* Posts by thondwe

482 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jan 2010


Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater


Just cos Parrcel Force are sitting on my new PC

Delivery companies will be able to track their own parcels

AWS plays with Fire TV Cube, turns it into a thin client for cloudy desktops


Overcrowded Niche?

So another entry in the overcrowded niche for thin clients - always as expensive as a low end laptop and pretty useless without an network connection - add a monitor - who's going to want to use their own TV and a keyboard etc...

Yes I get security, but If you want to do this - why not just get into the "refurbished" laptop market and stick chromos on them?

How to give Windows Hello the finger and login as someone on their stolen laptop


Re: fingerprint works <25% of time

Works fine with my £30 gadget from Amazon - works fine on iPad and old iPhone 8. TBH Face rec is also a mixed bag - Surface is OK but fussy about being "in shot", iPhone is brilliant. Finding fingerprint is more natural for a PC setup, but face on phone is makes things like the MS authenticator, bank app etc much more usable.

So maybe just finger trouble?

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers


And the cost?!

Youtube costs £12/month, or £20 for a family - compare this with Netflix, Disney etc where your tenner or so gets you full TV and Movies content for the household (OK only 2 concurrent)- it's a bit steep.

Plus you can't buy a subscription for Google Workspace accounts - so even if an org, school, etc (or in my case the family) wants to pay to get rid of ads - e.g. for training/educational videos - not possible.

So blockers it is - DuckPlayer within DuckDuckGo's browser anyone?

1 in 5 VMware customers plan to jump off its stack next year


Re: How many supported enterprise level virtualization systems ...

Throw in Xen-NG/Xen Orchestra and SUSE new "Harvester" thing looks interesting.

SaaS and Cloud IaaS is eating into this space and I think VMware's share will just drop, and suffer as a result? Expecting a slow death as it becomes a niche market product?

Musk thinks X marks the spot for Grok AI engine based on social network


Musk vs Heinlein

"The informal verb grok was an invention of the science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, whose 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land placed great importance on the concept of grokking. In the book, to grok is to empathize so deeply with others that you merge or blend with them."

Wonder what Heinlein would make of Musk and Xitter?

Progress towards 'Gigabit Europe' is slow, with UK also lagging


Yep - most of house on wifi - max speed 1GB/s to wired desktop (WFH, so wanted best upload speeds, downloads a bonus), 400Mb/s is the fastest I've seen on our newest iPad.

Imagine it'll be a few years before Wifi 6/7 is omnipresent to make paying the premium for 1Gb/s is worth it for the average house - even then it's overkill?

Once your link matches your wifi, you've sort of reached the situation we have with PCs - way faster than most people need for normal use (unless they have a I.T. Pro/Gamer in the house?)

Millions of smart meters will brick it when 2G and 3G turns off


Re: Wouldn't be so bad if they actually worked

Yep - no O2 2G coverage in our "Rural" backwater for the Smart Meter - so never worked - the remote display won't work until the unit gets a signal, so have to use the on unit display - which is a pale LED thing, rather than the old mechanical clock. Worse I can't subscribe to local solar power company because I don't have a working smart meter.

4G works for 2 out of 4 networks - only just, to the point where we rely on wifi calling - over the 1G fibre (or the neighbours wifi/fibre - with agreement! 0 when ours went down). Maybe Smart Meter should use wifi calling when/if they get 4G?

Take Windows 11... please. Leaks confirm low numbers for Microsoft's latest OS


Re: There's nothing particularly wrong with it except for its hardware requirements.

Hardware reqs are disappointing - two kids laptops - OK bit old HP kit, but do have TPM - it's just their i5 CPUs which are missing some obscure instruction which means it's not on the MS list

Go ahead, let the unknowable security risks of Windows Copilot onto your PC fleet


Also Bing Chat Enterprise

Also wonder how many sites enable Bing Chat Enterprise? Replaces the Edge Bing Chat with one which is supposed to safeguard your corporate data - if you believe the blurb

Not even the ghost of obsolescence can coerce users onto Windows 11


Re: not happening

Company's will also make a choice between a hardware refresh and paying MS for extended support - which ran for several years after the demise of Windows 7. Hardware cycle to go from 7 to 10 happened in 2020 - added in with the COVID WFH laptop refresh. So that' kits 3 near 4 yrs old by time of W10 eof - and likely as not was OK to run W11 anyway?

