Bricked - hence secure. Job done, great job guys.
579 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013
That's all great but..
when I worked in IT in the NHS we'd have to carry out major changes during core working hours, when it was damn near certain that something would go wrong, despite us consistently asking to do the work either in overtime at the weekend or at the weekend and claiming the time back (no cost to the NHS..) it was always refused, it always had to be done during "lunch" which seemed to be any time between midday and 3PM.
Invariable things didn't work or had to be rushed. So whilst I agree with everything that's being written, if you can do the work at a quiet period, then do so.
Re: And the moral is.......?
Whilst I agree with the idea of not using Windows, what alternatives do we have that are both friendly for the end user and common knowledge to IT analysts/engineers/tech (whatever they're called this week) ?
Oh yeah I get it - Linux is great, hell I use it at home but 95% of my IT staff have never, ever used it outside of booting off a live linux CD to remover files from a borked HDD.
Blaming Windows is pointless, the bigger issue is management not pushing staff towards alternate operating systems, without staff to support it, we can't make the change even if we got all our users on side.
Re: How about
I did this in my flat, my girlfriend was complaining about the noise of the PC in the living room when she's watching her soaps and I'm gaming. So I drilled a 1inch wide hole through the wall into the cupboard, installed some vents on the door and left the PC in there. I even had a remote power switch connected.
Worked REALLY well until I went to upgrade my GPU and after hauling all of the brushes, vacuum cleaners and random bits and bobs out of the cupboard I realised that it was now under a thick layer of dust and squeeling like a pig from the heat.
Re: "years of work and important documents"
I'm not disagreeing with you here but she's go to take on the lion's share of responsibility here. As usual they've never tested the backup and probably never even checked it once it was installed and "working". It's the usual lazy way of backing up data and most of us (myself included) only improve in this area once we've make a royal cock up of it in the past or seen someone close to us lose months of work.
You don't need to be an IT pro to check backups, no more so than you need to be a household security expect to set an alarm, but as with house alarms it's only one thing that may/may not work and it's best to remember that locking the door and checking you've got your valuables out of site is best. similarly with backup checking it's actually working and having a "oh shit I lost everything" plan is best.
Re: Something doesn't add up here...
I'm trying to figure out why renamed encrypted files would overwrite the originals on the backup, from my experience with ransomware it rarely leaves the originals and you'll have tons of .abc .locky etc files instead.
Additionally as you've said the staff themselves seem to be making this up as they go along - back up of all unchanged files would make no sense.
Personally I use Crashplan and manage how retention, versioning etc is done through the utility, that's partly because I'm utterly paranoid about losing stuff and it's the only cloud based backup I currently trust, even then I still have a local backup of *everything* anyway. Crashplan has saved me a couple of times though.. local drives do get stolen during burglaries :-/
I know it's early but at least try to read the next line..
"The move to give it away is the "next logical step" Blichmann says."
Yes el'reg has taken a few sentences to explain "it's free now" to inflate the length of the story somewhat but we all do that now and again, that's no excuse to stop reading, sip your morning coffee and pick your nose rather than continuing for just a handful of words when el'reg finally get around to stating what is a perfectly acceptable and short statement from a guy. It just seems rather pointless to repeat the same thing "It's free" when they've said that in the title and in the first few lines of the story, at least that's my opinion. Not that it matters much.
TL;DR Yes it's free.
Re: Back in the day...
Still rare to see them in public sectors, head of IT.. usually but at director level? Usually lumped in with something else and increasing the IT department is leading on all projects which is probably why projects go titsup so often as they have no executive level representation.
Re: Sending medical images via MMS
As someone who works in this field I'd see no issues with photographs being taken, the key here is whether the images include anything that would identify the patient, arguably most don't as clinicians are only interested in the injury and unless that's on the face it's likely the patient would never be identified purely by a cut, wound, mole etc.
A larger issue is video, however I've still to see a clinician use a clip over a decent quality photograph.
Lastly healthcare is not a cost insensitive business, we're simply given so any hoops to jump through during procurement that invariable even before a project kids off we're pay double whilst getting "double the discount" from suppliers, throw in project management which is insanely stretched (or own PMs are expected to handle several multi-million pound projects whilst earning £25k/year) and you're always going to hit problems.
