* Posts by Mike Friedman

62 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Jul 2007


EU repair rights bill tells manufacturers to fix up or ship out

Mike Friedman

Good. I just paid an absurd $250 to replace the battery in my husband's four-year-old MacBook Pro. I could've replaced it myself except the stupid thing was glued down and the number of steps to repair it was like 52. I'm an experienced IT guy, but I was not about to undertake that nonsense.

A replacement battery on Amazon was somewhere between 30 and $60,

HP's CEO spells it out: You're a 'bad investment' if you don't buy HP supplies

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Re: Security

Not landfill. They need to be OfficeSpaced first!!!!!!

Mike Friedman

Longtime IT Nerd says...don't buy HP crap

That says it all. I've been in this business for 30 years. HP sells GARBAGE. Their printers last maybe 10K prints, if that, and the cost/page is enormous because they can't stop milking their customers for ink and toner that's more expensive than gold.

F them. I stopped buying their printers when they bricked one of my personal ones. And Brother printers cost the same initially but the ink is vastly cheaper.

Long gone are the days of Laserjet 4000/4050s that printed 200K pages and showed no signs of slowing down.

Never, ever again if I have anything to say about it.

Post Office boss unable to say when biz knew Horizon could be remotely altered

Mike Friedman

I realize this guy has only been there since 2019, but why does he still have a job?

Why do ANY of them still have a job?

I don't know if the UK has a version of criminal charges against a company, as in the US, but if it does, charges should be laid against the Post Office AND Fujitsu. They've both lied repeatedly.

This whole thing beggars belief.

Infosys co-founder doubles down on call for 70-hour work weeks

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India's youth should say with all due respect (which is none)......F YOU, douchebag. Billionaire assholes should stop saying nonsense like this. Just hire more people, you idiot. Your company is so fabulously wealthy, you even bought the UK PMs office by marriage.

How governments become addicted to suppliers like Fujitsu

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Not just the Uk

This is hardly just as British problem. American governmental units of all levels are notorious for poorly managing IT projects. Oracle in particular is notable for walking away from a project that is deemed unfixable afte,,r say $150 million has been spent. Then they just get another contract with the same entity.

Republican politicians in the US are always talking about waste, fraud, and abuse, but they ignore stuff like this which happens all the time. Larry Ellison of Oracle is a notable Republican donor.

HP customers claim firmware update rendered third-party ink verboten

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Re: S

Yes. Brother. When I was a freelance consultant, I bought brother printers for all of my clients. They're very reliable. The software is decent and pretty straightforward and it doesn't install a lot of garbage. I also like that their laser printers, have a separate toner and drum and you can buy third-party toner and it works just fine.

Mike Friedman

This happened to me

They bricked my printer by sending me an unauthorized firmware update in 2015, and I raised such a stink that they ended up sending me a new printer for free. But I was really pissed and I have never bought another HP printer. And I never will. When that "free printer" died, I replaced it with a Brother, and I've never looked back.

Mr Cooper cyberattack laid bare: 14.7M people's info stolen, costs hit $25M

Mike Friedman

Now we can add crappy security to "the stupidest name in banking."

Mr. Cooper was my high school Russian teacher, not a bank.

Cloud engineer wreaks havoc on bank network after getting fired

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The guys superiors should get dressed down for this too. Revoke credentials BEFORE you fire someone. DUH.

Mike Friedman

Re: Amazing!

You would? When I worked for a large American university, I unfortunately walked in on my BOSS watching porn in his OFFICE. More than once!

Musk's first year as Twitter's Dear Leader is nigh

Mike Friedman

Clearly YOU haven't been the target of nasty anti-Semitic vitriol.

Get your head out of Muskrat's ass. You should try using your brain for a change.

Mike Friedman

It's been a complete and utter disaster. I'm routinely getting anti-Semitic stuff pushed at me and when reported, there's never a violation of TOS. In addition to "groomer" this and that because I'm openly gay.

