* Posts by Jim Willsher

115 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008


Watchdog slams Pentagon for failing – for a third time – to migrate US military to IPv6

Jim Willsher

20 years down the line, low adoption, and even the DoD can't do it. The IETF needs to admit defeat and launch something that has the simplicity of IPv4. And that means a nice NAT setup that makes security and setup easy for everyone to adopt.

Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift

Jim Willsher

Brilliant. I grew up in Little Leigh, which is surrounded by the Trent and Mersey canal, I recall using the boat lift in the early eighties (I must have been aged 8 or 9) on a day trip; this was shortly before it closed when the "save the boat lift" publicity boomed. I then moved to Scotland, but visited the lift last year and was amazed to see not only the lift but also all the surrounding Brunner Mond salt flashes had been transformed to parkland and joined up with Marbury Country Park.

The lift was a magnificent bit of engineering, and I remember following events as it was refurbished and reopened..

One day I'll make that trip from the T&M to the Weaver on a boat again.....

You. Drop and give me 20... per cent IPv6 by 2023, 80% by 2025, Uncle Sam tells its IT admins after years of slacking

Jim Willsher

Re: Crap

Same with me.My home internet connection is provided by EE over 4G, and there's no IPv6 option, just IPv4 and CGNAT.

I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu

Jim Willsher

I'm reading this somewhere over Canada using onboard wifi on one of BA's finest.........eek.....

Y2K, Windows NT4 Server and Notes. It's a 1990s Who, Me? special

Jim Willsher

Closest I've come is being on an RDP session all day, then finishing my work in a hurry and clicking Shutdown. GPO had been configured to not display any warnings so I clicked Shutdown then left for the day.

Completely unaware that I had shut down a remote server and left my own PC chugging away merrily.

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC

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Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

Jim Willsher

Bug or no bug, serves him right for having no backup of such valuable data.

'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

Jim Willsher

Yes, and I always use the old one via BAEC as the new one is fugly and horrid to use.

Jim Willsher

I have a BA Amex and I make bookings every week with BA. I just phoned the BA Amex card number (from India, where I am now) and there's a recorded message "We are aware blah....you are not liable blah....there is no need to take any action at this time".

So no panic from them, it seems.

My previous booking (in the time frame) was done on ba.com whilst logged in and I used my saved card details, just having to enter my CVV. I wonder if that helped or not, given that I didn't have to actually key in a bunch of stuff? Depends where the malware was plonked, I guess.

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

Jim Willsher

"Most of my Skype contacts have pretty much deserted it. When they do use it I never notice their message for several days - nor they my replies. Might as well use email - which at least would be seen within a few minutes."

Likewise. I just checked and I'm 7.x. But I also just had a look through my contacts list and couldn't find anyone who I didn't now communicate with using other means, e.g. S4B.

Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

Jim Willsher

Notes client was always hideously horrid. I'm sure the backend was clever and had some shiny bits. but the front end was awful.

This thing should be killed. I actually thought it was dead already, since I've never seen it being used anywhere recently, not since I left Scottish and Newcastle in 2004.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

Jim Willsher

Low adoption is easy: people can remember IPv4 addresses and they understand the concept of subnets and NAT. I reckon it's as simple as that.

I expect to be downvoted, but based on the conversations I hear at customers, that's why people stick to IPv4.

More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report

Jim Willsher

You can, but although I work in IT I do actually enjoy living out in the sticks. i just have to get into the routine of downloading stuff overnight.

Last week I was away with work, and my USA colleague showed me his speedtest.com results. On his fibre connection in Texas he usually get around 996Mb up and down. So that's a real world test.

12Mb is still a 50% improvement for me though ;-)

Jim Willsher

Last Friday my exchange (ESESS) got ADSL2+, so my download speeds increased from 8Mb to 12Mb. I feel truly privileged to be able to use such a fantastic technological improvement.

Yes. 12Mb, Whoopie-doo.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

Jim Willsher

Re: "Keep clicking, Windows-lovers! It's bound to come along soon."

yes, that's the plan I'm taking this time. Fed up being their beta-tester; this time I'll wait.

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

Jim Willsher

A slow EE day for me (RUT950, dual EE sim cards), e.g. a home-built Shoebox.


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yes ;)

Jim Willsher

I already have this setup. Teltonika RUT950 router with dual EE SIM cards and a decent antenna, for a coincidental £60/month. Except the gubbins bit is in the loft rather than forming a nesting perch outside.

Admittedly I only get 100GB per month but I do at least get 70Mb down and up, rather than the 10Mb this shoebox seems to be crippled with.

Bet there's still no static IP though, just the CGNAT crap.

(Rural Perthshire, in case you wondered, and I reckon I have the local EE 4G mast all to myself)

Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

Jim Willsher

Perthshire, 8Mb, EO line. 24Mb still seems a distant dream.

UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

Jim Willsher

Re: The turn of the millenium called...

Great if you have coverage from Three/Giffgaff. I have 4G coverage only from EE (and 8Mb from BT ADSL), so I pay £60/month for 100GB and I get about 70Mbps.

Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn

Jim Willsher

£7 month - give me the opportunity!

I currently pay £54/month for Zen's Office product, just so I can get the 832Kb upload. They have a fibre package starting at £33/month. I would gladly pay an extra £70/month for fibre, never mind an extra £7.

When all you can get is an "up to 8Mb" service, price is largely academic. It's access to the service that matters.

Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

Jim Willsher

Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Yeah completely irrelevant. No-one uses any Microsoft products anywhere. Windows, Office, SQL. Yeah all dead, no-one uses them.

UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

Jim Willsher

Whilst the NHS is huge, with about a million computers, it doesn't help itself by having dinosaur policies. Buying extended support from Microsoft for XP is a prime example.

There's every chance that this has spread by one of the zero-day exploits that were made public this week, this month or even this year, you can bet that their computers are very poorly patched.

Hit a poorly maintained LAN with a wormable encryptor and game over; all local files and network shares are encrypted very quickly on high-bandwidth networks.

Rolling back to "last night's backup" will be a challenge, and even a few hours' worth of lost work on a million PCs is a lot of work.

It was bound to happen eventually.

It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

Jim Willsher

Last year I replaced my iPad 4 with an iLatest iPad. Now I find myself using it very infrequently it's far easier to grab a laptop and a mouse than it is to faff around using finger gestures.

Wish I'd saved the ££££.....

Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Jim Willsher

There's your problem

"Another reported: "My business email uses an 123-reg mailbox,"

Stop right there, no need to finish that sentence. There's your problem.

If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

Jim Willsher

Re: OpenSignal

No signal to upload the data, i guess.

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Assuming the train is actually running, too.

Jim Willsher

Still a bit of a key artery though. A720 and A80 are both big roads, yes, but plenty of alternatives. If you can't access the A9,you basically can't travel N to S.

Jim Willsher

In all the areas I frequent near home, including the A9 between Dunkeld and Pitlochry, I can get 5 bars on Vodafone. That's 5 bars of GPRS, Not even an E symbol or a 3G symbol, let alone a 4G symbol on my phone. I have to go into a town to get 4G.

Hello? This is 2016. The A9 is the biggest trunk road in Scotland (hint: single digit). And only GPRS?


Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

Jim Willsher

Pretty sure it has absolutely nothing to do with ISP whatsoever. My users on remote sites get their IP (or not, as the case may be!!) from our SBS2011 or 2012R2 boxes. None of our users at any of our sites get their IP from the router. So I don't see how it can relate to the router, and therefore the ISP. I think it's purely client-side (since our servers haven't been updated/bounced for a while).

And the problem first reared on one laptop on 7th November. Nothing would get it to connect, whilst the rest of the office was happily working. Got said laptop sent to different office and it connected fine.

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

Jim Willsher

Agreed, it's not just BT. I manage a dozen networks, all using Zen. We have Cisco 877 or Cisco 887 on them all, and we've had this problem for a few weeks now. The first time it happened, I even had a desktop PC couriered to me as I couldn't use teamviewer to access it.

We had three on Monday, two Tuesday and two yesterday, at four different sites.

Running those commands does fix it, but you can only run them if you are a local admin, which our users aren't....

We actually reckon it's solely a windows problem, unrelated to any router, because all our sites use SBS 2011 or 2012 R2 as the DHCP provider. Our bets are on a recent windows update.

It's a PITA.

In all our cases, they are all win 10, upgraded from Win 7.

Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

Jim Willsher

There are ways and means of managing a team. Good ways and bad ways. Public denigration is never a good way of boosting morale in a team. I'm sure there are a lot of young developers out there who are highly skilled and highly motivated, but whom read Linus' posts and say "fu*k, that, I'm not working with that arrogant tw*t".

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

Jim Willsher

My view on lots of the above posts:

Models: I have a Dell 3130cn which I'm delighted with. it's been telling me for two years (or maybe three?) that the C/M/Y toners are nearly empty but it still happily prints all colours. Good job I didn't just chuck in my spare set when the printer warned me to.

Multifunction: never, ever buy a combined printer/copier/scanner. You wouldn't buy a spork (spoon+fork), you'd buy a spoon and a fork separately. You wouldn't hold an iPad up to your ear to make a phone call, you'd have a small phone for calls and a big iPad for videos (or Android/whatever). Get the right tool for the job, and if that means separate tools then fine.

HP: Never, ever buy HP. I did, once, and regretted it ever since. The nail in the coffin for me was when my £2k laptop had a hardware error the DAY AFTER the extended warranty expired, and they were not even remotely interested in helping me, even though my laptop was one of 20 that we'd bought. Cutting off nose to spite face?

