* Posts by diguz

12 posts • joined 13 Mar 2020

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse


Re: Never found a replacement for the Trackman Marble FX T-CJ12

Still have one of those, as you said, never found a replacement, and unfortunately i can't use it anymore because of the lack of driver support and because my ps2->usb converter doesn't even recognize it properly... and without the usage of the red scroll button i can't use it.

Still using my microsoft elite keyboard from the same period (late 90s) though, thankfully it came with a usb adapter in the box.

You only live twice: Once to start the installation, and the other time to finish it off


Re: Sadly, no international jet-settng for me

yeah, i know that feeling.

Until a couple years ago, also here in Italy you could fly with your (valid) driving licence as ID.

It was fine for all airlines, except a not-so-cheap-as-they-would-imply irish one. They didn't let me board the bloody plane even if all the airport staff told them it was ok, given that the flight was domestic...

I stopped flying with them, even if this meant paying double for the same route.

And i am thankful for my job that some years later made me able to afford a car... especially in those times, when being alone in your car is more healthy than flying with some idiots who think that face-masks are for clowns...

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?


this isn't credible

This report isn't credible... of course Luxembourg has fast internet, it's a tiny state in the middle of the continent.

Take Italy for example: in my house in Bologna i have FTTH with 1gbps, and that's stable, whereas at my parents' house in Sardinia we have a pokey ADSL which is sold to be 20mbps but in a good day reaches 12 (measured wit ookla speedtest).

How do you feel about single-use plastics? OK, interesting. Now tell us your views on surprise Windows updates


Re: Fear

the solution is pretty simple: edit the hosts file so that the *critical* machines think that windows updates are downloaded from

i was thinking about doing that to a print server a cuople years ago, before i got the greenlight to just use CUPS (we lost the scanner - i was too young and naive to know about SANE - but hey, at least it wasn't rebooting every couple hours).

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic


even before PFY

when i was a child, (early 90s) my dad used to sell computers, and give support to his customers.

One day a tower came in that had "random freezes". We're talking a full tower case (about 1m tall) fully loaded with a P1 166MHz.

My dad startet running the usual series of troubleshooting tests, and the bloody machine seemed to work flawlessly.

Being the before-pf-youngster that i was, i crawled under the table and peeked inside the beast - we had removed the side panel.

EUREKA: the tiny cpu fan was not spinning!

So when the customer hit the machine with a serious load, the cpu would just thermal throttle and halt everything, and then when we tried to troubleshoot, we didn't do much more than open a couple of programs and look at settings.

Now, 25 years after that, i work at the IT helpdesk of a medium-large company........ Coincidence?

Well, what are we waiting for? Three weeks later, Windows Embedded Standard 7 still didn't have the answer


Looks like...

...a DELL wallpaper, maybe behind that lg monitor there's a dell mini-pc or some sort of thin client.

America's largest radio telescope blind after falling cable slashes 100-foot gash in reflector dish


Re: Don't forget...

Yes! I am invincible!

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it


Re: Not helped by companies themselves

As many people said in other comments: this is what IT folks would do and preach, but unfortunately the decision to use other methods for spamming all the staff about the next company event, like fbworkplace or other mailing list services, are made by the marketing/HR departments, who don't give a single "f" about security or best practices, but just want the least amount of clicks to get the job done.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes


Re: Funny that

the new ones are:

- fakeupdate

- fakebsod

- fake lcd crack

now every colleague of mine knows better than to leave the pc unlocked when he/she takes a break...

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network


remote control

you reminded me of my middle-school, they had a w95 lab with a "server" (it was just a 486 machine running some custom sw) could take control of one or multiple "students" (p1 75hz workstations)... in that building I was one of the handful of people who knew how to use the whole shabang... god how much i laughed when my classmates screamed "my pc is haunted, it's telling me that i'm a moron!" when said words "magically" appeared on a word document.

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much


webcam shows...

This reminds me of that time (not that long ago) that a colleague had to show another chap something on his pc, and he didn't know about a space-age thing called "desktop sharing". He instead put his laptop in front of his secondary monitor, so the webcam was seeing the screen. All great until i passed by and noticed 1. that there were the usual post-its with passwords on the monitor (if you haven't done it or seen anybody do it you're a liar!) and 2. that the chap on the other end was connected to the projector in the meeting room, thus showing everything to everyone in that office.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake


That picture tho...

Is it just me or that "artist's impression" looks awfully similar to an xbox 360 slim?


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