* Posts by Chloe Cresswell

289 posts • joined 24 Aug 2007


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

Chloe Cresswell

Columbo clients..

I name a few of my clients columbo clients, as there's always "just one more thing" - normally that takes more time than the issue I went to site for...

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Don't be........

Change to lead foil for gravity assist?

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Stability

Most common complaint I get from our clients who are on office 365 is "it updated and changed again" *nods*

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Onwards into the new(ish)

Friend of mine runs a small white goods shop, he says if he could get twin tubs today, he could sell (literally) tonnes of them.

Raspberry Pi Foundation says its final farewells to 40nm with release of Compute Module 3+

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Good & Bad news

..please enjoy your trip though this door.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Bad planning

I'd need evidence of "living" when it comes to the maybot.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

Chloe Cresswell


We had 2 clients still on Demon, had multiple emails from them telling us they were going to close the demon system, and offering us deals on FTTC packages.

Neither site is on an FTTC upgraded cab, and ended up with Voda telling us there's nothing we can do. Both sites are therefore on Zen now, who had no issues selling us an ADSL/ADSL2 based service.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Great article

Navy and Phillips have a different meaning to me...

...left hand down a bit.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Mystified by the endless complaints about DAB

Both my cars have DAB+ headunits. One is an upgraded system (and so needed an extra aerial). Both of them have more dead sports and drop outs on my daily travels than I get on FM in the cars in months.

Nothing like driving upto traffic lights, the radio dying, and sat there waiting... and only when you move off and get though the junction does the radio come back to life.

Peers to HMRC: Digital tax reforms 3 days after Brexit? Hold your horses, how 'bout 3 years...

Chloe Cresswell

Yeah, to upgrade my version of sage to the one that can do MTD means having to move to a subscription: £850 a year to file VAT returns :(

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Windows Mail gets worse and worse

I also love that if you install office with outlook, and go to select outlook as your default email client, it protests that you'd be better off using windows mail.

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections

Chloe Cresswell

Yeah, I wonder if any proposed new system will tell me the same as the last attempt - that I need 2 IDs.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Hmm. Obviously Isaac Newton

Well, yes. gravity was just a discovery, they leave it on even on the weekends...

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

Chloe Cresswell


.oO("Well, it's like not as bad as a red alert, but a bit worse than a blue alert -- sort of a mauve alert.")

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

Chloe Cresswell

I don't know, we'll have to ask... Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century *strikes pose!*

Chloe Cresswell

Planet X?

Are we short of Illudium Phosdex, "the shaving cream atom"?

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

Chloe Cresswell

Or was the budget spent on hiring the one person?

Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Openreach

Client has BT FTTP - got 80/20. Upgraded to to the full 300/30 got.. 80/20. He moved before they actually got their act in gear..

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

After having my keyless mondeo stolen in <25 seconds in August, getting into a keyless car for me now is:

Unlock car.

Open door.

Unlock disklok and remove from steering wheel...

So much time saved! :(

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

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Very Good Answer...

Christmas time - tinsel on monitor. Often ending up with bits of tinsel _in_ monitors :(

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Can anyone

Don't forget "- We can set up trade deals that benefit us, and not be told what tariffs/taxes to charge to benefit someone else."

Sure, it'll benefit us, not the other party in the deal, I'm sure... *laughs*

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: "I love when I open maps at home, it automatically centres me on a place in wales"

My other line, same ISP, shows the location of the end of the line. So does every other connection with that ISP.

Have no idea why the IP for this line only does this. I just laugh at it.

As for dynamic, nope, all of them are static allocations.

The IPv6 shows Ireland, but that is correct, as that's where my IPv6 does indeed come out.

Chloe Cresswell


To be fair, you'll probably take out grimsby and hull at once if you go for goole with a decent device...

Speaking as someone who lives in the area, it would be an improvement, and would deal with my stress issues ;)

Chloe Cresswell

Re: It is also wifi

I love when I open maps at home, it automatically centres me on a place in wales.. I'm in lincolnshire. Isn't geolocation so wonderful!

Chloe Cresswell


While I believe this is a typo, I do support nuking Goole... :)

UK chip and PIN readers fall ill: Don't switch off that terminal!

