* Posts by AlJahom

16 posts • joined 16 Oct 2014

Apologies for the wait, we're overwhelmed. Yes, this is the hospital. You need to what?! Do a software licence audit?



i've absolutely no love for software vendors and their increasingly mob-like tactics on licensing, but this is surely pure sensationalism, isn't it?

Software audits are a fact of life. Have been for 20 years.

What precisely is it about the Covid crisis that prevents healthcare IT from having its house in order? I mean, sure, frontline healthcare workers are up against it, but IT workers? Come on.

To prevent disruption, non-essential IT projects will be on hold and people will be at a loose end. Sure, 9 months ago there was a rush to get everyone WFH, but now is the time to consolidate and validate if all those 'pragmatic' readings of licensing T&Cs that happened in the heat of April were prudent after all. Do it while you're still in the budgetary year and while that big Covid slush fund still appears on the finance guy's spreadsheet.

When the music stops on the Covid merri-go-round, those companies who've spent 12 months treading water making lame and infuriating 'because of covid' excuses will be in big trouble. Those who kept swimming like sharks will come out of this in much better shape.

Welcome to the splinternet – where freedom of expression is suppressed and repressed, and Big Brother is watching


Re: Explains why P2P networks are getting so popular

The whole internet was a better place to be when seriously non-technical people rarely managed to get on it. Smartphones ruined everything. Barriers to entry are what give a thing value.


Are we pretending that the USA and its foremost internet companies have set any kind of gold standard for openness, transparency, fairness, free speech, liberty and decency?

Because surely it must have done if US organisations are deemed qualified to sit in judgement of other countries who may have imposed their own cultural, moral or political standards on their populace.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide


This was inevitable

For quite a few years now, VMware has been under the control of people who gargle their own balls.

Corporate Cancer by Vox Day will provide the diagnosis and the cure.

It's almost as if vSphere 4 got done, and then everyone with real engineering genius buggered off to do something else, leaving behind only the marketing douchebags who set about making sure each new VMware product (a) solved the problems created by the last version and (b) invented a whole new load of problems to be solved by the next version.

The whole VMware organisation could have drawn a line and gone home 7 or 8 years ago. Everything since has been total nonsense.

Fujitsu 'continues to bludgeon through' UK, Ireland job cuts – union


Fair warms the cockles

You know summer is coming when the media starts brimming with good-news stories like this.

More corporate abominations need to have such overdue wipeouts as this one.

Fujitsu says sayonara to UK exec heavyweights


Re: ICL?

Correct. It's a bit of a curse. The people on old ICL contracts are incredibly expensive employees & the public sector mindset still beloved by many of them is a great source of frustration.

OTOH there are a few superstars in that cohort that are great to work with.


Re: Nothing to see, here please move along

It was worse than that, because talented people who weren't at risk saw the writing on the wall and left too, as they didn't want to be the last willing and capable guy standing, holding up the tower of babel that was built as part of Agenda 2020.

Who, after all, would want to be the guy that has to look the anxious (rising angry) UK customer in the eye while grappling to get a designer in Russia, an Incident Manager in Portugal, a systems engineer in India and a hardware engineer in Germany - none of whom have any skin in the game - to co-operate on resolving an urgent issue?

If it's true that they are now turning back to a country model, then things are going to get worse still, because the in-country talent in the UK is now a shadow of what it was 3 years ago - and all the same overpaid numpties are still there, hiding out in the crevices marking time.

Still.... it's all very benign at FJ compared to recent times at the likes of IBM.

'I am admin' bug turns WD's My Cloud boxes into Everyone's Cloud


Re: Another WD nightmare

Agree... An OpenVPN Access Server, with Google MFA enabled.

Nothing else gets inbound.

Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'


Re: Cashless society

Rather that than The Cricklewood Incident

Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers


Flexibility is the key, at both ends of the deal.

There are some very good points made here about the merits and disadvantages of home-working. I agree with those who say that a mix is good, and what that mix looks like depends on your role/project etc.

I have no doubt that IBM are doing this hamfistedly, and that it will have all sorts of unintended consequences, the vast majority of which will be negative for staff and negative for the organisation, but..

I work for a company that is very similar to IBM in a lot of ways. As such, I suspect they suffer from many of the problems I experience with remote workers. While some people do take a flexible and responsible attitude to remote working, far far more of them do not. The proportion who won't travel - point blank refuse - even by exception is breathtaking, and while "remote working" they take hours out of the day to do sh1t that has nothing to do with work - and you never get the time back from them. And unless you take the time to keep a journal of their pi$$-taking and episodes of intransigence, there's nothing you can do.

Meanwhile those of us who have to look the customer in the eye are spending 4 nights a week in a fscking hotel, and taking flights on Monday and Friday.

These people have no regard for the value in getting the design team together face to face for a project kick off or a monthly review. Never met the team member is who is dealing with the network design that they're so heavily dependent on, or the security and monitoring systems they must integrate with. You end up with 10 designs each containing unresolved assumptions and dependencies that relate to the other 9 designs because the idiots haven't talked to each other.

And then there are the conference calls. Have you ever had one of those, which is for a structured discussion, where 45 minutes in the hour is dead air? "Bob, you're on mute. Bob? BOB? Is anyone in the same office as Bob?" "Sorry about that, I was talking away on mu... oh hold on, a man's at the front door to deliver a washing machine. I'll just let him in and show him where I need it plumbing in, and make him a cup of tea"

If those are the problems IBM experience with remote workers, I don't blame them for their new initiative. I'd like to see my lot follow suit.

Related: In common with IBM, we are awash with coffin-dodgers. And I don't mean those wise old owls who know where the bodies are buried, and can knock up a Cobol patch in their sleep. I mean people - probably in the business prevention department - who have been in place for the last 20+ years, surviving cull after cull, and re-org after re-org without ever adding a single bit of value to the place. Big old companies have lots of places to hide, and that is the only trick in these geezers' toolbags.

So if IBM are doing this as a way of culling thousands of people who remember when all this was valves (but never knew what a valve was and never cared to ask) then I hope my company does the same thing. The diamonds in the rough can always be spared by exception.

As for making allowances for people with kids... well sorry but, usually, its those of us without that get the sh1tty end of the stick, sooo.... change is as good as a rest, eh?


Re: telecommuting marketing staff

Yeah... and when it comes time for them to action your request, they deny all recollection, or they deliver something that is a world away from what you wanted, however clearly you explained what you need.

You soon realise that 80% of face to face conversations need to be preceded by, or backed up with, the same soulless email you would have sent in the first place, both for reference and for covering your own arse. Ultimately if you have to escalate to the miscreant's manager, you don't have a leg to stand on without an email containing evidence.

My favourite for those special few is to send an email on a 2 minute delay, with a read receipt, then saunter over to their desk to discuss the request. "Hi could we just review the specs in the email I sent a moment ago? I need to walk you through it" and then watch their mouse finger hesitate as they realise they've been caught by the read receipt and if they click "no" you've seen them do it.

'Major' outage at Plusnet borks Brits' browsing, irate folk finger DNS


Peanuts. Monkeys.

If you will go for the cheapest ISP, with the fattest, jolliest man advertising it...

Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know


Am I missing something?

Isn't this exactly what Parallels Virtuozzo has been offering since forever?

What's different?

(I see now I'm not the first to make this point, but still it stands)


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