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89 posts • joined 7 Jan 2015
Borland "Turbo" pascal on an RM Nimbus 80286@10Mhz (the three "fast" machines in the lab), and the rest being the older 80186 version. could they even run windows or was it MS-DOG only? I remember "lemonade stand" and "trains".
compute the science out of that you little squirt and realise how good/easy you have it now.
I had to inter-op between that crap at school, and Hisoft pascal on my home A1200 68EC020@14Mhz using PC formatted DD 720kilobyte floppy disks.
ah the days of performance parity/sparring between 68k and x86. with Mips, Sparc, Alpha, and Power etc, being ethereal god-like cpu archs. that you only read about.
My dad would be all, "where's your homework?" and i'd just hold up an unlabelled disk (that was actually part of a zip-spanned copy of wolf3d). He'd just throw his hands in the air in despair. good times.
little did we know it would all boil down into the hard nugget of consumerist locked out crap. How do you inspire kids to give a crap enough to get their hands dirty now, when they just have to shout at alexa?
yeah I thought this amusingly.
i'm surprised they don't plan for something bigger tbh, but then started to wonder when the curvature of the earth and movement thereof would come into play. so. just next level that sh1t and plonk it all the way round the planet.
or next step, so as not to annoy nimby's and avoid the inconvenience of oceans, put it in space at a decently high orbit?
added bonus of you can power the thing by nuclear without anyone freaking out... apart from the bit about putting nuclear material on rockets to get it up there... or having a potential nuclear launch platform in spaaaaaace… hmmm.... this isn't working out too well...
how big's the moon?
persistant ram is going to need a whole new programming model to be used effectively I feel.
storage is ram, and ram is storage. do a reboot/power off-on and just wait for the CPU to come back on line and carry on as you were. your machine is effectively going to be "on" from the first OS install to the final switch off. apps get loaded into memory and stay there. 512gig on a dimm? no paging? no "disk"?yes please!
BSODs gonna be a pain though.
the only SSD's I've seen fail have been in win7 machines where the users (who of course, knew better than anyone else) had enabled scheduled defrag after being told not to. But hey, they know best.
Still running a stack of Intel 320series 160gig jobs as the backend store for a load of VMs. bought in a load of cheap Lite-On 128s and 256s to upgrade all the 200-odd spinning rust equipped lappies in the fleet. All new kit is NVMe equipped. spinning rust relegated to mass storage duties in the datacentre.
how would you rad harden an SSD? you'd have to re-cut the flash chips individually on a different substrate? wrap them in depleted Boron-11? dunk it in water?... oh wait...
Love the "Radish" PCB prints. used to be an easter-egg hunt; opening kit. Find the dev's names printed in the circuit traces, or song lyrics, or jumper pads/pins labled "free beer"...
its almost like you can set a timer for someone to take their own personal use case and make it Microsoft's fault that blahblahblah boohoo whinge windows7 ftw.
did you read the article about how its outlook.com? nothing to do with windows, nothing to do with office, or internet explorer, or edge....
I dunno why its taken so long for this dark mode to become more pervasive. any chance of a version of the el'reg site that's not like staring at a 60watt bulb? :D
I gave up on "expensive=good" power tools a while ago. It just seemed to mean that it'd get nicked, or lent out on "permanent loan" never to return. now I pick up store brand gear and if a motor burns out, just throw it away. Annoyingly, my £40 cordless drill is still going strong to the point where it feels like its going to be a family heirloom.
same for laptops. fancy bag/slip/skin = stolen in the near future. shonky bag = forever friend.
don't underestimate the power of a coffee ring or two and a dent to reduce the thievability of gear.
Actually I think Phillips and probably other big names had Maplins - and also i'd hazard a guess curries/pcworld; by the short and curlies on this. As suspiciously, their in-store pricing was exactly the same as on line.
