* Posts by Krassi

9 posts • joined 24 Jun 2019

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly


Re: Facts and figures or forced feeding

As a small business Office 365 subscriber, SkypefB stopped and Teams started one day a few weeks ago. I guess we knew it was coming in a general way, but still an inconvenience when it happened. SfB was OK more or less and we wouldn't have moved over by choice. The majority of our need is external communication, and Teams seems to be less easy to use and/or less functional for that.

It has prompted us to look at paid for alternatives again (another factor, most alternatives we've used from time to time seem to have much better sound & video quality than SfB or Teams), but I guess as Teams is in the O365 subscription, MS will always count us as users.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits


tinfoil hat

Put it over the smart meter - no signal - problem solved.

Google to bury indicator for Extended Validation certs in Chrome because users barely took notice


pointless, even harmful

Being a legal entity is such as low qualification it is almost worthless. Every year, huge amounts of financial fraud is carried out through perfectly valid legal entities for example. Being trustworthy is something totally different. Fraudsters like these sort of schemes as they distract from the underlying scam and give false security : we've got an EV (just like Google) - you can trust us with your life-savings / credit card details / bank log-ins .

The public is right to be indifferent to EV.

And BTW, if EV had caught on, there would be a black market in EV registrations, methods to spoof it, fake it, hack the register etc etc..

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!


Re: Definitely Russian or Chinese hacking

or British hacking ? Some key parts were developed in UK. The UK has been thrown off the program. And strangely it starts having problems. Oh dear Europe, it doesn't work properly. Sorry we can't help you fix it anymore, best of friends honestly.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue


Re: The user is right

You're spot-on, zeroth-line support from the colleague at the next desk sorts many more problems than IT support ever hear about


The user is right

Some version of " you don't save it on your machine anymore, everything is saved in the cloud" is a commonplace explanation. Note "is saved" implying it happens automatically, not " you have to make the effort to save it in the cloud" . My guess is the user correctly heard and understood the training about how wonderful and easy the new cloud setup is, and her only mistake was believing it to be literally true.

UK's North Midlands hospitals IT outage, day 2: All surgery and appointments cancelled


Re: This reflects poorly on the Hospital Trust Chairman, the CEO and other members of its board

I imagine many other hospitals have had similar problems, and not all been properly prepared as per your excellent advice, but they find a way to manage, muddle through for the duration and we don't hear about it. What gets me about this case is the defeatist, give up and all go home approach.

Many of the patients coming in know what they are there for, who they are seeing and what for, many appointments are exactly the same checks etc as last time. And, for example, try to contact the patients and ask them to bring their appointment letters. Even these days there are lots of paper records in the system . Make an effort, it might be slower than usual and maybe some things will have to be cancelled, but getting through even 50% of the workload is a huge advance on nil.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one


Re: 10 minutes, not a second more...

LOTO indeed - for on-site engineering it is standard practice since whenever, and very rigorously enforced at good sites: you don't call up your mate in the control room to cut the power, you go in person, isolate, put your padlock on, keep the key. When you've finished, roll call, back to the control room and unlock. Some places everyone in the team has an individual lock & has to be there in person to lock and unlock.

A bit of crypto wizardry & the IT equivalent should be trivial. But we'd rather a quick bodge job.


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