* Posts by Olivier2553

140 posts • joined 5 Aug 2016


That's Huawei I like it: Chinese giant's cloudy arm dumps 19-inch rack for newer model


Re: At least they're making the rack bigger ...

but for some reason it's still imperial sizing, not metric

It is even worse as it is a mix of both: 21" wide but 48mm high. Go figure!

This headline is proudly brought to you by wired keyboards: Wireless Fujitsu model hacked


Re: Nasty problem

Not sure how to secure this one.

As the article suggests: use a wired keyboard.

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door


Re: Hope they win!

Or leave the door without any lock. It will provide the same level of security as the IoT lock, but will be infinitely cheaper and more reliable.

UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?


Not exactly the same but...

At my university, most department closed or drastically reduced the number of computers freely available for everybody, but the library that was doted with a bunch of new machines (that was part of the renovation after the flood in 2011).

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


No five-minute changes on a Friday afternoon.

Make it even "No system change at all on Friday," So if you fecked up on Thursday, you have the next day to repair your mistake.


Re: Head of Faculty was being very fair

If we admit that every one of us will make such a mistake at least once, better be it while we are still junior and hopefully cannot cause too much damage. After that close call we should be more immune to a repeated mistake, so why should a manager fire en employee that had just improved himself?

Damage is done and cannot be undone. If money is to be lost, it has already been lost, firing the employee will not magically restore the money, the only thing firing the employee does is helping to release the manager frustration, if the manager needs that sort of release, he is the one whose position should be challenged.


Re: I too have had that

So I started reading them a command "rm, then a space, then asterisk core dot asterisk".

I start to find out that youngsters are more careful when typing commands that are voiced to them, maybe the new generation learned to listen more carefully than try to interpret what is being said.

It mostly occurs when I give my WiFi password, which is in a foreign alphabet (to them Thai youngsters, older persons, I type it for them) and includes spaces, usually they get it correct.

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer


Re: I have ended up helping the field engineers that are proudly billiing me...

I also recall teaching him how to use the low level tools to perform the diagnostics at both software and hardware layers.

I had a similar situation when Sun released their first Sparc stations in France. Their maintenance engineer knew Sun OS 3 very well, but OS 4 had everything changed, swap place, etc. I had to guide him to find the various configuration files that were no more where they used to be.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?


Re: hotel schmotel

You got what you paid for. Accommodation tend to be expensive in Laos, more expensive than in neighboring Thailand, so £1.50 is stupidly cheap.

I spent several weeks in Vientiane for work, $45 a night in the hotel, it was nice, quiet, comfortable, clean, great bed, etc. The staff was very friendly, spoke Thai language, would book my room on a simple email as I was a returning customer...


Re: Long way around the barn!

I first experienced one of those in Cyprus 26 years ago, back in 1993.

I concur. In fact, the relatively new hotel I went to earlier this month was the first I experienced for the last 25 years that had no electricity saving system.

Packet switching pickle prompts potential pecuniary problems


Re: Back in my NetWare days

If that is the case, I hope that client of yours is making mandatory for $TELCO to provide the technical solution exactly as described in the contract, forcing them to maintain obsolete equipment only for him.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that


Re: Help desk

If you go that way, the board is even a bigger cost center!

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing


Re: Ahh...

Even without sophisticated bidet. Having spent over 25 years in Thailand, I find it way more hygienic to wash down there than to use paper. A bucket of water and a small container to draw water and you are good to go.

Tech sector meekly waves arms in another bid to get Oz to amend its crypto-busting laws


Re: Who watches the voyeurs?

Controls and restrictions is a political problem. That does not solve the technical question of "providing a method of access to law enforcement with the risk that sooner or later, that method of access is known by just everyone and his dog".

And that will be even sooner than expected, because once the bad guys know the method exist, they will invest a lot of resources to find it.


Re: ISP DNS Black Hole....

Unless you use some encrypted DNS, it is easy for your ISP to intercept the DNS request from your own DNS server on the fly and send back the reply they deem appropriate.


Re: "Is this what you wanted to see?"

If the block of first N bytes is a known value, it is easy to remove it when you don't need the data.

It was there only for convenience, you could ask the user what is the encryption format used before attempting any decypher.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


I installed Pi-Hole here at work and also at my condo, I never had a single complain about valid stuff being blocked.

In fact, ISP could start offering similar options, that would be good for them too as it would reduce the bandwidth they waste on crap.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...


Re: A little different...

I am not sure that was the original paper I once read about COMEFROM programming, but here it is...


Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: Gah. Users.

I always thought that 3" line for the bog is kind of silly, 6" sound much more reasonable.


Re: I can believe it!

No need to look at TOC: we rent our printing services (I disagree with renting but that's another debate) colour pages are ten (10) times the cost of B&W (even if the page has only B&W, if you selected colour printing, it is charged at the 10x cost). Easy decision to restrict access to colour printing.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home


Re: Running backwards ?

In France, power generated by the main grid is (was) adjusted to be exactly 50Hz on a 24 hours period, that is around midnight, they would increase or lower the frequency in the grid to get to the exact figure. It used to be a very accurate source to run a clock.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab


Re: Technical equipment, user, not quite so.

While not in the UK, and not switched power plugs, many of the power outlets in this building have individual circuit breakers, outlet and breaker both installed in a trunking, at hips level...

And it is not only the hips; as the trunking runs just under the windows, if you pull the curtains, you could accidentally activate the lever on the circuit breaker.

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


Re: Bad advice

One of my recent discovery is a chocolate made by Lindt with 99% cocoa. It is quite bitter (but I drink my coffee without sugar) but has such a strong taste that you still fill it in your mouth 30 minutes later.

