Re: How about...
Zarya is right in the middle of everything. - Oh! SHHHHHHHITTTTTTT!
682 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009
"Douglas Adams was a programmer, and knew that 42 represented the *, which can mean anything. So the answer to the question of "life, the universe, and everything", means anything you want it to be."
Every day is a School Day - thank you for pointing out that crucial piece of information.
As an "Office Automation" consultant back in the 1980s, I remember attending an MOD presentation on their requirements for CHOTS (Corporate Headquarters Office Technology System). A theatre the size of a cinema was full with interested vendors.
Their requirements were totally ridiculous, so I was left with the problem of how to stop our company getting into such a cesspit without actually saying they were nuts.
Answer: Suggest it would cost around £2 - 3m to become involved. Sorted!
Poor old ICL got the bulk of the business which is why, I suspect, they fell into Fujitsu's arms.
I used to give a presentation on "Office Automation" MANY years ago for a computer manufacturer.
My first slide gave the different terms, such as "The Electronic Office", "Office Automation", "Computers on the Desktop" and "The Paperless Office".
If I got a laugh when I said that the Paperless Office was as likely and as useful as the Paperless Loo, I knew the presentation was going to go well.
I didn't get a laugh out of a bunch of Trade Union Officials!!!!
"The various elements of the IT system architecture do not 'talk' directly to each other but operate through a variety of interfaces"
I used to work in IT for a significant UK airline and can tell you - YES, there are LOTS of interfaces between different parts of "the system(s)" which get you to your holiday destinations.
......I created a "different" version of the PDP-8 'Binary Loader' paper tape.
After intalling the 'Binary Loader'. attempting to install a binary tape caused the ASR33 Teletype (THOSE were the days) to burst into life and print out those fatal words: "HELP - LET ME OUT" followed by much chattering and EOL bell ringing.
DEC engineers loved it, but my boss unfortunately could only manage a sick smile and comment "It's not supposed to do that!"
Absolutely - don't assume the "professionals" know their job. My gas boiler main valve kept dropping out then back in again. After 3 or 4 visits from British Gas, I had a look and realised it was the relay on the circuit board which was faulty (slight vibration and it dropped out), Still took British Gas TWO more visits to fix it.
I only paid for ONE visit. They weren't getting away with that.
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