1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
I can imagine some enterprising entrepreneur will amass a collection of memory sticks, and stick a couple of pr0nz on these (outside the borders of Blighty) then
smugglebring them all in under the noses of customs, then distribute on a royalty basis (like the old DVD/Video superstores of old).
With occasional trips to outside Blighty to get updated content in to keep frequent clients happy and paying for the privilege.
One ex-manager thought it was a good idea to, when requiring IT assistance, phone IT and inform me that something is smoking.
Which caused me to drop everything I'm currently working on and rush to his location.
First two times it worked. Thereafter it was taken with a "oh, you again" and a pinch of salt. Pissed me off seriously.
Re: Caveat Emptor
As per recent Reg articles, many within HP, including the then CFO, thought the same but they were railroaded and/or simply ignored.
They must be smug and have "We told you so" attitudes.
IIRC the CFO was fired for sticking to her guns? Can she use this case to sic some lawyery types onto HP for a bigger payday?
So going to make notes here. Maybe I can create something like LESTER, but one which'll bother ne'er-do-wells on our freeholding by sneaking up on them, dropping an activated cherry bomb behind them, and beating a hasty retreat...
Or one which'll scream "Lumme see what I've got here!" behind them before scuttling away.
Something like that. Possibilities are endless.
A pop, and not a bang?
What a damp squib.
Glad to hear all ended well though :)
First time I've heard about an application for the elusive 80186 - had fortunate experiences with the 8086, 80286+80287, 80386+80387 and so on...
My first 80486DX I was in such a rush that I did not notice what I was doing and mounted the CPU the wrong way round - part of it glowed briefly before magic smoke escaped... had to toss the board and everything. Learnt my lesson that day.
Re: I've been there
Intel servers FTW - we've got a couple with good track records.
At first we were wary, but times were tough, so we took the leap.
The downside is that most Intel kit is not built to last forever, whilst HPE (and others) are built to last, but the upside of this is that you are able to afford a new Intel server every two (or three) years, whereas with HPE (and others' kit) you have to grin and bear it until the
BOFH slush fund Bossly Unit's CC is full enough to go out and purchase some pretty HPE kit - and have a major hissy fit with driver installation.
So far I never had any issue installing Windoze Server on Intel kit. HPE is another matter though...
Re: Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you
Unless it's known you work in IT. Then it's your fault because you touched it last or you work with computers so you should know.
So doing that to a colleague at present. He fiddled with a server - now it is giving problems, and I just kick the ticket(s) back to him. Let him sort his own messes out.
Was on duty at a toll road plaza yonkers ago. It was winter, and every toll collector has his/her aircondtioner's heater on in the toll booths.
Supervisor get a panicked call from one toll collector - apparently a fire has started in her AC unit. Strangely nobody acted to extinguish that fire.
I relocated myself swiftly from the control room to the toll booth in question, grabbed the fire extinguisher, located the flames (luckily it was still small) and proceeded to empty the extinguisher on it :) Was fun.
When the AC repair crew rocked up, we found that the culprit was a bad connection to the heater element that overheated and caught fire.