* Posts by HorseflySteve

12 posts • joined 11 May 2019

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students


Re: W98 was OK, but W95 and USB ..

Do you know that Windows 98 will BSOD the instant it switches to graphics mode during bootup (even in Safe Mode!) if you add any character before the initial [ in C:\Windows\Powerpnt.ini ? I was about to re-installed from scratch when I found that nugget online. If you delete powerpnt.ini, the OS makes a new one on bootup. I don't know why it's called that because I didn't have powerpoint installed. More iffy MS obfuscation, methinks.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned


Re: Let's face it, who amongst us hasn't lost a tie to the...

When anyone in the company has commented about my casual tie-less attire, I have replied with one of the following 2 answers:

1. I am an engineer working in a modern hi-tech industry. Tell me why should I dress like an Edwardian?

2. I thought I was employed as an engineer, not a model. Naomi Campbell doesn't get out of bed for less than £10k a day; pay me that & I'll wear what you like.

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul


Re: Have you considered...

It's illegal in the UK to hunt or kill anything using an arrow or crossbow bolt.

Gone in 120 seconds: Arianespace aims for stars, misses, as UAE satellite launch fails


No, it didn't go boom, sounds like somebody forgot to light the blue touch paper on the second stage..

Bonkers British MPs rant: 5G signals cause cancer


Re: Maybe they're right to an extent

Too late, they've cleaned up the anthrax on Gruinard now...


Re: Plenty of these nuts over there

The railways caused the cows to lay eggs??!! Just what harm HS2 is going to cause!

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC


Re: BASIC as a scripting language

QL SuperBASIC by Jan Jones (now a romantic fiction novelist) had really great structured additions and, along with Tony Tebby's multitasking Qdos, would have been much more widely used if the QL hardware wasn't so poor. Running on a 68008, the 32bit processor wss strangled by the 8 bit databus & the bespoke storage Microdrives weren't considered as sufficiently robust and reliable as floppies. That said, I never had that much trouble with them, either on Spectrum or the QL


Re: BASIC predates microcomputers!

BASIC was the second programming language I used in 1976 at Glasgow College of Technology. It was Data General Time Sharing BASIC running on a Nova minicomputer connected to 25 DataDynamics teletypes and 5 "glass teletypes". It also had 2 five megabyte disk packs and a fast paper tape reader. Taking an offine copy of your program meant LISTing it on a teletype with the paper tape punch on.

The Nova had 10kbytes of core store so time sharing 30 users meant a lot of disk/core swapping. I wrote a 8800 byte program intended for multiple simultaneous users which slowed the Nova a bit with 2 users, a lot with 3, and 4 caused Nova to give up entirely and crash. The system tech had to reboot it which meant entering the boodloader commands on the front panel switches then booting the OS by selecting partitions and lauching the loader using the reserved system teletype; took about 15 minutes. Needless to say, my program was removed until I figured out the principle of overlays (by my self; I was an Electrical & Electronics student, not computer science).

In case you're wondering, the first programming language I encountered was IBM Fortran IV on a 360 using punch cards; very much not interactive!

Honey, hive had it with this drone: Couple lived for years with thousands of bees in bedroom wall


Re: Not exactly uncommon

A long time ag, I stayed in an old manor house in South West UK on a horse riding holiday. My room was on the top floor & I noticed a faint, continuous humming sound. Looking out of the window, I saw quite a lot of bee activity beneath the eaves of the roof. I went to see the owner & asked if she knew there seemed to be bees nesting in the attic. "Yes", she said, "are they causing you a problem?". "No", says I, "they're not bothering me; so they've been there a while, then?" "Oh, about 200 years", she said, "only sometimes we get honey running down the wall in your room" ☺

It's 2019 and a WhatsApp call can hack a phone: Zero-day exploit infects mobes with spyware


Re: "they don't care if we're screwing the neighbours wife or murdering someone"

For some reason, I just got a mental image of Terry Jones sitting naked at an electric organ...

Essex named sexiest British accent followed closely by, um, Glaswegian


It could've been worse, they could have asked you to go to Renstree (Ravenstruther) or Kulkaygee (Kilncadzow - my favourite☺)

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