* Posts by ParasiteParty

36 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Mar 2016

What begins with a 'B' and is having problems at tsoHost? Hopefully not your website


Up and down like a yoyo for 11 days...

Getting outage reports for one of our customers sites by the dozen - up an down like a yo yo.

The customer chose this host some years ago based upon them offering him a great price.

At least they saved a few quid, hey?

Facebook and Apple are toying with us, and it's scarcely believable


Microsoft Guilty Too

This is exactly the reason why I am uncomfortable with Microsoft wanting to host your email as opposed to offer the tools to do so yourself. We're being forced away from privately Hosted Exchange and very strongly encouraged to move to Micro$haft 365. We will not fall for it and will instead be moving everyone to Zimbra.

Windows' cloudy future: That Chrome OS advantage is Google's to lose


Re: Who wants a cloud OS?

Agreed. Keep my data with me not a large corporate, thanks.


Send them a letter?

"If something goes wrong with your Google service as an ordinary user, there's no phone number to call, no email with a guaranteed response time. "

I wrote them a letter a month or two ago. You know, in a real envelope and with a real stamp. Still waiting for a reply. I wonder if they even know how to open the envelope?

This is what you get when a faceless organisation doesn't give a cr*p about you.

We're not saying this is how SolarWinds was backdoored, but its FTP password 'leaked on GitHub in plaintext'


What a bunch of dicks....

Absolutely amazed.

Document? Library? A new kind of component? Microsoft had a hard time explaining what its Fluid Framework is


Will this shite never stop?

What the arse do we need this crap for? Sounds like poncing around with fonts and layouts to me. I never had a word processor on the Dragon 32, but I had an Amstrad PCW 9512??? something or other with a daisywheel printer and that was fine. I even did a bit if DTP on the Atari ST and of course once I moved to PC was able to write with much swisher applications. I get that you might want to update one type of document embedded in another, this has been around for years.

What is my point?

Well we have users that do not know the difference between a template and a document (e.g. docx vs dotx) and so the chances of them getting to grips with this "fluid" is a big fat zero.

Is this going to change the world? No. They would be better spending time fixing the multitude of problems with Windows 10.

IT services sector faces armageddon as COVID-19 lockdown forces project cancellations – analysts


Re: Bigger picture

Yes, this. One of the consequences of Globalisation is a faster spread of diseases like this. If everyone bought locally, considered where their cheap clothing or out of season food came from. we might have a slightly less globalised society. That's fewer flights, less reliance on international shipping, less chance for diseases to spread. Oh and a happier mother earth.

Resellers facing 'months' of delays for orders to be fulfilled. IT gathers dust on docks as coronavirus-stricken China goes back to work


Re: Hang On A Minute...

Agreed entirely. This is what happens when you rely on slave labour in order to drive prices down and profits up. This is one of the downsides of globalisation - so suck it up global firms and reconsider your future.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Re: Paranoid, moi?

They already have your data for the last 12 months.


Well I personally think it is a good idea....

I know I will get flamed by the neo-liberals and capitalists here. In response, I say screw your values* along with your wizened hag mother and deluded father Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

Infrastructure should be at least partially state owned and state directed if not state run and this includes roads and rail as well as internet backbone. These people who think it is a bad idea should consider their moans carefully: If, philosophically, you think free market capitalism is the best platform for these projects then lets sell the roads and NHS too. How about the Army too? Or our nuclear deterrent? There are clear benefits to state run infrastructure and to not recognise them is ignorant in the extreme.

We have customers that have connection speeds of barely 2Mbs down on a good day with no hope of anything better from any provider. I myself get 6Mbps and I count myself lucky. It took Openreach 5 1/2 MONTHS to install a phone line for us when we moved about 300 yards down the road. That was after I got my MP involved and complained to the head of BT personally.

I do recognise that some people bemoan the ability of state run organisations to do things 'efficiently' however this is down to the values and skills of the managers as opposed to who owns the business being run.

For example - do you think it wise, and good for the people of this country (and their pockets) for BT to pay BILLIONS of pounds to the Premier League? They could have put that money into better infrastructure rather than TV rights. Who want to see a bunch of grown men paid millions of pounds a year kicking a bag of wind around a grass patch?

Perhaps if the masses spent as much time considering other human beings as they did watching sports they might just become socialists, and we'd be in a much better place. Much like Noam said.

* I said screw your values, I did not say screw you. As a socialist I love you all.

Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee


"we support an open debate about this"

"we support an open debate about this"

No, you don't. Much like a drive towards a cashless society.

"including how we can reduce the privacy impact on the public"

Reduce impact by not doing it, shithead.

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a


Re: As an iPhone user

Yes, this. I would never buy a new car unless I was loaded with case. As soon as you drive it away it has lost value. The same is true of high end tech. Get something a few years old, save the planet and save buckets of cash. A 12 month warranty from Music Magpie included.

Airbnb host thrown in the clink after guest finds hidden camera inside Wi-Fi router


Re: To be fair to AirBnB I don't think they can be held responsible for people doing this

"It's the market's responsibility"

Neoliberal claptrap.

