* Posts by Hazmoid

169 posts • joined 11 Mar 2014


BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office


Beancounter central would not be happy on Monday

I think the phone system would be on bypass as well :)

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options


Re: Maybe

+1 for Cowboy Bebop, was just getting into a rhythm and they cut the show. I wanted to see what happens with Edward. :(


Foxtel is a key example of what happens when you introduce ads.

We had foxtel back when the only way to get it was to have them install a satellite dish on your roof and run coax to the box next to your TV. If you wanted more TVs to use it, you had to pay for additional boxes. When Foxtel started it was about the sport and not having to watch ads, but they slowly crept in, initially with program promos but eventually with beer and gambling. When Netflix started, we cancelled Foxtel ( 1. because Murdoch, 2. because it cost 10 times what Netflix did) and never looked back.

Netflix already does the program promos at the end of series and when you pause long enough in the selection screen. Adding ads in during programs is just going to be a pain. However I noticed the other night that there are already "Ad" breaks in some programs e.g. "ShadowHunters" where it goes to a black screen in between scene cuts. I suspect this was in the original programming and not removed by Netflix.

An early crack at network management with an unfortunate logfile


Re: Quality Issue Management System

There was a training company here called IFAP, Last time I went past their site I noticed that the name had changed.

Buying a USB adapter: Pennies. Knowing where to stick it: Priceless


Re: Seems ok

Someone has been reading too much BOFH ;)

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code


Re: Never risk it

AAAH a true BOFH in the making :)

Half of bosses out of touch with reality, study shows


working from the office.

Personally, I prefer to work from the office, as it is a 20 minute drive from home and I sit here by myself, as the boss works from home or his car.

Bonus is that I don't have to put up with the other family members calling me for IT support every 5 minutes.

Add to that the crappy FTTN NBN internet service at home and you can see why I decided to continue working from the office even though I could just as easily work from home.

Network operating system Dent 2.0 targets smaller firms


Can't wait for the Slartibartfast version :)

As a longtime DNA fan, I have to admit that I am happy HHGTTG should finally be used in this way.

However I think that even small businesses may be worried about something like their infrastructure relying on that small bowl of petunias.

Right-to-repair laws proposed in the US aim to make ownership great again


Car manufacturers are not immune to this.

Saw a rumour recently that Toyota is looking to make the remote lock/start option become a subscription only model, where you pay a monthly fee to access your car. I think this would have been slammed by this sort of law


When forgetting to set a password for root is the least of your woes


Working for a national company in headquarters, with around 20 IT staff in an open plan office, the rule was if you walked away from your computer without locking it, then it was fair game. One of our staff made a point of setting the desktop to be pictures of kittens and leaving an email to management telling them that you quit.

Pop quiz: The network team didn't make your change. The server is in a locked room. What do you do?


Locked my car keys in the office one night as I was heading out. As the last on site I also had a gate key and the alarm code :( So I did what any prepared IT guy does, and opened the door using my Leatherman. (Latch was a sliding lock on an outward opening door).

I have also thought that it was crazy having high security on a comms room door when the wall next to the door consists of plasterboard and insulation.

Most of the electric locks I have seen let go when the power goes out or the fire alarm is triggered. Except at one Government Office I worked at (State Herbarium) in which the collection storage (multiple wings on multiple floors) had CO2 dump systems and the locks triggered on fire alarm . Spread thoughout the storage were breathing masks that would allow you enough O2 to get to the door and exit. locks had to be released from the fire panel for fire fighters to enter.


Re: Out of date building plans

In a previous job, I regularly got to ride cherry pickers and climb up high buildings to investigate and install wireless links. never been on a working at heights course but know how to put on and use a safety harness (thank you to the Scouts abseil team)

Microsoft patches Y2K-like bug that borked on-prem Exchange Server


Re: Year 2100 bug

And a fortune to be made certifying and selling new hardware and software that is guaranteed not to have this problem. Just look at what happened with Y2K.

A time when cabling was not so much 'structured' than 'survival of the fittest'


Re: They had it coming.

