* Posts by Richy Freeway

84 posts • joined 19 Jun 2007


What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

Richy Freeway

Hairnett BBS

I still remember my Fidonet address!


Haven't tried dialing in to Hairnett BBS to check my main in a LONG time! It's just dawned on me that I still know the phone number too!!!

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

Richy Freeway

Re: Modem ISP

Apparently there is


Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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If you own an older out of date Android device you won't be able to play it anyway...

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Have got 5 machines in for repair after a borked 1803 update, all of them have Avast. Had a few in last week too.

Not saying it's Avasts fault, but...

Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

Richy Freeway

Boston Dynamics Scottish Department



Nokia updates classic comeback mobe 3310

Richy Freeway

Re: Flip Flop Flip Flop

What has MS got to do with it?

Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

Richy Freeway

Block This


Runs a local VPN on your Android phone and routes all traffic through it, stripping the ads along the way.

To be honest though I haven't thought to reinstall it since resetting my phone last time, not sure why.

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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Re: Let's mention Microsoft's Policy of hoarding patches unless you pay up.

Turn off automatic updates and reboot the machine.

Install these two updates manually in this order, no need to reboot in between.



Re-enable automatic updates and reboot the machine again.


Waiter? There's a mouse in my motherboard and this server is greasy!

Richy Freeway


Once found a dead, dried up frog inside a customer's PC. They had no explanation as to how it had got there.

Researchers expose Mirai vuln that could be used to hack back against botnet

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Re: there is another way... governmental recall of the devices

Number of people that will return a £500 brand new mobile device because it might burn their face off?

Nearly all of them.

Number of people that will return a £40 IP camera because it makes some websites fall over?

Close enough to zero for it not to make any difference.

All very well having a massive recall, but you've got to get the device owner to climb up a ladder, take down the camera, wait for a replacement yadda yadda yadda. There's too much effort required by the end user for what appears to them to be zero benefit.

The only way to make the device owners take notice would be to make the devices stop working, or curtail their internet connection in someway.

Google swats Nexus 5X vulnerable fastboot memory dump flaw

Richy Freeway

More infos


Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs

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Installed it on my laptop.

Works nicely, 8GB partition for it on the SSD. Runs swift, no wifi though. Only ethernet.

90% of apps seemed to work fine, it looks promising. I can see myself using it for the usual stuff I use my laptop for, but not yet.

It's just not quite there, impressive nonetheless.

Lloyds online banking goes TITSUP*

Richy Freeway

Re: Main Website is Down.

Due diligence is someone else's problem.

It's the address I have bookmarked for Lloyds, just sharing the wealth. (no pun intended)

Richy Freeway

Main Website is Down.

But this works fine


Locky locks down

Richy Freeway

Worth mentioning that this particular ransomware will scan your network for shares and encrypt anything it finds.

I think this is the first to do this, all the previous ones would only encrypt mapped network shares.

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

Richy Freeway

Import this into your registry.

Have done this on a number of Windows 7 and 8 machines and not had any sign of Windows 10 return.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00





Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

Richy Freeway

Sounds like it might be something to do with this.


Who needs CCTV? Get a terrifying slowpoke hoverdrone cam

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Half Life 2 City Scanners anyone?


TalkTalk website STILL down on day TWO

Richy Freeway

Why do people insist on using ISP provided email? Even a Hotmail account would be better.

'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

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They're obviously not running on Daisy's service.

Seeing as how they've been unable to provide VoIP service for 24 hours now.

Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 years away

Richy Freeway

Have had smart meters for about 7 years now. No fancy display in the kitchen, just replacement meters that send readings off to our supplier every day so they give us an accurate bill at the end of each month.

What's the problem with this? I see a lot of people flapping their hands about when it's been nothing but fantastic for us.

What have I missed in the last 7 years?

Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

Richy Freeway

Re: Back in my day...


Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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No, you don't. You can even use your TV to listen to the radio over Freeview and still not require a license.

Bite my shiny metal Ask: Java for OS X crapware storm brewing

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Why do people install it?


Pentagon 'network intruder', dozens more cuffed in British cops' cyber 'strike week'

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Re: Let's hope police forces around the world go after these criminals.

So because there are rapists and murderers we should stop arresting people who steal cars?

$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to rat you out with Superfish

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Re: Just goes to show....

Microsoft do.

Windows 7 : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery

Windows 8 : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

There are other links available for office, all direct from Microsoft, just provide them with your legit key and away you go.

To get your Windows 8 key (as they're usually stored in the bios/uefi) you can use pkeyui.

