Re: Soon HTTP as well?
I mostly use FTP with Cisco devices for a number of years now, it's significantly faster than TFTP loading large images to network devices.
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I'd use command line FTP almost daily doing my job, but that's almost always on the corporate WAN and not over the Internet. I never use git, just because you don't use something doesn't mean that others don't nor there still isn't a place for it. It doesn't really bother me that Chrome killed FTP support either though, I did use it from time to time but most public mirror FTP servers that I'd use it for also support http/https.
I recently read a book where one character was non binary with they/them pronouns. No big deal except the author loved to start a sentence with "They" when referring to the non binary character but in a group situation. Every time the author did that I had to reread the sentence because mid sentence it made no sense because I'd interpret it to mean the group but it was referencing the single character. And to just throw a spanner in the works, the author would use They when referring to the group a few sentences later. A simple fix would to have just used the characters name when starting a sentence rather than the pronoun.
Agree with Gartner about IPv6. I mean when we've still got a bug from 2009 in the dhcp6c (wide-dhcpv6) still unpatched on a lot of new model CPE gear from SOHO vendors it's going to be hard to get wide spread adoption. My ISP has deployed IPv6 across their network and they've hit numerous bugs with their Cisco BNG's and various CPE equipment. It's still in a beta state and customers may opt in for it. They use IPoE and they saw some brands over CPE effectively DDoS their DHCP servers due to crap DHCPv6 implementations on customers equipment. I use pfSense their DHCPv6 client for the WAN interface was only recently patched to work properly to the specs if the WAN interface got interrupted for any length of time. Palo Alto don't even support DHCPv6 as WAN interface option. Android for a stupid philosophical reason won't support DHCPv6, only SLAAC. IPv6 seems to be in this perpetual state of catch 22, some vendors don't want to implement it or implement it properly on their gear because there's not wide use of it and wide use will only come from wide implementation.
Correct, there's a paper register. Also the app can let you sign in multiple people. My dad has a Nokia flip feature phone but my mum has a iPhone so when they go somewhere together my mum scans the QR code and selects my dad as a companion in the app. Kids under 16 aren't required to sign in any where.
The other thing seen how many news stories directly link to Facebook or Instgram posts now? Does this work the other way with the news orgs paying Facebook for linking to content on their platforms? Because the news orgs clearly generate revenue going the other direction.
There's is a NIC on board just not the physical port on the T14s, on the T14 there's physical RJ45 port. There's a dongle called "ThinkPad Ethernet Extension Adaptor Gen 2" needed for the T14s. The T490s was the same. I've had the T4x0s models for some time but now the thickness between the s and non s is so minor I've gone away from the slim s series because it does have the ethernet port which as a network engineer is important and there's few less compromises.
Really depends on your industry. I work in mining and I can see a heap of uses for these switches on our sites and camps where we'd normally deploy a 10 port fanless Cisco 3560C connected back to a distribution switch via fibre. The 3560C's which are way overkill for what we need but the only real option for the use case. Think of a four room demountable housing unit in a camps where we need to deploy network & VoIP phones and these are ideal. Of course it depends on the cost per unit of these. But for most businesses that are cube farms I don't really expect these to take off there.
"Roku actively positions itself as a neutral third party". I really like the appeal of the Roku products because of this yet in Australia Roku have partnered with the largest Telco & ISP, Telstra, to sell their products under the banner of Telstra TV. To use a Telstra TV you have to have a Telstra account and I believe Telstra have hard coded their DNS servers into the devices and they all are quite locked down. So I use AppleTV's but I'd really like to have the choice of using a Roku.
"tab completion has been a thing in PowerShell for over a decade". It has but it sucks. Tab to the next alphabetical option rather than present all the possible options like BASH does is horrible. And why does it feel like to get anything useful done in PowerShell you wind up typing out a paragraph once you pipe through two or three or commandlets.
