* Posts by gv

244 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Jun 2012


Version 252 of systemd, as expected, locks down the Linux boot process


Re: Dual-boot, anybody?

Why dual boot when you can use one or more VMs?

IBM Consulting orders staff back to the office for at least three days a week



In this global world (see what I did there?), consulting delivery projects are staffed with teams from various locations. Usually this is also the case for the customer's team, so to go into the office to sit on Zoom or Teams meetings all day seems somewhat pointless.

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


Re: Not the only game in town

Now and again, I run IceWM on my Linux machine for that Win95 hit.

How to get Linux onto a non-approved laptop


Re: Old linux person here....do not understand......

Better to wipe Window, install Linux and then, if you do need it, install Windows in a VM.

How did you mourn Internet Explorer's passing?


"Engineers forced to work around the browser's many, many foibles"

As one of these people, I'm grateful that it paid off a large chunk of my mortgage.

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


Still occasionally use Openbox and Fluxbox as well.

Did you know Twitter has an open-source arm? This is what it's been up to


Re: email address as ID

There's also the interesting issue of disparate accounts using the same email address and it not necessarily being the same person.

Microsoft makes account switching easier in its web and desktop apps


Re: But what about the apps?

Forced to use the browser for my current project as the customer has restricted my account but insists on using the MS O365 ecosystem.

Hello Slackware, our old friend: Veteran Linux distribution releases version 15.0 at last


Re: no systemd?

Good job Slackware isn't clunky, unpredictable or a bodge.

Hive View security camera customers left in the dark as some gear gives up the ghost


Re: Hive

Very waspish comment.

Shocking: UK electricity tariffs are among world's most expensive


Re: Electric should be cheaper, gas more expensive

"you can at least light a gas hob to make hot drinks"

I'm guessing you don't have a modern gas hob: as a safety feature, it cuts off the gas supply if there's no electricity.

Ubuntu 21.10: Plan to do yourself an Indri? Here's what's inside... including a bit of GNOME schooling



I like my workspaces in a 2x2 grid.

UK chancellor: Getting back to the altar of corporate dreams (the office) will boost young folks' careers


Re: Er ...

I believe the correct terms are "agile" and "scrum".

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra: Strong effort from an entity-lister, but your tiny child hands may struggle


Re: Chinese Boogyman

The CCP will find it invaluable to know that you are sitting at home reading The Register.

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts


Note that Firefox is not a supported browser for Teams.

Gov.UK vows to chop red tape in the digital sector. What could possibly go wrong?


Re: The elephant in the room

Given the big players are deeply embedded as consultants into the machinery of Government, the short answer is 'no'.

IBM email fiasco complicates sales deals, is worse than biz is letting on – sources


Re: Unbelievable

Big tech titan screwing up a big tech migration is not a good look.

Lenovo refreshes workstation ThinkPads with 11th-gen Intel CPUs, RTX graphics, 5G


This is me in my home office.

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux


Re: Why the fuck

What are the "maintenance headaches of Linux"?

I get a notification icon saying there are updates available. I install the updates. Occasionally, I have to reboot, but usually not.

A Microsoft bork at the heart of The Oracle? Whatever next?


Re: 3 minutes before a meeting

With the current lockdown, it feels like I've been at home for nearly 20 years.

Google, Microsoft pitch in some spare change to keep Mozilla's Web Docs online bible alive


Re: Surprised.

They have to know about the standards so they can work out the most effective way to subvert them.

Has Apple abandoned CUPS, the Linux's world's widely used open-source printing system? Seems so


Re: So...

Whatever your problem, the answer is never Windows...

Android 11 lands with plenty more privacy preferences for Pixels and special Google friends first


Old Phones

I annoys me that I do not have the option of upgrading my OnePlus 3T to this even though it has 6GB of RAM.

Twitter says hack of key staff led to celebrity, politician, biz account hijack mega-spree


Re: Working from Home

Surely they'd have a VPN with 2FA before letting anybody near a vital internal system?

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador


Re: £11.8M

Nice "work" (nothing tangible produced) if you can get it.

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo


Can I play nethack on it?

See title.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


The parking brake on my car is a switch.

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm


"Which begs the quetion how much iron is created through sending ironic emails?"

Whatever the amount, it's a steel.

HMD Global pokes head out of quarantine to show off 3 new Nokia mobiles


Re: SD Card & Headphone Jack?

Absolutely this. Bought Nokias for the kids (one to the utter disdain of the Carphone Warehouse guy who had to fetch it from the stock room): solid, cruft-free phones with regular updates.

Hold up, ace. Before you strap into Firefox's latest Test Pilot, ask yourself...


Re: As usual, with open source applications, you should ask yourself "where do the money come from?"

I'm not sure I'd trust a coder who was up at 5 AM...

Don't panic! Don't panic! UK IT job ads plummet as Brexit uncertainty grabs UK tech sector by the short and curlies


Re: The search for good news is getting desperate

Sunlit uplands hitting in 2050.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390: A trusty workhorse that means business but it's not without a few flaws


Re: X220 forever

Apart from the battery, my T61 running Ubuntu Mate, still works remarkably well and that keyboard is superb.

What first attracted Ofcom boss Sharon White to the near-£1m salary offered by John Lewis Partnership?


Re: damp squib

The down voters need to get off their pedal stools.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want


Re: "Everyone loves a bit of REGEX torture"

I don't think your regex parses.

Terribly Sorry Bank reports 165% drop in profits to a pre-tax loss of £105.4m


Re: Who decided such massive change all at once?

Indeed, a controlled, phased migration of customers should have been the strategy here with copious amounts of usage and stress testing and a bullet-proof rollback strategy just in case. I would have thought it would be fairly straightforward to identify the senior director who gave the green light...

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales


Re: It's not Dixon's fault..

"Shush, thinner is not a plus!"

I'd quite like my headphone socket back so that I can actually be on a phone call and charge the phone at the same time.

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked


"The IQ average will remain at 100, by definition, no?"

I wish I had more than 1 up vote.

Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama


Re: Google+ users

I trust them 110% with my cat photos.

WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store


The Other Way Round

Running Linux as the base OS and Windows in a VM is much better.

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon


Re: With no competition for miles ....

Funnily enough I find Outlook is buggy, lacks features and is very unreliable. Definitely not enterprise-grade (whatever that means).

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown


Re: New Chief Executive Puppet wanted

Isn't the new TSB banking platform implemented in .NET?

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears


Re: LG G7 ThinQ: Raising a StinQ.

Ay, there's the rub. If only LG provided software updates on a regular basis...

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android


Re: I'm uncertain...

'... but for "Mom & Pop" this will be just like asking them to run Linux instead of Windows on their laptop.'

Or maybe like asking them to run Linux on their phones. Oh wait...

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets


Also, the smartest and the healthiest.

You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block


Re: What's next?

Time to re-invigorate Usenet and Gopher.

TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank



"Can he not see that determining the expected load and planning for adequate resources to deal with that load are what his job is supposed to be?"

I'm guessing they employ the "brightest and best" IT people for this, just like everybody else.

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes


Re: not a customer

On the contrary, customers should get very agitated. This is a core banking platform migration, so there should have been extensive contingency planning, testing and a fallback system in place.

"to help identify and resolve performance issues in the platform"

A good rule of thumb is to do this BEFORE going live.

Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds


Contingency and rollback

Whoever put together their contingency and rollback plan in case the 'upgrade' failed should quite probably be tendering their resignation...

UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫


Given the choice, I think most people would do likewise.