* Posts by Nezumi

38 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jul 2013

Microsoft middlemen rebel against removal of free software licences


Still miss my TechNet...

Of course this does mean that I have the benefit of now running Linux instead. I'm sure this was what they wanted. Oddly enough I also haven't been particularly motivated to take any certs past Server 2K12 either...

Doom: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Bought the original shareware release

On 3.5 inch floppy in a flimsy cardboard box. Installed it on a VLB 486DX33 clocked at 40 with a Conner (remember them?) 170MB HDD. It stayed on the drive for a long time. Good times!

Got a new Surface? Have some firmware. Old Surface? La la la la la, we can't hear you


I was in the market for a new Surface. Not now...

I had a 2nd hand Surface 3 Pro that I liked using until it died. I've been looking to replace it as I really like the form factor, however the lack of connectivity and the constant issues with Surface 4 and higher are really putting me off.

That and the fact that they are so expensive for not very much in the grand scheme of things...

Currently considering a suitable laptop form-factor with a decent pen. Guess who won't be making it...

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report


Aren't the server parts of MacOS server being killed off?

I thought I read that MacOS Server is essentially dead moving forward. I humbly apologise if I'm wrong.

If I'm right, how the **** can a departmental server be a use case? Linux or Windows perhaps?

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'


Regional Govt is just as bad

I remember doing a fixed-term contract at a regional govt campus. I was told quite plainly by my Line Manager as I approached the end of my employment, that the reason why the dept had so many contractors is because central govt capped the amount of permies they were allowed.

Of course, pissing money up against the wall for contractors who cost more and took all their knowledge with them when they left was fine.

UK's Huawei handler dials back support for Chinese giant's kit in critical infrastructure

Black Helicopters

Obviously, all other vendors in our infrastructure are subject to the same scrutiny...

SpyBlog commented: "There should also be an equivalent to the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre for other foreign government-influenced networking stuff on which the UK Critical National Infrastructure depends. e.g. Cisco." ®

I bet they aren't... Anything to do with the Prince of Orange (TM) will be done on a nod and a wink... If I was Huawei, I'd prove this and then sue the living **** out of the UK Govt for unfair discrimination.

Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones


So true...

I had to chuckle when I read this. I've done NT4 MCSE, MCITP:Ent 2K8R2' and am 1 exam away from 2K12 R2 MSCE. I just can't be bothered anymore...

Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain


Stock Android as USP?

Just a thought... Might get timely updates as well...

Oracle UK's profits have more than halved

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If only they could hear me crying...

...Over the sound of the world's smallest violin.

Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online


Been involved in a massive source code leak that wasn't your fault?

Then you could be entitled to...

...Ridicule, you muppets.

Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers


I remember using Expansys many years ago...

I seem to recall that prices were competitive and that they had devices that others didn't. I /think/ this was when I was using Windows Mobile... Yes, *that* long ago.

Then when I looked again for my next device a few years later they had no advantage over Amazon and were more expensive.

This business is a dead man walking.

The only thing that may help is becoming part of certain Public Sector procurement frameworks (if they aren't already) If they do this however, then they shouldn't expect to be paid in a timely manner.

Oh lordy, WD just SCHOOLED Seagate in running a disk drive biz


I'll never buy Seagate again

My *personal* experience with Seagate kit hasn't been good. Their HDDs have generally failed on me in spectacular fashion.

HGST, SanDisk and WD however are brands that I trust. Sandisk flash seems to work for me and I've always had good experiences with HGST and WD HDDs.

I was speaking to a colleague the other day that had a WD HDD that finally died after 10 years. They'd kept it for sentimental value as it just kept going. I seem to recall that it was used to hold a single game install.

YMMV or course! I would be interested in other reader's opinions...

Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections


My experience with Virgin Media has been reasonable

I've used their cable internet for years in 2 separate towns. I've always obtained the advertised speed both down and up at any time.

I've recently switched to Virgin Business so I can have a static IP. This is £5.00 PCM more than residential with *apparently* better SLA's, i.e they actually have some. I can also add at least one additional sequential IP for £5.00 per address PCM.

Maybe I've been lucky...

Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs


Donated a tenner

I'm skint (already)

'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done


Margin is the issue here...

Apple are addicted to profit margin.

If they want to remain relevant in the mid to longer term, then that must change. They can still have a healthy margin and a reputation as a premium product, but putting out under-powered, overpriced crap so they can make 40%, damages the brand in the longer term.

