* Posts by clyde666

20 posts • joined 22 Aug 2018

Ofcom 'fair deal' action: UK mobile networks agree to slash contract charges when lock-in ends – except Three


the market has improved

Been on a sim only deal for maybe 3 or 4 years. My "contract" is so old it was a Tmobile deal. Have been getting 'data fair usage' warnings for a while now, so phoned them up last night. Had already researched online. Got them to change me to a £10 a month deal, data, calls, and texts way more than I need. I did have to agree to a 12 month contract but that's ok.

£10 a month covers most of my comms needs, except broadband. That's a heck of an improvement since I first started paying for mobile phones.

PC shipments back in black: Desktops to the rescue, aided by Win10


A computer is a computer, right ?

Client's online app reported it would stop working on anything less than Windows 8.1 . So client went out and bought a number of new PCs. Happily I got the job of setting them up ...

Of course he went to Curry PC World. Hells bells. New PCs - Dells - guaranteed to do the job. Come with 4 GB of RAM. Yes a full 4 GB of RAM in this day & age.

Two of the office people took the law into their own hands and took back the old PCs and replaced them on their desks. I bought in 8 GB RAM upgrades for each of these new machines, and now they're working adequately.

It's the same old story - vendors pushing crap. Anything to make the sale. The 3 year old desktop PCs on Windows 7 performed better than these brand new Windows 10 units.

UK.gov pledges probe into tourists' 'motivations'


hostile environment for visas

UK government interested in tourism ? What a laugh. Tourist organisations know that's a lie for a start.

"In 2018, organisers of more than 20 festivals issued a joint letter raising their concerns about the impact of the UK’s visa system, saying the costs, delays and refusals for writers, musicians, dancers, technical crew members and more mean artists are now “much more reluctant to accept invitations to come to the UK”."

The Edinburgh Festival in particular has seen lots of acts cancelled this year because the artists are being refused entry to the UK. Particularly people from North Africa, it seems.


Having a bad day? Be thankful you don't work at a Russian ISP: Kremlin signs off Pootynet restrictions


the all controlling civil service

And next in line comes the UK, no doubt. Watching how it turns out in Russia. And as they have done so spectacularly with EU rules, the UK will take the Russian 'experience' and apply it with bells on. Of course, there will be optional opt-outs for the City of London money laundering industry, just so long as the plebs are kept in their place.

It's an Easter Jesus miracle: MS Paint back from the dead (ish) and in Windows 10 'for now'



As others have said, Paint does a job. Easy, straight forward, graphical cut-edit-paste work. Resize an image - takes seconds, or less. Save as a different format - takes seconds, or less. Crop - same. Take a screenshot and add a caption, quick & easy.

It works.

Leave it alone.

Teen TalkTalk hacker denies flogging stolen personal data for Bitcoin



Lost any sympathy for him as soon as I saw he'd spent money on a Rolex

UK tech has a month left to bare gender pay gaps, but less than a fifth of firms have ponied up


Job preferences matter

Many years ago, I ran a retail business - selling and servicing computers.

The employees were overwhelmingly male.

I had a policy of at least interviewing every applicant who was female. A very high percentage of them got offered a job.

Even at that, females were at best 10 percent of the total.

The office was different - polar opposite.

Make of that what you will.

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again


Go visit

I can heartily recommend Moosonee or Moose Factory for a holiday. Great for getting away from it all. Basically drive north till you run out of road, then take the Polar Bear Express for a few hours.

You'll need to search - I'm not allowed to post links :-)

Openreach to heap faster broadband on UK's media-heavy hubs


It's not one size fits all

The story names "Greater Glasgow" as one of the benefiiting areas. Hahaha.

I live in "Greater Glasgow" - have had an EO line since moving in to a nearly-new house. No plans at all in the pipeline for that to be rectified, it seems.

I've got a Virgin cabinet outside the house, but I actually want real broadband with options for fixed IPs and all that.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD


It's time

Time to let go. Europe has moved on - that's what the EU has always been about. Time to accept that bad things happened but we can work together to be better in the future.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you


Logged out overnight

Left this Win 7 PC on overnight. Had noticed yesterday it wanted to be shut down for installing Win updates.

