* Posts by bofh1961

8 posts • joined 19 May 2017

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?


Old Tekkie's Champale 11% ABV

For celebrating the successful completion of a project that even the IT management thought was impossible. Erases all memories of the last few months...

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


My phone is full of unwanted apps

I'm pissed off with my android phone constantly telling me that it's running out of memory and that I need to transfer apps and data to the SD card. Which has over 15 GB free. The phone would have enough left of its own 8 GB if it weren't for the plethora of installed apps that I can't remove. Why the frog would I want to watch video on a screen that small? I don't want the YouTube app but I can't get shot of it. I've no freaking idea what the Google app does apart from open itself spontaneously now and again.

I want a Linux phone that I have full control over with no apps and everything online accessed through the browser of my choice. Google, Sony and EE have more control over my phone than I do and that really pisses me off. I don't put up with Microshaft and HP controlling my PC...

BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave


There seems to be a trend among large companies that they see their web servers as a means of keeping customers away from what they want rather than a means of helping them find it. HP has been impossible to penetrate without using Google for as long as I can remember. IBM somehow manages to be worse... it once took one of their own staff several weeks to find out that the files his customer wanted were hidden on an FTP server somewhere in Boulder, Colorado.

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick


Alistair, to anybody significantly older than you, you too a a thick youngster...

BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried


I can't remember the last time I let out such an evil laugh...

Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse


Mobile phones have always been boring. If you're lucky you can find one where the basic functionality works well and the battery lasts a couple of days. All a phone needs is the ability to make calls and send texts with good reception and a decent battery life. All a smartphone needs to add is mobile broadband and a decent web browser. You don't need an app to access Amazon from Linux so why is it necessary on Android? By now you may have guessed that I'm not young any more...

Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers


I still have a record deck for some of the old stuff and a cassette deck for demo tapes that are possibly now unique. I still use an FM tuner because I don't like the sound of DAB or online radio - a radio should sound like a radio! I know longer own a CD player. Mostly I listen to FLAC files using a modern(ish) PC and DAC through an ancient amp and speakers. It works for me.

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers


Just be nasty

I just tell the guy to; "Get cancer!"

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