* Posts by BagOfSpanners

9 posts • joined 8 Feb 2011

Why we should learn to stop worrying and love legacy – Fujitsu's UK head

BagOfSpanners

Working on legacy systems is a career dead-end

I work for an out-sourcing company doing support and development of "legacy" systems for various customers. The most modern technology used is 15 years old. When the customers finally decide to replace the whole thing with something agile and "Digital", I could be a bit stuffed. The customers think me and my employer are slow-moving dinosaurs. Because I work for multiple customers, it's unlikely TUPE would be applicable. I spend at least 10 hours a week of my own time self-training in modern technologies, which are almost completely unrelated to the stuff I use at work, and this is likely to continue. I don't see how this is sustainable.

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Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage

BagOfSpanners

Yes, it's good that Microsoft have published the technical details and given us the opportunity to discuss and learn from this problem.

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HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout

BagOfSpanners

Re: Just say ...

I still think of them sometimes as the Midland Bank, although I threw away my free Griffin Savers school bag some time ago.

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

BagOfSpanners

Re: Auntie Beeb's 500 moment of hell?

I agree it's a nice 500 page, but the HTML alone is 61KBytes, mostly CSS. If they are being DDOSed, should they really be trying to serve such a bulky error page?

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Juniper's VPN security hole is proof that govt backdoors are bonkers

BagOfSpanners

Why didn't co-workers notice?

I'm slightly surprised that someone was able to slip in a code change without co-workers noticing.

In my workplace, although we co-operate most of the time, people tend to take an active interest in code-changes to "their" systems, and are often keen to highlight any mistakes or questionable behavior by their colleagues.

Don't Juniper have a version-control system that records who made each code change, or maybe that was hacked as well? What about peer-review of code changes?

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

BagOfSpanners

I'm a 45 year old developer, and while the company I work for is as full of stupidity as any other, at least it doesn't expect everyone to manage staff like some organisations. I know from experience that I don't have the people skills to be a good manager, but I also know I'm pretty good at gaining and using technical knowledge. My plan is to keep my technical skills up to date, and pour enough money into my pensions that I can retire at 50 if necessary.

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Card skimmers targeting more than ATMs, says EU

BagOfSpanners

Why are ATM fascias so complicated and intricate?

I think the design of ATM machines makes it easier to attach card-skimming devices. They have lots of joints, recesses, protrusions, badges, unnecessary styling features and so on. Even genuine ones look like they've been assembled from various mismatched components over a period of years.

If the entire ATM facia was a single large moulded piece of smooth curved plastic, preferably flush with the wall of the building, it would be easier to spot at a glance recently attached card-skimming devices.

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TDK ST-700 High Fidelity headphones

BagOfSpanners

Do they block the noise of co-workers?

I'm still looking for a pair of headphones that can block the noise of my shouting, yawning, sneezing, coughing, farting, burping, coin-sorting office-mates, while I'm trying to concentrate on coding.

Are these any good for that?

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DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead

BagOfSpanners

I was a MicroVAX man

My memories of DEC's products:

- VMS was rock-solid, and made MS-DOS look like a toy in the early nineties.

- The reliable, well-documented compilers for Fortran, C and Ada, and the way in which it was easy to write programs that mixed languages.

- The excitement of receiving several large cardboard boxes full of tapes and manuals each time a new version of VMS was released.

- TK50 tape drives that sounded like a dentist's drill.

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