* Posts by c-hri-s

18 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Jun 2010

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...


Received a renewal from LCN yesterday. Until I went to look at my list of domains I didn't realise I'd been scammed.

Funny how these "one year free registration" domains have never shown up in my domain list before that date.

They're refunding me, which is decent of them at least.

RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82


The way I read it the 'passes' was a comment from NASA (which makes sense as it's an Americanism).

In the headline and the main body the word(s) "dies/has died" is used.

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?


"Free range" -> "Free reign"

"analogueue" -> !!

Google turns to codeless tap factor authenticaton


Re: "to allow staff to login"

It works for me on my free GApps account - and I don't work for Google.

Backblaze big data restore. Get this: it involves disk drives


As a user of Backblaze (and no connection to them), for the price their service is unbelievable. They have saved me several times when I've deleted or overwritten a file, and the backup 'just works' - sits in the background and keeps things safe. They look after, urmm, a little over a 1TB of data for me. For <$5 month (I pay two-yearly). Show me -anywhere- else that even comes close.

Sure the encryption requires an amount of trust in them, but I use a local passphrase to provide an additional level, and really I don't store anything particularly sensitive (no IP, no work) on their service.

As far as I'm concerned, if they want to look after my collection of photos and videos of my kids growing up in a way that I can get them back if my house explodes, I'm happy. As is my wife, which is almost more important.

OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share


Seafile is another alternative - I preferred it to OwnCloud when I tested them both.

Seafile is essentially Dropbox but you can use your own server. Useful on an Intranet.

Sonos burns its Bridges: Our home-grown Wi-Fi mesh will do


>There are two exceptions. When the Playbar, which connects to a TV source, is grouped with a sub –

>3:1 sound– and then a pair of Sonos players for surround sound – 5:1 – a Bridge will still be

>needed to co-ordinate the various players and ensure they are synchronised properly

You don't /need/ a bridge - you need /something/ wired. A speaker, or a bridge.

I don't have my bridge plugged in, yet my 5.1 works perfectly.

Phone charging log helps to convict murderer


My iPhone tells me how long it's been in-use since its last full charge.

I imagine recording when it was charged is part of that.

Androids give you a battery graph which shows charge/discharge in some detail. Again, recording when (and by how much) the battery was charged is all part of that data collection.

Sonos Controller app update conflict


Was there a minimum word limit on this article? I've never seen:

"Some people don't like the new Sonos app"

"Sonos say they aren't going back to the old one, and will make it better"

... stretched out to such extremes. It repeats itself about three times over.

MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide


I wonder if they have checked every SIM from the passengers phones - including tablets, Kindles, etc.

I'd be absolutely amazed if everyone in the flight turned their phones and other devices off. If it flew off randomly for hours (or indeed was hijacked and landed), surely one of these devices tried to register with a network somewhere ...

iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch


As an owner of some Apple kit (and and iPad 1 and iPad 2), as well as some Android kit (Nexus 4 phone) I sort of want a reason to upgrade .. but can't find one.

I'm sat staring at my iPad 2 and never really worry it's not fast enough for what I want. Yes, the retina display is lovely when I look at my wife's iPad 3, but can I still read the screen? Yes.

It's 33% lighter than then iPad 4, but remember the iPad 4 is heavier than the iPad 2 because of all the Retina stuff. Therefore the iPad Air is smaller than my 2, but not massively lighter.


Pirate Bay moves to the cloud to confound copyright cops


I've never quite understood what's so hard about tracking them down. My computer knows "where" their server is as it quite easily gets data from their website. So why can't you just 'follow the packets' and end up at the server?

I assume they are located somewhere not-so-easy to walk in and bust, or they are located in so many places that it's impractical.

On the management side several people must be looking after the site, "unpaid", full time. What's in it for them .. except great risk?

You can't help but admire their tenacity. I don't think they'll ever be 'busted' out of existence, but I can see them claiming their mission is complete at some point and just gracefully turning everything off.

p.s. TPB, please can I have some of your servers you no longer need? :)

Anonymous hacktivists dump 1.7GB load slurped from DoJ site


The bloke on the video is Adam Kokesh, hardly someone who is trying to keep their identity secret.

Review: Raspberry Pi


Needs a purpose

Like many comments before me, I don't see this replacing the systems already in schools as it doesn't offer anything that they don't already, at least not when your view is tilted towards programming.

I've received my invite from RS to purchase one; I really WANT to need this, but I'm struggling to find an excuse. Anything I may want to do on it (program, view videos, whatever) is already well served by my existing PC, my existing media players, etc.

Bit-part actress slings sueball at IMDb over age gripe


"Given the amount of films she has appeared in since Y2K, I don't think the term "failure" applies."

Yes, such memorable appearances as "Girl In Bar" (The Communicator), "Woman" (Take Out), "Tough Asian" (Back on Topps), "Ghetto Girl Three" (Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors) and "Triage Nurse" (I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant) ... and a bunch of other extra parts.

She's definitely hit the big time ...

Apple recalls first iPod Nanos over battery flaw


Got two cardboard boxes in the post today to return my 2G and 4G nano devices. Don't use them, but don't want them going up in smoke, either.

I suspect they will refurbish the ones they get back and send them back out again, hence the six weeks.

Screwpop Tool



... and have your keys confiscated each time you board an aeroplane. Great tool.

Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip


It's going back

Here's mine doing its stuff: http://youtu.be/IhARKNN5JyI?hd=1

It's in its box, all packed up and ready to go back to O2.