* Posts by Julian 8

113 posts • joined 24 Jul 2015


Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service

Julian 8

Re: "and in a few short years we were liberated."

(Teams on Linux is woeful)

Its woeful on Windows too. Absolute machine killer

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5

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Had a problem with an old printer. Each time we went to print it had pretty much dried out - new cartridges or ink. 3rd party cartidges were really hit and miss, refilling original cartidges were also the same and often resulted in a new cartridge or set.

When our son was doing his GCSE's and A levels it was getting ridiculous in costs as while we may not have so many dry out, the rate he could use them was mad.

I went out and bought a colour laser instead. Only last year (year 4) did I need to replace the cartidges it came with and not too bad for all inks. Reckon I have another 5/6 years before the cartidges need replacing again

Hubble, Hubble, toil and trouble: NASA pores over moth-eaten manuals ahead of switch to backup hardware

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Had this during training once. All the machines had been left from the previous class and only a few bits were "reset". During the training I had something fail and would consistently fail. Most of the class left and there was the trainer, myself and one other person left. It took us around 2 hours to find and fix the problem, but it did reoccur a few times over the next few years with that app.

Without that course I would never have known

The trainer said he preferred to leave the machines this way instead of reimaging as a freshly imaged machine would not have these problems.....

IBM insiders say CEO Arvind Krishna downplayed impact of email troubles, asked for a week to sort things out

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Re: 4.2 billion emails a week?

When we were tuped so many mangement sent so many crap emails and blogs that I can see this number being there. Us plebs did no such thing - only our jobs and either left or got made redundant after the agreed period of time

Julian 8

Re: Seriously...

If sensible, they would have had a local copy of their mail file (nsf) - I know I would

Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access

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Re: "autos [...] can handle slightly outdated tech"

Tomtom Rider's use outdated tech - and boy can you see that with how sluggish they are (prefer these over my phone being on the bars)

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Re: I can only talk about this form a German viewpoint

see that with my son and his friends.

Most passed their tests, but only 2 now have cars and those 2 do some mileage up and down the country. The others who all remain local just "uber" everywhere.

By the time the youngsters have their insurance and running costs, uber maybe cheaper for them in the long run - especially if they had to buy their car and not got it as an 18th birthday present

The Home Office will need to overturn a long legacy of failure to achieve ambition of all-digital border by 2025

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Re: the mother of all omnishambles

surely it has to go to InfoSys now so Rishi can get his cut

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

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Re: Software Engineers

Perhaps it wants you to install NeverSpoons instead

Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly

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Re: This is all rather confusing

My Sony which has had the current iplayer pulled has a A53, 4 core - but only 2GB of RAM. No idea what spec your TV will need to run this new version

Julian 8

Re: Fuck the BBC - fuck iPlayer

You're lucky, they decided my uncles TV (2 years old) is not suitable and removed iplayer. My own tv which is the same range has the same problem. ITV Hub has gone as wellas well. He rang earlier to say he has lost Netflix

I can get BBC via the tivo but for him we have had to get him a Roku and need to install it this weekend

That Salesforce outage: Global DNS downfall started by one engineer trying a quick fix

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Re: "We have taken action with that particular employee"

I was in a situation a number of years ago when an engineer an upgrade which resulted in lots of problems. Took a little while to full resolve, but we did. A good few months later and the same system needed another upgrade and the same engineer was assigned - but I was too - I prefer 1 late night than a week of them.

During this work it was clear that the first device to upgrade shuold be really be done on its own due to the nature of the changes it was doing. The engineer then went to the second device and was about to start the upgrade there. I stopped him and said "is this what happened last time ?" I pointed out that the first device should really finish and then we an upgrade the others at the same time as the backend upgrade had finished.

So, no, some do not learn from their mistakes and won't be more careful

Fancy trying to explain Microsoft Teams to your parents? They may ask about the new Personal version

Julian 8

Just wait for all the calls from the relatives that say "why is my machine running so slow ?"

That my dear family, is Teams in action

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases

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Re: Does Tesla actually buy any advertising ?


Accidentally wiped an app's directory? Hey, just play the 'unscheduled maintenance' card. Now you're a hero

Julian 8

That would have taken all night if it was OS/2 1.3 and all the patch disks

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Re: "to screw up completely requires a computer..."

Would have taken all night if that was OS/2 1.3 and then the path diskettes

JavaScript developers left in the dark after DroidScript software shut down by Google over ad fraud allegations

Julian 8

Re: The computer says no ...

So you're to blame ?

PCs continue to sell like hot cakes and industry can barely keep up with demand – analyst

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Have a dock. At home I have a Lenovo docking station attached to two monitors, so I can drive both and the internal screen. Likewise the clients laptop are invariable not lenovo or newer models and so I have them connecting to a higher end Lenovo USB-C dock that provides power and dual screen.

