* Posts by Tezfair

382 posts • joined 6 Dec 2006

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Tezfair
Unhappy

Shame

My first MP3 was Don't Speak by No Doubt and from that point committed to ripping all my audio into mp3. I still listen to it daily with some 60Gb of files on the server. In the kitchen our radio is also hooked up to the network and plays random tunes.

Only issue I will have is being able to play those tunes on future radios / devices, especially all the early ones that were purchased on digital download. I will have to look for a bulk converter but suspect long periods of time re-ripping all the CD's that's in the attic.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

Tezfair
Trollface

done the same

However for me it was to learn their full process and pass the information on. What I did like was when they opened notepad and pretended to be a card machine by pasting lines of text into it. By this time they had hung up so when I started to type random card numbers into notepad, the 'card reader' started having a conversation with me!

Hilarious.

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

Tezfair
FAIL

1703, not for me

Windows 1703, BSOD, refused to install

Office 1703, Sage refuses to work with Outlook, Publisher missing photos, other issues. Had to go back to 1701

Windows as a Screwup

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

Tezfair
Stop

"up to 75 per cent off list price"

In other words, cheap now, but budget for a list price once we have your data and you have ditched all your on prem kit.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

Tezfair
Unhappy

Not been able to update to 1703

Just keep hitting a BSOD kernel trap mode. Its a HP i5, around 4 years old, no fancy hardware, all stock, but I have yet to pinpoint the cause.

It's my clients that I worry about, my machine usually take around 20 minutes to cycle the update and that's with an SSD, so those with W10 based laptops are in for a long wait. Not good.

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Microsoft cracks open patch mega-bundles for biz admins, will separate security, stability fixes

Tezfair
Happy

My computer says no

No matter how many times I attempt to go to 1703, the computer has a hissy fit and refuses. Maybe it knows something I don't and is protecting me from future torture?

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Can nothing stop the Veeam tank? We hate to save you a click but: No

Tezfair

It's getting popular because it's free. I have dabbled with it and decided it's not as fantastic as people make it out to be.

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

Tezfair
Facepalm

Makes you think..

Spend all this hard earned on IoT to be even lazier and then in a year or two the manfs decide to move on and turn off the servers. Your once 'must have' is now a 'must replace'.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

Tezfair

The closest I will get to an IoT washing machine thank you very much....

[o]

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

Tezfair

I live out in the sticks and mice are common. Either in the walls or in the attic you can hear them. But it's the rats in the attic that tends to keep us awake at night. Loud buggers with clogs on.

I have rat traps in the attic and one went off the other night - 1:44. damn thing was determined to get out and was rattling the cage to the point where I had to grab ladders and remove the trap from the attic. it was a mouse. https://goo.gl/photos/cfud5ELm6bkXV96WA

Drove 1/2 mile up the road to release it

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Tezfair
Facepalm

Re: The Curse of "Cowboy Keith"...

Not related but this reminds me of a large computer seller in Coventry that tried to fob me off with a faulty CDRW when these were SCSI based (mid 90s). They 'claimed' the reason I was having write errors was because of the soot being made from the burning process.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

Tezfair

This was on Spiceworks earlier this week, plus more information

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Brave VMs to destroy themselves, any malware they find on HP's new laptop

Tezfair

Sounds like a variant on steady state, just a virtualised one

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Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

Tezfair
Unhappy

Shame if they go

I do business banking with them, and because i'm with the FSB, not only is the business banking free, the co-op gives me £25 per year.

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'Webroot made my PCs s*** the bed' – AV update borks biz machines hard

Tezfair

one of the reasons I don't let AV near a server

Dead PCs I can handle, but a dead server is a whole different level of shit I can live without

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

Tezfair

hand over?

When I lose a client I always ensure there is a documented handover because more often than not someone in the future might want me working for 'them' at a different company (has happened a few times), however interestingly a client that was brought out in Dec, their own IT team never at any time got in touch with me. So as far as I am concerned any future involvement is now billable. Otherwise god help them when their domain or email server throws a wobbly.

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EE brings 1,000 call centre jobs to UK and Ireland

Tezfair

Not really something to boast about...

Having to create 1000 call centre jobs clearly means they have big issues with their service(s) that the current team are not able to handle regardless of where their current call operations are located.

I jumped to Three as soon as BT started sniffing around. Best thing I ever done, for me, the service quality difference was considerably better and half the monthly cost.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

Tezfair

perhaps he had a talktalk line

in which case BT couldn't do anything any. Got a similar situation at a clients, TT adsl drops out twice a month for several days at a time so we are cutting our losses, however as the line isn't BT we are getting the line transfered back before we can switch to fibre so line change with adsl upgrade.

