* Posts by Bodge99

27 posts • joined 8 Feb 2016

Western Digital unveils 20TB OptiNAND hard drive, pledges 50TB to follow


Re: Old fart rant inside...

Sorry, but a kilobyte **IS** 1,000 bytes.. You are thinking of kibibyte (1,024 bytes).

This spec. has existed since 1998.


Biker sues Google Fiber: I broke my leg, borked my ankle in trench dug to lay ad giant's pipe


Re: Poor specifications, wasn't it?

Yay, I've just sung that one "in my head"...

If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted


Re: BIOS update

Not the first time this has happened... A while ago, a few Bay Trail tablets were borked by a firmware update performed by a windows update. In this particular case, the hardware ID pulled from the firmware was incorrect. i.e. a poorly modified firmware derived from a "parent" firmware..

Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial


Every time I see David Beckham's name I think of this one:



MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system


Re: @ ZSn

I'm totally sick and tired of all of the anti EU rubbish that is spoken..

Try http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/euromyths-a-z-index/ for info on "bendy bananas".

Brexit - We are truly fu&ked !

Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre


I've done something similar ""twice"".

First time: Drilled through a wall straight into a gas pipe..

Second time: Drilled through a wall straight through a 200 pair cable which was being fixed up the external wall **at the same time**..

My nickname at the time was "lucky Bob"

systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0


Re: geez, the ignorance about systemd here is astounding

Yep, some "lies and misunderstandings".. but many, many truths.

Systemd. A solution to a non-existent problem.

Please let it die before a major F.U. occurs.

Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit


Yay.. A good way to kill a chip family.. How many board manufacturers state the stepping/revision number of any chip that is fitted to a particular board?

Won't most folk just avoid any hardware that contains the description "atom" or "C2xxx" ?

Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228


Re: use sysvinit instead

** Slackware (for example) comes with blackbox, fluxbox, fvwm2, kde, twm, wmaker and xfce. Gnome can be added fairly easily with Dropline. Mate can be had with mateslackbuilds at github. All without systemd.**

The same applies with Cinnamon..


Systemd... just FOAD!! **PLEASE** !!!

Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven


Re: Thermals

Have you seen the Orange Pi Plus 2?? It has wifi, gigabit ethernet and sata.

CPU is a H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7 H.265/HEVC 4K. 2GB DDR3 ram. USB is only 2.0, unfortunately (four USB 2.0, one USB 2.0 OTG).

I've bought a couple to play with..

See https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Orange-Pi-Plus-2-H3-Quad-Core-1-6GHZ-2GB-RAM-4K-Open-source-development-board/1553371_32516755321.html

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update


MS have previous form with this sort of shite..

Not quite on the same scale.. but some baytrail tablets have been bricked by MS updating the firmware on the device.. Reboot.. dead tablet.

The only way to recover the tablet is to reflash the firmware with an external hardware programmer.

One guy has had MS pay for the repair.

See http://linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=2253

Post-outage King's College London orders staff to never make their own backups


Just ***YES** to this.. I couldn't put it better myself!!

Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'


Re: Weird

I've got:-




Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good


I've just moved my main kit to Slackware this week.. I've been looking at systemd free distros and have settled on Devuan, Arch (systemd removed) and Slackware.

I've found Slackware to be the best so far (for me) but I still would recommend Mint to ex-windows users etc.

All good stuff!!

Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank


Please don't mess with these little bits of paper.. I know of someone who was pranked in this way... with a shower of hole punch "residue".

He had to go to hospital to get one of the little paper circles removed from his eye.. It was stuck fast!!

Not fun!

HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM


HP are on my shit list..

HP have been on my "shit list" (i.e. don't buy **anything** from them!) for quite a while now..

This just reinforces my opinion of them!

Just... don't! You know it makes sense!

Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood


Home UPS

Back in the early days of decent sized LCD monitors I bought a few 27" ones for the family (and me).. 9 in total. A short while after this I was offered a "job load" of "industrial" UPS's. These contained hugh batteries and weighed a ton. Just perfect for a household full of desktops..

