Re: Hang on
Yep, I imagine EE and the Government are holding a committee meeting right now :)
89 posts • joined 7 Jul 2017
My Mac Pro is appropriately/unofficially named "trashcan style", maybe for UK they should name it "dustbin".
I vacuumed it out and used compressed air on the innards last week for the first time after 4 years of near 24/7 operation. There are no filters, as such the electronics, vents and surfaces have been performing a decent air filter role for 4 years so the satisfying amount of cr*p that I cleaned out of it was impressive.
Unlike the all-in-one Macs, the current Mac Pro is really easy to get the case off and maintain :) The fan runs slower since the maintenance and I can see average component temperatures are lower using a monitoring utility.
Must do this more regularly...
FM - good (enough) sound quality, power efficient, cheap ubiquitous hardware.
Internet radio streaming - PC, mobile, 4G etc.
DAB - not so sure why we need it. The technology has been leapfrogged by internet streaming leaving it stranded in an unwanted middle ground. It's FM (or even AM/MW) or internet streaming for me - DAB like the Lib Dems just got lost in the middle ground somewhere...
I worked in a data centre providing Critical National Infrastructure services. First door to the data centre had a palm reader, then an airlock, the final door had retina scanner. Turns out that thousands of pounds-worth of technology could be overcome by yanking the door handle hard enough that it overcame the power of a simple electromagnetic catch. Doing that did set off an alarm to Operations but still, not exactly secure!
Nothing you've said here using your carefully selected and positive words changes the facts, it's just a rant based on some other frustrations you might have with Ham operators.
The bottom line is that no software company should remotely deactivate a customer's software because of a negative review. With your logic maybe if I leave a negative review on Tripadvisor for a hotel I don't like they could chuck me out in the middle of the night!
Maybe the opposite problem for me, the boss HAD paid for triple PSU redundancy on a legacy comms switch many years ago which supported a Critical National Infrastructure service. Power loading meant that the two shelf rack of cards could run on just one PSU so having three should have meant near 100% uptime.
Enter stage left engineer (err, me) who when moving some cables (the old heavy shielded RS-232 type) let one fall from height miraculously tripping all three power switches which were located in a row at the bottom of the rack. It took 10-15 mins to get the rack back online but for most customers the legacy serial connections were spread across two racks which even I didn't manage to break.
I 'fessed up to the mistake and thankfully management supported me, albeit change control processes were tightened.
Worked a colleague from the company that runs the UK's ATM network. We'd invoked DR and close to the DR data centre was an ATM we could use for live testing. Police turned up due to the suspicious activity of my colleague repeatedly inserting bank cards in the early hours of the morning which took some explaining. No dramatic road blocks though :(
Who / what are Blackberry these days?
Huge shame - loved Blackberry in the early days when instant email over GPRS was a new exciting thing, but times have very much moved on.
It's like IBM on the desktop many years ago where the dominant player loses their way - these things come in cycles and one day maybe even Apple will succumb to these past trends one day of once mighty giants losing the ability to innovate and rely on past glories.
Not sure why TfL went with Crapita instead of a network specialist company who live & breath this kind of stuff, and maybe even have a great track record of delivery?
I'm sure that their Procurement team have some very convincing policy/procedural/guideline reasons for this decision...
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