can you point to a single change that actually makes life easier?
In the case of Win10, one change that made life easier was the removal of the last trace of Win8 from the sole of its shoe.
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Management sprang a lot of cash on a huge flat panel display to show the systems dashboard to all sundry. This was very useful, as a flashing red graphic does catch the attention. Management then realised that they also caught the attention of visiting bigwigs, so someone *coff* wrote a script called green.bat that turned the dashboard to a more senior management friendly colour. The reset script was truth.bat
While visiting my Mother she had a chat with the police officer who had come to investigate the burglary that had happened to her next door neighbour. The police man was trying to get her to buy a Ring doorbell.
"S, what's a Ring doorbell".
"Mum, it's state surveillance privately funded"
At this point the policeman nodded vigorously and said, "Yes! We want everyone to install it".
Printers are intrinsically evil, but that is especially cruel.
In the late 80s and early 90s it was not unusual for offices to have all the memory cards removed from desktop PCs by burglars, but that is definitely enemy action.
Shame about the name of the new analysis system. Our attempt to develop the Program Error Notification and Information System survived two design meetings before the name was changed.
While on a week long requirements analysis course in Oxford in the early 90s I got talking to a crowd of Russians in the same hotel who were attending an English For Business course. We got on well throughout the week and when the last of the drinkers on my course went to bed on the last night I joined my new friends who showed no sign of stopping.
I'd grown up in a Staffordshire pit village which was home to many families of Polish descent - their father's had come over during WWII and married local girls and brought along their customs of hospitality, which had some similarities to those of my Russian drinking partners. In particular they taught me how to drink vodka.
We drank well and drank hard. The bar man, who had been drinking with us, fell asleep so we brought out our own supplies rather than cause him any problems with the till. The Russians had a bottle of Smirnoff each, while I had found a bottle of Moskovskaya in a local off licence which was greeted with approbation. We formed bonds of international friendship until dawn, and I was given the compliment that I drank like a Russian. I was, of course, drinking like a Pole.
After an hour's sleep and reeking like a distillery I headed for breakfast before working out that it was a bad idea. What became a worse idea was that the previous day I had been elected to give the final course presentation to several senior suits. I got through that somehow, with some arch comments from my team mates after. After loading my car, I slept in the driving seat for several hours before feeling safe enough to drive home. I started eating again 36 hours later.
Drinking with Russians is a fine, exhilarating activity, but it is best done when young and bold.
I don't drink any more, but I did get several months worth of drinking done in that one night.
Выпьем за то, чтобы у нас всегда был повод для праздника!
I too am surprised that the systems aren't sufficiently coordinated to allow for synched audio and video. I know that the survival of the microphone is an unexpected thing, but now that's it has happened it's unfortunate that they can't make the best possible use of the outcome.
I assume that Fujitsu have the IPR to the bits that were "heavily customised to align with the NICS HR policies and procedures."
Having worked on government systems that start with COTS software and then build on it and twist it into shape to match existing processes rather than doing a full system redesign because it's the government, I can imagine the baroque and grand guignol nature of the structure that sits on top of the Oracle part of it. I wouldn't be surprised if there was no tender process because there were no takers when the initial feelers were put out and Fujitsu are being forced to eat their own dog food, albeit being well rewarded for feeding from that particular bowl.
With some of my colleagues I'm convinced that they were a packaged purchase. I can't be sure, unlike the certainty I had about one guy's shirt re-use cycle when I noticed that the bloodstains on Wednesday's short were exactly the same as the ones that I saw on Tuesday.
I was working in an office that overlooked the roof of the computer hall. I was demonstrating a new piece of code that did useful things to an Oracle database. As I pressed the button to do the business, there was a rumble as the emergency generators kicked into action, the flap on the exhaust of the generator engines flipped up and dark smoke started belching out while the lights dimmed briefly as the power supply switched over. I had to spend 5 minutes convincing the assembled management that the loss of external power had nothing to do with me running a script on the Oracle server.
A colleague brought in his home made desktop-sized Tesla coil to show us all how clever he was. It was very sparky and pretty and wiped out our floor, the floor above and the floor below. Fortunately the coffee machine was made of sterner stuff, which made the otherwise quiet recovery time more bearable.
A colleague had written a piece of S3 (an ICL language) of terrifying efficiency and was having trouble debugging it. In went a couple of debug messages which didn't appear, until he noticed he'd sent them to a spool buffer rather than the screen. Once he could could see them it was soon fixed.
The next day a porter arrived with a trolley containing 68 boxes of fan-fold piano-ruled paper, all printed with his debug information. We constructed an armchair out of the paper.
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