* Posts by solv

15 posts • joined 7 May 2018

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

solv

Re: Seems like a losing battle, and there's an elephant in the room

Yep, exactly the same boat here.

Use G suite for everything in my IT company, but I do have one basic subscription to Office365 for when someone sends me a horrible looking word document with fields and tables (fillable PDF's are so much easier or Google Forms, but I digress), and expects me to fill it out and send it back.

Also my kids have all grown up using G suite for education at school - so they have no desire to use a clunky desktop office suite. My daughter just recently switched to a school that uses Office 365 and she hates it

Don't Zoom off elsewhere: Google plugs video-chat service Meet into Gmail as user eyes start wandering

solv

Re: Zoom just works.

I imagine they monitise same way everyone else who offers a free product does...sell your personal information to third parties

Yeah, that Zoom app you're trusting with work chatter? It lives with 'vampires feeding on the blood of human data'

solv

Re: Anyone heard of ...

Yep, spent a lot of time about 6 or 7 years ago evaluating it as an option for schools to begin using for remote learning.

It just had some interface issues, and the biggest dealbreaker for us was that the audio recording module was separate to the screencapture one, so stuff that was being drawn or talked about on the whiteboard was out of sync with the presenters speech. This may have been fixed by now...not sure.

I have G suite and just Google Meet...I'm consistently gobsmacked by how many of my customers on G Suite business ask me about zoom and have no clue they have a perfectly capable solution already in place. One thing meet does that MS Teams and Zoom can't is it allows both the presenter and the viewer to share their screens simultaneously, which really helps with troubleshooting and collab.

I think there is this misconception that all users must have a G suite account to use it...jus not true, anyone who receives the invite link can join...and it just opens in a web browser...no stupid OS based client needed. I can't speak to if there are privacy issues in Google Meet, I haven't checked.

Another one for self hosters is nextcloud, they have a video conferencing module. Very simple to use and join a meeting - of course depends on you provisioning enough bandwidth for your users.

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

solv

I've Had CRT effects for years

As per usual, linux has had retro terminal available for like 10 years. It used to be called 'cool-old-term' but is now 'cool-retro-term'.

Emulates various monitors, colours such as amber and green, apple II, IBM 3278 has scanlines ec etc.

I thought it was cool for a while, and then realised it was actually less efficient than something like guake/yakuake and haven't used it for a few years now.

But of course no mention of anything like this in any of the articles going around the net...apparently tech editors/journalists still live in their Windows World bubbles

Good guy, Microsoft: Multi-factor auth outage gives cloudy Office, Azure users a surprise three-day weekend

solv

Re: authenticator app does not "receive" codes

The microsoft authenticator app receives a push notification from Microsoft asking if you are trying to login to which you click yes.

Google does this as well if you ask it to, however it also lets you do standard TOTP as a fall back in case push doesn't work.

So if their services were down then they couldn't initiate the push to your authenticator app.

Firm fat-fingered G Suite and deleted its data, so it escalated its support ticket to a lawsuit

solv

"That said, do Google allow backups of G Suite? I don't see why they wouldn't, but I don't have access to the admin console of a G Suite account, so don't know what they offer.."

Yes, various options. To automate it, the best way is to use their API.

There are plenty of services out there that are very reasonably priced that will do it several times a day and let you restore email and drive contents right back where they were with a couple of click. ackupify (which was bought out by Datto) is the one I put people on. There is also SpinBackup which is popluar

solv

Re: surely there must have been multiple "are you sure/are you really sure/you...

You sure don't know about G Suite.

The only way this story makes sense is if they actually DID delete their entire account

If it was just a user account you would have plenty of time to restore the user and wouldn't need to call Google and escalate it it to try and get the user back - the built in admin can do that just fine.

I ALWAYS tell my customers they should be paying for a third party backup solution for 0365 and G Suite - because despite those guys having extremely good infrastructure and security, they can't protect against internal stupidty/and or malicious actions of either an employee or a bad actor.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

solv

Re: Little Bobby Tables...

Genius post...XKCD is like the Simpsons used to be....so suitable to quote in so many scenarios

Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

solv

If every CPE device still gets an IPv4 address, how does that solve the issue of running out of IPv4 addresses?

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

solv

There's a very simple answer, just to unpuzzle you; Those people don't have the skills to do it themselves - but they want the service/convenience.

TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

solv

SMS is not a secure method of delivery for 2 Factor authentication....most people in IT have known this for at least 3 years now - SIM swapping is just too easy.

How in holy hell a bank is allowed to continue to use this method is beyond me...

It's really not that hard to implement either Google authenticator or something like symantec VIP

Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

solv

How is KDE not good enough?

It has umpteen more features and a gazillion times more configurable options than gnome has....

Maybe if you tried it duing it's transition phase to KDE4 7 or 8 years ago then that could explain it.

Try the latest kdubuntu or KDE neon...it's known as Plasma Desktop now anyway

Cheap-ish. Not Intel. Nice graphics. Pick, er, 3: AMD touts Ryzen Pro processors for business

solv

Re: It be on your GuardMI

How does one check for this? Are there malwares scanners that boot clean off a usb/optical drive that can specifically check for this.

For a long time I've been waiting for the day I re format and re install a customers OS to get rid of a virus and find it comes straight back on to the system

Microsoft to lock out Windows RDP clients if they are not patched against hijack bug

solv

So I wasn't aware of this flaw until today where it seems the group policy mitigation was enforced by MS without our permission...and now we are scrambling to get business clients back onto their servers. So what about thin clients that don't/can't get updates...too bad for them? Seriously MS?? What the hell - they have no right to just change a group policy without asking...what a bunch of turds

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

solv

Re: Try Linux. - Or DON'T! (My love/hate Linux rant.)

You are either extremely unlucky or just not very smart.

I have been using linux for 14 years on home PC's, Work PC's, servers etc etc you name it.

I deployed a ubuntu 12.04 box 6 years ago for someones office. Just 3 days ago I upgraded it from 16.04 to 18.04....went smooth as silk. Time I touched it before that...upgrade to 16.04....time before that...you get the picture. The person I've set it up for can't believe how much more stable it is than Windows.

At work I made my technician switch his one year old laptop to running linux (elementary OS) after the Windows installation he said he wanted on it just stopped working and couldn't get it to start booting again. He wanted a day off to get Windows reinstalled and configured to his liking. I said we don't have time for that kind of crap. He now runs Windows in a VM and we haven't had a problem since.

I repair Windows for a living....it doesn't "just work"...it breaks itself all the time.

Sure linux has plenty of problems...but I'm sick to death of people trashing it....and I'm also tired of supporting people with Windows problems that shouldn't exist in mature O/S run by one of the biggest companies in the world - Windows should be bloody unbreakable, rock solid, secure as it comes and innovative....the funding that goes into it warrants it to have to live up to a MUCH higher standard than linux desktop IMO

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