* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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In the heady days of Novell 3.12, DOS 5.xx and POS software that ran on DOS...

...client of mine got a new server with a VLB IDE controller card (ooh, fancy, fancy), dual IDE HDD's and, of course, Novell 3.12

VLB was supposed to be faster with SFTII setups (disk mirroring).

Set up Novell, restore data successfully from a backup of their old server, configure all, and ship it off to the client on a Friday afternoon.

Saturday I got woken rudely by my pager doing its beepery stuff. Phoned the client, heard server shitted itself. Went there, rebooted, and got the dreaded Non-system disk or disk error message.

Took it to the office with their backup. Reinstall Novell, throw all their shit back on the server and took it back.

30 minutes later the client rang again. Same story. Took it back to the office, ripped out the fancy VLB IDE card, punched in a standard IDE controller card, reinstall all the shit, and everybody was happy thereafter.

Chucked said VLB IDE controller card into a common heap for somebody else's delight...

(Luckily for me there was no internet or internet access at that time, access being with archie, telnet and FTP... )

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My motto is never to push out anything on a Thursday or Friday, especially patches or the such to servers. Or do last-minute "adjusting" at COB... that will come back to haunt you big-time!

That can wait for a Monday. Not in the mood to have my weekend ruined by some arb service going down just because a patch did something naughty and kicked Windows in the ganoonies when it should not have.

Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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WTF?

Who looks at wobbly bits on animal photographs?

Beware the terrorist drones! For they are coming! Pass new laws!

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Cat is out of the bag anyway.

Wonder how long will it be before we hear of the first mass attack by drone. Any shopping centre or sports event will be a ripe target.

Scary.

Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

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I hate micromanagement and all that comes with it. Just a waste of time, really.

I prefer to give underlings their work, a deadline and expect them to stick to that.

Monitoring users just to get better performance out of them just is not on... it will never work the way you want it to work.

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Trollface

No more knuckle-shuffles under the desk anymore?

Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

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Nah, give me a good old casio digital watch... cheap models work just as well as their expensive brethren.

Harman to TowerSec: 'How are you with stable doors?'

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It's only starting - and cars will get more complex.

Give me a 1960's Beetle or Combi any time...

Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records

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"oops, shredded the wrong disk"

"shut yer gob and keep yer head low"

The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Yay for less SHOUTING

Always come back to El Reg for my newsies and BOFH fixer-upper. I don't know (and can't remember, and don't care anymore) on how I stumbled on El Reg way back, but it is one of my favourite sites barring Simon not writing for long periods of time.

And more On Call!

Keep up the good work!

Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Meh to callouts

Got a call over a weekend - a critical server was down. On a weekend, and during my leave as well.

Assessed the situation... the dsl line was working, but somehow the server stopped responding to pings and other gropery stuff.

Informed the one damager that I need to go to the office, damager flatly refused to pay callout charges, overtime etc.

Phoned my direct manager, tole him the situation. He insisted I go and fix things, and assured me that my claims will be paid out.

Just pissing me off that some damagers think nothing of IT workers, especially when they did not consulted said IT department (or workers) of new critical requirements being added to $company's servers.

T'was the night before Christmas, and an industrial control system needed an upgrade

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Updates/work in the silly season

Short and sweet - it is not a good idea, unless planned for well ahead.

Our support department recently did an update on a remote site - I'm still waiting to see said updates/upgrades coming back to bite their a$$es, especially over the 24/25/26th...

Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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I did already - created an OS/2 VM

Was sorely disappointed to find out I could not run the latest iterations of Mozilla (thunderbird etc) due to the 16-bit tcp/ip stack... Work on fleshing out said VM stopped dead cold with that sad discovery.

I got EscapeGL working, took me a while to remember the installation password... and I found out they released a free version...

But a bare-metal OS/2 will be really nice, and a plus would be that it supports a wide range of hardware, including network cards etc.

I will most certainly purchase a copy and run my old DOS applications (SuperCalc etc) in it. I don't need M$ office and nasty macro viruses, or CryptoLocker tomfoolery on my system.

Only need to find a working copy of WordPerfect 5.1 and all will be well.

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Ooooh... SuperCalc5! Best of the best!

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Will OS/2 eZine also be given a new lease of life?

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Still got my original copy of "Master of the Empire"....

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Re: Oh happy memories!

You forgot to add that OS/2 does not report back to base on system usage as Wind00s 10 does...

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This brings back the memories of a 40Mhz 386SX (with 387 maths coprocessor) and 4Mb RAM.... monochrome VGA... and a 80Gb HDD.

And, of course, DOS DOOM. Whereas Win3.1 could not run it, or kept on bombing out, OS/2 just keeps on working fine.

If they price it right, and it works on both 32-bit and 64-bit bare-metal systems, then it will offer an alternative to Linux and Windoze.... I may get a copy for myself and play around with it...

I sincerely hope they fixed the SIQ (single input queue) problem properly this time round. And allow you to boot to Safe Mode to edit config.sys, and also have multiple config.sys configurations... and allow on-the-fly screen resolution/color adjustment settings... and and and...

Only time will tell.

Predictable: How AV flaw hit Microsoft's Windows defences

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What about a default-deny OS?

It's nearly 2016, and Windows DNS servers can be pwned remotely

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Yoh.. fun times for sure.

Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

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Was also thinking of going back to OS/2 - but then the ne'er-do-wells will start to code and target OS/2 as well.

A hardened, minimal Linux distro should do the trick.

Unfortunately, no matter the OS, the weak point is the technical person maintaining/installing the system... if you can get said tech in your pocket, then you're guaranteed access to the kingdom.

Unless said machines are set up and tested before they're getting rolled out, and the field install tech only need to plop it down and switch it on. Also, said field install tech will NOT have the password(s) for the currently installed OS.

