One more crack about tailing the logs and I'll lose my patience.
469 posts • joined 7 Oct 2008
I've seen them in the wild, worn by HR "people" and a vicar. Make of that what you will
I might be tempted by the heart rate monitor function, but only when its got a similar battery life to my Misfit. Six months between charge or battery change and I'll give it a serious look.
Re: What Next?
If they ban clothing at my place of work I'm leaving. Imagining my colleagues naked has just given me The Fear.
"I'm not sure about a title yet."
The Great Bost Out. Our kid.
Re: Using page zero...
Hefty dose of nostalgia at the mention of 6502 assembler, thank you. I rarely got that close to the metal again, but it was an excellent grounding in efficient programming practice.
Last night I dreamed of the shriek of a dial-up modem handshake. Quite gave me a turn, so it did.
Is there an exhibit for the bonsai kittens?
Re: "the wardrobe sized DSCOVR spacecraft"
How many wardrobes in a bus?
Pah! Kids these days ...
Chain printers used to eat people. Whole.
Re: What's with car reviews on an IT site?
I have based several recent car choices on reviews on El Reg, indeed I am enjoying my Renault Twingo greatly, a car I wouldn't have considered without that review. These reviews are well-written, comprehensive and take a real-world view, all qualities which I find useful.
As to the IT relevance, have you listened to any conversations in any room with a reasonable concentration of IT folk? At some point it will turn to cars. It just does. You may start off with bit-rates, terabytes and mips but eventually you will end up at 0-60 and bhp. As the daughter of a manufacturer of automotive fasteners I'm quite used to it and join in quite happily. Car talk is all part of IT. No matter how hard I have tried. needlework talk hasn't replaced it yet.
Anyway, I may need to new job so that I can afford this particular run-around. Time to hit the job sites.
They must be hungry
I wondered why my colleagues spend so much time staring at my chest rather than making eye contact.
Re: Not up to it.
Not knowing your requirements it's difficult to advise, but I went with Nationwide as there are no shareholders (it's the last mutual on my high street) and the IT is based in Swindon. Your mileage, as ever, is variable.
Not up to it.
I moved my account after the last farrago. NatWest was a well-run bank before it is acquired by RBS.
Didn't Apple already cover off PowerPC apps on Intel?
Very glad that you told us
Quite narked that LastPass didn't.
I have a grim sense of self-awareness gathering around me.
"... and the sentence is DEATH".
Judge Death's line I believe, rather than Dredd's.
I moved my account after Nat West's last failure to provide basic banking services due to an IT failure. Shame, they were a good bank until RBS took them over.
Re: One does not simply walk into an Apple store..
"it used to be the case that no sensible techno-person would ever buy Version 1.0 of anything Apple...."
This also applied to version 2.0 of anything MicroSoft. They twigged this and released Win NT at version 3.0 to try to fool the punters that the Customer Beta versions had been and gone.
I love the smell of fixer in the morning
I spent many happy hours of my youth in a dark room sniffing chemicals. My Durst enlarger is still in the loft because I can't bring myself to throw it away (there seems little point in trying to sell it). It took me a long time to switch to digital and then an even longer time to invest in a camera other than a compact as anything that came close to my old Minolta was either too expensive or too large. Now that I've found a camera that does the job I'm having fun applying old darkroom techniques in software, but I'm not sure that I'd go back to chemistry for any reason other than nostalgia.
I found that old Minolta recently, alongside my Dad's Voigtländer, both with half-exposed rolls of film in them. I finished the 120 film in the Voigtländer and got that processed and scanned and I'm going to do the same with the film in the Minolta, but that will probably be the last time it gets used before being put on a shelf for the last time.
I like that. The Bong should be the unit of project stupidity, Impossible.com would be fully Bong, Universal Credit 0.85 Bong, and so on down to something completely unBong such as PGP.
That's the one (see cross-posting). I seem to remember we thought it a refreshingly original UI paradigm (we were still saying "paradigm" with a straight face back then - ah youth!).
I wish I'd kept a screen capture of the hillbilly riff on MS Bob - MicroSoft Bubba. As I recall you closed programs by shooting them with a shotgun which was always to hand.
Re: Sewing machine driveru
The XP box died of natural causes. Rather than build a new one I used what was to hand, largely out of interest as I don't do that for a living. I tried hard enough to work out that it was easier running XP standalone as a separate boot, but it's still an XP box at the end of the day.
Your suggestion is constructive, however, thank you.
