* Posts by Bruce Ordway

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'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

Bruce Ordway

Re: Er ...

>>Not quite the same...

Instead of missing DHCP, I've experienced conflicts on more than one occasion when new hardware appears. I especially remember one that was my fault.

I had put a spare HP switch in my workspace so I could communicate with extra devices. Calls came in from users having logon problems the next day. I finally discovered that this model HP switch included an DHCP server which had been enabled. I had used the same switch without incident for years before. It didn't occur to me to check switch configurations back then. Since then.... check everything first. You just never know who might have used gear before you, what for...

FYI: Your browser can pick up ultrasonic signals you can't hear, and that sounds like a privacy nightmare to some

Bruce Ordway

Re: @cbars -- It's the microphone, not the browser

>> enable the mic for the browser at that time, and disable

Thinking I'm still safe... for now.

I do use a laptop/browser for meetings occasionally but it's speakers and mic are (should be disabled) and I always use a flip-phone to call in for the audio.

For rare cases, I will use external headphones/mic.

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

Bruce Ordway

Memory

As a visual learner, I like using keyboard patterns for passwords rather than the text.

I remember a starting point and some pattern from there... lefts, rights, ups, downs and trailing cap(s)

As my password backup for more serious "stuff"

I use a text file on a local encrypted file, like others have mentioned.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

Bruce Ordway

Re: WTF

>>commas versus spaces

I'm not a fan of syntax change but I'll survive.

>>We have no access to one third of the colors in most modern monitors.

But....I'm not sure why I care about this?

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change

Bruce Ordway

Re: Now avoiding Chrome everywhere

>> Manifest v3

Kind of like how Quantum killed all my enthusiasm for Firefox?

I'm not sure we can totally avoid Chrome anymore?

I've ended up at the point where I use several browsers/systems depending on the task I'm performing.

In general I'd prefer to break a web pages by default rather than give up any of my control.

So.... the people who create the add-ons like NoScript, AdBlock are much appreciated by me.

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

Bruce Ordway

Re: @ Hollerithevo As a UX person as well as web dev

"placement and coloring to give the user cues"

Idiomatic... user demographics, type of device, etc...

"design requires more than just changing a theme"

Which translates into taking more time and consideration.

I find most flat UIs to be lacking intuitiveness/feedback.

I'm not exactly part of the "target audience" though... since I'm older and spend 99% of my time using desktops/laptops.

"a good modern design"

Isn't that an oxymoron?

Good design tends to be timeless.

How's this for a JEDI mind trick? AWS waves hand, has Uncle Sam 'reconsider' $10bn contract award to Microsoft

Bruce Ordway

Re: "requiring that work on the contract pauses while the objection is considered."

>>Lib-*BLANKS*

As opposed to Con's?

I suspect *BLANKS* don't really need the political prefix applied.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

Bruce Ordway

Re: What logic is this?

>>If someone hacked into DARTS for content,

I wonder how easy it would be to hack in this case?

From the article it sounded like the XP systems were used for court recording, non-internet facing with access provided via a custom VPN? Which leaves a lot out.

I run into a lot of systems running old OS's and it depends on the context how much I worry about upgrading.

Death and taxis: Windows has had enough of clinging to a cab rooftop in the London rain

Bruce Ordway

Re: The real big joke

>>mere background noise that gets tuned out

Or in my case, I make note of industries with the most aggressive/pervasive advertisers.

These are items I assume I'm paying way too much money for.

In the US, I suspect the insurance industry is doing the most price gouging.

No national health care in my future...

Can AI-enhanced virtual sports presenters do the job? It's a big ask

Bruce Ordway

I thought a "smart thermostat"

Warning.... thermostat rant.

A few years ago I had my furnace replaced by my utility company.

They also replaced my old mercury switch thermostat with a newer programmable model

In my opinion, the user interface for the majority of digital controllers sucks in general.

This started with the first VCR's and never has improved. Lots of unused, needless features like blinking clocks and useful features that are almost impossible to set correctly.

Beside a terrible user interface, this model required batteries, which opened the door for several, strange failure scenarios. It had to be replaced twice while still under warranty.

When the unit ultimately failed out of warranty, I replaced it with a simple, non-programmable thermostat. $20 and works great.

Now... I would be interested in having a simple unit that included remote control.

BTW... I do have some experience with programmable interfaces.

