Re: I must be missing something...
I see what you did there :D
677 posts • joined 26 Jan 2011
Quite a lot of people had access to the beta's coming out of Microsoft at that time. All you had to do was ask nicely and be persistant, or make friends with someone in a large company and discover the panacea of MSDN, with huge binders and regular new CD drops with all sorts of goodies old to new, from Microsoft Assembler to the first "public" betas of almost anything...
When the company stops payments claiming Covid and investor reticence makes me think that there is no current revenue stream apart from investors throwing money at the company, and once that dries up, it’s time to sink or swim. If the basic infrastructure depends on people plugging it in and getting paid, once people pull the plug, that hits the usability of the network and starts a downward spiral to insolvency?
It's a balancing act between mass and gravity pulling in, and radiation pressure pushing out. I would have thought If the star has enough mass, but did not get to fusing iron in the core, at some point, gravity takes over and the star could sort of do an oozlum bird and disappear up it's own singularity as gravity wins over, whatever the actual current composition of the star? I have no idea, I've watched too much star trek and not enough quantum physics.
If my BSE addled brain serves me correctly, this was why most of the old basic interpreters started at line 10 and next line was 20. Nothing stopped you inserting 1 or 2, or 11 or 12, it was just to allow you to add to the code later keeping the tens as a staticish reference to the original lines.
All gone out the window with spaghetti coding, web development and code and content mixed wordpress themes...
It's not yet 11 AM. Can I have my pint now please?
I believe it was with a Compaq box. Guy wanted to plat Quake I believe but the integrated cirrus logic graphic circuit did not cut the mustard. A PCI graphics card was purchased but would not run the screen. A lot of back and fourth between Compaq and the IT store asking to update drivers before it was discovered that it was impossible to add an external graphics card - the integrated graphics circuit was the one and only and would make the system ignore any cards.
After several calls to Compaq the guy came back in the store and asked if they had any updated drivers. Sales guy said it would not work, and the customer replied that the card was working fine. Someone mentioned Cirrus Logic on the Compaq hotline, and the client took a set of snips to the mobo, cutting out any chips stamped Cirrus Logic, and Lo, external card ran perfectly - to the horror of the store owners - and the Compaq field techs it was related to....
Tabs vs spaces, the continuing flamewar.
I still get roasted by colleagues due to me using tabs rather than spaces, but when editing in vim, I still claim that tab tab tab is superior to space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space space, but in the end, everyone to their own.
Probably works when they have to manage custom & special setups that go beyond a mobile phone or a WiFi hotspot, like systems requiring 4G Cisco routers and embedded stuff, along with the corresponding vpn support that goes beyond what any customer facing telco team are able to talk about?
I’ve seen a couple in museums over the years, one in Somerset, 2 in Le Bourget and the Air France gate guardian at CDG airport, but I was also lucky enough in 1999 to be working for a pharmaceutical supplier based on the Châteauroux airport complex and Concorde flew down to the maintenance centre there, and we got a free tour airside, with just some steel fencing around the landing gear. The noise the next morning when it blasted off the runway was bloody epic - even from inside the office buildings. We got used to hearing wide bodies come and go, but someone turned the volume up to 11 when that bird went. As I was inside I have to rate that one as a close second to the sound of the Vulcan and Typhoon displays over Herne Bay a couple of years ago.
Except most. browsers have a multipurpose search & address bar and have done for years and it will second guess you, unless you add a protocol such as http://n1a, then generally it will realise that you want to go to that host and not look it up in $SEARCH_ENGINE.
I will admit, mixing the search and address bars is a great boon to the general public, but I've mostly found it to be a pain :( Oh, and get off my lawn!
Our campus still had some 386 based IBM PS/2’s hands up who remembers the MCA bus? hanging around in some dark corners, one of which was the badge logging and timing software used by our access systems, and the PSU went TITSUP*. I pulled the short straw to get a taxi order to shuttle a “new” PSU from our parts warehouse to site and had to swap the part.
The change itself went fine, almost plug and play on the 20kg behemoth of a tower.... but every one of these beasts always had a resident spider. This one had a big bugger walking around in is warm and fluffy home.
Standard operating procedure was from there to disconnect the tower, try and manhandle the beast outside, using a fork lift if needed, crack open the case and give it a few bashes and return the resident wildlife to nature. I only ever found spiders, but mice got in a few that my colleagues had encountered - god knows how.
If you were lucky and had one of the power dusters, take it out to the service parking lot and let loose. The resulting mushroom cloud of dust looked like someone had touched off a small yield nuke...
*Totally Unable To Supply Usual Power
Why were these people in the wrong? If all the legal paperwork, signed off by what appears to be the state’s own legal mandarin seemed legit, then if laws were broken, why did the sheriff only go after the testers and ignored the rest of the chain of command that got to that point?
From the article, only the testers got time in the big house, not the DA’s office or the states judiciary who could be considered the brains - and the money - behind this conspiracy?
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