* Posts by Bogbody

71 posts • joined 3 May 2014


LAN traffic can be wirelessly sniffed from cables with $30 setup, says researcher


Black Helicopters

An ex-coworker was doing this sort of thing 20+ years ago with a shortwave radio. He could sniff RS232 with ease. The same basic technique would work for ethernet (better radio/decoding needed of course).

I'll bet the Black Helicopters have a much better way of doing it and have been using the method for decades.

Macintosh Classic II and triceratops skull on auction: One's a dinosaur, the other has three horns on its face


The tool was called a "Mac Cracker" - its basicaly a long torx drive with a 150/200mm shaft.

Something like a T9/T10 or maybe even a T15.

The last one I fixed (psu gone bang - 110V version pluged into 220V - whoops), well it was in the early 90's and bought over to the uk by a left-pondian. Changed the link over to 220V as well.

Computer shuts down when foreman leaves the room: Ghost in the machine? Or an all-too-human bit of silliness?


Ghostly PFY

My local petrol station has a ghost called "Naughty Nigel". He's the one that stops things working for a fuel buying petson but allows it to work perfectly for an employee -- as witnessed last night with a fuel pump and card reader (with a long queue behind of course) :-)

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?


Re: Doubting Hervé

In the uk there are two depths. 55cm snd 60cm and no standard position for water entry or drain exit.

Ignore that at your peril :-)


Re: Chuddies (sort of)

I used to work with a young lady called Dawn.

She had a sense of humour failure when she called me at lunchtime one day saying "its Dawn here".

My reply off "thats odd, it's later than that here" caused a "slight" fuss . . . . . . .

Catch of the day... for Google, anyway: Transatlantic Cornwall cable hauled ashore


Beach cable baby

I was there to see Grace being dragged up the beach. Quite impressive in a cabley kind of way.

There was quite an audience :-)

Real highlight was an excelent burger in a lovey Rosie cafe a few yards away. :-)

THX Onyx: A do-it-all DAC for the travelling audiophile


Well it hasn't changed ....

Reading the comments tells me that there is as much utter clueless bollocks being avidly discussed as fact now as there was in the late '70.

One capacitor brand producing a better sound than the other ....

Silver plated PTFE insulated speaker cables better than 10A orange 2 core mains cable in a normal domestic setup (100(real)W/channel ......

Arg! Thought such utter twadle got left in the 70's

Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments


Re: Payment Terms missmatch

I wonder how the main contractor would feel if the subby ripped up the pavments and then declared themself bankrupt?

Thought the idea was that you set up a company to do the subby work and then closed that company when the work was complete thus avoiding all liabilities? That certainly was the way that a couple of house builders operated localy.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU


Same here, my 2014 i3 (16gig ram) works very well.

Will it hit landfill in 2025? Dunno ... it'll be a race bettween retire and landfill I suspect.

Wjats the situation for business users will a fleet of i3/i5 desktops and laptops?

Updating in production, like a boss


You are much more likely to be offered




Or, if very lucky....


Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors


Re: Just this afternoon

Last call like that was years ago....

"Hello I'm from Microsoft, your computer has a virus"

Oh - ok - what do I do?

"Turn on your computer please"

Ok - just a minuite.....

So I turned the radio on loud, put the phone down in front of it and went to the shops.

Shortly after that I got CLI working. I now dont answer unless I recognise the number and they start to leave a message.

Lots of calls from Private Numbers, international or fake VOIP. Bit of a pain because some profesionals dont understand that no number plus no message equals I dont answer.

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


Check you're phases....

Part one..... when fitting a genny make sure that phase and neutral aren't swapped over behind the wiring panel ......

Part two ..... big 3-phase UPS ..... make sure that the incoming power sense leads are actually conected to all 3 phases....

Part 3 .... dont let a <redatcted> Manager demolish a wall in the warehouse using a JCB.....

Part 1 -- bang, bang ... bang went the PC power supplies

Part 2 -- the lights are on but why is the main frame not .... oh ....

Part 3 -- big blue flash followed by much darkness and a bit of silence ......

The Eigiau Dam Disaster: Deluges and deceit at the dawn of hydroelectric power


Fantastic article. I was bought up just to the West of that area - in sight of Yr Wyddfa.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful


The joys of Bluetooth as well

Never mind your puny IR remotes -- I raise you Bluetooth.

I have recently invested in a new Bluetooth intercom for use on my motorbike * .

While setting it up and testing various pairing options (phone, gps and a couple of other bits) a voice was heard from downstairs, SWMBO called "have you switched the telly on" (in very stern Matron tones - aka "you are in trouble" ..... oh ..... )

Turns out that our new Humax 4K STB has always discoverable BT set as un-changable default. **

So when ever I tried to pair the GPS it tries to connect to the Humax turning it and the tv on.

