* Posts by Chunky Munky

66 posts • joined 11 Oct 2013

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You'll never select all and mark as read again after this tale of peril... Oh, who are we kidding? Of course you will

Chunky Munky

Re: User problem: needed to be escalated.

I think you guys need to tread carefully

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

Chunky Munky
Devil

Re: Alas

Spoilsport

Chunky Munky
Coffee/keyboard

Percussive maintenance - it's a thing!

In case you wanna launch your boss into the Sun, good news: Earth's largest solar telescope just checked and, yeah, it's still pretty fiery

Chunky Munky

Re: Reg units

Da iawn diolch

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone with malware-laden WhatsApp message

Chunky Munky
Happy

Re: Bezos should have been more careful...

Oh I don't know, they all seem a pretty friendly bunch. They're always sending me messages and offering me deals

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

Damn! Now I've got an earworm

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences

Chunky Munky

Re: Desktop or Laptop?

that should read the windows desktop of the laptop...

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

Hats off to Phillippe! Oh I wish I could do the same

The school I'm a minion at has network drives mapped to every computer in the school, especially the staff laptops. This is important as the network drives are backed up every night. The laptop local drives are not. Staff are told on day 1 never to save important work the the desktop or anywhere else on the C: drive as in the event of a drive failure or worse, all the data will be lost forever.

Enter Mrs "Don't tell me what to do, my husband knows computers!" She came into work one morning to say that she'd lost her laptop. Actually, she'd been to the pub leaving the laptop bag on the back seat of the car in full view. Oddly enough, when she got back to the car the rear window was smashed an no laptop. The boys in blue were duly summoned and advised contacting her insurance peeps who promptly told her the laptop was uninsured as she'd left it on display.

The worse news for her was that she had to explain to the head and the parents and students she taught that the 12 months of coursework she's been storing on her desktop was gone forever because IT hadn't backed it up!!!!! <facepalm>

The codicil to this story is that last month her laptop came in to have a fault looked at and (you guessed it) the desktop was full of student files.

To paraphrase Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz 'Death's too good for some people'

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday

Chunky Munky
Pint

Re: Is anybody surprised?

Have a beer on me for the Blade Runner reference

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!

Chunky Munky

Selling education tech seems to be a license to print money. A few years back my school had a new science block built costing multiple millions. When I looked at the IT specs I was astounded - £195,000 budget. cheap generic wireless access points (which wouldn't have connected to our Cisco controllers) placed where they could do the least good, a 24 port switch in a cupboard to link the 18 data ports to the network (still can't figure out what they were going to connect the 30+ access points to) - all linked to our comms suite 150 metres away by a single length of CAT5e! This was a joint cockup between the achitect who designed it and the council who took the purchase list and handed it to their procurement people.

I spoke to the project manager about the inadequate resources and he said that if I could find it cheaper I was welcome to try. 12 months later we had 8 an core multimode fibre backbone to the block. Cisco airlap access points everywhere, a new WAP controller, 40+ access points, more data sockets than you could shake a big stick at, all running from a dedicated, air conditioned comms room with plenty of room for expansion. Total cost - £85,000 but I did have to install the hardware myself.

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

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

I'm with you Rich. At my school we are constantly telling both staff and students NEVER to use a USB stick to save the ONLY copy of anything - they are always getting lost/broken/put through the washing machine etc etc.

I get at least one call a month asking if I can recover the 'lost' reports/coursework/ teaching plans or whatever. Usually, Recuva can find things, but there are times when even that struggles. I recent 6th form student contacted the support desk to restore the past 2 years work which was needed for her end of year assessment thingy. When I asked her to drop it in to me, she responded 'but I've lost it - that's why I need you to recover my stuff'. You guessed it - the USB stick was the only place the files were saved, no networked user area saves, school Google drive account - nowhere. It's also annoying that 2 days later her parents contacted the school complaining that 'we'd' lost her data and refused to help her get it back

Yorkshire bloke's Jolly Roger flag given the heave-ho after council receives one complaint

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

See icon ------>

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July

Chunky Munky
Holmes

Re: Funny coincidence!