Virgin Media to splurge BEELLIONS on UK network infrastructure expansion

Richy Freeway

Have they released any information on WHERE they're going to be expanding? Our business is stuck with 8Mbit ADSL and no sign of Infinity making it onto our industrial estate, despite all the residential properties surrounding us having it.

Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

Richy Freeway

Where's the evidence they're coming from Android? Perhaps they're coming from old feature phones or even completely new to mobile phone ownership.

DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

Richy Freeway


Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

Richy Freeway

Re: What about pre-payment?

They don't charge it straight to your card, they invoice you monthly. So a limited credit card would just result in an unpaid bill.

Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

Richy Freeway

Well played.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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That fixed menu at the top is already starting to get on my nerves, definitely lose that.

Moving my mouse vertically should not automatically pop anything up, if I want a menu, I'll click my left mouse button thanks.

Thought your household broadband was pants? Small biz has it worse

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We're stuck with around 8Mbit ADSL2, the industrial estate we're on and the industrial estates near us are surrounded by residential estates that can all get FTTC.

Us? We've got the fastest connection on our industrial estate and BT have no plans to improve things.

Oh, and the government grant thing for covering the installation of a leased line or whatever? Doesn't apply in our postcode.


Blast-off! Boat free launch at last. Orion heads for space

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

Richy Freeway

My Nexus 4 and 7 (2013) are running like greased weasel shit with Lollipop. My 2012 Nexus 7 though, well... Wish I'd not bothered.

Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

Richy Freeway

I like the ability to do away with the Search and Task View buttons in the latest build, but what I really want is a way to get rid of the Start button.

I use it SO rarely that I'd rather have the space for another application shortcut or open application.

The times I do use it, I have the Windows key or even CTRL+ESC.

Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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I'm not talking a few months, this is going back about 4 years maybe. New cards have been issued during that period and since that first time of setting it up I've never once been asked to enter my password again.

Same with our cards at work, mixture of Visa and Mastercard, never asks for the password.

Richy Freeway

I never understood that extra verification step. I did it once for each card I have used online and have never been asked for the password again. I don't think I could even tell you what passwords I used now it was so long ago.

When a transaction goes through now, the verification window pops up, whirls around a bit then returns to the merchant and the sale is complete.

Am I missing something?

Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

Richy Freeway

What the actual fuck?

At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

Richy Freeway

This has definitely been a feature for quite a while now.

I took the ultimate option a month ago and just shut my account down. Never looked back.

I've got enough tedious drivel in my own life, don't need other peoples too.

Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows 3.1's blue screen text

Richy Freeway

Re: Give rhe devil his due .,,

CTRL + C works for copying error messages from MOST dialogue boxes in Windows. Just make sure the window has focus, hit CTRL + C then paste into Notepad so you can extract the bit you want.

I emphasise most, because sometimes it doesn't work, which is frustrating.

Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

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Re: Business Listings

I verified the business a couple of years ago. Got a postcard in the mail and entered a code into their website.

The verification process was failing when I tried it this time.

Funnily enough, I actually got an email from Jennie at Google today telling me about the account verification. I replied explaining that I had already been through the process.

About an hour ago, I received a call from a number in America which turned out to be Jennie from Google who said she'd verified my account for me and to give it a couple of days for the corrections to filter down to the search results.

Pretty good service in the end!

Richy Freeway

I've been trying to get Google to correct our business listing for ages now.

Put in our postcode into their business manager thing and it doesn't recognise it. Drag the marker on the map to where we are and it gets the entire address right apart from the postcode.

Type our postcode into Google Maps and it recognises it and our business is pretty much at the centre.


They also have a couple of our opening times wrong, still as yet unresolved.

Sort it out Google.

Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

Richy Freeway

Where's Mozillas offering of 64bit Firefox then?

Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

Richy Freeway


Hold volume down and power from anywhere.

What data recovery software would you suggest?

Richy Freeway

I'll add to the linux offering by suggesting gddrescue for proper buggered hard drive data recovery.

Use it daily for recovering customers hard drives. Took 9 months to clone a drive with it once but I got everything back.

Hackers ZERO IN on ZOMBIE XP boxes: Get patching, Internet Explorer 8 users

Richy Freeway

Re: eXtended Patching

This is the same exploit.

BSkyB, CityFibre, TalkTalk pull clear of bigwig BT's bundles – plan to set fibre to York

Richy Freeway

They're FibreCity

With a new name/owner. They started this in Bournemouth and failed, hopefully they can get it together this time.

Netflix needling you? BBC pimps up iPlayer ahead of BBC3 move

Richy Freeway

Re: Yay for iPlayer!

See the new one here : http://i.imgur.com/NRKuePr.png

What have they done??? Brrr.


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