* Posts by thondwe

187 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010


It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: Working OK here

Arrived on my work desktop (I can pull updates direct from MS if I want) - so far so good. But quite what the AI is telling them I don't know - this machine is a pretty old box, but essentially is just an intel motherboard inside (Q1, 2011 released!) ...

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Alledged Photo of drone

Apparently a photo on the daily maily front page?


So you want to archive our enterprise data? Well, let's see where you fall on Gartner's magic square...


Legal Hold and Retention isn't Archive

Surprised Microsoft is in this at all. Legal Hold and Retention Policies are neither a backup solution nor an archive solution. Even just accidently turning a policy off can wipe all retained data, it relies on document versioning for any form of rollback. A true archive should be able to answer the question "What did person X's data look like on some date last year, I think they're covering something up?" don't think MS can do this in 365.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Single Point of Failure

Engineering out a single point of failure nearly always leads to a complex system which can fail in catastrophically complex ways

Azure MFA falls over, Windows 10 struggles with Intel drivers, and Microsoft gives us... more Sticky Notes?


OneNote + Sticky Notes + WhiteBoard

Still don't get it!

OneNote "Quick Notes" = Sticky notes?

OneNote "Full Page View" = Whiteboard?

Am off to develop a new circular rolling thing for my bicycle...

Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'


Just Wondering

How long does it take for "local is best" types to recover if a lightening strike fries their data centre? Everyone got a second data centre ready just in case - or is that in the cloud?? Full cupboard of spare hardware, expert engineers available on site 365x24x7? Someone constantly thinking up "unthinkable" scenarios to mitigate against and test? How much does that cost your business?

Just saying Azure/AWS is a service with lots of things being done behind the scenes, very few orgs have the resources to do better...

VMware, AWS preview database-on-vSphere


AWS dependency on ESXi

Wonder what AWS dependencies exist on ESXi then? Baking in more stuff to what should be just a VM management solution smells a bit wrong? (Risks to Security/Performance/Functionality/…)

But clearly the kick back for VMware running in AWS datacentres - Amazon tries to buy VMware (or Dell, keep VMware and spit out the rest)????

Microsoft to pay new bounties for identity services holes


Banyan Vines

That I even remember the name "Banyan Vines" - god I'm old!

Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app


OneNote - Collaboration with Inky Stuff? Full Page Mode? Inky SketchPad thing? So another separate App for Whiteboard notes - Hello??? Clearly there's people in MS who don't like OneNote still?

Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers


Licensing "Designers"

I've run out of expletives to describe the people who "design" Microsoft's licencing schemes...

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle


Hard to Hear

Hard to hear any chatter with Led Zep on the head phones...

New Windows Servers are like buses: None for ages, then two at once!



TechNet - those were the days eh? "MSDN Platforms" perhaps??

Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped


Gartner - pay us lots of money to back up your position with some patently obvious observations

VMs: Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they're all we have


Mainframes eh?

Virtualisation exists because we're trying to build a mainframe out of jumped up PCs. We waste inordinate effort in solving problems of our own making? 90% or more of modern cloud apps would run more than fine on a nice modular mainframe environment (with containers if necessary)... Time to revisit the drawing board?

Linux Foundation backs new ‘ACRN’ hypervisor for embedded and IoT


Re: Security Updates for Entertainment Systems

Hence the recent Apple CarPlay/Android WhatsSit stuff - the car provides a touchscreen and a few buttons (and a GPS?) and the phone does the rest... So virtualising the entertainment system is not really relevant?

Apart from Apple's closed shop - only Apple Maps :( - it works

UK digi minister Hancock suggests Facebook and pals give your kids a time-out


Kids have already lied to get on...

And most kids have accounts before they are 13 (secondary school pressure) on which they've already lied about their age because 13 is the US minimum...

Microsoft's System Center successor edges closer to Hawaii 1-0


Not really a System Center Replacement

Bit much describing a web version of the MMC tools as a replacement for System Centre - it doesn't really replace any single component, let alone the suite (SCOM, SCCM, SCDPM, SCVMM, ...)