Infact Maplins had a slight edge here because of their repeat purchase discounts. you know, 5% off if over £20 spend, 10% off if over £50 within 7 days, 28 days... I can't remember... anyway, all academic now...
while paying us a monthly subscription...
otherwise you are a bad parent! BAD PARENT! NO COOKIE! HAVE YOUR KIDS TAKEN AWAY INTO SOCIAL SERVICES! unless you pay £30 a month per device with a £17 connection fee.
honestly. there is so much crap out there purely marketed at parents, making them even more stressed out and to near border line have a mental breakdown from, "are they doing the right thing?" - and then this shows up. nice one world, well done.
more than once I've pulled and been asked to pull the gate times for myself and others to prove a point, or help them out of a hole created by manglement. Anything that lends itself to more "Bofh'ish" behaviour or evidence, ends up with "oh sorry, the landlord reset the security system last night and that data has gone", and a quiet word of education in the basement carpark. or the said car park doors closing too quickly on relevant mangelment's shiney new Porsche, (it didn't buff out) - old IR sensor problem, car was too low... they also don't like matt painted rangerovers/bmw's either funnily enough...
if you have to swipe in, out, or through a building, you're tracked. it's how the facilities guys know to knock the gym access off your card a month after you signed up and done you're health assesment, but make sure the vending machines are well stocked with Yorkies and Dailymilk fruit and nut. No, how you keep putting on weight is a mystery.
also the little rotating dome cameras are usually either set on a fixed point, or on a 1 minute rotation.
if there's been an office re-shuffle, and you're sat on an end desk or where your screens can be seen by others or face an open plan area - HR/boss have seen your browser history and are now just waiting for physical evidence, and some tell-tale-brown-nose with line of sight to call down for a "co-incidental" walk past of your boss, and possibly HR manager.
but yeah. we use apple to track our employee's for us. icloud enterprise is an amazing tool.
"hello yes? you're calling me from the hotel? your phone doesn't work? that's because you're in Tunisia, a country O2 seem to think equivalent to Syria, and so you have no data unless your on wifi… how do I know? because I can see your little blue dot …. er… its in your calendar!".
It's built in to every iPhone, and we enable it by MDM policy. Even employee devices that they "just" want their work email on. Read that small print folks ;)
I just haven't figured out what apple use as their "teamviewer" type software to see your phone screen and take control if needed. I've seen it in action and it's brilliant. I want it.
Enterprise.... hmmmm …. don't you need some form of enterprise product, or I dunno… something... to be in the enterprise market?
oh wait, no sorry, I forgot the ipad "pro". i'll get back in my box.
while I don't have to like them, you have to respect apple for the same reason I respect that guy who does talent shows and makes a mint off of stupid people... Jeremy Howel? Powel? you know... the snarky one that has his trouser waistband and nipple level...
anyway, a fule and their moneys etc. etc.
and may I add, best of luck for this endeavour! imagine how fast a phone that doesn't have to run monitoring and reporting tasks is going to be - maybe we can then wind processors back to sub 1Ghz with "only" half a gig of ram and get more than a days battery life! craziness!
another little gem i'm sure you're all aware of:-
transparent cello tape (scotch tape) over the optical "eye". initial eyeball mk1 inspection can easily miss it, but there is enough I/R reflection off the adhesive side to blind the pickup sensor rendering the mouse cursor motionless.
also one or two stray cat hairs in the sensor hole (or substitute as necessary), also renders an optical mouse non functional.
had a PHB fall for the tape variant and reboot his machine as it "must have crashed, losing a couple of days of work" apparently. God knows how much work he lost every weekend and had to re-do on Monday when the machines all got a scripted restart on Sunday night.
