A cut above the rest
179 posts • joined 26 Feb 2007
I was wondering the same thing ...
unless the whiteboard was accepting only 110V and there was supposed to be a transformer in between to take the 220 and downgrade it to 11 and with only the cable they fed it directly 220 ?
And yes, I have accidentally blown up a PC ones that was sent back to our office from a remote location that used 110 and I forgot to check the setting before plugging it into 220
but other than the prongy bits at the end I've never had an issue with cables ...
and I've had a few colleagues who moved from a 110V country to overhere, and they've all happily used plugconverters and extension cords without any of their electornic toys going bang
Because people (used to) travel ?
Because people use a VPN ?
e.g.: while working from home I need to connect to the work network through a VPN.
Because f this the internet thinks I'm in France (which leads to many advertisements showing up in French) when I disconnect I'm in the netherlands (which leads to most advertisements being in English )
The VPN is soemtimes a bit flakey , which means that in the span of an hour Twitter would see me connecting from just south of Paris then 10mins later from north of the dutch-belgian border, than back to France
For extra git & shiggles I could enable opera's privacy mode VPN which bounces me around the world at random
I've hand carried 2 shuttle PCs (shoebox sized PCs that were all the rage in the early 2000s ... at least with one of our BMs) along with a VPN firewall along with my own laptop (all as carry on luggage) through 3 countries in the Middle East and Africa (the kind of countries where alcohol is no allowed) (the joys of a round trip where they were needed at the penultimae destination) without a hitch, but arriving at the final destination I got held at gunpoint (the only time in my life I've stared down the barrel of a gun) because they wanted to inspect the wallet with 2 dozen CDs I'd brought along with me ...
All obviously self-burned, all backup copies of the original installation media with the product keys written on them with black marker ... and while we did have volume licenses for all these products, and so these were technically probably not illegal i was not really looking forward to having to explain this to a big guy with an even bigger gun and an even bigger moustache
Turned out the only thing they were checking was if I wasn't smuggling dirty movies into the country , and after going trough the ``no it's not movies, it's software '' line a few times the guy waved me through ....
Thankfully Dubai did allow the serving of beer in Hotels ...
Had a variation of that happen to me ages ago.
rm -rf *
Noticed some files refused to go
Realised those needed superuser permissions
rm -rf *
Realised that this was taking rather longer than expected
Noticed the - after the su....
Realised the backup tape was fortunately still in the tapedrive but ejected, which indicates last night's backup had run.....
Managed to stop the Rm in time to keep the system alive enough I could restore from tape
Or you know, you use tabs to connect to different remote machines, and then run screen in all of them ...
Then again, what do I know ... I installed cygwin/X and use different Xterms (each with a slightly different colored font) to connect to different remote linux boxes ..
and run screen in all of them ... ever since I discovered screen in 1992 (or so, give or take a year) it has been my multiplexer of choice ... plus the fact that your session stays alive if your connection drops ..
back in the day when you would loose the connection if your wife would pick up the phone while you were using the same phone line to connect your VT100 to the office machine ....
Glad those days are over :)
We used to have an office in Woking, next to the trainstation. 4 times an hour, whenever the train left the station, it would send powerspikes into our building. You would see the lights dim and then brighten before getting back to normal. Same powerspike would sometimes take down a computer, which could usually be fixed by a reboot. Even after supplying most machines with a UPS the spike would sometimes be too strong for the spike-limiter (or whatever it was called) in the UPS and take down the machine.
In other days, we had dual monitor setups for most of our users, even in the mid-90s ... big 24inch sun monitors that could do 1920x1200. When you turned on both at once, they would both go through their de-gaussing step at the same time, and could happily be bouncing of each other for minutes before one of them would give up and they would both stabilize.
Even more fun after a powerfailure, and you restored power only to remember slightly too late that you hadnt switched off all the monitors. The powersurge of more than a dozen of these beasts starting up would immediately trip the breakers
I used to do that
send an email saying "Your email is now fixed"
than went and fixed their email
The ``you're email is now fixed'' would automagically appear to indicate the email was indeed fixed
(and if it didn't I hadn't fixed it properly)
This worked even better if what I was fixing was something like a sendmail.cf , which when fixed meant I could go and have a coffee while the user would get the email saying things were fine again :)
For Linux developers missing the blues teen there is, of course, xscreensaver.
