* Posts by Calum Morrison

164 posts • joined 6 Jul 2007


Fatal Attraction: Lovely collection, really, but it does not belong anywhere near magnetic storage media

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Re: Aye, smells like shite tae me.

Definitely the latter, at least for them corrupting the hard disk. Potentially corrupting files en-route to the disk - maybe even a keyboard cable - but if it were the disk itself it'd be more than just a few Word docs. Looking at the age of the story, Word in those days was more than capable of corrupting its own output...

Correlation is not causation.

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Also the fact it only seemed to be the user's documents that were getting corrupted, but none of the OS or application files on the HDD? Aye, smells like shite tae me.

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

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Such innacuracy!

Time to award yourself a shiny new factchecker Mr Dabbs as I fear the old one is rusty. I'm pretty sure Josh Homme wasn't touring with EoDM when they were caught up in the Bataclan tragedy; they're one of those bands (many actually featuring Josh Homme) that has something of a revolving lineup. QoTSA are indeed another (I've been lucky enough to see them with Lanegan singing live - awesome) but I seem to recall reading an interview with Homme where he was discussing the trauma-induced breakdowns his friend and bandmate Jesse Hughes had suffered since that night. Truly horrible for everyone concerned.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item

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Re: Always an important consideration

Yeah, that sounds about right. DOS just rebooted straight away but 9x did give you a sort of option that sometimes worked. Ahh, happy days...

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And only rename it to .bat once it's been written to ensure it opens in edit mode... And yes, for that matter, I also have to change the Explorer view to "show extensions for known file types", either on every fresh PC I use or in GP. Why the hell MS changed that back in 7(?) I don't know.

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Re: Always an important consideration

You might have discovered CTRL ALT DEL in 3.0 but it wasn't to bring up the task manager - it's been a while since I endured an MS OS that old, but didn't CTRL ALT DEL just instantly reboot in those days?

IIRC it wasn't until NT4 that it brought up the login and task manager options; Win 9x didn't employ it for much more than restarting the whole PC too if memory serves.

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Up here in Scotland, one of our public health officials is always immaculately turned out when she's interviewed - almost daily - from her home; makeup, hair, clothes and always with a very tasteful, very fresh flower arrangement in her nicely decorated room. But over her shoulder is a surface-mounted light switch fed by a cable conduit and I CAN'T FOCUS ON ANYTHING ELSE!

What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'

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There's worse you could have on your tombstone; just ask Robert B Findlater buried in Durness, Sutherland at the tragically young age of 20 years & 13 months.

No digital equivalent to the impulse aisle found as online grocery shoppers buy fewer sweet treats than in real life

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This is exactly why the (UK at least) supermarkets were late to online shopping; it wasn't that they couldn't, they were afraid of how much impulse revenue they'd lose. I'm sure I read at the time that there was something akin to an unwritten agreement amongst the big guys about this and then someone blinked first.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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You wanted to switch the TV on with the power button on the remote control? Are you quite mad!? Every TV manufacturer knows that you switch the TV on by pressing channel button up or down. Or volume up or down. The on/off button is purely for switching it off. Well, into standby.

I've never worked out the logic in that arrangement, but it seems very common

Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance

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Re: Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

The "box" under the desk or on the desk or wherever it's been put is always, always referred to as the "hard drive" by these people. Always.

Microsoft releases command-line package manager for Windows (there are snags)

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Winget / Wing It, Winnit

Are MS winging it (probably) or is this just a small crumb of shit hanging around a very smelly place?

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Re: Restarts

A lot of these restarts seem to be unnecessary and - from what I can tell - are probably just a hangover from old versions of Windows or caution on the behalf of the person writing the installer. Many/most apps calling for a restart will work fine without, albeit they may use that restart to tidy up some of their logs etc. Per the article, there seems to be little standardisation in Windows to ensure things are all done in a similar manner.

Apple announces lossless HD audio at no extra cost, then Amazon Music does too. The ball is now in Spotify's court

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Re: The fruit giveth, the fruit taketh away

Always superior? Not when I'm out running they're not.

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Re: Yay!

On the other hand, the artist has been paid once for the original purchase - there's no real reason to pay them again. And that's coming from someone who still happily buys CDs direct from the artist and digital content from BandCamp.

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

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Re: Frustrating, isn't it

Businesses holding out with cheques do so for one of two reasons; either wee Mary in accounts doesn't know how to modernise and has heard scare stories or more likely because they know it'll take you longer to cash it - if at all - meaning the money stays in their account longer or indeed indefinitely.

See Spotify et al.

Adobe co-founder and PostScript co-creator Charles Geschke dies, aged 81

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Windows 10 is still trying to foist something called XPS Document Writer on my list of printers. IIRC from the one time I looked at it, it's their unwanted version of something that everyone else just gets on and uses.

