* Posts by Jabba

17 posts • joined 28 Feb 2008

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office


Designed to fail

An UPS is designed to work perfectly until you actually need it...

The Unihertz Atom XL: An iPhone SE-sized rugged phone that's also a walkie-talkie



You'll need a licence for this. Amateur radio licence would be fine. Should work well with my repeater as its tier 2.

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target


Re: All Companies are IT dependant

Spreadsheet monkey managers. Best phrase I've heard in years ! Brilliant. I will make extensive use of that one.

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line


Re: It could be an EMC issue!

Need a radio ham to track that down these days... 73s...

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support



I worked for large drugs research company about 20 years ago on the helldesk. They did testing on primates (who, incidentally, were better treated than the staff). We had contractor who was completely useless, he would break more than he fixed so we suggested he spent the rest of his contract "feeding the monkeys" , which he did and that was the last we saw of him. Needless to say our workload dropped considerably...

Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review



Ham Radio Deluxe (or HRD) was a cracking piece of software till Simon Brown HB9DRV sold it to these muppets, who "monetized" it. I tried the paid for version and the majority of it stopped working properly. I was a pain in the arse to install from what I remember. I gave up and went back to the free version which is still kicking about on the interwebs which is still working flawlessly, even with my all singing and dancing Icom 7300 SDR box. (and yes I built my own fan dipole HF antenna)

Perhaps the worse thing is you have to continue to pay for upgrades and fixes. If you churn out crap at least make updates free. Without a doubt, HRD deserves a bad review.

Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'


Re: Police budgets

Wouxun ! more like Baofeng....

GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?


Icom ID-5100 can already do this...

Icom ID-5100 and the icom android app RS-MS1A (snazzy title!) can do exactly the same thing, and more... bit more expensive though for the hardware.

Nothing to sniff at: Dell Ultrabooks REEK OF CAT PEE, scream users


I got one for our CEO ... it has a slight whiff...... (the laptop not the CEO)

Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands


Tune to maximum smoke ?

We link our D-Star repeater using a similar set up, although we use Deliberant kit. The only thing I missed was to dial in the actual distance between the two panels. Loads of packet loss ensued until I fixed that. Its been running flawlessly for over a year now.


You still reading us? Not for long! Summer is THE IT meltdown hot spot


Our servers often require unscheduled "maintenance" during hot summer weather.... Oddly the server room is the only part of the building with Air-Con.... I'll be found there twiddling knobs, plugging wires and generally looking busy (but also cool)

Radio hams tell Ofcom: Put that Wi-Fi mob back in their place


Re: Squared beard

Uh huh


(Yeh, ok I know its linux...)

Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands


There is talk of releasing some more space circa 146-148mhz which, in some parts of the country, would probably be more use. Although I've noticed that in Scotland anyway, you can here a pin drop on 2 meters for the most part. There was also mutterings about an extension to 4 meters but since I've be licenced in 1990 i've only ever had one contact there...

BT broadband goes TITSUP - cripples Scots, Geordies, Northern Irish


Our Zen fibre went down, I re-routed us via our Demon ADSL backup... did the trick although twas a wee bit slower....

Intel UMPC chip enters service as server CPU

Thumb Up


Thats exactly what I did with my home server, I stuck the atom board in and it works rather nicely.... Unfortunately, there is so little heat generated now the wife will have to find somewhere else to dry the laundry...

Three-quarters of EU radio equipment is non-compliant


The homehub jammer device

To Gareth,

I concur, my homehub found a new home.... in the bin.


Ofcom scuppered 61 pirate broadcasters in 2007


10-4 Bad buddy

I thought the stats were interesting. One CBer got a 50 squid fine and one Radio Amateur got a warning letter. OFCOM estimate that there are around 11,000 CBers left swaring in their silver rods and 60,000 radio hams in the UK, now with those figures I would have expected more slaps on the wrists for the hams, looks like the self-policing may be working despite access to the ham bands being relatively easy now.

(I am biased of course, I've held an amateur radio licence since 1991 when we had to sit a proper exam)


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