Building it from source is considered a bit of a rite of passage.
Building it from source, and getting the full suite working, including the xscreensaver-demo is not easy ( until you've done it once)
I learned relatively quickly that certain brands if server hardware would not poweroff on the push of the button but on the release.
Back in the NT4 days I remember having to get a colleague ( who was within shouting distance) logging in on the console and doing a graceful shutdown while i kept the powerbutton depressed.
To be fair i’ve returned the favor a few times as well.
When someone asks can you powerdown The server, always ask which of the servers we’ve just been discussing he meant ....,
Witte wieven translates to white women, not wise women. It’s actually a nickname/folktale referencing the fog from the canals that, when rising up across the meadows looks ( in the dark ) like white women climbing out of the canal coming to drag the weary walker in the canal.
Many a walker in the 1800s who had fortified himself before a long cold walk would encounter these white women and depending on his level of fortification may have ended up in the drink.
I've had a softspot for Sun ever since I saw the knightrider lights on the 3/50. Unfortunately in the late 90s sun lost it when their top of the line videocards were being outperformed by a ridiculous margin by a linux box + top of the line NVidia card. And the linux+videocard cost a third of what the sun videocard alone cost. And when in early 2000 the amd and Intel CPUs started outperforming the Solaris machines by similar margins (at least for the software we developed) it became a matter of years before all our clients had switched to linux.
Sad. But if a 60K machines takes a month to run a job, and a pc you buy for 2k at the shop around the corner runs the job in 2 weeks you have lost.
Esp since installing linux, loading our software and loading the data took less then a day.
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From the page you pointed to:
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This isn’t the fastest way to run Android apps on your PC — BlueStacks is faster if all you want to do is play Temple Run 2 or another Android game on your Windows PC. However, Android-x86 provides access to a complete Android system in a virtual machine. It’s a great way to get more familiar with a standard Android system or just experiment with it like you would experiment with a virtual machine running any other operating systems.
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so performance is one reason ....
set your cellphone to spotify connect
have it so that spotify is full screen
have the prev,pause,next buttons on your screen
whenever you want to change th music, reach down to where you know the cellphone is, and hit next ..
kinda like hitting the audio shortcut keys on your keyboard while playing a game
the philips bt3500 is stereo, though you dont hear that much stereo seperation, as the speakers are very close together.
I'm a bit surprised at the #80 prive tag, as I got it for e60.
Better osund quality than my laptop speakers, plus it has a built in mic, so can double as a cheapo conference phone means Im happy with it (and since I bought a battery pack for my phone ages ago, that can also charge the speakers, the 5 hour battery life isnt much of a problem for me .
But, to each his own :)
wasnt it tvwm (Toms Virtual Window Manager ) ?
OpenLook on Solaris had an olvm in the early 90s
I started using fvwm in late 1993 because I wanted something on Linux that gave me what I had been using on Solaris (or maybe even SunOS).
So, from personal experience, I can say this has been around for at least 20+ years
The windows ``desktops'' solution does not even come close to the flexibility and ease of use of a real VWM
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You need to sideload snap if you want to access the googlplay store. If you can find the raw apk file, you can just doubleclick it.
1) corporate phones usually have a security policy that disables debug mode, so no sideloading possible
2) some android apps rely on the Google play api (e.g. For in game purchases) and Google play api is not supported on bb10.
So Google maps will work fine, plants vs zombies 2 fails to start.
As a recent owner of a Q10 (to replace a dead bold 9x00) I have to say this device is sweet.
The android compatibility layer is great, some of my favorite apps are now available as .apk's (endomorphpo, spotify, google maps).
The new UI takes some getting used to, but is actually very easy to use.
It has a physical keyboard ... honestly, if you do more than a few emaisl a day, physical keyboards are soo much better than touchscreens.
It finally has a decent webbrowser
And if you have a BES server as a corporate email gateway, honestly, there is no alternative worth trying for more than a few days
I would still go for a recruiting job ... kinda like how the brit intel agency in WWII found people who were good at crosswords , and used that as a selection starting point.
Spy agencies need peole who you can tell, we know that messages are being swapped through the XXXXX messageboard, without them going ``yeah, Duh .. it's a message board, what do you expect '' and in stead find the steganosaurs
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