Re: Ahhh Windows 3.11 for Workgroups...
For some reason where I worked at the time we called this 'Widows for Wombats'. I forget why, if there was ever a reason.
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For some reason where I worked at the time we called this 'Widows for Wombats'. I forget why, if there was ever a reason.
It's here if you want it http://www.owenrudge.net/GEM/
Surely the interesting thing is that best buddies Microsoft and Intel haven't done a deal where they agree that each should pretend the other's technology is relevant - surely someone senior in Intel would phone up someone in Microsoft and say 'oh, go on, carry on supporting this' or someone in Microsoft would do some deal with Intel? Or do both (correctly) think the other is so irrelevant in this field they can't be bothered to go through the niceties?
As long as I can work from home (in a bag in the bath, padlocked from the outside, obviously).
Surely you're supposed to provide the bait before you do the bait and switch?
I think the Chumby would have been OK if it had a vaguely sensible programming mechanism rather than some wacky Flash player, also it was a bit unnecessarily 'cloudy'.
Dee daaa pum pum - dum dum dum dum dum dum dum.
The Channel 4 theme was by Lord David Dundas.
If he doesn't have an answerphone that goes something like
'David Dundas - he is sorry he's not home'
'David Dundas - leave your message after tone'
Then I want to know why.
We had a rented teletext TV with a remote at one point - the interesting thing about the remote was that the 'off' button tripped a relay (or something) to physically release a catch so that the on/off switch came out, turning it to off (so no power consumption and no turning it on again from the remote).
of course, the flaw was that after a few months a little bit of plastic broke so that when you turned it off the on/off switch detached itself from the TV and flew a few feet across the living room.
I looked up some Qt stuff recently, and it look looked to me like the adults were no longer in charge (e.g. we are deprecating Qtscript so now you need to use Qml SJsEngine). It looked a bit CADT to me https://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html
I woke up with a jump in the middle of the night as though I had had an electric shock. I went to the GP (young) and said it felt like an electric shock as in a proper mains one. She said 'I hope you haven't experienced one of them'. I thought of saying but forebore 'this was the 70s, we all gave ourselves mains electric shocks and were abused by Radio 1 DJs'.
The closest I ever got to throwing a PC out the window was trying to install OS/2 on one - every thing I tried it got that tiny bit less far. IBM just never got their act together with drivers etc. Plus of course there was the obfuscation over 'standard edition' vs 'extended edition' - the latter marketed as only running on IBM PS/2s.
There is a fine chapter in a book called 'In Search of Stupidity' on OS/2.
IBM were also extremely painful to deal with at that time (probably still are but fortunately I don't have to) - their attitude was always very clearly 'if you're not the CEO / CTO of a Fortune 100 company then we don't give a shit'.
These 'oh there is no-one who understands this obsolete technology' stories always need to be taken with a huge pinch of salt in my experience when one does some Googling to find out a bit more. Still they liven up a dull, foggy Monday.
I bet there is an awful lot of FORTRAN 77 still in use - probably FORTRAN 77 tweaked over the years to use the odd bits of later FORTRAN. Probably more of it than native modern Fortran.
And, of course, as other people have said there are an awful lot of embedded processors with this sort of memory constraint floating around. I don't think we are yet at the stage yet where we need to conscript the people writing new games for Atari 2600s (128 bytes of RAM).
Oh, I wish I could use a year's worth of up-votes on this.
I worked on a system where, bizarrely, my employer had been contracted to convert a system from CORAL-66 to FORTRAN-77. Never really understood why. Rumour had it that the CORAL-66 compiler for the PDP-11 was shite. Also there was a lot of PDP-11 assembler (using 2 completely different macro libraries) and some assembler for some obscure SIMD array processor.
Small boys, 3 way gotos for goal posts, isn't it? Hmm?
Will this include scans of Polaroids showing certain youthful indiscretions?
In one company I worked for, a colleague took a year's unpaid leave to sail round the world - one of these pay lots of money to live in uncomfortable cramped conditions for a year (whatever floats your boat). When he left the company had about 60 people, when he came back there were 7 (not including me, I got out at about 45) - not something that he would have been likely to have foreseen, either.