A lot of serial mouse connectors had locking bolts and cable strain relief built into the plug. None of this "falls apart after a year" apple connector rubbish. IIRC those aluminium mouse pads flew beautifully spinning in a long lazy cork-screw arc. usually to end up sticking in the plasterboard walls. RIP proper built kit (Sun/Sgi etc.).
not limited to their support site. the driver installation is a page from the same book of self torture.
best just extract the inf and sys files and let windows splat them in itself.
no need for:-
*device* management software
*device* monitoring software
*device* user experience enhancement softare
*device* update software
*vendor* device update management software
*device* reporting software
*vendor* support assist software
honestly. cut all this crap, and cut the download from the gigs clogging up my MPLS, to the 60kB we all know it actually is, and free up the extra 10% server cpu time burnt with all of the "Support Processes" removed from the equation.
its like install one tiny peripheral, and your whole machine's purpose for being becomes just a life support system for that one device's existence and operation. "would anyone like any toast?"
heh, my old 1520:- awesome screen, cpu, storage, camera, nice interface... no apps though...
Vodafone sent it to me as a 4G test pilot upgrade from my Lumia 800 - with a resulting "hell yes" and a 2 year £40pcm contract. in an empty box with a charger. no packaging. just rattling around in a standard courier box. not a scratch. still got it, and awaiting someone to slot windows4arm into an install package for it as Voda won't let it pull down the win10mobile update.
have been on apple since, as I get them for free as part of my job. I think the last android that actually impressed me was the wife's htc one m8. neeeeearly got one myself... but hey, y'know, free iPhones. waddaya gonna do?
that was as per pci-e v1 and v2.
part of the pci-e v3 spec was the move from an 8+2 signaling to a 128+2 scheme. cutting overhead from 20% to around 1%
so. pci-e v1 is 2.5Gb per lane, and pci-e v2 is 5Gb per lane on an 8+2 signaling
pci-e v3 is a more managable for the tech at the time 8Gb instead of the assumed 10Gb doubling, but makes up the supposed shortfall by cutting ~20% overhead.
look up tadpole sparcbook and ultrabook
i had one "back in the day". corp paid for ofc as it was $$$. it was the mutts particulars at the time.
damn i'd forgotten that little gem from my past.
and a CycleC5 IPX board that crammed an ultra5 CPU into an IPC/IPX case. like putting a jet engine in a shopping trolly.
good engineers never go to waste. just look at the brain drain from Sun/SGI into Nvidia/Ati (as it was).
Anyway, good luck to all those involved. income removal is never pleasant. Wish people well for exiting Larrys shadow. They'd better treat people well on the exit. it's all part of managing the brand these days.
I was going to wax lyrical about Vodafone being awesome across the water. But I'm currently on my way back from a there-and-back London-Paris today to oversee various crap beIng installed and set up in our Paris office, and I couldn't get fuck all. Couldn't even get vpn to frigging connect on my laptop.. So without a decent email machine, and I've been off chat, and I'm now going to walk into a shit storm in the office tomorrow as I've not been able to communicate what's been going on or keep on top of otherwise.
I have corp email on an iPhone, but that's on voda as well so even that was sporadic at best. Anyway all it's good for is seeing that some shit is going down and not being able to see what's actually going on or respond quickly.
So more fool me for relying on Vodafone to provide a service. No Nic port on my dell 5510 without a dongle or docker. Vpn over wifi or nuffin. And all I got was a big fat nuffin.
I am very pissed off. Carriers I kept hopping between were orange F and SNF. No Voda coverage at all and they've effectively cut my roaming budget down from 20gig with my uk allowance to 4gig roaming. I can burn a gig a day just being hooked up to vpn. Anyway just my expirence
the 70+yr old Father in law was a victim of this. he got a "Support" phone call, "go to this site, install this software" etc etc, then when he asked them what they were doing, they got verbally abusive. he took a photo of the notepad window they had opened and the text they had typed. it was something nice like, "we now own your computer you <expeetive expleetive>, you kept asking questions so i'm going to <expletive> you" or something wonderful like that, from what I recall.
fortunately he had the presence of mind to take the photo and just hold down the power button.
It took his daughters naming and shaming talk talk on twitter before all of a sudden, his account was unlocked and password had been reset and he could access his account again as opposed to the hours of wasted time we'd spent previously on the phone trying to get him back into his account after this.
