Dad was Secretary of State under Carter and Secretary of the Army under Kennedy and Johnson
1338 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
(should really do this all in UPPERCASE, but I take pity on you all)
Before I went off to University, the one thing I really wanted, was a Teletype machine for accessing timeshare systems. I managed to find parts of one, and an anonymous, but very kind technician at Teletype's local repair facility built it into a working machine for me...for almost nothing.
I took it to school with me, used it for 4 years in my dorm room (apologies if you lived below me) and managed to get a job repairing them for the university computing center (this job also came with an unlimited time and memory account on the mainframe!). So, not only did I have a job, I learned how to repair my own machine and never had to worry about trudging downhill in the snow to use the public terminals...all my assignments were completed in the comfort of my dorm room.
When I graduated, I took a summer job at DEC's Westfield, MA plant. They happened to make "glass teletypes" there, VT52 and VT05. One of the perks was that employees could buy defective gear from the scrap pile. I bought parts and assembled my own VT05 (which required troubleshooting and repair before I could use it) to replace the Teletype. Graduate school was 300 baud time! Fortuitously, the acoustic coupler I had purchased for the Teletype was capable of higher speeds!
The good old days. I don't miss them, but I sure had fun doing things the hard way.
I had a '59 Beetle. Total death trap, but I learned much about how cars are designed and how they function, by removing and repairing brakes, engine, electrics, etc, at age 16. I would not have had it any other way. Cost me $150 and I sold it two years later for the same amount. I saw it once again, so I know the new owners got their money's worth. All except for the Wolfsburg badge off the bonnet...I still have that.
No windshield washer on mine, but the AM radio worked! And I learned that AUF meant down and ZU meant up when trying to figure out how the pole jack worked...clever, those Germans.
edit: I must add, as I think about it 40 years on, that the '59 Beetle, designed as a "people's car" was a masterpiece of design, for a low cost, manufacturable, basic city car, it was really a work of art.
// insert Yorkshiremen joke here
Re: Probably air con fear
Google "Korean Fan Death".
// those things can kill ya!
Zere vill be NO installink of new aircon wizout the proper papervork!
Re: Wrong title
Yeah? Well, enjoy it.
Rain here today, predicted to last through Wednesday morning. You can pretty much use a meteor shower as a (rainy) weather forecast around here.
We have an old mill or two around where I live, as well. At age 10 or so, Mum took me to a still-working wool weaving mill in New Hampshire (apparently, she knew the owner or something, and we got a tour which you would certainly not be able to get today, even if the place was still running, which it is probably not). Impressive and noisy is all I remember.
Lowell Massachusetts has a whole National Park built around the old mills (which, though I live within 50 miles, I have never seen...must remedy that). http://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm
There is also, in Rhode Island, the New England Wireless and Steam Museum, which hosts an annual "Steam Up", where steam is generated and restored mill engines, rescued at not inconsiderable expense and effort (these things are big and were frequently below ground level) from abandoned and not-so-abandoned mills are powered up, as well as models brought by visitors. Well worth a visit if you're here at the appropriate time (which, this year, is Saturday, October 3) http://www.newsm.org/
// no steam icon?
Re: proper lab protocol...
My Mum used to tell the story of her family parties in the Prohibition years. Her dad was a surgeon, and as such, was allowed to buy pure ethanol...as much as he wanted. "Bathtub gin" was what she called it.
// icon's for the morning after headaches
I wear polo shirts from companies I *used* to work for. Also ones given to me by vendors and friends. Any logo's a good one, as long as it's not the company you're currently working for.
When I worked at Data General (a long time ago)
We once had a new director who informed us that we would be having "Casual Fridays". As an engineering group, we had never heard word one about dress, the implication being, that if all the naughty bits were covered and you didn't smell too bad, you were good.
Our group arrived Friday morning dressed in our "interview suits". Nothing more was heard about the matter.
// a photo was taken...I run across it occasionally
Re: Ignorant and Intolerant Main Stream Media Provides Perfect Protective Cover ....
... more easily understood than your post.
You must be new here :-)
Re: I reckon I can cope with the antics of....
