* Posts by Eric Kimminau TREG

49 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007

Improve Linux performance with this one weird trick

Eric Kimminau TREG

Back in the day....

I was hired because of my knowledge and experience using QEMM to load drivers into high memory so that Windows 3.1(x) would load and run better.

Tweaks to IPv4 could free up 'hundreds of millions of addresses'

Eric Kimminau TREG

Re: Somebody's talking bollocks

Converting the 8 bit address space to Hexadecimal values, FFF:FFF:FFF:FFF would increase the address space to 281,200,199,450,625 IP Addresses.

Eric Kimminau TREG

Re: Somebody's talking bollocks

There are 4,294,967,296 IPv4 addresses. Adding a single Octet will increase this by 254X or to 1,090,921,693,184 IP addresses.


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YAY! Lets break all EOL Operating Systems

Every OS that is End Of Life with an IPv4 TCP stack is going to break with any/all of these changes.

Im not advocating use of EOL OS. It is just reality that there are still a LOT of systems s till running EOL OS.

I know of manufacturing plants still running embedded systems with NT4, WIndows 95, Windows XP, Server 2000, 2003, 2008, ME, etc.

I hope a part of this is a standard NAT rule set to implement on the gateways/firewalls separating the legacy from "current" networks.

Your software doesn't work when my PC is in 'O' mode

Eric Kimminau TREG

Re: How friggin' tough could it be to just print the words?

It is not "I" and "O".

It is Binary.

ZERO aka 0 = Off

One aka 1 = On.

Eric Kimminau TREG

My only equivalent to this

I worked the helpdesk at a computer company in Dallas called "Softwarehouse", which became the business you most know as CompUSA when it went public. I remember the frustrated user who called installing Lotus 1-2-3 v1.0 in 1982. This behemoth was either 14 or 16 x 5.25" floppy disks for the installation. We must remember that beginning PC users are quite literal. This particular user installed the first floppy disk in floppy drive A:\. When the installer asked for the second disk, he put it into floppy drive B:\ which of course failed, prompting the installer to present on the screen "Please install the next floppy disk". Not having any other place to put his next disk, because he was never told to "Remove disk #1 and insert disk #n", he began pushing the floppy disks into the small opening between his 2 drives. On disk 7, there was no remaining space and he could fit no more floppy drives into said space, at which point he called our technical support line.

Understand, he talked us through this installation process and was quite proud of himself for successfully getting to disk #7 and was quite concerned that there was no more space for any additional disks in his brand new computer.

When we finally asked him to reboot and boot failed (because it was trying to boot of disk #1) we began to understand. The customer was quite surprised when we asked him what was in floppy drive A: and asked him to remove the floppy and read its label to us. "Lotus 1-2-3 disk #1" he proclaimed proudly. I then asked him to remove the disk from floppy drive B: and read it to me. "Lotus 1-2-3 disk #2" he exclaimed with pride which then begged the question "and where is disk #3?" to which he replied "How do I remove the other disks from the drive slot?"

Ahhhhh! "Sir, Im sorry but we are going to need you to bring your computer and the Software box with all the remaining disks into our repair center." When he protested, he was given the choice of either bringing it in to us or he could break out the phillips head screwdriver and clean what we expected to be bent and damaged floppies from the empty space between his two floppy drives.

He grudgingly brought the requested items in and we assisted in the return of the damaged software installation kit and performed the installation for him, with him watching over our shoulder as we explained that you needed to only use drive A: and remove each disk before proceeding with the following disks.

THe joy of technical support.

BOFH: Something's consuming 40% of UPS capacity – and it's coming from the beancounters' office

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During a recent DR test

It was discovered that Facilities routed power to all 4 datacenter HVAC units through the UPS on a secondary power connection to each unit. They didnt tell us this until we had a power maintenance planned and shortly after we switched over to UPS, we saw 4 very large spikes in power draw as they manually switched over each HVAC unit. The 3rd unit switch occurred just as the generator kicked on, which was not rated to handle all 4 HVAC units.

Key blown breaker.

Apple's self-repair service finally launches after months of silence

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Re: Not 100% "self" repair

Its a problem because it isn't "self repair". Its "required Apple assistance repair".

I HAVE to work with apple, on their timeline with their priority to repair the device.

"Self repair" would be "Heres the tool to reset the bios/set the battery serial number in the phone frmware."

Eric Kimminau TREG

Not 100% "self" repair

I just took a quick look here https://www.selfservicerepair.com/order at both the display and battery repairs. Both include "important information" that reads:

"This part requires the System Configuration software tool. After performing the repair, contact us by chat or phone to initiate System Configuration."

