I had honestly forgotten that Windows 8 existed and that I had to use it at home until Windows 10. Nobody I knew used it apart from me.
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Were people really PAYING for low-resolution background images for their phones for "a few years"?
Yes, and I worked for a (now defunct) company specialising in early personalised 3D avatars where the VCs panicked, brought in someone to pivot the company to sell said low-res images of the custom, personalised, hi res 3D image as that's where the quick money was.
Re: A little homily comparing two basketball players?
Since I can never let a good metaphor go un-tortured, I would suggest one player owns the court and gets to place their hoop anywhere they like and only they can score points in their hoop and the other player needs to sneak their hoop in if they can at all.
Still, I cannot find it in me to have any sympathy with Zoom
Re: not uncommon
Oh God. Back in 2002 (at my current employer) we had a bespoke-built Intranet system on a physical Dell server and a copy on a PC (same OS, in theory identical) as the test server.
Microsoft patches. Worked fine on Test. Rolled out to Live. Irretrievably broke the Live server which needed complete rebuild plus a full rebuild of the bespoke software at considerable additional cost.
This will now identify me to approximately three people in the world.
Re: Switching to a non-cable area? Fugedaboudit...
Same experience here. Moved home recently, already checked to see if I could port my service and couldn't. Tried to cancel and All I got was chatbot that couldn't help. Called up and was told to use chatbot. A long time later (hours) I got through to somebody in, well let's not call it "cancellations", it was the "customer retention" side. Asked my reason for wanting to cancel and would I consider a different tariff (new 24 month contract ahoy). Didn't read a damn thing from the chatbot or anything else I'd divulged. Had to give them my new address so they could confirm that they couldn't help me and then agreed to cancel the service.
I was out of contract and should have been able to phone up and say "cancel and confirm my last payment date".
Better than Plusnet, though, who won't even let you cancel if you're dead!
Clippy was the first Microsoft Annoyance that had me screaming "oh just FUCK OFF!" across the office because it was an extra unwanted/unrequested step I needed to dismiss whilst getting on with the work.
Windows system messages always popping up in the bottom right hand corner of the screen right where I'm trying to scroll is Clippy's legacy.
For old times' sake, then: "FUCK OFF, Clippy!"
Re: As long as someone admits to having an incident.
The ICO actually tend to take a lighter touch if you self report so it's very much in the interests of the org that has the breach to report it.
One example of how a data breach can occur in the health service, for example, is with automated mailing (snail and e) of patient discharge summaries to the GP that is registered on the patient record only for the GP to have changed so a GP gets information sent to them regarding a patient that is no longer theirs.
Data quality can cause data breaches.