Having worked in engineering, I lived thru the transition from mechanical switches to programmable user interfaces.

The programmable units were flexible and saved a lot of money for equipment manufacturers.

I actually didn't mind programming them and putting them on machines.

However... I still pretty much hate it when I actually have to use them myself to run a machine.

Iowa has already won the worst IT rollout award of 2020: Rap for crap caucus app chaps in vote zap flap

Bruce Ordway

Re: Don't blame the users for the app failure

>>so 17th century

Yes election practices are pretty weird in the US.

However, I'm not so sure what reforms would improve things as I'm not convinced that simple majority votes are always the best way to make decisions.

Just one example that comes to mind is hunting, a rural activity that many urban dwellers view in a negative light. If put to a vote?

I like the idea of democracy, but sometimes if feels more like mobocracy.

Bruce Ordway

>>Shadow is a horrible name for a company

But it's a great name for a dog... so ended up working out in this case.

RIP FTP? File Transfer Protocol switched off by default in Chrome 80

Bruce Ordway

Re: It's been way more than a decade...

>>a business was still running an FTP server

I also work with one company with FTP - where browser(s) routinely failed.

My best transfers results have come via FileZilla.

>> temptation to check on their other projects

As far as I can tell, they've locked FTP folders pretty tight.

It's to a point where I can't even see my own stuff, let alone others files.

After transfers, I must email and ask for receipt confirmations.

For a period, file corruption was common when transferring filet to them via FTP.

Was actually faster to burn a CD and mail it.

Never was able to identify the source of that problem - finally just "went away" one day.

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access

Bruce Ordway

Perhaps....

>>a user... moved a lot within the company....left MS Access apps that all became business critical.

>> perhaps

Yeah, I'm guilty of this too. I really liked using Access for quickly generating a prototype.

Unfortunately, some users tended to run off with these and before I knew it, whole departments were relying on the damn things. What's worse, along the way some users learned enough Access skills to be fairly dangerous on their own.

Over the years I've manged to port only a few of these to the "proper" places. To my horror, there are plenty Access dbs still left. (Management resists allotting hours for fixings things that "already work").

At least I've learned my lesson. These days I may still use Access for roughing something out but... I would not share the files with anyone.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

Bruce Ordway

Re: Crazy Hammer Guy

>> couple of twists of the disk and it miraculously returned

Wow, this takes me back.

A long time ago, one of my co-workers showed me how to manually spin the disk on one troublesome system when needed. It was usually required if it had been shut off for too long, cold to the touch. I believe it was an early IBM.

Seems like I remember about that same period... having to manually "park" the disk on some systems before shutting down.

It’s not true no one wants .uk domains – just look at all these Bulgarians who signed up to nab expired addresses

Bruce Ordway

Re: Should we just be phasing out .co.uk

Or..... is it possible that DNS will ever be replaced, with what?

I still remember thinking that domain names seemed pretty weird, way back when I set up my very first web site. Not that I'm a big fan of change but...

What is WebAssembly? And can you really compile C/C++ to it? And it'll run in browsers? Allow us to explain in this gentle introduction

Bruce Ordway

Re: Heard all these promises before.. about 25 years ago...

>> AutoCad....the great R13

Yeah, what a beast.

Of course I'm biased, having never really liked any version of AutoCad. Much prefer SolidWorks these days and before that, was a fan of Cadkey.

As for WebAssembly, my attitude remains "wait & see". I have not seen any applications running in the browser that would compel me to show more interest yet. When/if I ever do...?

Alan Turing’s OBE medal, PhD cert, other missing items found in super-fan’s Colorado home by agents, says US govt

Bruce Ordway

Julia Mathison Turing?

Julia Mathison Turing?

Hmmm.... what about her name?

Probably not book worthy but... I'd be interested to read about her exploits/background on Wikipedia... someday.

The delights of on-site working – sun, sea and... WordPad wrangling?

Bruce Ordway

Greybeards might recall

GPIB reminds me of National Instruments.

Sometime in the 90's when I was first introduced to NI by a semi-retired scientist who was brought in to help a company with product development. I ended up as an assistant and was exposed to all kinds of new (to me) things. Test instrumentation and data analysis were the things I found to be "the coolest". NI software was amazing back then.. haven't looked at it for years now.