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash on the barrel head

on Friday, Big Johns in Birmingham for myself. They even have a "report it if you don't get a receipt" policy.

UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

Chloe Cresswell

"has to be solid".

I think the older IT school kids were sort of spoilt there.. Is any modern hardware going to last as long as a BBC B?

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

Chloe Cresswell

Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

I haven't had that with a copier.. But HP laserjets? Yes.

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: No Excuses!

Would I need 2 of them again, as that's what the last system required me to have.. 2 cards, with different names/etc on them.

Chloe Cresswell

Re: FFS - NO

Last time this came up, I was told I'd need 2 ID cards with 2 sets of details on them - sort of made a mockery of the system in one statement at the time.

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Not this crap again

Last time this came up, I was told I would need 2 ID cards, with different names and genders on them.. and that the system would be designed to handle a single person having 2 cards.

I thought that it rendered an ID system useless, and wonder if the same will happen with this version too....

ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

Chloe Cresswell

Well, I'll leave that sort of question to the Marquis de Carabas....

Chloe Cresswell

First thought on reading this was..

"Widdershins is anticlockwise, Richard."

♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: The song the headline refers to...

Don't forget...

In German, or English, I know how to count down

And I'm learning Chinese!... :)

Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

Chloe Cresswell

Re: First distro here as well

Mine too, in a weird way: I worked in a small computer shop, and a regular came in with the walnut creek 1996 cd set and asked if we could install it for him.

I took it home with a compaq 485sx25, and I still have that CD set in a rack on the wall in my computer room. Stuck with it for many, many years.

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

Chloe Cresswell

Is this where people look up the time Cambridge Uni had a halon dump in their mainframe room?

And also found out at the same time there was plumbers grease in the halon vent pipes.. the hard way.

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

Chloe Cresswell

There's a set of these engineers in my area - as we do support for multiple local customers the weirder faults where we see them often now start with the OR engineer going "I've met you before, haven't I...?"

Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt

Chloe Cresswell

I've got the Babylon 5 version in my head now:

You should never hand someone a gun unless you're sure where they'll point it.

UK.gov IT projects that are failing: Verify. Border control. 4G for blue-light services. We can go on

Chloe Cresswell

Well, of course. It's a BBC. Anything designed to try to offset complete destruction by school kids is perfect for government work.. ;)

Chloe Cresswell

Wouldn't it be quicker to list current government projects with an IT part that was on target?

Seems that would be the shorter list...

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash, always

Got to love the thumbs down - the only way I can get cash is at a bank counter, so it's actually really difficult to get cash to carry around, so unless you can get the bank multiple times a week, yes, for some of us cash is really hard to keep and use unless you feel like carrying a few hundred on you at all times.

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash, always

Cash.. I use when I have it, but I don't want to carry around £200 constantly to fill up twice a week. I think I'm more likely to have a problem then.. Plus the cheapest fuel around me is Asda, so card only/unmanned station.

Chloe Cresswell

Re: "British petrol stations went fully self-service at least 30 years ago"

Friend of mine has a garage, used to do petrol. When he did, it was full service. The insurance was cheaper for him to have him or his mum run the pump, then how much it cost to insure for the general public to do so...

Chloe Cresswell

I've got the same combination on my luggage!

Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Define Dangerous Please

For lighting/etc type items "Has Big Clive bought it" might be a starting criteria.. ;)

Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

Chloe Cresswell

Re: i740 for sale

We used to use them at my first IT job, we had 4. We never ordered any more. 1 of them was thrown out still in it's antistatic shipping box...

Chloe Cresswell

If this is their first discrete GPU, what was the i740? (Apart from crap..)

OnePlus 6 smartphone flash override demoed

Chloe Cresswell

Re: So what

Physical access you say.. Sounds like a good point to be someone running USB charging sockets in say, an airport?

Comcast's mega-outage 'solution'... Have you tried turning your router off and on again?

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Duh!!!

Well, given the US market for this stuff, did they have much of a choice but comcast?

Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

Chloe Cresswell

Re: Cash?

I doubt that will happen... How will the politicians get their brown envelopes filled with no electronic trail then?


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019