* Posts by Olivier2553

123 posts • joined 5 Aug 2016


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?

Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month


Re: Backend bod: "Either way is fine"

"No, that's what you would do if they said both ways are fine. Saying either way is fine would leave the developer the freedom to choose one or the other."

I am not native English speaker, so give me a break. You understand perfectly what I was meant to say, that saying either format is ok means that the program could output any of the date format, and the module that will accept that for processing would accept and work with format 1 and format 2 the same.


Re: Backend bod: "Either way is fine"

But then, either should be accepted as a valid input, and either should be working and producing the same output.

Or else, that is the backend that is bogus.


You mean expecting a call at any time wasn't part of the job description? What madness is this?

They didn't call when the hours were a single digit :)

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally


Re: He started a new life

"Basic rule: If it involves a powertool, you don't want me doing it."

Basic rule in IT: all your tools are powertools :)

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure


Re: SCADA systems running windows

"This solely lies with the vendors"

This lies with the buyers too who signed for something that was not upgradable, even when their technical people raised the issue.

If the badly designed systems did not find buyers, the vendors would have to do a better job.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century


Re: Because computer dates are numbers but real dates aren't

"The calendar is extinct

Not if you're dealing with historical material."

That does not make it less extinct. Like Latin is an extinct language, even if there are professors still teaching Latin.

I would also assume that historians are not much concerned about the way a computer may handle dates, it is not like your old manuscript is getting out of stock any soon.

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success


Re: Keyboard ecosystems

"It was alive I tell you, alive!"

That may be a good thing actually. Consider storing the keyboard during one week-end close to an ants' nest, they'l do a good job at cleaning anything that they can eat. Come Monday, a good shake to remove the remaining dust...

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work


Re: Had a close call

"No, he said it was a near miss. TSB was a bullseye."

Technically, a near miss *is* a bullseye. Almost missed, but not quite so, a near miss is a proper hit :)

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster


Re: The Perfect Crime

That is why, now days, you cannot cash a cheque but have to deposit it into a bank account.

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'


Re: Must have been a quite impressive experience

What about "hands up and start floating one foot above the floor"?


Re: ATM Fraud

Speaking about ATM, I once did a withdrawal at the ATM in front of a bank and noticed the computer part of the machine was not properly closed, it was unlocked and I could open it. There was a police boot about 50m away, but I doubt any one was watching.

My guess is that some staff forgot to lock the machine after some work on it. I informed the central phone number of the bank and let it be.

Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it


Re: "well known for their safe and sane wiring practices.."

"In rural Thailand,..."

It's changing. You now need an inspection check before your new house can be connected to the main power distribution, and proper electrical panel, with earth, earth leak breaker, etc. is part of the requirements.

How thorough may be questioned, but checks are supposed to exist.

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you


Re: Bank note checker

In the (few) AT machines I have seen replenished, here in Thailand, not only the bank note were checked by drawer, but each note of each drawer is being checked too before the machine goes online. This allows to count the bills, check that there are no bill sticking, invalid, unrecognizable, etc. Rejected bills go to a reject drawer that will eventually go back to the bank to be treated by a human.

More over, even if the person in charge of inserting the drawers in the ATM may be a low wages person, the one filling the drawers with thousands of fresh bank notes (10, 20, 30, more thousand notes in a drawer) is probably a bank employee. Why should they make error? And why a 10 pounds drawer could be installed in a 20 pounds slot?

Laser printers solved the paper size 30 years ago...

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


Funny coincidence...

No later than last Wednesday, it was 22 o'clock, I was just asleep when I received a phone call from one of our department secretaries: a student had call in panic, there was a fire in my office.

They unplugged the machine and I went back to sleep.

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years


A data loss near miss?

He nearly missed loosing all his data, but luckily, he did manage to loose them all :)

There is a trend to use the expression "near miss" with the opposite meaning of what is intended.

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat


Trailing dot in the FQDN is ignored too

I don't know if it is still the case, but at some stage, Gmail refused to send mail to "john@example.com." but "john@example.com" was OK.

The difference? A dot after the .com bit.

But example.com. (with the trailing dot) is a perfectly valid and resolvable name, why Gmail chosed to ignore it?


Gmail could prevent from registering an new account when the only difference from an existing account is some more or less dots.

But silently discarding the dots in an email address is *WRONG*, completely fucked up.


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