System Configuration requires a strong Wi-Fi network capable of 1.0 Mbps download and upload speeds, with less than 400 ms latency and less than 2% packet loss. Estimated data usage to run System Configuration is 6–22 MB. The device must be running the latest version of iOS and not a beta version.

A System Configuration step may be required at the end of your repair. System Configuration is a postrepair software tool that completes the repair for genuine Apple parts. Running System Configuration has a number of purposes that vary based on the part replaced.

What System Configuration does

1) Transfers factory calibration values

2) Links Secure Element and biometric authentication parts

3) Ensures repair integrity

4) Assigns wireless region

5) Updates firmware

Why it’s important

1) Certain parts like displays, cameras, and ambient light sensors have calibration values that are customized to each individual part during manufacturing. Transferring these values ensures maximum performance and quality after a repair.

2) After repair of a logic board or a biometric authentication part (Touch ID or Face ID), linking the biometric sensors to the Secure Enclave on the logic board is required to ensure device security.

3) After a hardware repair, software checks are performed to ensure repair integrity. Repair integrity means that a genuine Apple part has been correctly installed.

4) To comply with regional communications regulations, a wireless region must be assigned to your logic board. Updates firmware

5) Keeping firmware up to date ensures that the device has all the latest security and performance features.

So no installing an iphone 12 or iphone 13 battery in your iphone 11.

I particularly like:

• The heated display removal fixture softens adhesive to allow separation of the display from the enclosure. The fixture is used with a heated display pocket designed for the device’s specific dimensions.

• The display press applies the appropriate amount of pressure to secure new adhesive during display installation. The display press is used with a repair tray and display adhesive press plate designed for the device’s specific dimensions.

• The battery press applies the appropriate amount of pressure to secure new adhesive during battery installation. The battery press is used with a repair tray designed for the device’s specific dimensions.

• Never reinstall a screw after it has been removed. Install only new screws. iPhone screw grooves are covered in adhesive that can’t be reused.

• Use only the torque driver indicated to install new screws during reassembly. Both overtightened screws and loose screws can damage parts.

I especially like:

How to handle a battery thermal event

A battery thermal event is a rapid chemical chain reaction that occurs inside a battery cell. The energy stored in the battery is released suddenly, which can cause outgassing and fire. A battery thermal event can be triggered by physical damage to the battery, improper replacement or repair, or temperatures outside the battery’s operating range.

Twitter faces existential threat from world's richest techbro

Eric Kimminau TREG

Re: The problem is that the rules are inconsistent

You are just like the original author, choosing to ignore reality while focusing on your Trump derangement syndrome.

First they choose not to ban the Ayatollah

Then they choose to ban it as a fake account

But Hamas is staying within the roles. Showing people rioting, waving weapons, rioting, attacking tourists, etc.


Hezbollah posts videos of riots, firing rockets, and thousands of accounts with Hezbollah in their name allowed to flourish:


The Ayatolla allowed to post anything he wants as well as thousands creating accounts in his name::


Since you think these are all fine and the Twitter platform has every right to retain them but block others, you obviously only want censorship of those you disagree with. Right?

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Re: Antifa has and does constantly publish


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifa_(United_States) - 263 refrences, hundreds and hundreds of edits. They even have their own logo.





"An intimate history"





“Bray’s book is many things: the first English-language transnational history of antifa, a how-to for would-be activists, and a record of advice from anti-Fascist organizers past and present … Focused and persuasive.” — Daniel Penny, The New Yorker

Eric Kimminau TREG

The problem is that the rules are inconsistent

If we stay with your analogy, i.e.:

"Twitter allows you to come over to their place where they give you a soap box if you agree to play by their rules. Break the rules and they have every right to remove your soap box and send you on your way."

They have chosen to eliminate some, who they dislike their message claiming they broke the rules.

Yet they still allow Vladamir Putin, The Ayatollah Khomeini, Members of Hamas and Hezbolla and any other number of world wide criminals, murderers and terrorists to maintain their account and their voice.

Do we get to hold the "platform" accountable for the crimes of the voices they allow to remain? Most say no because "they are a platform that allows free speech".

You wither need to be a platform, allow free speech for all OR you need to consistently protect the platform from the crimes, either perceived or real, of the voice.

Trying to have it both ways is hypocritical censorship.

Twitter preps poison pill to preclude Elon Musk's purchase plan

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Re: 'I have much trouble agreeing with'

If this is TRULY the case, I can build quite the list of people the world thinks are a-holes but havent been banned. The problem is that the "platform" has decided someone is an a-hole, not the world at large and then decided to show someone the door.

Microsoft loves Linux so much that packages.microsoft.com has fallen and can't get up

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Appears to be back now

I just poked around a bit without any errors.