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

Tezfair

it's easy to resolve...

get out of EU asap

cut fuel duty as oil in any form is the root of just about everything in modern life

cut VAT back to 15 or 17.5%

it's the taxes that's killing us, cut that back encourages growth, thus manufacturing gets healthy. Gov wins, we win

It's only because the gov wants to clear it's debts that we are all suffering.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

Tezfair
Coat

I have no issue with smart meters...

So long as a hacker does a reset a few times a year and brings my leccy bills down

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Job cuts, falling sales and now a mega pension deficit at RM

Tezfair
Headmaster

Schools are getting price savvy

My local primary / academy which I do a lot of work for has always been royally ripped off in the past for IT and I ended up supplying their stuff for a lot less. At the moment they still use RM for their broadband and they must pay iro £15k per annum. I have tried to persuade the head to swap to the local fibre with a security appliance, but due to the security (proxy /firewall) they provide and some other tie ins they are happy to stay.

Eventually RM will price themselves out of the market.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Real News

Now that's the news I would watch, not sanitised or spoken in 'Queens English'. I think they are onto something here. Might have to go out after 11pm though.

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

Tezfair
Facepalm

Let me guess...

Come December / January there will be reports of a significant increase in Windows 10 sales.

Of course it will and will have nothing to do with the fact that all the downgraded W7 PCs at the dizzies have all sold out and only W10's are left.

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

Tezfair
Coat

"there's no problem here"...

...said the engineers as they stepped directly off the roof onto the sidewalk

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HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack

Tezfair
Happy

Re: OnePlus pricing

yep, my oneplus one still holds it's own and does everything I need it to do

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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought

Tezfair

natual consumption reduction

With people switching to LED lights, TFT screens (TV etc), tablets rather than PCs there is a natural drop in consumption anyway so the actual savings with smart meters is reduced to start with.

I brought a monitor type maybe 5 years ago. I will admit that I changed a few things around the house, mainly older florescent tube fittings as they were pretty hungry, but light bulbs were changed to led as needed.

I know the house has a 300w load 24/7 with things like fridge / freezers, aquarium, IT stuff, heating, appliances like clocks phones etc, however i'm at a point where further savings are negligible.

The monitor sits in a drawer now, and has been for maybe 2 years as it was costing me a fortune in AA batteries!!

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Seagate plans to bring down the 16TB HAMR... soon(er)

Tezfair

Its all fine and dandy having large drives, until you realise you also have to back up that volume of data. I had a 6tb start showing signs of failure and had a 5Tb virtual disk on it. In the end I had to make a storage space with all manner of disks to achieve the volume needed to pull the data.

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Appointments on hold as (computer) virus wreaks havoc with NHS trust systems

Tezfair
Unhappy

I suspect it was an image file as xrays are digital and are emailed between depts (when required). I had a recent xray in cornwall and the specialist is in Devon. As the xrays hadn't been uploaded to the server, the Mr called the xray dept and had them emailed over.

Bet something similar happened here

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No shoes for little Timmy, Mama needs a new 10TB hard drive

Tezfair

Re: I'm gonna go ahead and...

That's really interesting, as I just replied to Jason7, that we never get a seagate failure, yet WDs do all the time, you say the opposite. Bizarre.

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Tezfair

Re: Just a shame...

I would have seagates over WDs any time. I had to send back a new WD 6Tb as it was having issues. A client server was supplied with 5 x 1Tb WDs enterprise, as each one failed we replaced it with a Seagate. The server hasn't been in production a year yet and so far 3 have been replaced.

Having dealt with as many hdds as I have had curries, seagates come top for me, whereas we have a dedicated returns procedure for WDs as we send so many back.

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

Tezfair
FAIL

I ran version 19 of instant accounts for years until I went to W10 and it refused to work. I had to upgrade to v22 (or stop supporting W10) so this is almost old news to me

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NASA starts countdown for Cassini probe's Saturn death dive

Tezfair
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Wrong move

I think it should be flinged into space to forever roam for humanity.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

Tezfair
Facepalm

mountain out of a molehill

"We have been working with a specialist cyber security company to assess the situation in detail and are taking proactive steps to augment our security.

"The attack appears to have been isolated and at present we have found no evidence that any information or data has been stolen. However, we are continuing to carry out a thorough forensic investigation of all our IT systems to assess the full extent of the situation and are taking additional precautions to protect the security of all the information that we hold."

Talk about waffle, let me reword this,

"Someone opened an attachment without thinking, we got hit, so we are in the process of searching and deleting the recently added files, restoring a backup and getting on with life."

Its ransomware, not espionage for goodness sake

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Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

Tezfair

This can only mean one thing....