The caramel and sea salt is great too, but so far I could only find it once.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger


Re: Embellished CV

"my personal (but publicly available) black list"

You should consider making a white list instead: it would be shorter.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location


Re: Choice of implant location?

Earlier this year, I got myself a bad splinter under the nail of the middle finger. At the hospital, they removed the nail to do a proper cleansing. After that, I had 2 months of fun showing my wounded middle finger around.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


Re: The Retro market is big!

I have such hubs, a couple of them, 1xBNC 8xRJ45.

I could send, but I don't know if they still work, nor have I power supply.

I used to have media converter in all sort of fashion AUI/BNC/RJ45, but those I ditched them few years ago.


Re: Guilty!

Talking about 25 pins serial cables, I still have a patch module for serial connection, the type where you could build ad-hoc connection by patching this pin to that pin and creating all types of fancy cables.

It has been around since I joined in early 1993.

DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives


Re: Bah!

"Oh and the same for cup-holder CD-ROM trays too."

Until you witness it in person...

Kid not used to modern cars and they soda can holders, thought it was a CD-ROM tray...

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


Re: Thank you Google

I beg to disagree. I have seen two of these extortion messages in my Gmailbox recently and I never fail to browse the spam folder for it way too frequently has false positives that may be of some importance to me.

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID


I don't get it. What is a real name? Ramatool or 'tell it like it is'?

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin


Re: Welcome to the club!

"Lesson learned: NEVER decide to "clean up some old files" at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. You WILL look for shortcuts and it WILL bite you on the ass."

Do not do anything of some significance on Friday. At all. Any major change, big operation, etc. must be made by Thursday at the latest, so in case of cock-up, you have the Friday (plus days week-end) to repair it.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit


Department type printers are sure built like a tank. I have a 4300 that is over 10 years old, over 2 million pages, my only problem now is to find toner and maintenance kit.

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running


Re: Bad managers are like knotweed

"America remains on the leading edge economically, scientifically, technologically, and militarily"

What about socially? What good is being the leader in economy science and etc. if it is not to make the society and the people more happy?

"the platoon's only allowed call, to call the parents of their recently killed brother in arms"

Ditto. What good is an army that restrict the calls to the parents of a killed soldier?

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds


Re: You think thats bad

"Seems that medical equipment is literally older than Moses (tm)."

Those who buy medical equipment seems to be arrogant bastards who don't care about details like security, maintenability, life cycle, inter-operability and the sort.

PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you


If so, it is easy, the call should come out with the public general number of the hospital.

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes


Re: Noisy phone lines in building

I would add a couple of comments.

You don't move jacks, you add some at the new position when it is needed. The old ones should remain untouched as they will be used very soon by the new user of the premises.

IT is a support service, like finance is. No department would think about running their own finance, why would they run their own IT? Network infra belongs to IT and can only be managed/maintained by IT.

Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch


"That depends on the customer's design choice, not on Microsoft."

Yes? But no. What would be the point of going to an external provider if you have to implement all the replication by yourself? The service the cloud is selling *is* the replication and high availability. Else it is a co-hosting, not a cloud.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


What a crazy country you live in where the power is not the same from one building to the other!


Re: I find it heartening...

Finding a way to jump the queue and get something that you are not entitled for, and doing so, depriving a colleague from his due, is rather disgusting.

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy


Re: All you need is a simple script...

The very first step into installing a security policy is that it is endorsed by the topest brass.

As a security administrator, you cannot do anything if you don't enroll your heirarchy, up to the top of the top.

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till


Re: cordless keyboards

You don't have to go back further than 10 years ago: we bought 4 iMac for our comp lab, the bluetooth keyboard would pair randomly if 2 machines were booting at same time...


Re: Do you want fries with that?

Yes, I was thinking around an augmented reality helmet that the user would wear while helpdesk would guide him through the procedure.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


Re: Also aquare

In Thailand, it is commonly called "square".

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions


Re: Magical policing

That's called exorcism. Churches have sold the same oil for centuries...


Thank you Simon and good luck with your new life, you will sure be regretted.

And welcome to Rebecca too.

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no


Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

"On food this is a bit of a piss take considering that EU firms"

Only you take the wrong examples. All you cite are cases of miss behaving of certain designated firms, and their actions have been stopped and punished as sons as they have been known.

You cannot compare the foul play of one company with the practices accepted at country level like bleaching poultry, feeding GMO to ignoring customers, hormones in meat, OJ with nearly no orange in it, honey that does no come from bees, etc.

Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again


Re: We had the CO2 equivalent

If the fire suppression gas had been released, I would not consider entering the server room before:

1) some professionals have cleared the danger of fire

2) the air has been replaced and all the gas evacuated

The gas is meant to be harmless to allow human exiting the room, not to continue working like nothing happened.

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


I don't know if anything has changed

I have the feeling that maintenance people have always (still today) been sent in the field without prior maintenance of any form.

If only, because to organise a maintenance training, you need to have an experience f what can go wrong, and you need manuals and documentation, and we know when manual and documentation are written...

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'


Coax and policies

When I started working at my current place, we had two Ethernet thin coax network running in parallel. One was for TCP/IP, Unix, etc. and I think the other one was for Netware. Among the first thing I did was consolidating both networks into one, it was running much better and was easier to maintain after that.

To reply about rogue DHCP, home routers that florish on the net and so on, we established a policy, that got endorsed by the management and has provision for penalties. When a problem arise, we have the ground to take action. And being a university, with most of the students boarding, the problem arise often, but not only with the students.


Re: Token Ring

"I'm glad I missed the twisted pair days of Ethernet"

Huuuu? You know that Ethernet is only twisted pairs now? I bet you meant coaxial Ethernet?


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