I worked for a Government department many years ago ( so long ago that the department has split and reformed twice since then) however they had a large data centre with raised floors from the days when they ran multiple VAX systems. The cost to rip out the data centre walls and resize when they went Banyan Vines and then Windows servers was not something they wanted to pay, so the room remained pretty much empty except for a single rack of servers in one corner. When the Vaxes were finally removed, the systems manager decided it was time to clean up the under floor. We pulled out 3 utility truck loads of cables that went to the recyclers.

The good thing was that the room had dedicated airconditioning, so I moved my desk in there, and the only people who could access the room were IT staff :)

The Filth Filter is part of the chipset, honest. Goes between the TPM and SEP. No, really


Re: Oh how times have changed

When I worked for a stockbrokers in the 90s, we had a problem with brokers browsing porn sites at work and sending pictures to their mates via email. Up until the point a dealer accidentally sent a porno pic to everyone on their public distribution list which just happened to be at the very top of the Exchange address book. He was marched out the door and we (IT) were told to crack down on the porn.

One director was told that his collection in his private storage had to be removed. It was arranged in alphabetical order based on classification. ~1GB of data when a 5GB storage for a server was common.

We also invested in SurfControl which had a Skin tone filter. I was tasked with browsing it and determining what was false positive, and documenting the other stuff for submission to HR. We ended up with an automessage that said something along the lines of "Your email was blocked by our filter because the images in it had too many items that appeared skin toned. If this is a legitimate email then please contact IT for release, otherwise, please inform the sender that you will not be able to view their emails if they persist in adding photos of people in them." This was enough for them to start using personal email for distribution.

When civilisation ends, a Xenix box will be running a long-forgotten job somewhere


reporting on Unix

I do remember doing some work for a government scientific organisation after I had moved onto a higher paying IT contracting job, because no-one else knew how to modify the awk scripts used to generate the labels that were printed out and placed on the plant specimen folders. Nice little earner, ~$1000 for a 4 hour job that I managed to smash out in 2 hours, including having to reset my own account (because I still had the administrator password memorised)

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes


Re: They need a fault light

Very appropriate for Dr Who day :)

BOFH: So you want to have your computer switched out for something faster? It's time to learn from the master


Or better still, onto the roof of said Mercedes, from a great height.

Config cockup leaves Reg reader reaching for the phone


Re: The old days

having been involved with the IT side of stockmarkets when a company was completely bankrupted because of an operator fat-finger, it was rare that there was not at least a verbal confirmation that what the operator was about to enter into SEATS was correct.

How to stop a content filter becoming a career-shortening network component


implementing Surf control was fun

I worked for a broker many years ago when SurfControl was all the rage and we implemented it. All staff were alerted that we would be doing so and all internet traffic would be monitored.

Initially the plan was to monitor only. However after the first week, we realised that we would be in a world of hurt if we went after the big offenders

In Broking, the brokers are the money makers and therefore tend to be much higher on the totem pole that the IT cost centre.

We started out by sending warning emails that certain websites had been browsed from a machine allocated and logged in as the user, and that further infractions would be reported to HR. When it kept being a problem, we decided we would go for the search and destroy method, adding all suspect websites to the block list (DNS proxy), as this was in the control of IT.

Problem was that one of the websites was Adultshop.com and happened to be one of our clients as they had just listed on the ASX :) Add to that the brothel company that also listed and we suddenly had to open sites up again that we thought could safely be blocked :)

Oh the humanity: McDonald's out of milkshakes across Great Britain


Re: The other thing is

But probably not with the same Ships master ;)

So the data centre's 'getting a little hot' – at 57°C, that's quite the understatement


Server room in multistory tenancy

We have a server room with dedicated AC and had arranged with building maintenance to have it hooked into their chilled water loop (everyone knows that you look after building maintenance and they will look after you). anyway we started getting alerts that the room was heating up, so I attended ( being the closest to the office) and found that the AC was spilling water all over the desks outside the Server room (fortunately it was not mounted above the servers.)

I hunted around for desk fans to circulate the cooled building air through the open SR door and let my boss know.