It's completely absurd. Muskrat has also descended into being the nasty racist, anti-Semitic (replete with Soros memes) piece of trash that we always knew he could be.

It's only a matter of time before the whole thing goes titsup because advertisers don't want to be next to LITERAL Nazis.

Zoom CEO reportedly tells staff: Workers can't build trust or collaborate... on Zoom

Mike Friedman

Astoundingly idiotic. But not a surprise.

I've been working on remote software development teams for 3.5 years. And we've done just fine, thank you very much. My company has its problems, but they are very clear that we don't need an office to do our work, and they're RIGHT.

There is an office if you want to go there (and I do occasionally, it's not far from my house) but it's not necessary to do the work.

First of Tesla's 'bulletproof' Cybertrucks clunks off production line

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It's ugly as shit with stupid blind spots. The latest giant American small penis truck. A completely ridiculous creation from musky.

Rigorous dev courageously lied about exec's NSFW printouts – and survived long enough to quit with dignity

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Clueless users

My favorite version of this story was finding emails from the co-owner of the business that was my client (a gymnastics school). He was sending emails USING HIS WORK ACCOUNT to Craig's List personals for escorts.

This was the week after I'd heard his wife's diatribe about how she had caught her 16 year old son looking at porn. DUH. He's sixteen and he's male. Of course he looks at porn. She ranted that all porn ALL PORN is exploitation of women. Um. Sure. OK.

The other was walking into my boss' office, during work hours, at a large University to find him looking at porn on his work computer. DUDE. REALLY? At least turn the screen away from the frickin door!

Don't panic. Google offering scary .zip and .mov domains is not the end of the world

Mike Friedman

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Just trust us. Have we ever steered you wrong in the past?

Well, not that time.

Or that one.

Or that one.

or that one.

or that one.

or that one.

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or that one.

JEEZ, stop being so negative!

Dyson moans about state of UK science and tech, forgets to suck up his own mess

Mike Friedman

Never got over the end of the Empire, have you?

Once again Britain has never come to terms with the end of the Empire. The UK just isn't that important anymore, and hasn't been since 1945, except to itself. It never figured out that it was just a medium sized power. France, Germany, Italy and Spain, the Netherlands all did.

Ex-Tweep mocked by Musk for asking if he'd actually been fired

Mike Friedman

What do you even say to someone who thinks he can manage an entire company (including HR matters) via Tweet, in public. Then when someone kindly points out that he's being an mega asshole to a person that EVERYONE LIKES he backs up and lamely apologizes.

Twitter's bankruptcy is going to be hilariously terrible. I can't wait.

No more free API access, says Twitter: You pay for that data

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Sure Elon. That's going to make up for losing 75% of your ad revenue because you allowed fascists back on Twitter.

Muskrat is the poster child for rich guys with no one around them who says "No. That's a stupid idea. Don't do that."

Man wins court case against employer that fired him for not liking boozy, forced 'fun' culture

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Hubby calls this the “forced march to fun.”

Two arrested in massive $575m cryptocurrency 'Ponzi scheme'

Mike Friedman

Re: Charles Ponzi

PT Barnum's (or not, it's not clear who first said it) adage about a "sucker born every minute" is no less true than it was in the 1870s. People are badly educated about money and still believe in get rich quick schemes.

Mike Friedman

Re: Crypto is a ponzi scheme...

Not only that but it's always a ponzi/pyramid scheme. By design. The whole thing is a scam. Anyone who invests in it now needs therapy or they can just give their money to me. The result will be the same.

Sage denies misleading customers over perpetual licensing, users not happy

Mike Friedman

Licensing? Clear? HAHAHAHAHAHA

SAGE isn't even the worst. They're terrible, but so many companies are far worse.

But pretending that your licensing mode is "clear" is absurd. All of us know that.

Intel to sell Massachusetts R&D site, once home to its only New England fab

Mike Friedman

I was living in Boston when DEC and Wang were dying in the late 80s and early 90s.

