* Posts by DJV

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Google HQ evacuated

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Re: Googleplex evacuated in record time

The building was still in beta, anyway...

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Done making the big stuff better? The path to Apple's mid-life crisis

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Angel

@404

"man... I don't know how well I'd deal with a Zombie Jobs as CEO of Apple..."

Yeah, I can see a repeat of the "You're not holding it right" episode but this time with the added Addams Family bonus of his hand falling off onto the floor and rushing off stage with said iPhone.

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

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Meh

Not exactly trouble free...

I did mine late this afternoon (BEFORE this news broke). It wasn't exactly plain sailing but it got there in the end.

In fact, it upgraded itself twice.

I'd connected it to the Mac as it's often safer that way but, after the first update (full download, restart and update shenanigans), iTunes decided that it was still on 9.2.1 and proceeded to do the whole kit and kaboodle a second time! Well, at the moment it seems ok (as far as an iPad 2 can be on 9.x - fingers and wallet crossed).

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Off to Mars this summer? Don't forget your map

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Quorn?

So, not the real thing then...

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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

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"Easy Access" (cough, cough)

Yep, Mr Cartwright and I know EXACTLY which university that was as I was one of the students when you were there, though I am definitely innocent of any attempt to install MacWrite!

I do remember that both the Macs and PCs both used compatible* versions of MS Word. Compatible that is until you attempted to edit a document on one that had been created on the other - formatting almost inevitably went completely out the window, quite alarming when coursework was due and there was a scarcity of available machines with the "correct" architecture!

*Obviously, this was a completely new meaning of "compatible" that Microsoft had cunningly devised.

Another thing I remember from those days was that there was a lab set up with a bunch of dual-floppy-capable Macs (possibly IIfx) but they only had one actual floppy drive installed. After a short while you and your colleagues had to go around taping over the unused 2nd floppy disk drive hole because students had a habit of thinking there really was a floppy drive in there. The rewarding clunk of a floppy hitting the motherboard a few inches below would result in one of you having to pull the case apart to rescue said floppy.

Fun times!

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German lodges todger in 13 steel rings

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What a nob!

See title!

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'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

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Re: the original developer of most of it for Excel 2000

Regretfully, if someone sends you a spreadsheet with more than 256 columns then opening it in Office 97 (and possibly 2000, if I recall correctly) will just silently truncate each line at 256 columns leaving you none the wiser that there was ever any more data available.

I gave up on Office after 2000 and now use WPS or Libre as they are both less hassle.

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Regular Fast Radio Burst detected outside our galaxy

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Re: eight bursts on one day, two bursts on another

Obviously, the Cheela have figured out how to steer the thing...

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'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

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Re: Timer not running

[upvoted mainly for the last (excellent) sentence]

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Official: Seagate notebook drive has shingles

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Well, as it's Seagate, I for one will wait until I see some independent, long-term reliability tests done on the thing (by which time SSDs will probably be closer or even lower in price, anyway).

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Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

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@AC

"Peeps still have anything from Oracle on their machines? In 2016?"

Yeah, I've got VirtualBox - bloody wish Oracle didn't own it, though...

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When customers try to be programmers: 'I want this CHANGED TO A ZERO ASAP'

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Re: What are the odds?

It's a bit like a big red button with the sign "Do not press, EVER!"

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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@AC

So, as evidence, you show us two links from none other than Microsoft? Sheesh, pull the other one!

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Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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Spooky

Damn, I mention "Wogan" one day and by the next, he's dead :(

I hope I am not some sort of jinx.

(Cameron, Cameron, IDS, Hunt, Cameron - just testing - Cameron)

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Reminds me of something Spike Milligan once said:

Flying never killed anyone, it's the crashing that kills you.

(if I remember correctly, he said it when being interviewed on that early evening Wogan chat show)

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Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

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Agreed. I wouldn't touch a Seagate HDD for any money nowadays. Reliability - we've heard of it.

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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Re: Acorn System 1

Between 1978 and 1980 I worked for the PCB manufacturing company that supplied the prototype boards for this, though we never got the contract for the production run. I did keep one of the bare 8K memory extension boards with the intention of expanding my CBM PET - a project that never actually happened.

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This gun says you ain’t leaving until my PC is fixed

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Re: In a dim and distant past.

Excellent story! (unless you were there for the 3 hours, of course)

I use to be a TV engineer for Rediffusion in Norwich back in the 1970s. We never had that specific problem though we did have one particular customer who used to swap all the valves around in his set and then call us to put them back into the correct sockets. Being quite hardy things there was (mostly) no damage done to the valves.

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Lights out! Newbie IT manager's dark basement trip

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Re: Brand New Column?

Your memory is almost fully functional, CDD! It was actually Network Week and I have proof of this as I have just dug out a copy of the 22nd October 1997 edition. The story I'd submitted for "This Damn War" was published on page 4 of that issue. Page 3 also had the BOFH column long before he'd taken up residence at el Reg.

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

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@2+2=5

Wow, you have media where you can store data OUTSIDE the disk? Like in the power cables or something?

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

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@thedroog

"marsd"

Is that some sort of Unix daemon?

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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Re: OK, I'll bite.

Looking at the other screens to the right of the XP one - with the blue background, white window borders/title bar and hints of red/orange... yay, they've upgraded to Amiga Workbench 1.3!

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T'was the night before Christmas, and an industrial control system needed an upgrade

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Re: Which movie was this?

There was a major Perl script running at a company I used to be at. The original programmer, who had departed some months earlier, had made the script as terse and unreadable as possible. The only comment in the whole thing was next to some code whose purpose no one had any idea about.

