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10 posts • joined 8 Dec 2009

If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

mal7921

I had a qualification and little experience, but...

... I went through Employment Training and asked a local IT Support company if they would take me on as part of the Employment Training scheme. I gained experience and a reference, they got a bench engineer (A post that did not exist before 'We' created it at the company), at least 6 months of stuff being fixed and the Government paying my 'wage'.

They liked me, they kept me and I became senior field service engineer within 2 years.

Now nearly 18 years later I've had a great and varied career and now manage an IT department and am considering starting up on my own.

Sometimes you have to be a little creative to get in there, and use whatever the current system is in place to your favour.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

mal7921

Re: Taking a byte at history

I'm 41, I used the BBC in school and the Archimedes in college, I also provided the art package that our local authority used in the schools (It was my 'A' level project originally) when the Archimedes replaced the BBC (Usually the A3000 but later the A3010 or A3020) and have an A7000+ at home.

The PC did take over but the Archie was there from the late 80's (1988 where I lived) in colleges right up to the mid 90's in some schools. It was (And still is) an excellent machine to learn programming on and was clock speed for clock speed faster than anything else on the market.

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

mal7921

Re: Good old BT...

I should add that in my consultancy days, we went to Colt. Same lines from BT, installed by BT in half the time, 2/3 the cost and none of the hassle.

They won't change, they are just too big to die.

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mal7921

Good old BT...

In my days as a consultant in Managed Services, we used to use BT leased lines and had a dedicated account manager to getthse put through. We went through 6 account managers in 4 months as they could not cope with our orders. It wasn't an issue with the orders, but the problems they had with the BT internal processes that made their own account managers quit.

In my previous job to my current role, we used to get Blackberry's through BT and while ordering new handsets was pretty simple, the hoops we had to jump through regarding faulty handsets was just plain stupid.

However... In my current role, BT supply the lines and the telephone system in our office, it has taken 2 years of my life that I will never get back to get the system replaced due to a persistent fault. In the meantime we started looking at new systems and aked BT to quote on a system among other vendors supplying similar products. Well BT's prices were stupidly high, one line of the quote was £750 for racking the system... 4 cage nuts and 4 screws, a bit of cable routing equates to £750??? I'm in the wrong bloody job!

Needless to say, they are not getting the contract, or the line renewal.

Shame as the support guys I talk to are great people, just the company they work for is too big and too complacent

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

mal7921

We're still on Atari's here

Still no other computer can beat the Atari ST/TT/Facon for basic MIDI timing.

www.atarimusic.net

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Apple preps TV enabled iMac ahead of own-brand telly

mal7921

They had TV tuners in 1997 powermacs

The last Mac with a TV tuner was the PowerMac 5500 in 1997, the last 'all in one' machine Apple made before the launch of the iMac and to be honest it is still a fine machine. Works as a TV for our playstation quite nicely and keeps the kids amused.

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Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops

mal7921

Performance? That was the whole point of ARM

"* Performance, ARM processors are designed with power efficiency in mind. Look, I'm a Brit so "rah rah ARM". But they are not designed for performance and will be absolutely hammered by Intel/AMD in this regard for laptop processors."

Have you ever run comparable machines side by side? Even at the beginning with the Archimedes, ARM chips kicked the normal desktoip class processors clock for clock, as an example in 1988 if you took a Mac, an Atari ST and an Amiga and put them up against the Archimedes A305 (The bottom of the range machine), all running at around 8MHz, the Archimedes left the other machines for dead due to the processor architecture.

There are numerous reasons why the Archimedes didn't take over the world, including price, lack of compatability with current and emerging standards at the time, and Acorn's relative obscurity outside of education, especially in the UK, but performance was not an issue.

As for cost of a FAB, there are more ARM chips manufactured every day than any other processor, and there is no reason why an Apple chip cannot be manufactured alongside someone elses chip as the core processor is the same. ARM Technologies own the processor, but other people make and distribute it for them.

Ok, the point on emulation is pretty valid, though did PPC emulation really hit pattery power on a MacBook or MacBook pro? I didn't notice much if any difference, if anything XP under boot camp hit performance the most (And even then not by as much as many people claimed at the time).

IT would be good to compare a 2.4GHz 64 bit ARM chip with a 2.4GHz 64 bit intel chip, but as only one of those exists for the moment, we can only speculate on the outcome.

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Five amazing computers for under £100

mal7921

I miss my Pismo..

I managed to get a Pismo off ebay for £90 3 years ago, still boxed and with all disks and manuals. Sadly some lowlife scum broke into the house and stole it, along with some other kit (Including my iMac G4, but they left the intel iMac, they must have been Apple purists) but I remember setting it up with OS9 and using it on battery for 9 hours straight without needing to connect to the mains.

While I got a unibody MacBook pro and a 20 inch iMac out of the insurance, I still long for my old Pismo G3 laptop...

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Who will rid me of these obsolete PCs?

mal7921

Sometimes the UK education system is way too picky

We recently tried to give some of our old PC's to education so that they could be donated to children with no computers at home. They wee refused because they 'Would not be to the same specification as the systems they use within the school"

WTF??? Surely a PC would be better than no PC at all!

Sometimes you just can't give stuff away

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Acer Aspire 5738DZG 3D 15.6in notebook

mal7921

Something old, something new...

Funny, I remember SEGA doing the same thing with the Z80 based master system in the late 80's (I used to sell the 3D glasses kit in 1989).

Funny how things come around...

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