Re: The elephant in the room
Add a printer to the list if the place wants to keep everything separate. My last place used split tunneling VPN so it was simple to print to the network printer I have at home.
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Many silicon valley jobs involve collecting logos from other companies for their slides, as a way to attempt to demonstrate that they're one of the movers and shakers there, and pump up the assumed value of their contributions.
It quickly turns into a hollow exercise, but it's almost the only thing they know how to do.
The money that is being made by these companies is built up of bazillions of users multiplied by pennies per user. As long as everything works (for the company, primarily) then its all great. But as soon as you have a problem you're not worth supporting, and its then up to you to try to fix it yourself and hopefully post what you did to fix it as free tech support.
What did you expect for free after all? I keep coming back to that old saying "if you aren't paying for it then you're not the customer, you're the product".
This last wave of internet innovations has been driving even more cost out of the system, to the point where "customers" are becoming part of the cost side of the equation.
in fact I found the email from them (it was back in 2018)
The Whitebox you currently have is one of our older models and it caps at around 92Mbps. Which means that your test results will be skewed and your internet speed will also be limited to 92-94Mbps therefore, we don't recommend using it at this point.
We're not sending new Whiteboxes at the moment, but we hope this change soon. Therefore, we recommend re-registering for a new Whitebox here and we will keep your details on our waiting list and in an orderly fashion.
You don't need to return the Whitebox, we only advise to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way.
Alternatively, you can use our free SamKnows App which is available on both Google Play and the App Store. Our app measures download, upload, latency, YouTube and web browsing. It also generates monthly graphs that you can share.
We really appreciate all your time with us. We’ll remove your details from our system so you can re-register using the same details again.
Our house had a SamKnows "whitebox" for years (we're left-pondian), happily running speed tests and checking all those endpoints that you mention, and provided a pretty decent dashboard of test results. At one point I was able to use the SamKnows data and charts to show our ISP that their connection was failing and causing retries and terrible performance.
The whitebox that we were given could only handle fast ethernet, so when we upgraded to >100 Mbps cable it couldn't test the full throughput. At that time the response from SamKnows was to remove the box and sign up for a future revision of the whitebox, time TBD. That was probably at least 5 years ago.
Cheers to The Reg because I think I heard about SamKnows here, and signed up for the service. The only downside was that the continuous testing consumed a relatively huge amount of data each month.
You may also have proven that nobody paid attention to those alerts. Some companies (and PHB's) think that anyone and everyone should get the alerts, it usually starts when the company is small and the process never matures, possibly because the poor minion that was tasked with setting it up is long gone.
How is SpaceX going to get the extra fuel into orbit so that it can do the in-orbit refueling?
It seems to me that most of the fuel is used up getting to orbit. The more payload they try to lift, the more fuel it will take. As you can tell, I'm not a rocket scientist by any measure.
I read the KB linked in from the article here, and it seems that "chkdsk /f" is what they recommend to fix it? So the same chkdsk that trashed the computer will be the same thing that fixes it?
Or are they assuming that you can boot the machine to get the update, then run the check?
My parents have a mid aged desktop that ran Win7 and then got the upgrade to Windows 10, but the last week of November refused to boot and then wanted to repair itself back into Win7. As everyone is quarantined it was easier to order them a cheap laptop for them to pick up curbside than to take the trip to see WTF windows had done to itself.
When I was in Japan, the suica card was really just a place to store cash. There was not a way to load it with funds directly from a bank, etc. It was not a debit card either. And so every form of payment involved cash at some step. I don't recall if the subway accepted credit cards, I seem to remember that it did not.
The Japanese are also incredibly frugal, and so I imagine they frown on the concept of giving the card processor a cut of the business. Either from the payer or payee's perspective.
In the 70's both Sears and JCPenney had catalog pick-up locations. I guess because shipping was so expensive. You'd order something from the catalog (!) and it would ship to the closest pickup spot. Where I grew up there was a small pick-up spot in town.
You have to remember that Sears or JCPenney carried every product on the planet, many more than would fit in a store.
So it made me laugh when the ecompanies started putting in pickup kioscs. It was just like the old days.
I've always said that software is like buying someone a puppy. It all sounds great when you look at them, they're so cute, etc, and they don't seem to cost that much. But then you get them home and have to buy food for them, and someone has to go pick up after them.
Software is much the same way, its so "fun" to create stuff, but 90%+ of the cost is in maintaining it for the rest of its life. Many companies run in and try to save that initial money by using open source or free stuff, but then they don't realize what they're getting themselves into, in that they're also on the hook to support it and maintain it. If you could do some estimates of those costs over the life, then maybe commercial software with a support contract wouldn't look so expensive. Not to mention the opportunity cost of your people who could be doing other things.
But I suspect that many companies just go for the cheapest up front cost and hope it all works out with no plans at all for maintenance.
There have been a few times where I've received a document by email (usually Excel), and have toiled away editing it, and saving it.
But then if I go back to work on it, I have no idea where it got saved, was it in temp, or downloaded files, or yet another folder that isn't the one that I expected it to be in?
In that case the "recent documents" list is about the only way I can find where that file went.