I used to use HP Procurve switches a lot in my previous job and I really liked working with them and I believe that these became the Aruba switches. The reason we used them was because they were cheaper than Cisco, had a lifetime NBD advanced swap out warranty and free software updates. And they just worked. These days I work with Cisco switches and while I like the Cisco switch lines I don't like the price, dealing with SmartNet and new the software subscription model. Also the cost of genuine SFP's are crazy. Some of the bugs we've hit with the 3850 series in IOS-XE are just gobsmackingly bad, we once upgraded a 3850 stack for it not to support any of the Cisco branded SFP+ modules we had in it after the upgrade.
I'm a networking guy and I've used Notepad++ for years mainly because it's such a better text editor than anything included in Windows and with some plugins like compare & custom language files for things like Cisco IOS. It's a great tool and one of the first things I load on a fresh install of Windows.
I've avoided Netgear products for a long time now. The only thing I'd buy from them is a 5 or 8 port unmanaged switch as they seem to be able to make them reasonably well for low cost but there's plenty of other players in that space now too. I had a nasty bug in Netgear ProSmart switches that would let broadcast traffic traverse VLAN boundaries such as DHCP requests, played havoc on a LAN until I found it. Netgears approach to security has always been very ordinary.
I've got a HyperX Alloy FPS with Cherry Blue's and the damn thing is solid as a tank and as loud as one too. Can't remember how much I paid for it but it wasn't expensive. Also has a number pad. Why would any one want a TKL keyboard? I use those keys heaps, it's one of the worst things about using a laptop is not having those keys available.
The technology is mature, tested and in use
From my experience just implementing IPv6 on my home LAN when my ISP started their beta test for it, when they finally got it up and running on their network, that's not quite the case. I'm connected to Australia's NBN network. My ISP hit their first bug on their Cisco ASR BNG's with the IPv6 DHCP having it's CoS hardcoded & not customisable like it was with IPv4 so the NBN network would just drop the DHCP v6 requests as they required the CoS to be set to a particular value. Cisco supplied a hot fix in a few months. The second bug they hit was the DHCPv6 service crashing due to memory exhaustion and only a reboot of the BNG every 15 odd days would resolve it. They received another hot fix from Cisco but when this hot fix was installed it broke PPPoE, so it had to be rolled back. A third hot fix was required before the beta was able to restart proper. During this testing my ISP was also testing the modem that they'd being supplying their customers who didn't BYO, which they fully support to their best effort. They then found the IPv6 implementation on the modem was buggy again and the vendor supplied them with 2 versions before the bugs were ironed out. Next problem, to install the new version of the software it will reset the modem back to factory defaults. That's quite a problem.
In the ISP's IPv6 end user support forum there's many bugs or incomplete IPv6 implementations on various modem & firewall's that end users have hit before they even deploy to their LAN. eg the ISP is using DHCP v6 PD, Palo Alto's don't support it for their WAN interfaces. My ISP supplies a /56 for me to use which I was grateful for because I run a number of VLAN's behind my firewall. My firewall doesn't seem to do prefix delegation 100% of the time if I use 0 for a prefix on a client interface, start at 1 and it works 100% of the time. I wasn't the only one to find this.
When I deployed IPv6 to my LAN, I was using a older L3 Cisco switch behind the firewall for a number of VLAN's & it doesn't support SLAAC RDNSS so I needed to run DHCPv6 on that but Android for a stupid philosophical reason doesn't support DHCPv6. In the end I run a network segment off a subinterface on my firewall to support Android devices specifically as the firewall supports SLAAC RDNSS. Another thing I found was that my firewall's DHCP v6 client isn't as robust as the IPv4 one. So if my ISP goes offline due to maintenance or an outage IPv6 doesn't always come back & I have to manually intervene. The DHCP server & DNS resolver on my firewall support adding DHCP IPv4 static leases to the DNS resolver so I can just type the name on a client and DNS works but it doesn't support that for IPv6 static address. The clients themselves on my LAN that support IPv6 apart from the Android ones seem to have no issues however. So despite IPv6 being mature the various software implementations are far from it if they are even feature complete.