When his laptop landed on my desk it would load the windows7 kernel, and then a picture that looked like a computer icon from win3.1/9x popped up in the middle of the screen with "a password is required to start your computer".
did a full wipe and reload, god knows what crap they'd got installed on there. fortunately we had backups of anything important
why the fudging flipperdy flop, is the CPU giving two patooties about rendering the futher monking cursor?
this is why you never give the dev team decent kit. makes 'em lazy. if it runs good on a thing from ten+ years ago, it'll hit light speed on a reasonably current machine. and that equals "good user experience"
how much CPU does a serial link WYSE terminal have to render it's cursor? sweet gravy Winston, if i had 13% of the CPU power of a current thing back then, i'd have been playing quake in 1978 instead of having been eaten by a grue!
our current dev team have dual socket six core Xeons with gobs of ram and Cuda Cores. makes me want to puke.The business wonders why all their in house apps run like chewing gum on a sun baked sidewalk.
I currently run a Dell mobile precision 5510 lappy connected to their WD15 dock. it uses USB3 protocol on a USB-C physical hole, so only able to drive 1x 30" at 2560x1600 off the DP port, or two 24"'s daisy chained at 1920x1200. you can get a third on there, but the res is seriously compromised as not much bandwidth left.
the TD15 dock again runs off the USB-C port, but talks thunderbolt, so more bandwidth hence can drive 3x 4k res screens. i have this on order ATM.
the dock from what i can figure provides 130 watts of juice to the lappy, and has provision for 60W for itself (130W output for the laptop charger, 180W for the WD15 dock. the TD15 runs a 240W power pack)
so yes, one cable. power, gig ethernet, usb2/3, hdmi/vga/displayport, audio jacks.
previously burnt through two fitbits, so never again. one died from sweat, and another died from me being caught out in the rain. so much for shower proof.
Some of the guys in the office have a Microsoft band1, and really rated it, so I've plunked down for a Microsoft band 2.
I love the notification features. I can sit in a meeting and still be on top of emails, whats apps, texts, you name it, without being that rude that I'm staring/poking at a phone in my hand while someone else is hosting the meeting / having a conversation...
plus the vibrate/caller ID on my wrist means I know when a phone call is coming in, as chief on the missus problems was she could call me, but I'd never pick up, as I'd never feel the vibrate in my pocket.
that plus my Bluetooth headset/ear buds mean I almost never have to take my phone out for any reason other than typing or watching stuff on the train.
also the good health/sleep/activity monitoring blah blah blah... stuff
I've not worn a watch in years, and I will never wear a basic "time piece" again I think, but this has converted me. it's been a solid two months now and this things only off my person for charging. which is maybe once or twice a week, and it only takes 30-60 mins for a full juice up on a decent usb charger.
left it at home charging one morning and was genuinely annoyed at myself. 1; for the loss of step data, and 2; connection to notifications, 3; able to know that someone is calling me and who it is. I wouldn't have cared at all if I'd left a "watch" at home.
looks like hopefully the faddy iwatchers will drop off the market, and what's left will be actually usefull stuff for people.
bought the missus a garmin HR+ or whatever. it's the heart rate monitoring one. its good down to 50m, so she can take it swimming, and the battery life is good. around a week or so plus. but it lost sync with her phone, and we've never been able to get it to connect back with the app. tempted to take it back and get her a Band2 as well, as it just does what it says on the tin with minimum fuss.
I've just had an argument with our purchasing department as someone can't tell the difference between "quad card" as in a basic four port graphics card, and a "Quadro M4000 8G card" that Dell have seen fit to slide into our standard platform build.
maybe I should give in to the stupidity of the system, take advantage and say I need a gtx1080... for erm, for errr... 1080p displays.. yeah... that'll work.
