* Posts by Charlie van Becelaere

427 posts • joined 3 May 2007


So the data centre's 'getting a little hot' – at 57°C, that's quite the understatement

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: I once had to do something similar in a Skoda...

Mine was a 1964 Rambler in about 1985, so the poor machine had a right to be a bit touchy. Driving in 35C+ temps with the heater blowing as much heat as possible made for a less than wonderful drive home from the office.

The web was done right the first time. An ancient 3D banana shows Microsoft does a lot right, too

Charlie van Becelaere

Web Slowing

"Alas, the Cambridge Coffee Pot is no more."

One can but surmise this is the reason for the web's deteriorating performance. I know I'm not nearly as efficient (nor as fast) without some coffee in me. In my experience, my computers have always performed better when there was a cup of hot coffee nearby.

btw, why no coffee or tea icons?

Wireless powersats promise clean, permanent, abundant energy. Sound familiar?

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Lets do the maths

"Then you have all the stuff from the 50s and earlier without any form of insulation or cavity walls. Pretty much there the only option is to start again so you are back to square one."

I don't know about that. My 1920s home is actually very well insulated and requires very little cooling help in Summer - especially with a large-ish tree out front shading us much of the day.

The steam heat through radiators is surprisingly efficient (and comfortable) and we've had several tradesmen warn us against getting anything new to replace it (barring a total breakdown or other disaster) as nothing around is nearly as good. I don't know that they're correct, but I do like my utility bills being as low as they are (relatively speaking, of course).

At our latitude, solar is only an option for Summer bonus energy.

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Where are you going with that tape

Careful with that tape, Eugene.

Are you a 1%er? Windows 11 turns up in the usage figures

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I miss Windows 7 these days. If I could just get rid of Teams, that might help some.

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

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Re: As a Californian, all I can sat is "Who cares?".

"Naturally, expect the current generation of smart meters being rolled out in the UK to not be smart enough to broker the supply negotiation between EV and network, so you'll be spending much time queuing at places with public chargers..."

Was I the only one to read that as smart meters being about to bork the supply negotiation?

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service

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"Lest we forget, embrace, extend, extinguish"

I think you forgot exsanguinate.

Exsparko-destructus! What happens when wand waving meets extremely poor wiring

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Cage nuts and cable monkeys...

(after we got rid of the Frame Delay setup that was delivered at first)

Perhaps I've simply missed it, but I love this term and will use it henceforth.

Have one on me!

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Go agile, go!

It's bugs all the way down!

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Adjust the monitor settings?

"Or remove the fridge magnet holding the bit of paper with their passwords to the side of the monitor."

My SVGA (Yes, I was one of the lucky ones!) CRT had a lovely rainbow effect on the base blue screen which disappeared when I realised I had a magnetic paperclip holder sitting atop the monitor, just above the fun part of the display.

I may have admitted that to a coworker (but I doubt it).

Five words everyone wants to hear: Microsoft has 'visually refreshed' Office

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please just stop changing the keyboard shortcuts from version to version!

Surely I'm not the only one who tries to keep his hands on the keyboard and finds their changing of muscle-memorised keyboard shortcuts from version to version to be frustrating.

Facebook granted patent for 'artificial reality' baseball cap. Repeat, an 'artificial reality' baseball cap

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: "hats solve the problem presented by AR glasses"

"I also propose a change of acronym. Facebook Artificial Reality Tat Hat. As in, 'Hey Hiro, see you're wearing your fart hat today...'"

Very nice. I was thinking of Augmented+Simulated Sight Hat.

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

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Re: Credit where it's due

"post mortem procedure which should explicitly exclude bean counters."

Thumbs up specifically for this.

Sold: €15k invisible sculpture that's a must-see for art lovers

Charlie van Becelaere
Paris Hilton

Still waiting

I'm still waiting for my modelling fee for this sculpture.

At first I thought the exposure might help my career, but I'm not seeing anything yet. Probably should have posed with Paris.

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Privacy is an acquired taste it would seem

"People seem to misunderstand at a fundamental level."


BOFH: But we think the UK tax authorities would be VERY interested in how we used COVID support packages

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: It's been a while....

Upvote for "litho-braking."

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court

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Yes, this -

"Or maybe support your favourite artists by buying their stuff direct if possible?"

As above: Yes, this.

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source

Charlie van Becelaere


produce very decent music notation software - and it's also free and open source.

Here's hoping they'll keep both of them moving along in this same FOSS lane.

Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days

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Re: Digital Technology Expert

More properly 1023 before moving to other body parts. (Not grammar exactly, but at least I am being pedantic.)

George Clooney of IT: Dribbling disaster and damp disk warnings scare the life out of innocent user

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Never had the screensaver, but my desktop background picture was the WinXP BSOD.

I did get some worried looks, but once they noticed all the icons still sitting there floating in the blue my colleagues generally got it and wanted a copy of the (as I recall) bmp file I had made.

Fire up that Macintosh II: Retro techhead gives the web a Netscape 1.1 makeover

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Re: I'll calculate to this!

"Pint for the effort, and as Woody said in Toy Story, "Wind the Frog!""

As I have not seen this film, I'm wondering if wind has a long I or a short I when spoken.

Is this like winding a horn, or winding a clock?

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

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As noted in many other comments

There really is no opt out when our neighbours "opt in" will cover our homes / offices / spaces as well.

bf indeed.

Diary of a report writer and his big break into bad business

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Re: Amazing

"Having done freelance stuff, I felt this piece in the parts of my soul not yet killed by these interactions. Nicely written!"

Nicely written indeed ... apart from the appalling lack of commas and the penchant for active verbs.

It's as if he had no style sheet to which to adhere!

From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Gatwick -> Edinburgh ?

