I use a keyboard with numpad on the left hand side to have a closer mouse. I like the numpad still - better accuracy for entering numeric data I find. Also have a 4-way KVM which switches via the numpad...
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Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star
Re: Acorn Econet got there first?
Someone decided at Acornsoft that our new office (1984) should be wired up by BT. At least the phone system mostly worked. The Econet was another thing altogether. Spent a 'happy' few days crawling round with voltage source and multimeter 'snagging' i.e. re-wiring *every* sodding Econet socket. Five wires (Clock +/-, Data +/-, Ground) gave the BT monkeys a lot of permutations to get wrong, including not bothering to connect some at random. Oh, and the fact that they managed to shoe-horn 500m of cable into one floor, which when a) detected by anomalous resistance between adjacent sockets and b) optimised by removing random loops only actually needed 120m ISTR.
I too would like some salt water for my rural strands of phone line. The fresh water stops it working eventually...
Re: Those were the days, when a computer was really engineering
Oh air-con hell! Back in the day I went out to client site (hospital) to work out why their DG Aviion kept crashing. The temperature in the room (shared with a Strowger exchange) was like nothing I'd ever experienced. They had put a fairly heft portable air-con unit in there but failed to notice that the exhaust hose had cracked... And so they kept it on, expecting the room to somehow magically cool.
Was driving a Renault Clio hire car in Spain this year with an awful auto engine-off feature to save the planet or some such. Excellent featurette there - with the engine in auto-off, pull out the ignition 'key' module and the damn engine starts again! And the Engine Stop button then doesn't work 'cos the 'key' isn't in! Similar featurette is that with the engine on, you can pull the key and then be unable to stop the engine with a button push. Hope there is some g-force sensing stuff so that when the 'key' is ejected in a crash you can shut the bloody car down...
Re: Lack of imagination when thinking up things that can go wrong.
RE: Ariane 5 - we used to get the ESA Bulletin at the time. ESA were very heavily plugging 'HOOD' as the answer to everything. What could possibly go wrong?
"HOOD is thus the method of choice for large, long-lived projects where reuse, reliability and maintenability are key issues.
Since 1999, the method is considered stable."
Re: Electronics Today International.
Phwoar - ETI! A great mag of its time. When I first ordered ETI, our newsagent must never have heard of it as a couple of weeks later I was presented with a copy of Electronics Today and a copy of Club International (sadly hastily withdrawn by the shopkeeper when I replied 14 to 'how old are you anyway'). I really wanted to build the System 68 but no way could I afford it - my programming career was spawned by disassembling the lump of binary presented as its OS/monitor.