* Posts by Pangasinan Philippines

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Philippines orders fraud probe after paying MacBook prices for slow Celeron laptops

Pangasinan Philippines

Dirty hands

One of the suppliers is listed as a construction company.

Plenty of this in the local papers here (available on-line)

The sins of OneDrive as Microsoft's cloud storage service turns 15

Pangasinan Philippines
Thumb Up

Why all the fuss?

I pay for only two items of software.

One is Nortons

the other is Office 365

Not only do I get 1TB cloud which is more than enough for me, the software suite that is 365 does all I need (although Visio would be a nice to have).

But hey! There are five licenses to share with 'family'. They all get the same.

Considering my attempt with NAS went horribly wrong when Buffalo local drive went Titsup on me along with their powerful wireless router.

What with savings on international calls with free Skype, I think that 365 is excellent VFM.

I have nothing on my OneDrive that needs to be hidden from anybody.

Philippines logs on to Starlink for remote area internet services

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Shaking up the industry

Speaking from Manila;

In my seven years of living here internet connections have improved from fixed LTE using home antenna to fibre (direct) to the home.

Am getting 200Mb/s down and 400Mb/s up links

5G phone is new but outside Manila is mainly 4G LTE.

Way out in the provinces phone signals may be hard to get.

Problem here is that Manila was the world's text capital due to the free texts added to any pre-paid load.

However, the cell networks were not upgraded to cater for data and video.

Big catch-up under way. Target is extra 10,000 cell towers in 5 years.

The telcos are selling towers to third party to raise money to expand.

The policy is for common towers but that is yet to happen.

Three networks are PLDT, Globe and Dito.

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems

Pangasinan Philippines

Goalposts Move

I'll bite

I started my career training, full time, at a certain (cough cough) Govt establishment with day release at local college for C & G.

We studied pinch effects in FETs, PN junctions, transmission lines etc and made projects like Colpitts oscillators.

Other projects using DTL and early TTL ICs.

Not enough paper quals to call myself 'engineer' though.

Launched into the job and expected to fault-find down to component level.

Worked on teleprinters, HF radio (Racal RA17), progressed onto comms, then onto radar.

Tools were Spectrum Analysers, sig gens and scopes, and Time domain reflectometers RF and Fiber.

Was poached into a job in Saudi Arabia with mobile 5 metre satellite links chasing the king across the desert.

Installed PCs for users when they were Intel 486, then P60 and P90. Installing banks of PCs with Wordperfect.

The job later became box shifting and asset management. Any faulty kit returned to manufacturer or 3rd party for repair.

After much world travel retired and as a laugh put mu RF experience into LinkedIn.

Plenty of offers for C+ programmers but zero for any RF work.

US EV drivers won't be able to choose vehicle safety alert sounds

Pangasinan Philippines

Horse power

Didn't electric buses somewhere in Yorkshire have the clip-clop sound of horses hooves to alert pedestrians?

Pentester says he broke into datacenter via hidden route running behind toilets

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: False floors Ouch!

"human ferret thing and crawl under the floor dragging cables"

But watch out for plastic cable ties - especially the ones that are trim cut, but not quite flush.

Hangouts hangs up: Google chat app shuts this year

Pangasinan Philippines
Trollface

Be nice to Google

You described them as "The search titan"

How about the ad slinging?

Salesforce staff back an end to its relationship with NRA

Pangasinan Philippines

Carrying a gun entitles people

I've seen too many toad rage videos where someone pulls out a gun, because that makes him right!

US, UK, Western Europe fail to hit top 50 cheapest broadband list

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Since when did a lot of Europe and the U.K.

Should have quoted the prices using Mars Bars as currency.

Google dumps interest-based ad system for another interest-based ad system

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Joke

Me, influenced by ads? Never!

Hmmmmm, Topics, "A Hazelnut in Every Bite" ( byte! )

Ceefax replica goes TITSUP* as folk pine for simpler times

Pangasinan Philippines

Checking the pools coupon

Ceefax was great after a Saturday shop and you missed the footy scores.

Grab the pools coupon and see if you were rich (or not).

Can you get excited about the iPhone 13? We've tried

Pangasinan Philippines

My first iPhone

My two year old Huawei was dying. It has a 'huge' (I thought) 64 GB memory.

Where did that go? I couldn't update the few apps I had installed because of low memory.

It kept on bitching (non woke word) to me to clear memory space and defrag the disk space.

It lost its ability to connect to the phone network around the time iPhone 13 became available.

Apart from sitting in a queue for an hour to collect my pre-purchased phone, the change over was almost painless.

It was an early Christmas present. In January, my wife gets to replace her iPad.

I'm very happy with the phone (fast enough, nice display) and have relegated Candy Crush to my (now) wIfi only Android)

When product names go bad: Microsoft's Raymond Chen on the cringe behind WinCE

Pangasinan Philippines

reminds me of a song

By Fred Wedlock about a cleaning product which would clean anything but was without a name.

Suggestions included:

Best Universal Grit Grime and Effluent Remover

or

Finest Universal Cleanser Known

The song is quite funny also

BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?