Timely Trump tariffs tax tech totally: 25 per cent levy on modems, fiber optics, networking gear, semiconductors…


Re: *NOT* Emabarrassed American!

"It's NOT "free market" over there,"

No, nor is it a free market in the USA. Most neoliberal states such as the US are not free markets because they simply do not work for all people.

Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

Thumb Up

Fantastic Decision!

Lets hope this is 'Peak Amazon' and finally the scumbag billionaires are put in their place by the not-so-scumbag politicians.

Build the wall... around your DNS settings, US govt IT staff urged by Homeland Security amid domain hijackings


Donald Trump the A-hole...

This is what you get when an entire country is run by a capitalist pig.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Google are cunts


We use http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman/ to block ad servers at the DNS level. So fuck them.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

Still a big fat NO to Windows 10 here.

Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future


Cloud based CAD workstation anyone?

Not much RAM in your cloud based graphics card is there?


Re: Public Cloud

Agree entirely.

Drone complaints to cops are up twelvefold in three years


Fix it with an air-rifle.

Residents should be at liberty to shoot drones if they pass over their property with something like an air rifle, unless it's a drone-cop who have a search warrant.

Microsoft still working to fix Outlook sync issues


Re: Has El Reg finally soured its relationship with Redmond

"Or you can say that we are at fault for choosing Microsoft."

Yes, that's it. When you go cloud hosted you are subcontracting your responsibility to a third party. We are cloud hosted on an Exchange platform but NOT one that is operated by Microsoft. To my mind the worst place you can have your Exchange mailboxes are Microsoft.

Ofcom finds 'reasonable grounds' that KCOM failed to maintain 999 services


Piss up, brewery.

KCOM couldn't organise one.

DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again


I wish this was true...

Many ISP's - to name BT for one but probably most, simply do not respect published TTL's.

We've seen issues where we set low TTL's during a site migration but the ISP's simply don't go back for another lookup. You end up having to fanny about with DNS providers until enough time has passed for the providers DNS to re-do the lookup in its own time.

Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch


Here we come Linux...

Fight back people. Ditch their increasingly awful operating system and lack of customer focus and talk with your feet.

Cloud will NOT eat the tech industry, Michael Dell declares


Agree with Mr Dell.

Cloud is over-rated. There *are* real places for it, like cloud-hosted email, of course web sites and public facing web applications, but for privately hosted data, cloud does not make sense on any level that I can see other than *convenience*.

Addressing this benefit directly: since when was convenience the pinnacle of achievement? How about security, privacy, and so on?

Microsoft offers admins free Win 10 upgrade lube

Big Brother

Already shafted....

Microsoft have been shafting us all for the best part of 20 years that I can recall, no surprise their wrinkled old dicks need a bit of lube to encourage their crud-stick of an O/S onto your hardware.


The case for ethical ad-blocking


Re: Use the hosts file as an ad blocker

I use 'HostsMan'. If you do too please make a donation:



Are you serious?

"When is ad-blocking ethical?"

Er, that's easy. 100% of the time. I will decide - as far as is practical, when I do not wish to see an advert. If I can skip adverts on the PVR, then I will. Same principle for adverts on the web. If I am driving along and am advertised to on a billboard then there is not much I can do about that, but that's life.

To all marketing types out there: Suck it up and go get a proper job. Stop promoting consumerism, it is a fundamentally flawed proposition.

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?


Shove it up yer bottom.

Microsoft should take Windows 10 and it's 13 PAGES of privacy settings and shove it where the sun doesn't shine. After 20 years supporting Wintel PC's I've gone Mac. I'm giving myself to Win7 EOL to ditch MS.

Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK


Extortionate pricing...poor service.

A few months ago I ditched 2 x £20pcm contracts with Vodafone and got two new contracts with Virgin at £3 per month each. They were also unable to move contracts from one business to another because "their system will not allow it". If there is any justice in the world Vodafone should bleed customers until they realise what poor service they are giving.

The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole


Re: The problem is there is nothing better.

jb99 I understand what you are saying however as a long time Windows user in the IT industry I am satisfied with my recent Apple experiences ion iMac and delighted with Apple's response to the FBI case.

On the face of it at least, Apple based technology is right for people, whereas Microsoft based technology is right for whatever the Microsoft Agenda is.


100% Agree

Very eloquently put and sums up my feelings too. I have been in professional IT support for 20 years and I am tired of them fuc*ing us about.

I am giving myself until January 14, 2020 (Windows 7 EOS) to move as many people as I can away from Microsoft, probably will move to Linux / OSX where possible.

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Big Brother

What a dumbass...

"Ballmer is also reported to have described the threat posed to Windows as having already passed. "

What an idiot. Windows 10 is the biggest single reason I am planning a switch to Apple and Linux based systems as soon as I possibly can.

Ad-slinger Opera adds ad-blocking tech to its browser

Big Brother

Try HostsMan...

I'm running HostsMan alongside Opera... don't need that third party adblocking.


Microsoft seeks Comcast subpoena to nab activation pirates


They could just Google it...


And then start playing Knights and Dragons :-)