It's completely unsupportable. Yes, we mean your brand new system

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Death by Innovation

We have an internal team whose stated goal is to drive innovation.

Their current "drive" is to demand that IT support Docker on Windows Server 2019.

First, Microsoft has flatly stated that they do not support Docker but they do support a single vendor with a single stack and all support for Docker would have to come through that one vendor. Otherwise, "not our problem.

Second, who the hell wants to build a virtualization stack on top of a Windows Server OS? Really?

Third, and the major nail in the coffin, is that our entire Windows Server environment is already virtualized on VMWare. Microsoft clearly states with no ambiguity that they will not support ANY virtualization stack on any OS that is already virtualized. Forget Docker. Microsoft wont even support HyperV on VMWare (all you VDI wankers remember that Windows 10 now includes Hyper-V turned on in base build, right? Ever wondered why the hell Microsoft would enable virtualization on a standard desktop?). Microsoft clearly states that if your OS is already virtualized and you add Docker to the mix, your OS is entirely unsupported.

We laid these issues out for the Innovation team. Their response? "So as long as we are OK with not getting any support for Docker, we are OK to move forward?"

Our response was that we had no intention of deploying an environment that would result in an unsupported OS on our enterprise shared vmware environment. They would need to deploy their own vmware infrastructure to host their unsupported OS.

Their response?

"IT is being a roadblock to Innovation. We will just buy our own beefy desktops and run Docker on Windows Server 2019 on bare metal."

When asked "why do you even need docker on Windows Server 2019?" their response was purely brillance. "Because we are innovating."

Microsoft says bug, sorry, 'a latent defect' in Safe Deployment Process system downed Azure Active Directory

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ring slipped, spewage results

So the spewage protection ring slipped allowing spewage over everything. Got it.

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon

Eric Kimminau TREG

Anyone around since the birth of Linux...

Subscribes to the standard dietary fare of potato chips, ramen noodles, cheetos, Jolt Cola (or alternatively, Mountain Dew) and pr0n in order to survive. Anyone with sufficient experience in IT knows these are the standard offerings to gremlins and daemons.

According to this site: https://uncyclopedia.ca/wiki/Programmer

"Linus Torvalds is Bill Gates' role model. He created a way better and secure kernel than that of Microsoft. Ever Since Bill Gates has secretly admired Linus and in Private conversations with his close friends is reported to "always be riding Linus' dick". He (Bill) wished he helped code the Linux kernel, and that Microsoft Windows XP had a 1000th of the security that the average Linux distro has. Unfortunately, all hackers around the world use Linux distros to fuck up Microsoft Operating Systems and Microsoft OS users are so fucking noob, they think their own computers are just going ape-shit. He is still the best kernel programmer out there and gets free lap-dances every evening from any of his groupies that he allow to shove their tits in his face."

So until Microsoft engineers and programmers began following Linux programmer best practices, that OS was subject to inheriting the Linux expelled daemons and gremlins. This can be the only possible explanation for this event. ;)

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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"Mad" Mike Hughes to be commended

"Mad" Mike Hughes is to be commended for the successful launch of his steam powered vehicle which successfully carried him to the location of his death. He should be a primary candidate for the 2020 Darwin awards.

As for "going atop a mountain", There are multiple ski resorts with lifts that will take you above 13,000 feet. Even more above 12,000'.


Chacaltaya, Bolivia has a lift over 17,785' (5241M).


However, According to most high-altitude pilots, the curvature of Earth’s horizon becomes obvious at an altitude of about 50,000 feet (15.24 kilometers) and is prominent by the time you reach 60,000 feet (18.29 kilometers). Until they can get a rocket above 50,000 feet the earth will still be flat.

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

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Hillary and the "majority vote"

You do realize that Hillary and the Democratic party as a hole continuously receives more fraudulent ballots than any other party. Hillary received far more fraudulent ballots than any other candidate in history. Case in point, when Michigan was withheld from calling the state for Trump and they demanded a recount, that recount was almost immediately stopped after 16 districts in Detroit were discovered to have in many cases to have submitted a count of more than 3X the actual number of physical ballots received at those polling locations. In one location, 306 votes were reported with only 50 physical ballots.


Hillary didn't win shit. You want to claim she did, the first thing to demand is a physical ballot recount. When the fraudulent tallies and illegal ballots by dead people are eliminated her "popular vote" win would be proven just as fake as the rest of her campaign.

In addition, in the United states, there is another reason that popular vote is meaningless. Its called the electoral college and its purpose is to prevent a single city or a small number of cities controlled by one party from overturning the will of the majority of the country.

There is a reson that the Democrats win in Democrat controlled districts and nowhere else. Thats where the crime is.