I'm just amazed I've not seen anyone mention the penguin yet, followed by a personal anecdote listing full system specs, plus brand/flavour/colour/number of their preferred version and about how it's revolutionised their life, and the lives of all those around them. finished off with an implication that any other choice is for idiots.
man up and get a proper OS. Solaris is life.
not being funny, but I'd have thought that in the consumer space, being able to bring the latest software to potentially aging hardware would have been a good thing?
so this market shrinking headline could be just a small view of the overall PC world environment?
or would we rather hear a re-run of the vista woes of "you need to buy a new pc".
at least if you did buy a new machine for vista it'd probably be at least a core2 equiv. device that it still supported in windows10.
sorry Microsoft, you're damned if you do support older kit, and dammed if you demand the latest..
meanwhile in the enterprise space, we have a 3 year life cycle, so my corporate gen3 i7 laptop and hexcore xeon "desktop" are going end of life, and are unfortunately due a visit to the shredder, and will be replaced. Plus I've just sent off the first batch of perfectly fine, just out of currency, 30" screens to be destroyed. *sad sigh*
So Dell and HP et.al and their corporate resellers that don't really care about the consumer space. its the enterprise that keeps the money flowing. crack that, and you're made. Something Lenovo seem to be struggling with and to their cost.
like the business class seats on a plane pay for the aircraft, fuel etc. with a bit of creamy profit on top, and the cheap seats are just pure profit... meanwhile the lower tier vendors scrap it out for the crumbs off the economy floor.
As for Microsoft, well, we're staying windows7 and office2010, so no more bones to the big BillyG till we start getting vendor qualified applications to roll out that demand anything else.
oh there was one... what was its name? erm... blueberry? blingberry? very popular with the working masses, awesome real qwerty or touchscreen keyboard for proper fast emails, encrypted data comms, even calls with the right software.
I think they were banned in the UAE for not allowing the gov'mint the decryption keys...
what ever happened to those guys...
(you can pry my BB Z30 out of my cold dead hands, my iphone6s is a cheap throwaway piece of consumer rubbish, which I suspect gets beaten up by the blackberry in my pocket judging by the scuffs and scratches on one and not on the other.)
windows does something similar with one drive.....
yeeeesssss. yes it does. a mate what's app'd me a photo of some Bulgarian airbags. my phone then dutifully uploaded that to my one drive, which my home pc then sync'd with, and added the aforementioned to my desktop backdrop slides.
cue a huffy missus asking who the fudge that is next time I log in to check my mails.
I like the stink of hydrocarbons on refilling. just like the smell of jet-A1 puts me into holiday mode.
I also like the swooshy wave of hexagons on the side to denote "it's the future-ture-ture-ture..." al-la lawnmowerman... welcome to 1992?
also interesting; the presence of "brown hydrogen". not really realised how prolific it is. however, only when we harness the power of "brown methane" will we be really cooking with gas, also potentially marriage saving for long road trips.
"value creating platform"
it means it's created $1B in the last 8 years :)
"that we're getting rid of, as no further value can be milked from these laurels that we've sat on."
great. so I can expect for it to be left to rot and fester with no further updates, or even if it is, "your device is not supported".
oh god it's happening isn't it. the battle lines are being drawn and the alliances formed.
the consumerist populace is being divvied up between the corps.
I'm windows from front to back because I imagined Microsoft make enough money not to need to farm my information out for ad revenue. unlike the big G. and they are not the (quote) "wheelchair ramp to the internet for the intellectually incompetent" (end quote) like apple.
then they throw their lot in with google. dammit!
welp, there goes the farm Dorothy.
maybe ... maybe apple is the other way after all...? I can't believe I'm thinking that...
maybe IBM can come out with OS2/warp 2015 edition and save us all? sorry. I'm going to go and have a little lie down.
holy fudge. who in their right mind thinks that live control systems need to be connected to 1. meedja systems/satnav/etc, and 2. the bloody internet?!?!
not just a software patch, but a fudging class action suit needs to happen!
oh, hey, this airbus A380 thing has an internal network for all the seatback inflight entertainment systems, lets use that for the friggin fly-by-wire shiz too. DUH!
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