* Posts by Montreal Sean

632 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Nov 2010


BOFH: Hearken! The Shiny Button software speaks of Strategic Realignment

Montreal Sean

If you think you're shining my buttocks, or my bollocks, you'd better buy me dinner first!

Montreal Sean

Re: Shiny button software...

Ah, but the $7/user pricing requires a certain number of employees. It's a volume discount.

If user levels drop below a certain threshold the price per user will increase dramatically.

Techie climbed a mountain only be told not to touch the kit on top

Montreal Sean

Cold and remote. -27 C with wind.

I'm currently having a late lunch and waiting for my plane to arrive.

I'm in Kuujjuarapik, Quebec. I came up here to replace a point of sale PC for our national postal service.

3 hour flight north from Montreal. 4 hours of work to replace the pc, swap the two drives over, and fix the receipt printer and cashdrawer configuration. Receipt printer had been non functional since November and the problem remained even after the postmaster replaced the printer and cables a couple of weeks ago.

Cashdrawer had never worked in the 2 years since it was installed.

I finished my work and headed to my hotel, with many many thanks from the grateful postmaster.

24 hour wait from the time I finished my work until the plane home arrives.

Windows 10 users report app gremlins after Microsoft update

Montreal Sean

Re: @Alan Bourke - STRAW MAN ALERT

I'm not surprised you can run Mint 21.3 on a 19 year old laptop.

I am surprised that you have a Dell D630 that is still running though.

Good job!

WTF? Potty-mouthed intern's obscene error message mostly amused manager

Montreal Sean

Re: Open source?

The Regomiser is actually a lowly intern who is only let out of the comms closet to create a name and then is shoved back into the closet.

Montreal Sean

Re: stroke rates

Careful now, that kind of activity can lead to nasty RSI!

Silicon Valley weirdo's quest to dodge death – yours for $333 a month

Montreal Sean

Re: Keith Richards....

We used to think that about Betty White...RIP sweet lady.

BOFH: Nice air conditioning system. Would be a shame if anything happened to it

Montreal Sean

Re: Tea and coffee

No no!

You don't want the elevator falling too quickly. You want the body to impact ground, bounce, land, then get hit by the elevator.

More bangs for your buck!

Montreal Sean

And just like a speeding BMW, the wind won't give notice that it will be changing direction either!

The week in weird: Check out the strangest CES tech of 2024

Montreal Sean

Re: Wehead, a bizarre head-shaped version of Alexa

For almost $5000 USD I would have expected it to look more head-like, not like some weird sculpture...

Apple sets new 16,000-foot iPhone drop test after 737 fuselage fail

Montreal Sean

"Which model of iPhone"

"Whaaat? I don't knooooooooooooow"

CEO arranged his own cybersecurity, with predictable results

Montreal Sean

Re: Customers are the security liability

Those shake to reset red ones have too many knobs for board members.

We challenged you to come up with tech predictions for 2024 (wrong answers only) – here are some favorites so far

Montreal Sean

Re: iPhone Hand

That could lead to some awkward accidental calls...

Or awkward Siri moments...

Siri: "I see you are looking at porn, would you like me to turn on haptic feedback?"

Montreal Sean

Re: Optional

I use WORN as well.

Write once, remember never.

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

Montreal Sean

Re: We all die


I'm going to invest in coffee stocks, before word gets out!

Imma gonna need lots of coffee to get through an 80 hour day!

Montreal Sean

Re: Donald 'Stop the Steal', 'I did win the election' Trump

Voters used electronic voting booths. Obviously. :p

Montreal Sean


Robo-maids in space are only to be used to suck up planet atmospheres!

Russia hustles to fill impending void left by the ISS

Montreal Sean

Re: Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a project to build an Orbital Station

I hear Trump is interested in running a country...

BOFH: Adventures in overenthusiastic automation

Montreal Sean

Re: Quicklime

With the price of petrol these days, the secure shredder bin is much more attractive.

Montreal Sean

I'm pretty sure it's still there.

Didn't it try to kill Simon and the PFY? And they trapped it in the basement?

Police ignored the laws of datacenter climate control

Montreal Sean

@Andy the Hat

Wow! You had it so.much harder than us!

At least we were allowed to keep our tongues!

"which obviously had to be installed two hours before we got up and before we licked the road clean with out tongues ..."

No, no, no! Disco joke hit bum note in the rehab center

Montreal Sean

Re: poor taste

I had AC/DC Hell's Bells as the ringtone for my manager's number...

Why Chromebooks are the new immortals of tech

Montreal Sean

Re: Dafuq?


If you press on the Windows key and then start typing the name of a piece of software you have installed, your software will show up but so will links to products Wimdows think you are looking to purchase.

Is that not targeted advertising?

Meet Honda's latest electric vehicle: A rideable suitcase

Montreal Sean

Re: there's only one, minor, catch

It's half and Ariana Grande, so using Starbucks sizes that would be an Ariana Short.

Sure, give the new kid and his MCSE power over the AS/400. What could possibly go wrong?

Montreal Sean

Re: Umm. Mainframe?

You had salvage?

We had to cover the last connector in the chain with our hands.

Those bits hurt when they reached the end of the chain!

USENET, the OG social network, rises again like a text-only phoenix

Montreal Sean

Re: Telehack still has gopher and usenet

Just tried telehack, they don't accept new users unless they are referred by an existing user.

Oh well, my time-travel back to the usenet days will need a new way.

Resilience is overrated when it's not advertised

Montreal Sean
Black Helicopters

Re: Failover backup redlining

That's what THEY want you to think!

