I think the opposite have happened, that Dabbsy's mojo caused this Spectre and Meltdown ruckus in retaliation :p
Good to see you're back on form, keep it up, and may 2018 be a most excellent year for you.
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And this hoo-haa triggered this memory of the Usenet Oracle and Windows 95...
The original can be found here : https://internetoracle.org/special/windoze2.cgi
The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:
> O great Oracle, the one who sees all and knows all, please accept
> this humble question from thy grovelling supplicant...
> Why is Windows 95 Beta so bug-ridden it's not funny?
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
} THE SCENE: A dark antechamber of the Gates estate, dimly lit by three
} 20" monitors suspended from the ceiling. In the middle of the room is
} a Pentium/100Hz, sheathed in a black casing. Three programmers dance
} around the machine, chanting horribly. Their pale, clammy complexion
} is cast hideously by the light of the monitors, rendered even more
} repugnant to the watchful eye bye the 60Hz flicker of the monitors.
} FIRST PROGRAMMER: Thrice the brinded net hath mewed.
} SECOND PROGRAMMER: Thrice, and once the Warp-pig whined.
} THIRD PROGRAMMER: MacHarpier cries. 'Tis time, 'tis time!
} FIRST: Round about the terminal go;
} In the poisoned upgrade throw.
} Code, which by a student done
} In minutes numbering sixty-one.
} Run-time error, protection fault,
} Crash ye first, crash ye shalt.
} ALL [as they dance around the Pentium]:
} Double, double, toil and trouble;
} Tempers burn and data bubble.
} SECOND: Fillet of a Sound Card bake,
} In the Pentium no sound make;
} Point of arrow, click of mouse,
} Scream of user, frightened spouse,
} OS/2's net use appeal,
} Steve Jobs' look and Wozniak's feel.
} For a charm of powerful trouble,
} Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
} ALL: Double, double, toil and trouble;
} Tempers burn and data bubble.
} THIRD: Click "Start" button, speed of slug,
} You would think you forgot the plug.
} Multitasking, ha ha ho
} If just one worked you'd be good to go.
} This should grab those straggling few
} Who aren't using DOS 6.22.
} Now we shall the Mac eclipse,
} While curse words cross our users' lips.
} Leave the errors in so we can fix
} And sell more...Windows 96!
} And so we will release the Beta
} For corruption of their data.
} ALL: Double, double, toil and trouble;
} Users buy, our profits double.
} SECOND: Compile it with errors through,
} Since the users have no clue.
} [Enter BillGate to the other three programmers.]
} BillGate: O, well done! I commend your pains,
} And everyone shall share i' the gains.
} And now about the program get,
} But NEVER use it on OUR net.
} Security is scarce put in.
} [Beeps of PONG heard in the background.]
} [Exit BillGate.]
} SECOND WITCH: By the usage of my UMBs
} Wicked Windows this way comes.
} Open locks,
} Whoever knocks!
} [Fade to black.]
} Remember, Obsolescence isn't an accident, it's an art form.
} You owe the Oracle a signed, handwritten manuscript of MacBeth, and a
} copy of the Windows upgrade for the P6.
Call came in from remote site. Server dieded. Walked the tech through all tribbleshooting steps with no success.
Server was shippes to us for testing and repair. With it came a new motherboard and new hotswap PSU's.
Motherboard was the wrong model. Hotswap PSU's ditto.
Oh, and it was mentioned they have zippo on backups, and I should be verra, verra careful with the RAID....
Then I noticed my appy had the same model of the server we're trying to troubleshoot. Whipped out his working PSU, plonked it into the dead server.... nothing. Then it was eaay to deduct the cause of the dead server - PSU redundancy board failed.
Transferred all the hardware (RAID cage, mobo etc over to the appy's server chassis, fired it up and up she came. Lovely.
Did a few initial tests and all was OK, no database corruption or nasty RAID borkage. Just for kicks we queried the date of the last transaction, and found the server dieded two days before it was reported.
Appy was not happy with a stripped server, but he took it well. Bless him.
Client was super chuffed that we could resolve this issue on short notice.
In the meantime I have ordered a replacement redundancy board, still waiting. Meh.
Wanted to have a shufty at the spy vs spy game for android, but due to play store limitations, was unable to find it in the ZA playstore...
...trundled off to some arb warez site, downloaded the APK and found out something else also got included as phone battery drained faster than normal.
Luckily a factory reset helped.
Now I avoid non-kosher APK's. Just not worth it.
Running a Mikrotik on solar here, straight 12v from the battery. Works quite well, and saves a bit of energy to boot.
On the other hand, having 12v stepped up to 240v (inverter or ups) then down again to 12v (mikrotik wall PSU) leads to losses during the voltage up/down conversion.
Having said that, 12v or 48v dc for a data centre sounds good - until you factor in copper. You'll need thicker cables to compensate for resistance etc at lower volts than what you would have with higher volts.
Another thing - when asked to trash a server, I make 100% sure of that before I proceed.
In all the instances where I had to trash a server, it was due for recycling anyway. And in other cases it was fun to bork a RAID array just to see what happens if I do X and Y and Z (on an redundant server, of course).
I don't do stuff to production servers because of fallout and loss of my good name.
Recently we had an issue at work where some software licences was not renewed at all - and an upcoming audit would point it out anyway.
Project Mangler in charge of that project got told by manglement to tell the auditor that the software licence expired a week ago - he refused to lie.
Not worth having that kind of blot on your career - and manglement denying they told him to lie.
If some black hat would write a bot to replace code on all Y-Cam cameras so as to give you the actual option of using local storage instead of cloudy storage....
Forewarned is forearmed, should I need surveillance, I will also look at storage options. If there is no local storage, or I cannot store locally, then I will not purchase that specific product.
USB makes it possible to have two physical keyboards on one PC - one wired, one wireless.
Great fun can be had by "bumping" the wireless keyboard/mouse on a random basis. Bonus points if the "bump" goes unnoticed and some lewd swear word is induced into the document the user is working on...
Regarding monitors - had a small POS monitor once, if you turned its brightness up above a certain value, it trips the power. Just used it as a Novell Netware monitor afterwards.
Only time will tell if this direction will be successful., but I will welcome it as it will be beneficial to get security updates no matter who your carrier may be.
Having said that, I now wonder if they will only support newer phones, or will they be providing upgrades for older phones so that you can upgrade your phone in order to take advantage of the newer system. But I don't think it will ever happen, they will only focus on newer devices, and older devices can go die in a landfill somewhere.
Yay for M$.
Perhaps you've posted this on the wrong thread? Still quite entertaining, and forewarned is forearmed since my company have a couple of users with laptops and dual-screens.
Now I am going to dread going to work on the morrow... :)
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