526 posts • joined 4 Jul 2007
Why not take it all out?
Like the Il Tempo Gigante...
The full-sized version has a 6.7L Big Block Chevy in the front and a gas turbine in the back.
You know they've done it right, when noise polluton laws forbid you from starting the rear engine...
I got him confused by first saying I didn't have a 'Windows key' on my keyboard, that it was a very old keyboard, then that I didn't have Internet explorer or Firefox... But that I did have another browser I could start...
Then he very slowly and painfully directed me towards Teamviewer...
And I 'sunk his battleship' by claiming that the site told me that my OS was 'not supported,' and I asked 'You are aware that I'm running OS/2, right?'
He got off too lightly....
Even the Devil would consider Multifunction Printer/Mopier service contracts as 'too cruel'...
And beancounter 'deals'...
I know of such deals that have ended up costing companies the double of what they were paying, with no improvement in service. (One who used to order a pallet full of toner cartridges in one go, ended up getting them delivered as separate items... )
She's not a genuine BOFH!
She drinks expensive wine, not Guinness!
Didn't Peter Norton sell off everything long before there was a 'Norton Antivirus'?
And I seem to remember that when Symantec introduced NAV 1.0 they set up stand at a computer show and advertised that people could come and have their diskettes scanned for free...
And that reporters from PC Plus took them up on it, and brought diskettes that really should be tored in lead-lined containers...
NAV didn't find a single virus, and when pressed, the booth-drones admitted that they were using a non-working 'pre-release' version.
I wonder how many visitors went home with virus-infected diskettes that day...
Unfortunately, we're using the current version at the office, and it can't even protect against browser hijackers...
Truer words have never been spoken!
Simon, if I ever bump into you anywhre, I'll buy you a beer!
(And given the price of beer here in Norway, that means I appreciate this article A LOT!)
Re: Jaz drive
Yeah, the JAZ drives were nice.
Now, if you wanted to list any 'never had a gnat's chance' to succeed, I'd nominate the Iomega Clik!
(renamed to PocketZip after the 'Click of Death' mess of the Zip drives... Exactly how is naming another product after a borked one a good idea?)
The Sony MD-Data...
(Look! It's slower than a floppy! Also, even if you could copy a music file onto the MD-Data disc, it wouldn't actually play it. Not that it mattered. Transferring music didn't take longer with an audio cable... )
Re: Even newer vehicles can benefit
No wonder fuel is cheaper over there... you get the dregs...
Here in Norway, 95 octane is 'normal' and 98 is 'high octane'.
They also sell 92 octane in and around Oslo. It's probably OK if all you do is sit trapped in rush-hour traffic.
Can't blame you...
I once overtook a 911(9something anyway) with my 1999 berlingo(replaced the 1998 mentioned in another post after a cunt with a SUV but no clue wreced it in a parking lot)...
Boy does the 1.4i scream when you throw it from 5th(it was doing 60Km/h) down to 2 and flooring it.
Woke up the b@stard in the Penisextender, at least, since he overtook me on the next straight part of road(read: 5Km later. This is Norway after all)
It was worth it to take that hit on the mpg...
Yeah, I'm a bit of a bastard...
Re: Home mechanics...
I had my 1998 Berlingo (1.4i) in for an engine replacement...
(My fault, sloppy maintenance)
The replacement was from a 1997...
The garage first tried to use the ECU from the 1998, then when they realised it wouldn't work with the injectors on the 1997, they tried to swap over the injectors. (No good. Different physical size)
All because they didn't want to swap out the ECU...
(The Berlingo didn't connect the ECU and BSI until 2000, when they did a big overhaul of the electronics. So no reprogramming anywhere to do this job)
On an earlier car of mine, the instrument panel had no lights after they swapped the speedo cable.
I think I prefer to do the work myself from now...
Re: Lister and mirlees diesels...
I remember an anecdote a friend told me.
A buddy of his had bought a 1970s fishing boat, and was rebuilding it to live in.
The SABB (No, not the Sweedish SAAB) diesel looked as it had never been serviced, so he searched around and found plans and parts lists, then called the factory and tried to order a full service kit,(gaskets, bearings, injector, the works).
