* Posts by La Barbe D'Action

4 posts • joined 3 Feb 2015

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

La Barbe D'Action

Re: TSR?

The TSR-2 was great, as was its predecessor, the TSR1....

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

La Barbe D'Action

Re: you don't leave an important switch where someone might accidentally hit it

When I worked in the server support team for my local health board about 25 years ago, an engineer was called out to fix a faulty open reel tape drive for a development server that sat on a table in the data centre. It was quite a heavy old bit of kit and the table was next to a wall, so space was fairly limited. The engineer picked up the drive and, apparently without thinking through the manoeuvre he was about to make, swivelled round and bumped the emergency power off button on the wall with the back of one of his hands. The data centre was then a hive of busy people, trying to bring up the ICL mainframe, comms kit and multitude of midrange servers that lived there. Once he realised the chaos that was unfolding, said engineer started to sweat profusely as he continued his task of repairing the rarely-used tape drive. Some time later, once services were restored and things reasonably back to normal, a wooden box was placed around the power off button, with a hole cut in it so that it could be pressed when actually required.

What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

La Barbe D'Action

Folland Midge

Yes, it was the forerunner of the Gnat, but surely this ticks a few boxes: light, manoeuverable, low-cost (potentially): http://www.britishpathe.com/video/worlds-lightest-jet-fighter

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

La Barbe D'Action

Good but needs more flavour

I made this tonight. For a quick thrown-together dinner on a Tuesday night, it wasn't bad at all. I had a couple of sausages that needed using up, so I chucked them in too (sliced diagonally). I thought it was maybe a bit lacking in oomph - it could have done with more spices, I think, so I'll definitely add more when I next make it. (I was vegetarian for almost 20 years so I've had many a saag aloo in my time.)

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