Author Topic: A random thread for small computing things that don't really warrant a thread of their own  (Read 96155 times)

Pingu

  • Put away those fiery biscuits!
  • Mrs Pingu's domestique
    • the Igloo
Quote from: LOL program
Error log timestamp Wed. 29/10/2014 16:08:17

Processor healThyself! (no processes ready)

hellymedic

  • Just do it!
EE website states there is £13.57 credit on the PAYG account used for David's iPhone.
We get weekly £1 Packs.
EE website states there is not enough credit to buy another £1 Pack.
WTF????

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
Hmm, whilst doing a round of updates on my servers, I've discovered why my main Domain Controller / DNS server was super-slow to boot.

Buried deep in Active Directory was a reference to an old Domain Controller wot has not been on the network for years.

The new DC would not start up DNS until AD replication with a dead server had completed.
The long timeout on DNS starting caused everything else to fail for ages.

Lemon-soaked paper napkins all round.

Reminds me of an issue I found this week where an AD server wouldn't resolve local host because of an old DNS search suffix appended to the configuration of one of it's NICs.
A Few Apples Short of a Strudel

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
It's not a good idea to let Windows Update attempt 120 updates.

I've been a bit slack and left my server machines just get on with their job.
They are 2 x Win Server 2008R2 boxen.

I decided to let all the updates run.
It appears that the last time I run the updates was back in 2011!
Anyways, it fails big-time, and reverts the updates at reboot-time.

So I have to apply the updates in bite-size chunks, after deleting the Win Update Cache directory.
And that works.

Got there in the end, but a bit Bah Humbug.
Seriously, it's been about 6 hours on this crap.

Oh, and if an update has .NET in it's name, it's gonna grind ur HDD for at least 15 minutes.

Clare

  • Is home
Vernon's just received a text:

"The best present in the world just arrived! Thank u :)"

Raspberry Pi + camera module = happy nephew  :D




barakta

  • Bastard lovechild of Yomiko Readman and Johnny 5



But that should read

Product 1: 1, 2, 3, 3.1, 95, 98, We can do this better with NT but produced Vista anyway

Product 2: NT 3, NT3.5,  NT 4, 2000, XP, 7

Now we are really going to confuse you 8, 10

Mr Larrington

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
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    • Mr Larrington's Automatic Diary
Anyone installed iOS 8.1.1 on their fondleslab yet?
External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative & Mayor of Mortagne-au-Perche
Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses in Peacetime

My mobile has turned into a lollipop
<i>Marmite slave</i>

tiermat

  • According to Jane, I'm a Unisex SpaceAdmin
My mobile has turned into a lollipop

Ooooooooo, which one? Phone, that is...
I feel like Captain Kirk, on a brand new planet every day, a little like King Kong on top of the Empire State

Nexus 5. Android Lollipop has been released.
<i>Marmite slave</i>

tiermat

  • According to Jane, I'm a Unisex SpaceAdmin
I know that Lollipop is out, for some reason I thought you had a HTC.  HTC ONE M7 and M8 are slated for upgrade in the new year.  Good to hear that the Nexus has an update, others shouldn't be too far behind.
I feel like Captain Kirk, on a brand new planet every day, a little like King Kong on top of the Empire State

Dibdib

  • Fat'n'slow
My 1st gen Nexus 7 got its Lollipop update last night too.

Woofage

  • Ain't no hooves on my bike.


But that should read

Product 1: 1, 2, 3, 3.1, 95, 98, We can do this better with NT but produced Vista anyway

Product 2: NT 3, NT3.5,  NT 4, 2000, XP, 7

Now we are really going to confuse you 8, 10

<pedant>I thought Vista was based on NT?</pedant> Also, you forgot ME...

I remember when I first got NT (probably v3.51) which was like a breath of fresh air after the crash-a-minute 3.1/3.11. My left hand still naturally falls into the position on the kb ready to hit ctrl+S every few minutes despite not having a DOS-based computer for what must be nearly 20 years. I just wish they wouldn't mess with the interface. The last win computer I had ran xp but I had all the "my first computer" stuff turned off so it looked pretty much like NT4/2000.
Pen Pusher

I think for vista they ditched the hardware abstraction layer as nobody was bothered about running Windows on non-pc platforms.

I'd like a version of windows that allowed for numpty users, so you could press a 'Revert' button and get the original setup immediately, without erasing data.

<i>Marmite slave</i>

Pingu

  • Put away those fiery biscuits!
  • Mrs Pingu's domestique
    • the Igloo
Also, you forgot ME...

That's probably for the best...  ::-)

Feanor

  • It's mostly downhill from here.
MS SQL Server.   First time I've touched one in years.
Install a test server on my local PC. Fine.
Run the app that needs the database.   It connects, builds all the tables it needs etc.
SQL Server Management Studio connects, and I can poke the tables manually, run queries etc.
All seems fine.

Cannot connect from external machine.
My firewall settings seem fine.

1) Turns out the SQL server is not an , er, server by default.
It's configured itself for 'Shared Memory' connections only, which only work from apps on the local machine.
Poke TCP/IP on.

2) The server runs on Dynamic Ports when installed with default options!
In order for a client to find it you need to start up the SQL Server Browser Service, which associates a server instance name with a port. Or nail it's port number down manually.  Or both.

Finally working, but that was way more hassle than I needed.

I'd like a version of windows that allowed for numpty users, so you could press a 'Revert' button and get the original setup immediately, without erasing data.

I've always wanted a universal undo.

Mr Larrington

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Of course the internals of NT were heavily influenced by the One True Operating System 8)  Hurrah! for Dave Cutler.
External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative & Mayor of Mortagne-au-Perche
Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses in Peacetime

billplumtree

  • Plumbing the well of gitness
We use FreeFileSync in t'office in an attempt to keep laptops, desktops, etc synchronized.  Our IT bod has just sent an email round asking everyone to run "Standard Desktop Shortcuts.FFS", which probably conveys just about the right amount of exasperation.

Gattopardo

  • Lord of the sith
  • Overseaing the building of the death star
Am downloading win8 on a cetrino dual core laptop....direct from microsoft.

What can go wrong? Shall go straight to 8.1?

Mr Larrington

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
  • Custard Wallah
    • Mr Larrington's Automatic Diary
Am downloading win8 on a cetrino dual core laptop....direct from microsoft.

What can go wrong? Shall go straight to 8.1?

My lapdancer came with Win 8 already installed but I went straight to 8.1 in an attempt to get rid of the foulness that is the Start Screen.  Classic Start Menu is your, or at least my, friend.

I've just had a shocker of a 419 e-mail - it's almost literate :o
External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative & Mayor of Mortagne-au-Perche
Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses in Peacetime

Gattopardo

  • Lord of the sith
  • Overseaing the building of the death star
I have to update it first  :-\


Mr Larrington

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
  • Custard Wallah
    • Mr Larrington's Automatic Diary
Ah, yes, forgot about that.  Not hoping to use it this week, are you?
External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative & Mayor of Mortagne-au-Perche
Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses in Peacetime