Perhaps because he missed out on a year of tremendous ill-feeling etc. he was one of the few people who was successfully assimilated into the parent company and was there for a few years.
Shouldn't his team be the L.A. clippys?
My car key fob needs a battery. Maybe you replace your cars before the key fob goes flat. One of my two key fobs has gone flat for a second time. Because it I'd a pain to open I get the garage to do it for two quid labour!
Interesting, last night my weekly email to our running club got bounced back to me as spam from people with ntlworld.com email addresses, I wondered why it looked like spam to it this week.
When I dialed 999 from my mobile, the system asked me to dial 55 - apparently if you don't talk within a certain time it asks you to dial 55 (BBC news story therefore a bit garbled http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7748046.stm )
Where is Verity Stob when we need her?
Am I alone in wondering how the hell, doing what they do, they can have that much revenue and lose money?
Ah, 'Just Eat', flagship of our thriving tech sector.
Crappy Short Term Lender (slogan 'our tech's cool but our ads are annoying and we're scum')
"The great British beat-off" - The biscuit game reinvented for the 2010s TV generation
"Pro celebrity ring-the-bell-and-run-away" - like Around with Alliss but with 'ring the bell and run away'
Our previous office was on the top floor (servants' quarters) of a grade 2* listed 19th century manor house. Over the years our number of servers crept up from 2 under a desk in an office (one of the bedrooms) to a whole room. We had 2 aircon units in the room but they were a bit dodgy - at one point they failed over a weekend and when we got in it was subtropical and a number of the machines failed over the next week or two. The basement also had some electronics in and was permanently like a sauna.
The electrics were quite dodgy too - fuses still of the type where you had to whittle away a bit of wire then stick it in a strange Bakelite contraption. One winter the heating failed and the power would go occasionally, we discovered that my boss was using an air heater. I think we ran out of fuse wire and went home.
About 20 years ago PCs were not made of the stern stuff they are now, and we had a problem with PCs turning on on Monday mornings in winter - basically PCs aren't designed to cope with the temperatures you get in England in winter in buildings with dodgy (grade 2* listed and poorly maintained) sash windows so the lubricant for the hard disks was too viscous for them to start.
Then there was the time the river flooded and almost reached the power transformer in the basement.
One of my colleagues with a very WASP name (even without the double-barreled bit which he doesn't use) was taken into a small room on the way into the U.S. because someone with the same name was on 'the list'.
Doesn't the 'demoscene' often have camping events?
Maybe the News Chronicle or some similarly relevant outlet will vuy them.
As I have said before:
1. You can't trust computers
2. Everything is a computer
Surely if you had described this scenario to someone 30 (say) years ago, you would have been a prime candidate for a visit to the men in white coats. I am still a tiny bit dubious.
With my previous car which had a 3rd party ISO DAB radio, the local Skoda dealer blamed the EMS warning I was getting on the car radio sending errors to the bus. I didn't actually believe them at the time (and still don't, but maybe, just maybe, I was wrong) - I went to another garage who fixed it without blaming the car radio.
Like the old Microsoft Barney then - see the Knowledge Base article (on archive.org) http://web.archive.org/web/20040603154438/support.microsoft.com/?kbid=172653 'Sometimes Barney Starts Playing Peekaboo on His Own'
I am interested in the strange parallel world on which you live where the senior management have this sort of level of grammatical ability - putting aside the issue of whether they would be that sort of tedious, point-missing nit-picker if they were.
Alkie Tel's Loo Scent
Had hoped everyone would be chiming in with their favourite EU project story.
A popular gambit in Italian hotels I find.
That reminds me of one of the 'highlights' of my dubious 'career' at a previous employer...
There was a bid meeting between us and a big customer which was in what was obviously a motor dealership converted into an evangelical church rented out as a conference centre during the week.
