Re: They did still do it
Yeah, but I bet they made you put a four second delay on the transmission in case some alien called Matt Bianco a bunch of 1cars!
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Lenovo were the last of the big builders to keep ATX compatible PSUs in their boxes. Now they've gone the way of HP, Dell, Fujitsu etc. and have started building with 12V only.
The problem comes in two forms.
First, as a medical university, our supply is on the hospital grid which gets taken down dirtily every month. This inevitably FUBARS the PSU of anyone who forgets to completely unplug their computer. After encountering this phenomenon, I now keep a couple of brand new 500-600W ATX supplies in stock for a 15 minute recovery. With 12V only, I have to order the part in and it can take three weeks to fix.
Secondly, if someone wants a super-duper workstation for graphics, I can no longer buy an off the shelf build, like a top of the line i7, strip out the PSU, add a top notch graphics card in there and put in a PSU to match. I'm having to scratch build systems with the inevitable "this mobo etc. is out of stock" issues meaning returning half a dozen matched bits to the supplier and a three week wait for replacements.
No-one can tell me which models still have ATX supplies, or which will come with 12V only.
Soultions: they should build the spec the customer asks for rather than tell them, no, you can't have that model with an ATX supply, or the PSU makers are going to have to start upping the watts and making a second "standard" of PSU.
Why is ther eno rage icon?
The redesign of the cabin between the Gen 2 and the Gen 3 was a backward step IMHO. With the Gen 2 you could slide from the driver's seat to the passenger's easily. Heck, you could even have a bench seat in the front if you fancied! The display was simple and clear, everything was on the MFD with just 8 mode buttons.
True. I fixed a whole room of misbehaving Dell GX1s by hammering a dead 486dx into the "acoustic deadening material" * in one of our DTP classrooms before I re-ghosted the standard image. I called it "my embedded processor demonstration".
*(those old 1970s paper-fibre wall tiles with a relief map of the Grand Canyon on the surface).
Mother f***ing c*** of a son-of-a-***** keyboard!
Anyway, as I was about to say, there was some rationale to thumping the old CRT to make the field coils wobble slightly and get the field up to ignition strength. And as for sticktion in the old PDP disk packs, cold-booting was more or less an accurate description!
Picard, tongue sticking out of side of mouth... "Gah! Picard to Data. Data, can you come in here and help me with this damned PAD, please?"
Data (enters) "Captain?"
Picard "Ah, Data. I'm trying to launch the ship's fuel consumption app, but it keeps coming up in windowed mode."
Data "That is correct, Captain."
etc etc etc.
the chance to rip up the road in a Caterham 7? Or a Lotus 7 for that. In British Racing Green with a yellow intake shroud. And a thumping trumpet, bass and percussion track too as he drives into the secret underground entrance of MI6 to hand in his resignat... hang on, gone off on a wrong track here I think. ;-)
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When I worked at Radio Shack in Canada, I got a brief North America regionalisation briefing by my manager. One thing I recall her saying is "And if people come in here asking about batteries for the convertor, they usually mean the remote control for the cable convertor; it was the first battery remote many people had seen so they started calling the remote the "convertor" and the convertor itself they called a "cable box". Just so you know. Oh, and the remote for the TV? That's the clicker. Even if it doesn't."
So conventional wisdom would have use believe, but the old "dual-anti-biotic" approach does have some benefits. I've found no noticeable slowing up with this combination of products. Run Symantec and McAfee together and you're going to have a bad time, but MSE seems to play nice with a second package.
The way that the virus signature databases work wouldn't give you false positives - they only contain signature viral code fragments and even then those are usually simple checksums.
I've been using a combination of Comodo AV and MSE, with a Comodo Dragon browser. It seems to have a much lower overhead on system resources than the corporate approved "McAfee Enterprise".
The test conditions are also a little rough. Win XP sp3 and IE7? I know, it's a highly infectable combination. MSE does well, IMHO on Win 7 with a non-MS browser.
I've just been handed a 1990 vintage neuronal stimulator/amplifier with a duff PSU in a 19" modular eurorack.
2 minutes with a screwdriver and a voltmeter and I'm 75% certain there's a partially blown bridge rectifier. 60p replacement part, 30 minutes with a screwdriver and a soldering iron, job done.
Last week, a 2007 model, with no sign of power. The PSU is in an epoxy sealed box seemingly fusion welded onto the motherboard which forms an integral part of the custom moulded 19" housing. Replacement cost? Around £1600.
So I agree about data being gone in a flash.
I'm just grabbing my lab coat to go tell the nice lady that her box is fixed.
Quite right. Sodium orange is magical and sparkly! I'm more of a 70's kid, though. It still applies.
And the car headlight thing is because there are some very heavily parked, curved roads near where I live, and if I can see a car moving down the road, either during the day by seeing the roof, or at night by seeing the headlights reflected in the sides of cars around the bend, I can wait opposite the entrance to a car workshop where the road is wider. Now they're trialling some white LED lamps at the top of the hill and I find it hard to know if it's those being reflected or a car who has seen MY lights and is waiting for me at the top of the hill. I now flash my lights and wait a few seconds for a response before entering the narrow strait. It's a bit like the old hump-back bridge on a dark narrow road scenario.
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