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Wanted: a new IT service desk for up to 200 users. Nothing fancy

Reg commentard PaulW is looking to install a new IT service desk and is opening up to the wide audience that is The Register. He is "looking at something like Sysaid but ... suggestions would be appreciated." Just ramping up to look for a new Helpdesk/Service desk with the current employer. They have and homegrown Access based …
Drew Cullen, 05 Apr 2014
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Aargh! Bamboozled by security licensing - what works for my family?

And so to El Reg Forums and Edwin, a commentard since 2007, who is having a bit of trouble in choosing IT security software for his family. He writes: I'm rapidly losing my mind in the minefield that is security software, particularly when it comes to licensing many devices... The internet has become useless for this sort of …
Drew Cullen, 19 Feb 2014
The world's dirtiest PC, with vents completely blocked by dust

Rebuilding my home PC for Linux and Windows: What works best?

We return from our regular trawl of El Reg Forums with this nugget from Bronek Kozicki, who is rebuilding his home PC "for serious use". He wants your advice on which combo of Linux distro and virtual machine would work best. The time is slowly approaching for me to rebuild my home PC, Bronek writes. Since I've been using Linux …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2014

I am migrating email for 1000 users. How do I make it bullet proof?

And so to Reg reader chivo243, who has penned the following question on El Reg Forums. The topic of email system migration has come up during our weekly meetings. Since I missed the fun and glory of the last migration our institution embarked upon, I have a question regarding time and planning. Little background, about 1000 …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2014

Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target

A brief update on the crowdfunding efforts of three British journalists, who left Linux Format to launch a new magazine. They have hit their £90,000 launch target for Linux Voice, 14 days before deadline. At time of writing, Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard have received £93,000 in pledges. They have an interesting …
Drew Cullen, 10 Dec 2013
Cloud security

Wanted: A regulation friendly version of that thing that Dropbox does

And in our second outing to El Reg Forums this week, we highlight this request from J.Cook, who is looking for recommendation for a regulation-friendly, cloudified file-dropping service that his company's clients can use. At the company I work for, we deal with a number of vendors who like sending us large files. These are …
Drew Cullen, 01 Dec 2013

I want to play with VMs. So where do I get started?

Reg reader Neoc has fired up this thread on El Reg Forums: A few years ago, a local company moved and sold some of its IT equipment. I purchased their rack cabinet, all 1.9 meters of U's. First thing I built was a storage box - got a rackmountable computer case and stuffed it with 9x2TB worth of hard-drives. Still running like …
Drew Cullen, 30 Nov 2013
John Chambers at the World Economic Forum 2010

Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn

This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.) Also in November, Arista Networks …
Drew Cullen, 19 Nov 2013

When three Linux journos go crowdfunding

Three journalists who worked on the UK newsstand publication Linux Format have struck out on their own and are using crowdfunding to get a new magazine off the ground. Less than a week into their Indiegogo campaign, Andrew Gregory, Mike Saunders and Ben Everard are already a third of the way to reaching the £90,000 launch budget …
Drew Cullen, 17 Nov 2013
Testing Java

Issue of the day: When is the right time to drink coffee?

And so to El Reg Forums where Simon Rockman has fired up this foodie thread. You know that the Italians say that you shouldn't have Cappuccino after 11:00 and that it's a breakfast drink, a faux pas akin to Nadurra before the sun is over the yard arm? Turns out there is a scientific basis for this: chronopharmacology. Aaah, …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2013
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Check out The Register's Google+ page

The Register has taken a billet at Google+. You can find us at http://google.com/+theregister. Nothing spectacular – just a feed of our articles, and the very occasional cartoon share. We will monitor and sometimes reply to comments and will step up our social media community engagement ... if numbers justify. Google+ naysayers …
Drew Cullen, 15 Nov 2013

Backup for my hard drive and cloud: Is there one program to rule them all?

And so to El Reg Forums, where Monkeyfish has fired up the following thread: I've been looking at using Google Drive to backup photos and such, should the house burn down. I already use an external HDD for local backups, but do it manually. I'm looking for some recommendations for software that would handle backing up files to …
Drew Cullen, 09 Nov 2013

Win a free delegate pass to PHP 2013 Europe!