It's places like schools, unis, councils, where they don't have £££ to spend

Home - factor in chromebooks, smartphones, tablets etc - how many households worry much about their PC OS??

Microsoft introduces AI meddling to your files with Copilot in OneDrive


Re: "Microsoft hopes these will help users find files and stay organized."

Or Outlook Search!

ChattyG takes a college freshman C/C++ programming exam


So Chat GPT was helped?

So the first answer is many cases wasn't right/complete, so a human helped it try again - IIRC outside help in an Exam isn't allowed?

Human knocks down woman in hit-and-run. Then driverless Cruise car parks on top of her


Re: "Should the Cruise car have not started moving if there was a person still on the crosswalk?"

Likely the Cruise Car will have sensors mounted right at the front - so much more likely to have sensed someone on the crosswork - but NOT in the front of the car at the time of movement - Yet another "What if scenario we should have already thought about" Software update required?

The home Wi-Fi upgrade we never asked for is coming. The one we need is not


Re: Interest, expertise and time

And a UPS for those times when the world goes dark (happens too often in my village!) - Oh and am friends with the neighbours so could use their wifi for VOIP/wifi calling (no worthwhile mobile signal) when my FTTP died - damaged connections in the splitter apparently... DR/Backup plans!!


Re: Not the ISPs Router

Noted - but the mix of household devices I have doesn't really need the latest greatest wifi speed. Real reason I've got 1Gb/s fibre (My brain knows it bits not Bytes, but my fingers not always that accurate!) is to get more upload speed/response when playing Office/Teams/Zoom et al.

Why oh why can't FTTP be speed symmetric?


Not the ISPs Router

Better still pick an ISP that doesn't even provide a router (not many, but I'm with one - Aquiss FYI) - so my own kit (pfsense etc) just hooks to the FTTP ethernet port.

Happens, I've got a whizz connection (WFH) - but really can't see the need for Wifi to go faster that the 1GB/s I've got wired to my desk.

Guess what? Ask clouds to behave like old-school vendors, they will – and you lose


Lock in - always been a thing

Lock in for any Software system has always been a thing - cloud no exception. You'd just as easy get "locked in" to Lotus 1-2-3 or Excel, or a specific C compiler...

IaaS looks on face to be "safe" but VM drivers, networking setup, agents for monitors... PaaS, SaaS, on site systems, etc nearly always a lock in as soon as you start using the useful unique functionality that you bought the thing for!

OpenAI pops an enterprise sticker on ChatGPT to give big biz some peace of mind


Re: Microsoft

I would love to know if ChatGPT Enterprise and MS Bing Chat Enterprise are actually the same system - OpenAI trained on the same data sets etc?

Guess a few random tests would reveal all?? e.g. Where's the best place to eat in Ottawa!

Perhaps AI is going to take away coding jobs – of those who trust this tech too much



To anyone using an AI tool to generate code, I've got an expensive AI based testing tool to sell you! (SIC!) - might be useful??

Microsoft 365 guest accounts + Power Apps = security nightmare


Not just Guest accounts if you have a population of Students for example...

Zoom's new London hub – where 'remote work' meets 'we need you back in the office'


Hybrid is a PITA - you turn up for a meeting which invariable involves someone who needs to Zoom in, or you try and find a desk and stick on headphones to get some peace and quiet, having paid over the odds for transport/parking as the "deals" are for full time commuters...

ChatGPT's odds of getting code questions correct are worse than a coin flip


It's Boris

ChatGPT aka Boris - Appears to have a nice pleasant demeanour but spouts wrong answers a good chunk of the time?

RIP Bram Moolenaar: Coding world mourns Vim creator



Even after years not using Vi/Vim my fingers still know the commands!

BUT - Debian doesn't show the Charitable Message? Just Version, Bram's credit and Modified by team+vim@tracker.debian.org - is the Uganda thing historical?

XenServer teases free VMware migration package



I think if Xen is what you want, then XCP-NG + XenOrchestra could be an live alternative. I tried it for a while, but was a bit OTT for my simple home lab use case. Neither this nor Proxmox are as feature rich as VMware, but both systems claim to scale and as org's local VM footprints drop - increased SaaS, (and PaaS and IaaS) they may suit,

What does Twitter's new logo really represent?


Rebranding Fail

There's a nice thread on "X" or maybe it was a TikTok from a rebranding specialist pointing out that just sticking an "X" logo on your web site without retiring/replacing all the rest is about as shoddy as you can get (no surprise from Mr Musk) So Tweet/Twitter is still all through the interface and on the Apple App (and Play Store App) etc.

