I did some.programming in Pascal more than 20 years ago.
Definitely going to download this and compare it to Lazarus.
Ta for the headsup!
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Testament to the solidness of OS/2...
Heard that some folks preferred to use OS/2 when they have to collect massive amounts of data over serial links as Windows could not keep up with the demand.
...still trying to find the article where OS/2 on a single CPU outperformed NT on a quadprocessor setup. Ah, those were the days.
fnarrr fnarrr fnarrr
store it in the cloud they said
it will be always available they said
but "they said" did not take into account network outages (like this one) or a break in your local fibre preventing you from accessing your preciouses files...
naaaaah, old school with on-prem is still king for now.
Sure, use cloud for backup or data retention... and hope that it will be online when you need to restore a file or whatever....
Heh, group of us techs was clustered around a PC, wanting to copy data on (or off, can't quite remember). This was when coax and 10base was the rage.
The motherboard was not installed yet, but was on the workbench along with the hard drive etc. And an Accton NE2000 compatible NIC.
Along came somebody, hot unplugged the Accton NIC and as he was walking away, the copy process we were busy with, dieded.
We had a good laugh on that one, most impressive was that there were no component damage or failure.
Greyhair = experience, knows how to resolve issues in as little time as possible, does not bill the client with lots of $$$ - but employing greyhair costs company a bit of $$$
New guy = no experience of greyhair, will waffle and faffle around trying to resolve issues, billing the client lots of $$$$$ - employing new guy = cheap as peanuts
guess which one they'll choose
and new contracts can be written to stipulate that if no agreeable performance levels is reached, company have the right to terminate contract with new guy and hire another new guy...
no wonder why the natural enemy of the BOFH is the beancounter
Or setting someone's VMS prompt to "Help ?" and seeing how long they persevere trying to get out of "Help".
A good one was to set the DOS prompt to C:\DOS> and leave the user wondering just what the heck's going on, especially when a DIR shows no DOS files.
Or to change said prompt to something else like C:> ... leaving them in limbo just where the heck they are.
Teardropping a Win95 PC of a colleague who's fond of browsing news sites instead of working. Its HDD died before I could teardrop it more, sadly.
I also did the wallpaper-icon trick.
As the I and l is most often similar, I retyped an user's login name , replacing I (Uppercase i) with lowercase L
He swore a blue streak until he jabbed the reset button.
Yay, more fun and games...
For the truly paranoid the idea is to have two cellphones, one for general, daily usage.
The second with only the necessary banking apps, and is used only for online banking, nothing else.
I'm planning to obtain a second device, and use that for general use, whilst the first device is used only for banking and nothing else.
The truly paranoid will most probably do regular factory resets on their device(s).
I was then asked to leave and that was the last favour I ever did for that person.
Wonder if he asked other persons and gave them merry grief when they were not too careful?
I don't need such persons as clients, they can have the pleasure of going to my competition.
...in Putin's Russia lions roam the streets at night to enforce lockdown (if it is true). I nearly widdled myself laughing when I saw that.
...in South Africa the army has been deployed and we are gearing up for a lockdown. Only time will tell if people will actually adhere to lockdown regulations.
I will be one of those who will adhere to lockdown regulations. What runs in our favour is that we are on a smallholding, so lots of space without any neighbours coughing at us.
o I'd like to take a moment to raise a virtual pint to all the unsung backroom heroes helping to get all we enforced working from homers (d'oh!) up and running.
This is for you guys and gals ---------------------->
Thank you very much.
I have finished the mad dash to get WfH all setup. All that remains now is the firewall, the firewall guy is busy with a shit ton of other requests from other companies as well, so we have to be patient.
So now we have to see if we can actually pull an unplanned WfH scenario off. My suggestion to the CEO was that we do make it a regular excercise just to see that we are prepared for a worse-case scenario.
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