Oh, shuttup, Big Nose!
Re: Why are they not more often in the news ?
''our monitors went ping over xx people who we shall investigate''.
You're saying they have the machine that goes "ping"?
It's very expensive.
I've chucked in a donation. It's a shame they need to beg, but having the first suit on the moon on display would be a good thing. If we can't get approval for the LOHAN flight from the FAA, maybe we can get Neil Armstrong's space suit on display.
Re: Fantastic projets
And the double-decker bus is now a convertible, its computer having failed to process the bridge height restriction in time...
What, Australia? They got the US...where the money comes from :-)
Re: Dumb question...
Perhaps, but certainly the laws of common sense, which seems to be alarmingly absent in today's yoof.
// agree, they should have dumped the water anyway...drones be damned.
Re: Pity it wasn't a French tank
"What idiot would sit around trading fire without moving?"
AKA: shoot & scoot
The grass is always greener...
Re: I wouldn't normally do this but...
Bonus points are awarded for using all three (or four) in the same article.
Long March, surely?
Saleswoman missed the obvious
She should have taken the whole tray, wrapped them up and handed them to the immature pop star, and asked her to pay for the now unsaleable merchandise. If she refused, call the cops.
// behave like a child if you want, but don't expect grown-ups to tolerate it.
Pop singer behaving badly?
It's a job requirement, isn't it?
// have no idea who she is
Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'
Re: From a proud Bible thumper
Stone all of them!
// obligatory Python reference.
Re: Good God !!
I liket The Random Capitalization in his Posts.
// I find it to be a fairly reliable indicator of lunacy
I believe their CEO is aware of the attitude of people like you.
So, in a bid to demonstrate how well his offering worked, he publicised his own social security number.
...and his identity was promptly stolen.
Re: Chatroulette without the dick pics?
I thought we'd all agreed that dick pics are appreciated by *no one*?
// especially, women
// maybe the word hasn't got out?
Re: Refreshing to read ... TRUTH
It's nice to be above average, then. I have never watched Fox "news", and even CNN has shifted over to more talking heads than hard news. I get mine from BBC.
We're not all idiots over here in the colonies, but you could be forgiven for thinking so, if all you go by is our "news" media.
Re: Rule #1
Perhaps it's Rule #1 on page 42?
// now, where did I put that book of rules?
"Simple" changes...often aren't.
// that's why we don't do them on Friday afternoons.
// simple...if you don't understand the details, that is.
Re: Old rant...
THIS. So much, this!
Microsoft: Do One Thing Well.
You are, or can be, good at building software. Stop adding frills, and build the best g*ddamn word, spreadsheet and presentation software in the world. Build software that people *want* to buy, not software that's rigged with incompatible file formats, so they *have* to buy it.
Forget, please, about competing in the phone marketplace. Apple and Android own it and you don't have the experience or the products. You (sort of) still have a chance in the gaming market...only because Sony is as clumsy as they are. But please, just forget about hardware and concentrate on building the best software in the world.
Re: How about a swap?
Let me know how it goes when the Scots are told that their new national language is Spanish.
// I see blue bottoms...
Re: Argies are too late
Perhaps the Falklands domain could be changed from .fk to .fku?
To emphasise to the Argentinians the fact that they're part of the UK, of course...
Re: One big problem
1. How long will your mobile work without being recharged. Mine lasts 2 days. And, as it's an iPhone, I can't "do" a spare battery.
2. How long do you think a mobile tower can operate without mains power? Depends on the size of the tank for the generator, but 24-48 hrs is what I have heard. Then someone had to drive up there and refuel it.
3. Cell site overload. The numbers have improved with digital, but still an issue, especially since all those with nothing to do will immediately get on the mobile to their friends, to discuss the fact that neither of them have anything to do. Tough luck if you have an emergency.
Yeah, it's better than nothing, but cellular can't hold a candle to POTS in robustness or reliability.
// have an old Western Electric phone...ever since the power went off and my cordless didn't work...duh?!.
One big problem
Internet doesn't work for long if mains power goes out. POTS is powered by batteries at the central office. Designed that way so that the parts likely to fail are all in one place, and easy to fix.