Then I can say I've seen more of Scotland than you have.

My direct flight from Detroit to Heathrow somehow changed to Detroit to Philadelphia (wait overnight) to Edinburgh to Heathrow. By far my least favourite route thus far.

Shockingly, the weather in Edinburgh was beautifully clear, so I saw whatever could be seen out the windows of the airport.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Its very easy to detect ground based broadcasts

"given that TV detector vans exist in the UK"

No they don't. I don't think they ever have.

Perhaps not, but what about the cat detector vans from the Ministry of Housinge?

State of Maine threatens to tear up Workday HR contract and request $21m refund if it cannot remedy concerns

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Scat Occurs

"Across the state's information technology infrastructure we've occurred technical debt in the purest sense,"

Are they speaking English? What does that even mean?

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a beer: Beware the downloaded patch applied in haste

Charlie van Becelaere

We've all felt this way,



SpaceX small print on Starlink insists no Earth government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities

Charlie van Becelaere

Maybe Elon got to him already!

Maybe he IS Elon.

Charlie van Becelaere

Keep in mind that

the Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Extraterrestrial Revolution seems to be in the cards.

We imagine this maths professor's lecture was fascinating – sadly he was muted for two hours

Charlie van Becelaere

"nominative determinism at work methinks"

and soon to be accusative!

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Would you lye to me?

"I was going to reply then I thought Na, Oh."

Chemistry ftw. Have one on me, Steve K.

The Linux box that runs the exec carpark gate is down! A chance for PostgreSQL Man to show his quality

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I'd have Regomized

the redundanted chap who "managed" the linux box in the first place as Eugene, just so we could read "Careful with that box, Eugene."

Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?

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Back in the XP days I crafted a jpg replica of an actual BSOD I had received and used it as a screen saver and desktop background.

Helpdeskers tended to do double takes when stopping by my machine.

Good times.

Very little helps: Tesco serves up 3-for-1 borkage special to self-scanning Tesco shoppers

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Mondeos have gone downhill (and not in a useful sense)

Upvote for µsoft - I'll be using that spelling henceforth.

You can drive a car with your feet, you can operate a sewing machine with your feet. Same goes for computers obviously

Charlie van Becelaere

Left-handed rodents

I've always been a sinister mouser, simply because the first time I had a mouse for my machine (a Deskpro 386 as I recall), that was the side where I had space on my desk for a mouse.

Now I'm glad I learnt that way, as it leaves the right hand free for the number pad and so forth.

In other news, I still have a friend who uses her mouse with the cord facing away from her. It drives her coworkers mad, but it's how she started, and it's hard to unlearn many years of muscle memory.

'We're storing how this material should behave': Boffins' 3cm 'm-bit' cubes demonstrate programmable wunderstuff

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Well, maybe?

"Malleable hardware. Hardens upon impact."

Hmm. What's going to happen to my percussive maintenance programme?

The Novell NetWare box keeps rebooting over and over again yet no one has touched it? We're going on a stakeout

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Fluorescents... Yes, but

'Twas on a Monday morning the carpeter came 'round.

It all makes work for the working man to do.

Consultants bag £375m for their role in developing the UK's faltering COVID-19 Test and Trace system

Charlie van Becelaere

I would have done it

for £1 per row in the Excel sheet I'd provide.

Of course, I'd be using the .xlsb version to avoid potential infections in .xls or .xlsm.

America says banks can now transact using so-called stable crypto-coins. What does that actually mean?

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: "The incongruity between the treatment of cash and cryptocurrency"

Thanks for that link. That's actually an understandable explanation of the concepts.

Lay down your souls to the gods of rock 'n' roll: Conspiracy theorists' 5G 'vaccine' chip schematic is actually for a guitar pedal

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: "adjust the frequency"

Beat me to it!

Confessions at a Christmas do: 'That time I took down an entire neighbourhood'

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: What in the...

Upvote for the typo


Windows might have frozen – but at least my feet are toasty

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: You from up North ?

I wondered about that as well.

It's always DNS, especially when a sysadmin makes a hash of their semicolons

Charlie van Becelaere

Remember the days when 'we made it up as we went along'?

Remember? That's where I live!

Tech support scammer dialed random number and Australian Police’s cybercrime squad answered

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That's funny, you don't look Vogon.

Now that's a Finnish-ing move: Finland offers free 90-day tryout of Helsinki tech scene with childcare thrown in

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That's the country for me

The Pythons had this figured out quite a while ago.


(I give them bonus points for the gratuitous mention of Belgium in they lyrics.)

H2? Oh! New water-splitting technique pushes progress of green hydrogen

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: > blasting microwave radiation at a watery chemical soup

That sounds a lot like photosynthesis. Another fairly mature process.

Quick thinking and an explanation for everything – key CTO qualities

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: I've been fired ...

"Does anybody under thirty even know what ASCII art is?"

I was about to reply that I do. Then I realised that said reply would be more than two decades late.

Good news: Boffins have finally built room-temperature superconductors. Bad news: You'll need a laser, a diamond anvil, and a lot of pressure

Charlie van Becelaere

It sounds as though

the key is in the structure - the atoms' being bound in a crystalline lattice. Perhaps a sheet of diamond doped with sulphur in exactly the right spots would do. I'm off to the shed for a bit of doping (as it were).

Excel is for amateurs. To properly screw things up, those same amateurs need a copy of Access

Charlie van Becelaere

Re: Access

Upvoted for the "out of touch" comment, but I have to say it's dead simple to make a notice of Emily's birthday in Excel.

From the Department of WCGW: An app-controlled polycarbonate lock with no manual override/physical key

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Just popped in to say thanks. I don't quite need a new keyboard, but "mene tekel" takes the cake.




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