Saturday, November 17, 2012

ACC complaint against Lenovo

Lenovo have failed to make good on their stated intention to amend their website to clearly show that "Mobile Broadband Ready" machines only accept whitelisted Lenovo cards after six months.

I'm writing an ACC complaint at the moment, alleging that they continue to sell devices with un-disclosed restrictions as a bait-and-switch tactic to force users to buy their marked-up 3G hardware.

I would welcome submissions from anyone else affected by this issue; contact me at the email address listed on the right hand bar in this blog, not via comments.

All Lenovo needs to do is fix its website to link "Mobile Broadband Ready" to a statement showing limitations, and to amend its product datasheets to show the PCI whitelist. This isn't a big thing to ask.

This is a purely private action and has nothing to do with my employer, past or present.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Joining 2nd Quadrant

I'm joining 2nd Quadrant, so I generally won't be posting new PostgreSQL entries here.

New PostgreSQL posts will appear on the 2nd Quadrant blog under my account there.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Network silent (unattended) install of Google Chrome

I recently found myself with the need to push Google Chrome out across all machines in a WDS (Windows Deployment Services) group using MDT (Microsoft Deployment Tools) Deployment Workbench Task Sequences. I needed to do a silent, unattended install of Google Chrome from an offline installer. I still want it to auto-update.

This turns out to be badly documented and the method appears to have changed repeatedly, but once you find the right resources it works well.