Because the senior people at the 3 companies in our consortium had all been terribly, terribly, terribly busy we hadn't actually sat down to discuss anything at all (e.g. what we wanted to do, for how much money and on what basis) before sitting round in the foyer half an hour before the start of the meeting. Someone wanted to get some documents photocopied and the 'conference centre' wanted cash but none of the great and good had any (in the manner of the Queen) so I had to pay.
During the meeting
a) our (new-ish) MD randomly went off on one with the big customer's people over something trivial
b) one of the senior people had a crackpot idea of passing these obviously internal documents round the table for the customer to see - fortunately one of my colleagues at the other end of the table managed to intercept them
We then went to a pub (without our MD) and one of the people in one of the other companies in the consortium said 'don't you dare ever put him in front of one of my customers again'. Then we went back to one of the other consortium member's offices and the senior people had a row in an office whilst the more junior among us made polite small-talk for a couple of hours.
Purley Gates, obviously.
To be fair, when MAME came out the world was young and all sorts of things had all sorts of weird licences.
Nah, not relays, we want British Valves. At least I think that's what David Cameron said, maybe it's a misprint.
Many years ago I had a meeting in what we then Swiss Bank. The meeting room had no external windows. The lights were integrated with the booking system, so that when the meeting was scheduled to finish the lights went off and someone had to go looking for a remote control to turn them on again.
We actually have some remote control plug sockets, you just plug them into the socket and plug the device into them, then you use a remote to turn things on and off - the remote has 4 pairs of on and off buttons. I suspect it came from Maplin, it has a Maplinesque air about it.
'Internet' is now the collective noun for things e.g. pride of lions, colony of badgers, internet of things
Many years ago there was a project at RSRE (now presumably part of [spit] QinetiQ if this bit exists in any meaningful way which I very much doubt) that developed an allegedly formally verified mathematically processor the VIPER and a language NEWSPEAK (NB not the language that appears on Wikipedia with that name). One of the ideas was that
i := i + 1
or whatever the syntax was was illegal because the input values and output values are by definition different which it doesn't allow i.e. you would need an explicit IF to handle the overflow case.
Search for VIPER NEWSPEAK on Google Books to find an 1985 New Scientist article.
My recollection is that they tried to licence it commercially, it turned out to have bugs and one of the licensees tried to sue the MoD but went bust before it went to court.
I could have missed it but I have looked at their website a number of times and there does seem to be a complete lack of explanation understandable to those of us mere mortals who have not been immersed in the world of Mathematica for the last 20 years or so WHAT THE HELL IT IS. Also there is a disturbing lack of details as to what commercial basis it would be sold for as part of a platform we could use to build applications - and I can see that there are probably use cases for it for us (we write and sell high end engineering software). This is, of course, far from being the first bit of software where people are so intoxicated with their own cleverness and have been using / writing it for so long they forget that they have to explain it to people.
To some extent the (vast) library that Wolfram Language has looks to me like it could be viewed as a curated equivalent to CPAN and Ruby / Python equivalents - and I can see the value in a language having a consistent and documented set of libraries (and whilst many of the Ruby ones are good, I can see that there could be a benefit of someone with a big stick standing behind people saying 'no, you are going to do it THIS way, you are not a special snowflake who gets to choose'.
Thinking of the Nathan quango idea (is it really that long ago, doesn't time fily), what I always thought would be a good wheeze in this country would be the system used by the Netherlands public broadcasting system, basically organisations with a certain number of members (who have to pay a certain membership fee to count) get a chunk of the airtime and licence fee (well, the Netherlands one is from general tax now IIRC).
Given the degree people in this country all hate everyone different from themselves and are always willing to game any system I think this would add to the gaiety of the nation.
One of our night security guards used to get locked out without his pass quite often. By means of his positioning and body-language he was very good at giving the impression that he just happened to be passing the door as you were going out and that he wasn't hanging round outside waiting to be let in at all. It was a masterful performance.
The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea.
They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall
mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by
small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is
clear: To build and maintain those robots. Thank you.
-- Military school Commandant's graduation address,
"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson"
How about Alacatel-NokiA-Lucent - or ANAL for short - for the name?
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