* Posts by galbak

37 publicly visible posts • joined 24 May 2007

BOFH: You can be replaced by a robot or get your carbon footprint below Big Dave's


Or flash forwards.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


If you don't want windows, and can't afford a mac, then get BSD

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo



Get an external blue-ray drive? Plug that into any device that you need a drive for.

A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe


usefull tool

DD.EXE is used to create an image file from a floppy bootdisk. Do not confuse it with the unix "dd" command it is not quite the same.

Example: dd a: <filename>.img

This will create an image file from your bootdisk in drive A:.

You could also use winimage (not freeware) for this, but remember to save your floppy image as .IMA (not compressed) file.

WINIMAGE http://www.winimage.com

DD.EXE http://www.nu2.nu/download.php?sFile=dd.zip

usefull tool, along with

unlockerassistant http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/Unlocker-Review-106258.shtml

windowsenabler http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Miscellaneous/Windows-Enabler.shtml

and sharpkeys http://www.randyrants.com/2008/12/sharpkeys_30.html

BOFH: Attack of the Global Corporate Overlords


F5 key is great

Accidentally use it on someone else's terminal, then watch the fun when they try to use it, then read their password when they type it in.

I'm going to miss that when we get our new owners (ASDA) computer system.

New graphics engine imperils users of Firefox and Chrome


text mode browsing

Still works today, Text browsers, are available for all versions of windows, or better, naturaly for linux boxes, but ported to the lesser window boxes.

Ok, you loose the snazzy banners, pop-ups, bloat, but you can still get the basic information on the page.

1000s of websites vanish as TalkTalk lets domain slip


demon have gone down hill,

the rot set in when thus took over, now there on a par with tiscali, and talk talk.

go for a proper isp, and pay the extra.

Mummy, mummy, there's a nuclear monster!


pee in your pint when you turn your back.

Given modern lager, could this be a bad thing?

mines the one with the CAMRA badge.

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Flying macnuggets

On that note, is there anyway we can use one problem, (bird-unfriendly slice and dice windmills) to solve another problem, airborne vermin like seagulls, and feral pidgeons that crap all over the place and cost thousands of tax payers pounds to clean up after?

We could even put the wind generators near landfill sites, and on top of local govement buildings in town, bonus points for sending the worst civil servants out to clean them, without head gear.....


What will we do with 600MHz?

Black Helicopters


Run the feed from local council CCTV's into the bandwidth. You could add so many eyes to the people monitoring the cctv in control rooms, Extend the home watch idea. And scare off the casual vandals who will know that someone is bound to be watching the cameras.

On the other hand, it would show the tax payers, exactly how crap the CCTV cameras they paid for are.

Disappearing filth leads to dropped charges in extreme smut case


en title?


The post is required, and must contain letters.

Dubai assassins used email trojan to track Hamas victim


en title?

hey relax, both sides wont nuke real people, only each other. then the yanks can send in the marines to paint new lines in the glass-surface parking lots


en title?

so.... you realy trust a person who spys on kids to find out if their good?

(im santas little helper that checks your internet browsing history to find out if your good or bad)


.... not anon, for obvious reasons

this is a fun one, mossad would never be this amaturish, so, its a real mossad hit, or is it??

not posting anon, "let the good times roll"..... .

SWAT team besieges Illinois school in 'butt dialling' incident


is this a title?

to late

NoTW editor suspended as phone-hacking stink persists


and even.

even my local free-sheet gets into the action


great paper btw, news, views, and nemi.


'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe


cut, pasted, printed, stuck to bus shelters, and pub windows. just waiting for the boot on the door

great little rhyme, anyone know who wrote it originaly?

"Shut your mouth and get back in line

and if you don't like it - well it suits us just fine.

WE pull the levers, WE hold the strings

and these are just a few of our favourite things.

Learn the words of the company song

"The right IS right, IS right IS strong".

Come on children all sing along

'cause if you think you can change

you were never more wrong."

Ten... dirt-cheap voice phones

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Memo, ebay for a 6310i

Despite years of playing with the latest cheapo smart phones, O2 XDA, HTC TyTN II, iphone, I always kept my nokia 6210,

Yes, ok, it’s got a crack on the screen, so what??

I hit any button, and the screen lights up, dial a number,

(Or use 2 clicks to get the phonebook up, find the number and dial it.),

Talk, listen, hang up, job done.

Or use 1 click, type in a sms, and then send it,

No frills, no thrills, no satnav, no decent games, no mp3s, no mobile internet, no battery life measured in hours instead of weeks.