I haven't had to use Powershell for a while now but I found scripting with Powershell was mostly fine but when using it to interact with systems live for troubleshooting or configuring some advanced option it felt like I was typing an essay to get meaningful data out of it. Plus the tab to autocomplete only choosing the next thing alphabetically drove me nuts coming from BASH. When PowerShell first came out I was heavily using it with Exchange 2007 and then when Exchange 2007 SP1 was released numerous variables changed and with release of 2010 numerous commands completely changed and broke a lot of my scripts that I'd built up.
Been there, done that and have the t-shirt too for the a Oracle application server. The Base OS version OEL openssl didn't support TLS1.2, the app server wasn't officially supported on the next OEL version that did support support TLS1.2. A newer version of the application server wasn't compatible with another application server that was part of our suite. Ah the delights that is Oracle E-Business suite with various bolt on products and customisations of the core ERP product.
Interesting that IOS & IOS-XE aren't vulnerable according to the CVE which means it's not the actually the protocol but the software implementation of it on other platforms. NX-OS, IOS XR & FC-OS are all Linux based. Where IOS is BSD based and IOS-XE is Linux based running IOS as a process called "IOSd".
This is why where I work we don't deploy Access in our Office deployments. We've been bitten too many times by the rogue user who sets up a small Access DB to do a task which then becomes important. We had a guy working full time for 2 years on converting some these DB's to SQL with front ends for where we couldn't buy a off the shelf package that did the same task.
My understanding of the licensing agreements between BlackBerry and the companies that licensed the branding & hardware patents from BlackBerry, there was 3 companies, was that BlackBerry would supply all the software - OS & apps. TCL was the largest of these companies. One was for India and the other for Indonesia, while TCL did the rest of the world. I was a long time BlackBerry user from the first colour screen models right up till the first Android handset they did with the Priv.
PC sales have been falling simply because for most peoples use, especially office workers, a 5 year old PC still can cut the mustard especially if it had a SSD and 4 or 8GB of RAM. We replaced the PC's at my Dad's office recently due to Win 7 retirement and the PC's were well out of warranty. We used i3 NUC's with M2 SSD's and 8 GB and they are plenty fast enough for their use case which is basically Office 2016, MYOB AccountRight and Web apps.
You don't need to boot from DVD but that is an option. I use the media creation tool Rufus. When you create a bootable USB for Windows 10 you get the option of using GPT or MBR. If the GPT one doesn't work use the MBR option. From my experience if you need to repair the install it's better to just get the data off and do a clean install unless it's just repairing bootmgr. I've always done the Win 7 upgrade to Win 10 to get the license key upgraded. I recover the new key using a tool and then reload the PC clean with Windows 10. Longer but in the long run is a better.
I've deployed 6 NUC's over the last few months for family (3) and my Dad's business (3). The i3 Gen8 model is pretty cheap once you put in 8GB of RAM and a 240GB M.2 SSD. For the family build's I get the taller model, only $4 more expensive, which can also take a 2.5" drive which I set up as a backup target. For the web browsing, email, office tasks they are more than enough. The family don't want laptops and their small size everybody likes compared to the ATX towers they had. Only problem is 4 USB ports isn't enough sometimes but a cheap USB 3 4 port hub gets around that easily enough. I've got an old one that I use with LibreELEC as a HT PC and the integrated IR makes it a great fit for that task.
The ASA 5505 is really odd device support wise. For example the ASA 5510 & 5505 run the exact same ASA OS image file for 188.8.131.52 release but the 5510 was EOL 12 months ago. The 5505 does have 9.2.4 as the latest version available. Wonder if the 9.2.4 will run on a ASA 5510.
Procurve's lifetime warranty is as long as the original owner owns them. I've had HP replace an ancient Procurve switch with newer models. All the years I worked at a company where we supplied and supported Procurves I struggle to remember many failures at all. Work for a company where we use Cisco. They have some models that have Limited Lifetime Warranties that extends till the Last Day of Support date that Cisco sets, typically 5 years after End Of Sale. I've tried to use this in the past and I'm yet to succeed in getting Cisco to replace any failed switches under their LLW, TAC just claims that I need to contact the reseller as I don't have SmartNet and the reseller says contact TAC round and round we go.
