Where is my beloved "SFTW" chronicle?
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From what I gathered, there was a parting of the ways a month or so ago.
But you can still get your fix at his site - https://autosaveisforwimps.substack.com/
I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments though, the weekend preparation isn't the same without our fix of something for it.
Bring him back!
"But you can still get your fix at his site - https://autosaveisforwimps.substack.com/ "
And having been over there a couple weeks back, it looked like there may be a post every few weeks or even months. But since he's no longer submitting to El Reg, he seems to be doing exactly the same style on a weekly basis now. Actually more so in terms of style. The double entendres are back, which seemed to be lacking ion recent El Reg submissions.
He also explains in the comments on this weeks article why and what went on with El Reg, ie not much.
Straight from the horse's mouth for those who want to know, and may agree to disagree and suggest a wrong is easily righted in the light of the evidence that there is definitely a greater unknown good out there fully appreciative of the greater alternative AI and IT side for El Reg to uncover and cover.
SFTW started out as a little bit of fun thought up by my friend Bob Dormon who was in charge of reviews and weekend features at The Reg at the time; we had previously been freelance colleagues at MacUser magazine. That it lasted a decade surprised nobody more than me. The Reg felt it was time to move on. There's nothing sinister about that. I don't think it was a fabulously well-read column: very few readers shared it on social media (many thanks to the handful that did on a regular basis!), and I imagine it was difficult to sell ad space on it. .... Alistair Dabbs https://autosaveisforwimps.substack.com/p/she-was-so-many-things-to-so-many/comments
shares on social media seem like a super tone deaf way of measuring engagement on a site like El Reg that seems to attract a rather "anti-social (media)" crowd. Looking at the comments in the Regs own comment system seems like a much more accurate metric and in that regard in terms of reader engagement I think SFTWS was one of the top columns after the BOFH.
El Reg seems to have lost it's irreverent, rebellious touch over the years and it feels like it's trying to walk the straight and narrow of being just another tech publication. Which imho makes it lose all added value as that makes it just yet another tech publication.
Seems like ElReg may have too many PHBs.
Whats going on guys? We're a loyal readership but we seem to find out about personnel changes by the grapevine rather than by editorials. Sort your selves out or I need to update my favourites.
And how about an editorial? A broadsheet daily has one . .
I notice also . . . hmmmm . . . . how to express this.
So the branding used to be "The Register - Biting the Hand that feeds IT". I can't see the Biting the hand bit anyomore. Whats going on PHBs in ElReg world. Have you sold out?
Have you sold out?
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"years were counted from the date a new sovereign accessed his throne"
That was certainly how a lot of legal documents were dated so you need to know on what date in the year the accession fell. An entire published volume of the Wakefield Manorial Rolls has a classic off-by-one error, presumably by misinterpreting that.
> uses M to mean thousand. It is MMXXII after all.
Yes, and US electronics schematics used M=1000 all through the 1930s; WE and a couple music-amplifier companies well into the 1950s. Some of that gear is well beloved in Hi-Fi or guitar-amp crowds. Post-1950 eyes look at those plans and the first reaction is "That's all wrong!"
Back in the Day, at least in West Pondia, 1 mfd was a microfarad, 1 mmfd was a picofarad (pronounced "mickey-mike"). The unit of conductance was the mho. Tuning dials were calibrated in kilocycles and megacycles. And schematics had wires hopping over each other so as not to look connected.
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Be careful - you're comparing units and multipliers there.
Kelvin is a unit, but kilo is a multiplier (1000x).
In SI units, 1000K could be written as 1kK for example - although I admit that does look weird.
"Kilo" in common parlance is shorthand for kilogram (as in "a kilo of spuds" for example) - kilo is the multiplier but gram is the unit.
k is something of an oddity overall though, as it doesn't have a fractional equivalent (such as m being x1/1000th and M being x1000 for example) to require the case distinction.
I remember a friend who worked at a university telling me about a memo that went round banning people from introducing their wives as "my wife" at faculty "do's" because "my" implies "ownership".
Presumably this met with approval from the kind of person who routinely refers to their female spouse as 'the wife'.
Several decades ago, I went to work at a US military contractor. One of their documents was an acronym decoder which contained, I kid you not,
"ACRONYM - Abbreviated Coded Rendition Of Name Yielding Meaning."
I have never been able to delete that twaddle from memory.
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