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558 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
BOFH: When the Sun rises in the West and sets in the East, only then will the UPS cease to supply uninterrupted voltage
Re: Wouldn´t be surprised
Ah, the Amiga power supply! Happy memories. One of ours died, so after making sure that a PC power supply would supply the right set of voltages (if wired up correctly), I nipped down to Computer Services at work and "rescued" a condemned (because of old age) PC from their stonehenge of machines that they kept meaning to get rid of...
Once I got it home, I discovered that this predated modular power supplies and the gubbins was just plonked in the case as a set of components that needed the whole case to work... It was the weekend, the kids wanted their Amiga back and so I just shrugged and persevered. The wiring went beautifully, but I had to tie an old PC desktop case (with nothing in it except power supply) to the back of the desk with a bit of plastic clothesline I had lying about.
Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes
Beyond video to interactive, personalised content: BBC is experimenting with rebuilding its iPlayer in WebAssembly
Your private data has been nabbed: Please update your life as soon as possible while we deflect responsibility
Accidentally wiped an app's directory? Hey, just play the 'unscheduled maintenance' card. Now you're a hero
Re: Add end users, stir vigorously
I learnt not to assume that end users know *anything* about the PC you've just given them when I gave a new medic the PC that had belonged to their predecessor. I told her that all the guy's stuff should have been on the network so delete anything you don't recognise... She deleted the Windows directory.
I didn't want to tell IT because they were a bunch of grumpy sarcastic buggers. That's when I learnt to restore Windows XP from the recycle bin...
File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar
Re: "the agreement the NHS signed with them"
"...I have problems with the trackability of individuals (albeit anonymised)...."
I don't think that anyone with your handle (do we still call them "handles") actually believes that we're not being tracked everywhere by these devices anyway. It's best to treat it as the price you have to pay for the features and convenience of having a pocket computer.
My dad had a Moskvitch, sadly the doors were the right way up :( until they rusted off. He traded it in for a Lada. That was posh, the dash had a covering on it, not just painted black metal.
Footnote: This was not in Eastern Europe, but East Coast Scotland... A local enterprising company imported all these foreign rust-buckets, Mazda's then the russian cars, then Skoda's. They still sell skoda's but they're a bit more upmarket than they used to be. Did I mention Yugo's?
Re: The Agony and No Ecstasy
Getting the wife's wheelchair out of the back of the car. Did all the right things, straight back, no twisting, then somebody passing talked to me as I was about to put it down. I turned to reply...sproing!! Three days flat on my back...
As an aside, do you know how hard it is to buy an affordable car which'll take a wheelchair in the boot without being the size of an elephant?
Re: Without being too picky...
Off Topic:"the idea that "they're all as bad as one another" was palpable rubbish"
Do you seriously think that any of the useless shower that are likely to form a Westminster government in the event of an election are any better than any other!
They're all a bunch of fucking politicians, more concerned with covering their own arses and filling their own pockets than governing the country!
Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s
Re: Keyboard covers are 'mandatory' in the healthcare sector...
When I did IT support in a Microbiology Lab, I bought a pile of the cheapest keyboards in the catalogue (we had to use a preferred supplier) and when somebody complained about a wonky keyboard, I flung it in a waste bucket and had it autoclaved (https://www.steris.com/healthcare/knowledge-center/sterile-processing/everything-about-autoclaves) and plugged in a replacement.
Only once was the order referred to Computer Services, and they OKed it when I prised the keys off a dud keyboard and showed them what had accumulated underneath. Of course, I did it in a full containment cabinet with everybody gowned and gloved... (one of the guys they sent never came back to deal with any problems above my paygrade, he always sent a minion...)
-->Lab coat (I know it's not a Howie coat, but you have to use what you have)
I once showed somebody how to send an out-of-office...
I once showed somebody how to send an out-of-office reply, only to discover he had one set up on his personal email that he had sent the test message from (In the days when your email client didn't worry about niceties like "only reply once to senders"). I got the job ("well you know who to speak to, John") of phoning IT to explain why the mail server was filling up...
Choose your fighter! March Mammal Madness pits poor, innocent critters against each other in mortal combat
Re: Club 50+
"...In Japan, they would at least have hired an illustrator to decorate the leaflet with cute little cartoon mascots cheerfully shitting..."