I'm sitting in my basement working on a folding table and chairs, and there are likely many others in the same situation. I bet there's a run on desks and chairs at IKEA as people get tired of working at the kitchen table (while the rest of the family is home too), or worse, and look to set up something in a far corner of the house.
VSAT uses the Ku or Ka band, as physics of the higher frequencies allows for smaller physical antennas to have much higher gains. Most applications have moved away from C band anyway due to the huge dish required to get usable gain. As people have already noted Ku and Ka are much more susceptible to rain fade, but can be somewhat overcome by power control margins.
Mobile device manufacturers certainly could make a device that handles all bands, but it would not be practical. Each band generally needs its own filtering, amplifier and antenna, although a few bands overlap so could be supported without as much work.
So it drives up cost and complexity, and size. And power consumption. It was a huge breakthrough to get 4 bands in a phone.
It seems that they just made some improvements and it's working great. Time to end it.
I've been using it at home to put an old "classic" printer online, I can print to it from anywhere, and the assorted family machines of tablets and laptops just work. I use it to send myself reminders so when I get home there are receipts and notices waiting on the printer. Dammit.
There was just a documentary in the US about this - on "Frontline".
Seems the new crown prince was (is) looking for ways to finger many people as dissidents.
Not sure if they've got it region-locked but was interesting to watch, if almost 2 hours in duration.
The lives of a few satellite companies hangs in the balance of this decision. Intelsat, for example, is virtually bankrupt on paper but still carries a market value based on.the anticipated value of their C-band spectrum. And that market value (stock price) fluctuates wildly with speculation about this upcoming auction.
Ahh yes, since you do computers you somehow should know what Windows is telling her.
My mom still does that, even after 20+ years. It's like the computer is one big monolithic box with only one program that runs.
I've been able to use TeamViewer to at least see what she's doing wrong to generate the message. Still haven't found a way to explain the cloud to her and why she can't see all the emails on her phone, that she's moved to her local drive...
Apple may be figuring out that they've put themselves in a strange position. They've built their devices out of glass and made them unrepairable. The devices are also so expensive that people are keeping them longer, which would be driving up demand for repairs. (I wonder what the average time to screen breakage is for a $1k phone.)
And due to the escalating price people may be much more likely to replace those things with another vendor, as you have illustrated. So if Apple wants to keep consumers inside their walled garden they need to do something.
Why not get a link extender and hang off your neighbor's cable? If you're friendly with them they might be welcome to splitting the cost.
There are a few ways to pick up a point-to-point connection between your two houses and you could appear to have separate networks up to the cable gateway, to minimize security concerns.
When we had our kids, a buddy that already had 4 in grade school saw our new baby monitor and said "best way to get the kids to sleep through the night is to shit that thing off". His point being that you shouldn't run in for every little squeak they make. Everyone will sleep better.
I've worked in a semi open plan office, and what happens is since the noise carries so much everyone uses headphones or earplugs to block out the noise. And it is uncomfortable to have a conversation, even a work one, as you know you're bothering everyone within earshot.
So to avoid breaking the library-like silence you will IM with the person next to you, and send emails all day long. It's really isolating and demotivating as each person is their own island. And if your cellphone rings you get to run to find a phone room, wasting a lot of time in the process.
Except for the sales teams who love the open plan and chatter all day long.
This was mid-90's and one of the managers at our customer site would do something similar. He was a paper based person and would have his secretary print the emails, to which then he would spend time studying and filing them. I don't remember if he was capable of responding to them all by himself or not. He was a simple man in a bewildering world.
His predecessor was much more advanced in terms of technology - that guy would queue up a bunch of documents with the secretary to be faxed at certain intervals during the day, and then he'd be off to the golf course.
They can't read, but they can sure figure things out. So the child would not have been able to understand the error or lockout message.
It's wild, everyone else (parents) have been reading for basically forever, and it is easy to overlook that fact when encountering a situation where the ability to read is (urgently) needed.
There is a product called Quick Dry that will rapidly soak up the water in a damp field. Go Google it.
Also helps to get out with a rake and work on the low spots, spreading out the wetness.
It takes more than a few minutes to work, so some planning ahead is needed. Rake and put down quick-dry, then wait a few hours. It is effective but won't make miracles happen.
My kids have played spring softball and those fields are just unplayable a lot.
I'm sort of surprised that nobody has offered up this one: it was common to "tap" someone into a call, making it a three-day call. And by "tapping" again you usually dropped the third party.
But not this time. We were in a meeting, calling anther office, when it came up that we needed some information from a co-worker who was not particularly fit for her job. Tapped her on, asked the question and got a response, then boss tapped to drop her from the call and said something to the effect of "man I hate working with her she is such a pain to work with", only to hear a response of "hey Bob I'm still on the line". Much backpedaling ensued.
From then on it was determined that it was better to hang up completely and redial the first call then to risk getting caught with the third party still engaged.
Dear AC, I think your two ideas, while good, appear to be completely contradictory. If autonomous cars are not allowed to roam the streets without passengers, how will they legally be able to go park themselves after disgorging said passengers?
And I bet that will be how government will attempt to regulate it.
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