I'm seeing this regularly. Amazon charges £X for a book in dead tree format or £X + y% for the kindle version. That's the point where I jump onto abebooks and can usually buy a good used copy for £X - 75%. Ok, it may take a week or two to get to me, but I can live with that

Mike Lynch in court: I was not aware of every single thing Autonomy did around the world (so don't blame me)

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

And there's me thinking it was a condition of employment

Can't quite cram a working AI onto a $1 2KB microcontroller? Just get a PC to do it

Chunky Munky
Terminator

Gratuitous link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhnN4eUiei4

Let it be a warning!

Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online

Chunky Munky
Trollface

Re: In prinicple

...America's Native Criminal Class...

Oh, you mean lawyers!

Another TITSUP* on this lovely Tuesday: Virgin Mobile takes time out to enjoy the sunshine

Chunky Munky
WTF?

I just luurv their comments that "*some* customers may be experience problems making calls, send texts etc". Have they been taking lessons from Apple? Looking through the Twittersphere this afternoon, it seems like everybody, their families, cats, dogs, duck-billed-platypy and the guy who came to read the gas meter are having the same issue.

Seriously, they would probably get less flak if they'd admit there was a fault when it first happened and then provided genuine updates instead of vague promises that they were working hard to fix the problem.

Virgin (on the ridiculous) Media - a well earned title

Zavvi tells customers: You've won VIP tickets to Champions League final! And you've won tickets, and you've won tickets, and you, and...

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

Re: Not just people who entered the competition

I got the mail as well, and I've never bought anything from them, just registered an account donkeys years ago to buy something they didn't have stock of.

Still, anyone wanna buy some footy tickets - cheap!

Buying a second-hand hard drive on eBay? You've got a 'one in two' chance of finding personal info still on it

Chunky Munky

Re: I read that the UK MoD has the following policy...

Had the lights gone?

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

Chunky Munky

Re: stop me if you've heard this one....

I'm all out of stripey, but we've just had some very nice tartan in if you're interested

You don't need a PhD to phish a Brit university: Nonprofit claims 100% hit rate is easy peasy

Chunky Munky
Pint

Re: Wot no web filtering

Couldn't you have just bought it from WH Smith?

Wot? and waste all the beer money?

Campaigners cry foul over NHS Digital plans to grant policy wonks and researchers access to patient-level data

Chunky Munky
IT Angle

Whenever I get asked this question, either by street collectors or over the phone, my response is 'How do you want to pay? I accept cash cheque, paypal or BACS' This always confuses the hell outta them, but if they want my data they can pay for it.

So far I've not had anyone take me up on it, but a lot of span phone calls have stopped :)

Carolina coward fesses up: I was a tech support scambag, and I made millions out of defrauding the elderly

Chunky Munky
Trollface

Re: Low, lower, lowest

When my dad passed away last year, we removed his computer & disconnected the broadband - not something my mum would ever (or has ever) used. It's not that she doesn't understand computers, she just doeasn't have a need for them.

Now she gets a great amount of entertainment wasting the time of the 'microsoft' engineers who call about a problem with her windows. She tells them that her late husband installed the windows (the glass type) and can't see a problem except for the dirt. I think her record so far is keeping 'Stewart' on the phone for about 20 minutes. When he figured out she'd been winding him up his language was not 'something I'd care to repeat to the vicar' as she put it.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

Re: You would have thought ...

See ------------------------------------------------->

UC Berkeley reacts to 'uni Huawei ban' reports: We unplugged, like, one thing no one cares about

Chunky Munky

That's on the back of 200 billion smartphones (revenue more than US$50 billion) shipped last year

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

Chunky Munky
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Not sure...

I've lost count of the number of laptop keyboards I've had to replace in my present school, either through keys and the little rubber nipples under them mysteriously going missing (it was there last night but not this morning, honest!) to having laptops destroyed by everything from coke to coffee - again never the users fault as they don't drink (enter beverage of choice here).

Saying that, I did meet possibly the most honest person in the country a few months back - she brought her laptop into the lab and right out said she'd broken her laptop 'cos she's spilt lemonade over it and to let her know the cost of replacing it which she'd pay as it was entirely her fault. As she is one of the most undemanding 'power' users out there and always makes sure we have cake and biscuits at the end of term / birthdays / Christmas etc, her laptop was 'inadvertently' classified as failing through normal wear and tear, so she was issued a nice shiny new one with the admonition to keep all liquids well away from it.

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

Chunky Munky
Pint

Proof positive

https://dilbert.com/strip/1996-05-02

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

Chunky Munky
Devil

I like to think that maybe they need a high five.......

In the face..........

