* Posts by gryphon

83 posts • joined 2 May 2011


Firewalls? Pfft – it's no match for my mighty spares-bin PC


Re: I could post my history of 'temporary' bodges .....

Short term fixes rarely are.

Apple emergency patches fix zero-click iMessage bug used to inject NSO spyware


Re: Apple screws the pre-iOD 13 customers


I got an update on my old 6+ last month.

In Microsoft's world, cloud email still often requires on-premises Exchange. Why?


Re: Confused.com


However are you giving mailboxes to on-premises AD accounts or only to ones that are Azure AD only?

In the former circumstance you can certainly provision a mailbox but then you won't be able to manage it properly.

Think you can solve the UK's electric vehicle charging point puzzle? The Ordnance Survey wants to hear about it


Re: Parking time and charging time mismatch

Workplace charging not exactly useful if people still continue working from home.

Microsoft to require proof of vaccination from on-site staff, pushes back full reopening


I'm probably misremembering this or misreporting but I read somewhere that since Covid mainly enters through the nose and develops there then 'moves inside' that the body isn't so good at recognising it and fighting it until that latter stage.

Therefore the hopefully minor symptoms that a vaccinated person have won't appear until Covid has been cooking for some time and possibly getting passed on to others.

Ironic in that half the people you see with masks will have it over their mouth but not their nose.

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5


Old LaserJets

Old HP LaserJets will just keep going and going in the main.

4Si had a duty cycle of 75,000 pages per month, of course the feed rollers would need replaced and occasional fuser unit but they weren't that expensive proportionately.

I also remember servicing 3Si's (for feed rollers again) which were on 1.5 million pages plus.

More problematical were the smaller office / personal ones where you'd get people using non-laser acetate sheets or labels (remember those) which would melt onto the fuser. Kept me in a job I suppose.

UK govt draws a blank over vaccine certification app – no really, the report is half-empty


Vaccine Trials

Looks like NHS in England can already supply status if you have been on a vaccine trial like I was for Novavax.

Scotland, not even mentioned.

And of course they want to send you your certification by letter with 1st class post within 14 days.

Fine for people who don't have printers I supposed.

But big disclaimers about asking for it well in advance of foreign travel.

14 days? Are they validating this all manually then hand typing the letter, sticking it in an envelope and then hunting for a stamp? Or do they have 1 guy going in once a week to pick up all the envelopes that the automated printing system has stuffed and put them in the post.

Here's a thought Scottish Govt. Talk nicely to the DVLA who have all the front-end stuff to do validation on your driving license etc. down pat, generate a PDF AND let other people check it is valid and maybe they'll give you a hand.

Ah, I see you found my PowerShell script called 'SiteReview' – that does not mean what you think it means


Was asked to do a review of files on servers across Europe for capacity planning, we didn't have disk quotas as such set up back then.

e.g. How much was video, picture, Excel etc., free space and so on.

Found a large porn stash on a users personal drive in Italian office. Going by the file names it was very hardcore.

Passed findings on to my management who passed it on to this guys' manager who didn't see the problem. :-)

We had to couch it to say he was taking up too much space on the servers which was leaving everyone else short then it got some action.

BOFH: Here in my car I feel safest of all. I can listen to you ... It keeps me stable for days


Re: The obverse also applies in some cases

Had very similar in a high school physics class, although I think it was the 2nd last question that said just do question 1 then sit quietly.

IBM insiders say CEO Arvind Krishna downplayed impact of email troubles, asked for a week to sort things out


Re: Memories, and not good ones.

A company I was at tuped a lot of back office staff over to one of the big banks which used Notes, we were an Exchange company. Funnily enough the office they were moving to was only just up the street.

They all went over 1 day for some Notes email training before moving. They all came back shell-shocked at how bad it was in comparison.

They’d all been asking “can it do this, can it do that” type questions and the answer was pretty much No in all cases.

The splitting image: Sufferer of hurty wrist pain? Logitech's K860 a potential answer


I did try out the MS 'Natural' keyboard back in the day and got used to it a bit.

Problem was that I was doing a lot of deskside support work at the time so threw the muscle memory out of whack every time so ended up doing hunt and peck making things a lot slower.

But maybe that was just me. :-)

Why won't you copper-ate? Openreach offers capped fibre line rental to wholesalers in bid to shift all that FTTP


Re: Ofcom Area 2

Maybe. But Starlink is $99 a month which is about £70 at the moment. Plus VAT. So not a cheap option by any means. Oh and $500 or so upfront costs.

Green MSP calls on Scottish government to stop spending £4.7m a year with AWS after Amazon 'dumping' allegations


Re: Seems like the least reason to dump them

Govt. so called commercial arms usually end up being a disaster. Local council ones are even worse with electricity providers and massive real estate portfolios that always lose money. Usually a disaster story every month in Private Eye.

