* Posts by onceuponatime

39 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Oct 2009

'One rule for me, another for them' is all well and good until it sinks the entire company's ability to receive emails


Reminds me of college........

All those fresh faced college students returning from a summer of fun in the sun followed directions which included auto forwarding mail to yourself. Enough students autoforwarded to themselves to crash the VAX VMS. They finally figured out not to include that particular instruction my Junior year.

GitLab pulls U-turn on plan to crank up usage telemetry after both staff and customers cry foul


Re: VC born and bred

"You are a data resource which we can sell."


Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'


Re: Desperate attempt at generating revenue

What did poor Terry ever do to you?

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


Anyone remember the BSOD screensaver?

I put it on my work computer and took a week's vacation.........................

Fun times when I got back.

WTF is Boeing on? Not just customer databases lying around on the web. 787 jetliner code, too, security bugs and all


Re: "irresponsible and misleading"

This is Honeywell programmers we are talking about. Next they will blame the hardware manufacturers even though the hardware manufacturer has given them all of the information and hardware they need to write the program. (Speaking from current experience with Honeywell.)

Outage outrage: TSB app offers users a TITSUP* encore



And it's all TSB's fault!!!!!!!!!!!

There ya go, I don't even bank with them since I don't live in Ol' Blighty but still my life is ruined. :P

Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations


You forget the first rule of being a major corporation. Redundancy is extra money that could be better spent at the golf course.

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix


Re: Reverse the polarity!

Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.

NUC, NUC! Who's there? Intel, warning you to kill a buggy keyboard app


Re: Reinventing the wheel the Intel way

Something about the Emperor running around in new clothes and a car with square wheels.

Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*


Re: Sometimes it's the right choice

What is this "vacation" of which you speak? You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

For a small business Office 365 is more cost effective than running exchange. If you get more than about 25-30 users it becomes less so over time. Problem is convincing people to spend the dosh to do internal servers in a CAS array for a small business is not going to happen most of the time.

My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?


Re: Offline

Western Colorado in the US. Get a jeep, a couple friends, and tour BLM land or parks. No cell phones in a lot of those places.

*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode


Re: Floodplains

"And healthcare for Saxons and Normans."

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine


She was a zmobie and he was trying to save the world!!!!!!!!

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming


Re: You missed a key point.

Spotify will be their next purchase.


Re: ability to innovate

You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means. </bad spanish accent>


Re: "Developers with innovative ideas develop apps for mobile platforms"

I seem to vaguely recall doing the same thing in Windows 3.1 or having a tool to do so. I'd have to go digging in the pit of despair to be sure but my vague memory may be wrong. I don't generally expect to open multiple programs at the same time unless I'm programming and I try to do that as little as possible.

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec


Re: job ads get ignored


Competitive hourly wage and optional consultant benefits during contract period. Commensurate salary and benefits will be provided after the contract period."

From a contractor after I told them what I want to change jobs. I like where I'm at so it'd take a lot to encourage me to move.


Re: Simples

No, they want a unicorn to appear and grant them three wishes. Sadly they killed the unicorn years ago.


Re: This, so much this!

I went to one interview and the HR drone I met was super nice..............in the "I have to be nice because I am told to." Talked to the IT people and the strain from not saying anything negative was visible..................

Sometimes happy is too fake to be happy though.


I've had multiple contracting companies call for an F5 admin that must know F5 inside and out and be ready go go running. The same company is looking but since F5 must be all they know (and I don't mention F5 since I've only given it a cursory glance in my CV/Resume.) Could I learn it in a couple days? Sure. I mean I've had to master SCCM in 2 days. That's not good enough though. Same with Crisco....I mean Cisco certs. I know enough Cisco CLI to get myself into trouble and could learn the rest if needed easily. Only piece of paper I have is my college degree and 15 years of experience as an admin.

On the flip side are the tier 1 helpdesk positions that keep calling. Sorry mate, not what I'm looking for thanks.

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook


Re: Remember those days when you'd go on a course...

Money and it didn't actually benefit the people who needed it most as they found ways to skive off or completely ignore everything that was "taught" to them.


Re: ahh yes

"But we've always done it this way and nothing should ever change!!!!!!!!!"


Well some academics are decent, the education department was always polite and thankful for help. The comp sci department on the other hand thought they knew better about everything.........

Job after the uni I spent four years being the entire IT department for a small company which ended after I took a week's vacation to pack my grandfather's house up. During that time they had deleted one of the two admin accounts in quickbooks which broke the backup which was on the user's PC (not my choice.) The VP who I'd had issues with previously including threats to fire me DEMANDED the IT staff get a backup going. I had no email or internet for a week ($diety I miss Colorado.) I get back Monday morning and see all of the emails and write up instructions for the one person left who had admin access since she only showed up about twice a week and backed up the file manually.

