16 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009
Already there - IBM certification you just pay the test fee to the testing agency. Same with qualifications like SCJP though it's still a good idea to buy the official book.
Re: The other part was the hardware mistake.....
MCA was killed off by marketing who wanted to sell boxes. I was at a talk by Chet Heath, the MCA architect where he talked about the "guest" card - an MCA card with a 386sx, a VGA chip and keyboard and mouse ports. Plug 3 into a PS/2 and you had a mini 4-person server. Cue massive panic in Sales. And so on.
Re: Hursley was a great place
I remember talking to one of the developers of that email system and she told me they were ordered to deliver everything to the minimum spec screen - which was a 3277 24x80 monochrome - not just not support it but block all other features. The mail editor was actually the pretty powerful and customizable xedit editor with the worlds worst profile. Swap in your own profile and it was ... better.
The Notes systems they switched to were actually quite good, especially in Hursley where we had some people who knew what they were doing working on them until the BGC decided it all had to be standardized. Didn't impact me as my email address was redirected to my aix box where I read it with elm - fastest email program I've ever used and could actually keep up with speed at which I went "bollocks" - delete - next - "bollocks" - etc.
I kept OS/2 for years so I could keep playing Galactic Civilizations. Apparently the OS/2 product owner hated the idea of games on his OS. Stardock tried to get IBM to let them support a client version of OS/2 but IBM said they couldn't do it as they "couldn't generate a part number". Give how they could do that for PCs put together out of random stock at Greenock I find this a curious response.
As Albert Einstein observed "If you have a weak argument, just make up a quote and attribute it to some famous dead dude".
Vanity Fair on Microsoft's "Terrible Management Technique" - stacking
“Every current and former Microsoft employee I interviewed—every one—cited stack ranking as the most destructive process inside of Microsoft, "
Re: insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result
As Alan Turing once said "If you're stuck, just make stuff up and attribute it to some famous dead bloke."
"You keep using that word. I do no think it means what you think it means" Watch the video. Specifically watch as "image" ends up on the screen. You see the "I" flash then the space bar flash very briefly but is not passed to the app then the "h" flashes and again is not passed to the app. That's not anecdotal.
"I'm sorry but I can't raise my armrest for medical reasons" then engage the bullshit generator.
may I suggest A for aisle and I for Isle?
On press silence
Decent article in the spectator
Should that be ADD 1 TO COBOL. ?
An old idea applies here - concentrator networks and then something at the top to coordinate it all like Interlink's BES which I use as a manager of managers for zSeries, pSeries, windows, tandem etc etc.
What John said
plus there are tools that allow monitoring of business services such as HP's BAC and RUM and Optier, all of which and the technology monitoring can then be integrated in tools like Interlink's BES. But yes, it is hard to get IT guys to stop thinking in terms of the servers and in terms of the services which just happen to run on them.
How it should have ended
Not banned in the posh suburbs
My then girlfriend's sister drove us out to Bearsden to watch it and, as I recall, nearly crashed us 5 times coming back due to laughing fits.