We ended up with a massive temporary portable unit that had a 10 Litre catch can for the water that had to be emptied every 6 hours so guess who the muggins was that had to visit the office every 6 hours? for about 2 weeks until we could get a replacement for the ceiling unit.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland


Re: *As a Scot, the author sees it as his right to make fun of Scots.

As an Aussie, that attitude must have come from the old country, i.e. as an Aussie I reserve the right to rip my fellow countrymen when ever they screw up but am willing to defend them if someone outside the country tries it on.

Pakistan's tax office services go dark after migration project goes awry


Someone decided paying tax was not on the cards

I'm thinking someone decided that they didn't want to pay tax so they crashed the Tax office servers :) Fortunately it appears the IT department had contingencies in place.

Google staff who work from home might see pay cut under corporate policy – reports


Paid to commute?

Australian here, and the thought of being paid to commute seems strange. The only time I have encountered this is my current job where the office is half an hour away through road works, and to take the job I held out for the boss to pay for one tank of fuel a month (Diesel Prado, 1300 KM to a tank :) ).

I can still work from home except when I have to be in the workshop to build kit or support the company our office is based out of.

BOFH: They say you either love it or you hate it. We can confirm you're going to hate it


Re: ... to be continued ...

Vegemite is by far the superior item

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Re: Here's to a demanding job well done

Having supported the marine electronics for a number of OG tugs and smaller harbour tugs on the West coast of Australia for a few years, I salute anyone having to talk a sailor though fixing a windows issue via sat phone :)

BOFH: You say goodbye and I say halon



I worked at a Herbarium that had multiple "libraries" each with it's own halon system. Next to the door and spread throughout the libraries, were breathing apparatus. When it was changed to CO2 the breathing apparatus were left there.

Only went off once that I know of and happened to trap the oldest scientist (about 80 when I worked there), who handled it completely within his stride.

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist


Re: Equally unattributed, but different...

More to the point, that is how Windows and most M$ products are debugged aren't they ? ;)

BOFH: But soft! What light through yonder filing cabinet breaks?


Someone at Vulture central must have lit a fire under Simon

Either that or Simon is getting bored working at home (if you can call playing with the cat and watching Netflix working)

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer


Re: "it is highly unlikely that all individual hardware elements have a problem"

reminds me a recent issue with a windows 10 machine failing to recognise the domain network ity was connected to. Tried various fixes and even used a USB ethernet adapter to rule out the card. Turns out that the common factor was a shitty 5 port switch with 2 cables in it that was no longer needed. As soon as the switch was removed and the machine directly connected to the wall port, the situation resolved itself. Only took me 3 hours of numerous reboots and google searching, before I found the network switch hidden at the back of the desktop machine :)

'Welcome to Perth' mirth being milked for all it's worth


The regular additional comment was that he should have painted a Scottish flag next to it to really confuse the jet-lagged :)

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder


Worked for a Stockbroker in Perth on the Esplanade back in the 90s and the building we were in had a large genny set in the basement to provide essential power. During a major winter storm, the power supply to Perth was taken out for about a week. During that time, the building management had to bring in tankers of diesel to keep their generators running. I remember having to remind staff that the red outlets were for essential computers only and no you could not plug your mobile in to get it recharged.

The server is down, money is not being made, and you want me to fix what?


ah Stockborkers

Having worked for a Stockbroker Pre GFC, I can confirm that some of them have this God complex, and it seems to be instilled in them at private Boys Schools.

I can remember working an email server outage and answering the phone simply to tell people that it would be fixed when it was fixed and they had now made the fix time 10 minutes longer.

On the other hand, some of them were great people and the sort of person you would hang out at the pub with, even though they were bosses.

One Executive director gave me his Business class seat (pre 911) for a flight from Sydney to Perth simply because he felt guilty about having been in the Qantas club enjoying his free booze and food while I was at the gate.

This same director insisted that the IT manager and I be given Qantas Club memberships if we were going to be flying back and forth to the East coast on a regular basis. (we were an IT "department" of 2 people at that stage and looking after about 10 offices spread around Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Brisbane). At one stage I was up to Gold class simply because of the number of flights I had to take.

