* Posts by msage

43 posts • joined 15 Nov 2012

Plusnet vows to shove a sword in members area 'White Screen Of Death'


Re: Hateful website

Broadband usage; I was going to say that doesn't work, but it seems they've finally got it working. Just like it was months ago. But in an iFrame by the looks, and a bit bodged in because CSS popups cause scrollbars to momentarily appear in the iFrame. But hey, it's there!

Good spot! Glad this is finally working again!

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


Re: netcom.co.uk

Yup! As first line support we were trained in getting both Linux and Windows customers online. Our Technical manager went on to work for linux.com and other famous faces.

We were also one of the earliest ISPs to support SMTP ETRN to push mail down to customers servers on dial up.



My first internet routable email address was from a BBS hosted on demon. Used to dial in once a day to check my mail and the board... Happy days. I paid a fiver for that email address for life... it doesn't work any more. Bye demon. The next ISP I used (and worked for) was netcom, not the netcom but a canny company in the uk who managed to register netcom.co.uk before the netcom came over.

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert



I agree with the comments here although I have worked with fellow techies take things way to far in the caution direction leading to nothing getting done and being stuck in a perpetual risk / change loop. While things should be planned, risk is not the reason to not do something.

If you don't do something, you end up with systems that are 10-15 years old because they just run and you run out of support. Then you have major upgrade issues as most of the time you have to step upgrade to versions that also aren't supported.

In my mind it is all about balance.

Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job


Wonder if Tesla will do an 80's Apple style meltdown... On the plus side arguably it saved the company and made it what it is now.

I wonder if they can tempt John Sculley out of retirement :)

Whoa, AWS, don't slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help



That's interesting in the UK public sector Azure appears to be king. I work with a number of local authorities and central gov QUANGOs and the Microsoft cloud appears to be the platform of choice. I think in part this is because of the O365 feeder drug... Then comes SQL server, then dev environments and before you know it everything but the legacy application infrastructure is in Azure, with SaaS offerings picking those up (again normally hosted with Azure). One of the big reasons the organisation I currently work for went Azure is because we already had expressroute and storesimple, so moving to AWS no matter how good their pricing and services we would need to bring in a direct connect connection.

From a personal perspective, Azure DNS seems a lot better than Route 53 from AWS, I have found it easier to interface with programmatically .

Again this is just a reflection of what I have seen.

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows


Windows laptop over Direct Access, get a strict security policy via GPO, use Bitlocker to secure the local HD, and use the power of their local processor.

- I agree and what does the FOSS equivalent stack of this look like? I don't think it exists. DA is seamless (when setup correctly) the user doesn't even know it's happening. Bitlocker can be integrated into AD for easy resets. Intune can manage the device as if it's local and push out new policy.


Mobile Devices

I suspect they handed out Windows laptops / tablets, because they couldn't find an equivalent. It is very hard to buy a laptop without a Windows license and Linux "convertibles" just don't exist in the same quantity / quality of Windows ones.

Take the Surface / Surface Clone market, these devices really do make a difference to field workers, I have yet to find one that works as well with Linux. If you want your staff in front of the citizen (which you do for a lot of local authorities activities) then you don't really have a choice.

I can see from this fragmentation that support becomes more complex (your first line need to be able to do first line fix on Linux and Windows).

Another genuine question is, is there a good MDM for Linux? There are plenty of enterprise grade solutions for Windows.

I hate to say it, I don't think this one is Microsoft's fault lads and ladies.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way


Date ordering

I like that the timelines are now correct. I might finally be able to let go of www.theregister.co.uk/Week

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?


Data Slurpage

This whole Windows / Android data slurping being a reason to move to Linux isn't as clean cut as it used to be, the majority of people trying out Ubuntu, which is bad for data slurping too... :/

MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body


Or could it be...

As an IT person in the public sector, we have been told to use CCS, more often than not their pre-negotiated pricing is more expensive than we have managed to get on our own going direct to suppliers (and we are small). This has been the same for all the public sector organisations (central government, local government and quangos) that I have worked in for the last 15 years.

CCS do not offer value for money to the public purse and that is why they don't get used!

Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper


OK... but...

I agree that any data sharing needs to be covered by rigorous policies and audited.

However, given the value of this study and the compute power that these big companies have, I would rather the NHS used them than spent billions of the public purse to build their own compute resource that we would then, as a tax payer, have to pay to maintain and run.