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3 words

Commander In Chief.


The Constitution explicitly assigns the president the power to sign or veto legislation, command the armed forces, ask for the written opinion of their Cabinet, convene or adjourn Congress, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors. The president shall take care that the laws are faithfully executed and the president has the power to appoint and remove executive officers. The president may make treaties, which need to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate, and is accorded those foreign-affairs functions not otherwise granted to Congress or shared with the Senate. Thus, the president can control the formation and communication of foreign policy and can direct the nation's diplomatic corps. The president may also appoint Article III judges and some officers with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. In the condition of a Senate recess, the president may make a temporary appointment.


Executive powers

Within the executive branch itself, the president has broad powers to manage national affairs and the priorities of the government. The president can issue rules, regulations, and instructions called executive orders, which have the binding force of law upon federal agencies but do not require approval of the United States Congress. Executive orders are subject to judicial review and interpretation.

The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 put additional responsibilities on the presidency for the preparation of the United States federal budget, although Congress was required to approve it.[31] The act required the Office of Management and Budget to assist the president with the preparation of the budget. Previous presidents had the privilege of impounding funds as they saw fit, however the United States Supreme Court revoked the privilege in 1998 as a violation of the Presentment Clause. The power was available to all presidents and was regarded as a power inherent to the office. The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 was passed in response to large-scale power exercises by President Nixon. The act also created the Congressional Budget Office as a legislative counterpoint to the Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Jeff Bezos can pound sand. The President can tell you so directly or simply dismiss your request outright. He doesnt have to tell you anything.

Who needs the A-Team or MacGyver when there's a techie with an SCSI cable?

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Upsidedown Folio

In 1995 I became the webmaster for a very colorful computer company based in Silicon Valley. On my first trip out to meet the team and see the servers and infrastructure I would be responsible for I sat down with the senior systems administrator and asked "what kind of issues have been occurring and what kinds of changes would he like to see made to make his life better and our sites more reliable?"

His response surprised me. "Well, the first thing I would do would be to repair "upsidedownfolio" and do some general cleanup." Whatthehellwasupsidedownfolio?

Turns out the primary support website for the entire company was called Supportfolio. It was apparently hurriedly deployed on a new server a couple of years previously and when it was racked, it was racked upside down. Whenever they had to work on it they would slide it out on its rails and had to work on it from underneath. Ergo, the server was racked upside down. It was apparently the joke of the administration team and it became a rite of passage for the new guy to get assigned to work on the system if it ever had an issue. WTF!

Needless to say we scheduled a change for the following weekend and I personally flipped the server over into correct orientation.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

Eric Kimminau TREG

Windows 3.x client memory management

In 1991 I was hired by a certain Blue automotive company in the USA to build client configurations using QEMM memory manager to support WIndows 3.1x clients with the PC/TCP TCP stack and Hummingbird Xceed X-windows clients for their engineering campus in a solution that used Unix boxen as file/print/application servers (because Windows Server didn't yet exist and this automotive company despised Novell). We also decided to give all the clients access to this glorious new fangled thing called "the Internet" by deploying the NCSA Mosaic web browsers as a standard part of the client build. As this was the birth of web browsers, we also had to compose this magic file called the "mime types" that would perform background hocus pocus of actually starting the correct application and displaying the double click selected file from a share or local drive based upon the files extension (.doc = word, .xls = Excel, .mif, .fm = FrameMaker, .htm,.html = Mosaic, etc.).

We had one user migrated to the new PC/server solution that had been using Word Perfect and Lotus 123 for DOS before being migrated and took it upon himself to be clever and rename all of his .wp wordPerfect files and all of his .123 files to .doc and .xls thinking that the magic would transform his old files to their brave new world with equal sorcery. Several frantic days of trying to figure out "why did the migration corrupt all of his word documents and spreadsheets" and a beautiful batch file written to search for all .123 and .wp files and attempt a automated backup & conversion as the machine came up on first boot and connect to the network righted the ship and corrected course. Of course the conversion executable only ran in dos mode prior to windows startup which caused an hour or more first boot delay.

Space Force is go, go, go! Because we have a child as President of the United States

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The TDS snark is so obvious that the author is oblivious

First, if you don't live in the USA calling the President of the USA a "child" only shows your own immaturity and that you suffer from TDS. Get a life, get some help, take a pill, have a beer and get over it. If you do live in the USA, Trump is your President and will be for 5 more years. You suffer from TDS. Get a life, get some help, take a pill, have a beer and get over it.