I've got one piece of software - Bernina's embroidery module driver - that insists on Win XP (at the latest, it was written for Win95) running on bare metal. I've tried virtualising it under SLES, OSX and Win Server 2008 but no dice - it won't talk to the hardware unless the OS is natively installed. So that's one person who wants a computer with XP on it.
I could upgrade the sewing machine, but for all bar one use case it does exactly what I need, does it well and the modern Bernina's don't have die-cast alloy chassis.
I salute you Sir
My degree is in Physics with Laser Physics. Without his work I would have neither a specialism to study nor, even more importantly, the ability to spend many happy hours dicking around with lasers.
I can't put into words how much pleasure you can have dicking around with lasers.
A perfect encapsulation of my objections to this well-intentioned but ham-fistedly executed film.
O2 were ok but didnt't have a mast in the valley I moved to. T-Mobile did, but when they merged to form EE that mast was degraded when they consolidated their networks. Fortunately 3 put a mast in and I've been a happy customer ever since. Now I'm worried about the next network consolidation. If I lose that mast I'm knackered again. Neither of the work mobiles - O2 and EE - get a good signal, which is fine for my purposes, but I need my personal one to work.
Blimey. Feels like only yesterday.
We must make sure that we don't lose any useful words as we embiggen the language.
The only tlds that I might feel the urge to register would probably be refused on the grounds of taste.
That was a wonderful "Got, got, want, got, want ..."-esque trip back to a 70s childhood.
I first saw Fischer Technik in Rackhams in Birmingham and yearned for it. This surely, was the future. Perhaps tellingly for a child of the metal-bashing Midlands I knew that Meccano was somewhat more appropriate. Oh, and Girl's World, obviously. With a chemistry set you could try to manufacture your own make up.
South Korean Nuclear Plant
When I heard the news this morning about schematics being dragged out of a South Korean nuclear power facility and heard the assurances that the control systems were not hackable my thoughts turned to air gaps and firewalls. Leaving any system controlling a sufficiently large amount of energy open to attack seems somewhat careless.
Thank you for that, that makes things much more usable. The other changes are welcome, but that's the one that tips me into the pro camp. Some of the aesthetics aren't what I'd choose - it still looks rather glaring - but hey, I'll wear shades.
Though I must admit that 30+ years of staring at 80 column / 24(or 25) line green on black screens may have coloured my judgement.
I know from your last update that you don't believe that the site is now too white, but believe me, it really is very, very white indeed.
And another one gone.
First the positives: I can see what you tried to do and you didn't fuck things around as much and as badly as the a Guardian has.
Unfortunately, this seems to be another iPad centred redesign that takes no account of the desktop user. Why so much wasted space? We're IT pros, we've got the biggest and best screens we can screw out if the budget. Throw us s bone, or at least a dynamic layout.
What is the current obsession with Fisher-Price design? If you'd ever run an article telling us how much the whole world loves TIFKAM then I could understand it, but you haven't, you never will so why the kids interface?
A well intentioned effort, but not quite there.
I hope to see a change that I can get behind in the near future.
Could be worse
My MP thinks that a SS uniform is suitable attire for a best man for a stag party in a French ski resort. He won't be my MP after next May.
I wrote what seems like a remarkably similar progress bar for a VB3 project years ago. Wonder if I've got the code anywhere? Probably on a floppy.
Good news. Bad news.
Thank [DEITY] I can't see Gorf.
I can, however, see Bomb Jack.
Re: from stats, it's actually quite nippy
Are you bringing facts to an uninformed rant fight? I admire your chutzpah.
MS on multiple platforms
MS was born supporting multiple platforms. After cranking out versions of MS Basic for any and every machine that came along, they cut their teeth in GUI programming by writing Word for the original Mac platform long before Windows appeared. Word, then Office, has always been written and supported for Apple OSs.
I do hope that you've got some snark left with which to report it.
Back in the day
Back in the time of mainframes, when chain printers ate print ops for breakfast, I said to an older and wiser colleague that I looked forward to the paperless world that we were creating. He laughed, pointed at the piano-ruled paper waterfalling off my workstation and said, "You'll see a paperless toilet before you see a paperless office". Since then I seem to have proved him right every single day.
Thank you Mr. Petzold
You made writing code for Windows much less painful than it could have been.
Re: "As slow as a fart in a frying pan"?
You raise an interesting point @returnmyjedi. A supercooled frying pan would result in a very slow fart. We need to establish the environment before measuring.
"As slow as a fart in a frying pan"?
Sounds quite nippy to me. I tend to go with other metaphors when trying to describe slowness: "Slow as a pregnant dugong", "like waiting for comments on an RFC", "like watching synapses fire in HR".