If it was a choice between sharing my data with google and saving patients lives, they can knock themselves out (there is nothing of any interest there anyway!) or having the public sector run another IT project that goes nowhere and costs millions and million. I know what I would choose.

I'm not saying that there should be carte blanche but I think with the right safeguards this is the right route for the public sector to take.

AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world



Errr I have a question... Why is nest sitting on AWS? Google not prepared to eat their own dog food? That I think was the most interesting part of the whole story!

3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again


DNS /= Registrar

I used to use 123 for DNS, but now simply use them as a registrar for domains, they are still pretty cheap. Then I either use Azure DNS or Amazon Route 53 for the name servers. Yes, Azure / Amazon cost a bit, but compared to the hassle of 123 it is well worth it.

Cambridge University Hospitals rated 'inadequate' due to £200m IT fail



Good old HP and their outsource to us save money routine!

The guys on the ground worked hard, but the lack of project management and EPIC buy in was amazing.

Windows 7 and 8.1 market share surge, XP falls behind OS X


Re: Now students, please use "free" and "Microsoft" in the same sentence.

While agree with most of what you said for the home market...


Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU


Re: So let me get this right...

you mean the microsoft that supported XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Win 8.1?

Gotta love MS bashing!

Sonos rattles begging bowl, hopes for $130m cash stream


Gramofon / Rocki

If you are wanting to stream spotify / other streaming service to an existing hifi take a look at the gramofon or the rocki. Both quite inexpensive and work well.

Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks


Audio Streamers

I think it's worth looking at the gramofon and the rocki too. I have a couple of the gramofon units and for sending spotify round the house they are awesome!

Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids


Re: Not mentioned: Moto G v2 also has Dual SIM

Dual SIM... I know it's not popular here, but the Nokia 530 and 630 have full dual SIM support, i.e. both active at the same time. You pick which one you want to use for outgoing calls or can set rules depending on what you want to do.

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/mobile/support/product/lumia630/smartguidance/?action=singleTopic&topic=GUID-1AF29027-8B2D-42C7-8220-BA52917EE9B6-8_10

Shaking that AAS: It's time for vendors to stop selling storage


Time and Cost

For me the big thing buying from traditional vendors has been a lack of any pricing online. This means they can weasel into my organisation to try and start selling to me. I understand the model, but with the "cloud" vendors and the pricing online it makes it a lot harder to justify 3 or 4 vendors coming and taking my teams time to do a proper investigation of the system they are trying to sell. In short.. Use the internet as your salesman!

It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?


Patching Servers

I don't think it's only windows servers that need a reboot after certain patches. I am sure my linux servers need a reboot after certain ones too. Admittedly not nearly as much...

Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89


Re: A year too late

Not sure about your point here. MS have said every 8 phone will get an upgrade to 8.1 making the 520 current...

Who loves office space? Dell does: Virtualization to banish workstations from under desks



Dells answer to the local client was the FX100 . Using PCoIP rather than RDP / ICA. Was very good for the modelling data we used it for :) You do have to put a PCoIP card in the rackmount workstation too thou!


Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one


Moto G

I am surprised you wrote off motorola so quickly. The moto g is a very capable android business device. Can be managed by google apps (if that is the MDM of choice) or exchange. It's very cheap in the UK and has a brilliant battery life for a smart phone.

Entanet calls on equity firm Mobeus to back £14m MBO


So bad you mention the downtime twice...wtf.

Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box


Re: DF118

ReadyNAS Pro 4 user here. A great device.

Good for running VM's (VMWare over NFS or iSCSI (it's a certified device) or Hyper-v over iSCSI). Supports CIFS out the box too. Has a reasonable range of plugins... but... Netgear have abandoned the old ReadyNAS range and users and managed to kill of the community. Yes it works and works well now, will my next NAS be a ReadyNAS... dunno!

HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet


Re: Slate 21 Owner

Thanks for the link, I already have a 'tooth keyboard that works brilliantly, I was thinking more along the lines of a game pad type controller. The one mentioned in the article appears not to be available in the UK at the moment and some others seem excessively expensive!


Slate 21 Owner

I read this review with interest! Every other review I have read just didn't get the device at all... which is a shame.

I bought one of these when they were first released, I have wanted a tablet for my kitchen for a long time.

I use this system in my kitchen and the only limitations I have found are with the software in the play store, for example, some do not pick up the Ethernet connection as a network connection. I hope HP release Kitkat to this device as I feel it will really help the 1Gb of RAM they chose to put in it! I would love to see a "hacker" community built round this device. I use an elgato EyeTv with my slate 21 and this makes it an excellent digital TV, with the recipes and web browsing and a few quality games this is the tablet to own!

