* Posts by Servman

25 posts • joined 16 Jul 2013

BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support


Re: Brilliant

I first parsed that as "Time Travel Agent" and all I could think was "what a cool job!"



It's a PICNIC!

Too many people at work know what PEBKAC means, so we needed a new one.

PICNIC: Problem in Chair, Not in Computer

Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious


Re: Power Cables...

If you're running 10 or 100Mbps, the equipment may not even notice if that analog line rings ("line 1" would be on pins 4 & 5 - the blue pair - which is theoretically not even connected. Never thought I could plug 89V into an interface designed for 5V and get away with it.


Re: Power Cables...

I always love when someone calls the Hell Desk to complain that their laptop isn't charging only to find out it's at 98%.

Since Lenovo won't charge if it's above 95%, it's an easy answer.

Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it


Re: Sorry!

The Network Operations Centre would like to remind you that <garble>first you will be baked<garble> then there will be cake.

'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Big Brother

Ahhh.... Montreal

If he weren't an Anglo (or at least not singing in English) he'd probably be ok.

User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box


Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

Yeah.. all those calls about a password "not working" so you check and find the account locked out because they've typed the wrong one too many times, so you unlock it and everything works...

It's amazing how upset they get when you suggest they made a typo in their password. Folks, I make hundreds of typos every day, and that's when I *can* see what I'm typing...

Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise


Re: On the premises or off?

If the population is under 2000, there's not much travel required in town.

Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers


Nestle has already started pumping...

Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real


Not charged

In Canada, the minimum age to lay any kind of criminal charge is 12.

Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit


Re: Die Hard VII: Sysadmin

If you're looking for mundane payroll, budget, and taxation issues in space, Babylon 5 is your best bet.

Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough



Seldom have I seen a better example of the answer to a question that no one asked.

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell


Re: They have to be joking

Looks like the same dog from Microsoft Bob...


Keep up the pressure on the telcos, Canada


Re: Is it even possible to run fiber in muskeg?

This may be getting off topic, but I think you'd have an issue with just laying fibre on the ground. For one thing, you'd have to lay it in the winter, along the ice roads, then it would be exposed to all that traffic.

You'd need to bury it below the frost line (in some cases under the permafrost line).

You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives


Secure Data Destruction

I don't seem to have data breach problems....


Permies sitting pretty as fifth of contractors see rates cut


"Unsurprisingly, 76 per cent of contractors expected to change jobs within the next three months, compared to just 43 per cent of permanent employees."

Really?? 43% of permanent employees expect to change in the next 3 months???

OK Google: Gobble chat app Emu. OK Google, now shut down Emu


Sounds like MS in the '90s

"Mr. Simpson, we can't tell what, if anything, Compuglobalhypermeganet does. So, to avoid having you as a competitor, I've decided to just buy you out."

Not a load of Tosh: 5TB 'surveillance drive' from Toshiba hits shelves


Re: It'll outlive me!

It's always wise to invest in storage today for your grandchildren's retirement...

Virty server bones thrown: Gartner mages see Microsoft rising


VMWare sitting in an established lead when MS grows...

I remember reading things just like it in the mid-late 90s when NT was "an interesting app server" and "not ready for enterprise deployment" not to mention "not a serious challenger to Novell".

We all know how that one turned out... Maybe I'd better supplement my VMWare chops with a bit of Hyper-V...

Sysadmins rejoice! Patch rampage killing off nasty DDoS attack vector


My public NTP servers got hit by this last fall which made for an interesting afternoon here. Once I figured out the cause a quick adjustment to the ntp.conf file shut it right down.

I'm just glad I had a protocol analyzer to help me figure it out.

Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

Paris Hilton

Desert Storm

Um... Actually the US didn't permanently disable Selective Availability on the GPS system for non-military devices until May 2000. I don't know where the 1991 figure came from.

Personal Bootnote: Upon review I see that it was disabled for the duration of the first gulf war as well. Mea Culpa.

Icon: Paris, because it's just SO wrong...

ROBOT SWARM positions itself over EARTH ... to probe our magnetic field


Polar explorers.

I'd best get packing if I want to be remembered as leading the first expedition to the West Pole.

Oz defence department: We don't have a ban on Lenovo kit


In Canada...

My understanding is that in Canada, departmental policies state that no PCs or PC operating systems are permitted for Level 3 secure (Top Secret) and above and must be separated from non-classified systems by a minimum of 2m to ensure no data is leaked by EMI. Additionally, the networks that carry the data must be fibre-optic from end to end.

No classified on Intel, no classified on copper.

How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks


What do you mean WAS?

I still have clients running NetWare 6.5... still fast and stable. Many others are running OES on Linux. eDirectory is still way better than Active Directory.


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