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Trollface

Loonies are reading this

and downvoting the posts. . . . . . well at least one so far, but counting

New Zealand spooks say satellite snooping is obsolete – better intel is found elsewhere

Pangasinan Philippines

Footprint

Modern satellites have such tightly defined footprints, that you really need to be near your target.

The further away you are requires such huge antenna with no guarantee of reception.

NZ is a tad out of the way.

All I want for Christmas is a delivery address that a delivery courier can find

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Oh dear

Works for me in Philippines

:-)

Check your bits: What to do when Unix decides to make a hash of your bill printouts

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Didn't the Top Gear team always claim

Didn't the Top Gear team always claim . . . .

No. That was a white Astra max van!

Hellfire and damnation: Two French monks charged over 5G mast arson attack

Pangasinan Philippines

Punishment

"The monks were arrested by gendarmes last week as they attempted to set fire to a second phone mast following a similar attack the night before"

They should be locked up and isolated from the world . . . .Oh . . . .

They should be made to do community service in a local brothel or casino.

Philippines approves digital services tax on streaming services, apps, even SaaS

Pangasinan Philippines

Is a VPN the answer?

If I use Netflix here in Manila ** does that mean I can bypass the tax by using VPN from (for example) Europe?

I don't yet, but the local Telco is pulling all Fox and Disney channels off the satellite from next month.

Considering Roku for my 200 Mbps fiber (fibre)

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain

Pangasinan Philippines

Handy gap in the fence

Someone opened the gate.

Must have predicted that.

Lost in IKEA? So, it seems, is Windows

Pangasinan Philippines

IKEA coming our way soon

Here in Manila, soon to open - they are hiring staff - the worlds largest IKEA at Mall of Asia.

Bet you that nobody follows the arrows (just like in the malls).

How do you get a flat-pack kitchen on a motor cycle?

Chinese auto-maker accused of altering data after fatal autonomous car accident

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Conspiracy

Lewis, did you have the magic on?

Samsung: We will remotely brick smart TVs looted from our warehouse

Pangasinan Philippines

Let's include DENON

My internet radio - Denon CEO Piccolo - I bought myself as a retirement pressie worked just fine . . . .

UNTIL the day I did a firmware update. This failed and the device would not function.

Denon Philippines fixed the update but the process lost all my presets including BBC, Classic FM and the others.

The scrolling message told me to open a Denon website.

That told me that Denon no longer support the web directory of radio stations and that I would have to pay a subscription yearly to some other company.

The amount is small, but I am not going to pay out every year for something I believed would work for ever. There is no technical reason why it can't be used.

I now have a brick in the stereo cabinet.

Similarly my Apple TV mark I won't connect to youtube. There may be a technical reason for that, but has put me off from buying a replacement.

Microsoft, flush with cash, raises cloud office suite prices for businesses

Pangasinan Philippines

What version of Office gets Visio?

I'm just a pleb.

COVID-19 cases surge as do sales of fake vaccination cards – around $100 for something you could get free

Pangasinan Philippines
Meh

Please, tell us more about rhubarb.

Don't eat the leaves.

Avast, ye takeover lawyers! NortonLifeLock to acquire security rival

Pangasinan Philippines

Trust?

The consumer and small business security market is complicated by the presence of Windows Defender in every copy of Windows,

But who would you rather trust?

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again

Pangasinan Philippines

There are different types of thermostat.

Wooden equipment building in the middle of a field of h.f. antennae.

Big 12 inch Xpelair fan wired to a heating thermostat.

Increase the temperature setting and the fan would run non-stop!

Pre-orders open for the Mini PET 40/80, the closest thing to Commodore's classic around

Pangasinan Philippines
Black Helicopters

My first computer - To repair, that is

My work, in a certain Govt Organisation (see icon), involved the repair of these.

I had a working Pet for comparison and drawers full of 40-pin DILs.

I put sockets on the working PET and found most faults by substitution.

Also had the calibrated floppy disks that generated the 'eye' pattern on a 'scope.

A few C64s came my way for repair, but the chips kept changing with each new build.

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

Pangasinan Philippines

It's all about timing

The operation appears to be terminated now that the cover is blown.

There is probably a reason why the time is now instead of letting it continue.

I suspect that something big was being planned by the crims which had to be stopped at the expense of blowing the cover.

At least the police will have plenty of leads to follow up with.

So what will be the next tool for the law enforcers?

Philippines national ID registration portal opens, glitches out in first hour

Pangasinan Philippines

2FA? Normally SFA

Most people here in Manila use cash.

I once paid FoodPanda meal by card.

The meal never arrived but it took 6 weeks of me chasing the bank to supply written proof.

Cash is King.

My bank uses 2FA to log in and pay for pre-paid cell phone load.

The wait sometimes means the bank web site times out before the 2FA arrives.

Then I get a load of texts all at once with the 2FA requests.

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it

Pangasinan Philippines

Tug

Darn, That was my password

Bless you: Yep, it's IBM's new name for tech services spinoff and totally not a hayfever medicine

Pangasinan Philippines

Building a shed

Make sure that the wood is Kiln Dry.

Or else . . . .!

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Not Me But.......

Red . . .Green....- Colour Blind maybe?