The writing is on the wall. It won't happen *anytime* soon, but it will happen.

Apple, all this has happened before and all this will happen again. You didn't learn last time and I don't expect this time round to be any different.

Netflix investor sues vid giant for 'covering up' subscriber stats stumble


I fail to see how a class action lawsuit will help protect the investor's Netflix investment...

Perhaps I'm being daft, but I strongly suspect this will not be helpful to the stock price.

The reason why the stock plummeted is because of this kind of mentality.

The market created this and now twats playing with other peoples money aren't going to earn a truckload of cash for doing nothing. *tears*

I'm going to be charitable and venture that Netflix didn't expect to be effed over to this extent by entities that had a vested interest in the company succeeding.

Did I mention I was daft...

Blighty floods with techies' tears as Capita boss Parker quits


Serco are awful

Had to reply to this...

Serco are truly terrible. My employer has a branch office that has 6 or so desktop boxes in the entire (small) building that Field, 1st and 2nd look after (sometimes). The rest are their responsibility. God only knows why...

I had a call from a Serco field drone asking where one of their computers was because they couldn't find it. To which I replied 'I don't know they're your computers'. He hung up.

The point being they're not part of my employers estate. That's the point. How would I know? Literally.

Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

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I fully agree with you.

I have no use for UI layers like EMUI. Whilst I'm told that they add value in eastern markets, I don't care.

I've had very positive experiences with my Huawei watch. I know smartwatches aren't exactly kewl, but a discreet *buzz* on my wrist is quite handy in meetings. I get value, but fully appreciate that others may not.

I suspect that a lot of this value is that they can't **** with it. Google need to grow a pair on this one.

In summary, I suspect the kit is good, but ditch the UI crap for the western market. We don't want it and personally it stops me from buying your devices.

Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

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Marketing and salesdroids want to sell cloud. We don't want to buy it.

A couple of IT managers I work with went to an MS technology conference. It was all cloud with no on-prem' even mentioned. They got up and left.

I work for a very large UK health provider. You can probably guess which one.

Frankly our particular organisation doesn't feel that we can get the level of resilience, security and data confidentiality we require. Well, we can but for us on-prem' is more cost effective. Of course YMMV, however as a user of our services we hope that you feel safer and more secure knowing we hold all data locally.

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'


Re: So, to sum up...

ESR and RMS where held up as high priests once. Who gives a fuck about them now? In the grand *overall* view of what Linux has accomplished, they've both done sod all.

RM: School spending on tech is soft, soggy and downright subdued


Anyone who has worked in education will tell you why RM isn't doing so well

Hint: It's rebadged overpriced crap.

The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole


It had to be said

IMHO, it's *properly* reaching the tipping scale.

SatNav has done cock all except tighten the screws. My personal favorite from recent memory is that Win' 10 Pro' can't block the Store. Please provide a pertinent technical reason why this is suddenly not possible.

BTW, nudging me to a subscription/hybrid license to try and convince the street you're still relevant isn't one of them.

Fuck Off.

You need to be careful SatNav. MS has no control over the endpoints that actually matter. If I have to use use cloud, then why would I use you?

You. Have. Failed.

You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up


There will be blood...

They are simply doing it on purpose to piss us off.


Many years ago (when my liver still worked) I used to work on a tech' bench for a computer retail company.

This is so long ago that you could still make money building PC's.

I would occasionally come across PCs that just wouldn't play nice whilst I was trying to upgrade hardware. Once they had done me the courtesy of skinning my knuckles, cutting my fingers or otherwise drawing blood they would then suddenly behave and start working correctly.

They were usually Packard Bell BTW

Microsoft to hike certification exam prices


As a holder of various MS certs, I'm inclined to agree...

I've held one flavour of MS certification or another since NT4. Whilst they have opened doors for me, I fully agree that all they do is show potential. They show that I'm capable of understanding the theory behind certain MS technologies at a higher level.

I would suggest that practical experience and ability is more important, but these exams may be of use to the aspiring IT professional looking to get a few feet on the ladder.

I'm just about to finish my 2012 MCSE for 2K12 R2. I now need to make a strategic decision as to where my self-study and personal labs time goes. It's increasingly looking like I'm going to have to re-skill in the longer term. An exam price-hike might just be the final nudge I need to jump ship in terms of personal learning.

