Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

Surface Treatment

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

A few days ago, we got a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at work. It’s not a bad machine: it’s a Laplet: a hybrid laptop/tablet, and it works well, if we excuse it for Windows 8- the hardware is nice, thin, light, and i7 versions are quick, so it’s a good fit for the very mobile […]

 

Dirty Boy

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

I’ve gone on here before about how web filtering is wrong and doesn’t work properly, and how the bigger the scale, the harder it is. We’ve also seen that, according to an Ofcom report (PDF, 1.1MB) customers have greeted the filters with rejection. That’s quite gratifying, I think. People are being actively prompted to allow […]

 

Loosely Comnnected

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

This is quite a wierd one: some time ago at a company I work for sometimes, a colleague tried to replace some old 15″ LCD monitors with shiny new 19″ ones, to be confronted by extereme flickering. I had a look, tried the monitors with my laptop, and got a flicker-free picture. I made sure […]

 

WYSINWYG

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Most people are familiar with WYSIWYG- What You See Is What You Get- a computer user interace that displays things in a format that fairly accurately displays on screen what the final output will be, so that (as a simple example) rather than a bit of code: <b>this text is bold</b> you get this text […]

 

Openretch

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Can anyone tell me how BT’s line providing division, Openretch Openreach survive? The company I work for provides network services to varying people and organisations, and this means dealing with telecoms providers, and that almost certainly means the loose collective of fuckwits we know and love. So far this week, I’ve had: 1) In response […]

 

Spam School

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The other day, I was unpleasantly suprised by this email in my inbox: Most spam is pretty generic, and gets culled by Spamassassin without me ever seeing it, but this one stood out as it didn’t hit the filter (sneaking under the radar with 3.9 points of spamminess), and it had an attachment that wasn’t […]

 

Compare the Meraki

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

(The title thanks to my colleagues who misread the SSID (Meraki-test1)I sent them by email) I’ve been playing with wireless networks a good bit at work: I’ve finally got PEAP going to do 802.1x authentication- the practical result being WPA-2 Enterprise wireless networking with the Cisco 1600i access points. As I’ve commented before, Cisco gear […]

 

Close Call

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Today, a colleague had this email: from “customercare@parcel-tracking.net”. It fooled two people: The original recipient forwarded it to a colleague to deal with, who clicked on the link, and got this: With graphics nicely nicked from the genuine Royal Mail site. The URL calling the site had a ID embedded, presumably to mark the recipient […]

 

Halt: Who Goes There?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

One for the IT bods here. A few weeks ago on Twatter, I posted this tweet: Here’s the screenshot in better detail: It genuinely made me laugh and call colleagues round, but despite the witty use of a Spiderman quote, there is of course, a serious message there: the superuser has great power: so you […]

 

Drowning in Superfast 4G Hype

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Less than 24 hours have elapsed since yesterday’s rant about the 4G hype and already there’s some bullshit piece in tonight’s Express and Star showing the cutting-edge, well researched, informative and technically accurate that publication has an unenviable reputation for, saying that the lack of 4G will cost the UK economy £120 million, according to […]