* Posts by Wensleydale Cheese

1384 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011

MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

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Telephone numbers too!

"It isn't difficult to strip out spaces!!"

It certainly isn't.

And it's really not at all difficult to insert spaces so that a phone number looks like it does in the phone book or printed on letterheads. Ditto for credit card numbers.

My latest online form filling adventure rejected my phone number because i simply copied and pasted it from elsewhere.


Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !

One lot of patch installs even stopped half way through (not at the beginning or end but halfway f@cking through) to ask me a question so leaving it untended isn't an option.

Yes, a new version of MSIE has been the culprit there on several occasions.

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Easy solution...

"Free delivery for 10 households in the same road. I say this, as every day in my little cul de sac *someone* has a delivery from Tesco.*

And woosh, back to my childhood when many folks didn't have their own cars and the butcher and greengrocer did their own deliveries.

OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Re: Harrassment

Harrassment indeed.

I'll never forget the bill they sent me just before Christmas in 1997.

It went something like "This is OUR money. Don't you DARE spend it on Christmas festivities. WE WANT IT NOW!".

My reaction was to make a point of paying them as late as possible without getting cut off.

Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: Retail Win 8

Dunno if they still do this, but there used to be a version of Parallels* which came with a Windows licence bundled in.

* I might be thinking of VMware Fusion there, but the principle is the same: do a deal with MS and bundle Windows with your product so it's properly licenced.

Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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"The scrapping of SBS was the start, Microsoft do not want Small Businesses."

On a much smaller scale, the same applies to Windows Home Server. Quite a nice product, even if they dropped drive extender support with WHS 2011. Nowadays they expect you to go buy Server 2012 Essentials. Yeah, right, I'll drop more on an OS than I did on the server...

Or do what I did. Add a bit to price of Essentials, and instead get a Mac mini and upgrade it to 16GB with third party RAM for less than $100. Add $20 for Mountain Lion Server if you want that capability and turn that WHS2011 box into a Linux server.

It's working nicely for me.

IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

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Re: Time to get nuclear on some behinds

@Tim Worstal

<cite>So all rents change every tie the BoE changes interest rates?</cite>

Rents did change a couple of times in Switzerland when the local equivalent of the BoE rates changed. That was when renting through a large agency though, I have since rented direct with an owner and there has been no such adjustment.

But of course we are not talking about the huge rate swings we saw in the UK in the 80s and early 90s.

Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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Re: For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.

"Why not code for the normal 99%? if you disabled javascript and cookies thats your problem"

What about the blind or partially sighted?

From 2009, UK government browser guidelines

Graceful degradation without scripting/ plug-ins and accessibility are required (paragraphs 41-42)

Of course the link there now gives a 404.

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For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.

Using Firefox 20.0

Methinks they are assuming that I have Javascript and cookies enabled.

Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

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" But windows installs dwarf Linux on desktop so new logic applied"

Do pray tell, where can I get dwarf Linux?

Is it any good?

Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come

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Re: @ M Gale


'A bad worker blames his tools'

You never saw my father's toolbox. It was full of rounded screwdrivers.

I swore to myself that when I grew up I would invest in good quality tools, and I did so.

Ask any craftsman or mechanic what tools they buy, how much they cost and how much time they take looking after them for your answer.

I've got a super free multi-petabyte storage box for you: /dev/null

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Re: But, but...

can't we just store all the data into The Cloud?

If it takes 88 days to transfer a petabyte from one tape medium to another, how long will it take to put it in the cloud?

Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

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Re: He's very good...

">> He's very good...

...at all that literature stuff.

But is he really? If his depth of knowledge of literature is on par with his technical knowledge then I have serious doubts."

Well I think a scholarship to Cambridge and graduating with upper second class honours demonstrates that he does know a thing or two on the subject (source: Wiki if that doesn't scare you)

Ubuntu support periods slashed

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Re: With Unity being pushed down the throat, who cares

@The lone lurker

"It's been a while since I played with Mint but is there not a version based on Debian?"

Yes, Linux Mint Debian is here

"Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian Testing."

