* Posts by Lost in Cyberspace

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Unhappy

Not just BT

I deal exclusively with home users. It's been a tough week explaining where the restart button is. So far this week:

20 on BT. 5 on TalkTalk. 2 on Sky.

(EE have also put a notice on their help pages).

19 had McAfee installed. 2 had Avast installed.

Most of my customers were blaming their ISPs, some have had other technically-minded users waste hours tinkering with settings - until I explained it was more likely to be Windows 10... something is crashing and due to the 'fast boot' feature, a shut down won't clear it, whereas a restart will. It's been a long week.

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Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

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IMAP / POP also under attack

Several clients have informed me that access via 'Less secure apps' has suddenly been disabled too.

Yahoo is giving me so many headaches from novice users right now.

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IMAP / POP also under attack

Several clients have informed me that access via 'Less secure apps' has suddenly been disabled too.

Yahoo is giving me so many headaches from novice users right now.

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Hate Windows 10? Microsoft's given you 'Insider' powers anyway

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Only one big request

Stop changing everything when users upgrade. The defaults, start menu shortcuts and other preferences were set that way for a reason.

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Hey, Apple! 1999 just called and it wants its voicemail avatar back

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HulloMail

I enjoy diverting my phone to HulloMail on my day off for individualised messages.

Out of hours, it tells my customers I will ring them back when I'm next working, and it tells my mum / wife / kids / school receptionist the best number to reach me on.

And I get a text equivalent of the voicemail right in the app, so I can continue enjoying my day off without listening to someone describe the error message on their screen - for four bloody minutes (until the VM cuts them off).

I would love this functionality in the Apple VM app though. If it supports out-of-hours voicemail greetings.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Only 12 months to upgrade for free...

Yep, that will be fun when I need to re-install an upgraded PC, and my client has no record whatsoever of the upgrade to 10...

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: The future is bright

I've noticed that my van fob activates certain doorbells, useful if I'm visiting that particular customer but annoying if all the neighbours open their door as I walk away from the van.

My daughter thinks it would be funny to play 'remote knock-down-ginger' as we drive down the streets, but I'm not convinced that's good for my professional reputation!

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Google drives a tenth of news traffic? That's bull-doodie, to use the technical term

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Lack of feasible competition

Google don't force me to use them because of any underhand bully-boy anti-competition tactics, it's just that I'm yet to find a better alternative. One that doesn't involve scrolling all the way down the page and squinting to see where the organic results start, after the ads.

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There's TOO MANY data-leaking healthcare firms, growls Symantec

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Hypocrites

Symantec need to get their own security in order. Every unique address email address I ever gave Norton (for NIS, 360, Ghost, Utilities etc) suddenly started getting loads of spam a few months ago. These were quite unique, obscure email addresses - some from 2005-2006. But of course, they deny any breach or theft and don't even seem to understand the problem (because 'they didn't send it').

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Pre-order consumergasm will leave Apple Watches out of stock for months

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Good on them

Let first gen buyers saturate the market, then wait for the improved / cheaper next gen models, with acceptable features and battery life.

I'm sure I can cope without a smart watch for another year or two. After all, my current watch battery has at least 2 more years life left in it before I have to consider a new battery or a new watch.

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BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

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Best of a bad bunch

Really it will come down to who's better out of BT/EE and Three/O2. IMO neither of the buying companies are known for excellent Customer Service... I don't know how many will jump from BT to Three.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Ideas that sounded good at the time

like the naming for almost every Microsoft product ever released?

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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I wish I'd been able to vote at 16. I would have voted against the introduction of tuition fees, which came in just as I was applying to uni. It affected me, but I was slightly too young (in the eyes of the law) to actually have an opinion.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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Easy...

How much is the domain worth? Is it cheaper to buy than litigate?

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

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As a Home PC Tech

IMO companies like TalkTalk, Sky TV etc have had rogue insiders for years, stealing records. I get calls from fake Sky exactly at the time my box warranties expire. My customers get frequent calls, by name, from companies saying they have a PC problem.