OK guys, The Register is a media sponsor of PHP 2013 Europe and Zendcon, the show organiser, has offered us one free delegate pass to give away. (The winner is responsible for own arrangements.) The conference is in Paris, 18-20 November and you can get more details here. We will pick the winner at random via our first Twitter …
Drew Cullen, 07 Nov 2013

Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

Cray, the supercomputer maker, has bought intellectual property assets from the collapsed UK switch maker Gnodal and is taking on "the vast majority of staff" to bulk up its European R&D team. Bristol-based Gnodal, a small start-up with just 15 employees, was venture-backed so we infer that it failed to get a new funding round …
Drew Cullen, 04 Nov 2013
hand in chain mail glove cutting meat with sharp knife

Issue of the day: Do dishwashers really blunt knives?

hand in chain mail glove cutting meat with sharp knife The sharpest tool in the box? An apposite opportunity for commentards to dust down the Where’s the IT icon for this post, courtesy of Simon Rockman, who sometimes writes for The Register He starts his forum thread thus: I'm told I should not put sharp knives in the …
Drew Cullen, 31 Oct 2013
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El Reg intros post editing for all

As some of you have already noticed, we opened up post-editing for all yesterday (once five of your comments have been accepted for publication). This gives you a 10-minute edit window to clean up your typos, a feature previously available to gold and silver badge members only. Post-edit is the feature second most requested by …
Drew Cullen, 30 Oct 2013
New homepage of Gov.uk, credit screengrab gov.uk

GOV.UK swells organ donor signups by 10,000 a month

This month, GOV.UK is one-year-old. Operated by the Government Digital Service, GOV.UK replaced Direct.gov and a bunch of disparate departmental sites. Anyone who uses the site can testify that it is cleaner than its predecessors, although we have had complaints that some functionality has been lost in the transition. But in the …
Drew Cullen, 29 Oct 2013
A Womble holding a guitar

Coding 'cockwomble' answers exceptionally dull critics on El Reg forums

A couple of days ago, we alerted Reg readers to a provocative article attacking the UK Government's proposed ICT curriculum. The Daily Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton took a couple of swipes at crap ICT teachers and those"exceptionally dull weirdos', otherwise known as coders. Readers responded in droves on our El Reg Forums …
Drew Cullen, 27 Oct 2013
Boy in steampunk fancy dress, with hat, mechanical monocle, waxed moustache, cravat and Bavarian-type jacket

A steampunk VDU: How would it work and what would it look like?

Boy in steampunk fancy dress, with hat, mechanical monocle, waxed moustache, cravat and Bavarian-type jacket A steampunk VDU? Yes, I can do that Many Reg readers are fans of steampunk Sci-Fi, and so we hope you relish this little challenge posed on El Reg Forums by John Smith 19, a gold badge commentard. If you know Charles …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013
Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771.

Space, digitisation and storage. Astronomy Legacy Project has it all

Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. These galaxies are located 190 million light years away. The photograph was taken September 21, 1954 using the 74-inch telescope at Radcliffe Observatory. Nestled in a 200 …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013
Dunce

Coding: 'Suitable for exceptionally dull weirdos'

Teaching all children to code software is daft and pointless to The Telegraph blogger Willard Foxton. In an article attacking the UK government’s plans to update the ICT curriculum, the “investigative journalist and television producer", writes: The new rules expect five to seven year-olds to understand the definition of an …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2013

Programmers! How to spot a coder's comment

In our latest raid on El Reg Forums, we turn to 'Parax' (a developer, we guess), who writes: So you can spot a T-SQL coder's comments because he uses 'single' instead of "double" quotes. A TCL Programmer uses {Braces} instead of (Brackets). I'm wondering how many other good tells for other languages are out there? There are …
Drew Cullen, 24 Oct 2013
Drawing of brain

Programmers! Have you been asked to solve a computationally intractable task?

And so to El Reg forums, where Julian Bradfield, an academic, writes: In a vigorous discussion about revising courses in a computer science degree, one of my colleagues opined that "every decent programmer is sometime going to come across a task that is NP-hard, so they need to know to tackle NP-hard problems". I'm curious as …
Drew Cullen, 23 Oct 2013

ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

In the US it is different, but in the European Union, free speech is no defence for a publication when readers make defamatory comments on its website. Setting this in stone, the European Court of Human Rights yesterday rejected a plea from a leading Estonian news website contesting on human rights grounds a fine for offensive …
Drew Cullen, 11 Oct 2013

El Reg introduces inline comment voting

From today, Reg readers can up- or down vote posts by their fellow commentards - and stay on the same page. But do note: you must log-in first for this to work. Formerly, voters were sent to another page when voting and then had to click a link to return to the article or forum thread. Yes, this was old-fashioned, bad UI and …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013

Wanted: New software dev platform. Where do I turn to?