Second, anyone who isn't a US citizen claiming that a wall to secure the US border is "useless" can go ask any other numerous countries that have border walls, perhaps maybe even asking Mexico why they have a wall on their southern border, why they aren't "useless". The pittance in comparison required to build the wall and secure our border will be saved by eliminating the +$70billion a year wasted on illegal aliens entering our country illegally, smuggling drugs, people and bringing in crime that the "useless" wall will prevent. You suffer from TDS. Get a life, get some help, take a pill, have a beer and get over it.

Third, if you don't understand that the Strategic Air Command or SAC because Space Command, then became Strategic Command and is now re converging multiple activities as Space Command is neither new nor childish. https://www.stratcom.mil/About/History/

So this entire article is a whining liberal progressive trying to assert a moronic preconceived notion about their view of the world on a grownup who is actually re-consolidating multiple military agencies into a single agency, eliminating waste and redundancy, bringing our military up to current technology after 8 years of Obama destroying the US military and Making America Great Again. Im sure, based on the 70+ snarky childish, moronic comments that supported the OP, that Im going to get a litany of twits arguing that Trump is a Criminal, the Space Command is Childish and thewall is Useless. For the final time: You suffer from TDS. Get a life, get some help, take a pill, have a beer and get over it.

Several months after the fact, CafePress finally acknowledges huge data theft to its customers

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And this, dear friends, is why you NEVER allow a database to be directly accessible from the internet.

You should pass through a firewall and ONLY allow the hosts that must connect to the database connect on the specific port required for the application.

This does not prevent the application server from getting hacked and then snarfing the data via the approved firewall rule. Especially since most developers are lazy and code the userid and password in their code.

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

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Stallman should retink his "one way pager" plan

I dont not think RMS understands what he thinks he understands.

A "MODERN" "1 way" pager that can receive SMS messages (not the phone number only pagers) is not the 1 way radio pager of the 50's & 60's. The vast majority, if not all of those networks, are no longer in place.

A modern SMS pager (that would receive a message explaining why someone needs to talk to RMS) uses the shared cell system. It may only receive messages, but it still registers with the closest/strongest cell tower.


"Paging systems also support various types of direct connection protocols, which sacrifice global addressing and accessibility for a dedicated communications link. Automated monitoring and escalation software clients, often used in hospitals, IT departments, and alarm companies, tend to prefer direct connections because of the increased reliability.

Paging systems support several popular direct connection protocols, including TAP, TNPP, SNPP, and WCTP, as well as proprietary modem- and socket-based protocols. Additionally, organizations often integrate paging systems with their Voice-mail and PBX systems, conceptually attaching pagers to a telephone extensions, and they set up web portals to integrate pagers into other parts of their enterprise. A paging system alerts a pager (or group of pagers) by transmitting information over an RF channel, including an address and message information. This information is formatted using a paging protocol, such as 2-tone, 5/6-tone, GOLAY, POCSAG, FLEX, ERMES, or NTT. Two-way pagers and response pagers typically use the ReFLEX protocol"

... Types of pagers


Numeric Pagers contain a numeric LCD display capable of displaying the calling phone number or other numeric information generally up to 10 digits. The display can also convey pager codes, a set of number codes corresponding to mutually understood pre-defined messages.


Alphanumeric pagers contain a more sophisticated LCD capable of displaying text and icons. These devices receive text messages, often through email or direct connection to the paging system. The sender must enter a message, either numeric and push # or, text & push # or a verbal message. The pager does not automatically record the sender's number; the pager will beep but no message can be seen or heard if none has been entered.Response

Strong-willed field support op holds it together during painful customer call

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Software Install Technical Support

It was ~1990 and I was working in the technical support department for a computer & software warehouse company that changed its name during IPO and no longer exists.

I was working the technical support help line and have a very distressed user call in trying to install a product called Paradox that had about 35 x 5.25" floppies for the install.

Mr. Customer: Hi! I'm having a really hard time installing this software product called Paradox and I'm hoping you could help.

Me: Sure. What seems to be the problem?

Mr. Customer: Well, I'm following the on screen prompts. The installation started just fine after I put in the first floppy. It keeps telling me to "insert next disk" and so far I have put in 6 and I'm trying to insert #7 but there just isn't room for any more disks.

Me: What is the error you are getting? Is it saying "out of disk space" or is it some other error?

Mr. Customer: It isn't giving an error. It just keeps popping up a little window that says "Insert next disk" with an OK button. Ive put in 6 disks so far and then clicked OK but there isn't any room for any more disks.

Me: I'm not sure I under stand. How do you know there isn't any room for more disks if it isn't giving you an error?

Mr. Customer (starting to sound really miffed): Because there isn't any more room to fit any more disks. I keep sliding them into the slot for the next disks and I can't fit any more into the slot.

