* Posts by Rob Daglish

405 posts • joined 19 Dec 2007


'I wonder what this cable does': How to tell thicknet from a thickhead

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Re: colour me sceptical

Used to do some tech'ing at a Theatre, and in the FoH cab which help the EQs, effects and assorted sound processing equipment, something had a two pin euro plug which someone had inserted into a 4-gang extension with the aid of a screwdriver, then withdrawn the screwdriver so the safety shutter now held the plug in place. For some reason, this was never given a fail sticker by the PAT monkey who failed pretty much every other electrical item in the building! (including failing class 2 earthless equipment for not having earth connectors... Sometimes, the phrase "competent person" isn't really that accurate)

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Re: "I'm not sure the loose cannon needed to be body shamed like that"

A colleague went on a Canon laser printer course around 1994, and was told at the time that around 80% of laser engines in service at that time were re-badged Canon ones, including a number of HPs...

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Re: "I'm not sure the loose cannon needed to be body shamed like that"

I'm sure Canon used to make a combined laptop/printer, although probably a few years after this...

<Google tippy-tappy/>Ah - the BubbleNote:


Is the Apple car real? These patents suggest yes

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Re: Apple car

Polestar have one in the Trafford Centre. Just beside John Lewis.

Admittedly, it's more of a showroom than a workshop, but there's obviously a way to get the vehicles in there.

Come to think of it, Tesla had nicked one of the car parks too last time I was there

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day

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Re: I'd say that ....

Is it allowed to say we miss the Moderatrix?

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Re: Nothing so severe

I thought cruel and unusual punishments went out with the Geneva Convention?

Chip shortages hit hard at Yamaha's musical instrument business

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Re: Do like Yamaha pianos

We bought a brand new Yamaha B3 (an acoustic upright) with a silent touch system, and the guys in the shop were saying they were having lots of issues getting digital pianos, and they'd waited 6 months for the one we bought, with no idea when they'd get another. It seems that most major brands were suffering chip shortages or labour slow downs due to covid. Apparently Kawai have stopped building some models to try and get caught up!

We've got a photocopier and it can copy anything

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Re: Don't know if it's just that my coffee hasn't kicked in yet...

I live in the North of England, and I remember a group of teenagers locally getting lifted because they'd scanned both sides of a fiver, printed it on an Epson Stylus ink jet, stuck the two faces together, and passed them off in a local garage for sweets, drinks and fags...

They got away with it on more than one occasion, so someone wasn't being too fussy about the quality of the notes tendered.

My memory is a blank on whether there was an inside person

Dell and Ubuntu certify latest model of XPS 13 ultrabook

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Re: "When you hold down the Fn key..."

The Track pad really is the Achilles Heel of the ThinkPad range - I've seen plenty where they are either too sensitive, not sensitive enough, and then there are those that interpret every click as left or right, no matter what you do with them.

This includes my current one, which cost my employer just shy of £4K... Still, I never use it without a mouse and keyboard plugged in so it doesn't make much difference!

This is the military – you can't just delete your history like you're 15

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Re: I got that beat

Found?? Found??!

I once fixed a laptop for an employee at a company I used to do some work for. It was the usual late 00's full of toolbars/diallers from pr0n sites, so I tidied it up and took it back.

He was very happy to have his laptop back, even more so when he found out I hadn't had to wipe it - and proceeded to proudly show me the videos of him, his girlfriend and a few of his mates. His GF was a teacher in a local school that I also looked after, and I wasn't able to look her in the face afterwards... I'm not sure if she ever found out he was showing people the videos, but they're now happily married, so I wouldn't like to guess!

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Re: Only Once...

It's not true. Judging by what was going on in the early 00's, it was quite a few people on every shift at our local nuclear licensed site. I'm surprised the whole county wasn't buried under green coloured CDs!