Guess which technologies I'm looking at...

Bring on the goats! Apple's cloud failure demands further sacrifice


Shame they stopped building servers...

Apple has no experience in this space. 2 main reasons:

1. They didn't build a reasonably large amount of their OS underpinnings. My understanding is that the BSD or similar licenses are responsible for this. Polite correction please.

This may also be why running OSX on non-Apple HW is possible and so simple. You didn't write this, you don't understand this and you can't control this.

2. Apple is a consumer electronics company, not a computer company. It's like asking Hermes to build a power station.

It would be a power station with some nice (shit, overpriced) watch straps though...

Save it, devs. Red Hat doesn't want your $99 for RHEL


Does RHEL Dev' edition get access to patches and security updates?

I've started looking into this as I'm giving serious consideration to moving my home labs from Windows to CentOS. Whilst I'm aware that RHEL and CentOS are basically the same, I would like to use RHEL if possible.

I'm mindful that I'm going to need patches and security updates. I can't confirm my entitlement to these if I deploy instances of the OS. I'm also not sure if I'm strictly allowed to use the OS in personal labs for non-commercial use. I expect to end up doing some scripting, but not development per-se.

Can anyone advise? I need updates and also don't want to use the OS if I shouldn't be.

Ta Muchly!

Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach


Anybody that outsources to Serco\Capita deserves everything they get

I've dealt with Public Sector outsourcing companies on they other end of the phone\e-mail for a number of years now and they are_without_ exception ****ing useless. The money the Council will now piss away in fixing this could have been better spent by ensuring adequate levels of skilled internal resource. you know the kind of people who actually understand your site...

I hope who ever approved using Serco is now getting a rather stern talking to. The fact that they had to resort to simply turning everything off is rather telling. IMHO, the Council CIO should be considering their position.

InfoSec we've heard of it...

Having said that, they probably work for Serco as well. I look forward to the inevitable Freedom Of Information requests. The people who fought this internally will also now be looking for blood.

Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy


Just binned my Office 365

For me personally, it's a matter of trust. I can't help wondering what else they will change given the chance. I have a single Office 2016 license purchased through my employer. It was nice to have more, but I'll live.

I've been around long enough to remember the kind of *** that MS used to pull when they could get away with it. I've also never forgiven them over Technet Plus. I'm sick and tired of making a personal investment of time and money in MS products just to be ****ed over on a whim.

The only thing I can do is vote with my wallet. I also made it very clear why I was closing my account.

iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?


Stop wasting money on 'user experiences' that nobody wants then!

I wonder how much of that already razor-thin margin is eaten up by all the 'added value' that manufacturers insist on thinking I want.

Sell me a phone with stock Android. I don't want your skins and bloatware. Differentiate on spec and the quality of materials.

Also, if you could stop trying to rob me blind for accessories that cost a couple of quid to make I might actually buy some. I might even buy more than one!

VROOM! Intel revs Devil's Canyon monster 4x4 at 4GHz


16 lanes doesn't cut it

16 lanes isn't enough. Enthusiast class boards based on the latest Z97 chipsets either have to disable functionality in certain usage cases or resort to expensive PLX chips.

I haven't had coffee yet, but seem to recall that using Ultra M.2 storage can be an issue.

Why are we stuck on such a low number? Perhaps somebody more knowledgeable would like to shed some light?

BTW, reading El Reg before coffee. I know...

Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford


Enforced obsolescence

Apple already do a few things to make sure that a product's life is shortened. Non-removable battery, no expandable storage for phones. Soldered on CPUs, GPUs and memory for desktop computers. I also recall reading a story on Netkas that some Mac Pro's weren't issued with a required 64-bit EFI upgrade a few years ago when this was trivial to implement.

Of course they not the only ones. I'm reasonably sure they're the most aggressive users of this technique though. Apple devices are difficult to repair for a reason. They want you to buy a new one.

I admit it's a very cynical view, but I'm expecting iOS to be 64-bit only in the next few years. That way nearly everybody has to buy a new handset for the latest shiny. I'm also expecting a desktop OS upgrade that actually requires a modern GPU (or maybe more than 1) for a similar reason.

Personally I think El_Fev is right. Just keep shafting your existing userbase.

Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US



Is a POS.