My local Maplin has stopped stocking even little momentary switches, I'd struggle to even find solder in there now. It's all drones, remote control cars, speakers and modular PC components alongside random garbage for mobile phones and LED lights.
Let's not even mention the price of their cables..
I realise the internet has had a huge impact on their business but I doubt that they'll ever compete when they're targeting customers with such a wide arrange or random shite.
Hard to tell who's at it to be honest but I can't help think that this is similar to musicians claiming stolen IP over a song someone heard years earlier that's similar, at least to some peoples ears.
If they do win though I'd expect it to be a field day for litigation as other firms hop on the juicy band wagon.
Re: How to run a monopoly 101
They could arguably have gotten away with it as late as the Windows 7 release, but now those pesky kids are wise to their tricks. I remember getting my first iPad, bought apps etc, then I got a Nexus 7.. oh different app store, then my wife got a Kindle as a present.. damn it.
Now we've got the Windows 10 app store, hey I get free Minecraft Beta - great, but will I go near it for ANYTHING ELSE? Will I hell.
Re: You don't say !
To be fair to Microsoft they did try, just really badly over the years to improve security. It was never an after though, just done with an incredible degree of variance from one patch and development to the next.
Apple, despite me not being a fan did approach it and continue to do so in a much more mature way. Right off to wash my hands, can't believe I'm typing praise to them.
Re: 1% rise is a jump?
More interesting tbh is the fact Windows 7 share has dropped, I use 10 at home (along with Linux) and it's fine - but at work we're still very much on Win7 and have no intention of moving for several years.
Not so much an anti-Windows 10 thing as concerns around legacy apps etc.
Re: Anything can be fixed with a new IT System!
Working in the NHS I can say this - most people here don't think the answer is always a phone call to IT away..
However many managers do, right now we're implementing an electronic patient record, yet we're not properly looking at existing ways of working and how those should/must CHANGE to go electronic, we're also not training staff to handle the electronic record who currently handle the paper ones. The result? will be expensive to fix and mistakes will be made which could have been avoided.
People seem to forget that an IT system is only as good as the processes and work you put in before, during and post development, not just on the system but those that impact on how it's used daily.
Half hearted thanks and a bit of spin
Seems to me they're more interested in painting the hacker here, who has DONE THEM A FAVOUR as the culprit.
Typical knee-jerk defensive posture by the company, we see this all too often these days when they forget they should be busy apologising for the error, making good any fixes and shacking the hackers hand for having saved them from a world of ICO butt hurt.
Re: Dumb git cubed
I don't know anyone who would remote in after leaving to do it. Do it whilst you are there, set it to go off well after you've left etc.
Employers are typically very bad at handling staff leaving, personally now I work in IT security I'd like admin rights stripped from any staff the moment they hand their resignation in.
I got something similar from a high street shop recently with about 20 Megadrive games on it, my 5 year old loves it and it's pretty much fool proof as she turns it on and there are the games, no internet connectivity, no worry about her dropping it (this thing is bomb proof) and it's got nice simple controls.
Yeah I could be skeptical about Sir Clive doing this but honestly I think he's onto something, I'd be far happier with my kid playing old speccy games than half the trash on the kindle store.
Re: blaming slack admins for this one
Then again it could be argued that if they don't have the money for a reasonable (free) infrastructure) then they're getting a more secure OS free.
I'm struggling to see why so many are up in arms about an upgrade that you have to opt in to get to begin with which is free, more secure, doesn't require retraining (despite what the linux/mac fanboys say).
It's just the usual el'reg MS flame, nothing new just a slightly different topic, last time it was Windows 8.. now it's windows 10.
Re: Enabled Macros?
Our are disabled my default, we still get hit as staff enable them when prompted without thinking.
If I'm told one more time that I don't do enough staff awareness I'll scream, there's only so much you can do for some people, after that you really need to start going down the disciplinary route.
Homebrew PCs are simply becoming more common
If you can build with lego, build in minecraft then you can build a PC these days, no longer do you have to pay attention to the colour of cabled pins when connecting it's an absolute doddle.
Bottom line is people can either buy from one of the large PC retailers or spend less and get a better PC they themselves can service and upgrade for years. People are increasingly doing the latter either on their own or with friends.
Now let's hope AMD can up their game, we need TWO strong GPU manufacturers as a minimum.