* Posts by Sarah Skelding

18 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Apr 2007

OMFG, what have you done?

Sarah Skelding


I think I see what you were trying to do , but it seems such a shame that to waste all the effort that the resolution fairies put into giving me a nice wide screen. Very retro though, looks like a badly adjusted CRT monitor. If this is what you were going for then all well and good, but were you? Really?

Other than that it looks cleaner so it's a good first draft. How about finishing it off before you unleash it next time?

El Reg slips into women's-fit tees

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Paris Hilton

Thank you

See, even Paris is moved to tears by your inclusiveness.

Brit firm to demo serious flying robo-saucer in 2009

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Get the phrasebook ready folks

"Klaatu barada nikto".

Otto Z. Stern possibly dead at 57

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@Chris Cheale

Actually, the comments have always been the most consistently amusing part of Otto's posts. I particularly enjoyed the whooshing sound made by the point being missed at high speed by more peole than you would have thought possible.

BOFH: Burying the hatchet

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Sanity Instiller

We need one of those. We can keep it next to the cricket bat with "User Education Tool" painted onto it.

The IT Crowd goes west

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"women and shoes" ... your problem being? Like all sit-com's, the situation, in this case a geek enclosure, is but the scenario in which the comedy happens, in this case an exploration of rather strained human relationships. If you are a woman who works in roomful of men who caould have been class definitions for Roy and Moss then the humour is definitely that of recognition. If you are a geek who could be as self-unaware as Roy and Moss, well, I'm sure that I don't need to show you the Powerpoint presentation.

Sarah Skelding

God bless the septics,

I can see them making a reasonable fist of The IT Crowd, they did OK with The Office after all, but I fear for what they will do to the utterly wonderful Look Around You. If nothing else, who will they get with a voice as sexy as Peter Serafinowicz?

Bill Gates exposed as closet Yorkshireman

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Gates Horns

From Hell, Hull and Halifax, God preserve us.

God's Own County vs. Rest of World But Especially Lancashire has to be the longest running flame war in existence. There really was no need to throw Bill into the mix.

Cash'n'Carrion: A lean, mean, fighting machine

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You've only got boy-shaped t-shirts? Oh.

Microsoft to kill Windows with 'web-centric' Midori?

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Ooh! I remember this idea

A client that is dedicated to presentation while all the horsepower is kept in a big air-conditioned shed and the user doesn't own anything, just pays regular service charges to the Very Large Computer Corp. - now then, where do I remember seeing that model before?

I can't see an icon in 1970's ICL brown :((

MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

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Dead Vulture

Dereference this.

Happy memories <\sarcasm> of moving to a Win 3.11 platform from mainframes and laughing myself sick at the memory model.


BOFH: Shafting the consultants over the new layout

Sarah Skelding

Thank you

Thank you, thank you for another piece of ammunition in my daily battle against the hordes of children with a useless degree and no common sense, for I *was* here when dirt was invented and that is why I know that they are talking nonsense.

MI5 spy wife was Formula One chief's Teutonic thrash tart

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IT Angle

The Sealed Knot had better watch out.

If MI5 are going to be investigated everyone with an interest in recreating scenes from past conflicts.

IT Angle? Well, if you're sat in any IT related office right now, I bet you're no more than 10 metres away from a member of the Sealed Knot.

Commodore goes titsup (again)

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@Drew Cullen

I fear that you may have been misinformed. I have certainly had code go titsup on me for many more years than I care to remember.

Anyway, where's the ZX Spectrum angle?

Why Borland trashed its spreadsheet

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While we're sharing ...

10 years after leaving mainframes behind, I received through the internal mail a note asking, "Remember this?" and a piano-ruled printout out with an elegantly arranged boxed-out error message that read, "If anyone is reading this, the database is truly fucked in a manner that defies explanation". True, but unhelpful.

BOFH: Balancing the budget...

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Ah, virement.

Lovely word, that, and always entertaining to watch at the end of the accounting period? Where did the new desks come from? Virement, where all new kit comes from after 11 months of budget drought.

Why simplicity starts with design

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Oh no, not again

We've been here before. Many times. We learnt this lesson when we programmed mainframes and had to count clock cycles and co-ordinate media reads to make things move at peak efficiency. We learnt this lesson, again, through the rise of mini/departmental computers and how we got the buggers to talk to each other. We learnt it again with PCs and the muddle of client/server. We learnt it all over again with the web. We will be learning this lesson as long as we need to develop code because every time time we learn this lesson we forget it. Why? I don't know, but I'm getting bored watching happen again and again and again.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum: 25 today

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Please, check these guys out

I am sure that Uncle Sir Clive would be proud to know that his work continues (but then again, he never was that fond of 'puters per se, was he?)