Over to Reg Forums where commentard MJI writes: OK, currently our software is a WIN32 application with a client server ISAM database, but how much longer will we be able to sell WIN32 systems when everything else is coming along. All are part of the XBASE family. So where do we go? We will need to be able to go SQL despite it …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013
The PC's interior, caked in dust

These old PCs want some VDI loving. But what about the server?

A request from The Register Forums where David Dawson writes: This is a question for a potential project I'm about to embark on. There's a charity that I have some association with, they've got around 30 windows desktops that are fast approaching the end of their working life. They have to use windows for various reasons, but …
Drew Cullen, 20 Jul 2013
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CIOs bombarded with hybrid cloud surveys

Two surveys published in recent days that major on CIOs and their attitude to hybrid cloud show the scramble among IT vendors to win enterprise hearts and minds. A survey of 52 US CIOs conducted for SAP reveals strong support for the notion that hybrid cloud – combining cloud and on-premise applications – reduce complexity and …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jul 2013
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VMware waves goodbye to Zimbra

VMware has offloaded Zimbra less than four years after buying the email-cum-collabware business unit from Yahoo! Terms are undisclosed. The buyer is Telligent, a developer of enterprise social software. It will merge its software into Zimbra, and the goal is to deliver a "unified social collaboration suite designed for the post- …
Drew Cullen, 15 Jul 2013
DVD it in many colours

Moving on from Drobo. Optical archiving looks good to me, but ...

A call for help from Reg forums, where Ioan explains: I have a Drobo with quite some hard drives in it and, as time passes by, I feel more and more pressed to archive on different types of storage than magneto-resistive. I found in this section a very interesting post about a Sony optical archival device. Now, where can I buy …
Drew Cullen, 07 Jul 2013

Sage stakes ERP cloud on Azure platform

Sage is piggybacking Microsoft Azure to launch a cloud version of Sage 200. The UK software vendor is hosting the latest iteration of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, properly called Sage 200 v2013, in data centres in Dublin and Amsterdam. Customers will pay an unspecified monthly subscription fee for the software …
Drew Cullen, 01 Jul 2013
Source: Simply Smile Photography by Georgia Stephenson

Salesforce and Oracle bury hatchet in historic cloud partnership

Salesforce.com and Oracle are to integrate their clouds at application, platform and infrastructure levels, the companies announced today. Salesforce is standardising on Oracle Linux, Exadata hardware, the Oracle Database and Java Middleware. Oracle will integrate Salesforce.com with Oracle's Fusion HCM and Financial Cloud. And …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jun 2013
The NSA Unchained

Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

Edward Snowden, the NSA PRISM whistleblower, left Hong Kong for Moscow today, sidestepping US attempts to extradite him for espionage. According to reports, he has already left Russia for Cuba. In a statement issued on June 23, The Hong Kong Government confirmed that Snowden had left the country on "his own accord for a third …
Drew Cullen, 23 Jun 2013
B&W film still of man with electric drill.

My Moto RAZR V3 wants a firmware hack. Any documentation?

A request from Reg forums, where dogged, a silver badge commentard, asks: I've decided to do something about my old Motorola RAZR V3xx. I love this thing. The form factor is perfect. It's pocket size, it's damage resistant, it's HSDPA, it's easy to use, it never drops calls, it gets four days usage from its tiny battery without …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2013
BT Wormshill Telephone exchange

Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

Four kilometres to the north of here, in semi-rural Kent, the pavements are stuffed with fibre-optic cable and the streets are lined with drab green cabinets, all nicely tooled up for superfast broadband. But here, we rely on plain old ADSL piped in from a small BT exchange, 1.7km to our south (as the crow flies). You can see it …
Drew Cullen, 11 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Switching to IT: Which qualifications are worthwhile?

From time to time we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Thomas 4, who writes: I'm considering a change of career from my current medicinal line of work and stepping into the great grand world of IT. My current plan is starting in helpdesk work and moving up …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

Windows 8: Great for media PCs...

