* Posts by Thomas Letherby

7 posts • joined 24 Jan 2008

New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

Thomas Letherby

Re: Tech enthusiast, not necessarily IT.

You could always use Skype for desktop, if you want it on your desktop, instead of Skype for TIFKAM, which is for when you don't...

Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

Thomas Letherby

Re: @Ac: Neanderthals in.....ter/burnt cake offerings

You seriously need some better friends and better pubs. There's thousands of them in London, shouldn't be too hard.

In my experience anti-gay views are treated with the same surprise as someone muttering racist opinions by the majority.

Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

Thomas Letherby

Surely the answer is

You're folding it wrong?

Be prepared... for your Scouts-loving sprog to become tiny spin doctor

Thomas Letherby


Here's all the Scout activity badges and their requirements:


For those no doubt looking for the IT badge it's staged, and those are here:


Remember the staged badges are staged and can be started in Beavers, so they start off very simplistic. It's pretty out of date in places, but there's nothing to stop you teaching them more than is on the requirements list.

Follow the links around and you can see the Core badges as well as those for the other sections. The biggest problem is not so much the badges, but finding people willing to offer up the time, expertise and facilities to do the more technical badges.

If you enjoyed the Scouts, or are just curious being a helper or leader is incredibly rewarding and not to mention enjoyable. You don't have to turn up every week, and you don't have to be a leader if you don't want to, or can't spare the time. If you have something you can teach, they'll work around you to get something organised, even if it's just a few evenings teaching basic coding.

A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

Thomas Letherby

Re: Java - banned. Can I ban Flash yet?

This is probably not their fault per se, we had endless trouble with later versions of Adobe Reader as well as Flash ignoring the no-autoupdate flag Adobe provide to avoid this. Unfortunately you only find out that it's broken when the next patch comes out and everyone complains that it's asking them to update but they can't.

You can test the patch for longer, but Flash 0 day exploits are not exactly uncommon, so you want it out among the users quickly. You don't want the auto-upgrade to work because you want to test it first against your critical systems.

Java is another one like this, where I used to work had a lot of broadcast kit, if you didn't have the exact version of Java the box expected you couldn't configure it. You want to push the latest version, but you need to test it against your systems first.

You can of course run multiple versions of Java on the same box quite well, but sometimes a new Java install will break the old ones and you have to reinstall them all in the right order.

Harrods web Grotto snowed under

Thomas Letherby

@The Fuzzy Wotnot

If you're in London try Stargreen instead, you can even wonder in if you're passing Oxford Circus. :)

100Mbit/s sewer broadband rollout coming your way

Thomas Letherby

@ Tony

But surely extra fibre keeps the pipes running smoothly....

Didn't Google get there first with the TiSP Beta first?


Mine's the one above the big wellies!


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