If Government departments are already using Office 365 why do they need extra licences? Doesn't a single licence allow for use on 5 PCs / Macs and 5 devices?
184 posts • joined 3 Feb 2014
I'm assuming the writer was confused.
There is a one-off purchase of Softmaker Office Pro available, it's £86.99 and offers a very similar version to Softmaker Office Pro NX annual licence (£44.90 a year) but obviously you'll be stuck with the version you buy, no annual updates.
There was a story involving CD trays a while back.
This one is where someone accidentally powered down the wrong server, so his solution was to remotely eject the CD tray of the server he was about to power down so he knew which one it was when he walked up to the rack
Many years ago my cousin's exhaust broke, she was having to drive back to her husband in Germany the next day, so my brother took the bottom of a baked bean can, slipped the two broken bits of exhaust inside, packed the ends with fibreglass and sealed each end with jubilee clips.
Get it fixed as soon as you get to Osnabrück he told her.
5 years and almost 100,000 miles later, when they came back to the UK the bean can was still in place.
She said it sounded better with the can, but there was a strong smell of burnt tomato sauce for the drive over the M62 to the ferry...
Had a similar head scratch situation whereby a customer would be in the process of buying something when the stock would suddenly disappear from the inventory mid transaction.
This was back in the early nineties, we were a catalogue store not unlike Argos, the customer would select an item, the sales person would enter it into the till, process the order and the item would be picked from the stock room, but occasionally the item would disappear from the inventory between the software finding the item in stock and then processing the sale.
We had the IT people in several times, they couldn't locate the glitch, and the disappearing item would always reappear the next day after the End of Day routines were run.
Then, one day the software guys were on site with all kinds of gear when they at last spotted the stock disappear from inventory, and they saw just why it happened, it was when the store manager walked past the server room when on a call on her analogue cordless phone.
They swapped her phone for one of the new fangled DECT phones and the problem never reoccured...
You can get pretty decent DAB adapters for cars, I've got one from Aldi because my 2012 NIssan doesn't have DAB when my 2008 Mini did. No idea why cars built 12 years after DAB became reasonably widespread still didn't have it built in.
With regards to blackspots, there's one on the M6 close to Lancaster University, always seems to drop out at a fairly important line in The Archers...
We used to get this all the time, a customer would buy a rack full of servers and UPSes then after spending the best part of £100k on the kit, they'd buy the cheaper 300kg casters, "because we'll only push the rack once"
Then a year or so down the line they'd complain the rack has tipped, and we'd say, "well, you do have almost a tonne of kit in the rack standing on wheels rated to 300kg, what did you expect to happen"
So they have a few hours of downtime while they strip the rack out and fit the heavy duty casters, if they're lucky, because sometimes the rack buckles at the edges when it tips, so they have to either sit it on the floor and never move it again, or buy a new floor for the rack, or a new rack...
This is hardly a case of fining someone for what seems a normal business practice, when the whole world has taken action against Facebook for this egregious breach of data privacy.
What's different here is that Australia are going for the throat here, potentially fining them enough to cause some serious hurt, rather than the 30 minutes or so profit the UK managed to snag
Where I work we have a gym with half a dozen treadmills, they have a nice colour display for health apps and the like.
When you dig below the surface you find out these devices are simply big Android tablet running KitKat, so long out of support, but still being used to connect to the internet,with users browsing, watching You Tube, doing their Facebook (really, in a gym?) and even phoning home with telemetry data, all without a single security update since they were installed, brand new, 18 months ago...
I believe REN is no longer an issue these days unless you have a phone with a physical bell or fancy lighting (I used to have a phone with both a bell and fancy lighting, it was REN 2), cordless handsets draw no power from the line, and the base station only draws the voice signal, no power for the speaker or microphone.
This is my main concern, as I live in a rural area with a gloriously unreliable power supply.
After Storm Desmond we had no power for the best part of 4 days, so the nearest mobile masts lost power after 4 hours, we had to drive to Morecambe to get a mobile signal from across the bay in Grange...
You can knock the fiver off, the Chuwi ATOM PC has 4 USB ports, two front USB 3 and two USB 2.1 on the back.
Still wouldn't touch it though, the Chinese systems sold via Amazon with very poorly worded descriptions rarely match their claimed spec.
I saw a couple of 2tb USB sticks a few weeks ago for about a fiver each, loads of people complaining they'd lost their precious data, what do they expect buying this crap?
I have a pair of Anker bluetooth earbuds and have generally been happy with them from the point of view of battery life and sound quality.
The only problem I've encountered is when I walked through the crowded concourse of Euston Station last week and my earphones kept cutting out, only starting to work again when I got outside and away from so many other bluetooth devices.
Back in the day I worked for Littlewoods, all shop staff used to work 8:45 to 5:45, so staff were in place before the shop opened and after they closed for tidy up and where felt necessary, bag searches.
Then some beancounter decided they could save 30 minutes per person per day in wages by making everyone's contacts 9:00 to 5:30.
So now there's no staff to tidy up at the end of the day, and all the staff piss off with the last customer, or you have to keep them back unpaid for bag searches, which caused a lot of friction with the union as you can imagine.
On a related note, it was fun once when police arrived to arrest a temp worker we had in one shop and the manager was begging with the police to let her stay for her whole shift because we'd paid her agency in advance for a full day...
I used to work in the repair department for a large, now deceased PC builder, we'd get PCs delivered back to us in all kinds of dodgy packaging.
One time though, a builder had a great idea, he sat the PC in a box then pumped the box full of cavity wall insulation foam, set like concrete, the PC was secure surely.
Well he forgot to put the PC in a bag, so the foam seeped into all the vents before it set.
We unfortunately had to send it back uninspected...
One place I worked back in the early part of this century our already struggling network started to die completely every Friday afternoon.
The cause was initially a mystery, an few people bothered because it gave us an excuse to bring beer o'clock forwards a few hours, but after a few weeks one of the network guys decided to investigate.
The cause was our MD and his brother playing Medal of Honour across the network, being the MD and the MD's Brother all their traffic was prioritised, so lowly work related traffic had to fit in the gaps between battles.
Eventually we installed a better switch and stuck their PCs on their own VLAN...
Firstly, his post was less than clear about anything, pretty much a word soup really, so it definitely wasn't clear he was talking about GWX ads
Secondly, I'll reiterate, I have never seen any adverts in my start menu or lock screen, if they're there at all they're so un-intrusive as to be virtually invisible.
My Win 10 set-up is a standard pre-install by Lenovo and I've not got any ad-blockers installed (except in Chrome)...
I'm on a sporadically reliable 10Mbps copper connection, but some of my neighbours are on upwards of 200Mbps because they have fibre to their cabinet, I don't have fibre to the cabinet I'm connected to, the cabinets are about 100 yards apart, Openreach have no current plans to sling a fibre to my cabinet.
I used to work for a large cheese wholesaler.
One very hot summer a lorry delivering 20 tonnes of brie arrived, I could tell as soon as it backed into the warehouse that its chiller was off, as I opened the back doors the smell hit me, the temperature in the truck after driving from France was almost 60’c.
We basically had 20 tonnes of fondue but no bread to take advantage, so I resealed the doors and sent him back to France...
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