and forth between 60 and 80. Great speed trapping opportunities there. And lots of bonging from HERE maps.
Gmaps? No bonging or warning even though you are exceeding the speed limit...
It just doesn't work and p* off your staff immensely, who will then be less productive.
Been there, done that, am leaving just because of micromanaging. Can't work like that.
Also, expecting your staff to work their full 8 hours per day just is plain daft, workers aren't robots or machinery.
Of course, people will goof off now and then, but it just is to catch a breather and relax after doing some work. Myself, I most certainly will not sit for 4 hours straight at my desk, I will walk around a bit, stretch my legs and so on, before resuming my work.
A good manager will give his/her workers realistic goals and leave them alone. A good worker will ask for more work when finished.
"Which will mean yet more Internet of Things hype about the vast amount of data collected by commercial aircraft."
Should be an great idea if you want to regulate fuel flow precisely, and also to give early warning of out-of-normal temperature and behaviours.
But it'll be nice to be able to seriously overclock your CPU without worrying about the need for coolant. Until you hit 500 degrees Celsius...
Had an user once whose son managed to infect her laptop. Then tried to clean it up, and made it only worse.
Over a weekend.
Come monday, said user arrived at work, and despite the clear warning on her laptop's monitor (encrypted files, ransom etc etc) she plugged her laptop into the LAN.
Luckily I enforced some rigorous security practices (such as segregation of data between departments) so her department was the only one affected.
A quick delete and restore, and her department's data was restored. Not so her laptop. I tried to uninstall/remove crytpolocker, then decided to toss the whole hard drive, get a new one and install Windows from scratch rather.
Lusr would complain, I would go and have a shufty and... all is fine.
Except for two (or more) memorable ones.
First one was a nameless user who used to complain about his printing not being aligned correctly on the paper, and he wanted me to replace his printer driver. That was not my problem, just shuffled the ticket towards the company that was responsible for the printers, and the problem went away :)
Second one (most recent one) was a user who complained bitterly about his laptop - keyboard doing all sorts. Arrived on site, laptop keyboard was fine, but USB ports was all FUBAR. Arranged for another laptop, transferred data - and while the data was being transferred, the keyboard played merry hell with me. (For example, pressing windows key +R will bring up Explorer and the Run dialog. Conversely pressing other keys also trigger its neighbour. Truly a WTF to see). As I did not had a spare USB keyboard at hand, I used the on-screen keyboard. Slow, but it worked. Transferred data, set up replacement laptop, user is happy. Played around with laptop, all is fine. USB works, keyboard works. WTF.
There's others, but these two will remain the most memorable for me.
Re: one person's malware
Some well-known apps (Ultr@VNC etc) is ignored, whilst others (Remote Admin etc) usually get flagged.
Is a PITA, especially when more than one IT house has access to a site, and each loads/installs their version of remote control onto the PC's.
Then you come along, tasked with installing antivirus protection, then the AV flags half of the installs as bad whilst ignoring the rest...
There is only one problem with phone numbers getting added to an blacklist - what if a legitimate company acquires a new number and it is on a blacklist, and it prevents said company from phoning other companies from placing orders and the such? (all legitimate company business, not cold-calling or trying to sell you some stuff you don't want...)
Don't get me wrong, some bits of IT is best outsourced, installing network circuits is best left to telco's, building physical hardware is a job for hardware vendors etc.
Agreed and agreed. Noncritical IT is best for outsourcing, like mentioned above.
Critical IT (like sysadmin etc) is best having in house, for obvious reasons.
If you farm the whole of your IT infrastucture out, expect to pay more for a poorer (if not worse) service.
Besides, what stops the outsourced IT shop from sneaking in "funny stuff" which causes issues, thereby ensuring them of a steady stream of revenue?