Meh, can be going on for hours like this. There's too many security vulnerabilities.

ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

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Taking a shufty at DoomRL as we speak...

I don't have eyes for the new glitzy games, for me it is 48k speccy games or a spot of Doom 1.3 (shareware version)... more than that I don't need.

And a spot of Wii games with the kids when we make some time for that as well.

IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

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Still the typical old IBM...

Bank fined £1m after outsourcing faults led to improper transfers

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Re: Meanwhile

Time to call the Shredder in?

Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Alternative...

www.mr2ice.com

pity no IMAP support...

Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

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So going to try this out.

How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

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Time to break out that Nokia 5230 from long-term storage...

Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

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Re: "Lost datacentres"

KZERRRRRT!

Android's accessibility service grants god-mode p0wn power

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Another alternative is, as the first commentard said, to go back to basic phones - but the problem is that most of us BOFH's are reliant on emails, IM and the such... most especially when we *must* know where the CFO is at the precise moment...

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Sounds great. Just great.

I don't want to go to Apple, as they're too expensive, and Windows mobile doesn't have a lot of apps and support yet.

I installed "warez" only once, and never again, it dumped something on my phone which make it run hot and useless. A factory reset sorted that out, luckily.

Still waiting for the promised Android updates for my devices, but I have to assume that these will never come.

Then the time is right for an alternative to Android to take over... just not Windows or Apple, thanks.

Apple's Faulty Powers moment: iPad Pro slabs 'temporarily bricked' during recharge

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Aggg, just use it as a clipboard (the dead iPad).

PNG pongs: critical bug patched in ubiquitous libpng

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expect some ne'er-do-well to combine stagefright and all the other fun android packages into one...

Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Also happened to myself.

PC was off, nobody could get it to switch on. First line support suspected a dead PSU, so they sent me off to investigate.

Never swapped the PSU out, took one look at the monitor (was dead as well), searched for the circuit breaker distribution box, and reset the tripped circuit breaker, and hey, presto! All fixed! 1 hour charge plus callout fee for 10 minutes' work.

BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

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And, yes, I will get one myself as soon as it launches here in South Africa.

The physical QWERTY does it for me :) I may be an old fart, but, let's face it, typing on glass doesn't give the feedback as does a proper keyboard....

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Good to read that they decided to put a fatter battery in and not make the phone thinner.

Wish all manufacturers will follow suit with fatter batteries that can last a day or two... I really don't need an ultrathin phone that need to be charged every x hours....

No C&C server needed: Russia menaced by offline ransomware

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<insert bad word here>

not nice!

was victim to cryptolocker once, but backups saved the day!

not in the mood for a repeat of that!

Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Any updates to this sad tale, seeing that it is almost the 1st of November...

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Re: Such is the power of The Register

One reason why I first check The Register before others. It is my staple of IT information.

Keep it up, guys! Good stuff!!

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This just in from The Guardian - apparently they're throwing an U-turn on that specific clause

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/oct/23/suntrust-laid-off-workers-two-years-clause

Hmmmmmmm......

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Just wondering when this ruckus will die down - but it seems not soon.

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Quite a daft idea. In fact, it ranks first before Waterloo and Germany's invasion of Russia, and the experiment at Chernobyl (prior to meltdown).

Whose idea was it anyway? Epic rolleyes.

Now that the cat is out of the bag/horse has bolted/beans have been spilt, all they can do now is to acquire a new IT team, but that will be next to impossible since nobody will touch them with a barge pole.

Any investors or people having their savings invested in this bank must take note and withdraw it all lest their savings goes walkabouts, because walkabouts it will go.

The road forward will be very interesting.

Smartphone boutique OnePlus reveals another model you can’t get

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Ceramic?

May thy smartphone chip and shatter

Off to the local watering hole... Arrakis sure is dry!

Deutsche Bank's creaking IT systems nervously eyeing bins

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Outsourcing a la SunTrust coming soon?

You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Interesting, this will be a legal precedent.

And it will not end well for all of us, no matter where it go.

Google cloud brownout fix forgets some servers

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The Cloud

Surefire way to lose 10 years of highly-critical company data in a few seconds really quick.

Didn't happen to me or my company, but heard of others who had the misfortune of that happening to them during a rm -rf * or a route * to /dev/null session at one of our major ISP's hosting VM's.

Ruin your co-developers' life with Mimic, the Unicode substitution tool

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Evil. Muhuhahahaha.

Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

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...or is it just a case of sour grapes?

Job alert: Is this the toughest sysadmin role on Earth? And are you badass enough to do it?

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Thanks, but no thanks. Not for me.

Pass.

Reg reader escapes four-month lightning-struck Windows Vista farm nightmare

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Am stuck in such a company at the moment. They have money for other things, but my manager and myself have to battle to get new IT equipment.

We recently got in a new Mikrotik for load balancing the network outgoing to the Internet so that youtube etc won't bog the line down. Was an epic battle.

Main server is more than 5 years old, and I have been moaning about it for a long while now, and is doing backups on a regular basis because you never know. Still battling there.

Also wanted to go on some IT course (on company expense) but CFO still is hemming and hawing about that. I cannot afford to pay for these...

Recently it was discovered that the heatwave we're experiencing in Sunny Souff Effrika caused the server room aircon to trip... My manager managed to get his foot in the door and got the server room a nice inverter aircon, so we can run it from UPS should it ever come to that.

And I'm looking for another job, one where the people will value me, and listen to my suggestions.

Been there, done that, is there a T-shirt for us sysadmins? (El Reg, here's a market segment still unexploited :p)

Going to the pubbe for an extended brekkie hour, I need it now.

Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

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If somebody can market an app that can securely wipe *all* data from your droids...

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