The current clients laptop has to me, a naff keyboard and trackpad, whereas I like the lenovo keyboard and I am a trackpoint fan.

If I do have to make my way into a coffee shop or a client site, I work on the basis there is no decent keyboard or second screen so I have a logitech setup on a universal usb adaptor and a USB screen that works on all devices I have tried - also great if I am not able to get into the home office for whatever reason and need to decamp to the kitchen

Desperate Nominet chairman claims member vote to fire him would spark British government intervention

Julian 8

The government can drop in their own IT specialist - the queen of carange. Afterall, Dildo's job with Test and Trace must nearly be over with everyone being jabbed soon and we will be free of this covid malarkey - gotta give her something to do

Fancy a £130k director of technology role with the UK's Ministry of Justice? All you need to do is 'fix the basics'

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Why not wheel Dildo "Queen of Carnage" Harding in ? Seems right up her street, IT, Government, Cronyism

ThinkPad T14s AMD Gen 1: Workhorse that does the business – and dares you to push that red button

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Re: Price point

A long time ago my employer had a lot of T40's and while I like Lenovo (or IBM at the time), I did not want to pay the same price. I got a R40 which was the same spec but a little thicker. In everyday use it was fine, but I did have a number of different PSU's around from the various T/X series from work. I plugged the R40 into one of the smaller ones and it made an odd noise. It got worse over a period of time and it was the charging circuit. While a T or X would work with the larger or smaller and just charged the battery at a different rate, the R series took offenc - new MB.

Shortly after I visited a friend to do an installation and I had my laptop open on the desk and she noticed it was getting low on power. I was under the desk and then heard that same distinctive noise. I asked from under the desk "did you just plug my laptop in ?", She replied "Yes" so I said "Oh great, you have just blown my laptop up"

Since then I would prefer to buy a refurb'd T or X - and they are generally rock solid

Julian 8

Re: Red pointy thing

I have an X240 that has that buttonless trackpad. I found a model that can be used as replacement with some buttons, but boy is it finiky with the driver that is used. Has to be a specific version otherwise it does not play at all

Julian 8

It is why I buy Thinkpads

TBH, for me the trackpoint is the key selling point. I hate a trackpad and on my laptops the trackpad is disabled

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

Julian 8

"and delivers everything you’d want from a flagship."

I want a MicroSD card too......

AMD, Nvidia, HPE tapped to triple the speed of US weather super with $35m upgrade

Julian 8

Just mine a few bitcoins to pay for itself

Smartphones are becoming like white goods, says analyst, with users only upgrading when their handsets break

Julian 8

Re: Still using my Samsung Galaxy S5

Bit like HTC when they upgraded I one of their phonee (HTC 10 I thnk) to the latest Android at the time and it killed the phone - no roll back and I managed to brick it before I found out about a fork of android that would have probably kept it working

Julian 8

Going the same way as laptops. In the older days you wanted an upgrade as processors were changing at such pace, could take more RAM, better screens and improved battery life, but now, the incentive is not there. A newer processor is great, but in real day use how much more beneficiail is that or the extra battery life ? certainly these are useful for some users, not everyone.

I have an S9+ and would upgrade, but I am doing nothing with it that warrants that and the only thing that makes me ponder is a better camera, but until we can actually get out and about again what is the point ?

Also now disappointed that the latest samsung has no microsd so that is another consideration (all my music is on a microsd card with a local player)

Just let this sink in: Capita wins 12-year £1bn contract to provide training services to the Royal Navy and Marines

Julian 8

Re: Thats that f88ked then

They will after capita training

Wait till you see the Army trying to throw depth charges at the enemy - that'll be far more fun

Ticketmaster: We're not liable for credit card badness because the hack straddled GDPR day

Julian 8

Re: CC cancelled

No as one of my cards was suspended via this and I was out shopping. I could at least purchase what I needed. I rang the bank to ask why my recent card was not working and they told me that they had stopped it and a new card was on its way. I said that I was not aware blah blah blah and could they reactivate ? They said that once it is deactivated it is dead and no way to reactivate. New card *has* to be issued

Just checked wtih my misses who works for a bank and she concurs

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse

Julian 8

The first trackman I had was a cable version from the earlier 2000's

I have the M570 which is wireless and pretty much the same

Julian 8

M570 - got a few - so I wonder what the difference besides colour ?

Mine hook into the universal receiver so I have the keyboard and if the other half wants to work here she uses a logitech standard mouse also hooked into the univeral reciever - no cables to faff with

Days before the US election, phishers net $2.3m from Wisconsin Republicans

Julian 8

Bear in mind that in 2016 he was running an inscure mail server, what do we expect ?

Microsoft touts its Surface Laptop Go as 'cheap' option – but that price quickly goes up for useful RAM and storage

Julian 8

Re: 4GB is plently enough RAM

Haven't tried MS Teams on that spec of laptop then...