I understand the economics and the reasons for this, but I have a soft spot for the old copper system, which, if it were allowed to, would outlive me, because it's so damn well designed and built. I have much respect for The Telephone Company, their engineers and craftspeople, may they all rest in peace.
In My World, you'd have a single fiber connection for fun, and a POTS connection for when you really need it, like when you need an ambulance and the power's out (and the little dinky made-in-China backup battery in your fiber interface has long since departed)
// don't forget who Tommy Flowers worked for...
Re: TLDR - Urgent
And I'd prefer not to think about the edges of the boards and their little glass fibers that stick into the skin, oh, so easily, and itch for a week!
"...I am fighting for the work of the Lord.." --
...said every leader, ever.
Re: Really? The WERE Brazillian Wandering Spiders were they??
If you'll check the linked article:
You'll notice the spiders were identified by none other than the distinguished entomologist Chris Tosney, in reply to the frantic mum's Facebook post.
I couldn't help but notice
The photos in the linked article showed a white fuzzy patch (presumably the former home of the offending arachnid) which looked remarkably un-stepped-on.
Bananas usually look a lot more worse-for-wear than the example in the photos after being stepped on.
Ask me for a phone number, you're getting my work number.
Ask me for my email, you're getting my "for orders only" email
Ask me for my ZIP code when I'm purchasing something at a shop, you're getting my work ZIP (or a random one).
Any more questions?
// yes, I actively try to pollute databases...
Funny how little has changed
First photo: Respected boffin and guy-who-does-the-real-work pose in front of impressive hardware
Second photo: Suits pose in front of impressive hardware (guys*-who-do-the-real-work noticeably absent)
* intended to include female "guys" as well
You know how I know the Springdale plods have too much money and not enough to do?
On the brighter side, there's obviously no real crime in Springdale.
I happened to be at home for the last tech support call my wife received. She said nothing, smiled, and handed me the phone. Which I promptly took over to my Linux Mint machine, and played along (the menu items are similar enough), strung the poor sod along for a good 15 minutes, until he gave up and told me to call Microsoft.
It was at that point that I, still playing the unfortunate computer user, asked him if I should tell them I was using Linux. His response had us giggling for another 15 minutes.
// since 1993
Other than XBOX, mice and keyboards...
...with what hardware has Microsoft ever made money?
Kinect, I guess.
Remember the Microsoft KIN Social Communicators? Died a month after introduction, and you can bet the development costs weren't insignificant.
Microsoft does software (passably) well. They should stick to it, build the best software they can and support it well. The term "best" does not at this time, encompass Office, Visio or Project. They all have flaws, some of which have existed for years. However, they all also have shiny new UI's. This says something about MS's priorities. (Hint: they're concentrating on form over function)
Stop releasing every year, stop changing the UI, go back to building quality....
Ahhh...why do I even bother?
Re: quaternary, quinary, senary....
NO! NO! NO!
There'll be no singing!
Get back to work!
Oh, it was *brand new* :-) And, they had "tested" it...by pushing the TEST button. Genset cranked over and started right up, just like it was supposed to.
They hadn't wired the powerfail start-up circuits correctly. The test switch worked fine, but when it came to the Real Thing...five minutes of UPS, then crickets...
Looks like you had great weather for it!
And very successful, too. Being in sight of the touchdown is proof of that.
// No LOHAN tankards visible?
// Just checked Google - Springs EAST Airport is comfortingly located EAST of Colorado Springs, not west.
Hire some competent architects, stop letting the marketeers run your company!
Executives: start listening to the architects and stop ruling by fiat!
And, please, if there's ONE thing you do...stop changing the UI!
If you want your OS to be taken seriously, pick a UI and stick with it. Users see your OS as a necessary evil, required to get their work done. You're not helping them get their work done by having them spend all their time looking for where the "whatever" button has moved to, this week.
Honestly, if I had a hammer...I'd use it to pound the above idea into Microsoft execs' brains...if I could find them, that is.
Re: Modern Applications
// RPN 4 LIFE!!`1!