I bough a Galaxy SIII and really liked the phone but strongly disliked TouchWiz. I sold the phone when I realised that I couldn't be bothered trying to find a community ROM that worked perfectly (although JellyBam was pretty much there...)

I have spoken to a small number of 'normal' phone users who have been similarly disappointed with Samsung's attempt at 'value add'. Perhaps this is the result of that... I personally know at least 2 people who disliked the interface so much that they sold their handsets and returned to Apple.

The point being that they were genuinely prepared to try Android, but disliked TouchWiz. They would also dissuade their friends from Android devices based on their experiences, not realising that they hadn't actually used a 'stock' OS.

If Samsung ever start selling stock Android as standard then I'll reconsider, however Nexus devices are just less hassle.

Also, whoever did the styling for the new Note needs to be introduced to a fully charged cattle-prod.

Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: iPad Mini 2 - The screen on the current Mini is awful...

I'm in the market for a phone and tablets at both 10" and 7". I have been looking hard at the Apple offering, and find them expensive but with genuine plus points.


I was in my local supermarket the other day and noticed they had the iPad and the Mini. The screen on the Mini was low resolution, washed out and frankly awful. It was so bad, I thought a ink-jet 'display' had been printed out and stuck on. I checked. It wasn't.

I will concede that the brightness could have been set wrong and that the harsh overhead lighting may not have helped, however the 'proper' iPad next to it looked as I would expect, having spent some time with a Retina iPad previously.

The Mini is for /my/ money, technically badly under-specified for it's price point. I will happily accept that the integration of iOS across devices and the quality of the app selection (as well as proper tablet versions of apps) is compelling, however the Apple Mini offering now is twice the price it should be.

Ubuntu Edge crowdsauce cash stash comes up short


Re: $12.8M is damn impressive...

I'm inclined to agree. Quite easy to pledge money and 'support' the cause (when you know damn well you'll never have to give any of the money)

'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'


The idea is a bit tacky, even though the handset probably won't be...

In fairness to Apple, they know a thing or two about design. I'm not expecting them to **** this up. However...

Gold. Really? That's the best you can come up with? It has a whiff of 'chav' about it.

IMHO, the iPhone design is looking rather dated and could do with modernizing. If I'm honest the whole thin and aluminium look is getting rather stale.

iPhone 5S: 64-bit A7, 128GB storage, flashy ƒ/2.0 camera, and...


Re: Hmmm.

No. Not at all. Nobody even remotely cares.

MS gets you hooked on Server 2012 Datacenter, jacks up the price for R2


Re: MS has a big hole

Since my TechNet access will shortly be terminated, I'll be doing just that. This also has the benefit to my employer that I'll eventually be able to administer Linux (CentOS/RHLE) for certain uses.

Been meaning to go down this route for years. Microsoft finally provided the incentive I needed.

I'm also returning to Android for personal phone and tablet use. I will however be retaining Windows as a personal desktop client for the time being.

This was obviously the type of response MIcrosoft expected when they pulled TechNet wasn't it?

If I can't learn Microsoft products, I'll just find others. The writing's on the wall for MS in the SME space IMHO anyway...

Confidential Microsoft brief: 'We're TOAST if we fight Google on price'


Welcome to the world of devices and services

So Microsoft have already conceded that they can't compete in the 2 markets they're betting the business on.

Devices = Consumer Electronics. Customers buy on price, features and convenience. MS needs to get a lot more realistic about how much Windows is actually worth stop artificial product segmentation. Amazon, Apple and Google are killing them in markets that MS can't even enter due to the cost of Windows. Microsoft also need to start supporting technologies that people actually use OOB, rather than want they want them to use.

Modern apps are also a joke. You need to be best of breed here. Your current offerings are so poor, they're practically unusable.

Services = Utilities. Water is water, as is Gas and Leccy. This type of market is very price sensitive and doesn't give a shit about 'added value'. Embrace and extend is finished. MS need to provide *genuine* value, play nice with other technologies (i.e. the rest of the ****ing internet) and change their corporate mindset.

Balmer needs to decide if MS want's to carry on being Enterprise focused or not. The current Consumer, SOHO and SME offerings aren't good enough and are far too expensive.

Frankly, I was reasonably positive until they announced XBOX One (and the resulting DRM train-wreck, plus subsequent back down) and killed TechNet. Now I couldn't care less for my personal IT needs. I've gone, I'm not coming back and I'm not alone...