Wang's huge headquarters (five or six buildings), in Lowell (built there to spur business in an old mill town that had seen. better days) ended up selling for $525,000. It had cost $60M to build.

They just couldn't catch a break.

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups

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None of you has ever been yelled at because some stupid executive thought "deleted items" was his archive?

That was fun.

Mike Friedman

I was once the IT manager of a now defunct taxi company in New Orleans, USA.

One day I got a call from a police detective on a Monday afternoon, enquiring if he could look at the tape of our outside security cameras on the side street. Someone had been murdered a block away the previous Saturday night.

I said "sure," and arranged for him to come down. When he arrived, I pulled up the footage, only to discover that the cameras did NOT HAVE INFRARED. So about 10 cameras were taking video all night. Of nothing. The previous IT manager was apparently a total idiot.

I had to replace all of the outdoor cameras, which involved climbing a 20' ladder. Did I mention that I REALLY don't like heights. Yeah. It was a fun job.

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout

Mike Friedman

That guy has now been CEO of 12 companies.

All of them failed because they did lunkhead things like this.

He's never figured out that he is the common denominator.

Elon Musk wants to take Twitter public again 'within 3 years'

Mike Friedman

He's already bored with his new toy and he hasn't even bought it yet.

Happy birthday, Windows Vista: Troubled teen hits 15

Mike Friedman

Anyone who thinks Vista had any redeeming features never had to use it. It was a giant steaming pile of crap from start to finish.

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

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I really hope he charged them a LOT of money to fix that. I would've charged £25,000 to fix it. Just because it wasn't my problem anymore. I've done a lot of these in my day.

My favorite was the one where I started as IT manger in 2005 of a video production company which had never had one before. Just part time contractors who dropped in now and then. During the second week I was setting up a new email server for them. I had gone to run an errand at lunch and got a panicked phone call saying email was down. I got back to the office a few minutes later and it was the exact same problem. Disk was full. I cleared years of old logs and rebooted it and it was fine.

For my trouble I was fired the next day. They told the unemployment people that I "crashed the email server on purpose." I told the woman "why on earth would I create more work for myself?" Which made her laugh, and I got my benefits. I later found out that the people who ran the company were nuts. One of them had fired an entire department of people over the intercom once before.

Activision shareholders demand Kotick's head after CEO 'failed' to take claims of staff sex assault seriously

Mike Friedman

Of course he knew. No one believes he didn’t. But even if he didn’t know he should be fired for THAT. The behavior is so egregious.

My favorite detail is that they’re going to ban drinking booze at work but haven’t done so yet. Never get drunk at work. Why is this complicated?

Internet Explorer 3.0 turns 25. One of its devs recalls how it ended marriages – and launched amazing careers

Mike Friedman

And yet, IE 3.0 was complete crap. Unsigned Active X controls that run without your knowledge!? SURE! I'll sign up for that!

They should've just called it "Virus Vector 3.0." That's exactly what it was.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement

Mike Friedman

If that's your life's work, then maybe you should've gotten a different life. Doing something useful.

Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

Mike Friedman

Re: smelling like a witch hunt?

When men see behavior such as that alleged in the complaint (and women's public airing of their experiences) and they do nothing, they are complicit.

One of the allegations involved the head of the WoW franchise having to be physically pulled off female subordinates (more than one!!!!!) that he was hitting on at a conference.

"During a company event (an annual convention called Blizz Con) Afrasiabi would hit on female employees, telling them he wanted to marry them, attempting to kiss them, and putting his arms around them. This was in plain view of other male employees, including supervisors, who had to intervene and pull him off female employees."

This isn't "frat boy behavior," this is sexual assault IN FRONT OF A BUNCH OF PEOPLE. And nothing happened to the guy, but he eventually left the company.


If you see a woman being harassed by her boss or you hear men making disparaging comments about female co-workers and you do nothing then you're part of the problem. Why is this difficult for men to understand?

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

Mike Friedman

I continually am amazed that people feel the need to put these screeds out in the world.

