* Posts by Bogbody

31 posts • joined 3 May 2014

We don't need maintenance this often, surely? Pull it. Oh dear, the system's down


Re: Also works for hardware

13 month timers?

They were commonly used in home alarm systems to make sure that maintence "happened" -- sorry I mean was paid for .....

My involvment in such systems ceased some 15 years ago so I don't know if they are still fitted.

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended


Re: The need for speed

A few years ago a couple of friends and I were rattling along the autobhan between Hamburg and Berlin. One of my friends decided to have a little play with is Honda Blackbird.

At somewhere north of 140mph he said that the autobhan was bumpy, narrow and twisty and there still were Volvos and Audi flashing him 'cos they wanted to overtake.....

For the non-bikers a Honda Blackbird is an 1100cc weapon capable of cracking the speed of a licence shredder in horizontal flight. :-)


Re: Yes, those were the days - NOT

Òh yes! I worked at HQ in Leeds "Windolene Palace". I was in QA under Harry and Alex.

Intetesting times indeed :-)


Re: Yes, those were the days - NOT

I worked for Systime in the '80s (up until the last but one big redundancy loop).

I was at the meeting where we were shown the first CDC 90meg SCSI half-hight drive by tbe CDC rep "Dave".

Washing machine sized hard drives vanished that day. :-)

Three middle-aged Dutch hackers slipped into Donald Trump's Twitter account days before 2016 US election


Guests in Court

So .... how long before the 3 Gents find themselves as Guests of the US Legal System?

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'


Re: family

Did we share an ex-wife somewhere along the way? Thats the sort of thing she did with cars.

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip


Openreach 5 years to 40T

5 years? .... theres a couple of nougts missing there ... heres a couple for you .... "0" "0"


Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War


Re: Great name, great beer

Yes ... history would strongly suggest that their code would be broken. How long would be the question.

By seeding test messages and looking for a "appropriate respons" (a hint would do) you could gain an insight into your opponents ability to read and understand your messages.

Works in reverse too. Does message match action?

Cyber attack against UK power grid middleman Elexon sparks in-house IT recovery efforts


Re: What ?

The problem with common sense is that it's not that common......

Apostophe alert ! Weee Blurgh Weee Blurge !!!!

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer



Ah customers ......

Cant live with them

Cant pay the bill's without them ...... .

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels


Re: Re Cycle Wheels

Try the same trick on motorbike forums ... just ask "which oil should I put in my bike".


Doom Eternal: Reboot sequel is cluttered but we're only here for the rippin' and the tearin'


Re: I suck at FPS...

I was that sniper......

Stopped playing on line when the cost of the vital graphics card for the pc was more than the cost of a playstation...... Call of Duty upgrade to Modern Warefare I think was the final straw.

Just found that old pc in my garage - mobo dead with split 'tators......

Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'


Re: CAN + security != CAN and would break things

Encryping the canbus data leads to one thing - the vehicle is eventualy not repairable. A wonderful piece of planned obselesance.

I point the reader in the direction of Vauxhaul/opel following the PSA takeover.

How long before the relevant servers become unavailable and the canbus cant be read, decrypted or modified. Several modules on the Astra (for example) cant be serviced/replaced without access to the central server.

Indeed updates for the infotainment/satnav system have allready dried up.

No update is available that shows the new A14 around Huntingdon ( yes, yes read the f@$king roadsigns). What other module have or will develop a bug that needs an update (well the auto lights on function for a start!)

Cars made before about 2005 can be fixed with mechanical and electrical skills.

Todays cars would also need a crypro and software engineer.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has had a good run with four years of security updates – but you'll want to trade yours in now


S7 support ?

S7 getting no patches?

There are very few phones out there that are "better" than the S7. Those that are have less features or cost far too much.

The current affordable Samsung phones (the Axx range) dont have wireless charging for example (saves the usb socket from damage).

The fancy Sxx are far far far too expensive.

Fruity phone prices for a Samsung?.. nope!

Time to brush up on current affairs. Because we're predicting Li-ion batt lifetimes using impedance and AI


When will a certain Fruity brand use it to predict battery life and then arrange for your new Fruit to be delivered, debiting your account of course.

Cynic? Moi? :-)

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response


Re: Despair

Wires do "wear out" in terms of vibration making them brittle or old style insulation failing.

I'm looking at the mains drop wiring into my house ... fitted in the 1960's it's insulated with pitch and hessian. Sparkie said "get it changed" -- ukpower said "Ah -- ok ... but it'll have to wait for a post-Corona" world...... so yes wire does fail eventually. 50 years or so !!

Here's what Europeans are buying amid the COVID-19 lockdown – aside from heaps of pasta and toilet paper


Told I'm WFH from Tuesday.

