Oh alright ...... "letters"
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Oh alright ...... "letters"
Helping out any bemused punters here : think back to when they were called "locomotives"
Cupboards-full and more all the time - all the way from serial, parallel, printer, scsi, FireWire 400 and 800, usb 1 through XX, Ethernet, and not forgetting vga, DVI-whatever, HDMI, power cables galore, audio cables with 1, 2, 3 or more jacks, optical, RCA, DIN, and now Thunderblah-blah 1, 2, 3 ....
But why is it -
1. The last critical connector cable is always two inches short.
2. That immensely valuable gender-changer at the bottom of the drawer turns out to be female-female instead of male-male.
Better stop here I’m getting angry
Too late : Ever tried counting the contacts on a scsi plug to see which frigging one it was? Sh**t!!
Second reference in 24 hours :
(Just counting the first such reference on the above page)
Who else you gonna call?
"A better DOS than DOS and a better Windows than Windows"
Cut the (bruised) top off an apple once and a fully-grown wasp staggered out from the core. He must have crawled in as a wee wasplet and couldn’t back out. Or was having a doze to sleep it off. Had no choice - after all wasps look and sound so ANGRY and the way they fly at you is so THREATENING - but to squash the b*****d.
Just imagine getting stuck inside a reasonably full barrel of cider and not even being able to drink your way out.
Thanks for reminding me of the expression “Winchester drive”. Somebody did the exact right thing back then.
Brilliant idea - FB should freeze every single account - all of 'em - and require punters to re-register.
I'd be surprised if they have more than a few hundred million actual users. This whole chunk of the planet supposed to be on FB is bollocks.
Huh? I thought that was normal electioneering?
Slight correction. IBM’s desktop salesman understood the market very well. They were desperate to sell boxen, which meant Windows, and no incentive to push OS/2.
AND MS would wield their monopolistic power by threatening to withhold information about the latest version of Windows (so it could actually run properly) unless IBM turned its back on OS/2. Ergo market opportunities for Compaq et al and the rest is history.
And originates from long before XP, and even before 95. ‘Cos, for example, the favoured word processor early on became WordPerfect and whilst it’s series of owners tried to stay ahead of and then match Word feature for feature MS built undocumented API’s into each iteration of Windows to make WordPerfect explode.*
By comparison OS/2 had an excellent basic set of workhorse programs (Faxworks for example had a built in graphics subsystem so you could amend and annotate faxes, add signatures etc on the screen 20 years ago or more) then the developer’s website would suddenly and “inexplicably” disappear, the supposition being that the developer, understandably, succumbed to the Microsoft shilling.
*Remember there was an OS/2 version (5.2 if memory serves) of WordPerfect but at a time when cross-platform compatibility was essential (that is, until MS succeeded in making compatibility unnecessary) it was ill-formed. Basically a pig’s ear.
But then there was a Linux version too, which did not justify the name WordPerfect. Not just the ear - the whole pig!
Surely better to let them run and track what they are doing.
My Linux baptism was with Ygdrassil but blowed if I can remember whether I tried installing it from 5 inch floppies or those new-fangled 3 inch ones.
Newsworthy because of the chance to use the above epithet.
From which it follows all (hopefully) bombs in the world are "clean".
Phew! That's a relief. Had me worried there for a minute.
To keep down the layoffs IBM put whole departments into suspended animation. They just woke up Notes.
Who’s next? The OS/2 team?
Believe it began in WWII?
Gave this a go when a simple prototype was available to shoot small files from one iOS device to another. Blindingly simple in concept. Love it.
Would, by way of trivial example, Apple please incorporate this into HomeKit so I can be alerted by the teapot when the tea’s brewed, by the saucepan when the egg is soft-boiled and by the toaster when the bread is crisp and brown. Thanks.
There is a button to press to alert the sub-editors so as to avoid commenting on typos in these forums. This El Reg not Private Eye.
Huh? You mean like some of those scenes in Men in Black?
Almost as shocking** was, earlier in the video, a Marty Wilde poster flashing past on the nearside verge.
**Alright it wasn't, but you know what I mean.
Urrrmmm .... ye-es...
This is China...so what else is new?
Oh I’m disappointed.
Given we are talking about calls to HMRC, I was hoping for an article praising us Brits’ creation of the world’s largest audio profanisaurus.
No Yorkshireman'd say "t'lad" when referring to himself.
Sheesh - Southerners!
Today's Financial Times :
"Facebook, Amazon and Netflix all closed at new highs"
Really? Could our brethren over there explain WTF about the above claim?
No, seriously I'd like to know.
Or has the writer been watching too many Disney movies?
As an aside, IAAFL and a cross-examining counsel would have a field day tearing a witness in the box apart over use of "fundamental", "tenet", "policy" and "law". Course the first question would be : "What was the tenet and policy before the Second World War?"
I’d rather it be programmed to design an even faster rig, all by itself ... or maybe that’s asking for trouble
Guess I’ll stick to the good old Brown Betty then.
I want one but can any kind soul tell me if the tea is any good?
Agreed, but (or and) in principle MS cannot - simply CANNOT - adopt a benign, paternalistic attitude towards an acquisition such as GitHub, or any acquisition. Line managers may want to. Nardella may even want to but they are all answerable to the Board (who are answerable to shareholders) who will sooner or later ask “What did we pay all this frigging money for? Where is the Return on Investment?”
Oh and by the way, a warm, cuddly feeling that a company is “doing the right thing” does not qualify as RoI.