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Communicating with only obscenities?

I'm not one for for swearing, but I was down the pub explaining that the job I had just landed in Saudi Arabia was tax free.

Having checked all the UK tax info papers (1981, before internet) a farmer was trying to tell me that I could not return to the UK to visit without incurring tax, or so his brother said.

This guy became insistent that he was right. I knew different having read all the rules.

" I don't care what your fucking brother says". said I before going out to a night shift.

You could feel the shock among those propping up the bar.

The next visit to the pub the landlord was all smiles and gave me a free pint.

Printers used to be a pricey luxury in Asian homes, then along came ... you know what

Pangasinan Philippines

Copy shops closed

Casualty of the lockdown (but don't call it a lockdown), are the low margin copy shops in the malls.

Thrived on students report submissions but no customers.

We have to use expensive book store copiers.

What used to cost 40 centavos now costs 2.5 Peso each copy.

Explains a lot of the above.

Remember Apple's disastrous butterfly keyboards? These lawsuits against the iGiant just formed a super class action

Pangasinan Philippines

sarcasm?

Apple was immediately available for comment.

. . . .

and? . . . .

Faster than a speeding... tab opening? Vivaldi 3.7 is here

Pangasinan Philippines

If Only . . .

If Vivaldi can easily import the speed dial from my Opera browser, then I would use it tomorrow!

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

Pangasinan Philippines

Not Smoking but . . . .

A security gate with PS/2 PC.

The queue of cars entering the gate caused a build-up of gunge that made the key caps illegible.

I sourced a keyboard condom and a new keyboard.

Barcode scan app amassed millions of downloads before weird update starting popping open webpages...

Pangasinan Philippines

Get it for free!

Why can't Android have this app package included in the distro?

I always wonder how these 'free' apps make their existence worthwhile.

Vote machine biz Smartmatic sues Fox News and Trump chums for $2.7bn over bogus claims of rigged 2020 election

Pangasinan Philippines

I was watching on election night, both Fox News and CNN by switching the two channels.

Early results showed Fox presenters smugly announcing Trump leading.

When the postal voting results swung towards Democrats, the Fox team were firing of all types of accusations against the Dems and the voting 'irregularities'.

They were not happy bunnies.

It was a good popcorn session.

Missing GOV.UK web link potentially cost taxpayers £50m as civil servants are forced to shuffle paper forms

Pangasinan Philippines

Any others?

Yes, My Adobe photoshop Elements 10 help pages give me 404 page not found errors.

Attack of the cryptidiots: One wants Bitcoin-flush hard drive he threw out in 2013 back, the other lost USB stick password

Pangasinan Philippines

Hard drive disposal

Keep the magnets though.

Fantastic for retrieving dropped screws far impossible to get at places.

Faster optic fibers and superior laser sensors set to descend from space

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Boffin

Frequency egnar

Normal quote Frequency Delta from low to high.

Not high to low.

SpaceX blows away cobwebs at dormant California pad with satellite launch as a Falcon 9 makes touchdown number 7

Pangasinan Philippines
Boffin

Rotor Blades

Rocket Labs will try to catch one by helicopter as it descends.

Just stating the obvious. <imagines a helicopter flying upside-down with a large butterfly net>

Boeing 737 Max will return to flight after software updates, says EU's aviation regulator

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Steps are still widely used

There was a recent picture of many Ryanair planes at Stansted airport parked away from the airbridges.

That same thought came into my mind that Ryanair were saving by not utilising the bridges.

Calls for 'right to repair' electronics laws grow louder across Europe

Pangasinan Philippines

Deliberate Brick

I have a Denon CEOL Piccolo internet radio that worked just fine for seven years until it needed a firmware update.

The update failed and it went to the service agency for the update.

When it was returned, all the radio stations were wiped. No problem I thought, just reload the stations.

BUT, there was a message telling me to look at radioDenon.com

That was a page run by Vtuner who have taken over the station 'tuning' from Denon.

They want a yearly subscription to enable station updates.

This is all new to me as I thought that Denon would supply the stations. My 'contract' when I bought it was with Denon.

So I now have a brick which is technically very capable of working except that I have to pay to use it again.

So the moral is don't buy a Denon as a retirement present to yourself. One day it will just stop working!

The engineer lurking behind the curtain: Musical monitors on a meagre IT budget

Pangasinan Philippines

flying text screensaver

Yes I remember the text one.

Type in volcano and get a geography lesson!

For Foxit's sake: Windows and Mac users alike urged to patch PhantomPDF over use-after-free vulns

Pangasinan Philippines

Foxit Free Fail

The option to acquire with scanner disappeared after an update.

i.e. required update to paid version.

The answer is to revert to previous version and never check for updates

Just Saying

UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly

Pangasinan Philippines

Cyber gets the budget

Where I worked before retirement.

Anything "Cyber" was important.

But ask what is Cyber?

----< Blank expression >----

The perils of building a career on YouTube: Guitar teacher's channel nearly deleted after music publisher complains

Pangasinan Philippines

Re: Unfortunately...Andre Previn.

I'm playing all the right notes . . . .But not necessarily in the right order!

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