Cage match: Zuck finally realizes Elon is full of twit

Montreal Sean

Re: I just want to see...

Steel chairs are Ballmer's specialty.

Hacking a Foosball table scored an own goal for naughty engineers

Montreal Sean

Re: Artform

I never stole any coins, they always ended up back in the machine.

Montreal Sean

I'm clumsy and kept knocking my cups into the pockets when trying to line up my shots.

Fed up with slammed servers, IT replaced iTunes backups with a cow of a file

Montreal Sean

Years ago....

I was a systems administrator for a small accounting firm (100 accountants).

We had a contract that each employee re-signed every year laying out the IT policies.

One policy was that no personal music was to be stored on company computers or their network drives. This was back in 2003 so mp3 was running rampant, and.much of it acquired from shady sharing sites.

I had permission from the senior partner of the firm to do random scans of the network and delete any mp3 files I found. No warnings to be given to the staff, just find and delete.

It took a few months but the accountants learned their lessons.


Techie called out to customer ASAP, then: Do nothing

Montreal Sean

Re: This is a job for .... Justin Case!

Having a book is always good.

I couple of years ago I switched from carrying a book for those times to always having some TV shows or movies saved to my phone.

The number of times I've had to just sit for hours and wait while a system is remaking...

Today's old folks set to smash through longevity records

Montreal Sean

I am so glad that my younger brother had a medical team that was focused on my brother's well being when he got cancer.

They treated him with chemotherapy as he had a faitly straight forward lymphoma. He responded really well.

Until he started having problems walking and they discovered a second cancer had appeared in his spinal fluid and brain. Unfortunately he didn't respond to the new chemo and the cancer was paralyzing him slowly as it moved from the feet upwards.

The doctors were very honest with me, him, and his wife. They said they could continue the chemo and hope it eventually works, or make him comfortable for his final weeks.

He chose to be made comfortable and was able to see and talk to family and friends in his hospital room right up until he died a week later.

He was holding his wife's hand when he slipped away.

I will always be grateful he had such a great team looking after him.

A team who card more about him than about stats.

Reg fashion: Here's what the well-dressed astronaut will wear on the Moon in 2025

Montreal Sean

He's right!

NASA saw me in my Halloween costume and grabbed me for the photos.

Anyone want an International Space Station? Slightly used

Montreal Sean

Re: um

A strap-on that big would put even John Holmes to shame!

BOFH: I care a lot ... about onion bhajis

Montreal Sean

Re: Mort and the unversal logic

No, 1984 was released in 1949.

Duelling techies debugged printer by testing the strength of electric shocks

Montreal Sean

I'd be shocked if the debt got paid at all.

Backup tech felt the need – the need for speed. And pastries and Tomb Raider

Montreal Sean

Re: Formatting DVDs?

I had a DVD-RAM drive once upon a time.

It was a Pioneer unit, and I had one caddy for it and 3 DVD-RAM discs.

Bloody expensive discs.

Worked quite well, but I believe they could only be read by the drive that created them.

BOFH: Generating a report the Director can show the Board – THIS is what AI was made for

Montreal Sean

Re: Basic Business B****cks

Thanks Dogbert!

Bringing cakes into the office is killing your colleagues, says UK food watchdog boss

Montreal Sean

Re: What a load of cobblers

I have a friend who used to be a vegetarian, except she ate poultry.

Her reason? Chickens and turkeys are dumb.

Unix is dead. Long live Unix!

Montreal Sean

Re: Are you ok?

You do realize that the hacker rants are satire, loosely based on the Marijuana psa from the '80s and also the 1936 film Reefer Madness, right?

Fat EVs may cause 'more death on our roads' – watchdog

Montreal Sean

Choose two

I always choose comfort and grip.

Trade off is I only get 30k km per set.

The CES tat bazaar: Bike desks, AI-powered bird feeders, and the smelloverse

Montreal Sean

Re: Half an hour doing dishes is enough to make the small of my back burn


I'd say a dishwasher is even more important if you have a significant other, the SO is not a slave. :)

Texts from your dog and brain-free astronomy: The best of the rest from CES

Montreal Sean

Re: low-energy radar sensors embedded within the reader measure multiple variables

I've got pretty good aim, but I'm not sure I could sign my name in urine...at least not on that small a target.

Montreal Sean

Re: low-energy radar sensors embedded within the reader measure multiple variables

Just don't try tying them in a knot...

Cleaner ignored 'do not use tap' sign, destroyed phone systems ... and the entire building

Montreal Sean

Where's Jake?

I'm sure he has some good stories to tell.

Don't lock the datacenter door, said the boss. The builders need access and what could possibly go wrong?

Montreal Sean

Re: rebooting the system

@Nick Ryan

I don't think I would have added his account to the security group needed to access the server, he sounds like someone who will break things by not reading warnings...

BOFH and the office security access upgrade

Montreal Sean

Re: Obsolescence

Which pocket do you prefer?

What's in Santa's sack? New Linux Mint, EndeavourOS and postmarketOS updates

Montreal Sean

Re: Mint 21.1


Thanks for the video, I'd forgotten how much I liked that look.

I may need to reconfigure my Mint appearance tonight.

Corporate execs: Get back, get back, to the office where you once belonged

Montreal Sean

Re: "Hybrid"

As long as you return the equipment I see no reason why an in person visit should be required at employment termination.

That said, I have on one occasion had to recover equipment from someone who refused to return their equipment and stopped answering the phone when we called. This resulted in my visiting her home with a police escort to recover said equipment. She was swearing at the officer the whe time and almost got herself arrested.