* Posts by eamonn_gaffey

14 posts • joined 5 Apr 2018

Ebuygumm doesn't break t' Nominet rules, eBay and Gumtree told


Re: Coming soon

Wrong side of the Pennines...........that's Lancashire slang.

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date


Re: That's Chromebook right out of my buying list then

Disgusting as it is, that is the business model for the IT supplier industry, and it is no wonder they now own the earth. There have been notable exceptions in the software industry, where suppliers support everything they have ever released, but these are exceptionally rare.

As mug punters, we all (reluctantly) have go along with it. Maybe we should vote with our feet, except there are not a lot of places to go. As my (futile) little protest, I hang on to "stuff" until they are broken, putting up with ever decreasing functionality and performance, and only upgrade when I absolutely have to.

Microsoft: 2TB or not 2... OK, OK! 2TB. OneDrive dragged kicking and screaming into selling more storage


Re: "Google will take £7.99 a month off you for 2TB of space"

Agree. Spend GBP 50.00 on a 2TB portable device if needed. Otherwise, spend GBP 100.00 on a 2TB home NAS that can be accessed remotely. Take reponsibility for your own precious data !! :-).

Double trouble for Lyft after share price drop sparks class action lawsuits claiming hype


Re: Uber, Lyft and a good few others

Yet another bubble, and a definite sense of "deja vu". Neither Lyft nor Uber make profit, or are even projected to - so unless you are speculating (in which case your problem if you get burned) why would any sane, rational person buy their stock?

This is the current owners of venture capitalists, founders, employees etc. dumping essentially worthless equity on the market, which eagerly gobbles it up. These people are incentivised to market their "product" in any which way they can to dumb investors.

Find something better to do with your cash, and leave it to the snakes to fight it out amongst themselves - just say NO !!

HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs


Oh I don't know...think of all the contract hours you could rack up on a project with a hard(ish) end date, and therfore deep(ish) pockets. "Candy from a baby" springs to mind.....

RIP Charles Wang: Computer Associates cofounder dies aged 74


Re: They used to joke the Sales team dress code was "Sharkskin Grey"

Sharks is the right analogy. CA treated their 'customers' appalingly, more like cash cows. Their account mamagers were a bunch of spivs, and truly awful people.

NHS smacks down hundreds of staffers for dodgy use of social media, messaging apps


Re: … FFS

We need to be worried by a lot more US 'overspill' than election language, although that is the tip of an insidious iceberg. If the mob lead by Johnson/Rees-Mogg get their way, after they have screwed us with Brexit, the NHS will be re-born a la US privatised/medical insurance style. NHS 'staffers' pissing about on social media will be the least of our worries.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage


Re: Why???

...and it comes at a "lower cost", at least in terms of pounds/dollars - undoubtedly a significant driver behind outsourcing this rather crucial system. Unfortunately you get what you pay for, and the exec leading the project, thus achieving his/her inflated bonus for that year, will have long departed.

Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes


Re: I wonder...

The service contract might make for interesting reading.......

Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour


Re: Pah! Away with your namby-pamby hobbyists

...man after my own heart - which is currrently being investigated for coronary disease :-)

TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank


...and would need double the high end of that to walk into the shitstorm, and work for a management team headed by the likes of Pester. On second thoughts, take the job as a 12 month contract, undercut IBM by 15%, and still walk away with enough to buy a retirement home in France...........

TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!


Re: "Load Balancer Errors" is the clue

As a veteran of many such migrations of bigger proportions, I can attest this this is the only sensible approach. To go 'big bang' on something like this is just too risky. I'm guessing the reason TSB did it was because some megalomaniac in charge decided to go for the macho high risk approach, and fucked it up royally.

Interesting to hear Paul Pester,TSB CEO, on BBC Radio 4 this morning. Sounded very upbeat, almost smug (if you can beleive it), now that he has a global IBM team on board !. I'm sure that will be productive for TSB's customers (or rather, IBM in terms of fees generated).


Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM


Re: Years of under-investment

100% correct......and there are many "non sane" IT depts. that do spiral down this plughole. There is a reason why all the big vendors (IBM, MS, Oracle, HP, AWS..........) have concentrated on Global 'Services' and Outsourcing over the last decade - because it is a licence to print money. Moreover, it is like taking candy from a baby as they have their friends strategically implanted in many corporate IT set ups. Some people might say it borders on corruption................

As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots


Just Say "NO"

I am reminded of the UK Police's esrtwhile advice to young people when being approached by drug dealers - just say "No".

If you are already on FB, minimise what data you share, and then don't engage any further with this particular data dealership. If you are not in the FB clutches, don't sign up in the first place !!

I am also reminded of the maxim "there is no such thing as a free lunch" - so don't be surprised if FB is dealing your data, 'cos you are not paying for the FB 'service'.

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