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

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Re: The Security Was Possibly Via a Screwdriver

Not sure why railway types get so shirty about people having these T keys, pretty much every coach driver I've ever met has at least one because they're used to lock all kinds of panels and lockers shut on coaches and buses... I think they sometimes forget it's a common solution to a common problem!

12-year-old revives Unity desktop, develops software repo client, builds gaming environment for Ubuntu...

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Re: What is there to say?

Good intentions? I'd heard it was lawyers and at weekends the younger demons went ice skating down them...

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

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Ah... I experienced something similar with my Mrs one day. We'd been away somewhere she wasn't familiar with, so I was navigating while she drove. After a certain point on our way home, she went "Oh, I know where I am now!" so I duly stopped navigating. After she carried straight on past the junction we needed, I asked why she wasn't going the normal way home, to which she replied "oh, i know where I am, I just don't know how to get home from here!"

SpaceX: 5G expansion could kill US Starlink broadband

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Re: Don't Forget

I do agree to a point, but at the speed openleach are moving, a medium term Starlink subscription might not be the worst thing I've ever done, and I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that.

Know the difference between a bin and /bin unless you want a new doorstop

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No. *I* was teaching myself what all the commands on schools newfangled 286 running DOS were. Format was very helpful, and told me I needed to append a drive letter to the command. I didn't k ow what it was going to do when I typed format c:, and apparently I wasn't that smart to figure out destroying all the data on drive c: meant the machine would be somewhat unusable until all the software was reinstalled...

To his credit, the head teacher used it as a learning experience for me rather than just tell me off, and had he not I probably wouldn't be doing IT today RIP Mr Hedley.

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Re: Surprised that you weren't commenting on the limey use of "the boot"

What on earth is "swimming apparel", unless you mean dookers?

(You wear them when going for a dook, you see?)

Whatever you do, don't show initiative if you value your job

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Re: "So was James truly the guilty party?"

Given Sage's implementation of "Cloud Drive" I wouldn't bet on it being fixed anytime soon...

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Re: "So was James truly the guilty party?"

Ohhhhh yes. I worked for a County Council supporting school IT, and even now I still want to punch the developers of "Talking Write Away" and "Number Box". TWA was a word processor which had different coloured levels which exposed varying amounts of tools to the kids. Except some levels just wouldn't print... and you could forget all about being able to save to network drives, c:\ it is!

Linux Mint adopts Timeshift from overworked original developer

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I'm taking a journey to my nearest city, Carlisle, today. I won't use my car and do it simply and easily in 50 minutes, I'll take a taxi ride to the nearest station, wait for the train, and then catch a bus at the other end to get where I want to go, which shouldn't take any more than around 3 hours and cost around twice what taking the car does...

I get your point that there are multiple ways of achieving the same goal, but sometimes ease and convenience win out and most of the computer users I meet would struggle to master one tool to the extent needed, never mind getting to grips with 6.

Making life easier for them does not stop you doing it your way, unless the problem is you feel a bit redundant if people don't need your expertise?

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Exactly what I wanted to say, thank you. I regret I can upvote this comment only once...

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL

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Re: "...an internal translation dictionary..."

Yes, it did say don't use this word. Except it was in Dutch...

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout

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Re: Full names please.......

My Mrs used to do something similar - girl she was at school with was christened Jenny, my Mrs was christened Jennifer, and they very definitely ignored the name that wasn't their own!

Not to dis your diskette, but there are some unexpected sector holes

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Re: Closest I've seen...

Optical mice and glass sheets on top of the desk were always good fun...

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Re: Closest I've seen...

My favourite one was the user who insisted her email would disappear overnight. She had her machine re-imaged on multiple occasions, but it was still happening, and our helpdesk were stumped.

Eventually I agreed to visit one evening and then again the following morning. I sent a test email around 5PM, and it showed in her inbox. Visited the following morning, and she proudly pointed to the fact the email was no longer there. Which it wasn't, as Outlook had helpfully moved it from the "Today" category, which was expanded, to the "Yesterday" category, which wasn't...