Another 50p (or more) increase on the quarterly bill every 13 months to cover the Openreach costs.

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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

Tezfair
Facepalm

I remember a few times as a breakfix engineer going on site and whilst it wasn't part of the job, I would always ask what backup they are running and just have a peek. Number of times it had failed was quite surprising. Usually due to capacity issues or changed paths / shares etc, but a classic was a FAT formatted USB HDD. All was fine until the backup hit 4Gb as a filesize - pretty much a week after being set up.

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Windows 10 now rules the weekend, taking over from Windows 7

Tezfair

Back to school deals

I would imagine that a fair % will be new laptop buys with 10 pre installed as the little darling go off to college / uni. Looking through suppliers, the 'Windows 7 downgraded' kit is becoming rare.

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FireEye warns 'massive' ransomware campaign hits US, Japan hospitals

Tezfair
Unhappy

Strong push on zepto yesterday. All clients had labels.zip flooding in, and typically one decided to open it. The servers honeypot alerted me and I managed to contain it within 3 minutes.

Client refuses to ban zips files.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

Tezfair

They got a USB Pen, I got flowers

no seriously, bunch of flowers arrived today from HP / Ingram

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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F*ck 'em

It's really simple. Gov takes a big axe to Corp tax, 0% for biz turnover to say £100k, sliding scale then to top tier, science industry has very low rates. This attracts investment across the board in the UK due to better rates. It might initially yield less tax at the beginning, however as the UK recovers, the employment rate goes up and they get their tax back via PAYE / VAT etc

I see the EU imploding in the next 10 years so the faster we can draw talent to our shores the better the country will be long term.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Tezfair
FAIL

Re: I wonder...

"How about these anti-burglar devices that mimic the patterns of a TV?"

My neighbour has one across the street, it's fake as hell as it unbelievably obvious it's not a TV due to the colour changes being far too slow to represent a TV

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

Tezfair
Unhappy

Transfer those tapes

Earlier this year I finally got around to converting VHS to digital. It was a real eye opener. Most of the 3hr tapes had stuck together so I was having to wind the tapes end to end before I could play them back, but quite a few snapped.

The small camcorder ones I was able to recover most of the kids when they were little. School plays, holidays, birthdays etc, however due to the age of the tapes and the VHS machine, the quality is somewhat lacking but at least I have something.

So, if you have old tapes, get them transferred asap.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

Tezfair
WTF?

Re: And so it begins

"$7 a month, that's cheap! Until you realize that you'll be paying that $84 per year, every year. That is $252 for the OS alone, over the (industry standard 3-year) life of an enterprise computer."

Don't forget that's per user per year. Multiple that by the number of users that use the same computer and it's going to get a whole lot dearer.

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Farewell to Microsoft's Sun Tzu: Thanks for all the cheese, Kevin Turner

Tezfair

2007 was the turning point

Once MS stopped listening to what the market wanted and did their own thing, people started to look at alternatives.

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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

Tezfair
Meh

watermark

Still appears on mine - Build 14383.rs1_release.160701-1839 and over on zd forum others say it still appears too.

Only thing I dislike with this style of upgrade is that I have one program that has to be reinstalled each time.

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Attention, small biz using Symantec AV: Smash up your PCs, it's the safest thing to do

Tezfair

I ditched SBE last year when they split the suite up and the price doubled, however I continue to use SMSMSE, but for the AV I now use Avast business free. Between the two different companies I have not had any issues.

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Dell confirms price rise post Brexit vote as UK pound stumbles

Tezfair
WTF?

Its all b*ll*cks. Dells are already made elsewhere in the EU and no doubt being purchased in that currency.

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

Tezfair
Unhappy

why i hated being a sales man

I once worked in a computer shop in the late 90's and an old chap came in one evening wanting a CDrom audio cable (remember them?). There was no price but thought it was only a few quid. Shop owner said £25. I tried to tell the old man quietly to wait until the following day and go to a bigger store in town, but he was desperate for it and brought it.

Never been so embarrassed to sell something.

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TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

Tezfair
Unhappy

Happened last week

Client of mine said she had a pop up appear and got in touch so it's been happening for at least the last 6 days.

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Super cool: Arctic data centres aren't just for Facebook

Tezfair
Alert

Missing a trick

Data centres should tie in with the NHS (bare with me). Hospitals have to be hot all the time, and servers have to be cold. Why not colaborate and build small data centers in the grounds of hospitals and essentially the hospital pays a share of the electricity costs in return for the heat. Saves on fuel costs for the hozzy and electric costs for the DCs.

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

Tezfair
Happy

awesome

Need to make a movie with keanu reeves as Charlie

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