* Posts by Tezfair

399 posts • joined 6 Dec 2006

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Tezfair

Cloud providers are becoming like drug dealers

You had your freebie now cough up

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Be annoying back

Buy a bigger box with a built in smoke generator. Fix that over the top of the current one and have your own lock. Then set off the smoke and watch virgin come and figure out how to fix it.

But seriously, I guess that we all would be annoyed if something that large appeared in our window view. I imagine they are at an age where there is little to do other than watch the world go by and even that ability has been reduced. It would be similar to keeping the curtains closed all the time.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

Tezfair
Facepalm

In that case, I invented the 'slide to open' back in 86

When the wife worked at a restaurant, and I used to dabble in coding the sinclair spectrum, I recreated her till (just for the fun of it). At they time they used fobs to sign in. So I did a slide to sign in at the bottom of the screen using a joystick and button (no mouse and the TV wasn't touch screen!!)

Wish I kept all of that, could be worth zillions now

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Facepalm

ahh yes

The old + in Outlook and the disappearing emails. Oh how many times I have told the user to click on the plus sign. But around 3 years ago I managed to persuade a client to move away from a 2Gb web hosted imap to an onprem exchange (internal reasons, don't need downvotes because it's not on someone elses server). Anyway, bucket loads of space, 60 users, 50Gb mailboxes so each staffs email archives were all pulled in to the live mailbox. At least once a month I get a call from someone asking where the archive is as they are looking for an email from year dot. I always tell them to actually search in outlook as everything is there.

:::sigh:::

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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I enjoy it

I have watched it from the start, but apart from the nudity and killing the dialogue tends to be stretched out and there's so many twists that you would have to watch the entire box set from start to end at least once to follow what's going on.

Reducing the season episodes is helping the chatter keep to a minimum but I still look forward to watching each episode.

It's a bit the 'The 100', each episode is tiresome but having watched it from the start I feel compelled to know how it ends (if it ever does)

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Oh no, EE! More UK mobile customers face sluggish roaming abroad

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WTF?

wtf

If I were on holiday aboard I would not be concerned with mobile speeds but getting every pennies worth out of the trip. The mobile can plod away getting emails as and when.

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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Just thinking about this again

What about emails? If a request to forget comes in, does that mean that someone has to go through all the mailboxes looking for that user?

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Re: 6 years of data

I missed the article and thanks for the additional link. Appreciated.

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Stop

6 years of data

This got me thinking about backups which hold client data. As I read this, those would also have to be cleaned too, but then I thought about the 6 year data retention required by the gov etc. How can a company clean old data but still be compliant?

Another way of looking at it is I run sage and have backups from day 1 of my biz. If Mr Johnny down the road comes to me and says I need to remove all his data, that will be impossible without deleting the backups, which the tax inspector will demand I restore as needed. Even editing sage won't be enough to remove him and satisfy any future audits.

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Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

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Coat

glad im not in the double glazing industry

imagine all those xxxx-windows.co.uk domains all suddenly disappearing!!

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

Tezfair
Paris Hilton

disappointed

I had a feeling at the start of the story that the user was a girl (or a chap) looking to go out on a date and was sending tickets as a way of hooking up with Wayne. Oh well.

Good to hear the customer thank you's, always very welcome.

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

Tezfair

Is there a need to upgrade?

My clients run i3 with Windows 7. These range from around 4 years old to present. The older ones are still up to the job of running general office duties and are not much slower than their modern version. Sure HDD and memory speeds have increased, but for pulling files off a network, the speed is academic.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Re: Nice

As far as I know, the memory on an SSD still requires a power source, usually a bank of internal capacitors. But once they go flat, yes, everything is wiped. So they are not suitable for long term archives like HDDs

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Tezfair

My first thought..

How long would it take to backup that much data

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Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

Tezfair
WTF?

said it before....

The dizzies put all their prices up almost over night on what was mostly likely 'paid for' stock in their warehouses. It's got little to do with brexit and everything to do with a quick buck.

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Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone

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Licenses

There's your issue for the smaller end of the market. It's all fine and dandy saying O365 is the way to go, but for smaller operations with small ADSL pipes, O365 is not an option and the cost of the Licenses for an on prem server of 2016 is unjustifiable (especially if you can still get 2012R2).

Dare say the cloud lovers will downvote me, but I will supply what the customer wants, not what a supplier thinks I need.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Unhappy

1. Documentation is the root cause

2. The dev should have had enough knowledge to have identified possible issues and raised it higher

3. Probably was on probation and sounds like he is better off out of there if they do this without investigation.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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