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Surging US dollar curbs global IT budgets

Global IT spending is projected to fall 5.5 per cent to total $3.5tn in 2015 - but only because of the strong US dollar. Translated into constant currency, the worldwide IT market will grow 2.5 per cent compared with 2014, according to Gartner’s latest IT spending projections. So will US vendors raise prices outside their own …
Drew Cullen, 30 Jun 2015
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Rogue IT is shadow of its former self

“Rogue IT” - the practice of business units secretly sidestepping the IT department to procure their own tech - is in decline. But only because business units are now openly buying their own technology solutions, this time in collaboration with their counterparts in IT. The findings, reported in the June 2015 CompTIA study …
Drew Cullen, 29 Jun 2015
Internet Meme: text says Integrate all the Things

It's sales boom time for (some) converged infrastructure vendors

The world’s great enterprise hardware vendors are in a dog fight – to dominate the buoyant market for converged infrastructure. Global sales in Q1 2015 totted up to $2.1bn, up 8.3 per cent year on year, according to IDC. It is highly competitive out there, says Kevin M. Permenter a research analyst, who covers enterprise …
Drew Cullen, 26 Jun 2015
Toilet roll printed with fake US $100 bills

Beyond the Grave: US Navy pays peanuts for Windows XP support

Microsoft canned support for Windows XP and Office and Exchange 2003 in April 2014 - unless you are the U.S. Navy, which is paying $9.1m a year until 2017 to obtain security patches for these obsoleted products. The Navy contract also includes support for Server 2003, which is unplugged from life support on July 2015. Our hats …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jun 2015
Containers

Not in front of the CIO: grassroots drive Linux container adoption

Here’s a thing. CIOs don't care about vast swathes of technology in their organisations. They have people to do that. While they make speeches at fancy conferences about being agile / compliant / regulated / on top of the suppliers / skilling up the workers bees, those worker bees are handling the next Windows refresh. …
Drew Cullen, 22 Jun 2015
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45% of UK data centres have suffered a natural disaster. Really?

Earlier this year I managed to sleep - somehow - through the Kent Earthquake. And in 2011 and 2012 about 30 centimetres of snow blocked my village for one or two days at a time. I also know someone who got flooded last year - she lives next to an estuary just a few kilometres away. Five weather systems can collide over the …
Drew Cullen, 18 Jun 2015
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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

Haters gonna hate, but not corporate employees who actually quite like the support their IT departments provide. That’s according to a survey of 2,500 staffers in Australia, France, Germany, the UK and the USA that landed on our helpdesk this week. When asked to give a letter grade, more than 80 per cent of respondents gave …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2015
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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

Readers, thanks for all the feedback. Here's a list of tweaks we rolled out today. Changed screen outside site background colour from white to grey. Top Art in stories - now editorially selectable - in response to feedback about relevance (see above). Reduced headline font size on Hero “story” at top of front page, articles …
Drew Cullen, 19 Dec 2014
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The Shock of The New: The Register redesign update 2

One week into our redesign and more than 800 comments so far. (Also a fair few emails, tweets and a bit of Facebook feedback). Let’s acknowledge straight away that our makeover has not received universal acclaim - although we have yet to receive a death threat. It is a publishing axiom that all readers hate change - and in our …
Drew Cullen, 18 Dec 2014
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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 1

Site news This is going well … just letting you know that we are listening to your feedback on the redesign. And also reminding you that this design is the first major change to the site in six years. Hence the Shock of the New is that little bit shockier. However, 90 per cent of the work in this redesign comprises changes under the hood …
Drew Cullen, 12 Dec 2014
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The Register website gets a lovely makeover

Site news The Register got a fresh lick of paint today, with the front page getting its biggest overhaul in six years. The brief for our in-house team was "quick, modern and fresher" and these key threads translated into a project scoped for front page, story page and navigation. Of course we know you will love all the changes - ok so …
Drew Cullen, 11 Dec 2014

Non-techies: The cute things they say

Reader's corner Cthulhu jumping out of a printer Vociferous Time Waster recounts some conversations with non-techie colleagues he has had in the last year over at El Reg Forums. The server is down "The server is down." "Which one, we have hundreds." "I don't know, I'm not in IT." "Yet you feel qualified to conclude that one of the …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2014

I need data recovery software for my laptop. What do you suggest?

Readers' corner Says Reg reader normanpritchard59 in El Reg Forums: "I use the dell latitude E6420. I need a data recovery solution for it and seem to like Rollback Rx. Acronis True image also looks ok. What do you think? Let's not talk of hardware backup right now.” I suspect that norman has worked out what he wants, but let's share this …
Drew Cullen, 31 May 2014

Tech that WE want but THEY never seem to give us

Reader's corner Where's my flying car? Says Ossi in El Reg Forums: I was just reading the story about the phone manufacturers' squeezing ever more pixels into their screens, and I was thinking about what things you want but the industry never seems to give you. Here's my list: Phones that compromise their thinness to give you more …
Drew Cullen, 26 May 2014
Spam

How do I escape this damned email blacklist?

Readers' corner Commentard m0rt writes in El Reg Forums: Someone who has a mailing account with one of my domains, which in turn is hosted on a mate's server, had his email password lifted from his XP laptop and subsequently that account was used to send out a near a million spam messages. Or attempted to, I caught it with 847k still to go. So …
Drew Cullen, 24 May 2014
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Speccing out a NAS-based home media rig. What do you suggest?

Readers' corner And in El Reg forums, commentard Le Adder Noir is looking for a bit of a steer on a project for a new house. He writes: I'm looking to build a NAS-based home media set-up. I live outside the UK, where TV media is, dare I say it, even worse than in Blighty, so most of our stuff is purchased online and stored on drives. Up until …
Drew Cullen, 18 May 2014

I am an IT generalist. Am I doomed to low pay forever?

Readers' corner Reg readers! Bene Pendentes wants your esteemed advice. Don't hold back, he says. I'm an IT generalist. I know a bit of everything - I can behave appropriately up to Cxx level both internally and with clients, and I'm happy to crawl under a desk to plug in network cables. I know a little bit about how nearly everything works …
Drew Cullen, 17 May 2014
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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

Readers' corner El Reg reader h4rm0ny wants your advice. Here goes. I've been using Bash for well over a decade. (About fifteen years?). I'm reasonable with it. I'm now teaching myself Powershell and whilst some of it I like, the default environment is terrible. I'm not talking about the language itself, but the fact that to use Powershell I …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2014
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El Reg gets mobile makeover

Site news We are redesigning The Register's mobile site m.theregister.co.uk: please help us make it better. Try it out and post your feedback here – and don’t forget to tell us what OS/ browser you are using. Before you get started, we know there is plenty of work to do, for instance, on comments pages, but bear with us. Our devs have …
Drew Cullen, 22 Apr 2014

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

Readers' corner 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?

Readers' corner 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?

Readers' corner 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?

Readers' corner 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

Readers' corner 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