* Posts by nxnwest

19 posts • joined 23 Jan 2020

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump


TikTay, TikTeams

TikTay or TikTeams or maybe TikTayTeams. Some Rebranding Required...

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad


"decorative figurine." Yep. Had an manager who would plop down laptop, ipad, work assigned iphone and personal iphone at every meeting. I'm the tech guru and I insist on attending all in person meetings sans any device.


Re: Cola and orange juice

Had a touch typist with beer spilled in them at lunch return to keyboard and typed the entire afternoon with their fingers shifted off the marks by just one key. Never looked at screen once as they were typing paragraph after paragraph of boilerplate.

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible


Balk Mail

Junk snail mail had its advantages I used to take the unsolicited credit card application from one company and stuff it in the postage paid envelope of another credit card company. I thought they would appreciate the credit offer if I did not and they were paying for it to get mailed.

Also while waiting in airports filling out the postcards that would fall out of the magazines with bogus addresses and stuffing them in the mailbox..

Ah the good old days of getting even.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Just Not Possible

Like when the cast of "American Pickers" came to do a local show with a "blooper" reel for the audience. How can you have "mistakes" on a "reality" show? Everything is real, right? A real "reality" show will only have single takes. Or it is not reality. Maybe we should call them alternate reality shows.

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays


Forcing us to the Cloud 'Solution' and Subscription Hell?

Over a decade ago I lost nearly all my data to a WD Drive. My fault actually. That back up that was two weeks old, was not really. The 6 month old one was viable.

Then there's the disabling of SMBv1 by Microsoft. Ok, it's insecure, but the NAS manufacturers did not update there firmware, and Amazon et al still sell the old ones, and the Router manufacturers also do the same thing. Yes you can build one (NAS), but buying things off the shelf is no longer really an option. My rescue of the WD data though old was from DVDs I had burned and I have the sense to keep a usb DVD writer around for the truly important stuff with multiple copies made.

Best I can figure is all manufacturers have lost interest and are persuing the sweet subscription stream that is the 'cloud' and making home kit more and more cost prohibitive and offering kit that is no longer reliable.

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps


Re: Simple Response.

He would topple over from the lift shoes. He's already 'leaning in'. Might resemble a watermelon at terminal velocity meeting the ground.

Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses


Re: Verizon sold wire line knowing this outcome


IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it 'pivots' to cloud


Re: Wow, that's cold

Apparently Number 2. (Maybe Number 6).

AT&T slapped down for its '5GE' ads: You don’t have a proper 5G network, so stop saying so, says watchdog


Re: they'll be back in a few months

Since the days of 2G, I've gotten in the habit of thinking of any version as (n-1)G. That almost reflects true performance and that's being generous.

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere


The Best method

The best method I've found is "Post-It"... (sarcasm)...

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump



Putting the "U"ltraviolet in "sUppository".

"Ask your Doctor about..."

Icon cos it may burn..

Started from the bottom, now we're near: 16 years on, open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape draws close to v1.0


Re: 275 GTB vs Midget

I'm still running Micrografx Draw from the Win 95 days on Windows 10 64 bit. It still does everything I want and need. It is 32 bit, but the installer was 16 bit. Changed the installer and everything works. I do have Corel Draw loaded and it actually (still) imports the Micrografx format as they bought out Micrografx drawing apps decades ago. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


Re: Follow

Shock the Monkey!

(Sh*tgibbon in this case.)

Forget toilet roll, bandwidth is the new ration: Amazon, YouTube also degrade video in Europe to keep 'net running amid coronavirus crunch


Bandwidth like Bank Reserves?

Banks only have to hold a certain amount of cash on hand versus what's in deposits. Perhaps ISPs do the same. "100Mbps? We only have 10 on hand." They must count on only a percentage actually using it all at one time. My movies/music are stored locally and consumed on non-windows devices as SMB became a security risk and microsoft wants you to pay up 'Cos Cloud is better.' How's that work with this degradation? I will not be finding out. Not sure it's the people working from home causing the issues. It's the people 'not' working from home but still home. Overall a non-issue. Degraded video vs respirator. I'll take the video.

Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature


Premium indeed

In our shop, management hogs all the VPN RDC licenses when OWA, and Teams would do. "Their impotent!" Meanwhile the line workers/admin assistants are denied them, sent home and futily use VMWare and not allowed to use RDC even from those sessions. Those are the ones that actually need to access the DBs, do the record maintenance/updates and keep the whole operation running. It was a battle to get them the dual displays first as they have the actual need for screen real estate. Exec's have only one schedule to maintain, their assistants? All of them.

Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis


End of Days

'Lower resolution Netflix! Dogs and cats living together!'

Hmmm. Sudden urge to watch 'Ghostbusters.' No pixels. It's not on Netflix. Definitely a reduction in video quality.

Microsoft Teams usage jumps to 32, no, 44 million as Windows-slinger platform slides onto home workers' PCs


Teams vs Collaboration

I've told management several times to effectively use Teams, their employees must actually collaborate on tasks. Teams won't magically make them collaborate, and being in Government, it is against their nature to do so.

Now, working on projects with ITS or anyone under say 35 (mental not physical age)? Different story. Anyone who says 'Sharepoint is great!! Make a Sharepoint site!!'? RUN. Groups/Channels? Those get as confusing as the file/directory trees created/named by engineers using naming conventions as a pseudo DBMS.

Judge snubs IT outsourcers' plea to Alt-F4 tougher H-1B visa rules: Bosses told to fill out the extra paperwork


This happens all the time in the US at the State level, through contractors. The vast majority of IT workers are H1Bs directly sourced to State IT projects due to the push to decrease the State workforce. Each H1B contracted is not another employee, thus it appears the workforce is being reduced. Good PR. Costs go up tremendously, the Contractor makes a ton and every two years or less we see a complete turnover of project teams and have to start over. It takes over two years to master our existing systems and learn what is expected, and IT is contracted o replace it with a more modern one. The contractors never learn the existing one and completely switch out just before utter failure. I've watched the cycle several times.


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