Big red buttons and very bad language: A primer for life in the IT world


I used to work in a herbarium (I managed their Sun systems DB server and the Pcs that were used for accessing it) that had 3 storage areas complete with Halon dispensers. Strangely enough this was in the days when scientists would keep working until eventually they became part of the collection. One of the senior scientists (think a gentleman in his early 80s) was working back late when the system had a misfire and set off the halon. He was lucky to get out before suffocating.

Something went wrong but we won't tell you what it is. Now, would you like to take out a premium subscription?


I had one recently where the client could not login and got the reasonable "your username or password is incorrect" error. It was'nt until we tried typing the username in that we realised that there was actually a space at the end of the username the user had cut and pasted in.

BOFH: Bullying? Not on my watch! (It's a Rolex)


Walked rather than pushed

In my long and distinguished IT career , I'm happy to say that the only time I was pushed, it came with nearly 8 months of pay, the joys of working for the same company for nearly 15 years ( in Oz, after 10 years continuous service, you get pro rata long service leave up to 3 months after 15 years, and they pushed me out after 14 years.) The rest of the time I have seen a better job and gone for it.

Regarding contract renegotiations, at least in Australia there is the principle of "employee will be better off" whenever contracts are rewritten. More to the point employers cannot change contracts to suit themselves on a whim unless they like paying big fines and penalties.

The only downside to being on a salary is the expectation to put in extra hours outside of core business hours (with no extra compensation) and the clause that always peeved me, "other duties as required" which could mean anything from brewing coffee to sweeping the office.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s


Re: The 80s were generally a happy time...

We rented a flat in south Perth that had been lived in by a chain smoker who just closed all the doors and hid in there. Not only did we find that the brown walls were actually white, but that the curtains were actually a cream colour.

Worst part was that because the ceilings were coated in vermiculite, we couldn't wash them :( also the owner refused to replace the carpets so we had them steam cleaned, twice.


Re: Smoking

I can add Helsinki to that list, or at least last time I was through there ( about 10 years ago), and It made me laugh as it was a completely glass room with multiple extractor fans in the roof. I suspect it would be quieter on the runway.

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a beer: Beware the downloaded patch applied in haste


not me but one of my co-workers

I worked for a stockbroker years ago when Exchange first came out. Our marketing department were always trying to sell shares to clients, so had their distribution list __clientlist at the top of the GAL. Unfortunately many brokers (particularly the private school boys) were also dirty little perverts and were constantly sending each other filthy emails. One of them received a picture of a naked lady that he thought some of his mates would like and selected them from the GAL when addressing the forward. Those of you who have used exchange know that hitting enter in the GAL will select the email address highlighted and go back to the email.

This guy didn't realise that his highlight had popped back to the top of the list when he hit enter.

First I knew about it was one of the company directors running down the hall yelling "turn off the email server!"

I had to explain to him that unfortunately our email server was so efficient that it had already gone :)

As a client list, this distribution list also included a number of journalists, who quite thoroughly enjoyed writing about the interesting product that we were now selling :)

A grovelling email to clients went out shortly thereafter and the offending party left the office never to return.

Remember that day in 2020 when you were asked to get the business working from home – by tomorrow?


MSP experience

I work for a small MSP in Perth Western Australia. We mainly deal with small offices and panel shops. When WA was locked down, we got panicked calls from lots of our clients as they had no VPNs etc configured. Fortunately most of our clients were running watchguard firewalls and we were able to set them up with SSH vpns quickly and remotely, with some instructions on how to connect and allowed them to VPN to the network then RDP their workstations at the office.

I ended up working through as my boss decided to work from home (has a wife that is very susceptible to any infections going around) and I was the only one in the office. So I mainly never got to experience the joys of trying to work from home until we recently had a second 1 week lockdown, and the boss just told me to stay at home.

3cx pbx meant I could make and receive land line calls on my mobile. With VPN access and remote access to most machines at our clients, I was able to resolve most issues remotely. For those clients using personal machines, I used the Spiceworks remote control to get in and configure VPN and remote access.

Overall this has been a very busy time for us.

No egrets: Ardent twitchers fined for breaking lockdown after bloke spots northern mockingbird in his garden


Re: Is the point of a personal interest that you persue it?