So it depends on whether you are happy using the Debian Testing stream. I had a brief try and I might have been unlucky with the timing but I had several things breaking due to that.

Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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Re: Makes Torrent look good.

The “personalised and local experience” amounts to a message in cyber-speak that basically says "F#ck off!, we have you by the short and curlies".

I still get that sort of thing with languages. When I am doing international support I want my software in English please. I live in a German speaking part of the world but that doesn't mean I want the German version of a software product.

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Re: good for the soul..

As well as Freelance I remember Presentations which came with the WordPerfect Office Suite.

My copy of WordPerfect Office was bundled with a PC and I think it was the NT variant mentioned here, because it although it came with a Win98 system I swiftly upgraded to NT4 and it ran fine there.

Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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"It annoys me there is no notepad++ for OSX".


and there's also its bigger brother BBEdit.

Uni profs: Kids today could do with a bit of 'mind-crippling' COBOL

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Re: 'mind-crippling' COBOL

"COBOL has many advantages in helping the programmer understand what they're actually doing."

Agreed. I also learned a lot about eliminating unnecessary I/O and ending up with a program which ran efficiently.

"COBOL writer's cramp" was a myth too once you got away from pencil and paper.

With a decent editor you could be very productive.

Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE


"3 - I never understood why anyone would be dumb and lazy enough to buy the OEM/card version of Office 2010 which is only licensed to the computer it ships/installed on. ie: Office2013. There is *NO* discount savings buy about $10 or so. If it was 50%, maybe."

A couple of years ago I saw the downloadable version and the full retail DVD version on the shelves of a local shop at exactly the same price. Since my first job would have been to back up the downloaded version it would have actually cost me more (albeit not much, but that's not counting my time).

Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

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All your eggs in one basket isn't a good idea

A real world demonstration that having all your eggs in one (third party) basket is asking for trouble.

Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: Just had look at the "License"


"if you run windows in a VM under windows then you need two windows licences, one for the main "windows" and another for the copy running in the VM."

Not if you are running a non-WIndows host. I have Windows Home Server 2011, Windows 7 and Windows 8 running here in VMs hosted by Linux and OS X.

Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Re: Agreed...


"Weirdly it wasn't preinstalled on the Mac I bought recently; I'm not sure if that's because it was refurbished (though iPhoto, GarageBand, etc, were there)."

As far as I am aware iWork doesn't come on new Macs either, but iWeb, iPhoto, Garageband etc do.

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Re: Libre Office

"Can be easily downloaded for the Mac- no messing."

I've been using it on Mac, Linux and Windows systems for a good while now.

On the Mac I find iWork and Libre Office complementary. I use each for the purposes they are best for.

Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

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Re: IBM's arrogance was that they could make standards ..

I also recall printers and disk drives being "field upgradeable", and that was achieved by snipping a link to get increased speed and capacity respectively.

Microsoft needs to keep visible under waves of Blue

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Re: Must be a blue blood blue fondling thing...


"Big Blue (IBM), supercomputer Blue Gene/Q Sequoia (IBM), The Blue Card (American Express), Blue Ray (Sony) and now Microsofts' "Blue". I seem to notice a lot of blue fondling by big wigs here. Are they trying to tell us something?"

I have also noticed that a lot of new bits of kit have blue lights.

Is blue the "new green"?

So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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Re: No improvement in quality

@Da Weezil

"However the Be checker claims that the BT database gives my line as being 2665 metres."

Ah, their database is always right you see.

Just like the way their database was right that I still had an old style telephone socket in my house back in the 1990s. Except of course I had the new style socket.

Dunno what happened in that instance but at a previous address I discovered that paperwork could get lost in the BT system and the database didn't get updated.

Apple blocks Java on the Mac over security concerns

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But you can run LibreOffice without Java


"My Mac was Java-free for years. I only installed it because Libre Office moans constantly (with annoying pop-ups) if it's not installed. I'd be very happy if Libre Office could remove it's dependency on Java."

I caught an indication a few months ago somewhere on the LIbriOffice site that they were working on removing the Java dependency.