It's frustrating that for every customer that rings me because "TalkTalk accessed their PCI and confirmed a virus", there must be another that just pays the fake ISP for a maintenance contract and falsely believes their PC is secure. This is not the first time it's happened.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

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Re: die die die

An automatic / statutory processing fee for incorrect requests should do the trick.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Taboola etc

Taboola is exactly the kind of thing that should be blocked - by law. Frequently misleading, often outright bullshit adverts. Fake pictures, questionable products... Those people don't actually endorse those hair products / diet pills at all. Now, if that was an advert for <ISP a, b or c> then someone would have been told not to do it again by now....

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Microsoft ID

A free upgrade is a small price to pay to get a new Microsoft ID customer - extra audience for the Windows 10 App Store, and if you've got a desktop/laptop computer or two already on Windows 10, I suppose the hope is that your next device will be a Surface or Lumia, rather than iOS or Android...

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Ailing AMD battered by goodwill, inventory charges

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AMD E1

Perhaps AMD and manufacturers deserve to take a hit for all those crappy low end E1 processors they are pumping out for Windows 8 machines?

It's like 2006 all over again, when Compaq et al were sending out Vista Basic with Celerons with 80GB drives and 448MB of usable RAM.

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Hong Kong mogul mulls MULTI-BEELLION POUND bid for O2 – report

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Customer service

I always have a pleasant Customer Service experience with O2. OTOH, I have never, even once, had a remotely positive experience with Three CS. I don't trust them with anything more than my PAYG data sim now.

I know which way things would go if this goes ahead.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

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If 64GB+ storage was the norm

then finding a free 5GB would not be an issue. Too many complaints from clients that their 8GB/16GB iDevice is full... 32GB should be entry level now.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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This sounds like Windows 8 territory

and look how's that's working out for them so far.

Would Apple dare to go down a desktop / ios approach?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Agreed, The tax should be included in the fuel duty instead. But it's a way of keeping tabs on the owners but forcing contact with the DVLA at least once a year.

Scrap road tax, and just force a Statutory off/on road notification once a year instead.

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Re: I concur

Many people get paid at the end of the month. You get the reminder about a week to 10 days in to the month. And there's very little incentive to pay the gov any earlier than you need to, particularly if the whole amount is going on a card. I don't think it's that unreasonable to be able to pay the day before you really have to.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Ecosystem is king

I think the Ecosystem is easily as important as the device itself. Google needed the manufacturers in the early days to gain market share, and the manufacturers needed Android to attract customers (I don't want a smartphone with no App Store, that would be like going back to Windows Mobile 6).

But Android is huge now, and can easily compete with iOS. Google could probably shut out all the others and start making money. I'm not sure that's a good thing for consumers though.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: Bah humbug

The 5s is still a pretty good phone, but given the choice I'd go with the 6 for the extra performance and features despite the size increase.

Hopefully the 7 will come in 3 sizes, without the smallest model being crippled with only 8-16GB.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Love it. I piss my daughter off by shouting Xbox commands from the top of the stairs during her games.

Well, *I* think it's quite funny

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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

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Dubious

I thought Vodafone originally made the claim based on revenue rather than market share.

I don't think it's a good thing to highlight how much more money you make from customers, when you're a company competing in a market where your service is similar to everyone else's.

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PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

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Hmm

I'm happy with the LED flash in my iPhone, it's enough to let me know I need to check the screen.

But I could be convinced that coloured LEDs are better - if I'd had a chance to try it.

I would definitely not want a bloody glowing apple logo though. It's a bit too 'poser'.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: "windows gets slower"

Just replaced HD with SSD in my laptop and shoved on 8.1 (was 7).

Boot time is now 11 sec instead of 90.

But that is a clean system, without iCloud installed now...

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That's exactly the point. If people are given a Windows tablet and spend 10 mins learning touch gestures, they are by and large quite happy (the apps are still a bit behind iOS / Android though).

Force a mouse and keyboard combo upon them and most people are frustrated that it's not as easy as XP to operate. Perhaps Windows 9 will fix all this properly, in a way that 8.1 hints at.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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Re: Accused of providing composting info to cybercriminals...

