* Posts by Soruk

427 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007


Disk drives suck less than they did a couple of years ago. Which is nice


Two of my three WD Red 3TB discs I bought in Dec 2013 have died, thankfully not at the same time as they're part of a RAID5. One of those replacements died in the warranty period, which was replaced by WD. Thanks to Linux SW RAID allowing me to put the old disc on USB and still assemble the RAID, I was able to migrate to data to a new disc without degrading my array, only pulling data from the other discs when the copy hit bad sectors.

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up


Re: I hope the mobile network wasn't 3

Don't think so - the article claims the company was bought out shortly afterwards. 3 was started by Hutchison Whampoa - and is still owned by them.

So, basically Cellnet (Telefonica), Orange (Mannesmann / France Telecom) or one2one (Deutsche Telekom)...

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10


Re: For shame!

Boot RISC OS 2 off a 512K ROM. Desktop is ready to use before your CRT monitor has had a chance to warm up.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight


Awaiting Hormel's comment? Sure it didn't filed as spam?

Still, when it comes to food-serving machines, some ideas can be quite rash, others are rasher.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Not going to name it, but I'm thinking of a certain school (with a wonky school shop) in Canterbury, based on the description.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics


I was thinking more like Silicon Group, who were notorious for this.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


For those who rely on a data signal and are on O2, can do a lot worse than to get a cheap MiFi and a Three PAYG SIM on their 3-2-1 tariff.


Personal line is on giffgaff, and since we have to sort out our own work mobile (we get a mobile allowance for this) I deliberately put it on a completely different network. Still, I'm fscked if both EE and O2 go down at the same time.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?


I thought it was a certain wardrobe malfunction.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users


I think they're aiming for nine-fives.

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!


They're probably not installing the updates because their computers say they're all up to date already.

On Windows NT.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


I have 2 Zip drives (one parallel, one USB) and over a lifetime's worth of spare discs, all working when last tested.

'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN


We're also on Gamma,and we get a straight SIP feed from them for our number blocks. It's been fine, no hiccups at all.

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


Re: Honestly can't decide

Patrick Moore. Amateur astronomers, quintessential British eccentric, and did more than most to get generations of people interested in learning about the sky, the planets and the stars - and more.

He even accompanied Einstein on the piano to Einstein's violin.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE


I'm a CentOS user, I actually rather like it. However, I tend to install and run the old-school IceWM as my preferred desktop environment.

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+


Re: Such a con

Thought that was AT&T over in Westpondia that marketed HSPA as 4G. Never heard of that from 3UK.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs



@Black Betty Rather makes it impossible to refer to the root password or root access!

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID


Re: Aliases are fun

This reminds me of Jim Naughtie's slip up on pronouncing his name when referring to him as the Culture Secretary (as he was at the time) - and a couple of hours later Andrew Marr made exactly the same mistake.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


Re: Grounding the work force... permanently.

Upvoted as I am familiar with the piece of music that you are referring to.


Re: It's not always the cleaners

> Ah, I'd have asked if they meant with a car or a bat :)

A car, surely. Bats are protected species, and you really don't want those PETA oddballs after you for mistreating the bat.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate


Re: Give and Take

> my Samsung phones are the only ones I've ever had that have received any updates at all.

Not in my experience. My HTC Wildfire, Huawei G300 and Y300, and my current phone, the Moto G5, have all received updates (okay, only the Moto has had any in the past year).

My Samsung Galaxy S5 and Tab Pro have never so much as received a single update. Thankfully most apps still run on KitKat, as that tablet is, in itself, quite a nice bit of kit

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok


Re: Naming Schemes

Where I work, all the Windows and VMware servers have generic names, but the Linux servers all have names which, if you think sideways, are connected with what they are or what they do. Calamari - squid server. Postbox - internal SMTP relay. Termite - log reducer. Pigsty - has a lot of grunt. Stirfry is at our site referred to as WOK.

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VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant


Somehow I doubt they would run into that problem holding their show in Basingstoke..!

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts


Re: Needed a jolly

I did similar just last weekend. Hard disc in a ziplock bag, with USB adapter and power connector, in a chest freezer with the cables coming out. I was able to 'dd' the entire disc without any errors, suitable for writing out to a SD card, which via a suitable IDE adapter, became the machine's replacement hard disc. The machine in question is an Acorn StrongARM RISC PC, and in all other respects it is working perfectly despite its age.

Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec


Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

It's an off-site cloud backup.

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


Re: This is normal in every human endeavor.

That is my on-call ring tone. As performed by the Portsmouth Sinfonia. It has to be heard to be believed.


Re: Elphin safety

That sounds like a job for a certain Samantha.

VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought


Re: Ditched SOHO kit

I'm running ClearOS on a re-purposed HP thin client (with USB Ethernet for the uplink port!). Being a Linux system it also quite nicely hosts my IPv6 tunnel and my site-to-site VPN with my datacentre hosted (virtual) machine.

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive


Re: Way Back...

The opposite is quite common in China. Sockets with switches, where the socket is permanently live and the switch operates a light.

Of course, the socket can be wired through the switch, but it's not guaranteed, even varying from socket to socket in the same house.

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps


Re: Maximizing profits

Google Hangouts?


The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition


Re: Ooh, tempting

I will need to dig out my rework of "When I'm cleaning windows", appropriately named "When I'm cleaning Windows".

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word


Re: Smartphone keyboards

> No one ever means to type 'ducking'...

A tour guide in Canterbury would be out of a job in a nanosecond if they mistyped the Weavers' Ducking Stool as something slightly different.

Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat


Re: I say, I say, I say

Jakarta? No, she went willingly.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators


Re: Shame, it did what it said on the tin

Replying to myself: Finally, my phone received an update - to the November 2017 security level. So, I take back that bit about not getting any updates, as it finally happened.


Re: Shame, it did what it said on the tin

> it was good to have a 4G phone with a removable battery, FM radio, 3.5mm socket and two SIMs, all at a very competitive price.

My Moto G5 has all of these. Shame that what it doesn't have is any updates.


Re: A pity

> I can vouch for Lenovo/Moto being the same... good enought for me.

Not my experience - My Moto G5 has not received any updates at all, apparently being on the January 2017 security patch level means my phone is up to date. Shame, because otherwise it is a very nice phone. Twin SIM and SD card, 3GB RAM, octa core CPU.

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business


Re: Remnant of the 1980s

Having a local shop got me out of a hole last Sunday - my desktop PSU went bang on Saturday night, and Maplin was the only local outfit to have a suitable PSU in stock (PC World had the same item, same price, but no stock). If not for them it would have been a 40-mile round trip.

Icon: What my PSU did.

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband


If you're inside the M25, have you checked to see if you're inside the coverage of relish.net? Unlimited 4G broadband.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)


Upvoted for the musical pun. Definitely struck a chord with me!

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’


Re: Just finger trouble

Too many wires in the study / computer room to allow the mini-monster to toddle in - I've fitted a stair gate across the doorway.

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it


Re: Size matters

> You'll be doing Stansted to Newark in a no-frills plastic seat before you know it.

For some reason that is giving me the mental image of the airline equivalent of a Pacer. (For those not unfortunate enough to have experienced them, those were those cheap railway carriages based on the body of a Leyland bus.)

Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America


Set a precedent?

Maybe this will also set a precedent where an alleged offence is deemed to have taken place where the alleged offender is physically located, not where the remote system is located.

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication


Re: SMS 2FA shouldn't even count as "security"

@AC using a corded landline, you'll find that Digital Dorothy will call you and read the message out to you.

'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout


Re: Dismissing Y2K

Wall up the French end, use the tunnel as a reservoir to ease water shortages in the South East.

'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'


Re: Ah Eudora

At my old university, back in 1994 everyone was expected to use 'elm' for email on the Unix boxes. Now that was awful. Later on, an unofficial Pine binary became available, and it was eventually installed properly and supported as just about every Unix user used it in preference to elm. Round about the same time, Simeon was introduced for the Windows users too scared of the command line, but one look at that I decided to stick with Pine.

User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'


Re: USB mice are fun...

There was a driver, one shipped by Dell, but worked on Compaqs too, that would offer some USB support to NT4. I successully used keyboards, mice and USB storage (flash, hard drives and CDs) on it.

Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told


Re: So Oracle sales

Stop giving them ideas!

Asterisk RTP bug worse than first thought: Think intercepted streams


Re: You should not be using RTP outside your own LAN in the first place

A VPN will help if it's a private VPN with the endpoint on your network.


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