I'm in the same boat for my Dad's business. We've currently got a SBS 2011 server that does everything they need for 6 users. Going to have to push them to Office 365 but we own Office 2016 so only going to get Office 365 Business Essentials which is Exchange, Sharepoint, Teams and OneDrive. We did a TCO of full O365 Business Premium and looked at the EOL for Office 2016. It was cheaper to buy Office 2016 outright. The benefit of O365 for Exchange is I don't have to worry about backing it up any more.
Congrats for listing a feature that this particular laptop does not possess as a positive for owning it!
Yes a feature that a X390 doesn't have but the T490 does and no MacBook has at all.
Ever since Lenovo took over, the build quality and upgradability of ThinkPads has gone steadily downhill to the point where they're no longer worth the premium.
It happening to all brands unfortunately. They are all following a lot of design decisions/trends from Apple and consumers are worse off for it. But the masses are eating it up and us techies who know better get pissed off. I'd love to have a new ThinkPad that had the same keyboard as my old X220 or T420 but I'd take a current ThinkPad over a Apple laptop any day of the week. ThinkPad still have the best keyboard of any laptop but it's true they aren't as good as they once were. If I had to buy a new laptop this week I'd buy a T490. Slim enough but has a RAM slot and a good spread of IO ports including RJ45 and can be docked.
I've got three X230's which are predecessors to this new model and they have a full sized SD card reader. They also have a RJ45 port & dual RAM slots. Lenovo have made the X2/3x0 series something it never was. Previously if you wanted supper thin and were prepared to sacrifice some ports and upgrade ability for that thinness you got a X1 Carbon. The X2/300 series used to have dual RAM slots, hot swap batteries and LAN ports which made it a great expandable road warrior laptop. All those features are gone now. I stopped buying the X series when Lenovo halved the maximum amount of RAM it could use to the previous generation. I think that may have be the X240. Been on the T4x0s series since but the new T490s has gone the same path as the X390. Next laptop will probably be a T series rather than a T slim now.
Cause ThinkPad's have a keyboard that actually works, can't be failed by a speck of dust and is easily replaceable. SSD & and batteries also easily replaceable. There's also USB type A ports so you don't have to live the dongle life. Some of the latest models also have RAM slots for easy upgrades or a RJ45. It saddens me to see that more and more ThinkPad models are going all soldered on RAM.
The Australian Signals Directorate came to the same conclusion as GCHQ after doing red team testing of Huawei gear. I really wonder if the luddite politicians just seized on terms in those reports. eg the report may have said "Software has multiple known vulnerabilities that could be used as a backdoor" and the pollies just concluded "Huawei's software has got back doors in it, must be the PRC governments fault!"
PI is the worst piece of Cisco software I use. I bloody hate it and that's before having to patch it to address security bugs, which takes hours. It's an unmanageable monster that consumes so much resources and is unstable. WCS which PI replaced was great, it just worked. PI I truly loathe.
Try PACManager. https://sourceforge.net/projects/pacmanager/
It's basically a clone of the commercial package SecureCRT for Linux but supports some extra features that SecureCRT doesn't eg WOL or RDP. Not sure if it supports Z/X/YModem though which you occasionally need working with Cisco devices. I use SecureCRT on Windows for work and I can't stand going back to basic PuTTY. There's SecureCRT for Linux & Mac but it's not free.
The thing is, we are talking about PLC or ICS hardware, so it should already be isolated from the rest of the "office" network, let alone the internet.
Having seen the state of lots of process control networks I couldn't agree more with this. The PLC tech's love their Moxa devices too. If I had a dollar for every Moxa device I've seen on a process control network that is in the default state I'd be a rich man. But these guys are mostly electricians so I can see why they are in this state. I saw a Moxa pair of devices that was being used from remote blasting of explosives with the default passwords etc.