Would be interesting if Scotland did become independent about what would happen to data sovereignty. Couldn’t stay in AWS or Azure UK regions, couldn’t use European ones, couldn’t use UK Crown Hosting datacentres.

Considering that SNP last time around put the total transition costs of independence at £50 million you’d be lucky to get a decent car park for a Tier 4 data centre for that.

No BS*: BT is hooking up with OneWeb to tackle UK notspots


Re: Sincerely, Good Luck

Not just big cities.

I’m about 5miles from the centre of Glasgow but my FTTC maxes out at about 50mbps on a good day since I’m quite far from the cabinet. Also In the blind spot between 2 virgin areas so no help there. Cityfibre? have been putting stuff in all over the place but not selling to end users as far as I can tell and not neat enough to my estate anyway.

FTTP from OpenReach? That’ll be the 25th of never.

Might go 5G with 3 though. Colleague has that and is getting 200/30 on a bad day.

The Eigiau Dam Disaster: Deluges and deceit at the dawn of hydroelectric power


Re: Geology

Aberfan cemetery. Yes, you get a very strange feeling there. My mother took us in 83 I think it was when we happened to be on holiday in Wales. Am I right in remembering that there were pictures of the children on the graves in the Russian manner?

Another strange place, although not for such sad reasons, is Glastonbury Tor. Was up there with nobody else around, could see for miles obviously and there was a bank of cloud about 10 miles away in a complete circle around it. Somewhat eery even though it was right in the middle of a bright summer day.

UK's Government Digital Service extends contracts with Post Office and Digidentity for wobbly Verify ID system


Is this the system that HMRC uses that refuses to believe my wife exists when she tried to sign up to do her tax return online?

Despite the fact she’s been doing paper returns for 10 years.

BT promises firmware update for Mini Whole Home Wi-Fi discs to prevent obsessive Big Tech DNS lookups


Interesting. Never noticed that.

However I had been having quite regular service disconnections, at least once or twice a week for ages. I.e. the wan connection, not Wi-fi.

Would sometimes reconnect itself but usually swmbo got impatient and did a power cycle.

Got really bad after they updated the firmware on may 27th this year happening every couple of hours.

Talked to BT who suggested a factory reset. Did that and was even worse for about 2 hours then seemed to stabilise itself and has been fine for a week.

Give BT their due i phoned them after reset and said it was still having problems and they sent me one of the little cellphone routers right out and arranged an engineer visit. But of course I pay extra for Halo whatever.

First time I called them she couldn’t get the logs from the router to verify the problem. 2nd time different lady managed to so could actually see the problem.

Lotus Notes refuses to die, again, as HCL debuts Domino 12


Re: Notes was the past.. and the future!

Nah, there is a vNext coming which unlike all previous versions can be done as an in-place upgrade from Exchange 2019.

Changing to a subscription model though.


MoD: Our networks are in 'unacceptable' state and both data and IT bods are stuck in silos


Azure Secret

Was there not a story here a few months ago saying that MS could now supply an Azure tenant at the secret level for DoD in the US?

Japan to start stamping out rubber stamps and tearing up faxes as new digital agency given Sept. 1 start date


Re: "administration costs"

Well considering that BT etc. can charge you extra for not paying by direct debit I am not sure how that squares.

As usual with such things 'show me the legislation' is the best bet.

39 Post Office convictions quashed after Fujitsu evidence about Horizon IT platform called into question


I read the entire verdict, all 92 pages of it.

The 3 who had their convictions upheld had completely different stories. In this instance I think their lawyers had just jumped on the Horizon bandwagon. The verdict went into massive detail as to why these 3 did not fit the pattern of the others.

Å nei! Norway's Stortinget struck by Microsoft Exchange malware


Re: This might be an opportunity for Notes/Domino 12 to make a comeback

I haven't used Notes / Domino in anger for about 20 years and even then only as a user.

It might be the bees knees but there are 2 problems

1. Migrating existing data from Exchange to Notes. No doubt there are tools but usually seem to be going the other way. And time consuming of course.

2. The pool of people with Exchange experience is I would think vastly larger than that for Notes

I would think this will actually expedite moving to the cloud rather than a different on-premises solution

SpaceX wants to slap Starlink internet terminals on planes, trucks, and boats – but Tesla owners need not apply


Re: 1 million users?

Funnily enough I got an e-mail from them this morning.

'Starlink is now available in parts of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England'

'During beta, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s over the next several months as we enhance the Starlink system. There will also be brief periods of no connectivity at all.'

Microsoft fixes four zero-day flaws in Exchange Server exploited by China's ‘Hafnium’ spies to steal victims' data



Names of folders within mailboxes can also cause problems if a manager has shared access to their mailbox badly.

e.g. Headcount reduction plan, company sale etc.

