* Posts by Simon Travaglia

6 posts • joined 29 Oct 2007

BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

Simon Travaglia

Re: try printing a line of underscores...

We got a bunch of DECUS tapes in one time, and one of them has Fortran Carriage Control pictures in it. One of the programmers showed me the basics of it and another one of them had recently bought a scanner that slipped over the carriage of an imagewriter (or whatever the cheap(?) Mac dot matrix printer was).

I scanned several pictures (the only ones I really recall were ones from the Blues Brothers Souvineer Songbook), kermitted them to the VAX, and wrote a program to convert them to FCC.

THEN someone suggested I read up on Fourier transformations.

I have no idea of how many ribbons I went through, late at night when noone was looking, but they were nice dark pictures...

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Simon Travaglia

Re: Oh Crap

I would be a hoarder if I had a drum. I would mount it on a plaque to remind me of the hours I would have to spend cleaning one with a toothbrush and isopropyl. (I worked for a Uni and isopropyl was like water in the science dept).

Stuck in a room with a Printronix P600, another DEC (possibly) band printer and no hearing protection at all. I knew I wasn't going deaf because I could still hear the seeks of the Twin 8 inch floppies the students used to backup their data.

Good times.

But I loved that drum.

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BOFH: Vampires!

Simon Travaglia
Dead Vulture

Where this episode came from.

I had a story in mind, the Director sneaking around and the PFY following

him out of paranoia. A library featured in the story, and once I started with

the small tangent to librarians I couldn't stop - they took the story over.

Next week's story is actually the story that this was going to be, sort

of, but without the librarians. thank goodness.

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BOFH: Insecurity complex

Simon Travaglia
Boffin

Where this came from

Many years ago I was hostelling in London and there was this bloke there who we called 'The Revolution'. He would sideline any new person and talk about their travel plans and then go on to poke holes at thier proposed destination because when HE was there it was much better, more interesting, gritty, realistic, accessible, etc. Especially Berlin, which he'd apparently spent some time at when the wall was still up. Our favourite quote - and hence his name - came from when someone was going to 'do europe' and then travel to some place in South America, to which our bloke said "Oh, it's really gone downhill. It was so much better before the revolution". Sack of cack.

But everyone's an expert in IT. If you can drive a pocket caculator without getting an E, you're it.

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BOFH: Xmas party: Get a wriggle on

Simon Travaglia

What's all this bollocks about "Best"?

There's no "best", there's just what comes out.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea that's just so bloody great I can't wait to get up in the morning and get it down.

The morning dawns and I think "That was aaaaaabsolute crap!" and chuck it away.

But I have been to a lot of vendor drinks, and even put a black tie on occasion.

Sometimes I feel a complete 'Mr Jolly/Dorchester' binge coming on. Like the IBM do tomorrow when the Mrs has agreed to drive me home from...

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BOFH: A foray into HR

Simon Travaglia

True Story

I worked with a guy once who apparently could whack down 10 pints in a long lunch. Then go back to work.

Frightening

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