* Posts by Golgafrinch

23 posts • joined 15 Nov 2013

Battle of the retro Unix desktops: NsCDE versus CDE




You're right, the dtksh was a gem (no pun intended). Unfortunately, most sysadmins I got to know resolutely stuck to ksh88, and never even graduated to ksh93.


Re: RAM usage

"Where does all this memory go?"

It went agile.


The main appeal of openlook was that it was dead easy to create your own menus.

As for icon handling - yes, that worked great on my Sun4/110 with a 19" monitor, but less so on a poxy Linux PC, where it turned out to be a complete waste of screen estate (as, BTW, all 'modern' window managers are - when I had my last aesthetic and ergonomic clash, I sang "I really don't like it, fuck the task bar".)


You can not be serious, man ...

I can't believe someone actually wrote "...before the relative sophistication that Windows 95 delivered ..."

Remember the WPS that came with OS/2 2.0? (Alright, we subsequently had to live with CDE inspired disimprovements which no one had asked for.)

Lenovo halves its ThinkPad workstation range


Oh dear!

I don't consider this an improvement by any stretch of the imagination, and would like to know what drove them to it.

Or is it that after two years of COVID-induced teleworking, programmers - pardon, developers - are now in such poor physical shape that they can no longer carry a P17?

BTW, where I Iive we have trains that come with 240V sockets at every seat and WiFi connections, so while you may be travelling for eight hours, you're not losing a day's work. Beats flying.

Elon Musk's Twitter mega-takeover likely imminent


Re: Oh Lord!

No, just a stash of old MAD magazines.


Oh Lord!

Quoth Michael Habel: "This man is a gift that just keeps on giving."

So is gonorrhea.


Remember The Searchers?

Tweets are for twits,

LinkedIn is for losers,

Your Facebook page

Get's me down.

Tweets are for twits,

LinkedIn is for losers,

Your Youtube comments make you look like a clown ...

Compared to today's "social" media, Usenet's alt. hierarchy was almost high-brow.

Oracle users fail to get that moving apps to cloud means business transformation – Gartner


Oh dear ...

Spring is sprung,

The cloud is ris,

I wonder where

My data is.

As regards the 'business consultancies' (what a word - the number of companies I've witnessed going belly-up whilst said "consultancies" would walk away, cheque in hand, claiming that their 'advice had not been properly implemented') "Gartner rated consultants claiming to help out in business transformation related to moving applications to the cloud. Deloitte, Acc[id]enture, PwC and KPMG were the top four, in that order."

I'd like to see them all at the bottom of a lake - adorned by Ronald Reagan's coffin, because that's when the rot set in.

Cloud spending to scrape $500 billion this year – Gartner


One fine day at the office ...

... someone at Gartner, with little else to do, flips through her Rolodex (the electronic - pardon, digital - version, of course: 'A' is for archer, which we can plainly see), makes twenty phone calls, and spends the next two days writing a 14-page "report" including a 'quadrant' and a line graph, which is subsequently [pr]offered to a self-selected audience for $1295.

Its readers will then use this report to justify a corporate ICT strategy - 'coz that's what everone else is doing, and we mustn't fall behind - while some of those who have to implement it will tear their hair out and/or quit, whereas others (devops, anyone?) merrily implement and deploy ("He wants it? He gets it!") whilst polishing their LinkedIn profiles; meanwhile the main culprits either eventually manage to abseil themselves or stubbornly persist in a manner which only confirms Festinger's research findings (you might want to peruse the archives of FuckedCompany and SatireWire, for instance)

But hope springs eternal: I am looking forward to the day when the last MBA has been strangled with the intestines of the last IT consultant.

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


The bit I don't get

Where exactly does "Free Speech" come in?

You write a letter to the editor of your newspaper of choice, and if it is within range of their agenda, chances are that they will publish it. If it's somehere in between deranged and psychotic, there are sufficient outlets to disseminate yourself (many of them Murdoch-owned, but not all of them). And if you are totally off the wall, you can always start your own website.

In short, if Twitter decides that your contributions don't quite cut it, this can hardly be considered as a curtailment of Free Speech.

