* Posts by Southernboy

6 posts • joined 2 Mar 2018

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


1998 system still running

Visited a small engineering company last week, to review their request for an order management system.

The current system is using Lotus Approach - the about screen showing 1998 and references to 'Year 2000 updates' (from memory - seems a bit early to be thinking of 2000). So it's been in use for 20 years.

It's still running and the advice was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

To be fair - it is running on a Windows 7 machine - so something has been updated in the meantime.

We are going to fix it though - they use QuickBooks and there are add-ons which do all they want, integrated into QuickBooks. So recommendation is to move to this.


German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent


Re: The "But I don't care about them slurping my data" argument

Who says I need to be rational?


The "But I don't care about them slurping my data" argument

I'm not on Facbook for all the above reasons.

My wife is happy to use Facebook and doesn't care if they're harvesting all her activity and her friends' activity and details. She says "So what - I've got nothing to hide, and I don't care that they are doing this".

Has anyone got a good argument against this? Apart from my stock "But they just shouldn't be doing it, 'cos it's evil" response. I really need to give her a proper reasoned argument.

Responses here or links welcome!

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


Some gold in the QUICK.txt file

This is a quick reference to internal and external commands.

Some really honest descriptions in here:


Ridiculous editor


The infamous background file printing utility which

fools you into thinking MS-DOS can do something it

really can't.


A special file which will do all sorts of wonderous

things when the system is booted.

Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact


So how dangerous are helicopters?

So these will allegedly be safer than helicopters?

Guess what, helicopters don't fall out of the sky just because a single component fails. (Or at least it's very very rare).

And the wonderful idea that auto control is better than pesky pilots... no time to get into that discussion.

My PC is broken, said user typing in white on a white background


Re: No computer experience in 2005?

Nice reference. Just finished watching the series.

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