Why a copy of Office is needed on a PC tasked with showing line information is anyone’s guess
So that they can be pwned by poisoned documents, of course.
Window admins rejoice! It isn’t just you that can’t get Office 2010 to uninstall silently. The mighty brains behind the UK railways have had just as much trouble. As well as the usual passenger information boards, detailing the day's cancellations and delays, London’s Victoria train station also features displays on every …
Documenting VBA is pointless. Isn't the code self-explanatory?
I know/hope that this was just a joke, but running VB scripts/macros in production code anywhere is asking for fragility and breakage and lack of accountability. Next time use logo.
I've worked on rail line overviews. In the bad old days, you had to install either Visual Studio or Office just to get some god damned necessary DLL, which was absurd. Fortunately, those days are long gone.
One of the most important restrictions we have with these systems is to NOT install third party software on them. They're dedicated display systems, not general-purpose computers.
Of course, that won't stop people from trying...
If it's anything like our company, I'll go with "Software updates and rollouts are done remotely by someone who doesn't know what you do and was too lazy to check what all the thousands of machines did so just pushed O365 out to all machines because they were told 'everyone' had to use it now."
I always thought it was an own-goal to include the brand name (+ identifiable look 'n' feel) in error messages and alert boxes which are likely to appear in public places.
Microsoft clearly still thinks this is good PR.
Compare Apple's "grey screen of death" which mentions neither Apple, nor any of their brands. On the contrary, it has an international flavour, with various languages and alphabets, so you could be forgiven for unconsciously blaming the failure on humanity generally.
They should use this error message: https://54below.com/app/uploads/error-message-1024x576.png
(Yes, yes, I'm still living in the 90's)
I don't often say this, but I'm pretty sure even Microsoft couldn't make the trains run worse.
No Microsoft error messages showing at St Pancras tuesday night, but the destination boards were ordered pretty much randomly (actually, by platform - but because they're all one long list, not individual boards headed by destination, that's no help whatever) and contain entries for trains that left an hour before.
Well, just click on the header of the column you want to sort by and they'll be rearranged to your specs, sir.
You may need to jump about 12 feet in the air to click on the header, only to realize that they forgot to install touch/punch screens.
As a user of the 'Brighton Line' I'm just waiting for the Union to call for a strike on the grounds that not all their members got to see the message and that the Railway Operator was discriminating against their members.
Yes, I'm being sarcastic but the impasse between the NUR (or whatever they are called this week) and the TOC's has been going on for more than two frigging years. I know of many people who have given up trying to commute by train because of the uncertainty. If you think that BREXIT is a cause for uncertainty, then any Brighton based commuter will gladly bend your ear for a few weeks on uncertainty.
And... another weekend with half the line shut for so called engineering works.
Roll on Friday... oh wait, I need to work on Saturday bummer.
Yours, disgruntled of Kemp Town.
Apparently, according to some announcements, the trains are calling TO "Harrow & Wealdstone", "Watford Junction", "Hemel Hempstead" etc etc.
And the one that really annoys me is on the underground...
"Please move along the platform to your left and towards the end carriages as the middle carriages is where the train is most busiest."
"station" = "place where something is stopped". It's a "train station" when just YOUR train is stationary for an indefinite period of time. It's a "railway station" when the ENTIRE railway is stationary for an indefinite period of time. Problem solved, leaving only the mystery of why the term "railway station" is becoming less common when the condition of the entire railway being stopped doesn't seem to.
(says I, from behind my... work station)
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