* Posts by grs1961

9 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Mar 2011

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked


Re: Wow

I've got Billy bookshelves still in use that are 40+ years old.

Although the new ones aren't as good, they've got cardboard, rather than plywood, backs.

Oh ****... Sudo has a 'make anyone root' bug that needs to be patched – if you're unlucky enough to enable pwfeedback


Oh good, the "sudo" on my Solaris boxes is old enough not to have this stupidity, and they are the only ones that have public interfaces. (Who says security by obscurity never works?!?!? ;-) )

Comms room, comms room, comms room is on fire – we don't need no water, let the engineer burn


Re: negative charge to CHASSIS as the last thing

Try the 1970's - I had a Morris 1100 (It Floats On Beer) that had a positive earth, and a generator rather than an alternator...

When I decided to put a radio in it, I did the magic trick with connecting the battery to the generator poles to reverse it, and everything was copacetic.

Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017


Re: Clacks

And me!

Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins


Re: MCSE's and Unix Admin's are equally bad... ...as mainframe engineers

> ... could not be used without Unix since Unix ran their IO controllers (in separate boxes). It was partly that that caused the great increase in mainframe throughput in the late sixties and early seventies

Really? In the sixties? And the seventies? UNIX systems running IO controllers on/for mainframes???

I'd like to know who has/had the flux capacitors to deliver them!

ISTR in the 90s IBM putting RS6000s in front of mainframes to manage terminals on a line-by-line rather than screen-at-a-time basis, and support stuff like FTP, but they still had 3270s to do the real work. :-)

New poll says Assange could win Australian Senate seat


The politics of Fame...

The little git just wants the fame that he has always considered his due.

Certification for Malaysian IT pros?


It's Malaysia...

You will be able to by the certification in gross lots five minutes after they pass the legislation - it'll be just another way for them to line their pockets.

Ten... fantasy swords you wish you owned


...can't be treated seriously...

It ignores (at least) these (some already mentioned):

Stormbringer, Mournblade, and its/their various other incarnations from Moorcock's "Eternal Hero" series.

The swords from Saberhagen's "The Book of Swords" series.

Grayswandir, of course. And its counterpart in Tir-na N'goth.

Blackwand, Pathfinder, Nightslayer, Lady Teldra/Godslayer/Remover-of-aspects-of-deity, Iceflame (although it appears as a dagger on Sethra's belt, given that Lady Teldra changes form why can't Iceflame?) from Brust's "Dragaera" series.

Oh, and Captain Carrot's sword from Pratchett's "Discworld", probably the most *unmagical* sword in all the universes, but very, very sharp.

And no doubt many others I shall recall after I click on submit.