Elon Musk is of course perfectly free to relaunch the Weekly World News - where, I believe, he'd feel perfectly @home.

BBC points Russians to the Tor version of itself


Re: The twat-O-tron redux, I guess

The only lesson I learned from Poptastic Bomb is that morons have a predilection for UPPERCASE.

This being said:

1) residents of Ottawa - not the easiest city to live in - hardly appreciated some overzealous out-of-towner truckwits making their lives even more difficult

2) the Canadian economy, trying to recover from the the consequences of Sars-Cov-2, does not need supply chains to be disrupted by subliterate zealots blocking cross-border traffic

3) some people appear to have suffered from a massive overdose of talk-radio (not to mention some ridiculous cable channels)

4) P.B. does like to comment on all and sundry - i.e. Jack of all trades, master of none

5) From your own comment history I surmise that you don't know dick about Canada (as your obsession with IR35 and the NHS would suggest). I guess you spent some time on holiday there, no more, no less; or maybe you're a sockpuppet of Letitia Montana, the hysterical Toronto tart.

All of which reminds me of Michael Moore, decades ago, walking around the streets asking people "If you had to choose between freedom and liberty, which would you pick?"


The twat-O-tron redux, I guess

@poptastic bob a.k.a spEak You’re bRanes:

I was close to giving you an upvote, in spite of your use of "cancel culture" - if that existed why would Turdspurt Carlson be given airtime? - but your "Canajun truckers" mention blew it. Any idea what kind of fecking idjits with no two brain cells to rub together they are?

Machine learning the hard way: IBM Watson's fatal misdiagnosis


Re: Much (most?) of Watson Health wasn't "Watson"

Agile's fine when you're on a Chris-Craft. On an oil tanker, it's a recipe for disaster.

And for some strange reason, Scrum always makes me think of haemorrhoids.


Re: Much (most?) of Watson Health wasn't "Watson"

Quoth Keshlam: "... on Internet timescales, diving in without a plan doesn't produce results fast enough, especially when you start marketing before you actually have successful prototypes, or have reverb fully defined the question (as noted above). From inside, I saw a _lot_ of poorly defined goals, duplication of effort, and applying the wrong tools because someone in management had latched onto a concept as their salvation and didn't listen when the engineers told them it wasn't."

That's what it comes to when everyone wants to go Agile.

When product names go bad: Microsoft's Raymond Chen on the cringe behind WinCE


Re: Vixen

"... the issue is not a translation but a homonym in the German language ..."

I don't mean to be pedantic, but it's not a homonym - it's a homophone.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?


If only ...

... the lovely Firefox developers, who are undoubtedly dedicated to their cause, could focus a little less on UI/UX trendiness and instead concentrate on privacy/security, they might be able to make this world a one heck of a better place.

City of London Police warn against using ‘open science’ site Sci-Hub


This racket has gone too far

Forty years ago the price for a reprint was between $1.50 and $3.50, depending on the journal. Nowadays it averages out to about thirty bucks. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I notice that Elsevier is more profitable than Novartis' pharma division. Houston, we have a problem. And all the power to Sci-Hub.

Hacking is not a crime – and the media should stop using 'hacker' as a pejorative


Re: My current annoyance is "gift" as a verb

Merci pour le lien - qui me rappelle Clemenceau lorsqu'il dit: "Donnez-moi quarante trous du cul et je vous fais une Académie française."

Ce qui explique leur rejet des formules réussies, telles que "rançongiciel".

Tech giants warp eco standards to greenwash electronics, rake in cash


Re: Repair != Green

@Lost all faith...:

Repair != Replace

Your battery example is ill-chosen.



When teenage scribblers comment on Russell's blandness

The mere mention of someone as insignificant as RB --- remember, we're nowhere near the Peter Cook league here --- is in itself puzzling enough.

But anyone confusing Nena with Nico must have been truly out of it at the time --- and, judging by the rest of the rant/article, I wonder whether the author still is ... or maybe he's just a glorious victim of all those wonderful educational reforms we've had since then. Which pretty much amounts to the same. O Register, why doest thou let thy standards sink so low?


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