* Posts by EdFX

17 publicly visible posts • joined 24 May 2012

Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains' servers


Re: Where is god when you need him?

.... And gay!

BBC said it'll pull radio streams from TuneIn to slurp more of your data but nobody noticed till Amazon put its foot in it


Re: So stop listening...

Totally agree, paid "by the people for the people" seems to have lost its direction massively and we find ourselves rarely watching terrestrial TV and ironically tunein was first time in years we had engaged with BBC radio due to amazon echo... Only to have it blocked as a license payer!! Happy to ignore it altogether and let them seal their own fate... Idiots.


700km on a single charge: Mercedes says it's in it for the long run


Re: Tesla Model 3 was the UK's third most popular car purchase

No they're right, 3rd most popular period. This months sales.

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early


Re: I wish our cloud systems could respond that quickly

Really? We used for 300 staff from initial days of BPOS to latest O365... Never any issues to speak of about service as such.

What problems do you see?


Re: Rug Pulled by pissed off third party..

No, once you reach a certain bill size AWS (and Rackspace) will invoice you... Guess rest do too.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound


It's worse in Jags ...

My 2015 F-Type came from main dealer couple of years back as ex demo. I found the app and registered online before car was ever delivered to me. All I needed was vin and reg etc, all online and I could see the car and even START IT... Even before I'd touched it. Point being, I didn't need to press any keys and the jag app also let's you start the vehicle to cool/heat remotely.

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again



It was garbage when I used it 20 years ago... Good luuuuuck !!

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet


Easy done...

... I worked at very large UK portal and we accidentally blocked nhs as well. Huge traffic from one IP and very scattered so looked like a bot gathering search data!

Yep. Bitcasa's called it quits


Egnyte ?

.. When the hell did they become a top 3 cloud storage provider mentioned alongside Dropbox and Box? Never even heard of them...

Google's Allo chat app hits a downside to AI: Bot must hoard private messages to train itself


Well that's me done on Allo... Had pre-registered but I suspect like most, don't want private messages stored when world+dog headed in opposite direction...

Docker may be the dumbest thing you do today


Totally agree. We are scaling in aws cloud and have one service which varies in load massively. The tier serving it is autoscaling but.. Its windows server so even with the scaling firing early on load across the load balanced tier, it take many minutes for a new image to be copied, fire up and load windows and that's without very much in way of post run configuration. 7 minutes when you've just been hit by 10k requests is dead in the water. Containers would allow us to spin up these small services much faster, seconds and could even lend option for them to be allocated as the queued event is pulled - one for one! Anything that is handling bursts of workload is hard to manage or over scaled at significant cost... Which defeats the object of variable cloud. Window's containers are still in beta or we would definitely be using... Yes Linux may be faster but the best solution seems to be micro containers. Elastic beanstalk the auto scaling aws tool essentially does same as we do in allocating servers so that's little help in this use case.

Black Monday: Office 365 down and out in Europe


Re: A message to all who thought Office 365 was a good idea

I don't think most people actually use it but just like to shout it down. We have used as a business with several hundred users all the way back to when it was in previous incarnation of BPOS, and its been excellent. No issues, always on, no matter whether on road, home or office...and I have used Mac, PC, Laptop, mobile, tablet etc..in fact anywhere in world I have travelled.

I'm not anti or pro MS but...it just works, whats to complain about ? And no we weren't affected by the EU outage at all.

PINT because...overs the years its saved us a huge amount of hassle running Exchange....

USB accelerates to 10 Gbps



.... My wireless mouse stops working when plugging in usb3, assumed was driver issue between usb3 and windows 8

All new kit and i7, couldn't find much on it... Thanks for info!



.... My wireless mouse stops working when plugging in usb3, assumed was driver issue between usb3 and windows 8

All new kit and i7, couldn't find much on it... Thanks for info!

Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users


Pasting Pictures

...we use all the time to manage development projects and one simple thing that so useful is...being able to just paste a picture straight into Live Messenger!

It expands to show the images, we can share, amend quickly and send back...confirm and its done...all sorts of designs, workflows, pictures of wallboards from phones, you name it (all clothed !).

In Skype...into menu, into add...file...browse for a file...well I have it in clipboard...back to app to save it to file...open and upload...then I find that at other end they also have to save and then reopen elsewhere.....is anyone that stupid that you would go from what they have to this ?

Its like a four year old coding with crayons....

Pentagon hacker McKinnon will NOT be prosecuted in the UK


Re: And the moral of this story?

What he did was wrong. This seems to be forgotten and now there is no actual punishment. The protracted period of pain whilst he tried and succeeded in evading extradition/ prison is not in itself punishment.

His illness is not an excuse, he knew what he was doing....not even going to watch the downvotes !

Chuck Exchange mailboxes into the cloud... sysadmin style


Move MX then let Microsoft relay ?

We moved our group to BPOS first but can't see it having changed that much(upgraded to 365 in march)...

We moved MX records to point at Microsoft and then migrated users in batches or individuals. Microsoft servers then checked if user had migrated and IF YES, stayed in their environment and IF NO, they relayed back to our old server until all users had gone across.

This worked really well and didn't even lose messages mid transition. Users had to wait while it physically switched but was generally 20-30 mins not hours.

As I say, can't imagine why 365 would not allow same but we obviously migrated from BPOS to 365...again seamless, no issues for around 170 users.

As a user of outsourced email, salesforce, HR Software and much Dropbox for roaming management I can't recommend it enough.

As much as it may raise down votes in this audience, given limited budgets, skills and staff cover, does your company or team really have better environments, skills and backups than Microsoft, google and salesforce etc? I know if my car had a problem I would be closest, most passionate, know its history but....guarantee main dealer would be most knowledgable and best placed to resolve problems....more of the time?