In fairness to the hell-desk, it was a new feature which was only introduced when the machine was updated with a new version of office, and their machines wouldn't get done until at least a year later, but it's a good

Buying a USB adapter: Pennies. Knowing where to stick it: Priceless

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Re: Lost dog pictures

Ohhhh... another job I loved as a PFY - the ribbon cable making press - pretty much every machine I ever built had cables made to exactly the right length just so I could play around with the press...

The time you solved that months-long problem in 3 seconds

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Re: Fuck that

Not a busy man, no...

My grandad always gave that sort of work to the laziest person he managed, as he reasoned that they would find the quickest, easiest way to do it and get back to doing nothing!

Electric Vehicle DC charging tripped by a wireless hack

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Re: Yes another possibility...

You've obviously never been in a car with my wife! She has this strange inability to park in an empty car park, seemingly paralysed by the number of choices. If there are one or two cars in there, she will park next to them to the extent you can't open the door because you're that damned close!

Client demo in 30 minutes. Just what could go wrong?

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Re: It was BT for me

We had one of the earliest ADSL lines out into a school I worked at, and that would be late 99 or early 2000 from memory as I only worked there for a year.

After that, I moved back to the local County Council, supporting the Regional Broadband Consortium, who eventually ended up with a telco licence and putting naked DSL, then EFM into schools. As there was no dial tone, we regularly lost service when someone stole our pairs as there was no tone…

UK internet pioneer Cliff Stanford has died

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I had someone who left demon because of those numbers. They were very religious, and most of the local access numbers ended "666", so it was a bit too much like devil-worship for them. If memory serves, they ended up going to FreeServe (remember them?) and that really was dealing with the devil...

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Mine was when I joined in 1994... I miss that address, I've never remembered any other static address I've had for some reason!

I remember someone at Support suggested Tetrix Reader Plug, which seemed like a fantastic thing at the time - pop on, download headers, disconnect. Choose what to download, reconnect and download, disconnect. Work out what to reply to, think better of it, rewrite it nicely and then reconnect and upload...

It occurs to me that maybe if social media wasn't quite so instantaneous, people might be a bit nicer to each other on it!

File suffixes: Who needs them? Well, this guy did

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And yet I've still had a user do exactly this...

They managed to create a file which I think was called NUL as it was the abbreviation of a project they were working on. It was much harder to remove than it was for them to create it, I remember that much, and something had to be downloaded to do it (can't remember what now!)

Amazon, Visa strike global truce on credit card charges

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Re: Still Avoiding Them

I'm hoping for a good deal on a secondhand wine fridge fairly soon, though.

Journalist won't be prosecuted for pressing 'view source'

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Re: Wondering if some monetary damages would make sense. The "american way"

Mike Harding (Mancunian Comedian) once proposed that the theory of the "robber-baron" being the one whose face ended up on money could equally well be explained thus:

In days of old, people believed an image of a person could carry their soul, and as a result, nobody sensible wanted their picture painted, photo taken etc. In fact, the only person stupid enough to allow their picture painted was the village idiot, so their face would be the one put on currency to show which area the money came from. As the importance of money grew, so did the importance of the village idiot...

AWS to build 32 more small clouds around the world

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Re: Wot no London?

Must be one of those Brexit Benefits we keep hearing about...

I did think it was an odd omission, but I'm guessing that London/Amsterdam or London/Berlin fit within the transit times AWS are aiming for?

'Boombox' function sparks Tesla recall

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Re: EV energy cost vs ICE/Hybrid

I've found it depends on what type of journey we're doing whether it's better to use a EV/hybrid or ICE vehicle.

We've a BMW 330e Hybrid which can manage, on a good day, 20ish miles on battery at a cost of roughly £1.50 - so if I was allowed to use it for running the kids to school and back for a week, it would use 0 gallons of fuel and a single charge, so less than £2. Using our diesel C4 Grand Picasso, it does ~45MPG on short runs, and ends up costing around £10 a week in diesel.

