* Posts by jason 7

3162 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Pandemic proves just the tonic for PC sales as shipments shoot upwards

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Re: I have to say...

Yes optical media is a nightmare! Has anyone used it recently? I ended up having to rebuild a PC using the Windows DVD a few weeks ago. It took forever. So used to plugging a USB3 stick into a SSD equipped laptop and having it all down in 5 mins or so.

Optical is a waste of time in most cases. Hello to the 21st Century.

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I have to say...

...as an IT support guy, business has been pretty good the past few months. Been working on a lot more gaming rigs too.

But yeah new tech is largely irrelevant to 80% of 'normal users' especially in business.

When lockdown happened I was telling my local business folks that suddenly needed to work from home to buy refurbed Lenovo T430's with i5/8GB/240GB SSD and Win10 Pro. All for around £330 a pop! When you suddenly need 5 machines for your staff that's a good deal.

Same for desktops. Looking at £150 a go for the same spec. Why buy new? Does Karen on reception need that 32GB Threadripper box?

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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I don't get why...

...a sub-standard tech that came out nearly 30 years ago is still quite expensive.

UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years

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So start legislation...

...to make this junk last more than 13 months? Oh and also make it easier to repair.

I really don't mind paying a bit more if I know I'll definitely get 5 years+ out of an IT item.

Laser printers? Make the fuser unit easy to replace and not charge 90% of the cost of a whole new printer for a replacement unit.

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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...next year?

Section 230 authors despair of Trump, Barr, Biden, US Congress’ aggressive ignorance of critical tech law

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Re: Time...

Just take it easy Gramps!

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...to get boomers out of politics.

Sorry guys but the world has passed you by. It ain't 1985 anymore.

Take that full pension and pop off to your first or second holiday home/yacht and relax.

You've done your bit...unfortunately.

Earnings up, broadband users (and voice calls) down: TalkTalk posts prelim results for FY 2020

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On one the more regular things in small business and domestic IT support!

Customer - "I have really bad broadband!"

Me - "Are you with TalkTalk?"

Customer - "How did you guess?!?"

Get them switched over to any other ISP on the planet and that 1.5Mbps connection "that's as good as it gets!" according to TalkTalk, jumps to 10Mbps or more.

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

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Re: "people can't use some of its stuff in the cloud nor access their documents"

Like these people that think just having one USB port on a laptop is moving forward.

Well I guess when you spent £2000 on such junk you have to convince yourself you made the right decision.

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Re: Affinity

Yeah we've all switched to Affinity here too. Been that way for a while.

So much less hassle...and cost.

Back of the net! Norfolk County Council kicks off £18m Oracle cloud ERP deal

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Re: The big question...

Ha well we are the only ones that build cycle paths with trees in them!


Cllr Mike Stonard...what a guy!

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Knowing me knowing Norfolk County Council...

...it will end up costing twice that! But the local useless Archant press will never bother to investigate.


We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Anyone seen Biden recently...

It's not really Biden's sexual misconduct that's the issue it's the dementia. How can a man run for President when he can't even utter a complete sentence without getting lost. Just watch any of the recent interviews from the past 6 months. It's scary to watch. It also explains Biden's short, clipped responses at the primaries. He was instructed to keep it short so he didn't meander and get lost. Well that and the fact he has NO policies other than 'Not Trump'.

I'm not fan of the idiot Trump but it appears certain that the DNC want to lose this time round. After all they make a lot of money with Trump in charge. All those great tax cuts for the rich do not discriminate between Dem or Rep. Trump is a low IQ muppet with reading difficulties but he will tear Biden apart in any debate.

Democrat voters need to wake up that they are taken for granted and basically spat on by the DNC.

You deserve better then the scraps the DNC offers you. So stop throwing away your vote. You don't have to vote Team Blue at all costs just because they tell you to. Let them know you are prepared to walk away. Otherwise..it will never change.

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Re: Anyone seen Biden recently...