You'd think 1.8bn users a day would be enough for Zuck. But no. Oculus fans must sign up for Facebook

Julian 8

Re: Well never going to buy one now

Sticking with my old Squeezeboxes :)

IBM profits cratered 46% last quarter. But its share price is up ~5% because Wall Street expected that to be worse

Julian 8

"The rate and pace of that recovery is going to reflect the pandemic," he said. "We started out pretty strong as the US was getting the pandemic and the curve under control."

So someone believes Trump's rubbish then........

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital

Julian 8

Its been a little flakey over the last couple of weeks with no service status messages and the helpdesk saying it is all fine. One script reader even offered me wireless extenders even though I said I am wired. hey ho

I did a 30-30-30 reset on my hub which has reset me back to normal speeds, but I have had to do this twice in a year which is odd.

Problem with moving for me is that because Virgin have cabled the area, BT are leaving just the old copper in and the speeds are worse, far worse as my SiL and family will testify (they have BT due to her husbands work) Means we are kind of tied in if we want fast broadband

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

Julian 8

Wonder if it would work on an existing vbox installation ?

Stopping apps from running from %appdata% maybe useful in this respect, though that on its own is a nightmare (being the family IT guy and trying to convince them all not to be admins and then stopping crap apps from installing and running from %appdata% anyway - even MS kills me on this and a non domain does not make this easy to work)

Still waiting for your Atari retro gaming console? You're not alone: Its architect has just sued the biz for 'non-payment'

Julian 8

Re: best retro consoles

retropie and picade - though not hand held

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

Julian 8

I know HSBC has inbuilt security in their apps, which is much more secure than many of the other banks that send a text to a mobile for verification

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details

Julian 8

Package Disabler Pro to disable some of this bloatware without root

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

Julian 8


OK, so the company is dead and Logitech killed off the range after the buyout, but those of us who have these can sitll use them as the server software is available.

works with spotify (alas, not prime) and if your music is all local they are fantastic.

The DAC's were good or connect via coax/optical to a decent amp and off you go

Still glad I never jumped ship

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android

Julian 8

Re: "most commonly found on cheap handsets"

Problem then is the banking apps stop working and they are so useful

packagedisabler is pretty decent with a Samsung

Cisco axes hundreds, shares tumble amid China cut-off – but we're winning the trade war, right? So much winning

Julian 8

Re: How can this be?

Just look at the UK motorcycle business - its the same. Let the Japanese look at the small monkey bikes and scooters as it was not profitable all those moons ago and look atwhat happened when the punters switched on and realised the Japanese bikes were better, more reliable and cheaper.

Industry reps told the UK taxman everything wrong with extending IR35. What happened next will astound you

Julian 8

gig ecomony

Makes me wonder what happens with the gig ecomonmy too.

Uber drviers - clealy doing the same job as other "drivers"

Agency nurses - cleany doing the same jobs as permenant nurses

Cover teachers - just another teacher


Nurses worry me more. We have lost a lot through brexit already, so those who are agency nurses will take a pay cut of just leave and do something else

Same with teachers, schools have x teachers and for whatever reason they need cover. Potentially removing more teachers where we need more

User, while you may or may not use them, they will fall under this affecting the Generation Z from eating and Generation X from travelling around

DRAM, that's cold: Overclockers squeeze out extra Micron DDR4 performance with liquid nitrogen system

Julian 8

Amazing the lengths we have to go to now to get our performance back due to HT being switched off due to the latest bugs in their processors

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

Julian 8


ID Ten T is far safer

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

Julian 8

When I used to do desktop support we had many a drink end up in a keyboard and mouse. After getting to the its a Tea/Coffee the first question was "did you have sugar" which always threw the user. If thney did we directed them to take the KB to the sink and flow a lot of water through it. If there was no sugar we were a little more relaxed as the sugar is what caused the sticky damage. (soft drinks and hot chocolate were also sink runs)

Going back way before that I did have a user who wanted a "smaller" mouse. When I asked why and went to his desk he promptly showed me the mouse going over the mouse mat and diaganonally corner to corner, but the pointer on the screen not doing quite the same. His thoughts were a smaller mouse would make the journey

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

Julian 8

Re: Well that was an invisible problem

Should have had Token Ring :)

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

Julian 8

Re: It's 2018

My misses can use the computers and ipad at her place all day long - as they are only exposed to corporate apps and there are no issues

Problem comes at home when it is just vanilla windows (not even going to head her to the unix devices)

The internet is "google", explorer meant IE and windows explorer

As she had an old imaging app with an old camera, it is no longer called "pictures", but "kodak pictures" (just a sub folder under pictures BTW) - which is even more fun when she talks to her mum (who is even worse) and says to look in "kodak pictures"

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

Julian 8

WTF has Type 2 diabetes got to do with it ? - doesn't stop me doing anything.

Gotta try this one at home when I get asked to do work in the garden and see how far that gets me



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