The factory spokesman refused to sell him more than a few gaskets, because "There's no way that engine needs a rebuild yet!"
(If you build an engine to be used as the sole propulsion on a boat destined for the North Atlantic, you tend to err on the side of solidity)
Did you also remember to block all known VPN services (Including iPredator), every bl**dy block owned by ComCast, China, Ukraine... ?
Re: success rates in restoring from tape?
Which tape formats did you try to recover from?
It sounds like DAT, MiniDV, or possibly a 40GB DLT...
Re: Lowest-cost archive medium
DO NOT mention DAT and backups together!
The only media worse than DAT is VHS tapes. Even 8mm tapes were better!
DAT tapes can't F! handle the all the sudden starts, stops and winding operations and will stretch the band, making it unreliable after just a few uses.
I've used them all, DAT, Mini DV, 8mm, QIC, SLR, DLT, super DLT, LTO2, LTO3, LTO4...
And probably a few I've managed to repress the memory of...
For home use today, I'd say to use multiple USB or networked HDDs, do 'full backups' and not to trust a drive older than 3 years.
I have a 'main' 4TB networked drive at home(locked in a closet together with the router), and two USB drives of the same capacity. Every month I backup the networked drive to one of the USB drives, and bring it 'offsite(drawer in my office), then I bring home the other drive to await the next 'full backup'
Any changes between the backups is copied to a USB-stick.
In the case of many changes or lots of files added(ripping a complete Dr. Who season from DVD, maybe) I do the backup as soon as the changes are done instead of waiting for the 'monthly'
Digital photography and inkjets...
While digital photography seems to have matured(I still can't take a decent picture, though... but now I can't blame the camera), inkjets are a different matter...
Sure, some of them now has ink that costs less than high-end perfume, and sure they print pretty pictures... then they start clogging...
Porn industry and 'emerging technology'...
As there are now flexible materials coming on the market, and even dedicated printerheads capable of working with silicone and similar materials... How long until you can print replicas of 'anatomical details' of actors/actresses?
'Ribbed for your pleasure'...
That fibre-attached SAN?
Was it a HP 2324fc?
If 3 drives dies, the controller handling that array goes down. And the other controller?
Instead of taking over, which HP drones told us it would do, decides to lock up in sympathy...
Try finding a serial number on it... without pulling it from the rack...
(No beancounter will EVER be allowed to touch the back of a rack I'm responsible for.)
And while I can't really blame the Brokade SANswitches on them, I'm going to anyway, since we have the models that fits in the back of HPs C7000 blade enclosures...
I feel dirty every time I log in to reconfigure them... And that's without using WinME to connect...
Re: Prior Art
The 5300 'HindenBook' came with either Ni-mh or Li-ion battery packs, and it was the Li-ion batteries(manufactured by Sony, who claimed that Apple screwed up in the charging circuitry) that caught fire.
The BEST, PRACTICAL use of a 3D printer was demonstrated 2 years ago...
Have anyone seen the carpet I bought last week?
That, and a roll of duct tape seems to have disappeared from my car...
Oh well, it was just a cheap IKEA carpet. No big loss.
Cars with motorized windows also 'assemble themselves' when the driver locks the door and the automatics closes the windows?
Man, who oversaw that project?
Re: Practical action?
you're kidding, right?
Hotmail and Google at least, have even removed the X-originator line from email headers, so it's now F! impossible to track it back to the sending PC, Open proxy or VPN service.
The only way these days, to find the spambots is to set up a dummy forum and log the IPs of new registrations.
Re: and in the real world
And how do you block webmail?
(Besides YaHell and Gmail, of course)
I have two webmail services I use regularly, and one or two that are 'not so regularly' checked.
What kind of topping?
Re: Trevor for the win!
Sure it's security.
A NATing firewall won't resend anything that it doesn't have a translation entry to.
And only machines on the inside of the NAting firewall can set up those tables(done automatically when it accesses something on the outside. )
Which means sending a 'reply' package won't get through to a machine on the inside unless it has actually sent an initial package outward first.
It's a pretty effective filtering mechanism, really.
(Unless the attacker can sniff outgoing packets, of course)
Trevor for the win!