Skype for Biz users: Go watch nature vids. Microsoft wants you to get good at migration


Just something for a phone call?

Home there's an easy way after all this to just make a VOIP call with having to create a SharePoint/Team/Group/OneNote thing...

You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen


Containers worse than VMs?

Suggestion is that once the Microcode fixes are available and don't do further damage attacks from VMs to Kernels is sorted for the moment? However, App <-> App attack is still an issue - so Container style hosting is in real trouble?

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature


Re: The bug is better than the buggy fix !!!

Updates for Microcode via Windows is for their hardware only - Surface etc. - they have rolled out the new code for those, but not sure they pushed them via Windows Update as yet.

BTW, IE and Edge both been patched to mitigate against the bugs, Chrome needs site isolation enabled (this may be default soon). Firefox - don't know - don't use it.

Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty


Nothing wrong with Speculative Execution - Just that no one covered the SECURITY DESIGN for it properly.

Expecting a next generation of CPUs to get this right - live in hope!

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no



Would suggest VAN/HyperConverged systems are a different matter? Storage and Networking Software is running on the same hardware as End User VMs. So the host needs mitigations (against untrusted VMs) applied which could well impact the overall system performance?

Nice article on Spectre/Meltdown hurting performance with some clear explanations on PCID/INVPCID and all that on are competing technical site

Thanks Intel & co.

Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps


Nothing new here?

Sure there's loads of other "Application Virtualization" providers out there doing much the same thing? Obviously they've just not called it "Containerization"?

Developers, developers, developers: How 'serverless' crowd dropped ops like it's hot


Mainframe & SmallTalk

initial thought #1 - back to a mainframe albeit run "as a service" - write a program to an API and off it goes...

initial thought #2 - smalltalk - then I g@@gbinged and it seems Smalltalk is already running on Lambda!

Facebook Messenger ... for who now? Zuck points his digital crack at ever younger kids


The Facebook (and Apple, etc) 13 age limit I think comes from US law and clearly it's widely ignored. There are some proper under 13 services, but only Skype seems "legal" as MS (bless) have children accounts for parents to manage. Apple recently did something similar.

Trouble (as a parent) is actually that most of my kids friends are on line and text already, but most end up with their parents accounts (or accounts with the wrong age entered) so you don't know that there really is a kid at the other end. They (11 yr olds in my case) already on snapchat, Instagram, you name it - 90% of parents don't really understand it - it's the wild west!

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Re: There's "physical access" and "physical access"

Or there's I've left my laptop on the train, in the conference room while I'm having lunch/coffee...

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace


Browser Based Desktop Applications

Yes Browser based stuff works, but the GUI is nearly always slower and limited compared with the Desktop equivalent. many still have browser specific bugs and features (I'm looking at you SKY!).

BUT it's then all tied to the internet connection - so use out and about still sucks (GWR Wifi in Wales for example) and if you're all SaaS that single internet connection is a big point of failure.

All this so you can use a different OS which you'll never touch because it's all in the browser?

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market


Hand Me Downs

Got a be lot of SIM only deals with older phones being passed to offspring and others. One daughters has a passed on iPhone 5c, the other I got a refurb for, which have only just fallen off the OS upgrade wagon - 4 years - not bad compared most other marks.

Still not as good as some of our x86 kit - 10 year old HP laptop running Windwos 10 with finger print "Hello"...

VMware open sources VR overlay for vSphere


It's a "Unix System"

I know this!

Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive



Clearly a major "Plus" for SDN allowing you to build virtual models like this with easy rollback to known states etc. Building test rigs with real hardware obviously can be done but harder and $$$

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta



Not sure this works for OneDrive folders yet - pity - guess it'll come in the Xmas Jolly Update...

WPA2 security in trouble as KRACK Belgian boffins tease key reinstallation bug


same base station

You get on the same base station by hacking a weak link via some other avenue- e.g. poorly managed laptop that already has the wireless key/password...

Risks on a University wifi network for example - Students, and worse still staff...

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?


DevOps Idea

Having just watched the original "DevOps" talk by the guys from Flickr - basically get Ops and Devs to work together - here's an idea - how about Politicians WORK with Experts rather than blaming each other?????

Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline


Enterprise Architecture

Any major change like this needs an Enterprise Architect role to provide some nice upper management friendly picture of all the interconnected bits, so they can see there proposed change isn't that easy.

Kubernetes envy? That's (ahem) virtual insanity for VMware



SO VMware wants to be in with Google AND AWS - is that going to play well?

VMware wants security industry to shrink so its ambitions fit into market


Maybe AWS is dropping behind the likes of Azure if you want Firewalls, Packet Captures etc - vSphere + NSX, Azure... Maybe that's why AWS is interesting in the vSphere hosting business?

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive


Flash replacing Tape too

Ignore the performance for a minute, flash needs less electricity and therefore less cooling, so it's going to make inroads into HDD and Tape purely on that basis.

Also moving data around on tapes, replacing old format tape with new format or keeping drives going are all pain points too.

So expect SSD et al manufacturing to increase. Other industries see this happen - Power (Wind/Solar replacing coal/oil/etc), Car's going electric. It's not whether more how soon...

Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill


EU again

So HM Gov registers EU citizens for "free movement" (says some random element of the cabinet), so has to comply with EU GDPR which they have no power to influence??


Don't you just love this mess? Insert "Popcorn" icon here

Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart


Re: Clouds?

Had clouds at the 1999 UK eclipse - could just see eclipse approach at times through clouds - but still eerily spooky - so still worth the effort to get under the track...

UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G


Re: Wait for it...

There's gotta be a joke w.r.t the connection being vote counting, maths and laws here...

1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead


Business Model

Business exists to make money shock! Rental better model for software business than buy outright - simples.

Business likes cloudy/app stores as they can force users to keep up to date, so only need support one version. If they go "all cloud" they gain a stable platform, no more worries about their app tripping over on a machine full of other apps, missing/incorrect libraries...

Azure Stack's debut ends the easy ride for AWS, VMware and hyperconverged boxen


Game Changer

Think this is a game changer. If it came with a set of "plug ins" to integrate and run the existing local estate (Hosts - HyperV, ESXi even, SANs, Networking...) without having to run all the monstrous System Centre Stack would be a real killer...

Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word


Windows 10 as a Service

Already here I think - but rather expect that Office 365 Home will become Microsoft 365 Home? So Windows 10 + Office as a subs model (include a Home version of EMS to manage the kids gadgets please!)

Where it's a mess is that as a Student or as Staff of a Uni/School with Education licencing "Home Use" gives out Office for free anyway. So as a house we have a legit use of Office from my Work, my Eldest's School, but not (that I know of) my Youngest's School or my Wife. Edu people also get access to "Imagine" (so that's Windows Server and a bunch of other stuff F.O.C.). But it's still easier for me to buy Office 365 Home so we can all use it AND get 1TB OneDrives each. Yes I'm honest, but I'm in charge of the Uni's Microsoft licencing!!

Would be better if the Edu allowance gave a discount codes against the retail? BUT really would be so much better if MS just gave away Windows + Office to families, or even just for Personal Use!

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it


Test Audience

SO MS Employees all use Skype for Business, so the "Eat your own Dogfood" don't work for Consumer Skype? So they use the next best audience - their kids? Hence it looks like ooVInstaSnapFaceOO or whatever...

Hyperconverged infrastructure. It's all about the services


Re: Software Validated Stacks

Isn't Azure Stack what you're describing?

Can VMware exploit its VRealize refresh?



VMware just has to bundle it all together for a moderate $$$ - Azure Stack (which is fundamentally NOT the monster that System Centre has become) and is about to park on it's Lawn and comes with a kitchen sink in the price.

Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!


How to find and stop counterfeit goods

Presume the authorities use Google?????

Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online


OEM share

Looks to be stuff aimed at OEMs so assuming that one of those has the security hole that's leaked all this - so what other code/stuff have they lost? Firmware source could be useful to hackers?

Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it


Linux "pushers" again

The best thing that could happen to enable Linux on the desktop is to get MS Office on the desktop - Windows prevalence is about the applications not the OS.

Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd



Is it just me reading Comtrade as Comrade???


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