In Australia at the moment, we are just about getting back to normal, with no need to wear masks ( except in Melbourne) and most activities available. Melbourne has just had a 1 week lockdown to stop the spread of an infection from a quarantine hotel, and currently has a number of active cases.

I'm fortunate to live in Western Australia where we currently have 3 active cases and a total of 910 since it started. Of that there are only 9 reported deaths.

We have come around to the point where it is sensible to wear a mask when out and about, and those who scream about it are looked at like they are dog turds to be scraped off a shoe.

However when we went into lockdown, the penalty for breaking lockdown unless urgent was up to $10 000. If you were not an emergency worker or a "required worker" then you were expected to stay home. There have been a few people who have been locked up because they refused to stay self isolated when required to.

Dev creeped out after he fired up Ubuntu VM on Azure, was immediately approached by Canonical sales rep


So to me this sounds like an updated Clippy :)

We'd rather go down in Down Under, says Google: Search biz threatens to quit Australia if forced to pay for news


As an Aussie, I hate this proposed legislation

Given that most of the Murdoch press is hidden behind paywalls, and all I am seeing on Google news is news headlines, I can't see that this should be a thing.

Actually as a newspaper, I would be more worried that we would lose revenue as we would not have Google pushing people to our websites.

Tried explaining this to the wife last night and got told that "Google is making a bucket load of money by showing other people's work". I obviously explained to her that the news press make money by showing ads on their site, which is where most of the headlines point to anyway.

Two clichés, one headline: 'No good deed goes unpunished' and 'It's always DNS'


I had a great boss for 14 years, at a Stockbrokers. He worked on the theory that our job was to fix stuff and his was to run interference with the C suite and other random "users" to the extent that when we had an emergency, the first thing we did was take our phones off the hook so they would not ring. Luckily the IT area was behind a security door and we were the ones that controlled who had access to the area. So random people walking in and bothering us was not an issue.

One day I happened to be nearby when he was chatting to the Chairman and CEO who opined that he never saw us so maybe we weren't necessary. My boss came back with, " we work on the theory that the only time you see us is when there is a problem, therefore not seeing us is a good thing".

Wonderful boss, and I was sad to be stood down when the GFC hit. Unfortunately, when he had an opportunity for us to work together again, it was shafted by a twat who had been a "Projects manager" at the Stockborkers (sic) and shown the door when it was proven that IT could run our own projects without his input. This twat was good friends with a replacement CEO that took over the organisation we were going to work for, and poisoned the well for us :(


Re: Life Lesson

And since you "touched" it last, you are now the "Guru" and will forever be responsible for maintenance and anything going wrong with said system.

Lay down your souls to the gods of rock 'n' roll: Conspiracy theorists' 5G 'vaccine' chip schematic is actually for a guitar pedal


Re: Doh!

Or to coin my own phrase, "debating anti-vaxxers is like mud wresting with a pig, you both end up covered in shit but the pig enjoys it"

'Best tech employer of the year' threatened trainee with £15k penalty fee for quitting to look after his sick mum


BOFH awards

I can see that the BOFH has a hand in these award companies :)

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


There is a very confused gentleman in the US who is not getting his emails.

I have had my gmail account since gmail was invite only. It is a very short email address (firstinitialsurname(same surname as Tom from Forrest Gump) )

There is a gent in the USA with the same surname but a different first name (although it has the same initial) who is continually using my email address for stuff.

So far I have received Trump emails, congratulations on buying a new truck and the warranty details, new mobile phone orders, offers of work and various other things. Usually if it is a business that I can unsubscribe from, I will. There have been a few times where I have had to track the company down and explain that the email they have used belongs to someone in Western Australia, not the MidWest and most times they are very apologetic because they have other ways of contacting the gent.

Super-antique-fragile-and-it's-XP-alidocious, even though the sight of it is something quite atrocious


Windows XP is still around in many places.

In fact I recently had a job repairing a programmable cutting saw that used XP embedded. Had to upgrade it to the latest SP to get the management software for the saw to load. since it is internal to the network and all traffic to the internet is blocked, it should be ok.



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