* Posts by Inspector71

153 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Jan 2009


File Explorer gets facelift in latest Windows 11 build


Re: Cheese is Christ!

I think we were actually better off when it was "la Vista". Just think about that for a moment, this is where we are now......

Can gamers teach us anything about datacenter cooling? Lenovo seems to think so


What's old is new again. The Cray supercomputers had immersion cooling systems from the 70's on. I seem to remember that the Cray 1 had a benchseat as a cooling system accessory.

BOFH: I know of a small biz that could deliver nothing for a fraction of the cost


Yes, great taste especially pleased with the shout out to Infected by The The and it's the 12" version even. That entire album is an 80's gem.

FreeBSD comes to Amazon's lightweight hypervisor


Re: FreeBSD

Touche! and I agree with you. I've got a soft spot for NetBSD myself.


Re: FreeBSD

"The gold standard of operating systems"

You, sir, are a brave man.

Just for a start, a certain Mr de Raadt might disagree with you slightly....

Emissions-slashing hybrid trains to hit tracks in Europe


Re: Where will they get all that green H?

Yep, Hydrogen is really tricky stuff to handle even for the "experts". Just ask NASA....cough....SLS....

Half of bosses out of touch with reality, study shows


Re: Douglas Adams would be proud

Yes, he is classic B Ark fodder.

Leaked footage shows British F-35B falling off HMS Queen Elizabeth and pilot's death-defying ejection


Re: Ooops!

/watch nerd on

The even better news is that you are entitled upon approval and presentation of your (used) ejector seat serial number to a very special edition Bremont MBI watch. It's subtly different to the "civilian" model but if you know ..you know. An owner's club with a very exclusive membership all of whom would probably liked never to have joined.

/watch nerd off

Reviving a classic: ThinkPad modder rattles tin to fund new motherboard for 2008's T60 and T61 series of laptops


Peak Laptop?

Each of us has our own idea of the perfect laptop. For me this period of Thinkpads hits the spot, Build quality, design, functionality were all just right for me. At one point I had 5 from this period X61s, X61Tablet, T61p, X301 and X201. You could take it completely apart and replace practically every part and screw. At the time I remember that after IBM sold the hardware business to Lenovo a lot of people thought it would all go downhill fast but for a period they hit it out of the park.

I've been very tempted to get either of the upgraded X63 or X210.

What do you mean, 'Microsoft doesn't care about Windows on Arm'? Here's a cheap, underpowered test rig


Re: "Still, it's only a matter of time before somebody boots Linux on the thing"

Chances are NetBSD has beat Linux to it.

IBM insiders say CEO Arvind Krishna downplayed impact of email troubles, asked for a week to sort things out


Is brand damage to IBM even possible anymore?

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills


Made in Scotland from......

For me, got to be AG Barr's finest magic orange beverage. Ice cold and has to be the real sugar version. Painkillers optional.

Gone in 60 electrons: Digital art swaggers down the cul-de-sac of obsolescence


Re: Tank Girl

It's true she was the headline attraction but Liz and Pippa from Wired World were always my favourite. Hey, Mr. Philip Bond, where's that collected edition? Still waiting.

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


New Shiny

My guess, it's the new Mac Pro. Ultra minimalist. No ports, completely sealed and you can't configure anything. You just be grateful for what they give you. Yours for a mere $250,000.

Ransomware crims read our bank balance and demanded the lot, reveals Scotland's Dundee and Angus College


Re: Fine Journalism

Never mind international readership, speaking as a proud Dundonian you'd be amazed how many people in this country can't quite locate Dundee.

Cue Weegie jokes about who would want to.......

NASA hires Nokia to build first 4G network on the Moon as part of plan to boldly go back to lunar surface by 2024


Slightly Disappointed

Pity they hadn't included some old school 2G kit. Then they could have just given all the astronauts a bunch of original 3310s that someone had lying around in a drawer. Pretty sure they would work on the moon.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it


Re: Coming soon!

Does that guarantee cover sharks with frikkin lasers as well?

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?


Has to be a White Pudding supper FTW. Can only be enjoyed to the fullest with ice cold Irn Bru. If you can buy the limited edition 1901 Recipe where they put all the sugar back in.

Was one happy Dundonian when I was home for Christmas.

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


No, ideas are bulletproof. (as per your icon)

School's out as ransomware attack downs IT systems at Scotland's Dundee and Angus College


Hey, cross the bridge and say that. I'll pan yer heid in.

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans


Yes, Doonesbury pretty much marked the Newton handwriting recognition for all time. :-)

To give it it's due by the time Steve Jobs killed the Newton when he returned to Apple they had improved on the infamous recognition a lot and it functioned really well. The last model, the MessagePad 2000/2100 was a really good product only (plus ca change) way too expensive and niche for the time. Powered by ARM cpus as well so a harbinger of the future in one way.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!


The Other Side

Having period flashbacks here.

For those of us on the Mac side of things, mid to late 90's networking brought us the wonders of Appleshare, the glory of Open Transport and if you wanted to pollute the network with Windows then of course you needed Dave. Not a bloke called Dave, there really was SMB networking software called Dave.

Functionality for all this was of course at times optional.

Extension Manager was your best and only friend.

A little product renaming here, a little RISC-V magic there, some extra performance, and voila – Imagination's 10th-gen PowerVR is born



More old school hip hop subheadings please.

Microsoft Chrom... Edge hits beta as new browser prepped for biz testing


Re: Vivaldi

Me, I'll stick to WorldWideWeb on my Next Cube.

If it's good enough for Tim then it's good enough for me.