But this morning I find I was logged out of Windows, had to log back in. That's not usual.

Time for another coffee, and then see whether anything else has gone wonky.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers


still alive and kicking

I've got a Brother MFC-J5330DW new, sitting boxed beside me, ready to take out and install on Thursday afternoon.

Client wants this one because it includes fax. Seemingly they still get "a few" faxed drawings from time to time.

And no, it's not the NHS, not even a government office of any sort, it's a real live small business operating in the real world of small business to small business.

Anyway, no real price difference between that and a non-fax printer/scanner.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school



Goodness sake folks, this is a school teacher we're talking about.

Some of you actually expect him (or her) to have an understanding of how computers work ...

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work


all about marketing

Have you noticed on how many TV programmes the actor's "computer" displays a big lit up apple ?

And I'm talking about situations in a normal home or normal workplace, where most real people would have bought the cheapest laptop that the big shed store had in stock that day.

Merry Christmas, you filthy directors: ICO granted powers to fine bosses for spam calls


Be careful what you wish for

First off - I hate the cold callers as much as everyone else does, and wish the fires of hell upon them, but ...

Justice is very different from revenge.

Once you open a circumstance where directors of some bad practice businesses get hammered, you leave open a precedent. What about, if in 10 years time, some quango decided to go after the directors of corporations who show these annoying christmas jingle ads on TV ?

Or why is this different to companies who cause serious harm ? Whether intentional or not ? Without making light of a horrendous disaster - where are the moves to take the assets of the directors or local councillors of organisations that were involved in the terrible Grenfell fire ?

Rule by quango bureaucracy is no substitute for rule by law. If cold calling is bad, let there be a law against that - (is that actually against a law right now ?). Then let the forces of law & order follow the procedures honed over centuries to go after those responsible - and if there is a proven case against named individuals let them be hammered by the courts.

Once you start moulding reactions to suit your own morals, it's the thin end of the wedge that cracks civilisation.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine


one law for the ...

No sympathy at all for the miscreant, but jail time for the little guy versus a throw-away fine for any sizeable company. Justice ???

NHS*IT: Welsh system outages put patients at risk


the real end game

Is this one of these reports designed to bad-mouth a system which can later be "saved" by influx of money - i.e. privatisation ???

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


Sledgehammer for the wrong nut

As others have pointed out, the only problem is with postal voting.

There are many checks around the system, and the parties are generally very relaxed about it the way it is.

BUT - postal voting is entirely different. There is really no scrutiny from the political party system around postal votes. There are so many loopholes.

Apocryphal stories abound about nursing homes etc, where bundles of postal votes are filled out wholesale by the manager with no oversight.

There are recorded examples of areas with large military bases where the voting register swelled by thousands in the runup to an election or referendum.

One serious problem from my POV concerns the counting of postal votes. In polling booth scenario, there is a register of voters which gives numbers of actual voters at any station, which is compared to the numbers of ballot papers in the box. This count is overseen by reps from all the parties. Pretty transparent and a lot of work for anyone to corrupt.

However the postal votes are dealt with by council workers away from the count. With the percentage of postal votes now being very high, that is a huge problem area for satisfying democratic concerns.

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


PC DOS and all that

My first experience with an IBM PC was where I worked, my department got the company PC one day a week. I made sure I became the department's expert on that.

Its first upgrade was a full size 5.25" floppy drive. Woo hoo. I think that drive was equivalent to about a month of my wages.

I've still got (somewhere hopefully) PC DOS 1 (or maybe 1.1 ? ) on floppy.

That's the way the cookies crumble: Consent banners up 16% since GDPR


Since GDPR I've found a big increase in spam. Mainly to my business email accounts.

Looking at these, it appears there are "single use" domains being setup for spamming, probably used only for a day or two. Many have the word mail, or email, or e , in the domain name. I can block them but the same rubbish comes through the next day "from" another domain name.

Typically applies to first aid courses, news sites, water coolers, staffing, business finance.

There's no doubt in my mind that this increase is a direct result of GDPR opt-ins. Somebody somewhere got my email address verified as a real live one.

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