* Posts by SniperPenguin

81 posts • joined 16 Feb 2015


The gear I use in my test lab: A look at three Trident+ switches


I loathe (and refuse to buy whenever possible) any switch which restricts access to ports via licensing.

It is nothing short of extortion - The kit is not subsidised at the lower end, and now that the common practice with FC is dying, Cisco are doing their damn to keep the revenue stream alive via UCS.

If you sell a switch with 48 ports, 48 ports should ****ing work.

Backup software that cracks web servers? Yup. It's a thing


Re: Surely there is a distinction

Archives are not mentioned in the article?

Whilst Simpana does offer an archive functionality within its iDA (although it used to be a separate iDA in itself), the primary function is backup... the majority of which nowadays is done to disk*.

The Edge Server would allow mobile Users to access the contents of these disk based backups.

Unless you are backing up your Archive, archiving your backup, or have a requirement in the Petabyte range in which case you would be using something like the black pearl ;-)

Cops' IT too complex for quick and dirty revamp – Police ICT boss


So that will be innovation killed off, new technologies / ideas stifled by large procurement contracts, and a massive brown envelope resulting in any conversation with a reseller / consultant ending with "Sorry, we have to use <LEGACY VENDOR> for our storage as part of the contract"

Whomever wins said contracts will be looking forward to selling 4Gb USB sticks for £36, Trust Keyboards for £28 and printer cartridges for £119.

Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy


1. Company gives away storage for free

2. Couple of people figure out a way to abuse the system / technology ("Awesome, I can store 75TB online at absolutely no cost to me..... Im sure no one else has to pay for this, right?")

3. Company adjust policy to close loophole

4. Community loses their shit, demanding more free stuff.

For earlier examples, see:

- Online Backup

- DSL Broadband packages

- 0% Interest credit cards with no fee

Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device


Wow - You guys must be so much better than he is..... Rather than make his life easier by installing

1. Windows 7


2.. ClassicShell


3. A. N. Other shell replacement out specifically designed to give the User a Win7-style experience

You basically decided to stick one to him and degrade to group bullying about the fact he could utilise the IT budget better than your "cool" gang. Perhaps you should spend your time wondering why you have a strange office policy of running two concurrent OS's based purely on whether or not its a laptop or desktop, rather than trying to give someone a hard time like some school bully.

It's crap like this that give IT teams a bad name to the other departments. :-/

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive


You doing a web-search too, eh?


Her Spidey Adsense is tingling.....


Only downside of relocating to Australia...


The Vendors new marketing stress ball was getting mixed results....


Sarah wasn't impressed with her son's Raspberry Pi robotics project....

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria


I bet the meeting went like this......

1. Wage bill? 40 Million a year

2. Contract? 26 Million a year

"Dead easy, innit? Lets shift it over to a private company - What could possibly go wrong?"

RIP Met Police IT.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond


***Cheer up though. Gabe Aul has promised that both “Windows 10 is the last version of Windows” and “Windows as a Service” means continual updates.

Which is another way of saying: “This work will never be finished.”***

Not sure what the problem is.... Linux GUI updates / refreshes have worked this way for years. ;-)

Dont like the one it ships with? Install a third party manager such as Classic Shell (Yes, KDE and Gnome are third party's too).

<Puts on the fire suit for the Penguinista BBQ incoming>

Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights


Using the worlds smallest violin....

1. Author uses bloody obvious Tax evasion scheme, which basically takes a cut of the money it saves him paying the government in tax.

2. Author gets chased down by HMRC

3. Author pays Tax that he was supposed to pay in the first place, plus interest.

4. Author writes article about nasty, mean old HMRC....

Replace the word "Contractor" with "Banker", ""MP", "CEO" or any high-earning celebrity and there would be a parade to support the actions of the HMRC....

Make sure your storage can grow with your business


Re: Not always inexpensive


Surely the port buffers on the 1920 switches would mean that the SAN performance would be very poor?

Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure


Still a crap battery life

Hence why it isn't much use as an everyday watch (where you may not be near your charger each evening).

This is why I use Pebble Time (got it from the Kickstarter) - The battery life gives me a week easy, and the primary function is to be a WATCH before all else. An ability to control your phones music remotely (Amazon and Play are the two I remember) and use / mute / reply to notifications based on App filtering means it does what I want it to do (save me pulling out my phone when it isnt necessary).

I know it's not for all, but it works for me. Plus I can have LCARS as a watchface :-D

Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones


Using MS Office != Locked in

It means I prefer to use their office suite, thanks....

Just because StarOffice / OpenOffice / Libre / Polaris or whatever else is the flavour of the month at the time is out there, it does not mean I have to switch from a platform I am happy using to a new one.

I use Android (Pebble Time / Nexus 9 / Nexus 5) rather than iOS, and was not comfortable with Google Docs beyond simple notes, so I use Evernote - The release of this combined with the folio keyboard for my tablet means that I may finally be able to bin the personal laptop. Outlook would have been perfect.

