* Posts by mdubash

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For a moment there, Lotus Notes appeared to do everything a company needed

mdubash

Re: The problem with Notes

...and the fact that the client was single-threaded, which made it slow, especially if the network was clogged. It wanted to sync? Just wait until it's over, no point in trying to do anything else.

How Sinclair's QL computer outshined Apple's Macintosh against all odds

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Re: outSHONE

Ditto 'obligated' when 'obliged' does the job.

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

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Re: "speach"

Not so true. As a beekeeper, I've dealt with hornets and wasps, and the latter are far more likely to have a go just because.

Individually, hornets are placid creatures. Just don't go near their nests though, or they mount a full-on Operation Overlord.

CLIs are simply wizard at character building. Let’s not keep them to ourselves

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Re: Intuitive GUI? My arse.

I still miss the BRS.

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Re: I'm no expert

Yup, done a fair bit of delving in my time, from the BBC Micro (which in my case fulfilled its brief of sucking me into compoting) onwards. Not so much any more though. Life's too short...

Sorry Pat, but it's looking like Arm PCs are inevitable

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Grove

Only the paranoid survive.... Now, who said that?

Windows 11: The number you have dialed has been disconnected

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Re: Tim Cook's punishment?

They weren't alone: as I recall (as an ex-practitioner of that particular craft on PC Magazine), every non-Apple mag had to practically get down on their hands and knees and pray obeisance to the great black-jumpered one (for it was he in those days) to get review kit, and even then you'd be lucky unless you promised favourable results. So we didn't...

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Re: Tim Cook's punishment?

It's worse than that. In the US, the phrase 'Can I get <whatever...>?' (heard in shops) is endemic. Of course you can get <whatever>. The phrase should be 'May I have <whatever>?'

But here in the UK, 'Can I get...' is heard with increasing frequency. Grrr.

Mozilla's midlife crisis has taken it from web pioneer to Google's weird neighbor

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Re: Thunderbird the client who would not die

I too was a TB addict. But since the browser now renders my provider's emails in pretty much any way I want, I couldn;t see the point in a separate app. I now - like everyone else and despite my best instincts - live in the browser. It's a bit like OS wars: ultimately, I don't really care about the OS, I care about the information and the apps. Life's too short.. mutter mutter...

Polishing off a printer with a flourish revealed not to be best practice

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Re: Stories from Grandad

Tell that to my home colour laser printer. I had wastefully to bin it because one tiny piece of plastic - the part that secures the flappy paper sensor - broke, so it refused to believe there wasn't a paper jam. I explained it to the machine on multiple occasions, and even 3D printed a replacement but all for naught. A new printer cost only £250...

How to get a computer get stuck in a lift? Ask an 'illegal engineer'

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Re: Nominative determinism

Tyler is guilty....

Nobody would ever work on the live server, right? Not intentionally, anyway

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Re: spaghetti

But then you can't wind it round the fork, as il Dio intended...

Samsung’s midrange A54 is lovely, but users won't feel seen

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Re: Reviews are pretty pointless these days

Yup. I've been buying Xiaomi phones around the £200 mark for years. All have worked fine, and accept headphone jacks and SD cards. I remain astonished that people are willing to pay £1,000 or more for a nice badge.

Google accused of ripping off advertisers with video ads no one saw. Now, the expert view

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Or does Google think that despite not wanting to watch ads inserted at random points into videos I'm enjoying that I will be any more willing to rush out and buy the product/service? I'm not alone in my firm policy of not knowingly buying anything I've seen advertised: in doing so I'd not only have paid both with my time/data/electricity, I'd be paying more overall through higher prices incurred by paying for the company's advertising budget.

I don't think so.

That old box of tech junk you should probably throw out saves a warehouse

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Re: Hmmm

If only there were more unionisation, salaries might be better...

Uptime guarantees don't apply when you turn a machine off, then on again, to 'fix' it

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Re: So you could say...

Well, he hadn't SATA upon his laurels...