My area manager is better, he gets his phones from work, all the other bosses get the latest toys, and he keeps his 6310i despite the pleas of his bosses, to upgrade, for just this reason, the nokia 6 series, "just works".....

I got to get me a 6310i though, Bluetooth is much better than using a db9 data cable.

<Cough> logos and ring tones, db9 cable, logo manager, 6210, instant job security…… <cough>

Cops cuff man who exposed holes in 'perfect' voting machines


ok, challenge time

For future Posterity, (in 50 years time someone will look at these archives and have a good laugh.)

How would you design an open-source, untamerable e-voteing system?


BBC workers lose £240k of tech gear in two years


what kind of security is on these laptops anyway?

Are they just "normal" laptops that you can reformat, or do they tend to have bios passwords, or tricky security features to bypass before someone else can use them?

Small biz grits teeth over Bloody George's budget


public sector - more fun than seding a letter

I work in a supermarket. We get blank "grass up your customers that have bought a tv forms" that we fill in for every tv or tv recieving hardware, we sell. Anyone want to guess how many tvs my local mp (i did not vote for him) "bought" in the past 5 years????

Anyone want to send their local mp, a free letter from the tv licensing mob???

Google to digitize world+dog with People View


typeing as a user, not a uber geek, in a geek job, like you lot...

who cares about googe privacy, i just enjoy google's aproach to adverts, and screen real-estate, i can enjoy and ignore google adverts if i see them, what i truly hate, as do lots of low level users like me, is banner adverts, lets face it, google uses targeted, text, adverts. who cares? we can ignore them, its the banner. java skript, full page pop ups, we hate..... id rather have googles descrete, ignorable adverts.

franc, not a uber-leet educated techy person.

Fantasy author hired to pen Doom 4 plot



playing doom, after a hard days work, god mode and chainsaw, or gode mode and rocket launcher. Using a mod to replace the demons faces with people from work, was the iceing on the cake. (and lucrative once people at work found out, and asked me for copies of the modified version, with the managers face on the demons.)

Hands on with the T-Mobile G1


4 months to upgrade

nice toy, i can upgrade from my htc tytan 2, on tmobile, in 4 months, i hope they still do the android then. i love the htc popout keyboards.

Operation Sprogwatch: Keeping tabs on the kids



I work in a supermarket, I'd love to see the childlock being marketed or better, used, esp on all the screaming brats that run round the place causing chaos, that we cant touch. Although the last time I offered to let a parent borrow a spare dog leash/collar for their wild running kid, they were very offended.

Peers call for cybercrime shakeup (again)


any point in shredding/firewalls etc

every goverment department, bank. shop etc seems to be happily loosing laptops. cds and bin bags, full of peoples personal information, then all the utiity companys quite happily send everyones information to which ever country they have outsourced the helpdesk to this month. Why bother protecting your own data, when the people paid to look after the data properly are just giving it away.

This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours



*me ponders the fun, for a bored supermarket worker, with time in their hands, and a safety pin, "sorry, you cant return it, cos it was still sealed when you bought it"

DARPA continues military AI air-traffic project


just wait till it joins the union...

and crashes in sympathy, whenever the French air traffic controllers, or Spanish baggage handlers, go on strike. now thats intelligence .

eBayer invites buyers to rip him off



anyone have an opinion/experence of uk.ebid.net ? looks kinda like ebay, before they sold out.

Irish distie DCC trims profit forecast



i always though distie meant version, ie redhat disti 7.1, redhat disti 7.2 etc etc etc

Sat Navs


on the other hand

if you use a mobile phone with gps, you can get google maps, free, always updated, route planning, but no voice directions, or nav4all, also free, updated, route planning, and voice prompts. low data costs as well. or just install tomtom for mobile <grin>

DoubleClick caught supplying malware-tainted ads


malware adverts,

is the the reason why so many blogs etc, got blacklisted recently, for malware adverts? the writers using doubleclick etc?


malware adverts,

hosts.htm works just fine on macintoshs, well, my osx-tiger g4 anyway.

Aussie gov anti-porn filter 'useless', says teen


porn filter

is there a website that reverse filters the web, ie only allows the porn etc?

Society of Jesus calls missionaries to Second Life


harry harrisons short story - The Streets of Ashkelon


for the first chapter, that happens to include the whole story.

BOFH: The revenge


BOFH takes Westminister

Shame the BOFH, cant go to Westminister, to fix their current computing problems.


Complaints from the mp's would go right down, after the first few examples....

ditto complaints about the mp's from voters <grin>

Madchester 2.0


question for the manchester experts.....

Are there any places in manchester that sell coffee, late at night, been there a few times over the past year, and only found bars after 8 o clock. they dont coffee btw.