* Posts by naylorjs

26 posts • joined 22 Nov 2011

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger


Beware agencies

I had the misfortune to have had my CV doctored by an agency. I should have sniffed a rat when I was asked to read my CV before the interview by the pimp, not something I've been asked to do before or since. To my shock, one of my existing skills was vastly overblown. I should have told my potential "employers" at the interview there and then what had happened and got him on their black list. I got the contract and was able to do the work that was given to me, but the agent turned out to be a real wide boy and was bad at paying too, I did drop him in it for that. I was very happy to get out at the end of the six months. BTW this wasn't in the UK if anyone is interested.

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok


Re: Why...

"(based in what was then said to be the longest corridor in Europe)"

Nottingham Uni?

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars


I saw a documentary about this once....

It was on the BBC and in the documentary it was shown that the water on Mars was really bad for you. It transformed people in horrible ways.

The host of the documentary was a man in a blue telephone box.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


Re: del *.*

A colleague did an rm -rf / on a production system, he hit ctrl-C pretty quickly afterwards. The phone calls started a few seconds later. It was fun to watch from the outside!

The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all


Re: Inspiring Entrepreneurs

I laugh in the face of these so-called dangers. I drink Dihydrogen Monoxide in both cold and hot forms, often with elements of dead plant leaves or beans as appropriate.

Remember though: fish make love in it.

Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center


Brown out.....

I think it was a brown out in more than one sense!

IBM Hursley Park: Where Big Blue buries the past, polishes family jewels


Re: On the A3090

But no A3081 or A3084 :-(


OS/2 Presentation Manager

I went to a presentation on OS/2 1.2 at IBM South Bank in the late eighties. Afterwards we went for drinks with some of the younger IBMers (this was when IBM was still the evil empire) and found out that they were all BSD UNIX geeks. We were chatting about software development and it turned out that they were doing OS/2 Presentation Manager development at Hursley.

They asked us about what systems we had, we told them we had an IBM 3090/600E (about £6M at the time), and they casually mentioned that they had about ten of those "in the cellar". We never got a tour either :-(

Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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S/360 I knew you well

The S/390 name is a hint to its lineage, S/360 -> S/370 -> S/390, I'm not sure what happened to the S/380. Having made a huge jump with S/360 they tried to do the same thing in the 1970s with the Future Systems project, this turned out to be a huge flop, lots of money spent on creating new ideas that would leapfrog the competition, but ultimately failed. Some of the ideas emerged on the System/38 and onto the original AS/400s, like having a query-able database for the file system rather than what we are used to now.

The link to NASA with the S/360 is explicit with JES2 (Job Execution Subsystem 2) the element of the OS that controls batch jobs and the like. Messages from JES2 start with the prefix HASP, which stands for Houston Automatic Spooling Program.

As a side note, CICS is developed at Hursley Park in Hampshire. It wasn't started there though. CICS system messages start with DFH which allegedly stands for Denver Foot Hills. A hint to its physical origins, IBM swapped the development sites for CICS and PL/1 long ago.

I've not touched an IBM mainframe for nearly twenty years, and it worries me that I have this information still in my head. I need to lie down!

Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

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I predict the message will be....

Incoming LOL

Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'


Re: Reminds me of…

The boy stood upon the burning deck

His pockets full of crackers

A spark flew up his trouser leg

And blew off both his.... fingers!

Boffins release 44-MEEELLION-star Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy


I blame global warming.

I'll get my coat.

Ten top stories from New Who


Re: Not surprisingly...

It's a pity that there's already a Dr Who story called Inferno :-)

I like the list, and I would also add Asylum of the Daleks too.

It does go to show what a great writer the Moff is.

An honourable mention of The Doctor's Wife too.

Fancy some BEER ON TOAST? Italy invents spreadable booze

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Re: This is new?

New keyboard please, this one (now) has tea in it!


Behold, replica Nazi-code-cracking Colossus computer IN LEGO FORM

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Re: Wow

It's not just the presence of the mug, but the size of it. That's a serious amount of tea to help with a serious task.

Put up your ... err ... hand for free vasectomy streamed online


Re: Sadly, a decade to late

While I wouldn't call mine a pleasurable experience, it certainly was nothing like the OP's experience. I walked like John Wayne for about a week and had to be careful sitting down, but the old man was active again within five days and I haven't looked back since.

I have heard that the reversal operation is dreadful though, bur that isn't on the cards for me.

Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race


"Z EOD", wasn't that the command to close down an MVS based IBM mainframe? (EOD = End Of Day)

UK's first 4G network just switched on - and it's not from EE


Re: well good luck anyway

Nonsense, W3Z has been going since 2003 and is doing very nicely, http://www.w3z.co.uk

The difference is that it was founded by people who understood the RF side properly, and not by computer geeks. I was their first computer geek :-)

Target Silicon Valley: Why A View to a Kill actually made sense

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Duran Duran

View to a Kill might have been a weak bond film, but I reckon it had one of the best theme tunes.

Duran Duran were named after a baddie in another film, Barberella.

Analogue TV snuffs it tonight on UK mainland



I can second (or third) that. In the early noughties I had a house that I was trying to sell which was empty, yet I kept getting snotty letters threatening legal action for not having a license. If you looked in the front window you could clearly see the lack of furniture and the TV antenna cable lying on the carpet. In the end, I sent them a letter explaining this again, and asking them to book a court date, and telling them that they would lose for sure. They stopped after that, presumably they'd sent one of their drones to actually check the reality of the situation. Tossers.

BTW Unlike others I don't begrudge paying the TV license fee, I love BBC4 and shows such as Dr Who.

'GNOME people are in total denial about what their problem is'


Re: *REAL* maple syrup

"We had some Canadian friends for dinner once (and they tasted great barbecued! Ahem."

You are Hannibal Lecter and I claim my £10, but not in person.

For flock's sake: Scared sheep send SMSes to Swiss shepherds


Being pedantic

The Canton name is St Gallen, not St Gall.

I know, I need to get out more.

Is the Higgs boson an imposter?


Re: The God particle ...

.... or Yorkshire.

Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

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Re: Memories:)

You're right about the BASIC on the ARM. As well as being one of the better BASICs around, with proper control structures, it was incredibly fast.

I wrote various programs in both C (compiled with the Acorn ANSI C compiler) and BASIC and in almost every case the BASIC version ran faster. This included number crunching programs.


Yahoo! CEO! didn't! even! read! his! own! CV!


Re: Totally Honest

My CV is totally honest and it makes life a lot easier at interviews. However one agency I dealt with in Belgium changed my CV (adding length of experience, some minor new skills) without my knowledge and I was presented with the new version in the car on the way to the interview. Looking back I should have dished the dirt on the agent at the interview, but I wanted the contract. It turned out alright, and the contract didn't call upon my new skills (ahem).

Successful space station shift change by Russian rocket


The Soviet Union wouldn't have said "niet", they would have said "da" and then milked it for all the propaganda value that they could.

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