After a quick search , looks like NI is still alive...

https://www.ni.com/es-cl/innovations/white-papers/06/the-national-instruments-gpib-advantage.html

Squirrel away a little IT budget for likely Brexit uncertainty, CIOs warned

Bruce Ordway

Re: "Those which focus only on risks will fail to gain any upside..."

>> what "Brexit means Brexit" means

As an observer from the US I'm fascinated by the whole Brexit thing.

Has seemed an emotional issue more than anything else. Where people speak, it sound like they explain how they feel, but never express exactly why they feel that way.

I'd be surprised if it gets any more clear cut after all has been said & done.

Obviously should stash some cash away to make it through the (hopefully for you, a short) period where a massive amount of money and effort will be required to handle the changes. Obviously your politicians will proclaim success at some point... you know, because "we did it". I wonder how you will ever measure your gains/losses though. This really reminds me of some IT platform migrations I've been involved with. The kind of projects where I've been relieved when it was over but... I really can't tell you why we bothered, how much it really cost or how things are really better/worse than before we started. Where my gut tells me before and after is about six or half a dozen.

Anyway, I wish good luck with Brexit in the new year to all my cousins in Britain and Europe.

We''ll need some good fortune in the US too. As we have plenty of our own issues to work through in the coming year.

Globo PC sales up for first time in 7 straight years – but market still 25% down on 2011

Bruce Ordway

Re: Desktop PCs will be around for long time yet

"It's only data scientists who now use a desktop"???

I still prefer a desktop when it comes to CAD but I can use a laptop/external monitors for most of my work.

I expect to be able to plug a mouse, keyboard and multiple monitors into a phone at some point. I'm not so sure we'll all be doing serious work on them though. Seems to me like phones are best suited for entertainment and simple transactions, while on the go.

Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?

Bruce Ordway

Re: CheckMate

>>greedy, stupid and incompetent people...checkmate

Checkmate...I wish.

I'm still waiting for a resolution to a personal data fiasco at Equifax.

As far as I know, the only thing the US government has done since has been to award new contracts to Equifax.

We’ve had enough of your beach-blocking shenanigans, California tells stubborn Sun co-founder: Kiss our lawsuit

Bruce Ordway

err.... me to

Where I live in the U.S. I've seen my access to A LOT of land out in "farm country" come to an end.

Either after it was "condemned/re-purposed" by city/state entities, and/or was purchased by individuals (often urban residents unfamiliar with locals/practices ).

On the other hand, I have experienced an odd emotion when I've seen people walking across land that I considered "mine".

It's almost like a primal greed or hostility, maybe my "lizard" brain is kicking in?

It is not too hard to imagine myself putting up a fence even though I know it isn't really a good idea.

And I kind of understand why a few disputes turn nasty - even though this one seems a bit extreme.

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable

Bruce Ordway

Re: That triggered a memory...

>> sudden urge to tidy up the C: drive

>> and the bowel loosening sensation when an innocent tinkering went horribly, horribly wrong

Similar memories from one of my earliest clean up attempts.

It was a PC running MS-DOS and I remember thinking, "Why is this file called ".." still in my drive?

I persisted and finally manged to delete it... oh no!

It's always DNS, especially when you're on holiday with nothing but a phone on GPRS

Bruce Ordway

Re: always DNS

>> the concept of secondary DNS in the resolver

Hmmm... this reminds me how friendly the internet seemed back in the 90's.

Where I know of at least two small companies that agreed to serve as each others secondary DNS.

Things Microsoft will be glad to never see again: Windows 10 1809 and Windows Phone Office

Bruce Ordway

Option A for me

>> a) Hardware that is as good (enough) without paying what amounts to a grand

In my case, this is just a plain old flip phone.

I am still dumbfounded by the massive popularity of smartphones.

When I'm away from my desk, I actually enjoy NOT being connected/available.

The silence of the racks is deafening, production gear has gone dark – so which wire do we cut?

Bruce Ordway

Re: The big red button

>>UPS gear was removed.. hate APC

I don't remember any occasion where UPS actually helped anything.

I do however, remember many occasions where a UPS was the cause of a problem... and mostly APC.

Can't you hear me knocking? But I installed a smart knocker

Bruce Ordway

And what about key fobs....

In addition to avoiding "smart" locks

I've also stopped using the key fob supplied with my car.

The reason is a bit convoluted and evolved...