Oracle's revised Java licensing terms 2-5x more expensive for most orgs


Oracle's Endgame

What's Oracle's endgame here? It's clearly having the effect of moving people onto Open Source or newer supported versions of Java. So people faced with a bill are using stuff which Oracle dont really want you to use and hence charge support? It's a bit like paying for Windows 7 extended support.

Clearly they can't compete and make money with the free Open Source builds, so are they just trying to clear out the Java legacy mess and raking in $$$ in the meantime?? Or is there some other more Oracle like scheme afoot.

Goodbye Azure AD, Entra the drag on your time and money


A Directory is NOT an ID

Key word is "Directory" which is what both AD and Azure AD are. The problem is that MS have done this...

Azure Active Directory (becoming Microsoft Entra ID)

So rebranding a Directory (set of user/device IDs and groups) as a an ID!

Marketing not talking to technical??

Microsoft's Surface Pro 9 requires a tedious balancing act


Surface Pro keyboard - horrible thing!

Much prefer my Surface Book form factor - Laptop on Laptop - flip screen on keyboard so it sits nice with my Monitor on the desk. Sadly it's been superceeded by the much more expensive (I think) Surface Studio.

Also like my kids X360's as an option.

Feds want to see what ChatGPT's content is made of


The Internet is 100% accurate eh, so AI must be too?

AI trained on data scraped from Internet - what could possibly go wrong?!

Or to revisit the old adage GIGO! Garbage In, Garbage out...

Broadcom asserts VMware's strategy isn't working and it basically needs rescuing


Re: VMware is Legacy Tech

Also the case of the size of the deployment and how many of the complex bells and whistles are in use. A lot of apps are heading SaaS now, so suspect required foot prints for local VMware deployments are shrinking. Budgets are tightening, so switching to "inclusive" Windows + HyperV or an open source option (Proxmox/Xen Orchestra + XCP-NG) - especially when it's time for another hardware refresh which gives the option of ditching VXRail et al?

Not just VMware is legacy tech, running anything other than a small local Virtualisation stack is likewise a legacy strategy?


VMware is Legacy Tech

VMware heading the way of legacy tech? Becomes increasing expensive to maintain, new customers hard to find?

Broadcom likely to try to trap existing customers, but because it's a virtualisation platform, migration to a.n.other solution isn't as much of a pain, though some of the more interesting open source based options will be nice when they are finished?

Microsoft whips up unrest after revealing Azure AD name change


Re: Distancing products from each other

So the bundle is heading towards being the Cloudy version of MIM (Microsoft Identity Manager for those with longish memories) - so could have been Azure Identity Manager or Identity 365, but no we get "Entra(ils)"


Re: Azure AD

See also authors Product Licencing and T's and C's

Oracle pours fuel all over Red Hat source code drama


Don't Trust Oracle?

Given Oracle's history, can't really believe that there current position is any more than marketing noise?

Oracle Linux - at a guess it runs Oracle's Cloud and its deployed elsewhere just to run Oracle Databases? Be very surprised if anyone is running good chunks of it's infrastructure on it. Maybe they wanted the RedHat compatibility to enable it to play nice with all the enterprise kit without having to nag other enterprise level suppliers to add Oracle Linux to the supported list, but that may be history now if they are on the supported lists anyway?

Rocky Linux details the loopholes that will help its RHEL rebuild live on


Re: Quick Sanity Check

And how many hardware device drivers in the kernel running on a VM Host - I won't expect to see any really, just the Hypervisor specific drivers - so Rocky et al would only be able to run on the same Hypervisors - which may in themselves be custom variants of the standard ones e.g. Azure not quite HyperV, AWS not quite QEMU/Xen?? Only really VMware would be safe?

Anyway, won't then run on physical tin??

Rocky Ground (Sorry probably been done!)

Oh, great. Yet another tech billionaire thinks he can get microblogging right


Re: Instagram is terrible

Both Instagram and Facebook have appalling UIs. Fully expect Threads to be similarly convoluted.

BUT, would love to see sufficient migration from twitter to threads to give Elon an almighty financial black eye for ruining Twitter (as was best of bad bunch?)