Me: Can you hold on a second. I want to go grab the build sheet for your computer so I can confirm something. ( I place the customer on hold. I go pull his build sheet. He has a single 5.25" floppy drive and 2 empty drive bay slots below with blank covers on them. I'm pretty sure I know what has happened now.)

Me: Mr. Customer, I think I understand what is going on now. Is there any way you could please bring in your computer and the remaining disks and we can help get you through this as quickly as possible?

Mr. Customer: I guess if I have to. Can't you just tell me how to solve the problem?

(By this time, I have 5 guys standing around me with smiles on their faces. They have figured out the problem as I'm sure most of you have as well)

Me: Well, I'm not 100% positive, because I am going to have to see your machine to be completely positive but I'm guessing there is a small space below your primary floppy drive and the empty drive bay below. Have you opened the locking lever and taken the first floppy disk out and then inserted the second disk and closed the locking lever again, then when it asked for the next disk you opened the locking lever, removed the second disk, inserted the third disk and closed the locking lever, etc. etc.?

Mr. Customer: No. It didn't tell me to open the drive and remove the first disk. It just said "Insert next disk" so that's what I have been doing.

Me: Exactly. So now you have 6 disks in an empty space in your case and we are kinda stuck. So if you bring in the rest of the disks and your computer, we can help you get things finished real quick.

Mr Customer grudgingly agrees. Upon bringing the computer to the technical support window, you can see the half crumpled floppy disk #6 shoved into the small gap below his primary disk drive.

We had to rma the "defective" copy of Paradox and exchange for a new pristine copy without folded and mangled floppy disks and the software installation proceeded as expected. We canceled the install and pulled Mr. Customer into the tech room as we started the installation and walked him through the first 3 disks swaps. We then got him a cup of coffee and asked him to take a seat while we completed the installation. 35 minutes and 22 disks later the installation finished. We brought him back one last time to see "Installation complete", boxed up his software, powered down the computer and sent him along his way. I really wanted to charge him an hours labor for "Custom software installation" but my manager chalked it up as a learning experience for both of us.

Solaris update plan is real, but future looks cloudy by design

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But... Oracle canned almost all of the Solaris technical staff 9/1/2017

Per this post on LinkedIn over the weekend, Solaris is pretty much dead.

RIP Solaris: Oracle laid off nearly all Solaris technical staff on Friday 9/1.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise hiring temps to cover for redundancies - sources

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HPE Executives have their head up their backside

I was a very well paid contractor in a part of HP that became HPE. I was axed in Sept. 2015 with 0 days notice. Effective immediately. The project I was working on was supposed to have been completed by December 2015. It has been repeatedly delayed, has still not been completed and HPE is now at risk of losing a MAJOR payment from a global oil company because they are going to miss a contractual delivery date. If you are still working at HPE, you need to read the writing on the wall. They are shipping EVERYTHING offshore unless there is a contractual requirement to use local resources. If your job isn't specifically defined as requiring local resources, it won't be. You have been warned.

Reg readers rise to Vulture 2 paintjob challenge

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Thunderbird 3

I sincerely apologize for not getting my .02 in before the decision has been made, but I truly believe there should be no choice other than the color scheme of Thunderbird 3:


Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Ping of death

I thought this stupidity stooped with the Ping of Death http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ping_of_death and programming 101 taught proper bounds and error return code checking. Stupid programmers. Kix are for Trids.

Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Re: Trekker alert!!

It was also a movie called "The Prestige".

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Re: Trekker alert!!

You have a failure in your logic. How does it work when you are transporting down to the first contact planetary surface and there is no "receiving station"?

Eric Kimminau TREG

Rather than compression, de-dupe technology

"We are all related" right? Since the vast majority of our bits are rather similar DNA, I would think after a couple thousand scans we start doing bit comparison and we come down to only transferring the difference bits rather than the entire model.

Of course this will have the effect of modifying the gene pool, allowing us to identify the majority of cancers, infectious diseases and the like, eliminating those as well and eventually positive DNA and gene modification to improve physical appearance, mental acuity, sexual pheremones, etc so that we digitally transform our race into "super humans". Im also looking forward to having my body "de-aged" to my first scan every 20-30 years to extend my lifespan.

Ill call this the science of transgenesis. Bring it on Scotty. Bring it on.

Rejoice! Sysadmin day is... TODAY. Now get in here and win free stuff

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My question

I would like to know what happens to all of the 5.25" floppies that I have put into the slot between my two floppy drives on the front of my computer. I think I have managed to fit 14 or 15 in there so far but my computer keeps asking me to "Insert next disk".

Thank you!