When I was gainfully employed, I shared an office with the person who sent out the screening kits (space is at a premium in NHS Labs, and the Lab IT office had a spare desk...). She spent the first half of the week taking out the cute japanese instructions and replacing them with ones deemed to be more professional looking.
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We know it's hard to get your kicks at work – just do it away from a wall switch powering anything important
Borkem ipsum: Supermarket gifts Thailand a tech fail that will echo down the millennia – and probably choke a turtle
UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent
£1100 per day! For fuck's sake! I did IT support for the NHS until I retired and I was only ever paid Agenda for Change rates! (look it up, you're all IT literate) And they tried to drop me down a grade until I threatened to retire anyway!
£1100 a day!!
icon: I decided I was sad, rather than incandescent with rage. Ghod those beta-blockers are good.
Fedora's Chromium maintainer suggests switching to Firefox as Google yanks features in favour of Chrome
The "chrome" in mozilla-style browsers refers to what the actual layout engine builds (page layout, window controls etc). Google appropriated Chrome as the name of their browser when it was already being used as a descriptive term by Mozilla (I believe).
Chromium is an open-sourced version of Chrome, like Chrome, but not Chrome (if you see what I mean)
You can drive a car with your feet, you can operate a sewing machine with your feet. Same goes for computers obviously
I supported 30 PCs in a diagnostic Microbiology lab - all with ball mice. You really don't want to know what I had to pick out of the rollers. I started buying cheapo mice in batches of 5 so that I could just throw out (via the autoclave) mice that I deemed unrecoverable. (You should have seen my boss's face when I demonstrated to him why this was necessary.
That's when I threw out all the plastic mouse mats we'd been given (with Elonex printed on them) and replaced them with the cheapest fabric ones that I could find.
UK's NHS Digital hands £8m contract to lab data biz after trouble matching COVID-19 tests to health records
Re: X-Lab - Never heard of them
If you'd ever had anything to do with Diagnostic Laboratory IT, you'd be aware that X-Lab produce NpeX, a method of assuring rapid electronic transmission of test results between labs that do tests and labs that send tests away to be done. It's only boring because a) you're ignorant, and b) it doesn't have a flashing blue light on the top :)
PS There's more to the NHS than just Wards and Clinics, other people make a valuable contribution too (I did when I worked there...)
Brexit trade deal advises governments to use Netscape Communicator and SHA-1. Why? It's all in the DNA
Scotch eggs ascend to the 'substantial meal' pantheon as means to pop to pub for a pint during pernicious pandemic
Re: Why do you need rules?
"Many people will suffer very little side-effects from the virus."
And the rest don't count? So let's put the bullet in the cylinder and spin it, shall we?
"Doesn't mean it isn't a serious illness, but it's not ebola or cholera."
Because if people were squirting blood from all orifices, then we'd take it seriously?
The problem is that Covid isn't a hollywood illness, if it was, then people would take more notice. As I said (or meant to say), these precautions aren't arbitrary rules like parking restrictions or stuff like that. We're in a public health crisis, and every single time we relax and take our eye off the ball, the numbers spike again.
Let's Encrypt warns about a third of Android devices will from next year stumble over sites that use its certs
Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?
NHS England awards £1.6m deal to build digital staff 'passports' in fight against coronavirus second wave
Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope
Re: Is Power Optional?
I might have said this before, but a wonderful IT person where I worked had a solution for the "not plugged in" fault. If it was obvious from the phone call that the power wasn't on, she would tell the user that they'd had problems with a batch on power cables and ask them to check the serial number on the wall plug. After a minute she usually got a sheepish reply that the problem seemed to have gone away....
Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles
"...there is an awful lot of Scots with links back to Scandinavia...."
It's interesting how much of the Swedish version of Wallender was understandable to our (Scots) household.
Side note: My grandad was in Belgium in WW1 (terrible muddy place, he said it was). He said that German prisoners could understand you if you shouted at them in broad Scots. But I think the rifles helped...
Further side note: bits of this reply were translated from the original scots as I went along - like my primary school teachers insisted I should do. (Thanks Mrs Tunn)