Well enjoy Joe's dribbling come November. That's if he hasn't quit with 'health issues' in the next couple of months due to the sexual harassment claims.

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Re: Anyone seen Biden recently...

Ahh a dementia denier.

Joe Biden...sponsored by Tena Men's Pants.

Shame the DNC rigged so Bernie got pushed aside. But then again Bernie never wanted to win.

Very sad.

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Anyone seen Biden recently...

...well not much and now his wife does the talking for him. She is more desperate to be First Lady than Joe wants to be President.

Well I don't think he remembers that much now.

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Re: Give a child the information in the wrong order.

On the other hand both are alleged rapists and gropers with dementia/psychosis.

Great choice in November.

In trying times like these, it's reassuring to know you can still get pwned five different ways by Adobe Illustrator files

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Unchecky is your friend!

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly

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Re: Free for non-commercial use?

It's why I went with Zoho.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: "Now they are your best friends? sigh..."

"I dunno where you're from but, man, the American way is standing up to government and power - tech or otherwise - and scrutinizing it."

Yeah right. One thing the world has seen is that mostly Americans are all mouth and no trousers and do whatever their Gubmint tells them.

Just like anyone else. You ain't in any way 'exceptional'.

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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Plus sometimes limited capacity and options is a blessing as it concentrates things.

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Re: took me time ...

Not so much the plan really but the 'on the job' experience of the guy and gals that put it all together.

Very much custom built kit.

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Fooling aside...

...there was an interesting article a few years ago where a prototyping company asked to have a loan of a stage two Saturn rocket motor.

Now I don't remember the exact figures but they reckon it originally had say 2000 individual components. They claimed that with modern alloys and manufacturing techniques they could get the component count to under 100 parts with a large reduction in weight.

Not so silly maybe.

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

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I switched to Zoho Remote Support for my business.

Works just fine and costs far less than Teamviewer.

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research

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Re: Shrugs...

Well what difference are we going to make? What difference did we make last year? The year before that?

None. So..yeah carry on.

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But really...what's changed?

Same story as before...just a year older.

RIP Freeman Dyson: The super-boffin who applied his mathematical brain to nuclear magic, quantum physics, space travel, and more

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His work and mind intrigued me!

Project Orion FTW!!!!!

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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Re: What's wrong with a round power connector?

Deeper phone would mean better lens tech too!

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

Yeah I guess I can join all those that leave their phones charging over night, complaining that after two years their 'battery doesn't last as long as it used to!"

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

And so were the 48 previous 'Android Apocalypse' Vulnerabilities we have read about over the past 8 years or so.


It's mostly IT press click hype.

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

Or I can simply unplug it rather than trusting the 'technology'...cos that always works as intended.

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

It's the keeping it at 100% that is a major part of the problem.

So unplug it.

But it's your battery at the end of the day...

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Indeed, Android insecurity from lack of updates is a overhyped issue.

Folks that use a 3-4+ year old phone are not the types generally downloading every silly app from the store willynilly.

It's the muppets with the latest and greatest that worry me more.

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

No it isn't.

Android update issues is just fodder for IT journos with nothing to write about that day.

Every month or two we get another Android Apocalypse warning and...nothing happens.

Hyperbole in most cases.

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Re: "longevity ... guaranteeing two years of software updates and upgrades"

Battery husbandry is vital!

I took note of some articles on battery life and have stopped charging over night and charging to 100%.

Once the phone gets to 90% I unplug it.

The result? Well my nearly 18 month old Huawei Mate 10 Pro is still at 93% battery health. Lost about 300mAh.

So stop leaving your phone and tablet hooked up for hours on full charge.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

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And what's the betting...

...he spends about 10 days of the year there.

AMD rips covers off 64-core Threadripper desktop monster, plus laptop chips, leaving Intel gesturing vaguely at 2021

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Re: Why investing in AMD?.....

Been using AMD GPUs since 2009. Never ever had a driver issue. Solid.

So many people are doing it wrong I guess.

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It's nice to have all that power...