Straying this far from his brief of making the World a safer place (stop sniggering at the back!) I realise he thought conservation was something to do with the Conservative Party.
OK something to be said for keeping two systems functionally separate in principle but if you are the gatekeeper the openings in the fence could be selectively and more intuitively accessible from within each system. They must be there since this third-party app or that will help you to do things - such as sharing screens (e.g. Teamviewer), and seeing the output from a Home (TM) CCTV on a Mac (e.g. various) - which are not native to the system.
The Home potato patch surrounded by barbed wire in the walled garden - which I agree is a potentially very dangerous trouble spot for spreading potato blight - would have greater potential at least for me if I was not forced to handle it on a phone or iPad -
or a frigging Apple TV! Whose brilliant idea was that?
Couldn't agree more. Even worse is those who have a real page which has an invitation to go to their FB page. Makes no sense. Why would I want to go elsewhere when I am already looking at their own website? Mad.
UV'd because of the connection with that widely-read children's comic.
With the greatest respect to golfers I would prefer that "beautiful countryside" stay that way.
Look - first, young'uns, "chips" are not from potatoes. They* are Britain's finest. Grill a few extra to eat straight from the fridge, slightly shrivelled, the following day. Preferably with a slice of yesterday's toast which has absorbed all the butter. Best snack in the world.
Second, Walls's super size** - black on top and bottom. Sides optional. Wrapped in a slice of decent white bread with lashings of (melting) butter to compensate for the fat lost during the cooking process. Luxury!
* Sigh - kids today - "chipolatas".
** I hear you no longer have to pierce them with a fork?? What the hell is that??
By appealing to rabid knee-jerk animalistic tendencies with barbaric speechifying and ... oh..sorry. Was your question about Donald, Nigel or Adolf?
Ali Baba sneakily finding out that "Open Sesame" was the password.
And spawning a thousand atrocious pantomimes.
Right. What you might call a 1,000-year rei..... dukedom.
Apply Ecuador Consulate.
He and Assange would have LOTS to talk about.
One breaks out data from unwitting subjects.
The other ... oh ... hang on a sec ....
Name's taken, sorry. Or at least it was when I were a wee lad.
It was the system for connecting and sharing two or more computers to apply multi-CPU brute force to a single program which needed it.
I was an (cough! cough!) innocent schoolkid complete with blazer and schoolcap during the skinhead** era and I would have been more than happy for Plod to database all young, white, bovver-boot** and 'crombie** coat wearing, walnut-sized brain primates and to have 'em rounded up en masse and sent away for good.
**Explanation for millennials : "Skinhead" was... oh, forget it. Look it up. While you are at it look up "pogoing" too. The kind of "dance" which could be done when you have a brain the size of a walnut.
By the way - good article and EXCELLENT discussion in this forum.
When ah were a lad ......
Not just strange to see a reference to Microsoft in the same sentence but downright dangerous. Granted there have been immeasurable benefits to most of our (meaning this readership, which does not include the Sudanese herdsman) lives in the past two to three decades but, no, the world is not becoming a computer. Nor even is it particularly intelligent.
Dangerous because this is a more subtle and misleading and therefore threatening presentation to developers than Ballmer's mantra, aimed at persuading them all to re-imagine themselves as Jeff Bridges speeding round the electronic circuitry as if it is real life. It isn't.
Time - roughly a century has elapsed, in fact - to re-visit the debate (dispute, if you like) between Bergson and Einstein concerning the primacy of an imaginative or a clockwork universe.
Crazy thing is our wives have this strange idea that nothing, including when a bloke wants to devote his whole attention to a good film, is more important than she is. <shakes head in disbelief>
Watch 3 does cellular. One day, in one possible scenario, we shall all make calls that way.
Fine by me. Phone calls are less than 1% of what I do on the, um, phone.
Could it possibly be arranged by his good lady for general amusement?
Surely the Digger’s good lady at the time could not have arranged it - for self-publicity?
I mean, no, definitely, 100% not......
Kindly stop the puerile rendering of Analytica as Anal. or I shall have to cancel my subscription.
P.S. You missed one.
Cautiously confident that at least one of the issues is solved - up to a point.
Mac Pro 2013.
Seems High Sierra 13.4 does not know how to go to sleep. To whit:
Re-installed. Immediately began a Time Machine backup and nothing else. Next time I looked the bastard had crashed.
Happened a second time.
Changed Energy Saver settings to keep the display awake longer and NOT to allow disks to sleep when display sleeps.
So far so good. First backup completed. Bloody miracle!
This did NOT solve the ridiculous install/update issues which again one time ended with a floating frigging question mark on the screen but the OS seems somehow - eventually - to complete the boot/install/update.
Now on to latest developer preview no. 2 of 13.5. Can't be any worse ..... surely? I mean, this came out relatively quickly so maybe Apple actually reads all the crash reports.
I shall have to try that. Problem is, after choking on the update- install-re-install more than once my Mac Pro crashes randomly. One time ran fine for more than 24 hours (indexing A LOT of music files for Plex Media Server) but then began choking randomly.**
**Well each time a report is sent to Uncle Mac (who must be bombarded with 'em) so perhaps it ain't so random but who knows? The log is crammed with any and every possible assistance - short of REAL HELP.
Crashed more times in one week than all my other Macs in 10 years - in total.
I had to search for an explanation of nothing on the screen but a floating question mark - "cannot find the boot disk". Crikey - welcome to 1988.
'Course I could rewind to Sierra. But then the SSD is 100% invisible.
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