€121,000 YOGA Book Android is 'priced right' says Lenovo


Re: Been done before...


Still see those in Curry's

Apple emits emergency iOS security updates while warning holes may have been exploited in wild by hackers


Re: Once.....

Would seem likely.

Presumably they'll be testing all the updates on virtual copies of the devices and then doing same on physical devices near the end. Maybe they don't do sufficient testing on the latter, or they use devices with brand new batteries every time etc.


Re: Once.....

Not to say it wasn't caused by an update but I have a 6+ which is pretty much the same internals apart from the screen and battery and didn't get this.

Although perhaps masked by the larger battery, I'm not a heavy user, but it was still easily lasting me the day up until I upgraded at Christmas.

I did get the battery replaced a couple of years ago though.

Apple slapped with €60m lawsuit from Italian consumer rights org for slowing down CPUs in old iPhones


Re: Security

You can criticise Apple for many things (and we all do) but not for the length of time they support older phones.

I just upgraded to a 12 Pro Max but had my previous 6+ for 6 years, it got an update for something or other a couple of weeks ago despite being on iOS 12.

My daughters SE classic is working quite happily on iOS 14 and I think that model is also around 6 years old although she's only had it a couple of years.

Only place you get near that in Android world is pretty much with Android One which gives 2 O/S updates and 3 years security. Although I think I read in another article that Samsung is now starting to promise long-term-support for their current models.

You can drive a car with your feet, you can operate a sewing machine with your feet. Same goes for computers obviously


Re: Dirtiest PC

Coal processing plant for me.

Was replacing old units with new ones ruining Windows NT to run the weighbridges.

Took the old unit outside, took top cover off and turned over. Must have been a few kilos of coal dust fell out. How it had been running I have no idea since the psu was caked with it internally.


1st year at Uni we were taught Wordstar. Lots of training, endless practice etc.

Came back from summer holidays to find they’d changed every system to WordPerfect 5.1.

Us - Any training manuals or anything available for this?

Uni - Don’t be silly. You’ll work it out in no time it’s easy peasy.

Nothing new since the microwave: Let's get those home tech inventors cooking


Re: Smart heating system?

My wife is always worrying about such things but when I say make a list then I’m told that is too much hassle and what if she lost the list.

Two clichés, one headline: 'No good deed goes unpunished' and 'It's always DNS'


Re: My Manager!

Funny how Incident Management teams who are supposed to be the sole point of contact between the tech teams and the business are bypassed more often that not.


Re: My Manager!

I think that kind of goes without saying.


Re: My Manager!

Had a previous manager who was the exact opposite of that.

Wouldn't take any heat for team, would be on phone or at our desks hanging around and demanding instant solutions to anything that affected anybody senior even if it hadn't been logged as a priority.

Less patience than my kids and less happy to take responsibility than them.

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech


Re: Printer memory Lane

Similar. Started out with a Star LC-10 (I think) for BBC Micro with WordWise at school. Then a DeskJet 500 with PC for Uni. Then blagged various old lasers from work.

Just looked on eBay. Absolutely crazy prices on lc-10 and old dot matrixes in general.

Under vintage computing. Lol.


Re: Attaching a tractor-fed Epson LX-80 dot matrix impact printer was the height of luxury

Or a band printer. Now those were loud. And dangerous.


Re: Attaching a tractor-fed Epson LX-80 dot matrix impact printer was the height of luxury

Isn’t it always Oki dot matrix printers that airports use for passenger lists etc?

Always used to see them in warehouses as well.

Suckers for punishment, we added a crawler transporter to our Saturn V


Re: Meccano Vs Lego

So your mother too then.

Came home from Uni one weekend to find she'd given all my Lego (including 1st Gen space stuff) AND my Scalextric away.

Obviously I hadn't played with the latter for about 10 years but that's hardly the point. :-)

Would have saved me a fortune feeding my son's Lego habit if I had still had all the old stuff.

On a positive point though my father gave us his entire stash of Hornby a couple of years ago when he sold his flat. Problem is getting a foldable baseboard into the garage without getting too much in the way of everything else. Every time I manage to clear the garage a bit I go in the next day and it's full again. How does that happen? :-(

UK regulator Ofcom to ban carriers from selling locked handsets to make dumping clingy networks even easier


What is the process for POTS to VoIP porting?

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!


Oh, I remember those. Nice little bits of kit. Actually LED rather than laser if I remember correctly. Panasonic also did a vertical laser which was about 10cm wide.

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update


Re: so I never saw a need for backing up photos

Amazon Photos perhaps if you have Prime membership. Not sure what their license conditions are like though, hopefully not the FB one of ‘you grant us a non-exclusive license to do whatever the hell we like with your photos’.

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'


Re: No drivers.

Indeed. LJ4 final feed assembly was a bit of a pain to replace though.