...I just wish I had some software that needed it or could use it properly.

Yes, sorry I'm not you, that super uber power user that always needs double the power for...whatever.

Having trouble finding a job in your 40s? Study shows some bosses like job applicants... up until they see dates of birth

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Re: Corp USA sucks balls

Yep that was the deal I was given. No way.

Playing party games and being watched.

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Re: Corp USA sucks balls

I got asked to come along for an interview. I called up and asked what kind it was.

When they told me, I said "Look sorry but I don't waste my time doing performing monkey interviews that last 5 hours!"

She was speechless. Made me feel better.

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That or the job description lists so many things you would have had to have been doing the job since the age of 5.

I saw on a IT Manager role of £80000 a requirement for "Will be required to install and connect Ethernet cables when required" plus about 20 other such 'non-Manager' type requirements.

Now I don't mind...but really...

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Re: Indirect age discrimination

I did consider the Open University route however, the cost, the time involved plus most of the folks I know with computing/IT degrees...seem to know next to nothing of IT.

Plus I didn't fancy spending all that time learning stuff that was 5 years+ out of date and would never apply in real life.

Instead I got Prince2/ITIL etc. qualifications.

Ahh well!

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Yeah I get asked a lot if I would go back to working for a corporation. My response is -

"No! I would be calling out the first line of BS/arse-covering/buck-passing from any manager or co-worker within 5 minutes and maybe beating them to a pulp within 10!"

Being my own boss, the buck stop s with me. I have to take full responsibility. I can't tolerate corporate types now. They seem too cowardly and up their own arses.

Once you leave a corporation you realise that no-one outside that domain gives a single shit about you, your job or the project/product you are working on.

You are not important.

You are not irreplaceable.

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I think your approach is on the right lines.

However, many companies leave the initial CV vetting to the (let's not hold back here) total *uckwits in HR.

If you can't do any job then get a job in HR.

If the CV doesn't cover a couple of initial browsing criteria then in the bin it goes. Experience and job history rarely get a look in on that front.

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Re: I'm in for an interesting time.

Pretty much! Welcome to the self-employed/semi-retired club!

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I gave up 10 years ago at 38!

Just went round and round in circles. The other problem was (and maybe the main one) was that I didn't have a degree, just 20 years hard experience.

I was of the age that we didn't have to go to Uni for 90% of jobs. But thanks to Blair's great idea that every kid should go to Uni to study Media Studies and contemporary dance...every job now requires a degree.


I was also told my customer centric stance (sit with the customer, find out and understand how they work, build a relationship, don't make assumptions, look them in the eye, no BS etc. etc.) scares the shit out of grey-haired dull little IT Managers that love to hide away. You know the type, the ones that think the business exists purely to support and enable the IT dept to exist not the other way around. Lot of them about.

So I went self-employed. Life is good. I'll never be a millionaire but at least I don't loathe myself.

Senior health tech pros warn NHS England: Be transparent with mass database trawl or face public backlash

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Who cares about that now? You just double down and pretend it never happened.

All blows over within a week. By that time you have the next backlash, rinse and repeat.

Like cock-ups and scandals matter anymore. It's a new era.

Beware the three-finger-salute, or 'How I Got The Keys To The Kingdom'

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Re: ...why Microsoft taught people to hit Ctl-Alt-Del...

Hard to do? Are you an otter or lost a arm in a conflict somewhere?

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth

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Re: Chilton also called out how pristine the capsule looked

Yep $770 billion goes to the military.

SpaceX is pretty much irrelevant. Just there to make the thing look 'competitive'.

iFixit surgeons dissect Apple's pricey Mac Pro: Industry standard sockets? Repair diagrams? Who are you and what have you done to Apple?

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Re: 256GB SSD?

You'd want that with a Mac. I do a lot of data recovery work. I make a lot of money from Mac folks that their Mac didnt want to recognise their hard drive cos the wind blew in the wrong direction.

I wouldn't use a Mac for critical data work. Wayyy too fussy with data connections and standards.


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