Someone with clearly too much time on their hands.
Posts by Jim Willsher
156 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Mar 2008
Riding in Sidecar: How to get a Psion online in 2023
Apple aims to replace Broadcom, Qualcomm wireless chips with its own
Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move
Vodafone to move SAP S/4HANA ERP system to Google Cloud
Microsoft's Surface Laptop Go 2: $599 for 11th gen Intel CPU
Tweaks to IPv4 could free up 'hundreds of millions of addresses'
Most carriers support it; backbone providers etc. But most ISPs - in the UK at least - who provide the last mile. BT, Virgin and EE are three, and they probably cover 80% of the domestic endpoints. I know you asked about non-domestic but the reality is that most users and probably most SMEs use domestic-class connections.
China again signals desire to shape IPv6 standards
Toshiba reveals 30TB disk drive to arrive by 2024
James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its new home – an orbit almost a million miles from Earth
It doesn't matter how you look at this, it's a pretty damned good bit of work by some very clever people.
Spend 10 years building something that's several metres tall, sit it on top of a "bomb waiting to happen", sling it into space, let it hurtle along at ~10 KM/s (gradually slowing) for around a million miles, and it arrives on time and is exactly where it's supposed to be. No options to retry it or "have another go", and no-one forgot to remove that last cable-tie.
Good design and proper planning really is worth the effort.
IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success
Re: Won't happen in my lifetime
I'm also 49, I've worked in IT for 27 years (developer, networking, now a global CTO) and I agree. The IETF needs to fall on its sword and accept that it has failed.
Look at the failings of IPv4, look at the barriers to adoption of IPv6, and find some middle ground. IPv6 throws the baby out wit the bathwater.
Take NAT for example. Yes, people see it as a challenge. But it's great for having simple firewall rules, where the default is to disallow all inbound traffic.
Take addressing. Anyone in IT can easily remember IP addresses as they walk from one end of the office to the other; IPv6 address blocks are longer, with hex, and are just less memorable.
Take the concept of all devices having a public IP address. Maybe I don't want that?
I'm not posting this as an AC, and I'm happy to be shot down. But I don't think I'm wrong. If IPv6 brought enough advantages, the challenges would be overcome, people would find a way. But there are very few advantages at the "IT department level" and the "end user level", so there's simply no appetite for the effort.
VMware recalls full vSphere update over driver dramas
Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere
Relics from the early days of the Sinclair software scene rediscovered at museum during lockdown sort-out
RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81
Re: Part of wished I had met him...
I was fortunate to do so. Every now again there used to be computer fairs in London - Earls Court I think. My dad took me down there (from Cheshire) for the day and we visited, bought some stuff, toured the stands etc. Sir Clive was there (I don't think he was a Sir back then) and we had a brief chat and shook hands etc. Probably well over 35 years ago now but I still remember it vividly.
Sad. I was born in 1972 and learned programming on a ZX81; my dad had a QL. Yes, the microdrives were horrific and yes, it was annoying loading games from cassettes. I still have a copy of a program listing (in BASIC of course) I wrote for the Disciple, a third party storage system for the Spectrum.
But it's where I cut my teeth. Fast forward to now and I've been a tech lead in software services companies and I am now a CTO, so in retrospect he was responsible for mapping out much of my career.
Those ZX and X keys really took a hammering on Daley Thompson's Decathlon though. And I didn't buy a C5.
Microsoft's Cloud PCs debut – priced between $20 and $158 a month
As others have eluded to....I really don't see the point.
- If you have a low-end PC and you want a high-end experience, the money you spend on subscription would be better spent on your own tin
- If you have a high-end PC then you achieve nothing, you already have what you are striving for.
- If you have an phone/tablet and you want a PC you'll go demented without a keyboard and mouse, and after a year's subscription you could buy a low end PC anyway.
The PrintNightmare continues: Microsoft confirms presence of vulnerable code in all versions of Windows
Re: As much as I like to dump on microsoft a pile...
Company size doesn't and shouldn't matter. Think of all those small companies, charities/not-for-profit that probably only have one server, and who probably also have a userbase that could fall victim to malware. Remember that any authenticated user can now own the domain....or put differently, Mary in Accounts just needs to run some code from an email or URL and she just potentially created a new domain admin account.
Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10
Copper load of this: Openreach outlines 77 new locations where it'll stop selling legacy phone and broadband products
The swift in-person response is part of the service (and nothing to do with the thing I broke while trying to help you)
I did something worse.
Remote Desktop onto a server, happily working away editing code in Notepad++. Cue 5PM and I suddenly remember I’m late and will be slaughter by SWMBO.
Ctrl+S, exit, start, shutdown, confirm, grab coat, run.