To begin, my daily routine includes a short drive to a health club for a swim.

The club provides lockers, bring your own lock (key padlock in my case) but, as I found out it is not exactly secure.

Simple enough but a few years ago, a group of kids had figured out that locker doors could be defeated, simply by applying force to a wedge.

One night I found myself in front of a mangled door and an empty locker.

It is more than a little disturbing to stand there naked and dripping wet in front of that emptiness.

No towel, no cloths, no phone and no key fob, as that reality set in, a flood of questions followed.

How am I going to dry off, what am I going to wear, who can I call (do I even remember phone numbers anymore) and finally... how will I start my car and get home? (it was 15 degrees F that night).

Luckily for me, the thieves were interrupted before they could actually make off with anything.

A club employee had found the breached locker and secured all of my belongings at the front desk.

In discussions afterwards I have learned more about locker break-in details, patterns.

Groups of "smash & grab" thieves were focusing on wallets, phones and key fobs.

In at least a few instances, location and theft of vehicles were enabled by key fobs.

Since I REALLY don't really want to worry about walking home, wet partially clothed.

I now use a key that came with my car instead of the fob.

An elastic band allows me to keep it with me while swimming ( as fobs are not waterproof ).

I know it can seem like overkill but...

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences

Bruce Ordway

Re: Beautiful

>> IT is here to support the business and is not the business itself

In spite of how irritating as some end users could be,

when something went wrong, I might add some color commentary but I'd still go the extra mile to resolve things. More than once I've used disk repair tools to recover files.

As one of my mentors told me.. we don't have to like each other but we must work together.

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?

Bruce Ordway

Those were the days.

>> keep everything running

>>develop software

>> run jobs

>> take backups

>> even put connectors on cables

>>an app to turn DGTs into 3270 displays... random characters on the command line.

and maintain phone systems, run cables, etc...

Yes, those were the days.

A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse

Bruce Ordway

Compaq

>>new (Compaq) computer is great, but sometimes it freezes

I remember "new" Compaqs, purchased from a 3rd party who also deployed and would support these units.

This was for an engineering department in the 90's and they included Compaq monitors that were huge for that time.

Users really liked them except for freezes... which in this case were "real", had to reboot to clear.

Over a few months several motherboards were replaced with no improvement.

Of course the 3rd party went bankrupt at some point ( if I remember their name was OPM and the collapse/mass layoff made the news).

Anyway, I was elected to take over support for the department.

Purely by luck I discovered that installing a video card and disabling on-board video resolved the freeze issues.

We're free in 3... 2... 1! Amazon unhooks its last Oracle database, nothing breaks and life goes on

Bruce Ordway

old-guard commercial-grade databases

Database customers living in "a miserable world for the last couple of decades"?

Most of what I know about databases (which is not much) I learned while working with one specific ERP application as it has evolved.

It started out with Unidata (HPUX) in the 80's, moved to OpenEdge(Windows) in the 90's and finally switched to MS SQL around 2010.

Along the way I formed my very subjective opinions about each..

- Unidata was the hardest to use but use of disk space was efficient, it could scale up and still run fast, required little maintenance and licensing was simple.

- OpenEdge was a little easier to use, took up more disk space, ran slower, was low maintenance with straightforward licensing.

- MS SQL easiest to use, more disk space and slower, higher maintenance and licensing is a real pain. (and more likely to run into weird issues).

Where generally I like MS SQL while I'm working with data, as an end user.. but as an admin, dislike everything about it.

On the other hand, I really appreciated the ease of maintaining OpenEdge, and using it was "somewhat acceptable".

When looking back on Unidata today, I'm in awe of it's speed/efficiency... and I wonder "what if" it had just been a little easier to use?

Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Bruce Ordway

Real workers use PC's

>> PCs are far better than phones or tablets at too many things

>> to suggest that they're heading towards oblivion.

I agree.

The problem is that the market is saturated with powerful and reliable PCs.

While there is still some room in the "other" device market.

So incentive to improve PC related "stuff" has been on the decline.

>>Teams

I'm still using email and shared folder but.. my projects are not exactly large scale these days.

Excited about dual-screen laptops? Make your own with duct tape and the ThinkVision M14

Bruce Ordway

Re: Portable monitors rock

>>AOC portable monitor ......USB

Same here, AOC is a nice, cheap way to get some extra screen space.