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 as a Linux laptop

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Re: Small screen non-2-in-1... why?

I made the mistake of buying not one buyt three of those, thinking each one was an exception. They're fragile. The first two pretty much came apart in my hands, the third I sold because it was inordinately noisy and ran very hot. At last I got the message: not going there again.

I would recommend looking at a 17-inch LG Gram. It probably wouldn't give Liam's X1 a run for its money, but my six-month-old version is very light, is fast and thin - and despite its 17-inch screen, it costs £600 less than an X1. I still think it's the best laptop I've ever used - and I've been using (and occasionally reviewing) them fior 30+ years.

If you have a fan, and want this company to stay in business, bring it to IT now

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Re: air CON

Would that be a Hovis-232?

Heads to roll at Lenovo amid 'severe downturn' in PC sales

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Quality downturn

Have to say that, following 20 years of buying IBM ThinkPads then Lenovo kit of various sorts, usually updating on a three-year cycle, the last two or three systems have disappointed. Cost-cutting shows. Creaky hinges, display backs that fall off or aren't very secure andhinges that fail have all happened over time. It's not even as if the machines had a hard life, certainly not in the last five or six years.

Took me too long to switch vendors: six months ago I bought a 17-inch LG Gram and couldn't be happier with its rock-solid performance and reliability. I can't see me returning to Lenovo.

Make Linux safer… or die trying

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Re: "substantial"

Windows wouod still dominate because you don't need to train ordinary users how to do the basics: they've trained themselves on their own time.

LibreOffice 7.5 update: A great time to jump on this FOSS productivity suite

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Re: Ribbonphile

Yes, the one product that MS makes that I do really like is OneNote. Reminds me a little of Lotus Agenda....

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Re: Time to toss them a few more bucks for a software suite I use on Linux, Mac and PC.

LO offers a choice of UI. I've tried them all, including the much-vaunted ribbon - which looks like a splurge of icons has been vomited onto the screen. By contrast, the standard toolbar option, looking much like that found in the last half-decent MS Office, ie 2003, is all most people will need. It's simple, intuitive and highly customisable.

An IT emergency during a festive visit to the in-laws? So sorry, everyone, I need to step out for a while

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Re: Ch-ch-ch-changes

Another side to that multi-facted coin is finance...

Hybrid multi-cloud is a mess to clean up, not an innovation to excite

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I seem to recall writing this same article 15 years ago....

tsoHost pulls plug on Gridhost service with just 45 days' notice

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Re: Posting on CPanel?

Totally agree. I have sites on there, and I've had no emails. Not until someone told me the site was gone did I find out. So crap.

Evernote's fall from grace is complete, with sale to Italian app maker

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Obviously, it can't have been worth it, for me, paying for when Evernote decided to limit the free tier to two devices as I switched to (eek!) OneNote in 2016. Veery happy with the experience, good UI, cross-platform, no device limit....

Logitech, that canary in PC coal mine, just fell off its perch

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I want an update to the last keyboard they made which has a set of 12 function keys running up the left-hand side of the device - where God intended them to be. Mine's worn out. The F keys are fully configurable, so you can make it work just like an IBM AT keyboard. If only...

Firefox points the way to eradicating one of the rudest words online: PDF

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Re: I don't mind PDFs

Which is why I use an old version of Nitro. It reads and saves PDFs, allows you to comment, fill in forms, and extract text and images. Best of all, it's not needy. What more do you need?

mdubash

Re: I don't mind PDFs

And the Adobe Reader constantly begs to be updated, about 10x more often than any other app. Or it did, last time I touched it 15 years ago....

Laugh all you want. There will be a year of the Linux desktop

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It's not the users who choose

What's often forgotten is that the hardware vendors have a huge incentive to package Windows with their devices. Users get what makes vendors the most profit, not what they want.

He's only gone and done it. Ex-Register vulture elected to board of .uk registry

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Well done Kieren!

Have a large Scotch on me.

Cheers!