Try replacing the Teflon? coated roller within the fuser assembly itself though, such fun. :-)

I think the IIISi's were the most bulletproof though, probably because they were built like a tank. Company I did maintenance for had several in one office that had done 1.5 million pages each. I'd hate to have had their paper bill let alone their toner bill.

I'm sure I saw one that had done nearer 3 million but that might just be age catching up with my memory.

Problem with the Si versions of course was that they'd always be shoved up against a wall and were a pig to shift to get at certain parts due to the weight.

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


Re: Perfect Mail Client

Actually if memory serves Exchange 2003, and 2007 to an extent, did do single instancing of messages / attachments.

They took it away in 2010 when storage became 'cheap' although I think even then 2010 did attachment compression.

Obviously the user would still be 'charged' for the logical space taken up by the storage limits but, especially with sales teams or accountants who insisted on e-mailing massive spreadsheets to each other, the size of the database could be way less than the sum of the individual mailboxes so to speak.

Open-source, cross-platform and people seem to like it: PowerShell 7 has landed


Re: Need a new book


Sort of.

It's more often used in something like this

get-disk | where-object {$_.PartitionStyle -eq "MBR" | ft number, friendlyname

So you are getting details of all your disks as objects, looking within each object for the PartitionStyle equaling MBR and displaying some other info about the disk

For disk you could also do $_.Model, $_.NumberOfPartitions, $_.Size and so on

I've read a few articles that describe $_ as the variable of the pipeline if that makes more sense.

i.e. get-disk puts the disk objects into the pipeline and you can then look up their values using $_

The safest place to save your files is somewhere nobody will ever look


Re: Joys of sales people and Outlook 2003

Back when doing BAU I never really had a problem with larger mailboxes on a 'by exception' basis.

I tended to use various tiers and users just had to log a ticket to move with an explanation why. That way I could justify more disks / servers etc. to higher for capacity planning.

More of a problem with Exchange 2003 and even 2010 to some extent was the number of items in the primary folders. For the former there shouldn't be more than 10,000 for Inbox etc. and 5,000 for calendar if I remember correctly. It was really hard to explain to users that they were actually causing a bottleneck for the system because of the high counts and that they needed to 'folderise' stuff.

The biggest problem is that e-mail use and message sizes exploded exponentially over the years and it is always hard to get CAPEX for BAU type stuff rather than projects when the initial 'guesstimates' of usage were way off.

For example in one company everything over 6 months was archived to an Enterprise Vault equivalent. The vault containing about 7 years worth of Exchange 2003 data, which also included years worth of migrated Exchange 5.5 data came to about 4TB I think. The separate vault for Exchange 2010 about 5 years after we upgraded to it was on the order of 16TB, and that was de-duped data. The company numbers had also been vastly reduced compared to the EX2003 days.


I think the worst I ever had was:-

~250K item mailbox

~110K items unread in main inbox folder mainly stuff she'd insisted her team CC her on, which was pretty much every mail they sent. She had a sub-folder for stuff she actually cared about.

Total size about 25GB shortcutted - most of our mailboxes were below 5GB.

Total size unshortcutted when I had to transfer mailbox to another company which didn't have access to our vault - about 110GB

Total number of folders about 25

Unfortunately she sat opposite the CIO and would bend his ear about the slightest little thing. His opinion that it was better for his mental health if he just let her do what she wanted size wise so her quota was turned off.

Also had a guy who only had about 30K items total but they were distributed amongst ~10000 folders if I remember correctly. Made it massively time consuming when it came to moving his mailbox between Exchange databases which is just as much a function of folder count as it is of item count or item size.

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store


Re: Wind 'em up

I remember a similar one with a bank where the guy actually got the bailiffs to turn up and start logging the equipment at a branch with a view to seizing it all.

I believe bank HQ then coughed up rather promptly. :

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?


Note 2

Gave my wife an old Note 2 from work with a cursory explanation of features including showing her the stylus.

Couple of months go by.

"Hey, did you know this phone has a pen thingy that pops out when you press this bit? I wonder what that is supposed to be for?"

Vulture gets claws on Lego's latest Apollo nostalgia-fest


Re: Pricey

I also had the 928 and a lot of the older space kit.

Came back from Uni one day to find my mother had given it all away because "You're too old for that sort of stuff now".

Also all my Scalextric stuff.


What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS



I too was within the Almac local dialling area but also ran my own BBS for a good few years, Sputnik Spitfire. There weren't many people using Spitfire in the UK but it was pretty good. Base software fitted on a 1.2MB disk if I recall correctly.

Almac were always great and very friendly although if you visited them you'd have to drag Alastair away from his game of Civilisation or whatever was current at the time. :-)

They were especially good when they started getting the weekly tapes of new software from the US to save the international calls.

Rather than FidoNet I was on RIME. My sister is still in contact with some of the people she met through RIME all those many years ago. :-)



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