* Posts by Sudosu

277 publicly visible posts • joined 18 May 2016


San Francisco's light rail to upgrade from floppy disks

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Re: Don't knock 'em...

I have dozens of 5 1/4"from the mid 80's (Commodore 64) that still worked fine as of a couple years ago when I started pulling archive grade copies off of them.

I cannot recall what software I was using, (might have been from the Internet Archive) will have to dig it up as they had recommendations on superior 5 1/4 PC drives to use for better success rates...though my pair of 1541's still actually work as well so I could go old school and just use "Fast Hack'em II" for a backup.

Less luck with my 3 1/2" ones from the late 90's however.

Microsoft slammed for lax security that led to China's cyber-raid on Exchange Online

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Re: Computing in General

That is why I am a fan of OpenBSD.

BBC exterminates AI experiments used to promote Doctor Who

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For another crossover I want to see a Doctor Whookiee.

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Who is?

Hyperfluorescent OLEDs promise more efficient displays that won't make you so blue

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Blue LED's

I recently watched an interesting YouTube documentary on the one man who was mainly responsible for the development of the "impossible" blue LED.


Just goes to show how one stubborn person can change the world.

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Re: Monochrome World

I'm still waiting for the price of e-ink monitors to come down.

I would keep a regular monitor for gaming but would use the e-ink for just about everything else.

Infosec teams must be allowed to fail, argues Gartner

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Re: "The pair recommended extensive rehearsal for recoveries"

I actually worked for a large organization that did DR failover between a couple of their main datacenters every year.

Every application team was opted in and had to produce a business case to be opted out, which was reviewed for progress the next year and escalated to management if they attempted to opt out a second time.

They were big on ITIL and CobIT frameworks, so as long as the rules were followed people were not reprimanded.

Security was mainly audited by the security team with recommendations being documented...if your area got hacked after not following recommendations the security team would work with you to remediate before you were hauled in front of the executives to explain yourself.

I guess I was spoiled there as I have not seen anything even close since.

McDonald's ordering system suffers McFlurry of tech troubles

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They forgot to tell marketing that they cannot have the McRib and Shamrock Shake available on the menu at the same time or it will crash the system.

Maybe we will be lucky and they will restore it to a point where we can get the Mulan szechuan chicken nugget sauce again...

Meet the Proxinator: A hyperbox that puts SATA at the heart of VMware migrations

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Re: I configured my own for under $200

I consider it as a Redundant Inexpensive Array of Servers.

If one dies the machines go elsewhere (or can be restored elsewhere) in the array and I swap out the box, reinstall proxmox and join the cluster. It does not take very long to do that and enterprise class servers are generally pretty reliable...even old ones.

It is like a Backblaze strategy for VMs.

I do keep my storage separate on OmniOS boxes though.

I have not run into the AMD issue to date.

Please stop pouring the wrong radioactive water into the sea, Fukushima operator told

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Humans have now been shown to have extremely high levels of Dihydrogen Monoxide in their bodies.

We need to immediately implement a tax to curb its usage worldwide.

Won't somebody please think of the children!

Avast shells out $17M to shoo away claims it peddled people's personal data

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Re: OK

With the added benefit that Microsoft probably already has all of your browsing history and everything else on your computer already.

Preview edition of Microsoft OS/2 2.0 surfaces on eBay

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Re: Nice museum piece

I still have my C64 and 128, I wonder if my "GEOS" disks still work as it was my first GUI OS.


That's not the web you're browsing, Microsoft. That's our data

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Re: does this only occur within the same account?

I use QubesOS for most of my web browsing now (though I still have a Windows box just for gaming only)

You can fire up one disposable VM , do your Amazon , fire up another to do your banking, fire up yet another to do general surfing.

None of them will share data with each other and when you close a VM's window, it is gone for good along with any cookies or downloads.

Its a bit of a different mind set but once you get used to how things work its very simple to operate.

When it comes to working from home, Register readers are bucking national trends

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There was a comedian that had a joke stating something like the following that I always found nearly relatable and quite funny.

I keep my work and home life completely separate: My coworkers don't know that I am married, and my wife doesn't know that I have a job.

I wish I could remember who it was. It may have been from the 60's or 70's.

Whether to move off Oracle is the $100M+ question for Europe's largest public body

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Re: The worrying thing here...

When I am explaining what a RACI matrix is to someone, I half jokingly note that the "Accountable" one is the one that gets fired if that item is not completed successfully.

Software troubles delay F-35 fighter jet deliveries ... again

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Re: Once Upon A Time At Hawker-Siddley...............

The Starfighters were fairly loud, the Voodoos on the other hand, were somewhere in the league of sitting near the speakers at a Led Zeppelin concert.

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Re: "continually upgradable"

We see you have pressed "trigger" multiple times, would you like to enable sticky keys?

Can solar power be beamed down from space? Yes. Is it commercially viable? Not yet

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Re: Alternative uses

See the 1980 movie Death Ray 2000...

Microsoft touts migration to Windows 11 as painless, though wallets may disagree

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"using your Microsoft account"

That counts me out.

*I'm the guy that always installs windows with the network unplugged and no Wi-Fi so that I can continue to use my local accounts.

Working from home never looked better: Leopard stalks around Infosys and TCS campuses

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Farnsworth: (on the phone) Oh, how awful. Did he at least die painlessly? To shreds, you say. Well, how is his wife holding up? To shreds, you say. Very well then. Sad, sad, terrible, gruesome news about my colleague, Dr. Mobutu.

Leela: Was his apartment rent-controlled?

Tesla owners in deep freeze discover the cold, hard truth about EVs

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I actually swapped one of my diesel truck batteries for an ultra capacitor.