Serious surfer? How to browse like a pro on Firefox

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Re: This article describes perfectly…

I suppose it might be that many people left before Eich did because they didn't like his attitude towards them or their colleagues. Let's compare apples with apples. Either way, it would be interesting to see the numbers.

Fixing an upside-down USB plug: A case of supporting the insupportable

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Re: Supporting the Unsupportable?

About right. No point trying to push water uphill...

mdubash

Reminds me of someone who for <reasons> shall remain nameless.

He inserted an SD card into his new digital camera - this was back in the early noughties. It didn't want to go in. So instead of turning it round and trying again he used welly. It broke the socket and he had to pay to get it repaired.

It's all of a piece. Given that users will use way more force than you'd imagine necessary, why are we still designing connectors that only work one way round? If it were me, I'd design a card with contacts on both sides so it wouldn't matter which way round it was inserted.

Oh wait: costs....

Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice

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Re: Shot their own paws

Yeah, they have pissed me off so many times with their crowd-following UI changes - not to mention the time they decided to change engines and broke my favourite add-ons. But not being Google, Apple or MS counts for a lot with me.

mdubash

Re: Not seeing it

Give it another try: it's better than it used to be. Speaking as a user for - ooh - 20+ years?

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Re: Chrome on desktop

Don't want to come across as a Google fanboi, but using FF, I've accessed dozens of G services for years and never encountered a Chrome nag...

mdubash

Re: Chrome on desktop

This is exactly my experience too with the most technophobic family members.:(

Document Foundation starts charging €8.99 for 'free' LibreOffice

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Re: Does that mean there's will be a version with proper accent entry?

Goodness, that's so helpful.

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

mdubash

Re: Documentation

Sadly, not just managers. Lost count of the number of times I've shown people that crtl-s is way way quicker than mousing over to the File menu, dropping down to the Save option and clicking. Only to be told that they need to get the document finished by xxx time, and can't be bothered with learning new stuff. Sigh.

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Re: ASD-STE100

Consistent naming is a real problem.

Vendors are the worst for renaming technologies in order to claim them. When I was starting out in tech journalism, it drove me crazy chasing down various definitions only to find they all meant the same thing.

But it seems that many (most?) people who write stuff, instructions or not, don't think about the confusion they cause. I call it write-only writing.

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’

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Re: Choice of technology.....

Sounds like my phone's ringtone...

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs

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Re: The curse of overchoice

Yep. Most people aren't interested in computers, or in operating systems. They want to run apps. Oh look, Linux is free and light on resources, I'll try it on this old laptop as I only need web browsing and emails.

Two hours later, they're still reading through the multiple distro lists....

Not to dis your diskette, but there are some unexpected sector holes

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Re: Such memories...

I was never so excited as the day I brought home a twin floppy disk drive box, plugged it into the BBC Micro and could load stuff in seconds rather than minutes - reliably too. <sigh>

Help, my IT team has no admin access to their own systems

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Wasn't there a (maybe) apocryphal story about an IBM storage tech doing just that, only with a hard disk? And when I say hard disk, I don't mean one of the piddling little 16TB things we see in servers these days but a proper, two-person-lifter jobbie containing a humongous 5MB...

Reg reader rages over Virgin Media's email password policy

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Another Fastmail user here - over 10 years now and no glitches, security issues - or indeed anything upsetting.

Bouncing cheques or a bouncy landing? All in a day's work for the expert pilot

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Re: VGA port = serial port

Then there's a certain someone who plugs the USB-ended Ethernet dongle into the power socket on my laptop...

mdubash

Re: In the pilot's defense...

He got that from Michael Flanders, presumably, refrring to that famous plant-animal hybrid, the Wompom.

To err is human. To really screw things up requires a wayward screwdriver

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Re: is there a reason

Why did I read that as 'orgasm session'?

Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums

mdubash

Re: Doctors waiting room?????

I guess it would be churlish of me to suggest that long waiting lists and overloaded GPs might have a different, more political root cause other than the use of a landline...

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