I even managed to change channels. I was impressed SWMBO less so during one of her favourite progs :-)

* bike to bike comms is incredibly useful especialy on long trips.

** this Humax STB has a bluetooth capable remote control to handle voice commands.

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV


Pointless applications

10 years ago in the previous sub-prime crash I found my-self in need of a new job :-)

I rapidly discovered that..

Listing O and A levels showed that I was "too old".

A Physics degree counted for nothing.

Jobs that were paying £15 an hour suddenly became minimum wage.

My 10 years of managment experience was ignored.

I applied for one Civil Service job - didn't get it because I didn't speak the CS lingo. I made a second attempt and discovered that out of 350+ applicants 3 might get their CV selected and forwarded to the relevant department - 1 (yes 1) might get an interview. A third application that I was preparing went in the bin :-)

It took 13 months and one false start to get a proper job. I'm still not a manager because I'm useless at it and I no longer want the hassle. :-)

Ganja believe it? Police make hash of suspected weed farm raid, pot Bitcoin mine instead


Re: I can never understand...

The neigbouring units would report unusual activity incase they were the ultimate target of a bit of thiefery - particularly if they had been on the recieving end of a canabis farm setup.

I should think that lots of ducting/venting would be a big clue.

If the mine/farm had just been set up then any "plants" would not realy stink until they were nearly ripe.

Bloke round 'ere was caught that way. His garage next to a local "main" road was found because it absolutly stunk. If you dont use the stuff its a truly horrible smell. In this case easily detected by anyone passing by - and it did stink - totaly unmissable as his place was the only building for about a mile either way.

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


Re: "Mike learned an important lesson..."

Overcurrent reset ‐ motor windings could overheat, the insulation melted and shorted the copper winding wire together.

The trip would go, the wire would còol holding the copper tightly in contact - press the button in and BANG! - magic smoke escapes. :-)


Re: Replacement hardware?

Yes, Systime did design and make SCSI interface cards for Vax.

Mind you thats 40 years ago and umteen jobs ago. :-)

Broadband plumber Openreach yanks legacy copper phone lines in Suffolk town of Mildenhall en route to getting the UK on VoIP


Re: "The handset will plug into a router"

Or the "router" will contain a DECT phone basestation with the phones wirelessly connected.

DECT works very well. Lets just hope that the DECT version used is truly universal and "CLI" works accross all brands of phone .... on hang on .... my Rose Tinted Glasses have gone opaque.....

Lambda School, a coding bootcamp that takes a cut of your next tech salary, now takes a 30% cut in staff


Re: Better than regular loans

Video not available in my country (UK).

Guessing it'll only cover the US of A bankruptcy arrangments??

George Clooney of IT: Dribbling disaster and damp disk warnings scare the life out of innocent user


Sense of humour failure

I learnt tbe hard way that some "jolly japes" on the pc joke front lead to total sense of humour failures and the threat of involving HR.


In this case pc = political correctness not personal computer :-(

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site


2009 and all that

Back in the wonderfull days of 2009 having been made redundant from a job of xx years standing (at least 10 years too long but thats a whole different story) - I found myself trying, along wirh many others, to find a new job.

Disaster Area would be the best description.

Jobs that were paying £15 per hour were now minimum wage.

I was considered too old and over qualified at 50 something...

Job Center wanted me to apply for jobs that were based many miles from home at £11,000/year.

I had to show records of phone calls/letters/replys, there were pages and pages of them.

Allways there was the threat of withdrawing the job seekers allowance !!!!

I gave up with the JC after 3 months, got a bit of work but that fell through then got in with an agency.

A few months work at minimum wage close to home eventualy led to a permie position elsewhete through a different agency.

All in all 2 years of stress and financial embarasment that took a number of years to get over.

To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user


Re: Rubber band

I worked for the company that made them .....

The introduction of 3.5" floppies did not help their business model.

That coupled with the new Japanese 80 and 132 columb printers blew a big hole in their profits.

The final blow was hard drives that were no longer the size of a washing machine.

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


Hummmm sounds familiar...

Reminds me of the Managment Methods of a certain previous employer.

Change the rules on the fly so that the selected scapegoat gets the blame.

Ofcom says no price controls on full-fibre broadband until 2031, giving BT's Openreach the kick to 'build like fury'


Re: Meanwhile in the real world...

Meanwhile out here in the Fen we wont see an FTTP connector this century ........

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?



Apple stuff.... "I've got a new ishiny and I cant get my old stuff anymore"

Do you know your icloud username/login ???

"Whats that?"

Cant help sorry - take it too the apple shop.

Windows stuff

LMGIFY ........


Telecoms shack in the middle of Scotland put up for auction at £7,500


Planning ?