Not everyone thinks the same as you do.

The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit


Simple answer - procurement doesnt give a **** when they arent spending their own budget.

In my experience, there seems to be a "cash cow" attitude to public sector customers. Once you are in the framework to supply, it's win-win (and win again)

Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?


Simple answer why usage is growing

"Finally, if you need to run several operating systems including OSX, you pretty much don't have another choice.".....

Exactly, because Apple are the only company who specifically refuse to allow you to run OSX within a VM legally.

If Microsoft made Windows 10 only available through Surface Pro's (their own hardware), there would be an uproar.... Apple? Naah, its ok!

Time to face the Apple Music: Spotify looks worried, and rightly so


Re: "Apple can also automatically install its app on all its users' phones when they upgrade "

I would think so ..... Just look at Microsoft / Internet Explorer.

Engaged to be worried – Verify borks married tax allowance applications


Not sure what the fuss is about

"According to the Daily Mail, many applicants were left confused and unable to identify themselves"

Doesn't that generally describe most Daily Mail readers?

Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display


I wanted a MBP for some time, but like a mechanic who works on hi-end kit for others but drives around in a battered old fiesta, I happily got along with bargain basement used kit that took a ton of abuse and world travelling (Last was Dell Studio 1555 with backlit keyboard retrofit, SSD and RAM upgrades) :)

I have no issue with Apple's pricing - You charge what people are willing to pay (Hello Capitalism... <waves> ), however I do have issues with the more restrictive the Pro range is becoming. I can understand the non-changable component bollocks in the MB Air, since that is essentially a powerful iPad with a keyboard and so thin in king....... But removing an ability to change / upgrade RAM or HD over time? Pissing around with boot camp? Jog on...

If I do get one, it will be through work (not my cash) or one of the late upgradable models. :(

Backup Exec worships VMware's spanking new ESXi appeal


If you want to support VMWare, you work with per-socket licensing......

HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer


Good review, and as usual the windows haters are out in force in the comments. ;-)

I miss the days of the Netbook, when the definition was basically "computing for under £150". The trouble is people would buy one expecting a laptop, and as a result people are cramming more features in and pushing the price up.

New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans


I do wish people would stop harping on about putting a "proper" Linux on it...

(I wont bother asking for a definition of "proper", as I have no desire to read a glorified distro-war)

Ironically, I dont read "When it's jailbroken, I'll buy one" on the iOS device articles....

AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER


John Oliver says it best...


Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers


"Vivaldi's CEO is none other than Jon S von Tetzchner, founder and former CEO of Opera. Von Tetzchner's goal for Vivaldi is to rebuild the browser that Opera once was"

As a former Opera User..... this pleases me greatly :D

Pebble Time Steel ready in May. Plus: Now you can strap on sensors, GPS ... Geiger counter


Not impressed with the greed.

Dont get me wrong, I looked at the Pebble time when it was announced and thought "Yep, thats for me" so I pledged / ordered one on day one, just missing the early birds.

Now, when a kickstarter hits a target, its pretty common for stretch goals to be introduced in which more gear / features get thrown into the deal because of all that extra crowdfunded cash. A prefect example is the "exploding Kittens" card game, in which my same order got upgraded from a single deck with NSFW cards, to:

- a full, separately playable NSFW deck

- Carry box for two decks

- Kickstarter exclusive item inside the box for the pledgers.

(All of the above were seperate goals, added after each was completed)

Now, take Pebble Time which as the time of looking was at 12.7 MILLION dollars (of a 500K goal). So far they have announced:

- The Pebble Steel (this was simply a marketing tactic... the design and tooling was already in place)

- Smart straps (which they aren't going to make, or invest in, or design) which use the connector they already have in the watch.

- Anyone who "upgrades" their Pebble Time to the steel version loses their extra discount from being an early bird.

Sounds like they are basically using Kickstarter as a marketing platform, I'm not seeing many rewards to the fans that handed them 25x their target.

El Reg regains atomic keyring capability




I think El Reg mean "Our supplier can't be arsed to ship worldwide"

UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?


"One interim fix to these mega-deals has been the so-called "tower model" where the various IT components are broken up and awarded to different providers – such as desktop, hosting, networks – and managed by one system integration manager (SIAM)."

In other words, replacing:

- A small team of competent, in-house IT staff liasing with vendors based on systems knowledge


- A massively expensive contractor who charges £96/hr for "support technicians" (frontline helpdesk staff) to make the same calls to Vendors and blindly perform changes / updates told to them without thought for impact or issues resolving from this (as that is a *new* support call, and will likely get assigned to someone else)

The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight


This is quite possibly the most positive review I've seen about this game.

Kotaku tore it to shreds - http://kotaku.com/the-order-1886-the-kotaku-review-1686595338

Such a shame, as the lore / background made me hope we had the next Bioshock.... Games like Bungie's "Destiny" should be living proof that no story makes fans mad.

Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious


This Vs a HP MicroServer?


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