* Posts by Sanford Olson

9 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Jan 2008

Outsourced techie gets 2-year sentence after trashing system of former client: 1,200 Office 365 accounts zapped

Sanford Olson

Hardly a "sophisticated" attack...

Deleting Active Directory accounts is hard to come back from without a good AD backup (which everyone should have) - so much is based on the AD Security ID. And of course, all the outlook e-mails and office documents no doubt got deleted when the Office365 accounts were deleted as well.

Chairman, CEO of Nominet ousted as member rebellion drives .uk registry back to non-commercial roots

Sanford Olson

Re: Excellent news!

Awesome. About time. Charging people for domains they didn't want was enough for me (https://www.theregister.com/2020/06/16/nominet_dot_uk_renewals/)

Nominet sets the date for extraordinary meeting where members could fire CEO

Sanford Olson

Hope they toss the whole board out.

For years, these people have done nothing helpful. Hope they all get tossed.

Perl-clutching hijackers appear to have seized control of 33-year-old programming language's .com domain

Sanford Olson

Seriously?? IT's #1 job (after backups) is making sure domains don't expire

It's fairly easy to get a 10+ year pre-paid domain registration, and it doesn't even cost that much. And you just put it on your calendar to review it each year for appropriate Admin and Tech contacts (and renew the domain if it will expire in the next 3 years. Oh, and put MFA on that account After that, do the same for your authoritative DNS host(s). This is like "Internet 101".

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

Sanford Olson


I like "NanoSoft".

Intel beefs up low-end line with Gemini Lake CPUs

Sanford Olson

Gaming with a low-end Pentium Gold CPU?

Not likely. That's what Core processors like the Core i7-8700K and the Core i9-7980XE are for.

Microsoft cuts Vista price

Sanford Olson

Make VISTA Ultimate same price as XP Pro and I'd upgrade

I can get the OEM version of XP Pro for about $140 (NewEgg, ZipZoomFly, etc). When VISTA Ultimate drops into that neighborhood, I would upgrade my home PC. Otherwise, I can find better uses for $300+

Most spam comes from just six botnets

Sanford Olson

Only 6? Let's hire some mercenaries

I'm sure there are tens of thousands or even millions of companies and computer users out there that would be happy to donate $5 towards hiring some people to back-track the spam through the ISPs, home-user infected machines, irc channels, infected webservers, etc back to the source and then hire some nasty goons to go after these guys. After a few botnet operators ended up in the hospital, perhaps they would re-think their "career" choices. And send the goons after the scum that are advertising in those SPAM e-mails too.

'Draconian' Microsoft promises to make Office work again

Sanford Olson

Why registry hacks?

I understand that the registry settings are where the settings get stored (and can be handy for businesses using Group Policy), but why not have a screen under Tools->Options so that a user could easily view/change these settings? Microsoft has too many "special" registry hacks that are basically undocumented (okay, some are documented in KB articles, but not all in the same KB article. You usually have to search high and low to figure these things out). Just make an extra tab on the Options screen that allows the user to pick and choose which old versions of files that want to enable. Maybe a two-level thing where the user could choose either "leave me alone", "warn me", or "prevent me" from opening version x.xx of a file.