VP walks in and immediately starts screaming at me and decided he felt he needed to swing at me because it was my fault the backup broke even though I'd been gone a week and had no admin access to quickbooks. Fortunately one of the other managers was there and pulled him away from me. Two days later I got a significant pay raise right before I put my two weeks in.

I should have probably filed an assault charge against him but was so glad I was out of there that didn't bother.

Sadly in Newt's case he got the fallout from someone else not doing their job. I don't take him as being overly snarky and it was enough with that professor to get him to realize he was being an arsehole, deserved or not. The user's frustration is completely understandable but sometimes you get users who blow up at the smallest things and can't verbalize what their issue is. In this case the IT department manager should have done his job rather than leave it lay around.

WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos


Re: Never do this

They can't publish the guilty party for political reasons so they need a well known scapegoat would be my guess.

iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: Sharing maps of your homes


Re: Knowledge is power

But you heathen that is totally against the IoT mantra and therefore you must say five "Hail Terminator"'s. Sensors are for people who live in the 90's and not a modern individual which has everything connected to the interwebs!!!!!!!!

<insults were half price, don't complain> :P

Details of 400,000 loan applicants spilled in UniCredit bank breach


"If we ban guns bad guys won't use them."

"If we ban drugs bad guys won't use them."

"If we ban books people won't be educated voters."

....I'm sure we could go on. :P

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested


Re: FU to the customers

But of course, I mean who listens to customers these days?

Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests


They are definitely taking the wide angle view of the situation. It's definitely a bigger picture. Wonder which lens they are using.

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick


Re: It's going to be a bad day...

Queue every 30 minutes (if you are lucky) from the secretary: "Is it done yet? MR Boss really needs his computer!"


Re: NImda and Kleez

I got bored and reloaded my desktop back in the blaster days. Decided to see how long it would take it to get infected (since at that point I knew how to remove it manually) and it took approximately 23 seconds on a 56k dial up connection. I was impressed and at the time amused. Took 5 minutes to clean but still. :)

Office Depot halts PC Health Checks amid bogus infection claims


Re: "you have to hit these numbers."

I love the apology commercial. "We got caught so we promise we'll do better." (*fingers crossed behind corporate backs)


Re: Oh really?

This reminds me of a commercial I saw Sunday on my once a month TV watching time. (I hate TV in general so nuf said.)

"Wells Fargo is making changes to make things right" (Damn we got caught, hey Vinney we need another avenue)

"Fully refunding those impacted." (If we don't pretend to do something we'll get a fine and lose our bonus.)

"Proactive account notifications." (So if we tell the truth now we can lie later, good plan Vinney)

"Eliminate product sales goals." (Need to find a new excuse to fire employees.)

"We're renewing our commitment to you." (We are too big to fail so we'll make the little ones feel safe from all this happy talk.)

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies


Fortran? Cobol? I took Fortran in college and it was actually a fun language to learn. Also covered ADA a little bit and I'm sure there is ADA still running around the goobernment complex as well. I'm not a programmer though and while I can write simple tools to make my life easier I would not want to program. Most fun I had was assembly though.

Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox


Re: UK telco BT

So is that like phone stuff cause my Iphone connects to the interwebz in the USA. Is it Bluetooth?

(Yes I do know what BT is in case you missed the joke alert)

Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'


Re: Late times.

Last job I fought for 4 years to upgrade hardware. Just before I left they interviewed and hired a "network administrator to help me" even though all the developers and management was included in this process I was not. I left a few days later. So this "network admin" comes in, builds a new DC and doesn't wait for it to replicate before killing (not demoting, killing.)

You can imagine what happens next.

NASA announcement of MAJOR MARS DISCOVERY imminent: WHAT can it be?


manager: "Hey guys, budget meeting is coming up. I need something to convince congress we need more money."

<wavey lines>

Scientist: "Hey manager, we found something."

Manager: "What did you find?"

Scientist: "More dirt, lets make a press conference."


NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS


He's not dead

"You know Elvis is dead right?"

"He's not dead, he just went home."

Boffins attempt to prove the universe is just a hologram


Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram

Do not try and find the sock. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth.

What truth?

There is no sock.

There is no sock?

Then you'll see, that it is not the sock that is missing, it is only yourself.

IBM, Intel execs arrested over alleged insider trading


And this is different how?

I love how the SEC always acts like this is a rare occurrence rather than daily business here in the US of A.