And then they're shocked when people flip out. It's bizarre.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage

Mike Friedman

Melinda Gates has still not appropriately apologized to the world for Microsoft Bob.


Docking £500k commission from top SAS salesman was perfectly legal, rules judge

Mike Friedman

Whether it's legally allowed and whether the company SHOULD do something are two very different things. Sure sounds like a way to discourage your sales reps from pursuing big deals.

Why would a sales person go out of their way to land the big sale if the company's going to nickel and dime them on the commission? It's penny wise and pound foolish.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Casual misogyny is everywhere.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed

Mike Friedman

Oh Jack. You really are a douchebag. You could've stopped this years ago, but you chose not to. Because you're greedy. Donald Trump was violating your TOS before he became President, but he drove traffic to you so you didn't care.

So spare me your crocodile tears, whining and pearl clutching. It's disgusting.

We didn't collude with Twitter to throw Parler off our servers, says AWS in court filing

Mike Friedman

Considering what we know now about Parler’s lack of any kind of security, they deserved to die.

Google Mail outage: Did you see that error message last night? Why the 'account does not exist' response is a worry

Mike Friedman

You get what you pay for. In this case nothing.

When I stopped hosting my own mail I started using a web host called Bluehost. It has its quirks but it’s never gone down on me in 9 years. I pay about $8/month for a bunch of domains. They’re nice people too.

Adios California, Oracle the latest tech firm to leave California for the wide open (low tax) Lone Star State

Mike Friedman

Wait until people move to Texas and find out their property taxes are 5x higher than in California. When there’s no income tax the money for schools has to come from Somewhere.

Apple's M1: the fastest and bestest ever silicon = revolution? Nah, there's far more interesting stuff happening in tech that matters to everyone

Mike Friedman

Wait. What? Apple wants to continue to make oodles of money by selling computers and phones?


I use Apple products because I like them. They're well made and they last a long time (although Windows is better at this now) so they tend to be a good use of my limited money. I'm not an apologist for them and they sometimes do silly things. But expecting a well established, phenomenally profitable company to change its business model is also incredibly silly. In 1997, no one expected Apple to survive, let alone become the largest corporation in history. They're apparently doing something right.

Ever had a bogus call from someone claiming to be the IRS? A tax scam ringleader just got sent down for 20 years

Mike Friedman

In prisons in the US only pay phones are allowed and they are very expensive.

Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts

Mike Friedman

Wow. StichFix must be really hard up for IT talent if they're willing to keep on a person who plead guilty to sabotage. Remind me never to use their services for anything.

I spent years as a freelance IT consultant and several times after I parted ways (occasionally unpleasantly) with a company I noticed that I was still getting important emails for them or had access to one of their systems. I informed them right away and deleted the saved password.

Why? Because I'm not an unethical douchebag.

In deepest darkest Surrey, an on-prem SAP system running 17-year-old software is about to die....

Mike Friedman

Wow. 16 years old? And never been upgraded? That's insane.

Makes me think of the client I had who was running their entire business on a database written in 1993. Yes, they were still running 16 bit Windows in 2008.

Taxi for Uber: Ride-hailing app giant stripped of licence to operate in London

Mike Friedman

Re: re. "Passenger safety is not our priority"

What profits? Uber loses money hand over fist, and has no roadmap to reaching profitability. There are two routes, raise prices or squeeze drivers. They’ve squeezed drivers hard. Only one way to go now.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

Mike Friedman

It’s really simple. People think (rightly) that this is an insult. When the affected people say that, stop using the word.

It’s not “political correctness,” it’s respect. Be kind to people and respect them as human beings. Why is that so difficult ?

Tesla's autonomous lane changing software is worse at driving than humans, and more

Mike Friedman

It's always hilarious when someone criticizes Tesla. They never admit a problem. The problem is always the user.

Clearly this stuff is not ready for prime time. It's certainly not ready for an inexperienced or elderly driver.