From time to time, we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised and experiences recounted by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Steve Knox, who writes: My media center PC at home was a discarded work PC with Windows Vista Business on it. It was slow and flaky, as Vista can be, but since an upgrade to …
Drew Cullen, 03 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

El Reg debuts badges for commentards

Today we introduce badges for commentards. This feature will be rolling out over the next few hours. We kick off with three badges: bronze, silver and gold, which will appear alongside all non-anonymised comments made by those who qualify. The Register currently publishes almost 40,000 comments a month, and forum posts account …
Drew Cullen, 27 Nov 2012
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Sock-wielding movie pirates go to prison

Two members of a movie piracy gang were sent to prison yesterday in Virginia. Willie Lambert, 57, of Pittston PA, was sent down for 30 months and ordered to pay $450,000 in restitution, along with other co-defendants. Sean Lovelady, 28, of Pomona, CA, was sentenced to 23 months and must pay $7,500 in restitution. Two more …
Drew Cullen, 03 Nov 2012
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Pristine WWII German Enigma machine could be yours

A World War II German Enigma cipher machine is on the block at Bonhams, the London auction house, this month. The 1941 oak model, described as an "extremely rare example", is expected to go under the hammer on 14 November for an estimated £40,000-£60,000. In 2010, a 1939 Enigma fetched £67,250 at auction - that model was …
Drew Cullen, 02 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

JDA Software finds a RedPrairie home companion

JDA Software is selling itself to RedPrairie, a privately equity-backed enterprise software firm, for $1.9bn in cash. The $45 a share deal is 33 per cent higher than JDA's closing price on October 26, the day before Reuters told the world that the company was exploring a sale. JDA and RedPrairie specialise in different areas of …
Drew Cullen, 01 Nov 2012
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The Register's iPhone app gets a makeover

Head over to the iTunes apps store for the latest iteration of The Register iPhone app. Version 2.0.5 adds offline reading capabilities, full iPad support - and comments! Props to the developer, Ocasta Studios, for making the app work and look so much better than our last effort. Fingers crossed, the rating for our app …
Drew Cullen, 31 Oct 2012

Incompatible IT systems blamed for bank sale collapse

Royal Bank of Scotland's $1.7bn sale of 318 branches to Santander has gone titsup. The Spanish bank pulled out, largely "because of problems over integrating the two banks' IT systems", The BBC reports. The Telegraph has a teeny bit more detail, reporting a "series of IT problems that have resulted from a lack of compatibility …
Drew Cullen, 12 Oct 2012
Giant Red Hat shadowman logo in field, with message, "Calling all enterprisers"

Red Hat stalks VMware in field sport ambush

Giant Red Hat shadowman logo in field, with message, "Calling all enterprisers" Red Hat, you cheeky, cheeky monkeys Red Hat wants to grab the attention of delegates to VMworld Europe in Barcelona with a guerrilla marketing stunt that deploys the biggest hashtag we have seen. For its "Red Hat welcome", the vendor daubed the …
Drew Cullen, 08 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Man the floodgates! David Cameron takes to Twitter

Prime Minister David Cameron opened for business on Twitter yesterday (6 October) with his first message: I'm starting Conference with this new Twitter feed about my role as Conservative Leader. I promise there won't be "too many tweets..." It looks like he'll need a full-time Twitter secretary to deal with the barrage he is …
Drew Cullen, 07 Oct 2012
Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales

Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales marries Kate Garvey

Our congratulations to Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, who married Kate Garvey in London yesterday. Among the guests were former Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie, and A-list politicians drawn from the new Labour elite, including former Cabinet secretaries Lord Mandelson, David Miliband and James Purnell. Alastair …
Drew Cullen, 07 Oct 2012
European Union Flag

EU rejects Oracle secondhand software licence grab

An attempt by Oracle to stop the sale of secondhand licences on software downloaded over the internet was rejected today by the community's highest court. European Union Flag The court's ruling hinges on the EU directive on the legal protection OF of computer programs. Image by Dimitar Nikolov In its judgment today, the …
Drew Cullen, 03 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Gone fishin' with Nokia

Nokia sign dismantled, with letters rearranged to spell 'ONKIA' A dismantled Nokia sign at Oulu's Technology Village, Finland Reg reader Andy Crofts snapped the above picture - after re-arranging the Nokia sign to read "ONKIA", the Finnish verb to fish with a rod and line. Andy was inspired by a story on YLE, Finland's public …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Honour for Queen's IT manager

The Royal Household's IT systems manager Toby Zeegen made it onto The Queen's birthday honours list today. He is now a member of The Royal Victorian Order, given by The Queen to people who have "served her or the Monarchy in a personal way". There are five classes of the order, and the top two confer knighthoods on the holder. …
Drew Cullen, 16 Jun 2012
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Dell Cloud descends on Europe (by way of Slough)

Dell opens a data centre in Slough next month, to support the delivery of cloudy services to Europe. The doors open to European customers on August 31, so no pricing and little in the way of firm detail yet But the company has plenty to say about the introductory trial it is running in US and Canada for Dell Cloud. On offer …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2012