Re: Good reason not to upgrade
“Only thing we can do is to get Netflix, cancel TV and use ad blockers.”
You seem to suggest that is somehow not realistic, but that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for several years.
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Seconded - my Zen landline went down a few weeks ago, on a Saturday - Zen quickly identified that it was an exchange fault, diverted my landline calls to my mobile and quoted “up to 3 working days” for it to be fixed by OpenReach.
However within 24 hours, ie Sunday, they rang back to say it should be working again and to check it was OK before they removed the divert.
Excellent service again. It isn’t really the number of faults that matters, they’re mostly out of their control anyway I assume, it’s the way they handle them that really matters. No way will I switch back to PlusNet, or any of the other big operators...
I wish I could sue all the people who have chosen not to use my services! Or even just the few who have expressed an interest by phoning me and then decided not to... M'lud Potential Client A phoned me about a problem, didn't like how much I said I would charge if we went ahead, or maybe it was the timbre of my voice, and then hung up. I'm outraged and demand compensation!
Wankers, was I think the term El Reg said they wouldn't use for firms such as Neology.
"Secure" is not a mathematical concept, it involves judgement of risk. For example you might argue that your new mega lock is 'secure' because the key is impossible to copy, but if I've got a battering ram that can destroy the door it matters not whether the key is copyable...
If it has taken many years and huge resources to come up with two documents that have the same hash, as it says in the article, and assuming that it hasn't suddenly become easier to generate another pair, I'd argue that the hash algorithm is secure enough for most purposes - and that can reasonably be called a belief, in the sense that it is an opinion.
Couldn't agree more, where printers are concerned. This has been my mantra and heartfelt advice to all clients who ask my advice for longer than I can remember.
It's not just the cartridges; HP printer driver software accounts for more troubleshooting time than all the rest put together.
Such a pity that the printer division isn't like the laptop division - I have more HP laptops than all my others put together, because I actually like them.
I leave BT on all the time, and have done for years with my current iPhone SE and my previous HTC One S, simply so that I can use it hands-free in my car without any messing. I've tested both phones to see how much difference it makes to the battery life and the answer is not a lot, in fact no noticeable difference at all, unlike GPS and (on the HTC only), WiFi. If I don't make any calls or use the phone for anything else during the day, but leave BT on, the iPhone uses <10% of its battery.
I used the HTC for 6 years and its battery was still fine for a heavy day's use when I reluctantly abandoned it in favour of a 'new-fangled' phone with 4G mobile and 5GHz WiFi so I suspect that if BT flattens your battery with a day's use, it's probably time you bought a new battery or a better phone!
I received it earlier today, but I assumed it was spam and possibly malicious - until I later saw an announcement on a trusted news site. What a silly thing for the government to do without telling people in advance that it was possible, and having some means of checking its validity! Cue a spate of fake announcements...
How about a Hackintosh? As long as you follow the hardware guidelines of one of the instructional sites, and you have access to a real Mac (borrow one?) it's not too hard. My Hackintosh is newer and faster than any of my real Macs, for much less ££s than an equivalent, though not as pretty of course.
I agree with some of what you say - eventually support will peter out as it always does, but while there are still several hundred million PCs out there running Windows 7 I don't think it's imminent.
My advice has to be aimed at a level that is appropriate to my clients, most of whom are very low-tech, and mostly hate change. I try to get them to understand the behavioural risks, because that is likely to be a far more effective way of protecting their identity etc than any amount of upgrading.
I think I can truthfully say that every single security incident that I've had to sort out for a client has been basically their own fault, either through ignorance, carelessness or stupidity, in fact often they tell me that themselves. And for proof, just as many have been on Windows 10 as any other - it's not the OS that's the problem.
You may have rather different clients.
My advice to my clients who ask is that unless they feel they are a high risk target, stick with Windows 7 if they like it. It has been out far longer than Windows 10 and isn't continually being changed, with every change bringing the likelihood of yet more bugs. The only exploits that are being found are so esoteric and difficult to make practical use of that nobody is going to bother unless you are a high value target.
I also advise them to keep their browser(s) updated and use a good, paid-for antivirus and most important of all, use common sense. By far the biggest risk factor is the user, not the OS or the hardware.
When I eventually have to stop using Windows 7 because of lack of browser/e-mail client support, I certainly won't be switching to Windows 10.
If I were a betting person I would put good money on the sky not being about to fall in on Windows 7 users, much as the technical establishment would like us to think so. They have a vested interest in pushing sales of new PCs.
I'm sure some El Reg readers will have differing opinions!
Really wish I could give you many more upvotes!
I'm a technician, not a dev, but I do have quite a few Apple devices, and apart from my iPhone SE none is newer than my thoroughly upgraded and very nice-to-use 2010 MBP, for exactly the reasons you give and the fact that I have more sense than money...
I've been advising clients for years that the way to choose a printer is to start with a list of requirements (which I help them with, including things like 'at least 4 inks, not Lexmark or HP', draw up a shortlist without looking at the printer price, then look up the price/availability of cartridges from 3rd party sellers (my favourite is prink.co.uk) and choose the cheapest. This will often be a Canon or Brother because of their simple large tanks that are cheap to clone.