I will spin the engine like a top at -40, the other battery just needs to provide at least 9v to the ECU.

This is almost what stop-start engines need.

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Re: Sounds like Tesla drivers should always carry a can of petrol with them in Winter

That trope always annoys me...the cigarette won't work or they waste a perfectly good zippo.

Microsoft suggests command line fiddling to get faulty Windows 10 update installed

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Would Minitool work for this?

HP customers claim firmware update rendered third-party ink verboten

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Re: "If a printer is connected to the internet, the update downloads automatically"

If that makes you sad, don't look up Packard Bell...

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My Brother laser printer bought for $60 in 2006 is still printing merrily along, though I did buy a toner cartridge at one point for $60-80.

Apple sets new 16,000-foot iPhone drop test after 737 fuselage fail

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I am quite envious of these guys having a drop testing facility near their home.

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The iPhone then broke when the individual who found it inadvertently dropped it while trying to put it in his pocket.

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Re: Fake news

Have you never met an executive?

What if Microsoft had given us Windows XP 2024?

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Coolest XP install

A client had brought in a Sony Vaio XP laptop that they wanted restored from the factory disks.

As I was reinstalling it, I had a very pleasant surprise...well, a couple actually.

The typical XP grass field background came up, but the grass was waving as if in a breeze which was very cool...but then something even better happened, a remixed instrumental version of New Order's Ruined In A Day started playing while the install completed.

(non-instrumental version link)


My favorite system restore ever!

Doom is 30, and so is Windows NT. How far we haven't come

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I remember the fastest PC I have ever seen; it was a Pentium 90 at a store with Windows 3.1.

When you clicked on a program (from Microsoft Works), it was open before you finished pulling your finger off the mouse from the second click.

I have had a lot of current machines over the years, but that P90, with that operating system, it was fast.

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Re: Improvements???

"and smart toasters"

Would you like some toast?

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There was one...I think it was for SCCM or maybe it was for MOM that indicated that the computer was "reticulating splines"...kudos on that one.

GM, Komatsu partner to build hydrogen-powered monster mining truck

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Re: Platinum

They are so big you need a Buggy Whip on your "big" pickup truck so that they know you are there and don't inadvertently squish said pickup truck (and any occupants) into the ground and continue on their merry way, blissfully unaware of anything extraordinary occurring.

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Re: Platinum

I think the friendly term used at the mines for something that large was "rugged" (aka. requiring a crane to move)

Cloud engineer wreaks havoc on bank network after getting fired

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Re: Credentials after leaving

Being the paranoid type, I imagine them, or the police, having some pointed questions for you if any of those accounts happen to be hacked or commandeered by another unscrupulous administrator long after you have left.

Doom turns 30, so its creators celebrate seminal first-person shooter’s contribution to IT careers

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Re: "and I am all out of bubblegum"

Put the glasses on!

What's the golden age of online services? Well, now doesn't suck

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Re: Not an angry place .

Back when you had many viable alternatives to Google vs metacrawlers that mostly just use Google.

Plex gives fans a privacy complex after sharing viewing habits with friends by default

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Joke's on them

I have no friends.

Broadcom re-orgs VMware into four divisions – none of which mention end-user compute products

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Re: Same as before, the end of one more.

As long as they don't try to go full SCO.

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"no backup API"

This is what started my journey to find a replacement.

Ended up with Proxmox and am very happy.

Data-destroying defect found after OpenZFS 2.2.0 release

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Re: ZFS here we go again

ZFS is more of full stack RAID+file system toolset, where EXT4 is a file system that can be applied on top of a RAID or similar configuration.

I still use EXT4 on my Linux OS drives.

ZFS also has some facilities for preventing bit rot.

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Re: ZFS here we go again

I only use Solaris derivatives for ZFS nowadays, mainly Omnios...though it can be hard to find compatible consumer grade hardware in the HCL.

Canonical intros Microcloud: Simple, free, on-prem Linux clustering

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Been running Proxmox for years and its great for my needs. Yep, fanboy here!!

You can pretty much run it on any machine that Debian will run on.

One trick that may save you some grief if you are running your DNS as a guest on your cluster is to make sure that each Proxmox node has the other nodes in its Hosts file. ( I learned that the hard way when I shut down things for a move)

You can do that in the GUI very easily.

Vote now on who should take the lead in Musk: The Movie

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Re: You missed one...

I was thinking Charlie Sheen.

As the Top500 celebrates its 30th year, with a $5 VM you too can get into the top 10 ... of 1993

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I am still waiting for a Cray laptop...just because.

1 in 5 VMware customers plan to jump off its stack next year

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Thanks for sharing your Proxmox experience as I'm always curious if I have made a good choice or if there is something newer and better out there.

Promox does have a free dedicated backup solution in addition to the built in backup options, though I have only played with it about a year ago and have not really implemented it for any of my customers yet.

It seemed fairly functional, but I would need a lot more experience with it before really recommending it.

I actually migrated from VMWare (which I previously migrated to from Microsoft Virtual Server) to Promox when VMWare licensing became too onerous for smaller installations.

Actually losing access to backups for my lab without paying for Essentials was my reason for even looking at other options. Xen seemed ok but I found Proxmox more feature rich and easier to mange at the time.

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Being a bit of a proxmox fanboy, I took a look to see if I could I could find a larger enterprise using their hypervisor...but could not find much node count information unfortunately.

I suppose hyper-v would be another contender for enterprise, but I have never used it.

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it

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Re: "supposed expert who turned out to be anything but"

Just install Kali from the Microsoft Store.

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My favorite 2 Ronnies joke was about the brand new wood burning car that got 200 miles to the galleon.

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Colour me surprised.