The comment was extremely useful - it said: "This is a skanky hack"

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Hapless Virgin Media customers face ongoing email block woes

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@moiety

Exactly! The only downside of your post is that I can only upvote it once!

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

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Re: lose...looses

And, many times, was there heard the swoosh sound of things going high over clueless heads.

Have a beer, Alister!

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Hey, Oracle, what's in that VirtualBox security update? *crickets*

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Oracle - ugh!

My heart sank a bit when Sun bought VirtualBox, and then plummeted when Oracle bought Sun. I really hope that VirtualBox eventually escapes their clutches (via a fork, if necessary) like Open/LibreOffice and MySQL/MariaDB have done.

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Mozilla bins 'Tiles' ads plan in Firefox

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Re: Fork off

Pale Moon?

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Unfortunately...

...that hasn't worked for the normal UI. They keep trying to move things around, bolt on unwanted extras and remove useful stuff. Thank goodness for things like Classic Theme Restorer - without that, I would have abandoned Firefox a long time ago.

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Ashildr "me" is the hybrid?

Hmm, but what if the Doctor really is the Hybrid? And via his "human" mother who just happens to turn out to be Ashildr, once she's been sent back to Gallifrey's past to before he was born. Well, she is immortal, so might be considered a suitable mate for another time lord...

...just my theory...

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BOFH: How long does it take to complete Friday's lager-related tasks?

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Re: Time sheet systems

Same here - except I'm self-employed and wrote my own system (as it was simpler to do that than use a spreadsheet). Dead simple, takes seconds to fill in stuff, granularity to the minute, produces monthly invoices in a couple of clicks and provides info to stuff on the tax form at the end of the financial year. No time wasting crap or special codes to remember whatsoever - it works the way I NEED it to work!

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ICO fines PPI claims firm £80,000 over 1.3m spam SMS deluge

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Good

Pity the fine wasn't higher for these annoying scumbags.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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...or the rest of him...

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Microsoft gets Edge on blocking ad injectors

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Re: Another MSFT omnishambles

Congratulations on totally missing the point of the article.

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Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

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FAIL

"no easy way to report it to BT"

Obviously another one from the "No keyboard detected. Press F1 to continue" school of thought stupidity.

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Coding with dad on the Dragon 32

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Re: Colour? Hah!

If you had ever attempted to upgrade it to a "B" with 32K of memory, it probably wouldn't have worked anyway as the PSU wasn't good enough to handle the B's extra power requirements. Which is what I discovered when I tried a full A to B upgrade - had to send it back to Acorn who then replaced the PSU free of charge with one of the later beefier versions.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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"And it seems to be pot luck whether Adobe Flash content works or not."

If you're lucky, it won't...

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Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

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Devil

"So bad, they make Amstrad look good"

Having experienced both in my time, I'm not sure exactly which one is worse - all I know is that any future interactions with either company will be performed using a hands-off approach whether or not I am in possession of a barge steering implement.

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Ruin your co-developers' life with Mimic, the Unicode substitution tool

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Re: Abusing unicode text is fun!

Indeed, I learned my upside down reading skills at school by electing to sit at the front at the desk that butted up against the teacher's desk (of the same height). She always assumed it was the buggers at the back that were cheating!

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Apple 1 goes on sale, expected to fetch £300,000 to £500,000

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Having a "play"

Reminds me of an idiot customer we had when I was doing TV repair for Rediffusion in the early 1970s. He regularly called in to say his TV had stopped workng - we'd sigh knowingly and go round to his house and put all the valves back into the correct sockets again. The valves, being rather hardier than chips, just tended to work fine again. We never had any idea why he liked to rearrange them in the first place!

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How do you create an SLA and status page for the whole internet? Meet IANA: Keepers of DNS

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"but things have changed so much since"

Yep, Jon Postel would now need a bigger sheet of paper if he was still with us!

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Kill Flash: Adobe says patch to fix under-attack hole still days away

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Well...

...I finally ditched Flash* yesterday. I've put the Firefox addon/patch into place that forces the BBC news web site to give me HTML5 (hmm, that version lacks the volume control, for some reason). So far, so good!

* Apart from the 'other' flash in my SSD, of course!

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PIGS IN SPAAAACE: HAMS send porker to 25,927m

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Followed quickly by...

...David Cameron with a jetpack!

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

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Hold on...

...I'll have a look down the back of the sofa - there may be one or two behind the cushions...

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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

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xkcd...

...has already taken advantage of it!

xkcd.com/1581/

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UK.gov wants a cloud wizard at £1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary

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£1000

"£1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary"

Should think so, too! This job will (hopefully) require some actual skills!

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Robber loses heist case after 'evil twin' defence, gets 60 years

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Bacon

The evil one is the one that shags it!

#piggate

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POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

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@Wzrd1

"Indeed, as I recall, around that time, Alaska was in a latitude akin to where New England lies today."

YOU WERE THERE!!!??

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How to build a server room: Back to basics

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Cloakroom

I worked for a Training & Enterprise Council in the 1990s at a time when there was a policy to merge the Business Links with us. We had to take over the local BL's systems and discovered that their server room had previously been a men's toilet. The urinals had gone (and, thankfully, the smell) but the cubicles were still there! I can't remember whether or not the water pipes were still in dangerous proximity.

It was somewhat less than ideal though it did, at least, have a lock on the door (but only a keypad).

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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Grumpy Anonymous Cowards are gonna Grump

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