In my company we have a word for people who start projects with out consulting the right people to get information first.
We call them "customers"
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At a site yesterday, 4 staff members. Connectivity? ADSL2+.
Town has 35 cabinets, 36 of them have FTTC. The one that serves the centre of the town? no vdsl, so adsl is your best option. I'm partly with you here.
That site might "like" fttp at high speeds, but we'd be much better off with even VDSL at 80/20 over the 16/1 we have now. Esp as there's not enough bandwidth to run VoIP over it, so we're actually having to look at getting a _new_ adsl circuit installed in 2022 to run the replacement phones.
For 4 people, a leased circuit isn't really a cost effective option.
Company I worked for sold a scanner with a PC when flatbed scanners had just started to come down in price, but before USB.
He couldn't scan. Reason: scanner could interpolate to give an output of 19200dpi. And this was the setting the user had decided to use, because why would we sell him a scanner you couldn't use at the maximum setting?
The resulting scan was larger then the HD fitted to the PC.
And what did he want to use this massive image for? He was going to fax it (via the internal modem) to a site.
I don't want to know how long, and much paper would be needed to print out a 19200dpi at 150dpi.
I have a recall on my car.
I have a notice listing all the dealers, the closest is over 2 hours drive away.
The recall? The manual lists the setting for the rear door child locks incorrectly, the on and off settings are reversed. The markings are correct on the door.
The outcome of the recall: I get a notice to drive 4 hours to a dealer and back to _replace a page in the manual_.
2 tales from my past come to mind:
1st is thinnet related - a company that made lorry trailers kept having weird issues. I traced the cable though the building and the yard, and over time, narrowed it down to one office. I discovered the 10base2 cable running from one side of the prefab office to the other via a step up into the end office. Also running there were the heating pipes. The system would work fine till the heating came on, and as the cables heated up, the resistance would change just enough to unbalance the entire segment.
The solution: when the heating came on, we would remove the terminator from the network, and connect it one office down the cable, cutting one office off, but keeping everything else working. The PC in there would be moved, and 5 or so months later, we would reverse it all for the months the heating was not in use.
The 2nd is from when we did some cabling in a primary school to give them their first network and internet. All the pupil's PCs (all 4) were in an alcove with the ISDN connection. One utp cable ran from this all the way to the office to give the admin computer internet access. 3 weeks after we fitted it, the admin PC stopped having access to the internet. We were told how it was all our fault, how terrible our product/install was. I was sent to the school, all seemed fine, but not connection.
I walked the corridor back to the ISDN end, and half way stopped. I pointed out to the staff I was dealing with that if you have a plumber in to work on your heated, and they blowtorch the cable running along the wall, it will take more then a lick of paint to cover up what has happened, and therefore it wasn't our work that was at fault.
We had a client with dell laptops. With a little switch on the side for wifi.
And just on the market was the new slipcase style design of laptop cases, replacing the more business like laptop bags.
And every time you put the laptop in the slipcase, the tightness of the case would pull the wifi switch into the on position.
And every time you pulled it out, it would pull the switch into the off position...
My experience of this, twice at 2 different companies, both involved a fan heater (say 2kW) plugged into a roll up extension lead (say, 750W when rolled up) which of course acted as a 2nd heater when that amount of current was pulled though it's coils.
Also, both the people involved were the health and safety reps for each of the companies!
We had a sales guy who had his email on Pipex.
One day his office based subordinate was going on holiday, and set their email to forward to him.
All went well till a virus infected email our system didn't detect came in. It forward it to pipex, who rejected it due to the content.
The NDR was duly forwarded, and rejected.
Cue 1 email loop around and around, slowly getting larger and larger.
It was about 3meg when we found it, on the n-hundredth loop.
It could been worse, but the slowness of our single ISDN channel kept the loop from going any faster!
We have multiple clients where their current network connectivity is "adsl" or "leased line", it's weird how a small company with say, 8 phones paying £40 for their internet at the moment sees a £300 a month leased line as "a bit on the expensive side". Their choice for when ISDN goes? Sticking to adsl and doing all their calls on mobile phones seems to be their only choice.
I'm more with the late Mr Adams on that...
“Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans.”
"Even one claiming to be encrypted and secure, because eventually it wont be secure anymore (once the Fuzz get hold of the servers)."
Not even then? Surely anything you share you're at a risk of someone else taking a copy/police getting their computer/etc and therefore getting a copy of the image?
I see sharing something like that in the way of keeping a secret - once you tell anyone else, you have to trust them not to share/leak it from that moment.
It's as helpful as asking someone if they have tried not to be ill?
Using words would mean I don't just have to now get the letters right in the word (and in the right order) but to also beable to count them.. which means writing them down so I can count them. I might as well just carry the PIN written with me.
Barcleys allow this. I'm a chip and sign user due to my dyslexia, and run a business. The first thing you have to do to setup the app? Choose a 5 digit number.
I asked why they think I can remember a 5 digit number when they accept I can't remember a 4 digit pin, and their reply "It's not a PIN, it's a passcode".
Yes, they honestly told me that as it's got a different title, that should be enough to over come my inability to remember numbers in the right order :(
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