* Posts by MrNigel

11 posts • joined 8 Aug 2016

Take your pick: 0/1/* ... but beware – your click could tank an entire edition of a century-old newspaper


Re: Talking of paper...

Back in the mid-80's I worked for AT&T Philips Telecommunications based in Malmesbury where we did all the software dev for CCITT#7 BT for the DDSN. The system running the exchange hardware engineering ran on a DEC in Hilversum and as a part of my multiple day trips between both locations I used to bring the 'green and whites' back in specially constructed grey suitcases that held two stacks of fanfold paper. My record was seven suitcases in a single trip, LHR Customs took an interest in me that day - "Why is this your third trip this week Sir?"

The good old days when you could arrive at T4 an hour before a flight and still have time for a pint and sarnie, as a non-smoker I used to sit in Biz Class Smoking because it was empty, you were last on/first off the plane and beat the hire car desk queue in AMS.

Are you sure you've got a floppy disk stuck in the drive? Or is it 100 lodged in the chassis?


Re: One, OK, hundred, I have my doubts

....when I worked for STC in the late 70's it stood for "Standards Travelling Circus" or "Sack The C**t" depending on whether you were management or a worker. I still miss my TXK3 commissioning days in the Glasgow area, character forming stuff!

HP crashed Autonomy because US tech titan's top brass 'lost their nerve', says lawyer for ex-CEO Mike Lynch


Creepy 'Maths qualified' Salespeople

HP are 100% correct - they were selling snake oil. I met a number of times with Autonomy at their Head Office and rented London Sales Office next to the Ritz. It was like meeting a cult, the 20 something's in their dark suits looking like wanabee IBMer's, the chanting of 'Mike developed this clever algorithm thingy' and the sheer pomposity of starting every meeting with the announcement of their share price. Their standout tech example was a speech to text demo of a live TV news feed. Well it was 2006.......

The court case is wrong - it should be the HP shareholders bringing a class action against the board members involved in signing the deal. Due diligence?

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again


Re: The best thing about the Lisa was ...

In 1987 I joined Sphinx Level V in Maidenhead - the Xenix 'full width shelf needed' manual set was a big seller. I also remember that a secretary at the computer company downstairs (Altos?) had a red Renault 5 with the registration number YUP 1E.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


Migrated from Demon in 1993

….because The Direct Connection (in Blackheath I seem to remember) techies knew all about uucp/mailx/sendmail/and other UNIX commands I have long forgotten. We had a nice consultancy business enabling Uniplex 'umail' for local/central Government until DNS ruined everything.....

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)



Took 54 mins on my 4 year old SP3. Who cares?

Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure


Just playing catch up to BMW...

......but even I as an ardent Microsofteee won't pay £60/year to activate their Office 365 email client. They need to find a cheaper data provider so they can reinstate OTA map updates. 2018-3 update was 26GB and the download to PC, unzip to USB (which must be FAT32) then upload to car takes about 5 hours.

O2 wolfs down entire 4G spectrum as pals fiddle with their shiny 5G band


Backhaul nonsense

As a young lad I worked on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia TEP4 contract in the early 80's, which included 18K of mobile 'lines'. Back in t'day backhaul from a non-metro RBS to the MTX was 4x4 wire analogue circuits unless the local town mayor managed to twist a microwave dish out of the MoPTT. It was a status symbol, 2MB PCM coax didn't cut it over a glass of Siddiqui. Everything was monitored remotely in Riyadh by an AOM 101 via 19.2K X.25 links. I blame t'interweb for today's consumers unrealistic speed expectations.

Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?


Clever idea to increase Office 365 take-up

I am all for it, anything that pre-installs Office apps on a device is a good thing as it means adding an Office 365 subscription is easy. I wonder if this android move has anything to do with the revamped K1 subscription announced a few days ago?

See the bigger picture guys, all this historic stuff about the 90's, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft vs. the world, Nokia/Lumia disaster etc is great for El Reg coffee time reading, but of no relevance to any of us who actually work for MNOs selling devices and Microsoft Office 365 to the well informed masses around the world.

Google racks up its first contributions to Open Compute Project


48V racks - 30 years on....

'Talking-up' 48 volt racks?? Takes me straight back to 1986 and my AT&T days when I was an engineer on the BT DDSN project. The first ever 48 volt Rack Mounted Power Packs (RMPP) were installed in Baynard House to power the model 5ESS-PRX switch. How I missed those copper bus-bars rising up from the basement generators/battery rooms.

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