* Posts by Gareth Holt

11 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Nov 2013

Cloud engineer wreaks havoc on bank network after getting fired

Gareth Holt

Re: Bank and fine

Confusion between PII as Personally Identifiable Information vs Professional Indemnity Insurance ?

AWS rakes in half a billion pounds from UK Home Office

Gareth Holt

Re: Interesting detail in the contract

Also on that contract finder page it shows Amazon Web Services as an SME.

So that's how more contracts are awarded to smaller organisations - just label anyone as such!

Microsoft to move some Teams features to more costly 'Premium' edition

Gareth Holt

Re: This is silly MS

In my experience, Sharepoint is generally at fault..

Mind your Ps and queues: Bork makes a visit to the A&E

Gareth Holt

OK, I'll bite

The poster says Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust which is almost certainly not in Birmingham, and definitely north..

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

Gareth Holt

Re: Bread

Would all be fine and dandy if there was any flour in the supermarket!

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

Gareth Holt

Will it fit?

At one previous job, we had a couple of 42U racks which needed to be installed on the 5th floor - pretty sure we did do a survey before delivery - but the only way they were coming in was on top of the lift. Remarkably, this worked.

Later, we needed to move them to the other side of the office (an adjoining building) to put into a more appropriate environment (a/c, decent power etc) and as they wouldn't fit through the internal doors, a few of us manhandled each rack out onto a narrow external balcony which ran across both buildings, and back in the other side. This entailed swivelling the racks round on the balcony wall. Only a small risk of them crashing to the street 5 storeys below..

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

Gareth Holt

Brightness - or lack of

Many years ago I worked for a company running a dial-up information system. We used to give out terminals (Wyse or similar) and modems to clients.

One day a client calls saying they've switched on the terminal but the screen is blank. Tech support guy asks can you try the brightness dial on the side of the terminal?

Hey-presto one working monitor and one suitably embarrassed client.

I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

Gareth Holt

Reminds me of this from the 90's


amazed it's still there and working!

Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

Gareth Holt

Re: In the event of a Load Balancer failure

Thanks for the SLA link. Shame that as the cloud load balancers are so cheap that even though we had about 5 affected (which took down our main web sites) the rebate will be pretty insignificant. Will have to scour the agreement to see if any other clauses apply.

Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Gareth Holt

Account deleted

Despite not having used my Yahoo! mail for a considerable time whereby it should have automatically expired, somehow it was still live.

I've put it out of its misery now...

London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

Gareth Holt

Re: If they are so stupid to not understand the hierarchial system.....

Google have applied for about 80 of their own new gLTDs, so are unlikely not to index them