Queen Elizabeth has a soggy bottom: No, the £3.1bn aircraft carrier, what the hell did you think we meant?


Re: Trim options and the sticker price

That assumes that any of those parts work in the first place. It had better be simpler to work on because it is rarely out of maintenance. The F35 has been barely able to fulfil its role(s) properly since day one and has been dogged with airframe, systems integration and god knows how many other problems.

Don't get me wrong I admire it as an engineering and technical exercise, it's quite an achievement. But as a front line aircraft deployed both on land and at sea it is as they say, sub optimal. Aircraft Techs have a more choice phrase I believe.

It's an absolute classic product of the military/industrial complex. A $1.5 Trillion (and rising) tribute to pork barrel politics.

Yorkshire bloke's Jolly Roger flag given the heave-ho after council receives one complaint


Re: Guidance on flags wrong but a possible loop hole

Forza Sankt Pauli!!

Probably all Hamburger SV fans around there.

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings


Re: Easy Fix

Attention all symlinks.....dead or alive, you are coming with me.

Mad King Leo pulled the wool over HP shareholders' eyes, ex-CEO Whitman tells court


Re: The more this goes on...

Yes for all we have a go at the fruity one and boy do they deserve it at times they are pretty canny that way. Their biggest aquistion ever I believe was when they bought Beats for $3 Billion which is verging on change down the back of the sofa for them considering the cash pile they are sitting on.

'Happy to throw Leo under the bus', Meg Whitman told HP after Autonomy buyout


Re: Is it me?

Oh yes, not just at HP and I would humbly suggest IBM as the star turn as far as that is concerned.

Oracle suspects Pentagon fell for a JEDI Prime trick: Amazon now accused of luring two officials with jobs


Re: Blakes 7

I had to re-read the headline again. Thought it said "Orac suspects.....".That would explain a lot about how Big Red operates though.

A real head-scratcher: Tech support called in because emails 'aren't showing timestamps'


Re: "WTF do you think you're doing?"


I got my very first IT "job" through my aunt one summer in the local council computer dept. She was in charge of the "punch room" where a gang of very lively women punched all the data on to cards and I got to load them on and off the I/O card reader in the computer room.

NASA fingers the cause of two bungled satellite launches, $700m in losses, years of science crashing and burning...


Re: Aluminum

'Earth without art is just 'Eh'

Ah, the Canadian pronunciation....

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

IT Angle

Come on then...

Pandas so useless.....even mentions of Red Pandas in the comments.

There must be a Mozilla gag in there somewhere.....

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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I'd buy those for a dollar.

Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE


Have to say that that I think there was a point when Apple could have made a dent in at least the SMB enterprise market. They should have pushed Mac OS X Server and the XServes as a all in one business in a box solution like the old MS SBS product which Microsoft was breaking up when they thought they could make more money by selling separate products.

The "proper" OS X Server around Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard and the G5 and Intel Xserves made it a really good solution IMHO.

But then along came the iPhone and Apple Computer became Apple Inc, OS X Server became just an "app" and the Intel Xserves were killed off and they started offering Mac Minis as "servers". They just lost interest.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it


Re: Git TF!

and yes I know all you fellow Scots not the original electric soup which my dad used to talk about seeing the local alkies consuming in old Dundee but that's what Buckie got called round my way amongst other things.


Re: Git TF!

No, that'd be ES (Electric Soup)


I'd go for Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi:

You dont' know what you've Git till it's gone

They paved paradise and put up a data centre.

Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space


Re: Case for the prosecution

Long live the new lager!

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering


Re: Title

I blame Eadon.

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

I'll see your Windows 3.1 CNC machine and raise you a BridgePort Wire Eroder running DOS 3.0 running off twin 720k floppies.

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour


It's less DJing now and more live "producing" now that you can essentailly have a complete recording studio on your MacBook. Layering not just effects but actual instruments over the tracks and then doing the mixdown live as you go. Be it automated or manually tweaking it with a controller. The next step is no doubt going to be an AI DJ. (shudders)

In the end the real skill of a DJ is not being able to put together a seamless mix or knowing where exactly to place the drop or being able to scratch 3 decks at once, it's simply about choosing good music to create a mood as it always has been. Be it in a hip club at 2.00am or your cousin's wedding.

Right I'm off to Discogs....


Doug S

Then came Traktor and then you didn’t even need hardware. Nowadays you literally can “phone in” a set.

Mine’s the one with a pair of Sennheiser HD25s in the pocket.


Agreed but nostalgia apart, there is/was a greater sense of theatre with a box of 12's, a pair of SL-1200s and working the crossfader on an SH-DJ1200. I was a very poor amateur but when you saw DJ Shadow or Z-Trip or DJ Hype do a vinyl set live (as I have several times over the years) it was some experience.

It's all too perfect today where you can fade in the breakdown to the thousandth of a millisecond and you can pretty much pre program your set. Even the old school DJs who have embraced the digital age still have a little xtra something to my mind as a lot of them still use it in an analog way with all the imperfections that implies.

I know, I know, rose-tinted.


A "real" professional DJ drops the needle on those SL-1200 MkII's.

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name


ZFS, ok maybe not, then how about ZFGFS Zero F***s Given File System?

Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC


Re: Funny Sound Bite on Radio 4 This morning

+1 for After Dark reference.

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion


"This industry is insane"

You only just noticed!

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same


On record and of course T-shirts, the Poppies have it for me.

Live, Ned's just edges it.

If you disagree then there is no love between us anymore.


Any mention of Stourbridge's finest is OK with me. 28 years since Touched By The Hand of Cicciolina....bloody hell. Still the best World Cup theme ever.