Only thing I'll be doing is cancelling my order.
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Ah, the days when imacs had DVD drives. I spent hours often striping down imacs and macbook pros to remove the incredibly flimsy promo CD / DVD's you used to get with some papers & magazines, easy enough to insert, but the mechanism was never able to spit the bloody things out again.
Acer, an ok spec laptop back in the day, loaded with XP x64 of all things the version I ended up with,. Nothing worth writing home about, but came with a quite nice bluetooth mouse which I've still got & works. The laptop lasted as long as most Acers do, so long since recycled.
I've a facebook account that I probably check once a month or so for updates from old friends, but apart from that don't bother with. I've never put any address details or phone details in, so every time I do bother to look it always reminds me to "add a phone number etc". Fat chance Zuck, if they close it without having any details on me I don't exactly lose anything.
Yes, had to do that myself away on site as the trial licence had expired and no one would give me the nod to purchase it.
Grabbed a licence from the web and just hoped that no one checked the about / registered tab as it was registered to a user name along the lines of firstname.lastname@example.org (or something very similar).
So, the site I'm working with are not huge, they only spend just over £1275 pm on Office 365, however now it's been up and down over three days. Either the MFA isn't working or outlook isn't connecting or both. Ironically I was told by Microsoft to remove the MFA from the admin account so I could reset the other accounts, which I couldn't anyway as I couldn't login.
Main reason we went for the MFA was because some bot guessed some user passwords and their accounts were sending out some lovely bit mining software. In this day and age of GDPR where you need everything as secure as possible I don't want to keep telling our GDPR officer, oh yes one of our accounts was compromised again.
I've emailed Microsoft too, as surely by now us poor saps that are stuck on their products deserve some kind of compensation for this grief.
Well, our external IT support suggested we move everything to the cloud, to which I said no, but hey this 2 factor authentication seems like a really good idea as someone brute forced a bunch of our 365 passwords and sent half a ton of spam.
Now sitting here hitting the refresh as I cannot change any email accounts or login to the portal to set up anyone.
Great job Microsoft, my F5 key is getting a workout. Still at least I can sit and read El Reg, gives me something to do.
So, they really think that you would want to run high end Adobe apps on ipads? 5 mins in it will be red hot and run at a snails pace. Already have problems with our ipads out in the field, so have resorted to these at a mere £200 each ipad. https://www.gps.co.uk/x-naut-active-cooling-mount-for-ipad/p-0-3177/?gclid=google&utm_medium
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Ah yes, the good old days before ebay! I bought just over a hundred Toshiba laptops in our local auction from a company that went bust. All were BIOS locked, so as no-one could get in to them I managed to pick them up for peanuts.
This was back in the time though all you had to do is have a spare parallel port connector and solder a couple of wires to the back of the connector. Plug it in to the laptop, turn it on and one wiped bios password.
Apple hardware used to be brilliant. One of my clients used to swear by them with Laptops / Desktops and servers. Slowly over the years though the servers have vanished, the desktops (Mac Pro rubbish bin anyone) have become almost designed to fail and now the laptops have rubbish keyboards and you need dongles upon dongles to connect to anything.
Such a shame, but then there's much more money in them shoving out yet another phone every few months that bothering with business clients and their needs. Now most of my clients have moved away from Apple apart from phones and ipads.
Yup, so many other ways he could have done this. Sysprep with Windows 7 works a treat and then the customer just needs to enter the COA on the side of the machine and job done. Might have taken a bit longer than getting some dodgy "genuine" dvd's produced in China, but I can imagine being stuck in prison he'll have plenty of time to think that through.
At least this is a thing of the past with Windows 8 & 10 as the key is stored in the BIOS, reload Windows 10 and it automatically activates on the internet.
I always love cleaners. I remember going in to an office where everyone was complaining that the displays suddenly were streaky and horrible to look at.
After visiting and having a look it turned out that the cleaner decided to go above and beyond and clean everyone's screen, with abrasive cleaner damaging the screen surface. They didn't look too bad turned off, however as soon as you turned them on they resembled a Pollock painting.
Not surprised at all. One of my clients dropped his ipad pro after a mere 6 weeks of use. Repair charge from Apple £469 and nearly 4 weeks wait. It actually worked out cheaper to buy a new ipad pro and flog the damaged one on ebay.
If you are mad enough to spend over a grand on a phone, buy it a decent case. Of course I understand if you do spend a grand on a phone, you want to flash it to everyone so they can see that you have blown a grand on a phone, rather than a phone in a life pro case which then just looks like any other posh phone.
I know everyone always moans about the batteries on phones, but do you live in a location with no power or do you just sleep only every other day? I put my phone on charge at night and in the morning I've 100% which happily sees me through the day.
I have had the other extreme, mostly due to staff turnover we had a project that morphed over the years that is still supposedly on track to succeed. It's had plenty of staff and money thrown at it over the years, however the people that actually use it have had very little say in the design and layout, so it's disliked by most. With just the senior management giving it a big thumbs up
So, there is a new Project Dev starting next month and I'm almost looking forward to the decision soon that we will start from scratch, as had the three previous Project Devs since 2009.
No, I've sold a good few Nvidia cards on ebay 1060 / 1070 especially and can safely say they go everywhere. Especially since the £ has had a beating I've even sold one back to China. That's how ebay works though, some people bid early trying to get a bargain everyone else leaves it to the last second.
I had a fun laptop repair. Back in the day we used to repair laptops for a large department store, so we ended up seeing some pretty horrible machines.
One day I went to collect our usual repairs and I was sent up the manager to collect a special repair.
It puzzled me as it was in a big plastic sealed tub. Manager said, you've just had a baby right? I'm sure you will like this one!
So, got it back to the workshop, opened it up and nearly fell over with the stink.
Turns out, mum was using laptop at the same time as feeding very young baby. Baby threw up all over the laptop and mum did her best to clean it, however the milky sick managed of course to filter through the keyboard and the smell was something all parents will know well, but magnified after a period of a couple of days sitting in a cooked laptop.
Strangely enough, took some pictures and let the store know, yes beyond economical repair.
Managed to rescue all her pictures from the laptop though, so not all bad.
Nope, can honestly say if you are silly enough to keep a hairdryer on a keyboard for a length of time it will melt the keys. Seen it myself with someone that watched a you tube video on drying out a laptop. It's got to be a good length of time, but most cheap keyboards (and this one was a Toshiba) are very thin and melt pretty easily.
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