Worms the 1990s hit is amazing on this device and thoroughly good family fun.

I am toying with getting a "controller" for this device, any recommendations?

Icahn sues Dell's board over Big Mike's buyout bid


I think they are both in danger of destroying the company if they don't sort something out soon.

Virtualisation extremist? Put down that cable and step away slowly


Re: Ummm.....

Not in a shared nothing cluster they don't!

Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead


Oh... I guess it's time to brush up the other OS skills. I can see Mac Minis and Linux making an appearance at an SME near you. I did an install a couple of weekends ago to replace SBS 2003, replaced it with Ubuntu and Zimbra... ironically they talk to each other using Samba AD!!!

The end user has noticed no difference. I am not sure what will happen to the desktop market, but I suspect this could erode the SME server market share.

c'est la vie.

SURPRISE! BT bags more gov broadband cash - this time in Bucks & Herts



Just to reply to that I was rural (Freethorpe) and we got 16Mbps, moved to a new estate in Norwich (Queen's Hills) 1,000 new houses and guess what... no VM and BT ADSL a whopping 1.5Mbps if we are lucky. The BBfN project should have this sorted out, although BT are picking and choosing the easy cabinets at the moment! 2 out of 3 cabinets are getting FTTC, the final one is too complex so won't be getting it....

Reliant on Dell for PCs? Start looking around, says Gartner ball-gazer



If that's the case why did they buy wyse?!

Microsoft begins automatic Windows 7 SP1 rollout


Re: Useful Service Pack

Oh and the patching for Linux is so much better how? Surely you run yum and update all your packages after your mint install... oh you don't....

Just out of interest how do you update more than one Linux machine from a central repo without going to the internet each time?

Although you need a server license WSUS is free and updates all Microsoft products, hence you would only pull the SP down once ever in a business.

VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus: An El Reg deep dive


An interesting article, but you do get DRS in Enterprise, not just Enterprise Plus. You do only get storage DRS in Enterprise Plus.

Who'll do a Red Hat on open-source storage?



Surely this is why RH bought Gluster? I agree with the article and I think it may well be RH again. I used gluster in the past to setup a multi TB cloud archive for modelling data and it worked great, although RH support was certainly lacking then, I am sure it will / has improved.

Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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Nexus 4...

How come MS get slated, while the limited number of Nexus 4 is seen as a demand issue? I don't understand, there have been numerous articles about the supply issues of the Nexus 4, which launched with very few models in the supply chain....

Then rather than stocking its own store, Google sold the stock to mobile providers who then went on to charge 3 or 4 times the amount as Google.

MS bashing is boring. Move on. We all have to work with MS software whether we want to or not, that is the industry we work in at the moment.

Build a BONKERS test lab: Everything you need before you deploy



Guess it depends on how many VMs you are running! :) I have run 10-20 webservers on one in a DMZ and for the 4 or 5 machines I need in a test lab they work fine.... Guess the spectrum is as broad as it is wide! :)

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I read your post with interest, for an admittedly smaller home lab, I have found the HP microservers to be ace and very, very cheap, although they only support upto 8Gb of RAM, they run ESXi / Hyper-v very well. As for storage did you know that the Netgear ReadyNAS series are on the HAL and support iSCSI, NFS and CFS, I currently have an ISO share shared out on NFS and CFS so both Windows and ESX can write to it. The ReadyNAS series are also a *lot* cheaper than the units you have discussed, just food for thought! :)

As for network cards these tend to push the cost of a home lab up, I recently managed to get hold of some quad port HP cards from ebay for about £50.... I think when building a home/test lab, there is nothing wrong with spending a bit of money on quaility secondhand kit.

2012: The year that netbooks DIED


Sure the Asus EEE PC girl should have made an appearance on this article... I am disgusted!

Ten four-bay NAS boxes



Another advantage of the ReadyNAS (certainly the Pro and Ultra versions) that doesn't appear to be mentioned is they are on the VMWare HAL, therefore, if you have a home ESX lab you can use it as an iSCSI or NFS datastore, that I believe is not something you would get from building your own NAS (although I have used FreeNAS as a ISO datastore on ESX).


Paying for Windows Server 2012: Worse than using it?


SQL Server

Have you seen the processor pricing of SQL 2012!!!! Scary, scary times.

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