* Posts by stevebp

21 posts • joined 26 Oct 2016

'Is this Microsoft trying to be cool? Want to go to the Apple Store?' We checked out London's new retail extravaganza


Steve Ballmer is alive and well

I saw the opening on BBC London News last night and the whooping, arm waving and general pant-wetting excitement displayed by the staff reminded me of the cringe-worthy Windows 95 launch with Steve Ballmer and equally cringy Bill Gates trying to dance like Theresa May (or is it the other way round?). There was your definition of MS coolness right there - it doesn't exist...

Anyone for unintended ChatRoulette? Zoom installs hidden Mac web server to allow auto-join video conferencing


It wouldn't matter if it did as RC is so buggy it rarely works on my MacOS, doesn't integrate with O365/4/3 (whatever value we're up to at this stage of the year) and Mojave. RC is my org's corporate UC tool. The sound quality on Skype is crap but I prefer it's integration qualities

Germany and South Korea go nuts for 5G while Blighty subsists on test bed crumbs


Re: So lets just get this straight

I think what happened was, the guy from DT brought his 6 yr old into the auction room and he wasn't paying enough attention because angry birds on his phone was distracting him. So his son decided to wave the bidding board around for him. Before he knew it, he was the proud owner of an old set of recycled bandwidths at an exorbitant price....I wouldn't have liked to be him explaining that to his boss...

Oblivious 'influencers' work on 3.6-roentgen tans in Chernobyl after realising TV show based on real nuclear TITSUP


Re: On the bright side

So wouldn't that also be true in Universities?

Lip-reading smart speakers: Just what no one always wanted


What date is it?

Wow - did no-one consider this might be an April's Fool?

Let's spin Facebook's Wheel of Misfortune! Clack-clack-clack... clack... You've won '100s of millions of passwords stored in plaintext'


Re: GDPR complaint in 3, 2, 1…

Do you think there's a connection here...?

Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them


What app for the iPhone would anyone recommend?

I use one I got for free but now requires you to pay and so my wife can't use the same one - any suggestions?

Biz game in the mainframe: T-Systems buddies up with IBM


IBM in search of a strategy?

Why would IBM buy a "failing mainframe" division off another company when they have pretty much divested themselves of all manufacturing? Is it just me confused or have the board completely lost the plot? I do know, from some of the people I know who have recently joined IBM, that their hiring standards are definitely lower than they were!

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Re: Alternative business model please

Porn was behind the growth of video streaming and the internet too - now it's Netflix


Re: Users should pay to use Facebook

You're assuming that FB would charge users and *not* then indulge in data slurping? How likely is that? If the primary intent is to make as much money as possible - an organisation will do that whatever the social cost unless reined in by legislation and regulation (i.e. whatever they can get away with). Some organisations might actually care about their brand image, but my confidence in that has been undermined by the Co-Op's example of CEO misdemeanours

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours


Office 358

I understand that Microsoft have had network issues in London - my Client is complaining that Office 365 (sic) has been unavailable for two days and he's resorted to texting senior management with updates. He says that the service has "lost all credibility" with the Executive.

Seeing as Bitcoin is going so, so well, Ohio becomes first US state to take biz taxes in BTC



So a man who owns Bitcoin is trying to encourage greater take-up and legitimacy of this pyramid gambling scheme. I hope the Ohio electorate realise what's going on and cast him directly out of office before they become an even greater laughing stock!

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone


Re: @AC

There was a saying in a bank I once worked in that, "if you want to get the monkey off your back, call in Audit or Infosec". Unsurprisingly, it works very effectively.

Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?


Most ill-conceived idea yet?

GIven that WiFi on trains is pointless unless you're trying to work (usually on a laptop) and require a seat to do so, to have those two rare events coincide on one overcrowded commuter journey is just stretching coincidence a little too far! I'd just settle for the train to arrive (maybe even on time would be nice) and there be some seats.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners


Re: Harry who?

A Wizard of Earthsea was a set book for my Humanities lesson at age 12 - I'm pretty sure it was the cause of my nightmares ever since of a 'dark shadow' chasing me :-(


MS Exams

Why would you encourage your son/daughter to go through all that pain - they'll have a lifetime of hurt just trying to get Word to correctly format a simple document

Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release


Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way of storing Speccy programs and data

WHS did a C15 cassette for Speccies and the like and also did a great tape deck that was probably the most reliable around as it was tuned for loading games rather than playing music.

IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row


I have heard of apocryphal tales where IBM have schmoozed execs from financial institutions on the golf course, only to have IBM converged products appearing at the DC loading bay without anyone in IT having any idea where the new strategy has come from. In one case, once the IT staff successfully lobbied the CTO, the decision was reversed and the offending V-Blocks were ditched for more effective systems. Essentially, where once IBM would have been the 'safe choice' for execs because "no-one ever got fired" for choosing them, they are now an anachronism in the marketplace, annoying IT staff through their ineffectiveness and high price, low value offerings.

IMHO, to get back on track again, they need to ditch the "IBM first" policy they have in their consultancy stream, and look to provide real value to clients at a keen price.

Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung


You built your cloud service on what?

Don't put all your eggs in one basket. If AWS is your 'cloud strategy', make sure another cloud provider (or your own private cloud) is in an 'active-active' configuration strategy as well. You won't regret it.

Electrical box fault blamed for GS2 data centre outage


What exactly is "Tier 3 Enhanced" anyway?

Or "Tier 3+" or anything else that mentions "Tier" that hasn't been independently certified? I know this site really well and I wouldn't call it "Tier 3+". Not with only one power source, albeit split into two pdus by the time it hits the cabinet. There are multiple redundant DRUPS (they operate at N+2 following a similar recent incident) in the H1 power station but that wouldn't prevent a fault such as this taking out the entire floors that H1 serve. GS decided that rewiring the floors to be served by more than one 'power station' was too expensive. I visit a lot of DCs and they all make claims such as GS do and most of them are fanciful at best. If you want to know precisely how 'available' a DC is and could be in the event of an incident, then go and speak to an independent organisation that can validate it for you - don't trust the marketing. If you're now baulking at the assumed cost, then perhaps your business isn't that critical in the first place and outages are an acceptable cost of outsourcing your services.

And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage


Re: Some interesting links...

If KCL are using HP under the SUPC framework, they may not need to go to tender as long as they have held a "mini-competition".


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