Friday my HP inkjet decides that black does not exist ... Poo! Waste £35 worth of ink following the trouble shooter.

Give up

Order a shiny new Canon injet on Sunday.

RM deliver it on Tuesday.

Works perfectly out of the box.

Problem solved. Thank you JL and RM

Now if only I can get my magic wand to fix the SMART error (aka "Its (not quite) dead Jim" ) on my company laptop. Never rains etc......

Computer, deactivate self-destruct system requirement, says Sonos... were it on a starship in space, and not a smart-speaker slinger


Re: Surprised Sonos survive?

Same here, new-ish Pure DAB radio + bluetooth reciever + Spotify = portable "internet enabled speaker" . Lovely ;-)

Sueball claims Tesla solar panels are so effective, they started fires at Walmart stores


Re: $deities have a sense of humor

Alas dry (proper) firewood down in this posh part of the Fens costs more than gold.

Due to the new HEATAS regs a replacement for my condemed log fire + installation is quoted at £3000 (flue liner required).

Without acces to "free" dry wood its far too expensive to run, even buying in bulk is not viable. :-(


Re: $deities have a sense of humor

And thats precisly why I havn't installed solar panels, despite having a perfect south facing roof.

Without a grant/FIT they dont even cover their costs, let alone the costs of finance.

Samsung taking its sweet time delivering Galaxy watches from phone bundle bungle


Ah ... that explains why John Lewis have no stock available and why there are few sellers on Amazon with NEW(!) UK versions of the Active 2 .... JL would not put one on order for me yesterday ... not like them to turn down cash :-)

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker


Yes - I do something similar.

After a car accident, during which my keys went AWOL, I fitted a keysafe hidden out of sight.

The code is changed to an obvious number if a trusted workman (mate of many years) needs acess then changed back to one my wife and I know. Not been used in a lost key situation yet, but it does mean I can give my next door neibour access in a minor emergency. Anything major ... well the door is'nt that strong!

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


So thats the bussiness model for BB nuked.

Dial up anyone?

You'e yping i wong: macOS Catalina stops Twitter desktop app from accepting B, L, M, R, and T in passwords


Vista was fine ... as mentioned above .. with enough RAM. No problems with 4G, ran ok for years. Only stopped using it when win10 came along and I needed to familiarise myself with what was obviously going to be the future.

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline



Funny how the calls my my helpline dried up when I started charging.......

Dixons hits back at McAfee's £30m antivirus sueball: Your AV didn't work on Windows 10S


Re: Windows 10S...as useful as a chocolate teapot

I too struggled with one of those, bought "'cos it looked nice". Rendered junk by Win10's "Creators Update" -- not enough (non upgradeable) storage to hold an update and a running (!!!) copy of Win 10.

My suggestion of " Just use it for surfing? Try Linux Mint on it" was met with a blank stare ...... they paid up and took it away as it was....

Turned down the opertunity of "repairing" the next one that came along as they too would not consider trying Mint.

When you play the game of Big Spendy Thrones, nobody wins – your crap chair just goes missing


Washing Machine sized hard drives

I knew my employer was doomed in 1980 or so when the CDC rep demo'd the first SCSI 90meg hard drive to us in a meeting.

Cue a rapid downsize and the buiding of a small clean room to repair thev Hawk(?) hard drive.

I had moved on by then :-)

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


If the user wont listen or co-operate 'cos they KNOW, then any help or suggestions are wasted.


Oh snap! The road's closed. Never mind, Google Maps has a plan...


Google maps? GPS guidance with senic routeswith no thought about access, narrow roads, impassible lanes.

On a recent holiday in the Isle of Wright, Google tried to send me down narrow lanes 6' 6" max or lanes with grass in the middle, mostly on an indirect route! Why when the relevant A, B or C road was direct and quiet!

I use GPS for quidance ( set to female voice, easy to ignore) - I have a couple of rules for car use... Dont go down a lane with grass in the middle, dont go down narrow (6' 6" limit) lanes and mostly dont use a lane with a hgv ban.

Why? 'cos coming the oposite way will be a t-what in a wide speeding 4x4, a tractor/hgv/bus!!

I stopped using google on the iow - the cars built in system gave better routes.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though


Re: Nice write up! Excellent fact checking!

Ah.... no.

You can't afford the quality and price of the Barrister required to defend your use of the name.

Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?


Re: Returning a favour would be nice


Quite a few years ago I repaired a kettle for a neighbor - this involved buying and fitting a new element.

They refused to pay for it because it was done as a "favor" --------- humph!

From that day on I started to charge for repairs. The phone calls that started "Can you just,,,, " petered out. The requests from family/friends to do us a favor and fix xxxxxx stopped when I started saying "OK, the part costs £XX and It will cost £XX to do it...........

"If you do owt for nowt - do it for thy seen"


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