Re: About a billion years ago in internet time (call it 1986) ...
Obligatory xkcd: https://xkcd.com/378/
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I miss Lester. He seemed like the sort of chap who would've bought some and done a scientific "analysis", then written the findings up in an article.
Icon, because pipe and also boffin with a predilection for substances.
The El Reg snark is slipping. You really should have illustrated a Cathay Pacific story with a picture from the time they spelled their name wrong on the side of a plane.
I recently had an unrewarding conversation with one of our managers about this. We run a lot of our existing stuff on OpenJDK via Ubuntu. It's worked well for years, but people are starting to do the usual headless chickens impression about moving to Java 11 because what if there's a security hole in February 2019 etc.
I suggested maybe using AdoptOpenJDK to give us a longer timeline on Java 8 but apparently that makes our managers "nervous" because you're reliant on an upstream volunteer effort to release patches. I pointed out that's what we do already but I don't think it reassured them. Perhaps if AdoptOpenJDK had a more "Enterprise" website or something. Anyway at that point I decided to shut up before they made us move to Solaris too.
Sometimes it depresses me how little these people have learned about open source. On the bright side I'm out of that job at the end of the year so won't be around when the smelly brown liquid (coffee, what did you think?) hits the fan.
Icon, because Oracle.
I nearly shelled out on a £200 SE (giffgaff) just the other day. Went with a Moto G6 Play in the finish, but in some ways wish I'd done the iPhone. I don't like phones the size of tea trays.
Main reason I didn't was wondering how much life the SE would have in it in terms of updates given it'd been out a while (yeah yeah, I know Android is terrible for this too), also the battery size. It's a great shame that Apple seem to have exited the £200-£300 small form factor space.
[We] have some of the most fascinating digital, data and technology leadership roles in the market.
Fascinating. Yes, that's true. Car crashes and large building fires are also fascinating in the same morbid kind of way.
Icon because that's what's going to happen when this project hits the wall.
These days, a lot of the big GUI applications are based on Electron too. Sure, it's inefficient to start up a huge Chromium+JS+HTML environment just for a note taking app, but on a modern Linux desktop I'd take that any time if the alternative is not having the app at all.
I'm also a former Evernote user - the lack of a Linux client was a pain but I worked around it by just keeping Evernote open in a browser tab. What finally killed it for me was the incessant rolling out of glitzy new things like emoticons that I didn't need, along with the charging. I don't mind paying money for a good product where I use loads of the features, but with Evernote I was just taking text notes and having to bodge Linux access anyway. I could do all the same things on Google Keep for less money, so that's where I ended up.
I read a military autobiography once; the author was recounting his experience of being on an army base somewhere just prior to a royal visit.
After a couple of days of everyone sweeping, painting, polishing etc he realised the royal family probably go their entire lives thinking the world smells of polish and new paint. Sounds like Ginni Rometty might do the same.
Icon, because I wonder if they needed to polish their keyboards.
I vaguely remember that too. IIRC back around Acrobat 4-ish I was reading the (PDF, natch) help file and it was going on about the advantages of PDF over HTML - formatting accuracy, multiple pages per file etc probably.
Icon, because I was just a little bit sick on my keyboard remembering that.
You can embed video in PDF. I used to have an unrewarding job webmastering for a large public sector organisation. There was a policy of "all website video needs approval", because accessibility and generally lousy production standards of most of the stuff comms/marketing droids were buying in or shooting.
However there was no such policy for PDFs. And all of a sudden some people were uploading suspiciously large PDFs with very few pages. Upon closer inspection these were found to contain embedded video.
Was it a MacBook Air?
It was a late model (~2011) polycarbonate MacBook. Admittedly not the highest-end of Apple machines, but everyone I knew that had one loved them, reasonable spec for the price and - shock - even some user-upgradable parts. I think its original hard drive is still kicking around as the OS disk in my NAS.
And it was OK too. Just not great. The quality for the price I paid was enough to turn me off buying another Mac so I don't really know if an Air or Pro would've been any better.
their 2010-ish-era keyboards that are fab: slim, responsive, reliable
In my brief, disappointing, foray into Apple-based computing I found this too. The laptop keyboard was so bad I needed to buy an external 2010-era keyboard. It was really quite good and I'd probably still be using it if I could get my head around the slightly non-standard layout for a non-Apple system.
So they can do good hardware. It just seemed a lot more hit-or-miss than it should have been.
It was a few years ago now. I went into Mac ownership with an open mind and the expectation of frolicking in the sunny uplands with sexy hardware and lickable iconography.
The software was nice enough, but I really wanted the hardware to be good and it was quite a disappointment. The "L" key and spacebar sometimes failed to register. Screen viewing angles were poor.
The next machine was a T-series ThinkPad running Linux and the difference in hardware quality was very noticeable, even if it didn't look as nice. No idyll in the sunny uplands for me I guess.
This isn’t the level of service that we pride ourselves on providing, and isn’t what our customers have come to expect from TSB, and for that I’m truly sorry.
We’re still seeing issues with access to our press releases. One of the steps we need to take to resolve this is to take our press releases down for a few hours.
We’ll be taking this offline and we hope to be back up later this afternoon. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available again.
Or at least severely maims them. Every so often the beancounters need a sharp lesson in what happens when you treat IT as an overhead and farm it out to low-cost body shops, rather than treating it as a core part of delivering your business.
True. As a TSB customer and an IT professional it's easy to mock. But we've all been there, know someone who has, or had to clean up the mess someone else has made. So the techies scrambling to fix this have my sympathies. The architects, BAs, PMs and C-level execs who ultimately should've made sure this didn't happen, not so much.
Icon, for what I hope someone buys the developers, DBAs and ops people when it's all over.
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