The latest release didn't give me the nag messages about the lack of Java the first time i ran it, and where the previous release moaned when creating a new Text document, I haven't seen that in the latest release either.

I haven't had any problems actually running LO without Java, of course with the caveat that I don't use the database side of LO.

Apple to stop European shipments of Mac Pro on March 1?

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Re: UL standards?

"This appears to be a UL standard"

The clue is in the name. UL stands for "Underwriters Laboratories". Here's their Wiki entry

Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Re: @Thad Do you remember....

" used to work with/for a former Ashton Tate/Borland employee/refugee and he told me it was a pun on "1-2-3", by using Spanish... Uno, Dos, Tres... Quatro, but they used two "t"s in the name."

I always thought it was Italian, which does have two "t"s. Audi also made the Quattro spelling well known.

I really liked Ami Pro but for me the Windows version of 1-2-3 was the first spreadsheet I had ever used and it kind of sat there like a dumb thing without giving me any hints how to drive it. Fine for existing users, not so good for a novice IMHO.

In contrast Quattro Pro did give me hints how to drive it, especially with the way right click produced context sensitive menus, It remained my favourite spreadsheet for a decade.

The last version of 1-2-3 I worked with was in 1996 and someone somewhere had decided that table pivoting was a job to delegate to Approach. It was truly painful to watch an animated graphic displaying "connecting to database" (client server architecture being the latest buzz phrase then) and then see it fall over in a heap. After an hour struggling with that I slipped the data onto a floppy, took it home and did the job in 15 minutes flat on my home system using Quattro Pro.

'Not even Santa could save Microsoft's Windows 8'

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"I'd love to see where that came from originally.. what's the oldest version of it that you've seen?"

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was my inspiration, and I found others had beaten me to it.

Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Re: Ah the good old days gone by...

"16Mb RAM on your computer was something to be envied.

That was an unimaginable RAM size until when - late 1990s? Chips or SIMMs were reckoned in KB increments.

Got my first 64MB PC in 1997. With 2GB disk, decent monitor, CD drive, audio card, NT4, Office and a DAT drive it came to about £4K.

And it still didn't have a NIC :-)

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Re: Ah the good old days gone by...

"A 2Gb hard disk was awesome."

I remember getting my first 2GB disk and wondering how on earth I was going to fill it. The first quarter got dedicated to a full backup of my laptop and the rest only lasted about 9 months

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No you mention it I think I tried a demo version of the AltaVista local search software.

It looked good but I just didn't have enough data lying around at the time.

Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Oh yeah?

"I think that for the £25 the upgrade cost it was worth it."

Where I live £50 is more the mark.

"I think the ribbon interface for explorer is fantastic, who hidden files and file extensions are now both right there on the ribbon rather than buried on the second tab of a screen opened from a menu."

Er, no. In Windows 7 or Server 2008 you can get to the dialogue where you can tick both checkboxes at once. With Windows 8 you have to navigate through the ribbon for each one.

The jury is out at the moment. I installed the free Pokki to get a more Windows 7 interface back, but after a reboot it came back with TIFKAM. Not impressed by that.

Internet Explorer tracks cursor even when minimised

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Re: Oh, I love this!

"Better advice would be to close all browser sessions, launch a new one to do your banking and then close it when you are finished regardless of which browser you are using."

My bank advises exactly that.

That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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Hearts, minds and balls: Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface gamble

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The competitor isn't the iPad but the MacBook Air

Comparing the Windows 8 Pro US prices, if you add $100 for the keyboard you are at exactly the same prices as the 11 inch MacBook Air.

85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

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90% of customers use Charms on the first day they get the product.

The other 10% haven't found where Charms is yet.

Where were the bullet holes on OS/2's corpse? Its head ... or foot?

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Re: "OS/2 also needed a couple of extra megabytes of RAM"

Note for the kidz: You could buy a second hand car for the cost of 8 megs of RAM in the early 90s. (Yes, I really did mean to type megs and not gigs.)

I can't remember what it cost for 8 megs for our work PCs, but I upgraded all 3 of them to 12 MB and both Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 ran sweetly in that.

