Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Cycling

Up to 14,349.4, 4,113.0, 122.0, meaning 20.4 + 71.4 + 12.2 = 104.4 miles, a real collapse as I tried to maximise daylight hours in the garden, and also attend meetings ending at 3pm. That's 3219.6 miles YTD, and maybe 3350 at year end at most, depending on weather.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter is coming

The car was telling me it was -4C this morning at a quarter to seven, dipping to -6C in the country lanes, and only recovering to -3C by the time I got to the office. Brrr!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fixing SMB access in recent Windows 10 updates

One of the updates that came down the wire to the machine I'm running on the insider slow ring in the last few weeks had the effect that trying to access the SMB share on my router gave a message like

\\Remote-Server\Path is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions. etc.

Breaking out Wireshark and comparing a machine still on build 1607 (local account login) with the test machine (MSFT login) showed that the SMB handshake would perform the initial exchange of Session Setup AndX Request, NTLMSSP_NEGOTIATE and Session Setup AndX Response, NTLMSSP_CHALLENGE, Error: STATUS_MORE_PROCESSING_REQUIRED, but the test machine would not then emit a Session Setup AndX Request, NTLMSSP_AUTH, User: Machine\User packet. Further experiment would be needed to tell whether this is because I'm running that machine with a MSFT login rather than a local account, rather than it being an insider build, but in the end, the fix turned out to be going to Control Panel\User Accounts\Credential Manager and creating a new Windows credential just for the Remote-Server address, with username and password sufficient to log on to the share (so for a wide-open read-only share, any username and an empty password will do).

Friday, November 25, 2016

Down Under Comes Up LIVE

Fifty years ago today, due to a launch malfunction of a communications satellite, the BBC ran an opportunistic program with the first live TV broadcast from the UK to the Satellite Tracking Station in Carnarvon, WA. And so I got to appear on live TV.

Me third from left in the front row.

UPDATE: More at, including a tidied up summary video. I'm on screen about the 3:50 mark.

UPDATE 2: Now in colour, me in the middle with the shadow of the microphone on my chest.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

October cycling

Up to 14,329.0, 4,041.6, 109.8, meaning 104.9 + 11.7 = 116.6 miles, a real collapse as I tried to maximise daylight hours in the garden. That's 3115.6 miles YTD, and maybe 3500 at year end, depending on weather. And no late cycle holiday this year, as I had kittens to look after as well.