Anyway, about 6 months later we had a power outage in middle of the day. Each UPS kicked in as required. Unfortunately the "pure sine wave" UPS output wasn't at all pure (more like a lumpy triangle wave when I 'scoped it). This resulted in smoke pouring out of each monitor after 30 seconds or so.

Yep, 8 monitors that were powered at the time were destroyed.. bummer!

Moral: If buying a "pure sine wave" UPS or generator, ask for proof that the output really is "pure".

Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate


Re: Windows 10 in general

Thing is.. most modern machines don't actually have a "bios", even if the manufacturer describes it so. More recent machines have firmware. These are often as buggy as heck (e.g. poor ACPI esp. buggy DSDT's).

The OS do use these. This is one of the reasons why manufacturer supplied drivers for certain hardware often work better than either the MS "certified" ones or other more generic ones.

Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork


If you wish to try the testing release...

Replace your /etc/apt/sources.list with this:

# This includes the non-free repositories

deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii main contrib non-free

deb-src http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii main contrib non-free

deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-security main contrib non-free

deb-src http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-security main contrib non-free

deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-updates main contrib non-free

deb-src http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-updates main contrib non-free

deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ascii-backports main contrib non-free

deb http://packages.devuan.org/merged/ ceres main contrib non-free

# End

If you wish, add yourself to the sudoers group with


adduser <username> sudo

Logout & login again.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo apt-get autoremove

Now reboot to a systemd free system...

Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes


With idiots such as these still around.. be very afraid for the future.

When I see stuff like this, I say to myself "is it me??".. Then I come to the conclusion "No, it really isn't me!!"

Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia


Re: Lifeboat

Rescue disks:

What I don't understand is why more people don't just boot the live iso from a flashdrive.. You then have the best of both worlds.. a rescue system that you can also install from.

I've started a guide covering 64-bit installation on 32-bit UEFI systems.

See: http://linxtablet.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=2024 if interested..

Database man flown to Hong Kong to install forgotten patch spends week in pub


Not quite these distances, but still a PITA

Not on the scale of flying a measurable percentage around the world..

I once had to drive from 20 miles north of Newcastle (the Geordie version) down to Cardiff on a Sunday morning to plug in a brand new desktop PC. Specifically to fully push the kettle plug into the psu, an extra 10mm or so.

The "custard" was the head of IT for a "quite large" company.

Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve



Many moons ago I spent a short while working for a micky mouse company that had the contract for warranty repairs for some of the (slightly) bigger PC names at the time.

One home visit was to look at a large tower system that cost nearly £3,000 . It was packed full of very expensive kit.. state of the art goodies that just made me drool when reading the spec.

The tower was totally dead and I couldn't fail to miss the three "horse sized" Great Danes as I arrived.

Can you see where this is going yet??

I removed the tower side panels and was physically overwhelmed by the stench that emanated.

Yep.. The dogs had been relieving themselves over the back of the tower.

The urine had rotted out most of the copper tracks on everything inside.. and no, the warranty didn't cover it!

Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware


Re: TP Link


Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!


Re: I've got a bit of a soft spot..


I think that the AOA 532h takes DDR2 and your CF-53 is DDR3?

I just use the best value for money that Ebuyer sell, faster speed ram is fine and is often cheaper as it's more "current".

I've got 4GB sticks in all of my netbooks and am working on bios mods to allow a 64bit OS on the HP minis.

All good fun!


I've got a bit of a soft spot..

...for netbooks, esp. Acer D255, D270 and the HP mini 210 4000 series. I'm looking for a good used Asus 1025 C with an N2800 CPU for coreboot experiments..

One thing I have discovered is that the given spec. for these is "a little inaccurate".

For example, the HP mini 210-4xxx is quoted by HP as supporting only 1GB of ram (WRONG!). Intel quote a max of 2GB for this chipset. The motherboard will actually take a 4GB stick with just over 3GB usable. The same applies for the Acer D270.

Linux runs very well on these, especially with a SSD fitted.


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