"It was a phase worse than death..."
643 posts • joined 13 Apr 2011
"It was a phase worse than death..."
There is a story that Tony Benn once sent out advance copies of a speech to the news agencies, leading to several newspapers commenting on it. However, he gave a completely different speech to the audience! This enabled the arch prankster to rant on about the lying and corrupt press making out that he had said things which he didn't say. Only those virtuous reporters who had actually bothered to attend could have reported what he had really said!
At night as the staff left the building site one builder would bring out a wheelbarrow load of spoil. This went on every night for weeks...
It's a good enough story but doesn't hold water - after "every night for weeks" how many wheelbarrows would actually remain left on site? A negative number, I suspect...
You may well be remembering the story of a jobbing actor who was staying at a seaside boarding house, and (with the knowledge of the landlady) was enjoying the charms of her daughter on a nightly basis.
His bill at the end of the week included a substantial charge for "extra vegetables"...
(Can anyone identify this story more precisely, please?)
Kirsty Young would pale into insignificance if Charlotte Green still worked for BBC Radio News...
Helpline number ... It's really easy to remember, just dial 150 or 151 from your Virgin landline
What is this 'landline' entity of which you speak? Ever-so-many people do not have such.
Fan-folded paper tape was used to set up the DEC PDP-8L mini, once you had entered a number of boot words with the switches. It was fascinating watching the paper tape folds moving from one hopper to the other with flic-flac noises!
Somewhere in that list should come:
Tea and medals.
That story reminds me of someone being thwarted in his endeavour to get hold of his "highly-urgent" printing.
"What's all this rubbish coming off on the printer?" he irately inquired.
"Must be one of your memos, Dave!" we replied, wickedly...
[Yes, Dave was his real name!]
I presume that most MBA courses teach about the rise of companies and the reasons they rose, and the fall of companies, and the reasons they fell - some even ceasing to exist, others staggering on. A number spring to mind: General Motors, Ford, Blockbuster Video, Sun Microsystems, Wang Laboratories, Eastman Kodak, Yahoo, IBM - and most recently, Toys 'R' Us. I wonder what is currently being taught about Microsoft and Apple?
> They drive 186.411 miles. Most of it over potholes.
That would have been in 'creator mode' - the word you wanted was "through".
> Home Hub 5 owners are still waiting for the promised "Early 2017" update to enable IPv6...
And of course these owners are convinced that the IPv6 support will work perfectly the instant it is available!
Thank heaven that the BT HomeHub IPv4 support is so stable and complete, and could be used as a fall-back...
> The sales assistant could not work out why I didn't need an operating system
You should have told him (since undoubedly male) that you were just going to use the firmware, and so didn't need an operating system...
> Sadly I'm no longer a Member of the British Computer Society, I'm now a Member of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT :(
And not a member of the considerably more prestigious Worshipful Company of Information Technologists? Perhaps you don't qualify for their membership, which "is open to IT leaders and practitioners, entrepreneurs, technologists in diverse fields, academics and those working in other areas with a strong IT or digital or technology connection such as management, finance, accountancy, law, health, HR, marketing and other disciplines!
The Windows Secrets forums have just been restored, after at least a fortnight of downtime, to 1st June 2017. Yes, over nine months' ago. It would have been possible to have had a baby in that time...
> @disgustedoftunbridgewells As any fule know, "colour" rhymes with "yellow".
However Nigel Molesworth wrote, "As any fule kno".
As any fule kno...
<insert witty reference to XORcism here>
"in Notepad (or whatever the equivalent was in 1992)"
...which I don't miss -->
For a very long time I thought that LinkedIn was a more sophisticated version of Edlin...
(Later I realised that it actually was!)
The problem would not have occurred if the manufacturer had put a large sticky label on the kettle lid saying LEAD IS INSIDE KETTLE.
I'm sure you will be able to insist on a replacement CPU if you can prove that you were guaranteed a certain level of performance from your current one.
"No brainer" is not only the title but a description of the previous comment's content.
People want a less-intrusive version of Windows, not some random alternative.
> the woman in front of me had the two words "seriously moody" tattooed on the back of her neck
In blue ink, I hope?
"Plattery will get you nowhere..."
> 3DR's demise is an interesting lesson in self aggrandisement (a disgruntled DJI exec helped set 3DR up), a poor business model and inferior tech
The probable problem is that he couldn't take it with him...
... on any new Windows 10 box, remove all the tiles, run ShutUp10, then...
Follow by getting rid of all the non-Microsoft cr*pware which the manufacturer has 'helpfully' installed for the user.