Static IPs don't work if you move your equipment between connections (e.g a laptop that needs to be accessed remotely), transfers between landline and 3G etc.

Additionally, I distributed a remote support UVNC-SC app to over 800 clients - using a premium No-IP domain to call in - in case I ever needed to change my static IP (move to a new office, change ISP, work from home etc).

A static IP doesn't always cut it. Nor does No-IP evidently.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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Meanwhile..

2 of my customers have borked Windows 8 by hitting refresh... All because their Internet didn't work.

Gah, why is it so easy for clients to do a refresh anyway?!

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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Missing the point, FB

I'd have thought that it was a give that data was anonymised.

My problem with it is that they were deliberately trying to manipulate peoples' moods.

There are probably a fair few people that rely on seeing positive posts from others (family etc) to get through their day/week/month/year. This is bloody disgraceful, FB.

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Toasty

Does this mean I can turn my heating down a notch, and offset the running costs?

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Re: Devil's advocate says...

I can see Tesco, ASDA, Sainsburys et al enforcing it so suppliers won't have a choice.

My library changed from barcodes to RFID sometime in the last decade (since I last took out a book), so I'm sure groceries will go that way at some point.

Now, forget about fridges for a sec - if every door in my house had RFID sensors, and every item was chipped up, I would save hours every week looking for stuff.

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

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Hmm

Next, people will get confused between Sky and Skype...

Oh, hang on -

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/11/skype_sky_trademark/

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Report pegs Apple for October smartwatch release

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Facepalm

Phew

I read 'Fanboi Magnet' as 'Fanny Magnet' and thought El Reg has gone completely bonkers for a split second.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: And what lurgy's That ?

At least we can quote hourly rates, I wonder if any GPs would try that one.

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Office website HACKED: Passwords, addresses, phone numbers slurped

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Re: Ubiquitous passwords

Is that not what Matalan used to do? Force you to give details and pay a quid for the privilege before you could buy anything... Yeah, that was one of the reasons I didn't shop there

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Jade Rabbit nearly out of hop

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Nah

It was bad capacitors to blame

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

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Thanks a bunch

I drove 30 miles to a client to help them set up Photoshop - they couldn't even download and install Teamviewer or my own VNC app - just to find that I couldn't even create an Adobe ID.

So I've effectively driven a round trip to install some remote support software so I can attempt the install later. Ffs.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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What a mess

So, we are at 8.1 update 1 with additional patches.

2 different methods are required to get there from 8.0. The updates take ages and often fail, or confuse the user with enforced Agree buttons AFTER installation and almost-compulsory Microsoft Accounts.

Enough to make a saint swear.

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Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

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Re: Are old XP machines being upgraded/replaced, or simply retired?

I hope they're not stuck on IE9, then!

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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Ah..

I remember how easy it was to teach my classmates to write a 'wait till lessons start and then beep continuously' script for the Micros sat in the class corner / corridor / teacher's office (stock room).

Unfortunately that got stopped when the same kids started putting rude messages on the screen - it was not longer a computer fault but an obvious prank.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Just waiting

...for clients to tell me they're protected because they've just paid "Microsoft" for 3 years support...

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

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Re: A bit niche...

It's already clear to me that 1st gen smart watch wearers are probably wankers.

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Re: Can't see this being that much use in situations where it is actually needed.

You beat me to it.

The watch will be no good when you're wearing long sleeves, but will be able to warn you when you're about to get a nice white watch-line.

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: I need to re-think my charging!

And then just fire up ninite.com while you sip your cuppa :)

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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

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The real trend

Is that casual users are buying new tablets etc, and leaving the old PC to gather dust.

The old desktop or laptop still gets used for the essentials (typing documents, printing tickets, the occasional bit of homework etc), but they are putting up with the heap of shit because the tablet is good enough, most of the time.

And why would you use a computer that takes 2-3 minutes to start, is much harder to use and maintain, when a charged-up tablet can achieve almost the same thing in a few seconds?

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