* Posts by John Ellin

13 posts • joined 9 May 2007

Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

John Ellin
FAIL

I remember when...

Back in 1990, I was reviewing databases which were to run as NLM (Oracle, SqlBase, a few others). MS provided my with SqlServer for NT. When I pointed out that we didn't have NT, they provided it. On 35 floppies.

After 12 had gone back to MS with read errors and I said "No More", they asked if the machine had a CD drive. "Sure does," said I. And so I got a new installation: three floppies and a CD.

Disk 1 booted: no problem

Disk 2 loaded: no problem

Disk 3 loaded: no problem

Then I got the message: "Please insert the Windows NT CD-Rom into drive A: and hit any key to continue..."

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

John Ellin
Pint

Just the pints of beer

Aircraft should not have their altitude given in feet, rather their Flight Level should be posted. Although this number bears a remarkable resemblance to the altitude in feet, it does so without mentioning said imperial unit. Win-win.

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Russia wins World Cup bid in parrot-sickening travesty

John Ellin
FAIL

Going to the world's largest country?

I didn't know Canada had even asked for it. There should be a new stadium in Hamilton, ON for it by then, but the propects for it being built in time for the PanAm games are getting slimmer.

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US healthcare data plan slammed for encryption get-out clause

John Ellin
FAIL

Encryption hmmm...

"Using encryption on the Internet is the equivalent of arranging an armored car to deliver credit-card information from someone living in a cardboard box to someone living on a park bench."

--- Gene Spafford

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Apple admits iPhone apps not suitable for business

John Ellin
Big Brother

Luxury items

Did they ever resolve the taxable difference between chocolate cake and chocolate biscuits ?

Mmmmmmm Jaffa cakes.

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The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

John Ellin
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Please.....

if I remember rightly, ls is short for list schema. Also, isn't more the M$DOS equivalent of the *NIX more command ?

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McAfee update classifies Vista component as a Trojan

John Ellin
Coat

Scope

Linux systems are unaffected by this problem ?

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McAfee slaps Trojan warning on MS Office Live

John Ellin
Coat

what do you mean "no ready solution is apparent"

I run Linux and I never get false positives from an anti-virus program.

I'll get my coat now.

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MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

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I'm still here

And I remember Windows 2.

and Geoworks

and Desqview

and Deskview X

Heck, I even remember DOS....

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El Reg decimates English language

John Ellin

Prepositions

Everything went to hell as soon as Capt Kirk was first to boldy split an infinitive as none had been split before.

I just want to round up all those who forget that a preposition is something you never end a sentence with.

Oops.

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Thigh-drive phone charger put through its paces

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Perfect for captain cyborg

This is exactly what the nutter needs to keep his sub-dermal GPS devices charged up. Can't wait to see the press release....

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Israeli futurologist predicts terror horror

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Captain Cyborg's brother ?

Am I being overly sceptical, or is this guy somehow related to a certain Kevin Warwick of Reading University ?

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Sun may never set on British Empire's pint

John Ellin

US pint not really 4/5 imperial pint

Although it's true that a US pint is only a measly 16 floz, the US floz contains more liquid that an imperial floz as its volume is set as the volume of 1oz of water at room temperature (21C-ish), whereas the imperial floz is set as the volume of 1 oz of liquid water at (just above) freezing point...

So how anyone can say "it's easier to trade with the US by keeping the same measurements" clearly hasn't done their research and is talking hogwash - imperial measurements are not the same as the US measurements of the same name...

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