* Posts by TSM

19 posts • joined 8 Aug 2007

BOFH: It's not just an awesome app, it'll look great on my Insta. . a. a. AAAARRRRRGGH


Re: Gotta Feel sorry for the Dev

"but cannot be made to exist in the timescale that they have made up" - if you're lucky. Sometimes, it's a case of "cannot be made to exist in any universe where fundamental laws of logic and/or physics apply".

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it


"In 1999, just after y2k day"? I think you might have an off-by-one error there.

I was expecting the story to be that the expense claim was rejected because 31/12/99 wasn't considered a valid date (one of the classic Y2K issues that had to be sorted out before the day...)

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?


Not really, it's right there in the linked definition: "Originally used of the plexiglass covers improvised for the [Big Red Switch] on an IBM 4341 after a programmer's toddler daughter (named Molly) frobbed it twice in one day."

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: I can believe it!

Very much the case here, since we got fancy "Follow Me" printers - you can go to any printer you like, tap your keypass on the sensor to log in, and get it to print out any jobs you may have waiting. Of course, people tend to want to pick up their print jobs from the closest printer to their location, so it doesn't really provide much benefit over the old model of just sending your job to that printer, and as an added bonus it's now impossible to send off a large print job and wait for it to be processed before you go and pick it up, because you have to do the keypass thing at the printer to start your job actually printing. (I think the rationale is more about security - since you have to be at the printer to print your document, there's little chance that someone else will see it before you collect it.)

But I hardly have to print off anything nowadays (and when I do it's usually no more than one sheet of paper) so it doesn't bother me unduly.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Re: Still happens

[giving the user an old laptop of the same vintage as their broken one]

> I thought that was standard BOFH policy :)

No, standard BOFH policy is to give them one of the same vintage as their broken one, but with half the memory somehow missing. And probably a special keyboard driver that inserts extra characters about 5-10% of the time.

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'


Re: Orange Safety Gear.

In the BOFH's company, elevators are definitely more dangerous. Not that there haven't been stair incidents as well, of course, but at least if you take the stairs you're not going to find yourself locked in them for the weekend after having somehow accidentally consumed a large dose of laxatives...

Black hole munched galactic leftovers, spewed stars, burped


Turn it off and on again

So, as I understand it, the galaxy isn't working correctly and someone's trying some basic troubleshooting?

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles


Re: No one will notice

Yes - but the popular usage is still correct (or at least more correct than your view). The point of a "quantum leap" is that a minimum exists at all - that from 1 you can't go to 1.0001 but have to go all the way to 2. So it is, by definition, a major change as contrasted to a small increment.

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee


No need to panic

Just do what we do - roll out a bunch of applications, but keep communicating over email like always.

I think there's only one or two people who have ever contacted me over Lync^H^H^H^HSkype for Business. Our team has a Slack channel which I don't think has been used since the initial test messages. There's a conversations feature in our task tracker, but we don't use it (maybe other teams do).

Meanwhile, email continues to work just fine.

BOFH: The Idiot-ware Project and the Meaningless Acronym


Re: "sycophantic"

Next time you see a word you don't recognise, check a dictionary before just assuming it's not a real word.

Australia's Dick finally drops off


Re: Shame

"My first computer was the Dick Smith VZ-200, brought home by my Dad when I was a little'un."

Hey, me too! I would've been about 7 or 8 at the time. Gotta love that glorious 128x64 four-colour "high-resolution graphics" mode. Did you get that bulky 16kB RAM expansion pack?

I can still remember a bunch of the memory layout and tech specs for that machine. Doubt it'll ever do me any good ever again, but it seems to be in permanent storage.

It's all Me, Me, Me! in Doctor Who's The Woman Who Lived but what of Clara's fate?


Re: Osgood is back !

What's up with that anyway? Osgood got killed off by Missy last season, so why is she back now?

I mean, I always liked Osgood and was disappointed when she was killed, but you can't just blatantly ignore it and shove her back on next time you want to do a UNIT episode.

Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

Thumb Up

Re: Long-time e-Reader user, disappointed with current tech

There are times when it's hard to get a well-positioned reading lamp. Such as when you're walking to the bus stop, or on the bus, or off on your lunch break - in short, most of the time I'm using my Paperwhite. Even at home, the screen light comes in handy if (for example) you want to read in bed late at night without waking up your spouse; you can have the screen dimly lit and it will be easily readable (against the dark room) but produce far less general illumination than a reading lamp.

BOFH: Mmm, gotta love me some fresh BYOD dog roll


I could go for a Bring Your Own Diversion day.

BOFH: Licence to grill ... stupid users


I've been using Office 2007 at work for quite a while now and I still have trouble finding things in the ribbon. But once I put all my most used commands into the quick access toolbar it wasn't too bad - I only need to go to the ribbon occasionally instead of all the time.

As I've said on other forums: if the first thing I have to do to make the ribbon useful is put all the stuff I use frequently onto the quick access toolbar, then there's something wrong with the ribbon as a user interface.

There are a few features in Excel 2007 that I like. One that I've been wanting for many years is autofiltering on "Contains" rather than just "Begins With" or "Ends With". Also, the new COUNTIFS and SUMIFS functions are useful. But that's about all. I don't use Word as much, and I haven't seen many differences; certainly not enough to offset the pain of learning the new interface.

At home I use Office 2000, and there's very little I can do with 2007 that I can't do with 2000. I can even handle version 2007 file formats thanks to the compatibility pack. I'm not planning on buying a new version of Office for the home in the forseeable future, especially since I'd need the Professional version to get Publisher etc (which I do use), and that's the best part of $1000.

Oh, the article? Yeah, pretty good, but I think I'll wait for version 3 before I buy it.

BOFH: Hordes unleashed... by a RAM upgrade


Have to agree with John Riddoch

This is the same BOFH and PFY who have a history of stealing the RAM from users' newly-upgraded PCs to use in their own gear. Now they're reclaiming RAM from computers they're getting rid of and just *giving* it to the users? It doesn't fit - unless they're damaging it first in order to rack up the overtime support charges, but that doesn't seem to be where this is going...

BOFH: BOFH vs Bot: Ultimate Smackdown


Electromagnetism FAIL

@LyingMan: " they are electromagnetic opposite poles.. actively repelling each other.."

Opposite poles attract.

BOFH: Made of win


Beyond 2000

I remember watching it when it was called Towards 2000...

Oklahoma offers War on Terror numberplates


@Nick - Re: Why not their own terrorist bombing?

"Gosh, I wonder why the plate doesn't feature Oklahoma City's own terrorist bombing"

They have a separate plate for that, of course:

Oklahoma City Bombing Victims And Survivors


But it's nice to know that anyone can declare themselves a Gold Star Parent with http://www.tax.ok.gov/plates/sp037.html.

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