When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

Eric Kimminau TREG

Re: Long notice period

When they ask how long you will stay, the answer is "2 weeks". If they valued you that much or they treated you that fairly or you enjoyed it that much, you wouldnt have been looking. Screw "loyalty". 2 weeks is an acceptable notice. Do not offer a day more even if they offer a huge bonus to do so. It only means you will be treated like crap as long as they have you under contract to stay.

Eric Kimminau TREG

Counter offers are career suicide

I have been a very well paid contractor for almost 20 years. If you have gotten to the point in a job search that another company has made you an offer you are at the crossroads and your choices are two. Take the offer and leave professionally, keep your damn mouth shut and suck it up.

Any recruiter recommending you "see how much they really value you" is looking for some poor idiot who has been fired and looking for someone to pimp. That is so,eone they will make significantly more on because you will be in a position to make whatever they offer you rather than what you both know you are worth.

Counter offers and incentives for you to stay are a knife in the back of your management chain. They will from that day forward be pissed they had to give you more under duress to stay in your current job and they will constantly be wondering when it will happen again.

Your only discussion with your management is how long you will stay. If you have seen that they will fire someone or walk them to the door as soon as you give notice, take your vacation now and give your notice on the last day of work. It is better to say "I quit" with no notice than it is to stress out your managers manager and HR trying to see just how much they will give you before you tell them you wouldnt accept it any way.

The professional will quietly schedule a 10 day vacation for "family matters" and the day before leaving sit down with your manager to give 2 weeks notice. Clearly inform them that it is time for a change, thank them for the opportunity to be their employee, wish them well and leave. Do it just like they would do to you. 4:30pm on a Friday. Schedule the meeting with your boss to discuss open issues in Outlook the day before just to make sure its on his calendar and he will be in the office. No shouting, no yelling. No cursing or threats. Its time to go. Go.

Whats up with Top stories?

Eric Kimminau TREG

Whats up with Top stories?

The Top stories section on the home page (for me) has not changed since 12/March. Whats going on?

Twenty classic arcade games

Eric Kimminau TREG

WHAT!!!??? No Disks of Tron??

The BEST 3D environmental EVER! So awesome I had to by one for myself as a Christmas present a few years ago.



Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

Eric Kimminau TREG

Old time publishing

I too once worked on a Purup Typesetting system designing custom business forms stored on 8" floppies before (EGADS) we got the 500MB mini - then it became the weekly process of archiving off all of the old completed jobs to make room for the next week of work. And we considered it a promotion to be responsible for this painfully boring task of swapping 8" floppies for backups.

Microsoft storage boffins serve up smoking 2012 NFS server

Eric Kimminau TREG

But what about translation?

I want to really know how filename translation compatible their NFS implementation is.

Is it compatible with EMC multi-protocol?


What about NetApp multi-protocol?


What about with Microsoft CIFS and DFS?

Even better, how about translating a filename from EMC or NetApp multi-protocol share served as a Microsoft DFS share and a Microsoft NFS share?

Anyone want to bet it doesn't play nice? I will.

Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

Eric Kimminau TREG

Chinese Child Labor Law

According to this site: http://www.dsal.gov.mo/law/E138.htm

Specifically Article 3, sections 1-3, anyone over Age 16 is "legal:

Article 3

1. The minimum age for admission to any type of employment or work which by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out is likely to jeopardize the health, safety or morals of young persons shall not be less than 18 years.

2. The types of employment or work to which paragraph 1 of this Article applies shall be determined by national laws or regulations or by the competent authority, after consultation with the organizations of employers and workers concerned, where such exist.

3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article, national laws or regulations or the competent authority may, after consultation with the organizations of employers and workers concerned, where such exist, authorize employment or work as from the age of 16 years on condition that the health, safety and morals of the young persons concerned are fully protected and that the young persons have received adequate specific instruction or vocational training in the relevant branch of activity.


Google flight search engine lifts off

Eric Kimminau TREG
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Non-US flights unsupported

Your search – Detroit to London – did not match any results.

Sorry, locations outside the U.S. are currently not supported.

Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

Eric Kimminau TREG

Sounds just like Rick Belluzo & SGI...

When ex-HP executive joined SGI as CEO the first thing he proposed was making SGI into a hardware only company. He severed all ties with software OEM, started a new PC biz that turned over IP to Microsoft in exchange for them writing a crappy virtual memory driver for Win NT4.5. After tanking the company and completely decimating the sales channel through failed communication on the future of IRIX what did he do? He suddenly announced he was leaving SGI (with a huge golden parachute) and then shortly showed up as a Microsoft executive. Keep an eye on this executive. Im betting he will be working for the competitor who will most greatly profit from the announcement. (IBM? Dell?) My .02.