Google asks websites to kindly not break its shiny new targeted-advertising API


Targeting often Irrelevant

See also Amazon - I'm forever ordering stuff for family - and no I don't want yet another of the same Taylor Swift Album I just pre-ordered for DD #2!

Red Hat strikes a crushing blow against RHEL downstreams


Re: I am surprised that IBM took this long

IBM quite used to running closed Ecosystems which have trapped corporates in the past - the dreaded Legacy lock in - so cutting off the Red Hat clones closes an escape door?

Yes you can jump to a.n.other Linux provided you can port your Applications, get Enterprise support for your hardware, etc - but the choice has been drastically reduced?

Microsoft Azure OpenAI lets enterprises feed corporate secrets to ChatGPT


Law of unintended consequences

Do these systems respect internal corporate security boundaries?

Pile in your in corporate data - ask interesting questions - get "interesting" answers that you're not supposed to be privy too? Or are even right?

Anyone else looking at AI as a Nutrimatic Drinks Despenser - outputs almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.?

Another redesign on the cards for iPhone as EU rules call for removable batteries


See also Watches

Watch makers seem to cope with removable batteries + waterproof to silly depths - though some always claim only an "Official" ($$$) dealer can replace the battery rather than the guy down the market who does it for the cost of the battery!

After giving us .zip, Google Domains to shut down, will be flogged off to Squarespace


GD just seemed simple

I consolidated on GD a while back - cheap and a complete lack of marketing push was one reason and support for sub-domains (NS records) was another - and I still have a free legacy workspace!

Looks like SquareSpace doesn't support NS records, and I'll be seeing even more marketing? I guess- time to look again!

It’s official: Vodafone and Three to tie the knot in the UK


Coverage - Mast sharing

Three have a mast sharing deal with EE - so EE and Three work here, but Vodafone and O2 don't (hence no Smart Meters either - they are Telefonica/O2 only "down south"). Get out of the village and we can see the Vodafone mast, so inverse coverage!

Would a Vodafone/Three merger result in losing the EE mast share = worsen choice?

I know market forces and all that, but surely one national fault tolerant Mobile provider is the way to go - think of all the duplicate resources that are wasted having multiple providers putting a masts up all over to provide "choice" - all needing power - all pushing up CO2? We got one PowerGrid, one water delivery network, one sewage network, why not one comms network??

Starlink's rocket speeds hit a 50 megabit wall for large downloads


"Design Feature"

Wondering if it's a design feature, you're tracking moving satellites - how long does it try to hang on to one, before if decides to switch for another

Metaverse? Apple thinks $3,500 AR ski goggles are the betterverse


Re: No additional computer required

And since you're unlikely to use these as your ONLY computer?

As ever cool tech with some nice niche use cases - specifically thinking Medical. But for the average bod - even with a lottery win, would you bother?

Microsoft pushes users to the Edge in Outlook, Teams


Poor messaging

Seems poor messaging (sorry!) again. Suspect behind the scenes this is related to using Outlook + Teams + Edge as a fence around corporate data protection policies etc.

Imagine they could be doing something similar to enable more limited functions in MS 365 Home/Family - e.g. at present my screen time "reports" for the kids just complain they are using Chrome - since they've been indoctrinated by their schools (and me I guess, at least until Edge became Chrome based) to use "Google" (as they call Chrome!)


Microsoft suggests businesses buy fewer PCs. No, really


Re: Why not go all the way?

Except the cost of buying, licensing, supporting and running that "thin client" is as much as running a PC? We've been around this loop so many times now - x-windows, Citrix, etc, etc.

Even Chromebooks - light and cheap - aren't cheap and have enough power to run a Linux/Windows VM now?!

UK pensions dept hands Softcat £250M for Microsoft subscriptions


The Frameworks have the resellers compete for the best discounts on a base price and "added value" - so that competition keeps procurement teams happy I guess. Resellers gain as (expensive) foot in the door? Procurement much less happy when things are direct and you can't make a case that there are alternative products when usually there are, but usually the costs to change are bonkers!

That's a big bill - suspect a lot of Azure, Dynamics and added services included in that one!

Experts warn of steep increase in Java costs under changes to Oracle license regime


Assumed Malicious

Initially I assumed this was Malicious again - chasing a smaller footprint for more $$$ but could just be trying to push people to more modern versions of Java - there are a stupid number of releases out there!

Go to security school, GoTo – theft of encryption keys shows you need it


Re: Somebody else's computer

Might want to re-think the Pigeon - Bird Flu!!