Basically TCO of course, but that concept seems completely alien to a lot of people, judging by the surprise exhibited at my 'cleverness'! Or maybe I just happen to have a relatively stupid client base.
I'll second that; I acquired a Brother mono duplex networked laser that a business client was throwing out as it was "constantly jamming". I looked where it was jamming, the toner cartridge, installed a new one for £10, now it works perfectly. Very fast start from sleep, no fuss, and it has two paper drawers for the icing on the cake. It had only had 5 toners, so plenty of life left in the critical/expensive consumables. It now saves wear and tear on my ageing colour laser.
In case you're wondering, the client had already bought a replacement before calling me in, they just wanted me to install the new one, so I just offered to dispose of the old one on the off chance that it was salvageable.
Unless I blinked and missed it, nowhere in the article does it suggest what possible benefit there might be for customers (or even for the telcos).
Presumably there is a long-term cost saving otherwise the industry wouldn't be spending its own money on it, but surely there are much higher priorities - in particular getting decent broadband connections to the people who are crying out for them, such as rural businesses and even domestic customers in new builds where the new infrastructure is insufficient or non-existent. I have several clients in both categories.
In what world is 2.5 years "soon"? Personally I'm much more interested in when the new plastic £20 notes will be out, so many of the old paper ones in circulation are disgustingly grubby and tatty.
Mine's the one with plenty of cash in the pocket so I don't have to leave a digital footprint everywhere. And no NFC cards.
Are you sure about Talk-Talk blocking sites by DPI on the Host: header? I found out that TalkTalk blocks the domain of my remote support provider Splashtop (and other similar ones such as TeamViewer), but I can easily get around it by changing the supportee's DNS to an uncensored alternative such as 4th Estate. From this I deduce that they filter via DNS, not DPI, but correct me if I'm wrong.
In fact I've hardly seen any other versions of Win 10 in the past 6 months on my clients' PCs. Second most common is probably 1607, on machines that won't update for one reason or another (such as not enough space on the 32GB non-upgradeable SSD).
Beat me to it! Surprised I had to scroll so far before I read it. Apple's designs went downhill after Jobs' influence and tight control waned. Say what you like about Jobs (and there are plenty of unflattering things to say) but he did at least keep in check the worst excesses of "form over function" designers such as Ive.
"If they even realize it's the browser"...
Conversation I had recently with a client (abbreviated):
Me: how do you access your email?
Her: it's just there on a button when I start my computer.
Me: oh, I thought you were using webmail, do you know what your email program is called?
Her: it's just a button that I click, it says email, you helped me put it there.
Me: according to my notes from my last visit you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, is that what you're using for your email?
Her: it's not a browser it just says BT email.
...and so it goes on while I work out that she uses a desktop shortcut (which I made for her about 3 years ago) to open her BT webmail in IE (but "not in a browser").
So after 3 more years of using a browser she still not understand/remember what a browser is, and is quite sure she isn't using one. She is not untypical of my clients, though perhaps at the dimmer end of a spectrum skewed slightly towards dim.
Nothing that Google does or doesn't do will have much effect on the average person's susceptibility to the wiles of corporate marketing - they are simply cannon fodder for advertisers, and 'twas ever thus. Everyone who reads El Reg is well above average intelligence (simply by virtue of reading ability), but some of us seem to forget it, and/or we're not all above average common sense!
I watch Netflix nearly every day and have no problem finding where I left it, in fact usually it's already the highlighted program, and if I'm part way through it always gives the option to resume or start again.. Also I don't see those annoying Android-style trailers, though I do agree that the continual randomisation of my watch list is really frustrating.
I watch Netflix on an Apple TV in case you were wondering, and can't recommend it highly enough, in fact both Netflix and the ATV. It isn't what I originally bought the device for but it is certainly the main thing I use it for now. I've never bought any content from Apple and doubt I ever will.
Mine's the one with a dinky aluminium remote in the pocket.
You call 10 years 'aged' - I still have working examples of the original white MS mouse in my museum, though not my very first one that came in the box with my first copy of Windows.
I confess I was an early Windows evangelist. That all stopped years ago I hasten to add, I'd now call myself a Windows 7 die-hard, and my next OS of choice will not be Windows.
Icon - slightly predates mainstream Windows of course, but nicely describes the current one.
1GB RAM in a 486, B-S! I still have one in my attic and I remember when it was new that if you had 8MB in a desktop PC you were doing well, being as RAM was about £40/MB. Mine had 16x 1MB SIMMs, plus 2MB on the disk cache/controller and a top-of-the-range 1MB graphics card - all just so that Windows itself would run quickly, not for gaming. Cost about £2k in 1993 money, plus nearly another grand for the 17" FST monitor!
" skilled intruder, could still access the logged passwords as plaintext – they have to be decrypted at some stage"
Surely if the passwords are encrypted separately then stored, then the typed password could be ecrypted and compared to the stored cipher text in the same way that typed passwords are hashed then compared to the stored hash, i e no need to decrypt the stored password.
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