Yeah, I can't understand why they threw out NAT, either.
Maybe they thought the only reason people used it was to allow more computers to use the same IP?
(Which is kind of a neat, thing, really)
But the most important reason is to hide your computers.
I want as many layers of security between my computers and the big, bad internet as is possible.
Why couldn't they just have added a couple of octets and said "jobs a done, now for a pint at the pub"
Re: Can't beat the original
you know, if you stand on a specific point on the righthand platform, and fire continually to the right, none of the aliens will ever hit you...
(Or was it on the lefthand platform, firing to the left? Need to dig it out and play a few games... )
It's incredible what a joystick and a couple of rubber bands could do to help your score...
Re: As pointed out above
It IS easier to survive a tsunami out to sea than on shore.
The big wave doesn't really start to form and crest until it gets close to shore.
Far out on deep water you'll only notice gentle swells.
Unless it's caused by a ginormous hunk of rock dropping at supersonic speeds into the drink close by, of course...
Re: The customer is always...
Please tell me you have a picture of that...
Don't touch that CABLE!
Last year, I think it was, I had a call from one of our offices. They had moved the big multifunction machine(print/copy/scan/fax) around a bit, and had managed to rip out the fax cable...
They had found a similar cable but that didn't work...
(I knew that the office had had 3 major rebuilds of the wiring in the years since it was built, and also that the first fax in that location had been a bit 'special', so the odds were that the cable had been a custom job)
I told them to NOT touch the cables, then jumped into the car and set off for a 1.5Hour trip.
Guess what I found when I arrived?
Not a single cable!
The one they had borrowed, they had of course returned, and the broken one they had tossed out somewhere.
So instead of spending 5 minutes making a copy of the old one, or just crimping on a new connector, I spent an hour digging through 2 decades of dust and grime following the cabling to the end, and replacing every custom job with standard cables.
The same with printers.
If someone calls me to tell me there's a paper jam, and that the 'paper ripped' when they tried to fix it themselves, I always tell them not to throw away the pieces. Which they do anyway...
(Luckily, they usually throw them in the closest recycling box, though, so I can find them)
Why I want the pieces?
So that I can tell if there's still paper trapped in the machine or not.
(I'd rather spend a minute with a paper jigsaw than 15 minutes with my hands inside a contraption of sharp edges, fiddly screws and god knows what, making certain the bl**dy thing won't crash again 5 minutes after I leave)
Re: Oh good
Did you enjoy the course?
Then it was the right one!
If it doesn't have anything to do with your current job it just means you have to be a bit more creative when he asks you what you learned...
My IT department was first 'Data', then it became IT, IKT, and yeah... there may have been a short stint of IS in there, too.
Re: Time to rebrand HR....
Sounds like he got everything accounted for...
Actually, I think some manufacturers of frozen pizzas have found a way to do this already as their product tastes like cardboard...
Re: Jheez, poor bastard. :\
And the way to see who is a good sysadmin from a bad is if he admits that he screwed up or tries to blame someone else.
If he blatantly blames someone else, he's a bad one.
Taking the blame is a good one...
Successfully laying the blame on Microsoft... Well, then you have a bona-fide Guru on your hands.
Re: Sleeper trains to China? (and the rest of europe)
I'd rather spring for a 4 berth cabin... Probably quite a lot quieter than a 4 birth cabin...
Re: Every time a government spokesman...
Actually, government spokesmen should be kicked in the balls before they're even allowed to speak as they're bound to say something like that anyway, and it's just as well to get it done with...
Re: Low quality, low applicability.
When they say "stupid accurate" do they talk about the app or the user?
Re: What's old is new again.
See what was done?
How they used to dump trash back then?
Or how to completely mismanage and ruin a game before even a single line of code was written?
There's a lot of examples of that already. No need to dig one up...
Re: Sharp PA-W1400 "Word Processor"
You didn't try to replace the drive in the Sharp, then?
Re: Sorry Neil McAllister.
Most probably your issue wasn't sh!te floppies, but really sh!te drives...
The latter years of 3.5" drives were so unreliable that you could sometimes be amazed that they managed to hit the floor if you dropped them...
The stuff they sell as USB-based drives today?