The model I have won't work with every laptop though.

Depends on two free USB connection types.. and have discovered that USB on laptops are all created equally.

GNU means GNU's Not U: Stallman insists he's still Chief GNUisance while 18 maintainers want him out as leader

Bruce Ordway

Re: Seinfeld reference?

>>not a wanker..... any more.

On one hand I've admired the work that Stallman has been involved with.

On the other, I've always been aware that he has some personality "quirks".

Iran tried to hack hundreds of politicians, journalists email accounts last month, warns Microsoft

Bruce Ordway

Re: Bad at being bad is better

"Bad at being bad.."

I used to work in a department where we subscribed to the theory of "Inverse Incompetency".

Where a person incorrectly arrives as some belief/concept, set out to achieve a result but executes the plan so poorly that some opposite and totally correct result is achieved.

Usually referenced when explaining how upper management survived some adventure.

But.... even applied to me on occasion.

Astronaut Tim Peake reminds everyone about the time Excel mangled his contact list on stage at Microsoft AI event

Bruce Ordway

How about suing AI to improve traffic flow?

>>"We need to start building up the trust in AI"

Maybe if we could see AI applied to a problem that directly impacts us?

For example, I would be interested in an AI system that would improve Traffic Control.

The only thing I really know about current traffic control systems in my neighborhood is that they are inefficient.

IT workers: Speaking truth to douchebags since 1977

Bruce Ordway

Reminds me of the IHTFP story

An engineer printed out IHTFP in bold letters on an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet and displayed it in his cubicle, visible for all.

Word eventually got around to the dept head that the letters IHTFP stood for "I Hate This F**king Place".

Like WTF, the letters IHTFP became a popular utterance after certain events at work.

The boss eventually became aware of the source of this acronym and took extreme exception.

When he finally decided to confront this engineer and ask for an explanation of IHTFP (and possibly dismiss him on the spot).

The hero of our story explained with a straight face that IHTFP stood for "I Have Truly Found Peace".

Today, "IHTFP" and "I Have Truly Found Peace" are in common usage at multiple companies in this area of the U.S..

There is no way to prove this isn't just another urban legend.

I heard the story in the early 90's from an engineer who swore he had worked at the company where IHTFP originated and had actually witnessed the interaction between the engineer and his boss.

I don't have any reason to doubt his account, he did tell some pretty good stories over the years but as far as I know, they were all true.

HMRC chief digital wonk Jacky Wright takes flight back to Microsoft's light

Bruce Ordway

Brexit related?

Wondering if it is possible that HRMC might be facing multiplying issues soon, depending on how Brexit goes?

Where senior management might consider this as the best time to "get out"?

Switch about to get real: Openreach bod on the challenge of shuttering UK's copper phone lines

Bruce Ordway

Fax... old fashioned already?

2025....I'm wondering if a lot of sites might be already be retired/converted before then?

Anyway, this story has reminded me of times I spent at one of my previous employers.

Where once myself and two other employees were sent to a nearby company in the late 80's just to learn about this new device called a fax machine.

After we returned and reported our findings, one of these machines was acquired.

(This was just one of several fact finding adventures I went on.. before the internet took off of course).

Within a year separate fax units were deployed to the sales, purchasing and engineering departments.

When the company switched to VoIP gear I remember some minor fiddling was needed before faxing resumed (around 2008)?

At the same company, I ended up maintaining the old PBX too.

A Lucent Legend may seem primitive now but at one time I thought they were really "cool" and they were used by many companies.

I'm having an attack of have fond memories right now.

I was exposed to a lot of tech during the 80's and 90's like CAD, CNC's, Stereolithography, PLC's, assembly robots, etc...

Their attraction was irresistible for me.

Maybe I'm just too old now but I'm just not as enthusiastic about some of the newer trends.

I've especially lukewarm on smartphones, tablets and IoT.

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law

Bruce Ordway

Re: By the itching of my thumbs...

I wonder about a site I still support a remotely too. What will happen when/if I ever retire (which is sounding better all the time). In the past I've trained their people to act as backups but due to turnover those have all left and current management doesn't seem interested in retraining anyone. What I do for them is not rocket science but... those systems do run the business, their attitude seems a little reckless to me. Once a year I still try to bring up the subjects of training and upgrading, so far there has been no interest. There are definitely 3rd parties out there that they could find if needed but, since this site hasn't kept versions current, a lot of techs won't be familiar with the old stuff anymore.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

Bruce Ordway

Re: Touch screens

Where I used to work, they started replacing discrete controls/switches with touch screens around 1998. Management liked that this would reduce cost and save console space.

