How the heck did said customer got access to MSDOS.SYS if it had the hidden, readonly and system file attributes set?
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I wonder if their detour into ARM territory will lead to the same kind of fallout as with WinMo?
I mean, windows on ARM does not have all the features you'd expect on Intel/AMD hardware... plus driver issues to sort out as well. Sure, ARM chippery have good battery life, but if drivers are lacking... (which was also a problem for IBM's OS/2 Warp and other operating systems).
Reminds me of the failed x64 version of XP, and Vista.
Only time will tell if v1.00 of the ARM foray will be a success or disaster. ARM is a different kind of beast, and you will not get x86/x64 code to run on it, unless in a VM or with WINE.
Hilarity to ensue as sysadmins try to get M$ office to install, only to find out that it is not compatible with ARM ....
Have M$ given thought to the dearth of apps on that specific platform, or are they hoping that software Morlocks will code for ARM-based Windows as well out of the goodness of their hearts?
Re: DEL & * catastrophe
Heh, had somebody delete a critical data file from Ulti-Sales (POS system I supported back in the day).
Poor lady didn't know what to do. Of course I tried a rebuild first. No luck. (It was support over a phone, luckily she was computer literate, and knew what to do).
Asked her about backups, and they did have it. I got her to restore the backups to a different directory, then copied the critical file over to the live POS system, and ran a rebuild - and all was well, no data lost.
She was happy. And so was I.
Using Win10 (at work) here, but with Classic Shell.
And whenever I present users with Win8.x or 10, I install Classic Shell for them a bit later. They really appreciate it, and they utterly dislike the newfangled Microslop UI.
I also install Classic Shell on Server2016 servers, it is so much better than the default slop that is dished out.
If America actually decide to physically ban the import of Chinese goods, most especially from Foxconn (who assembles a lot of iThings as well), things will be getting really interesting.
Whose products will the US of A then use? They'll have to produce their own - which means no more outsourcing to "cheaper" firms beyond the US of A's borders - or they'll do all sort of shenanigans to ship their products out, get these assembled, and get it shipped back.... or "import" workers on a short-term contract basis to do the work....
Also had a leak in the server room once.
Now, the servers' located in the basement. Which is Not A Good Idea.
However, the buidling is on a hillside, which allows the western part of the basement to be open. So flooding will not be a problem.
Seems that the builders neglected to check on the horizontal level of the floor (which is now the server room). I've found out only after the fact that it is NOT truly horizontal, but tend to incline towards the western side, which has a wall. The door is to the east, where you enter and exit.
It should be pretty waterproof, but we had to cut a hole in the wall for a fiber-optic (dang word, I never know if it's fibre or fiber, but anyway) conduit. It was sealed properly and everything.
For the first year things went well. Second year, the conduit piping carrying the fiber inside started to crack due to vehicular traffic. Third year we had a nice water leak outside the premises... and yup, water entered the server room.
Luckily the critical servers was high enough to keep their toesies dry. And I'm glad I did not get electrocuted - I waded into that mess barefoot. Water got warmer at a point, then I noticed that a kettle plug had immersed itself in the water - and I skedaddled out of there at a good pace, and refused to enter again until all the water had been pumped out.
It woke manglement up, and the company had to spend some $$$ in getting proper drainage installed to keep water away from the server room.
So far we've had a couple of rainstorms etc, but the server room remained properly dry.
Only time will tell if we'll have a repeat performance or not. If it does happen again, the servers will be relocated somewhere else... which'll be a major PITA.
And for the record, I will not try this experiment again, with a live electrical connection submerged...
And it also sound like something the Bastard himself will do.
Anybody remember this episode?
I still don't know why Netgear, Dlink etc don't use OpenWRT or similar on their devices rather than their own badly written crud.
Come to think of it - why don't they all pitch up together, collect funds and pay a couple of OpenWRT (or whatever) hacks to code a proper OS for their routers/things?
This way they can ensure that the code is Open Source, and bugs will be found, and be patched promptly, and they don't have to do the coding themselves.
Just a thought.
Speccy owners will also fondly remember the days of fidding with the VOL button to get "just the right volume" for loading games.
R Tape loading error was the result if the volume was too high or too low. Fun, especially if you're playing around with a lot of BASIC code you've just typed in from a magazine, and wanted to save it...
What really happened to those people who peddled WindowsNT and Win2k source code back in the day?
All the two articles do was to waffle on about the leaked source code, but not a peep about what happened to the people who've had a hand in distributing and peddling said code...
No matter what you do, what security measures you put up, somebody will always find a way to sneak code out of the backdoor.