With a chair!

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

Re: Sorry.

See Icon --->

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

Chunky Munky
Coat

Journey have since been in contact to say that you can now stop believing

Grabs coat and runs for the door

Chunky Munky
Holmes

I concur

Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown

Chunky Munky
Coat

Now I've got a yearning for a triple decker fried egg chilli chutney sandwich. I'm sure I've got one in my pocket---->

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

Chunky Munky

NEVER assume the architect knows best! The school I work at has just had a building erected, one of the prime features is a light & airy glass walled atrium. As this was to be used as a meeting point/social area for older students, good WiFi coverage was essential. I requested a minium of 4 access points, one in each corner of the room, 2 - 3 metres from ground level. The architect knew better and instructed the builders to install them at roof height (2 storey building) & behind the false ceiling so they couldn't be seen as they would ruin the buildings asthetic (?). Unfortunately, the false ceiling had aluminium covered tiles and so formed a lovely Faraday cage.

The builders were less than happy with having to move them :)

Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

Chunky Munky
Pint

Does Chapter Arts Ctr in Canton not have a cinema anymore? Many's the happy hour I spent there as a lad. with a brew or two in the bar after

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

Chunky Munky
Facepalm

So can someone explain to me why Virgin(ontheridiculous)Media are still making you opt OUT of marketing spam, rather that the opt IN (as I understand it) that GDPR is supposed to enforce?

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

Chunky Munky
Pint

Re: Eviscerated!

+1 and a pint for the Pratchett reference

Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

Chunky Munky

First class, of course!

Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

Chunky Munky
Paris Hilton

Re: Quote of the year...

As my daughter would say - LOL!

Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

Chunky Munky
Big Brother

As one of the ever shrinking minority who don't have a mobile phone (or use farcebook, twatter etc), can I assume that the powers that be will also be making plans to issue me with the latest shiny, gratis along with all costs paid?

Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

Chunky Munky
Boffin

0.36W???? They could generate more power by scuffing their feet on a nylon carpet

New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

Chunky Munky
IT Angle

Bloody peasant!

Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

Chunky Munky
Pint

Re: Am I the only one

You're not the only one - I thought it too. ----> Have one on me

UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

Chunky Munky
Pint

Re: fail

I'm with you on this, so my shout

Maplin shutdown sale prices still HIGHER than rivals

Chunky Munky
Unhappy

Re: Just another symptom

The only reason I use WHS is that they're the only shop around here that stocks Railway Modeller. I did try ordering it from the local newsagent, but that was a complete non-starter

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

Chunky Munky
Meh

Re: Bullshit.

"Surely this is just made up."

Why? Just remember that everytime a designer makes makes something idiot proof, God creates a better idiot!

Lloyds Banking Group to splash £3bn on tech

Chunky Munky
Coat

Re: How secure is my financial information?

I'm with you on that - lemme just grab me coat

Proposed Brit law to ban b**tards brandishing bots to bulk-buy tickets

Chunky Munky

Re: There is advance sales and advance sales

Aussie PF perhaps? I booked my tickets to see them in Reading next November at the start of December - 11 months ahead ffs!

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

Chunky Munky
Coat

Re: @Prst. V.Jeltz

Been there, had the conversation with the users (plural as I spoke to 3 of them). After asking the usual gamut of question including 'Is it turned on?' I still couldn't figure out why the users PC wasn't working (the fault call stated that the PC wasn't working but all the lights were on). Duly authorised to jump in the car and spend an hour driving across London, only to get to site and find... yup - the PC wasn't turned on! The lights that were on was the power light on the monitor

Icon as I eventually took my coat and walked

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Chunky Munky
Devil

Re: you touched it last

"not my problem, we have a guy for that" - oh how I can agree with that. The school I work at had an intake of new teachers at the start of September, most newly qualified & straight out of uni. One of them decided that the IT support dept (me) was there to do everything concerning IT. The classic was 'I need file 'x' moving from the Maths dept folder to the Temporary network folder by 2pm today (this was at 1:45). When I phoned him and asked what his problem was (I was thinking lost network connection on the laptop or mebbe the wireless was down???) I was told that 'moving files is IT's job, I'm a teacher so I teach, you're IT so do IT stuff!'

Needless to say the file got 'lost' in the move

Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

Chunky Munky
Joke

Re: Common English words with very different meanings.....

Jasper Carrott has a lot to answer for

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