It was some £350 for the upgrade from 4MB to 12MB on my 1995 Toshiba laptop.

At the same time a Vauxhall Cavalier in decent condition could be had for £500.

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Re: OS/2 Warp

I got Warp running on an Apricot which had 12MB RAM. The first installation attempt keeled over but gave a sensible error message. Posting that on CompuServe got me a very prompt answer which solved the problem.

But to be honest I found the colours ugly, and Windows 95 was just a couple of months away, so I lost interest.

Mint Linux gifts Unity haters with 'Nadia' ... plus her Mate

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Re: Linux Mint + Maya thumbs up here

Agree. Plus, it's an LTS, and runs lovely on my 12-year-old Compaq Deskpro, which can only have 512 smegs of RAM.

Agreed. I have Maya on a couple of oldish HP systems. A requirement of LM 14 Nadia is PAE required for 32-bit ISOs and I have yet to check whether my HPs can do that.

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Re: Mint is great

It's slightly odd, and cool, installing a fresh copy of Firefox and booting it up to find all your bookmarks already there, even the tabs you had open before you reinstalled.

There is nothing to stop you creating a tarball of your ~/.mozilla directory and restoring it on another system.

I regularly do this when I create a new VM. SImply restore your tarball to a freshly created account before running Firefox and hey presto, all your bookmarks and setting are there.

IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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Re: ..."modern IBMers must suffer through Lotus Notes" ... or not.

You bastard.

Up until now I could write "in the last 25 years I had not heard from anyone who used Lotus Notes who did not regard it is a personal enemy"

Then our setup must have been done by someone who knew what they were doing.

When we moved from Lotus Notes to Outlook a decade ago, I really really wanted Lotus Notes back.

Maybe our Outlook folks were still going through a learning curve, but I regarded Outlook as my personal enemy for the couple of years before I moved on to pastures new.

Microsoft dragging its feet on Linux Secure Boot fix

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Re: Windows 8

Here is what is going to happen when I buy UEFI computer.

Or try and buy a computer without Windows 8 to start with.

Or what will work for the technically able of us:

Buy a server system which is offered for sale without an OS and stuff it full of RAM.

Disable secure boot and install Linux or *BSD of choice

Run virtual machines in it.

Windows Phone 8 reboot woe causes outpouring of forum misery

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Re: Reboot culture

Ha ha, this morning I had to reboot after plugging my mouse into a different USB socket. On Windows 7. I kid you not.

I've seen that on Windows 7 as well.

It's right up there with the NT4 (or was it Win98?) message:

Keyboard not found. Hit any key continue

Apple said to have let the name of the next OS X cat out of the bag

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Re: OS

XI (11) is after X (10). After 12 years should they be doing a new major version rather than iteration?

At an OS X Terminal command prompt, try

say os x

say OS X

The first says "Oh Ess Ecks", the second "Oh Ess Ten".

eBay hit with antitrust suit over hiring practices

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Re: Here (in the UK)

I heard rumours of exactly this happening in the UK about 30 years ago.

I have no idea whether it was illegal then, nor what the current position is under UK law.

Post-defenestration Microsoft: It's the APIs, stupid. And Metro

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Re: The sheer arrogance is baffling...

Here's a really funny one: Liechtenstein? Monaco? Can't target those, check out the List of regional info for Winphone development.

It gets worse when you look at the payouts minus sales tax. See Tax details for paid apps

Looking at the EU countries there, the lucky developer sees the VAT applicable for each country subtracted from the payout.

Oh, you have to fill out tax forms too

Comet train set for SMASH, staff can only hope to be in right carriage

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Re: Liquidation Sale - big fail

someone seems to have forgotten what a real liquidation sale should be like

At one proper liquidation sale where the shop was closing for good, it was a matter of "no reasonable offer refused", I chucked in an offer I thought reasonable for a washing machine and it was accepted.

Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

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Re: I thought I had it sorted...

"However, they still say Linux with a Lie rather than a Lynn, silly people :)"

Mult-eye-threading is one that always cracks me up.

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