"Personally, I use Office 365 Home because it covers the whole family"
I'm the same. There's 5 of us and it covers all our devices - 3 Windows PC's, 3 Mac's and 8 iOS devices. Sure I could use something free but my wife is familiar with Office and uses Excel heavily and she's familiar with it and she doesn't deal well with change. I want my kids to use Office as most of the corporate world uses it so they will have better prepared for a job if they have Office skills.
My dad has a small business and they were still running Office 2007 last year and have a local Exchange server. I looked into Office 365 for them, looked at the declared support lifetimes and we did the maths. For him it worked out cheaper to buy Office 2016 for the 7 Office PC's & laptops as they'll keep using it for as long as they can. They aren't power users at all but use most of the features of Exchange. The only reason we upgraded Office 2007 was because it was no longer supported.
Later this year we'll replace the local Exchange server (SBS 2011) with Office 365 Business Essentials which is only Exchange, Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint. We are only going this way because MS doesn't sell Small Business Server any more so a full license of Exchange, CALS and a server to run it on is more expensive than O365. Also means we don't need to back it up any more. We'll get a small server to run Windows Essentials for their AD, file & print sharing and Direct access.
Is there anyone, anyone at all who does serious work in Excel or Access on a phone?
I use Excel from a iPad or iPhone quite often to update my time sheets and a few other things from OneDrive. Is it serious work - well it's the basis of how I get paid so I consider it serious enough. Is it something that I could do with Google Docs etc sure but I need to forward the time sheets to a accountant who requests them in Excel format based on a template they use. If by serious work you mean complex formulas and dozens of rows and columns then it's not.
I'm not a fan of the chiklet keyboard either. I have a couple of old T420 & X220 in my collection of 9 ThinkPad models of varying age, these being the oldest. The X220 with SSD and 8GB of RAM is still great device for basic use. These two were the last series to have the regular keyboards instead of the chicklet keyboards that came on the 30 series and boy are they are delight to type on. Going to a newer X230, X1 Carbon or T460s and the keyboard just isn't the same. Still the Lenovo chicklet keyboards are truckload better than the last gen Apple Macbook Air keyboard that my daughter has, that thing is mushy as. The newer Macbook butterfly switches are just as bad. My old man has an Asus laptop with a chicklet keyboard and I was pretty impressed with it, pretty close to a ThinkPad, as it's a much cheaper laptop than a ThinkPad.
The biggest complaints I have about ThinkPad's is the screens, most models have god awful ones. That's one thing that the Gen 6 X1 Carbon finally fixed, it's got a excellent screen.
I'd love to see a ThinkPad without a touchpad and only the "Gspot" TrackPoint. It's far more efficient and accurate in use. My first laptop was a lovely Toshiba Portege which only had a TrackPoint and I've used the TrackPoint on various ThinkPad's since then. I always disable the touchpad in software, I can't stand them and hate when I have to use one on a laptop that's only got it as an option but I know we are in the minority with most users hating the TrackPoint.
Lenovo sell 8 different docks and docking stations that are compatible with the previous X1 Gen 6. 5 are the brick style "dock" shown in the article, 3 are the more traditional style "docking station" where you sit the laptop on it and they've got varying degrees of ports on the back. These three docks don't use the bottom docking connector any more, they have a slide mechanism on the left that has two USB-C ports and a third propriety ethernet connector which you slide into the laptop. Looking at the new X1 Gen 7 the ports on the left side of the laptop are the same as on the Gen 6 so I'd think that the older docks would still be compatible. Thinkpad's typically support the same model docks & power bricks for a number of generations.
My old boss did a tour of the Oracle data centre when he was in the US a number of years back. I think it was a co-location facility or hosted services, before Oracle launched their Cloud offering. At that time Oracle were trying to sell us a Exadata for our E-Business Suite environment. When he asked where any Exadata's were in the facility so he could see one he was told - "We don't have any of our own, they're too expensive. We have a few customer owned ones but we can't show them to you." Says it all about Oracle.
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