I’m now sitting in the car on my way home whilst rest of office is wondering why they can’t access stuff.
Broadband plumber Openreach yanks legacy copper phone lines in Suffolk town of Mildenhall en route to getting the UK on VoIP
We were 'blindsided' by Epic's cheek, claims Apple exec on 4th day of antitrust wrangling
I think the IE vs Netscape as about MS promoting its own browser and making it the default. They never actually prevented people using Netscape, they just made it harder for the people who thing browser == computer == internet == www etc. Whereas Apple flatly block it. You can't install apps without going via App Store, and you can't pay for them (or in-app purchases) without also going through same store.
Highways England seeks vendor to replace Windows 2003-based pavement management systems
Openreach out and hike prices on legacy fixed-line products: Broadband plumber pulls trigger after Ofcom gives the nod
OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable
The data centre used, until 3-4 years ago, is housed in a very tatty part of Milton Keynes, on an industrial estate (yeah, industrial estate in MK doesn't exactly narrow it down). To gain access it's a side door, like you'd have to get into your garage, with a letterbox and a doorbell. The little nametag under the doorbell simply says "private morgue".
Apple iOS 14.5 will hide Safari users' IP addresses from Google's Safe Browsing
The Fat iPhone, 11 years on: The iPad's over a decade old and we're still not sure what it's for
I use my iPad for one thing, and one thing only, and that's for watching downloaded Amazon Prime films when I am criss-crossing the Atlantic on a plane, and there's nothing I like the sound of on the IFE.
So clearly it's sat on a shelf since last March, unused.
When it dies, it won't be replaced.
Apple suffers setback in epic Epic Games games fight: Federal judge zaps damages counterclaim
Despite not being a game player, and owning several I devices, I am firmly in support of Epic here. 30% is greedy, I am sure if that were cut to 15% Epic would be satisfied.
I can subscribe to Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify, Office365 etc outside of the App store, yet download apps from the App store for free, and Apply is happy with this. So the precedent is already set, for Apple to be happy for apps to reside in the store and have those apps serve content an functionality which are paid for outside of the App store.
Microsoft? More like: My software goes off... Azure AD, Outlook, Office.com, Teams, Authenticator, etc block unlucky folks from logging in
Halloween approaches and the veil between worlds wears thin – the Windows 10 October 2020 Release walks among us
Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village
Trucking hell: Kid leaves dad in monster debt after buying oversized vehicle on eBay
Re: Unlikely story
>>>19000 is above credit limit.
My personal Amex has a £32k limit, and I once (two years ago) had to purchase a server for work and claim back on expenses, all £30k of it.
Amex didn’t bat an eyelid (although to be fair I had made several expensive flight purchases in the previous few weeks).
My Avios balance did well out of it.
Mainframe madness as the snowflakes take control – and the on-duty operator hasn't a clue how to stop the blizzard
This reminds me of the BBC computer network we had at 6th form college at the tail end of the eighties. Part of the class (a level) covered assembler.
Two of our class (names withheld) wrote a keyboard logger that sat in RAM and looked for a sequence of characters - LOGIN I think, and then stored the following 10 keypresses to RAM. It was planted on a few PCs and at the end of the day the miscreants checked the RAM. Eventually they struck gold and found the teacher's credentials - I can still remember his username and password to this day, 30 years later.
Armed with the keys to the kingdom, and after much snooping around and high jinx messing with users details, the final act of fun was to change the "logout" screen.
Those of you with long memories of said BBC networks may recall the logout command was *FW, and it displayed a huge FAIRWELL screen. For the best part of the Friday of that week, the logout screen now showed FUC*WELL instead (with a K, obviously).
Much giggling took place, and the lab was shut for the whole of the following week.
The names of the guilty students were never identified, although I can probably be bought.....
It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4
So I'll play devil's advocate here. I just checked my RUT950 screen and BOOM there's an IPv6 IP address showing. This is on EE 4G.
If I did want to get IPv6 enabled on my LAN, where IP(v4) addresses are handed out by my Windows server DHCP, what do I need to do next? Do I need to configure default gateways somewhere, if so what? Using the online IPv6 websites suggests I have no IPv6 connectivity, so what do I need to configure/enable? IPv6 is enabled on my NIC.
And is there a recommended forum or group of users willing to help others get stuff working? Yes I know there's a ton of documentation out there, but it's always easier to get real help from real people.
Watchdog slams Pentagon for failing – for a third time – to migrate US military to IPv6
Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift
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
I'm not Boeing anywhere near that: Coder whizz heads off jumbo-sized maintenance snafu
Y2K, Windows NT4 Server and Notes. It's a 1990s Who, Me? special
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.
Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files
'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks
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.