I've started to bring 'findings' from the office home with me for analysis instead of trying to read them in the USB-based drive. (I have a 'fair collection' of 3.5" and 5.25" drives that I can trust at home. I also have Zip, Jaz, Clik! and a host of other formats, even a MD Data drive. No Bernoulli or LS120 drives, though.)
The Cryoflux was new to me, though.
hope shipping doesn't take too long...
Re: Not that bad
It's a lot better than most 'tributes' to famous people I've seen.
Re: "Because ethernet and wireless are the same."
As if you need to hack their GPS for people to drive into rivers, onto and along railway tracks, narrow foot-trails along cliffs and so on...
Re: No, dowsing isn't another Blah!
Frankly, I wouldn't want to do a JREF test.
First of all, this is for 'supernatural' or paranormal abilities.
Dowsing has nothing to do with the mumbo-jumbo crowd.
If it IS in fact based on geomagnetism, then it's a natural phenomena, and we just need to figure out exactly how it works. Unfortunately, there isn't a reputable scientist in the world willing to touch dowsing with an Imperial pole(much less a dowsing rod) because he'll be instantly ridiculed and lose all standing in the community.
(I'm no scientist, and frankly have no idea where to start, even if I had time to do it. Which I don't. )
Then there's the possibility that it was a fluke that I managed to find water that time.
Or maybe the dirt is the wrong type for dowsing to work, maybe a piece of quartz or a granite boulder triggers a 'false' positive.
Yeah, right... That would look good on a test.
All I'm certain of is that the man who taught me the stuff all those years ago used to drive a hydraulic digger, and he never damaged a single cable throughout his career. He even avoided old german phone cables from WWII and slightly more recent NATO cabling, neither of which are on the official maps.
Re: No, dowsing isn't another Blah!
Hey, anon F! tard...
(I used my name. What are you afraid of?)
I have no idea what you're raving about...
I was mentioning finding water, and you're complaining about stress?
As I understand it, running water such as an underground stream will subtly distort the geomagnetic field, much the same way a conductor in a magnetic field will.
The same with metals.
And it's NOT about water that's so deep you have to drill for it. If it's deeper than you can dig in a inute or two with a shovel, I wouldn't even bother looking for it. (I'm a lazy bugger... )
How this interacts with the dowsing rods, though, I have no idea, and until I do, I'm not going to make a fool of myself on TV.
No, dowsing isn't another Blah!
I've actually tried it, and managed to find water.
(Don't know if I could do it 'on order' though. Probably be too stressed out)
It's not electricity, though.
(or at least not just electricity)
It probably has more to do with magnetism and that cables or underground streams affects the local geomagnetic field.
But the local politicians doesn't HAVE the power to decide what is or isn't acceptable roadsigns.
Which they knew, of course. They gave the OK to gain popularity because they knew that 'someone else' would say no later.
And yeah, we're really, really boring people.
Comes from being frozen solid in blocks of ice for months, then a slow thaw until right before it's time to find a suitable block of ice to lie down on again...
Re: Mixing measurements
Which maple leaf would that be?
Canadian or Norwegian....
Re: Getting beer too weak or strong is not as bad a fault as crashing a spaceship
Not as bad?
Without beer, that spaceship would probably never have existed in the first place!
Beer is the fuel for the creative genious, the backyard hacker, the honest workman...
How many inventions haven't begun with two blokes enjoying a cold one after a long days work, and one saying 'I wonder if...'
The whitehouse has a microbrewery... Just saying...
The only GREEN way of handling paper is...
Not Effing use it!
In my organisation we had a big problem of users coming to a location, connecting their PC to the network to read email or browse lolcats or whatever, and of course printing the sh!t to one printer or another...
Checking WHICH printer is set as default before printing?
That tended to waste a bit of paper. Especially when they accidentally sent long documents to one of the A0 Designjet plotters...
Now we're using a system 'Papercut' combined with card readers on all larger printers.
Anything they send to the printer but doesn't actually print out within 3 days is automatically deleted.
A 10% saving is easy to achieve with this...
Re: HP and Spanish inquisition...
You've probably never worked with HPs servers...
Trust me, they've all been designed to inflict pain on anyone who dares touch them.
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