> But lets not let facts get in the way of good story telling.
And let's not bother about spelling, punctuation, capitalisation, and other such niceties which could make it easier to read comments, especially when they have been written in green ink...
> I once came across a Norbert on a course
His Mediterranean friend would have been called Sorbet...
> When I visited the machine room in Claremont Tower at Newcastle University in 1978 or '79, they had a drum acting as the swap space on the IBM System/360 Model 65.
I did my MSc Computing course using this machine in 1972/3 - it was actually a 360/67 (a 65 with the IBM 2301 drum) running the Michigan Terminal System (MTS), a quite decent time sharing system of the time, and only superseded later by VM. [I assume that it lasted until 1978/9?!]
> IBM 3270 drives, I assume relatively similar from the description with all the adjustments made by turning screws 25% or a turn clockwise or similar...
The IBM 3270 was a CRT terminal. You may be thinking of a 3370? Take your pick from the drives featured in the Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_IBM_magnetic_disk_drives
>...if some cows did it they would have been given desert as well!
Gobi, no doubt...
> ⠀rectliinear_chicken_count = 0
What did Python say on encountering this misspelled variable name?
No artificial intelligence in there!
> You see the morons at the top see that "Oh the company is losing money, eh? Better scale back operations. Start making people redundant and offshore all the IT."
You are Fred Goodwin and I claim my £5...
The BBC headline you quote http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/73785.stm is a slight and much later rework of the supposed Times headline written by Claud Cockburn (1904-1981) "Small earthquake in Chile, not many dead" thereby winning their "dullest headline" competition.
He is also known for the truism: "Never believe anything until it has been officially denied."
Search me, guv! Dunno who those 'whimps' are either, the ones with the intrusive 'h'...
> The X's 1125x2436 panel is a significant improvement then. And it comes with a beautiful notch.
I'm sure that final sentence actually means something.
Have you looked at Zorin for a Windows 7 simulacrum*?
BTW why on earth would you want your Linux to look like Windows 10...?
* one is in Boris Johnson mode!
> "I should read the manuals and keep the wholly."
OK, not even Google knows what "keep the wholly" means.
Can anyone enlighten me, please?
I presume it has nothing to do with "keeping holy the Sabbath Day"...
If you can afford it, do volunteer work IT for a local charity or three. They are crying out for people who have learnt over decades of experience that backup is a pretty neat idea (just one example)...
> Resource (human/capital) management, is being automated now.
The progression is Personnel -> Human Resources -> Livestock Control...
> > "How exactly are we going to produce the gigawatts of electricity needed to power all these cars?"
> You make charging at night when the grid has spare capacity significantly cheaper.
Correction: you make charging during the day, to use up some of that surplus solar-generated electricity.
> Why aren't they wearing seatbelts in the picture?
a) because the car is not in motion
b) because they are Americans
c) they are young, so they think they will live forever
I've had Classic Shell cause a desktop restart loop following the previous major Windows update (v1703) - almost impossible to recover from - but reinstalling Windows 10 again from the ISO made Classic Shell work perfectly.
The opinion from the forum was that Microsoft probably screwed something up in the major or minor updates over the past year and more. Reinstalling from scratch was far more likely to allow Classic Shell to work.
After that I realised that all I wanted from Classic Shell was the Control Panel menu entry/desktop icon, which can be acquired by other means.
> I noticed she omitted to wipe the injection area with alcohol beforehand, presumably slightly increasing my chances of an infection, but I didn't say anything.
I've done 'finger-prick' blood tests at least four times a day for the last 12½ years without pre-wiping the location with alcohol. Perhaps I am now dead?
> I thought it was interesting that there is a "Society for IT Managers" that was stating this.
Perhaps they are henchmen of the spectacularly-pretentiously-named "Worshipful Company of Information Technologists" which never fails to amuse me on the rare occasions they come out of the woodwork?
Or maybe it should be "hench-organisation"...?
Hovercrafts weren't all wine and roses: in 1985 the Princess Margaret hit the breakwater at the entrance to Dover Harbour in high winds, killing four people and injuring over 50 of the 370 passengers. The hovercraft captain lost his job...
UPI report - note that this says only two died, which I think is incorrect.
More photos of the Princess Margaret and some technical data.
> Surely another bonus of the role would be getting to deal with all of us lovely El Reg community / forum members :-)
But look what happened to the much-missed moderatrix Sarah Bee - she left (over 6½ years ago, I am shocked to note, sob....)
Does 我的天啊! translate as Yahoo! ?
if not, why not?
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