* Posts by skswales

26 posts • joined 29 Nov 2013

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes


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...

Who says HMRC hasn't got a sense of humour? Er, 65 million Brits


Re: bangers and fries

That brought back memories of a good meal in Reims 20yrs ago at restaurant "Boeuf ou Salade"

BOFH: What's Near Field Implementation? Oh, you'll see. Turn left here


#MeToo - but still have it

Spyware sneaks into 'million-ish' Asus PCs via poisoned software updates, says Kaspersky


Re: Modern times


Though I did upgrade the OS ROMs in 1999. Still going...

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star


With silver iodide?

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD


Re: Well, there was this time...

I decommissioned one persistently faulty EPROM with a hammer for wasting hours of our time during RISC OS development. 'You can't do that, they're £65 each!' 'Watch.'

Then another in the microwave.

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO


Re: So for a while now...

Like the BSOD?

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin


So much for EU citizens' rights then...

Demand the right for EU citizens to move to, and stay in, the UK, and can't then register a .eu domain?

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?


Re: £120 for 4MB

Remember £1,000/MB for SRAM for our first Dell 386/16

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine


That's a mesh network.


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...

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires


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.

Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list


Or - GoStickYourHeadInAPig... Share and Enjoy!

Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns


The flip side being (the gospel according to Zappa):

Sy borg:

Plooking too hard

On me-e-e-e-e...


Speak to me

Oh no...

The golden shower

Must have shorted out

His master circuit

He's, he's, oh my god

I must have

Plooked him...


To death...

See that red spot on the chart? Sail over it and you'll find a Russian sub


Re: In the military it's called "Sensor fusion" and the systems have been very bespoke.

Looks like Admiral Kuznetsov was trying to generate its own cloud with those emissions

BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017


Re: Smart TV's too?

Err... like them dropping support for MHEG based ones. This month. Oh sorry, it's only a very small number according to Auntie: http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/v2_closure Bastards.

Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming



Twas even better in ye olden days of SRAM framebuffers. Turned off Ohio Sci. Superboard one day in middle of working (playing Tiger Tank ISTR) to go out. Many hours later, turned on again - 99% kosher display of what I'd been working on. Don't make 'em like that any more...

Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser


25,000 *transistors* - not gates!

Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)


Re: xfce4 theme @keithpeter

No, Arthur was the ARM OS written for the first Archimedes. I think that you may be having fond memories (bad flashbacks) to the Arthur desktop which did bear some resemblance to that of the Compact

Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?


Re: CC and BCC

It reminds you of all the carbons that are produced in shuffling the electrons back and forth

Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?


Life before the lottery...

Dell 386DX / 16MHz. We upgraded this system with a whole 6MB for development using OS/2. SRAM at £1000/MB. Oh yes, those were the days.

Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive


How long do I need to keep banging the rocks together before I get a network connection?

Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch


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...

Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim


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."

Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s


Re: Still working

Alas, my 32-year old FX-601P died in Sep 2013 - it is greatly missed.

Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick


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.


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