Google seeks interwebs speed boost with TCP tweak

Eric Kimminau TREG

This is going to cause problems in the Enterprise...

From the PDF:

Applications using concurrent TCP connections

Traffic patterns from applications using multiple concurrent

TCP connections with a large init cwnd represent one of

the worst-case scenarios where latency can be adversely impacted

by bottleneck buffer overflow.

So any website running multiple virtual servers or in a virtualize server farm (such as in a VMWare cluster running multiple virtual systems, as an example) these changes are going to cause performance to go to hell. I know many environments where 20-30+ virtual machines (and in some cases MANY more) are running on each physical server.

Also, Im going to have to go and dig, but there were a number of cases where SGI/Irix systems and IBM AIX systems running on the same network saw issues due to the way IRIX aggressively attempted to stream IP packets and the way AIX systems liked to "play nice" and not attempt to force themselves into a network but "wait their turn" to communicate. I see this as just a more current version of IRIX's attempts to aggressively continue streaming data until someone else on the network forcefully requested "their turn" to stream. SGI had to add a new kernel tuneable allowing admins to force this option off globally for the IRIX TCP stack so their systems wouldn't perform as well within mixed vendor networks but would "play well with others" once implemented.

This proposal doesn't appear to have really tested with anything more than Linux and current Microsoft OS and they do not clearly describe how many nodes were involved in the testing. Lets see what happens when you supernet (255.255.253 or 252.0 subnet mask) and put 500+ nodes within a broadcast domain at GbE speeds and mix a few more other OS versions in the mix before this gets seriously considered.

I would love to hear what the NANOG guys are saying about this proposal.


Regulator sniffs around stonking iPhone game bills

Eric Kimminau TREG
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Gotta get their money back somehow...

It seems as though <A Href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/09/google_to_buy_admob/">Google</A> needs to get their AdMob money back somehow and after being slighted by Apple for their phone related apps, what better way of recouping your investment that letting other companies do it for you? Pick the most popular game that has AdMob installed, insert premium calling link, PROFIT!

'Something may come through' dimensional 'doors' at LHC

Eric Kimminau TREG

2 birds, one stone

I had a hard time dseciding whether the Zero Wing reference or the Buckaroo Banzai reference was most appropriate. So here they are in one place.

"All your base are belong to us!"


The Oscillation Overthruster represents the culmination of many years of research and experimentation by such august scientists as Emilio Lizardo, Prof. Hikita, Buckaroo Banzai and his parents. The OO allows one to penetrate other dimensions by acting on a solid surface in threespace; through the creation of multiparticle standing waves inside the object under projection, the surface is 'rotated' out of threespace into the Eighth Dimension. Passing an object through the convex hull surface thus rotated will, in effect, move the object entirely out of threespace by converting the object's three-dimensional momentum into eighth dimensional displacement.

John Whorfin: "Where are we going?"

Red Lectroids: "Planet 10!"

John Whorfin: "When?"

Red Lectroids: "Real soon!"



Raygun jumbo: 'Long duration' ground blasts begin

Eric Kimminau TREG

Freakin' Lasers!

I want to know when the Shark Mounted version will become available.

EVE Online update kills Windows PCs

Eric Kimminau TREG
Gates Horns

Trinity says...

Trinity says... follow the white rabbit.

Piranhas actually scaredycats, boffins claim

Eric Kimminau TREG

Serrasalmus nattereri

Serrasalmus nattereri, or the red bellied piranha, is "supposed" to only be able to live in warm water and only grow to 11" long. I did a brief study in 1985 that concluded that the normal habitat, the southern Amazon basin, freezes solid 2 months out of the year with no adverse effects on the local piranha population. This significantly increases the breeding ground and sustainable environments for them.

There is also video and pictorial evidence of 20-25" long specimens and historical record from the Theodore Roosevelt expedition of Piranha biting through 1.5" heat treated steel meat hooks.

Maybe YOU want to go swimming with those poor scared little boogers but I won't go near water with Serrasalmus nattereri.

Heres the problem with that though.The waters that "could" support them year around is anything south of the southern border of North Dakota in the US. There are many news stories regularly reporting that piranha are being caught in American freshwater lakes and rivers.

The story that lead to my brief investigation was a single paragraph story of a 12yr old boy catching a piranha in the river that runs through downtown Kansas City, MO during the first week of December with ice chunks floating by.



As an aside, at one time I had a "school" of 50 silver dollar sized Serrasalmus nattereri in a 500 gallon tank at one time. They would devour ANYTHING I put in the tank with them. Crawdads, turtles, bass, bluegill, etc. The "school" slowly dwindled down to a single, 12" fish I named "Holmes" who died in a power outage the winter of 1985.


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