It's actually an acronym that was used internally :-P
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It's actually an acronym that was used internally :-P
"the trick shocks and dampers..."
last time I noticed, shocks and dampers werer the same thing :-) Bit like pants and trousers....
sector drift was basically a phenomenon where the sector boundaries became fuzzy and out of focus because the head positioning wasn't accurate enough or would slowly change due to wear and tear - here's a link to a scanned article in PC Mag c. 1991 which explains in broad detail
Spinrite was actually quite useful in the early to mid 90's when the hard disks did suiffer from sector drift - I rescued many ST225s, crappy Kyocera KC20s and the like, using it.
Someone's been watching too much Billy Connoly, if that's possible :-)
Dangermouse - you need to try Belladrum festival in Scotland. Brilliant mix of music and low proportion of assholes.
Organic kitty litter of the compressed wood pellet sawdust variety also absorbs the smell much better than the inorganic. I had 5 young cats at one time so did a fair bit of research on this metter :-)
One of my previous employers bet and lost their shirt on Autonomy - they spent a fortune building a datacentre in Farnborough and buying IBM kit to host the Autonomy software, with a view to selling it as SaaS, so that customers didn't have to pay a seven figure sum to buy it outright. This was in the run up to the dot com bust and may have been a bit ahead of the curve but, needless to say, the whole project was driven by sales people who could only understand the sell and forget model of doing business. Mike Lynch was the hero of the day until it tanked when they couldn't get enough customers to sign up.. In the end the company was sold for a song to a big Dutch IT company.
Your missing pixels problem is common across all the VW/audis of that sort of age. I've got a 15yo A4 that has the same problem. It's a different sort of display anyway - dot matrix rahter than lcd. Dry solder joints or knackered flexi strip will be the problem I think. Like all these things, it'll cost you a fortune get it fixed by the stealership, but if you know someone with a few simple tools and a couple of hours to spare they can be fixed relatively cheaply.
BTW - I know VW/Audis have their problems but, how may Fords/Vauxhalls/etc do you see on the road that are more than 10/15 years old compared with the number of VW group ones? Mine's done a quarter of a million miles and still goes like a train. YMMV of course :-)
tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR SPACEPORT!!!
" Does yours have black buttons labelled in black letters on a black background with little black lights that light up black to show that you have done it?"
as patented by Hotblack Desiato....
things were different. the golf was an ugly wee box and the scirocco was much easier on the eye. Once they got the rust problems largely sorted in the late 70s, they were great cars. I had a MKII Storm ( metallic brown - ah the 80s! ) that I loved because it was so easy to work on, most of the parts were the same as a golf, i.e. cheap, and it had decent legroom in the front. Was just a pity they didn't do a turbo Quattro version :-) Had to switch badges for that pleasure
Tomi Ahonen may not be totally impartial but he does tend to back up his arguments/opinions with freely available figures. He is a bit obsessed with Sun Tzu tho :-)
I don't remember the Happy Days episode but I loved Mork & Mindy. The first record (vinyl 45rpm) I ever bought was by a British parody band called the Barron Knights who brought out a single in 1978 or 79 called nanu nanu, shazbot which I thought was the funniest thing ever at the time. DISCLAIMER: I was only 11/12 years old at the time :-) but I've still got it somewhere along with every other bit of vinyl I've ever bought.
well the British already invented the dirigiberbil years ago....
OMG! I've not heard that name for abo0ut 20 years - I still have bad memories of having to nurse Kyocera 20MB dives periodically with spinrite to counter sector drift. I ran it over a weekend once on a CDC/Seagate Wren EDSI drive, that was a whole 670 odd meg, and it was still at it when I came in on on the Monday morning!
er - I think you'll find it is possible to read amiga disks with a PC floppy drive - you just need the right sort of controller behind it. I worked for a company in the early 90s that did exactly that, saving images of amiga,commodore,spectrum and amstrad games to PC format files, for writing back to blank media at a later time - these came off 5.25", 3.5", amstrad 3" and cassette. There were PCs in John Menzies & WH Smith shops, usually hidden under the tills, that would write the games back to blank media on the spot, so that the shops didn't have to carry loads of stock, just blank media and inlays.
I think you'll find that many of the 'Seagate' SCSI / ESDI Wren drives were actually re-badged CDC/Imprimis drives - in 1990 we had a 4766E full height 5.25 with a massive 660MB formatted that came in at a couple of grand: the CDC model number was 94196-766 and Seagate ST4766N. Nothing much has changed over the years. Latterly came in useful for keeping your coffee warm :-)
That fish box looks a bit posh! When I were a kid in the 70's, I remember bits of old wooden fish boxes being used to repair furniture and make impromptu shelving. If you were lucky, they only smelled faintly of shellfish. Those were they days :-)
It's been a while since I last wrote any C but, putting the bracket on the same line, or the equivalent in whatever language you are using, just does nothing for clarity, unless it's a one-liner where it is obvious what's going on. I've never understood why people have to cram their code into the smallest space possible, it's not like the extra whitespace is going to make a jot of a difference to the complied code and gone are the days when you have to try and cram your source code onto a 256K floppy or worse! Coding shorthand so often just obscures the flow, especially if it's the first time you've looked at it for months or years or you have the misfortune to inherit someone else's undocumented project!
At least USB slots are often on the front of a device where you can see what you are doing. As a previous owner of Peugeot/Citroen cars I was less than surprised to find out that the SCART standard originated from France: a good idea but the implementation fell somewhat short :-) I've lost count of the number of times I have had to scrabble blind at the rear of a TV or video/dvd player, trying to find the tiny sweet spot on a flush mounted SCART socket, where it will actually accept the plug. The alternative being to spend ages disentangling the rat's nest of tv/video/console/satellite/set top box wiring to haul out the offending unit for a better view
Looks suspiciously like the ultra-gaudy blue Nokia Lumia colour scheme. Subliminal association intended perhaps?