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Bananas and Monkeys
Start with a cage containing five monkeys.
Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.
After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.
Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him.
After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.
Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.
Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.
After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done round here.
And that, my friends, is how company policies are made.
What, no mention of Dick Spanner? It used to be shown as part of Network 7 (remember that?) on Channel 4. Very surreal and plenty of sight gags in the background.
Re: I went down the DIY route
I'm using Linux SoftRAID, just like nearly any LInux-based NAS device uses. You'll find few off-the-shelf NAS devices do hardware RAID. The beauty of using Linux SoftRAID means that if your hardware gives up the ghost you can stick the HDs into another Linux machine.
I went down the DIY route
HP Microserver N36L, now the N40L. The N40L offers AMD Turion Neo II (1.5GHz), 4 drive bays, 6 USB ports, Gigabit ethernet, VGA out and 2 PCI-E slots. You get a 250GB HD and 2GB RAM included. Power consumption is under 45W. Certified for Windows and RHEL.
Ebuyer sell them for £230-240, and HP have been offering £100 cashback on them for months now. Stick something like Open Media Vault or other OS of choice on there. Far more flexible option if you're that way inclined.
A friend of mine did the same as me, using Open Media Vault, and he was complaining that it all just worked. He was expecting hours of tweaking and fiddling.
Martin Freeman in the Bernard role.
For the wordplay of Sir Humph, I was thinking Stephen Fry or Rowan Atkinson. But with Rowan, there would be modern day Blackadder comparisons.
Jim Hacker? Hmmm, need to think that one over.
Allegedly, the Superhub can be configured to act as modem-only, allowing you to use your router of choice. VM don't supply modems anymore, probably to make life easier for their script monkeys. "Turn off your hub, wait five minutes then turn it back on again." I wish they gave us the choice of hub or modem, with the understanding you may be on your own with some support issues.
Are they all supplied with a USB soundcard?
How many of these headsets are hard-wired into the USB bit, use a proprietary connector or use standard 3.5mm jack plugs? I already have a decent soundcard in the shape of the Asus Xonar DG, are any of these headsets available sans USB?
"I have yet to find, use, seen for sale, seen in service, seen on any website - etc., etc., etc., ANYTHING, that runs via SPDIF...."
I have SPDIF ports on the following items at home:
Home cinema amp
Pioneer DVD player
Sony LCD TV
So yeah, nothing mainstream uses SPDIF.
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