* Posts by WhoAmI?

13 posts • joined 8 Mar 2012

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned


Re: Can this inform the 5G debate?

Maxwell's Silver Hammer. I got that reference.

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA


I'm locked out of my account for work

so I've cleaned my bathroom instead

What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console


New definition for the Oxford English Dictionary

On the 29th of April, RCL tweeted "So the second batch of Vega+ units are selling fast. They are on pre-sale over here <link>".

I can't see how selling 15 units from a batch of 5000 is "fast". It's easy to find out how many they've sold - go to buy one, say you want 9000, and it comes back saying "We only have ---- in stock"

There's also a book you can buy a book called "The Making Of the Vega+" about how the Vega+ came to be. You may be able to find it in your local library at some point, but whether it's in the fiction or reference section is unknown...

Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations


I was known in my team as Tommy Tourettes

You can guess why...

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)


Bitey McBytecode?

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs


I seem to remember a report that said the resultant blast would have the capability to wipe out most of Sheerness, and send a tidal wave up the Thames Estuary and across to Southend. You can weigh up the pros and cons of this.

The Olau line ferries used to pass pretty close to it when they sailed out of Sheerness.

Another fun fact - Boris Johnson's idea of building an airport in the estuary would have involved getting rid of the Montgomery. I can just imagine him in goggles, snorkel, flippers, and a rubber ring wading into the water saying "Be back soon chaps"

Holy DUHK! Boffins name bug that could crack crypto wide open


Re: K

I got that reference!

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'


Sounds all to familiar

I remember when I was a lowly help desk bod. We bought new printers from a well known company which has a large research arm in America somewhere

New printers! Scan, fax, print, fast, A3, A4 and A5! Yummy!

After the engineer attempted to install the first printer, I told him I wasn't going to allow him to install the rest and risk leaving the company with no high capacity printing, and that I would do it instead. I un-boxed every machine, wheeled them around the buildings, opened every machine and connected the power supply board to the rest of the printer, upgrade the BIOS, faff around with drivers, and then get them all working with our fax software (which wasn't fun)

They worked OK after that

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces


Completely agree

More examples of Maplin's idea of competitive pricing

No name USB to MIDI.

Maplins - £29.99 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/usb-to-midi-adapter-cable-a03fk)

eBay - £3.49 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-to-MIDI-Cable-Converter-Adapter-for-PC-Keyboard-Music-2M-USB-MIDI-Cable-M3EO-/221952177214?hash=item33ad61743e:g:tvEAAOSwnipWV86d)

USB Multi-card reader

Maplins - £16.99 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/e-blue-cadena-56-in-1-card-readerwriter-a39hq)

Poundland - £1

With bargains like that, they make PC World look like good value. And the people in PC World leave you alone if you're wearing headphones, even when they're not plugged into anything

Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo


I can recognise a couple...I think

I think that next to Bill is a Superbrain

Looks like TRS-80 Model 1 at front right

Am I showing my age now?

BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T


Re: The first one broke

An office chair. Quite impressive as the gas-riser *and* the cushion couldn't save the bat.


Sounds familiar

We used to keep a baseball bat in the office and just start bouncing it on the floor when someone started to annoy us with requests.

Users didn't know it was our second bat. The first one broke

MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu


What about...

MUMPS? That's pretty damn unreadable


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