* Posts by Barry

24 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

Swedish factory fined $3,000 for robot attack


ROTM, indeed.

Clear evidence of the need for the First Law.

Microsoft talks open-source love amid TomTom Linux 'war'


Like any big company

Right hand.........................knowledge gap................................left hand


BOFH: A safe bet


Would you rather have nothing?

If you weren't satisfied with today's story, I think I see one that is more entertaining. It's right there on the floor, next to that roll of carpet. Go on, pick it up. --KZEEEEEERT!--

Can someone help me get this carpet into the lift? It's heavy.

Thanks, Simon, for another installment! I've been missing my BOFH.

If you can fart, you can earn $10,000


The newest iPhone app


Reg competition: Cisco goes isup


Cisco is like many big companies recently

They were caught being not-t.

Did the width move for you, darling?

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Annoying ads...

...seem to be gone! At least for the moment. I found myself speed reading the top of the articles just so that I could scroll the annoying and distracting Flash ads off the screen as quickly as possible. I was so intent on avoiding them that I can't even tell you which ads they were; so much for effective advertising!

Overall, I like the redesign better than the previous layout (although that was a *great* improvement from the one before, where the article titles weren't in fixed height cells -- shudder). Some people will always complain about change; to them, I say, "Good luck with that attitude in the IT industry."

amfM, make mine an Old Fashioned.

White House admits non-existent email backups


@18 minutes versus 2.8 months?

We're already resigned to Dubya being the "worst president ever". RMN has got nothing on him.

Apple update trick triples Safari share

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iTunes update? No, thanks

I didn't notice this problem with Safari. Every time iTunes tells me it has an update available, I tell it to f*** off.

Oops, wrong digit raised.

BOFH: The Boss gets Grandpa Simpson syndrome



Please, it's Pr1me, not Prime. Well, was, I guess. :)

Ours had the drive with the replaceable 150MB disk pack (washing machine top load variety). We kept a spare on the shelf because we had about a 30% chance of a head crash whenever the drive had to powered down. As a matter of fact, I remember one time when-- KZEEEEEERT!!

It's a good thing I have my own PFYs around to keep me in line.


Local councils dish out shoddy computer recycling advice


All those files will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Mostly, I keep my old hard drives. When I'm ready to recycle them, I take the platters out and use them as geek drink coasters. Ooh, shiny! A few passes from the bottom of a porcelain mug makes it economically unviable to recover the data.

Turning daisies into dollars - the realities of Green Computing


Bad timing

The Microsoft Launch event is happening that day, here in Los Angeles. I'd love to attend the debate, but I'll be there instead.

Fraud guardian LifeLock accused of fraud

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USPS Business Reply Mail details

Here's the link to the relevant page at the USPS:


It does indeed say "Priority Mail". :)

Phone with foldable e-paper display to get summer roll-out

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That is an excellent choice of eBook, I must say.

CSC throws mince pies at diminishing workforce

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@Lucky CSCers

Trust me, you don't want to work there. I did. Now I don't.

Never saw a bonus either.

Asus Eee PC 4G sub-sub-notebook

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I'm very very happy with the Eee PC (one week now), except for one thing -- the headphone volume. I took it on an airplane trip and could barely hear the movie I was watching, with all volume at max. My old Dell Latitude LS has no trouble pumping out sound on the same headphones. I haven't tried different headphones yet to see if it is some sort of compatibility problem with the pair I was using. A boosted pair of headphones may be the answer.

I showed it to many of my younger cousins, and they all liked the form factor quite a bit. Nobody complained about the keyboard except for me (47) and my mother (76). I expect that younger folks have no trouble adapting to the smaller size. I have largish hands, but I'm getting used to it.

I use and administer Windows daily, and I'm a long-time Linux hobbyist. I don't care what OS a system runs as long as it provides the needed functionality. Xandros and Asus have provided an environment that is instantly usable by novice Windows users (like my parents).

Microsoft fires CIO for 'violation' of policy


Violation of policy, AKA...

...he probably shagged the wrong person.

The IT Angle on that would be horizontal, of course.

Nanotubes offer self-mending aircraft wings, golf clubs

Jobs Horns


Someone should tell Steve Ballmer about this. It would be the last chair he would ever need!

David Bowie to appear in Doctor Who?


Re: The sun

"Actually, though they're not always right, they have been a number of times on Doctor Who stories (or partly right)."

(or a little bit right)

(or similar to being right)

(or knew someone who was right once)

(or... oh hell, it's b*llocks)

At least they spell Doctor and Who correctly.

NASA comp fails to produce flying cars


Biggest roadblock to flying cars

I used to have an office with a window that looked out onto a parking lot. After watching people (trying) to park for six months, I concluded that we will never, ever, ever have flying cars.

NZ parents may lose battle to keep baby '4real'


Better as a middle name

They should call him "Superman 4real Wheaton". I can imagine what all his introductions will be like.

"Hi, I'm Superman."

"For real?"

"Yes, that's my middle name. How did you know?"

Re: Think different

Properly, it should be written "think differently", unless you walk around thinking, "Different, different, different...."

BOFH: Operation bean the beancounter


Episode 26

This Boss seems to be catching on... that can't be healthy.

CSC to slash hundreds of jobs


Got the hell out

I gave CSC the heave-ho three years ago, and I've never looked back. Taking a pay cut was worth it to leave that evil company.

BOFH: The revenge



Consider it a good reason to go back and read the archives. You have a lot of very funny stuff to catch up on.

Or it could stand for Pimple Faced Youth, IIRC.

IBM prepared to break knuckles of low-income students


Math teachers needed urgently

The payout is over a four year period. That works out to $62,500 per year per teacher, which is not an unreasonable salary, especially for living in the S.F. Bay Area.

However, budgeting (or at least planning) for this should have started 14 years ago, as mentioned above.