Operators were cool to the idea from the start.

To managements credit, they did listen to operators before deploying changes. As a result, traditional controls were retained for many of the functions that users requested.

I think most of engineering went along with touch screens since we all liked the new toys at first.

But not so much after we had logged enough hours dealing with technical problems in the field.

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)

Bruce Ordway

Yahoo...still

I still access Yahoo for one product specific group.

and prior to Yahoo, I used Compuserve which also seems like it's still alive... just.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

Bruce Ordway

.it's going to get better, I mean worse....well something is going to happen.

As a U.S. citizen I stopped watching our news, couldn't laugh at it anymore.

Now I watch Dateline London instead... distant enough I can maintain perspective and smile again.

Dry patch? Have you considered peppering your flirts with emojis?

Bruce Ordway

Someday....

Emoji's can be a little too cute once I reached a certain age

( I think it was about the same time that farting contests at the workplace went out of fashion).

I've wondered what might come next, especially when/if user input really evolves beyond simple keypads?

I've even imagined a visual, syllabic system for English, like the Japanese kana.

I find the Japanese writing some of the most visually interesting and have started to appreciate a little bit about the more playful combinations & meanings.

How about something totally new for young and old morons alike, whether they are flirting or simply communicating?

Y2K, Windows NT4 Server and Notes. It's a 1990s Who, Me? special

Bruce Ordway

Wrong appserver

On a much smaller scale but I did shut down the wrong database application server once. There was a treeview where you'd select an instance to control with start/stop icons located on the main menu bar. I didn't notice the focus had shifted from test to live before I clicked that stop icon. Almost immediately, I heard a wave of groans rise and pass thru the entire building. If I remember nobody really asked what had gone wrong and after about fifteen minutes I was actually a hero for getting things back up and running.

That old application server is still running today, the only difference now is that I double (or even triple) check status before I click on anything.

Anyone else find it weird that the bloke tasked with probing tech giants for antitrust abuses used to, um, work for the same tech giants?

Bruce Ordway

poacher turned gamekeeper

Sadly, I don't think that there are many tigers who have really changed their stripes.

If someone really has "turned" I'd be grateful if they would work on my behalf.

I'm not aware of modern examples but.. I'm sure there are some around. Any names to share?

From US history, Franklin Roosevelt comes to my mind.

At least I was taught that his own social class felt betrayed by him.

Intimate knowledge their systems & practices resulted in his political effectiveness.

But....I'm sure not everyone was taught this same history.

Could you just pop into the network room and check- hello? The Away Team. They're... gone

Bruce Ordway

Re: Confessional

>> old-style drawing board

Reminds me of an old "colleage" the introduced us to LEDs and 120V.

I can almost hear that cracking sound now.

Bruce Ordway

Exploding capacitors

One of my responsibilities at a site, I would do the programming of variable frequency drive replacement units before shipping to customers.

This involved pulling the case, hooking up the 3-phase power, switching the unit on and finally sending a small configuration file from a laptop.

On one occasion a VFD unit was on the floor of the shipping dept while I was standing, looking down at it as I switched on the power.

I noticed a red LED had lit up that had never happened before.

Wondering what that could be, I turned around to switch off the power.

There was a loud bang just before I was able to break the connection.

When I tuned back around I saw a mushroom cloud where my head had been just a few seconds earlier.

I could see that 3 large capacitors had been vaporized.

As it turns out, a 220V VFD unit had been stocked in a 440V box.

Lucky my head is still in tact (mostly) and learned a valuable lesson for me.

I've never assumed a component size from it's packaging/description ever again.

Firefox armagg-add-on: Lapsed security cert kills all browser extensions, from website password managers to ad blockers

Bruce Ordway

Re: Firefox ESR not safe?

>>Lost.... Classic Theme Restorer

Recovered!!! https://github.com/Aris-t2/ClassicThemeRestorer/releases/tag/1.7.7.3

I'm a little embarrassed to find unwanted changes driving me crazy like this.

I'm usually laughing right along with fellow developers in making fun of the users complaining about "trivial" UI changes that were pushed out.

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