Re: Correlation does not equal cause
There is a BOFH episode dealing with just this situation. Best is to let the Boss do it before beer o'clock and skedaddle the hell out of Dodge City leaving the Bossly Unit to sort out that mess.
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Way back in the 90's I did POS support for a couple of clients in Pretoria.
One difficult client had all the bells and whistles - shiny new Novell 3.12 plus a couple of DOS workstations and a Windows 3.1 workstation for himself. And 120Mb tape drive.
Laughably small in today's terms of Giga- and Terabytes. Anyway.
He made a backup for the day, put it in the safe with the other backup tapes, locked the safe and went home for the weekend.
Come Monday morning we received a frantic call from him - ne'er-do-wells happened during the weekend, they took the file server, workstations and safe (including the backup tapes). So he had nothing to fall back on, and he was due for a SARS (income tax) revenue. Ouch.
This actually belongs in "Who, Me?".... from the programmer/developer's perspective...
"so here we were, the Bossly Unit FUBAR'd our main Java store, and in a flash of inspiration, I checked on the Wayback Machine if they had a copy of our Java, and as luck would have it...."
The rest, as they usually say, is history.
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.
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