HP are no longer significant in any market (although some unwise folks still buy their servers for some bizarre reason). HP are a Woolworths; they sell lots of stuff but it's all humdrum and they don't actually produce a single good product that makes them the goto place for something. They're an also-ran.

Downvotes expected. But I'm past caring.

IPv4 wealth redistributed

Jim Willsher

I enabled V6, after my ISP (Zen) opened a trial. Yes, it's 2016, and it's just a trial. However it took nearly a month for them to set up my reverse DNS entry, and as most websites are still IPv4 anyway I found little benefit.

I have a backup network solution, via EE 4G, which offers no IPv6 at all. So rather than have a dog's breakfast of stuff on my LAN, I reverted to IPv4.

Bluetooth 5 debuts next week

Jim Willsher

It's not nicknamed slowtooth for no reason.....

TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

Jim Willsher

It's been happening for at least a fortnight - a friend of mine had it happen to him. I know he has a secure password (11 characters, mixed case, symbols) but he noticed in the morning that user X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X had connected and transferred files from his computer. I contacted TeamViewer and I received a stock answer about security.

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Jim Willsher

I've no problem with it, since I pay my TV license. All I ask for, in return, is the ability to watch iPlayer and browse news.bbc.co.uk when I am overseas, which I am frequently (I'm writing this from a hotel in Milan). Having the BBC websites splattered with shitty adverts and getting iPlayer stuff blocked is, quite frankly, bollocks, when I am paying handsomely for the privilege of watching BBC when I am in the UK. Surely some form of authentication linked to a TV license is not beyond them?

Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

Jim Willsher

Never used anything from Bleeping Computer except for ComboFix, which has saved bacon on many of my friends' and neighbours' computers when they've installed crap. And for that alone, I've donated.

And yes, SpyHunter is crap.

TalkTalk website STILL down on day TWO

Jim Willsher

Choose a shit provider, expect a shit service. That is all.

Downvotes welcome.

Kill Flash: Adobe says patch to fix under-attack hole still days away

Jim Willsher

200 computers on my LAN.

ninite Flash....

Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Jim Willsher

Re: Attachments

I must be having a dullard morning but I can't find where to change the default behavour, either in Outlook intself or in the GPO templates I've installed into our policy central store.

Clues please?

Muchos gracias.

One in eight mobile calls in India drops out __ ___ middle of your chat

Jim Willsher

Echoing the post by AC. If you're with Vodafone in Perthshire (Scotland, for the avoidance of doubt) then a dropout rate of 1:2 would be more accurate. That's assuming you got a signal in the first place.

Yes I have a SureSignal. No I can't change provider (it's a work phone).

Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

Jim Willsher

Agreed, but the banishing of live tiles is just one advantage.

Right-click unpin, the technically literate solution to which you elude, just leaves a huge blank area where the tiles used to be. Is that meant to be a solution? And yes I know I can resize it, but I'm pretty sure the next application I install will want to plant itself there.

Jim Willsher

Within 5 minutes of installing W10 in a VM, I had downloaded Start10.

Live Tiles - WTF. Start10 gets rid of those, and that makes it worth every penny.

Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

Jim Willsher

Re: Upgrading tonight

>>>I shall report back in a few days :-)

Once you've rebuilt your system with your W7 DVD?

Jim Willsher

What advantages does Windows 10 *actually* bring to the average power-user? Windows 8 had some performance improvements, native mounting of VHD/VHDX/ISO files, improved File History. Enough for me to use Win8 (with Start8, of course).

But what does Windows 10 bring? Live Tiles - not interested. Cortana - not interested. Edge browser - not interested (Firefox). Multiple desktops - not interested (I use dual monitors soI have enough screen space without needing Jekyll and Hyde options).

Are there really any compelling reasons to use it?

I'm currently downloading from MSDN anyway, but I've yet to see any reason to install it.


Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

Jim Willsher

I get 1TB/month allowance. Sadly I'm only on an 8Mb connection, but soon to move house with a 80Mb connection.

Jim Willsher

Re: for me at least

Just checked mine, I have an 840 EVO which I've had for a couple of years I reckon. 931GB capacity, and I've written 14.52TB overall. And my laptop is in use all day, every day. Looking at SMART I have 7755 power-on hours (861 cycles).

So either of the shiny new devices would be very welcome on my desk. Thank you, I'll clear some space.

Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Jim Willsher

Whilst I do confess to owning an iphone (all beatings accepted), I haven't worn *any* watch for about 30 years, so the apple watch will not be on my wishlist.

And TBH, and don't see any appeal to it whatsoever. Perhaps I'm the minority.

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

Jim Willsher

The comments on page one re: tablet mode, touchscreen mode, are completely academic. NOBODY uses them! Mouse, keyboard.....that is all.



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