"So 3 HALs walk into a bar..."
... and the barman says, "Why the long int?".
637 posts • joined 7 Oct 2008
"So 3 HALs walk into a bar..."
... and the barman says, "Why the long int?".
"Could" is the key word. Possibility is always hemmed in by intent and capability.
"The UK has given notice, and the EU has set a deadline"
The UK government could rescind its A50 letter if it wished. The awkward silence that might follow would be interesting to witness, but I doubt that we will be treated to that
"I wonder why?".
Those factories in Malaysia don't build themselves.
When that is the best and most coherent planning advice that we have had for coping with this situation then we are truly in an unnerving place.
Diplocat is my new DJ name.
I didn't have and Acorn - my Dad bought us a Dragon 32 - but I share your feelings about the passage of time. Every time I visit the National Museum Of Computing it becomes a tick list of machines I used to own, machines I use to work on and machine I use to covet.
He’ll probably do the Lib Dem thing and sell the post room.
Back in the mists of time we used Philips Maestro systems for mainframe software development. These were upgraded to the new whizzy devices with some intelligence built into the very expensive keyboards to alleviate the load on the minicomputer that talked to the mainframe. It was drilled into us how very expensive the desktop component was - 3000 late-80s GBPs - in an effort to impress on us how lucky we were to have them and how much care we should take of them. Sadly, my desk neighbour showed little care while ham-fistedly opening a litre carton of orange juice which split and dumped its contents into the keyboard/desktop processor. Orange juice and PCB tracks are not a felicitous combination.
After we moved onto PCs I didn't think of the Philips Maestro again until I saw one glued to the wall of the cabin of Star Bug in Red Dwarf.
Incommunicado? Sorta, kinda, maybe.
In a cupboard? Has been for some while, probably will be for some time yet. Poor Ecuadoran embassy staff.
A beautiful county. Lots of wonderful walking, fascinating history, much to explore and some interesting and unique rock climbing on Wenlock Edge, Pontesford Rocks and Nesscliffe. I can highly recommend the Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms in Clungunford.
I worked in Telford for many years and while it has much to recommend it as a place of employment, I wouldn't rush back. It turns out that you did have to pay me to make me go there.
No, you aren't. I immediately started to compile a mental list of former colleagues who fitted the description, being careful, of course, to omit the Good 'Ole Boys from Texas who didn't appreciate being called Yankees.
As a senior exec at an outsourcing former (now-defunct) employer once told me, "We woo on the contract pitch and rape on the service changes".
I pray for them. In Codd we trust.
and I still find myself in third normal form.
I once had the task of decommissioning any server in the estate that didn't run to its owner when I came swinging my axe. After sending a seemingly endless stream of file servers called Gandalf to a well-earned rest, I was relieved to find a development team that had named theirs after the Second Stage Lensmen.
"It's one of the major reasons enterprises dont use say Chrome on Windows 10."
And yet we have IE-specific apps that won't run in Edge no matter what we do. After the last Win10 update came down the wire even IE would just sit there sullenly refusing to pick them up and run with them. The current workaround is an IE compatibility extension to Chrome.
I kvetched a little about the last reformatting and this makes one of my complaints worse - even more white space shining into the echoing void of my workplace - but really, it doesn't get in the way of reading the content so it's not a problem.
If you want to delight me, get rid of the float-over ads.
If you want to really piss people off, go full-on late 90s Gociities with a floral border and an autoplay .wav of something plinky-plonky.
I have seriously considered getting a resurrected Erissson T28 for phone calls and a hotspot and a small tablet for mobile internet.
I'm still waiting for my local aerodrome to be renamed "London Ringway".
"They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash!"
NT4 was where MicroSoft lost the plot. Moving the GDI to Ring 0 was my first WTF moment with Windows. Were they really prepared to compromise the stability of a server OS to keep the GUI running? They were.
RBS published enough press releases after that clusterflump to qualify as a publishing company with a banking arm.
Apollo is a good name for a space-bound system.
I do hope that they set it up with the same boot and close-down wav files that I and many others used when PCs with sound cards started hitting our desks.
The only IT related pronouncement I can recall Cameron making was his endorsement of Fruit Ninja.
USA should make more cheese, and export that to the world.
Heavens to Betsy! Have you seen what the Americans call cheese?
"Which is precisely the sort of thing we need to know. Do people want fire that can be fitted nasally?".
Mines the one with the pockets full of leaves.
I've been in software long enough to have written software for Windows 3.1.
My first post-mainframe code was a Win 3.11 client/server development and I agree that the simplicity of the interfaces we designed then, driven by the limitations of the available resources, has an appeal that goes beyond mere nostalgia. When there are no distractions you can focus on how best to help the user best satisfy their needs.
Of course, I would never admit to having wasted hours playing with the GUI after years of staring at a green screen when I was set loose with a PC rather than a terminal. I would, however, state that returning to a green screen and the mainframe after many years of GUI-ing was like slipping between cool cotton sheets once more - refreshing and relaxing in equal parts.
"Actually I think she is a closet remainer and has a cunning plan"
Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
"I really hop not."
Rimmer: I never agreed with my parents’ religion but I wouldn’t dream of knocking it.
Lister: What were they?
Rimmer: Seventh Day Advent Hoppists. They believed that every Sunday should be spent hopping. They would hop to church, hop through the service and hop back home again.
Lister: What’s the idea behind that then?
Rimmer: Well, they took the Bible literally. Adam and Eve, the snake and the apple, everything. Took it word for word. Unfortunately their version had a misprint. It was all based on 1 Corinthians 13, where it says “faith, hop and charity, and the greatest of these is hop.” So that’s what they did every seventh day. I tell you, Sunday lunchtimes were a nightmare. Hopping around the table serving soup. We all had to wear sou’esters and asbestos underwear.
Some of us are still working on mainframe stuff. It still does what it's supposed to do, when you ask it to.
A colleague just asked me for an example of a double entendre so I gave him one.
I was thinking exactly the same thing. Having been to both several times down the years I have been mystified at the way that two complimentary organisations can be at loggerheads in such a mutually disadvantageous way. People, eh? Funny buggers at the best of times.
I used to work with someone known to all and sundry as "Spof". I assumed that it was a play on "Spock" until I'd worked with him long enough to realise that he was a Single Point Of Failure.
"It's only sheer idiocy and masochism to move off it or use something else."
Or as the Brummies would call it, a West Bromwich Screwdriver.
Our HP support licences used to arrive in box bigger than the one that they sent the server in. It made sense as the support contract probably cost more than the server.
Sadly I fear the we shall never find the packet of papers containing the memoir of his time in Paris durign the 1871 Commune.
We were offered free training on the software package being proposed, for the whole team and the training to be conducted in the US, flights from the UK to be picked up by the vendor. Our boss said yes. which was greeted with great joy and we prepared for our team jolly. Then we were told that out of the two sites where we could do the training, Palo Alto had been rejected by our boss as being, "too far away", and that we would be heading for Malvern, Pa. In February. Very friendly people at the Malvern facility, but boy was it cold.
IKEA furniture is easy enough to assemble correctly, after all it is designed that way. The benighted contraption that my sister bought from Next and asked me to sort out after she took one look and ran away gibbering was another matter. That thing still haunts my nightmares.
ICL is only relevant in UK.
The reach of VME is still international, even now. It's not just British companies that see the value in not fixing something that isn't broken.
Got some software developed on the old ICL mainframe OS-es? Fujitsu will keep that running for you as well.
Old operating systems never die, but they do sometimes decompile.
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