* Posts by barstewardsquad

28 posts • joined 10 Oct 2011

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass


Re: I love WSL, since it made scripting on Windows usable after 30 years :)

There are probably simpler and more elegant ways but this works for me.

date([management.managementdatetimeconverter]::ToDateTime((Get-WmiObject win32_operatingsystem).LastBootUpTime)) -Format dd-M-yyyy

I would normally do the date as yyyyMMdd but wanted to match it to the OP's format.

Mine is the one with a windows VM on linux because Azure modules don't work properly on Linux Powershell

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!


Re: Memory Issues

FOCUS for those times when they expected you to fix the free/shareware/pirated software that they had installed themselves, and they would want it escalated as you wouldn't fix the problem.

F**K Off C**t Unsupported Software

IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code


Re: Can't wait for the first call...

You mean PCSO Smith about eleven weeks later

No as the caller mentioned something of a foreign origin this would be logged as a hate crime resulting in the immediate deployment of Armed Response Units and a Graudian (sic) Reporter.

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration


Re: TSOHOST just did the same thing

EvoHosting too.

The only concern will be a need for another certificate if I want to SSL the site separately. Other than that I'm not worried as there is currently no auto-renewal.

Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack


Barnett Formula

Apparently WJK had complained that under the Barnett Formula the Scottish Parliament was entitled to a greater number of hacking attempts than Westminster, and that the situation be remedied immediately or she would seek a mandate for a(nother) referendum!

One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure


Need more resources.

Simply hire more contractors it's what most Companies do.

Oh wait a second, I forgot about their policy on IR35.

Mine is the one with the flexible work option in the pocket.

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason


2IC's name

Is he named Andrew Ssangyong with no middle name/initial?

Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov


Energy supplier resonse

I received an email from my supplier today in response to a query after they said my old meter was being phased out, and implied a new new smart meter was the only available option.


There is no legal obligation for an individual to have Smart Meters fitted, this lies with the supplier.

All energy companies are tasked with fitting as many Smart Meters as possible by 2020.

I have made a not on your account and you will not receive any further correspondence regarding Smart Meters.


Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds


You know who you were.

Am I the only one who wants to rotate one of the corner pieces, just like we did with a lad way back when it first came out, when he claimed he could do the cube, but only when no-one was watching. Strangely his cube always felt rather loose.

One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad


Re: Brexitters

Brexitters, all 17,000,000 of them.

Too many of them. Send the Remoaners, there are less of them.

BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017


How long

How long before they need more than just a postcode? After all it is hardly a deterrent to find one to enter, say DL98 1TL for example. I was unable to check if they would accept that one though as apparently they are doing maintenance to their systems that are used for signing it and registering.

I can see the headline already, BBC iD site down to unexpected demand for accounts.

Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas


Re: Curious

It's curious how the company comments are at odds with the obvious facts. They should apologize and pay for the costs involved without fuss.

The obvious facts being that the customer told them it had happened and so it must be true?

Story gone

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Pow! Right in the Jawbone: Fitbit cleared in tech ripoff legal ordeal


Re: Convergence

Jawbone is trying to claim theft of trade secrets when a simpler explanation may be available - convergence.

The Legal profession is never one to let a simple explanation get in the way of a good lawsuit.

Beer because it's my Friday.

Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation


So "up to" is OK but "at least" isn't? Guess they don't want to share their cake.

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos



I will keep the Win10 for work related stuff but I am now installing Linux to dual boot from, with Linux as the primary OS. Luckily I am able to do that, but will take a while to get the family moved across.

UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'


Yes you can say no.

Yes you can decline your supplier's gracious offer to replace you old meter with a "smart" meter that will work with their systems. It may not however work with any other supplier, and may not be upgrade-able to become compliant with other suppliers.

Supposedly there is a new standard that is coming out that will allow meters to be used across all suppliers.

Facebook's new stalker tool


As seen on TV*

Sounds like the app at the centre of Betas ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3012184/ )

*Other viewing technologies are available

PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU


It's called Democracy*. Sometimes you get your choice because the majority agree with you, sometimes you don't because the majority don't. Place your vote, wait for the outcome and accept what the majority decide with dignity and respect.

*Other forms of Government are available.

iOS10 bloatware deletion


I wish Google would follow suit with Android. My tablet is so bloated with Google apps I don't want, never use and can't remove that there is no room left to download apps I do actually want to download and use.

You can on the newer Nexus devices such as the 6p.

Of course crApple will be suing Google for this even though Google had the feature last September

Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge


But did BT mend the fault?

We don't know, the Engineer could only hang on for a few minutes.

How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today



Vanilla Android with minimal bloat, so basically something to go up against the Nexus range. Here's hoping they can make something as good as the n95 was back in the day.

Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G


So BT say they will do what they should already be doing if they don't have to split up their cartel?

Funny how they suddenly seem to be able to promise to make Openreach fix a problem, something BT currently say they are unable to do. My "superfast" broadband with an estimated 30Mb only gives me 7Mb because Openreach say the line is "good enough" and BT can't make them fix the iffy copper.

As said above, it does at least make the trees grow, albeit in this quantity the Amazon rain forest will have enough fertiliser for a millennium or two.

More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy


Or the houses are at the end of a length of cable that Openreach won't replace as "it is working fine" despite attenuating the expected 27Mb connection down to 7Mb. Still BT did what they were given a load of beer tokens to do so I can't complain.

UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention


No problem here, move along please

After all what could possibly go wrong when the Government rushes through legislation, especially in regards to technology matters?

BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept



Reminds me of the day the young lad at work said to me that he was leaving to do a course at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology. He wouldn't believe me when I explained why I laughed so much.

Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store


"Islington plod chased one moped believed to be involved in the burglary but the rider managed to give them the slip."

Now that made me laugh. Made me think of Rosco P. Coltrane in hot pursuit.


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