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more

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BobSmith@gmail is the same account as Bob.Smith@gmail in Google's eyes; and it's owned by Bo.B.Smith@gmail as it happens.

And that's only because he got fed up of receiving Bo A Smith's email.

Next day delivery a bit of a pain? We have just the thing... nestled deep in the terms and conditions

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Time for them to change their FTP password

Looks like a bot has compromised them and is placing text in their site to help their SEO rather than a copy and paste snafu; worth letting them know if you can.

Xiaomi revenues up by a third due to strong phone sales and triple-digit European growth

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Re: Pocophone F1

That would explain why my F1 had trouble in some rural parts of Utah last year. Mostly it was fine, but there was one day where it got nothing whatsoever and I had to bag some free wifi for map updates. For the cost of the phone and how good it's been otherwise, I can't complain.

BBC makes switch to AWS, serverless for new website architecture, observers grumble about the HTML

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Re: Almost every part has been rebuilt on the cloud

Next year? I didn't realise it was so soon!

Quick thinking and an explanation for everything – key CTO qualities

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Re: I've been fired ...

In contrast to the late 90s, I doubt I have many of my friends' work email addresses these days; probably safer for everyone all round! Anything like that is shared over social media or messaging apps; back in the day, it was not unusual for people not to have a personal email but things are much different now. Corporate firewalls etc. would put the kybosh on all the good stuff anyway and now I think about it, there's a whole group of friends for whom I only have messaging app details rather than even a personal address.

Still holding out for a Friday afternoon Excel sheet with minipops or world cup football strips to identify...

Cisco to sell everything-as-a-service – even core networking hardware – and cut costs by a billion bucks

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Re: Cisco As a Service

Hah! I sat through one of those things once years ago and didn't even get the free kit. By all accounts, I didn't miss out. Having to pay license fees after a few years or replace for about the same cost? F*ck that.

I got an unusual message from a friend a few weeks ago about Meraki gear; she's a teacher with no IT interest, but runs a Facebook buy and sell group. They get inundated with Meraki gear apparently, presumably as people try and shift gear that suddenly needs licensed or that was sent out for watching their sales pitch.

As well as being against what true geeks would do (sweat old kit til it really needs replacing, not just because it's lost its shine), this kind of business model is an eco catastrophe in waiting.

Corporate VPN huffing and puffing while everyone works from home over COVID-19? You're not alone, admins

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Teams is the answer according to Microsoft. Teams is always the answer according to Microsoft these days, even if the question is name a messaging app that rhymes with quack. Look, it's Teams, OK - just use Teams. Someone, please use Teams damnit. TEAAMS!!

Mi first! Latest Xiaomi flagship storms DxOMark rankings with quartet of powerful cameras

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Re: tat bazaar

As well as a Pocophone F1, I have a Xiaomi umbrella and bluetooth-enabled leccy toothbrush. If their earpods weren't white I'd have had a set of them too. And I do like that kettle.

I'm quite the fanboi it seems.

Best buds? Apple must be fuming: Samsung's wireless earphones boast 11 hours of listening on a single charge

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Re: How do they handle areas with masses of Bluetooth traffic

I have a pair of Ankers too and occasionally get a bit of interference but it seems to only be on streaming services so could be signal, phone, app etc. For £45 off Amazon I'm not complaining.

It's official: In May, Microsoft will close the door, lock the vault, brick over the entrance of dreaded Windows 10 1809

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Re: I give up

Yep, you're telling me. Been using it for 25 years or so and have never achieved anything. Not even written so much as a snarky response on a web site with it.

VMware? VM... now where? It's that time of the year again when Dell's virtualization software giant sheds staff

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Went to a vSphere VMUG in Glasgow last Thursday where the presenter promised us the slides would be emailed to us within a couple of days; with no sign of them, I checked his twitter today to find he's one of the victims. Crazy; it was a useful day and he led it well. Thoughts and prayers and all that.

CES la vie: Shrunken Ultrabooks, muted mobiles and Segway's adult prams at world's biggest consumer tech show

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Re: The user signals Ballie and it rolls towards him

Maybe I've read too much Viz, but I'm not convinced Bot Air translates as well as Samsung would like it to. Perhaps a bit of a French Toyota MR2 moment?

Flying taxis? That'll be AFTER you've launched light sabres and anti-gravity skateboards

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Re: "Lightsaber"

Eh, it's us in the UK who've changed our spellings and are therefore "wrong". In most cases the colonials (there's a clue there) are spelling things as we told them how to before they left...

The Nokia 3.2 is a phone your nan will love: One camera's more than enough, darling

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Re: Eh?

Yes, but by any measurement, it's still two.

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By one camera, you actually mean two? One front and one rear facing.

Loss-making $15bn hipster chat biz Slack suddenly less appetising to investors as it predicts deeper losses

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Re: So THAT'S why the aggressive Teams invasion...

You've noticed that too then! It's just been in the last few months Teams has really started ramping up to be the app you can not kill. It's like the browser wars all over again...

Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again

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Re: The rusty capstan must be oiled by seamen

Reminded me a bit of some of this filth.


I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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I suffered working with someone who would swap broken kit around. A dead mouse? Swap it to a computer whose user is off today. Network cables? Far too expensive to simply stop using because the tab on the RJ45 connector is snapped off; wedge it in with a bit of hope and bluetac.

I ended up cutting them in half before binning them as he'd actually remove them from the waste if he saw them there. F*cking idiot.

We regret to inform you the massive asteroid NASA's all excited about probably won't hit Earth

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3 football fields?

Woudl they be Nasa-style American football fields or proper football fields?

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Ding!

I read it two days ago, just after the guy microwaved his dinner.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: Then, amid the oohs and aahs, the small boy said "but he has no clothes on!"

I read down the first comments incredulously trying to understand why no one was asking that. Who needs this amazing security when there's nowt to secure? Stick a PIN on a burner phone or search the back of the sofa for an old blackberry and surely you're up on what this offers?

Me, I'd buy one in a heartbeat if it did email, maps, photos, WhatsApp, tethering and, ah, well, I'd miss Facbook so I'd want that, and if I've got that I may as well whack Twitter on it. And it's businessy so I'll need LinkedIn. If only I could buy a phone with all that for £350.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: It's OK; you can set firefox as your default!

I genuinely do like Windows 10 but I've had that a lot. Admittedly it hasn't happened since I flattened my 1709 daily driver and installed 1803 at the weekend but over various builds, it's happened enough (for jpg and other associations too) to be noticeable. Funnily enough, it's never set my default email client back to the Mail app, it then I do (tinfoil hat) use Outlook for that...

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It's OK; you can set firefox as your default!

Until "something went wrong and we had to reset your default browser". Happens too regularly to be coincidence, and never seemed to be an issue in the days of Windows XP etc, all apparently much less stable OSs. Hmmm.

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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It's maybe time I gave the gimp a workout again; it's years since I bothered as PSP was just much easier to get to grips with. When it disappeared up it's own erse I just defaulted to Paint.Net - an easy install via ninite.com that does what 90% of users would need.

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Re: Similar experience in the USA

A very kindly subway station attendant gave me that same Zip code advice in NYC; you can get a week's travel for around $30 and using 99999 as your zip allows you to pay on card. Handy.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Pedant Alert

Two lanes? Pah! This is the A838 near Durness on the NW coast, otherwise known as the NC500.


That's a passing place on the left.

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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That was the one. Maybe they're still running about somewhere extolling the benefits of Windows 8? Who knows; the main thing I took from that day was getting photos of Andrea Pirlo and Pavel Nedved in the lobby as they were in the hotel too. I think they were getting ready to play Celtic rather than install Windows 8 though.

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I was at that event and got the same kit too. I needed it for repairing the damage done after repeatedly banging my head off the desk after using Windows 8 and TIFKAM. IIRC, the guys at that event were wide-eyed poster boys for how great everything (even the charms bar) was. I remember wondering how they felt after the reverse ferret that was Windows 10 that launched mere months later...

User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: sub for a riot

T9 often made a aunt of my texts tbh.

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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Extra Reg interest...

The first time I flew into San Francisco I was thrilled (geek that I am) to see the giant airship shed that I'd just recently read about on El Reg. Later on that holiday, I chanced upon the Tillamook air museum in northern Oregon located in a similarly vast hangar (seriously - the museum took up less than half of it and didn't want for exhibits) and in there what I confidently thought at first was a 109 turned out to be a Buchon that had starred in the Battle of Britain.

Great museum btw and not a hell of a distance from the Spruce Goose at McMinnville if you're in the area...

Violets are violet, roses are... rosy, Dell just got $145.8m for selling Mozy

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I uploaded all my eggs to Mozy's basket back when they started - even then it was around 100Gb - because they had such a great deal, something like $5/month or perhaps even less. I figured it wouldn't last and was right - I think EMC started cranking the handle, though in fairness, when the VC cash ends, they need revenue from somewhere.

I went to home-based external backup HDs for a few years but was never truly happy with the off-site-eyness of that and turned to Backblaze a couple of years ago after all the positive stories on here. They do seem suspiciously cheap but however they're doing it, it seems to be working year after year. Still got that external drive if it all goes wrong again...

Your day's going crap? Let's rap. Snapchat self-splat chat app chaps zap $350m, Wall St saps clap

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Re: Last update of SnapChat is crap

I don't use Snapchat so can't comment on it specifically, but over the years, Facebook updates have caused nothing but hatred from users (curated timelines, various privacy concerns etc.) but it hasn't harmed the platform. Even in the brave new world of social media, people hate change and resit it only to soon forget the old and embrace or at least accept the new, ultimately forgetting the past.

Don't bet on it being a significant game changer.



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