How far above zero is your chance of getting planning permission to do anything like "extend".

"Extend" as knock it down and build something more useful along with buy enough land to gaurentee acces and have some sort of garden.

Rookie's code couldn't have been so terrible that it made a supermarket spontaneously combust... right?


Re: Not just me then.

Ah that earthquake.....

My brother was up a ladder at roof hight planning a repair when it struck.

He said it looked very odd with the slates flapping like waves in water radiating out from a stone thrown in a pond.

He came down the ladder very quickly when he realised what was happening


Copper broadband phaseout will leave UK customers with higher bills and less choice, says comparison site


Re: Choices

Does that mean the demise of PlusNet in 3 to 5 years time when only FTTP will be available?

Forget GameStop: Keyboard warriors and electronic trading have never mixed well


Re: Ignisecond, n.:

Watched that happen with a Young Man employed in the Stores ..... fitted all requirements

.... until "can you please take the (electric golf like) buggy over to the main building" .... Um.... sorry, no..

"Why?" .... I don't drive... (not can't but couldn't).


Much fun followed .....

We know it's hard to get your kicks at work – just do it away from a wall switch powering anything important


French TV tranmitters did swamp the reciever circuit of certain British market imobilisers/alarms used on motorbikes.

Mate was stranded 3 hours from Calais by the signal from a TV transmitter. Its only when the bike was recovered and put inside a panel van (Faraday cage) that the alarm would re-set and the bike would then start.

He was still charged €90 and just made it too the ferry on time. :-)

The bike was made before imobilisers were factory fitted. In those days insurance companies would insist on an alarm or there was no theft cover.

Still happens now, locals carry a tin and foil to shield the aftermarket alarm. Factory ones sometimes fail too. Can happen here too :-)

How do you save an ailing sales pitch? Just burn down the client's office with their own whiteboard


Re: Interviews

In one of my previous employers we used to disable the 110/220 switch on all new equipment.

There was allways someone who thought it was the on/off switch :-)

Well it certainly worked to turn it off ...


Samsung Galaxy S21: Lots of little downgrades, but this phone is more than the sum of its parts


Re: "And priced at £769.99, it’s well worth it."

Too expensive for me ...

I'm down in the "A××" range ... or would be if they suported wireless charging.

I cant justify £769 on a "phone" ..... £300/£400 (and a 3 to 4 year life)is my absolute max budget and wireless charging Sammy cant be had for that money (new) :-)

Watt's next for batteries? It'll be more of the same, not longer life, because physics and chemistry are hard


Re: Why terrifying?

Yes... the way my semi is connected to the mains power infrastructure I guesstimated that there was about 11KW left over after allowing for what he house needed at peak - there would be more available at night but not during the day.

So 11kW/hr for 8 to 10 hrs ... max charge 110kW or so a session. So to charge a 200kW+ battery overnight I would need a 3-phase supply.

Here? In the Fen miles away from civilisation.

Some serious planning is needed.


At a previous employer we imorted Chinese made batteries for the consumer market.

The battery weight was one of the QC checks.

It was common to find that a "C" or a "D" cell had one "AA" or even a "AAA" inside.

They were cheap tho .....

The curse of knowing a bit about IT: 'Could you just...?' and 'No I haven't changed anything'


Re: t-shirt

Funny how the "Fix my computer" calls stopped when I started charging call-out plus an hourly rate. :-)

Tier 4 now so cant anyway ...... :-(

Buggy chkdsk in Windows update that caused boot failures and damaged file systems has been fixed


Re: Yes the wonders of continual updates......

Ah now this explains why I had to replace a disk last week on my home PC. At 4 years old I thought that bad luck had screwed the disc. It did a disc scan on start up and failed to boot.

7 days to get a new disc (thanks Covid) and a full evening to fix.

Great ........

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there


Ah University Halls of Residence.....

Early 1970's in a very Welsh university town.

All the power sockets were 2A round pin items.

So I made up a 2A to 13A socket adapter.

Some Bodger had allready fixed the fuse box, allthough a stock of 15A fuse wire was required.

The main thing we used to power up were the universal 1970's "Hi-Fi" amplifiers.

Electric kettles were rare fortunatly :-)

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


Famous Wisbech

Famous for two things

..... tinned peas capital of the Fen


..... electronic components


OnePlus 8T: Solid performance and a great screen make this 5G sub-flagship a delight


Wireless charging

Two things wear out on Samsung phones in my experience - usb socket or battery.

Wireless charging extends the usb sockets life (esp. Micro usb) to the point that it outlasts the battery.

The phone continuses to be useful until the day that gravity or a thiefing scrote interfers.

The current crop of Sammy mobs are either far too expensive or are expensive with no wireless charging.

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 ...... .



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