However, because my wife refuses to use the Citroen on the longer journey (where it's quite easily capable of 60MPG plus) and uses the hybrid, it's run out of battery before she's got to where she's going, can't be charged while it's there (no public chargers near the university where she can leave it) and runs 2/3 of the day on petrol, averaging around 40MPG, then complains about 1) how much fuel costs and 2)why she's using too much fuel

(WRT to charging costs, our domestic electricity cost is quite a lot less than 21p/kWh, EDF did a very silly deal guaranteed for three years!)

Car radios crashed by station broadcasting images with no file extension

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Re: Buggles

Indeed, I only popped by to say what a fantastic sub head it was…

English county council blasted for 'inept project management' in delayed SAP replacement

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Re: Still reinventing the wheel from scratch

Have you worked in a council? There’s a very definite “we do it this way because we’ve always done it this way” vibe in the ones I’ve dealt with, and change is seen as a bad thing, because it implies you’re doing something wrong.

Add in a mix of different types, responsibilities and sizes of council, plus the fact you can’t politically cooperate with neighbouring councils if they’re a different party to you, and it’s cat herding time…

To err is human. To really tmux things up requires an engineer

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Re: wrong system ... D'oh!

To be fair, I think there were a few lessons to learn there!

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Re: universal?

Having just bought a bmw, what are these “indicators” of which you speak?

Joking aside, for years I’ve assumed people driving them just abandoned them wherever they felt like, but the amount of times I’ve got out, looked at how I’ve parked and went “shit, that’s fscking awful” and then got back in, I’m convinced there’s some reality distortion going on with the mirrors on them. I can park a 15M tri-axle bus easier than my car!

APNIC: Big Tech's use of carrier-grade NAT is holding back internet innovation

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Re: I've said it before and I'll say it again

I've just been in the kitchen for a play. I've got a fiver says you're wrong about the egg carton... ;)

'Admin error': AWS in dead company data centre planning application snafu in Oxfordshire

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Re: Rats

Either way, quality and productivity is on the up...

'IwlIj jachjaj! Incoming LibreOffice 7.3 to support Klingon and Interslavic

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Re: How to learn foreign...

Depends on what you're immersing, I suppose...

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A friend of mine said you should always try and blend in to foreign countries - eat like a local, drink like a local, and speak like a local as much as you can.

He does live by that standard as well, provided you don't count the bottle of Laphroaig that goes with him and gets shared round whichever bar he's in that night...

Japan solves 5G airliner conundrum: Keep mobe masts 200m from airport approach paths. That's it

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Re: Protectionism ?

Yeah, but to be fair to Boeing, it's because they want to make sure they are the only people responsible for their planes having unexpected interfaces with the ground...

Google sours on legacy G Suite freeloaders, demands fee or flee

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Re: Plus addresses

I've had some custom rewrite rules on O365 that have done this for a good few years now - I'll take a look at it when it goes live.

Logitech Signature M650: A mouse that will barely emit a squeak or a clickety-click

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Re: Size-ist Meese, what next?

I remember fitting one of these for someone in a call centre, and I'm thinking about one for myself, but I can't remember how well they work with multiple monitors?

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Re: IPA all the way...

You've obviously not used the IPA correctly.

Many, many problems are much better after the appropriate application of Laphroaig though.

UK taxman breathes life into old relationship as Capgemini handed £51m deal extension

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Re: Inside IR35?

My last contract with CapGem - you were Inside IR35 no matter what. They were taking no chances, and lost a large number of contractors because of that. Unless you were a particularly grubby little PM who managed to mislead everyone about how the project was going, then bollocked anyone who told the truth, and then went from contract to a nice fat permie position...

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day

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Re: Rodent teeth?

I think they use it to build nests with, or that’s certainly something I’ve seen done before!



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