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"You're forgetting the original Casino Royale. The one with David Niven in it."
Oh, you mean that hideous spoof. After seeing that, thinking in advance that it was the first of Fleming's books, I vowed that I would NEVER again watch David Niven in any TV show or movie. The movie was an outrageous spoof (for want of a better (or worse) term. I've never regretted the decision.
"After about a year, the guy gave up trying to tell the company he was not being billed for the water they were using."
That probably means that his water supply is coming through another persons place, and they are paying for his water supply. Obviously, someone stuffed up big time with the plumbing.
You don't need a video. There is a simple 4 step process to get rid of Norton Antivirus:
1. Throw out your Norton Antivirus installation CD or DVD.
2. Do a completely fresh Install of Windows.
3. Do a new install of some other antivirus software, such as Malwarebytes.
4. Reinstall all of your other software, remembering to not install cryptomining software.
"Either that, or it was the magic smoke release button."
Ah yes, we all know that all those electronic contraptions work by smoke. Along comes a newbie, and asks how do we know that, and the answer is have you ever seen one work once the smoke gets let out? Which is no.
"Idiot With Backhoe..."
We've had that problem here in Australia with the NBN, several times. The last time that it happened - less than 6 months ago, we had intermittent problems and slow data transfer speeds for almost 4 weeks, as the technicians had to repair the Optical Fibre lines, one at a time, as well as use redundant links just to get the towns on the lines a basic connection. Currently it's working great, thankfully. I just hope that we don't have any problems for the next couple of years.
"I didn't expect the drive to have its own switch"
I've only seen one external floppy drive with an external switch, many years ago now. Half of the time the owner of the computer would forget to turn the drive on, until it wouldn't read. He wasn't impressed. Just don't ask me what breed of PC it was, as I've long ago forgotten.
"Although flip side, if they are cleaning so thoroughly.... is it a fire damaged server?"
It's still a fire damaged server. They won't know if it will boot until they try, and if it boots, they won't know how much data is accessible and/or recoverable until they try to access the drives. The servers might be okay, if they've done a thorough clean up of them, but I wouldn't bet a pound, let alone my life on them being operational for an extended period.
"It's the same with backups to HDD. People use just one drive, instead of double cloning......."
Speak for yourself. I use 4 drives, deployed to 3 different locations on the LAN, and I still worry if I have enough redundancy, even with a small but essential lot of files backed up to the cloud, that cannot be replaced otherwise.
""Because I have to have Administrator rights because I'm a director of the company!""
Well then, more fool you for granting them to the person. Directors of a company don't have to have Administrator privileges, at any time. They are not in charge of Administrating all of the computers deployed throughout the business. If you were stupid enough to give them Administrator rights, then it is no surprise to me that the company went bust, even if you were otherwise directed to do just that. If, on the other hand, it was some other person who went and did that, then they ought to have been terminated on the spot, regardless of their ranking within the business. Even the MD isn't exempt from that. My experience is that the louder people shout that they NEED Administrator privileges, is that they should under NO circumstances be granted them. End of rant!
"One way would be to levy a carbon tax on cryptocurrencies."
There's only one problem with that, how do you arrive at a Dollar or Euro value of something that changes from day to day, and then levy the taxation on the number of bitcoin or other cryptocurrency, and then receive the tax levied. It will be extremely difficult, to put it mildly.
The first time that happens, you just switch the printer back on, and leave. The second time it happens, you look to see what is going on around the printer, and a quick check reveals that the user has re-arranged their furniture to suit their requirements. Result: the first time that they open their drawer, the printer gets switched off, accidentally and unnoticed, until they want to print something. If it happens again, you threaten them with disemboweling, or a dawn execution by firing squad, NOT, even if you would like to do that to them. The world is full of users who don't think that they need to learn to do some basic checks when simple things don't work.
Good point. Now that I'm retired from the full time work scene I only check my email once a day. If anyone needs to urgently contact me, then they can call my home or mobile number. Some of the items that come in via email are sometimes important, such as Family History research messages, but they are never urgent enough to require an IMMEDIATE response. Tomorrow will be soon enough.
You don't need a linux based machine to play Adventure. There has been a MS-DOS and/or Windows command prompt version available for many years. I seem to remember tuning the settings for a single floppy version, something like 25 years ago. It ran much better if it was installed on the C: drive of DOS 3.3, preferably in the C:\Games directory.
Well, if they still had access, that is wholly Cisco's fault, for leaving live accounts on their servers, after the services of said employees were terminated. I'm only a lowly sysadmin, but I know better than leaving defunct accounts on active servers. Ideally, they should have been removed before the people were told that they were no longer required. That way they can't go back to their desk, and leave assorted nastiness that will cause outages at some indefinite time in the future. It's not as if it takes long to get rid of the accounts.
We had to wear an apron in my 3 years of doing Metalwork at my High School, back in the mid to late 60's. It didn't matter what work we were doing, soldering, using any machinery at all, including the lathes, or the bench drill press, or the shaping machine. Personally, I think that it was a good safety measure, which was the idea behind it.
"and the guy who invented the Internet!". Now, now, no pork pies (lies). The original project that started what is now known as the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, with the establishment of the DARPA network, over 50 years ago. It included places like the Goddard Space Center, and many of the then most powerful known computers in the world.
I have just what you are looking for, sitting in my back shed, an old 21 inch CRT monitor, still in working order, AFAIK. I haven't used it in over a year, and it is heavy. It has a VGA connector, not sure if there is any other more recent than that. Last time that I moved it, it took a good 15 minutes to go less than 50 meters. I had to stop something like 12 times before getting it into the shed. At a guess, it would probably cost more to ship it somewhere than what it is worth??? There's also an old Dell 15 inch monitor down there, that was last used with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. I think that donating them to a Museum would be better than trying to sell them.
It does take some balls. It only takes one person with the knowledge to build the computers. All that is needed is the Case, M/B, CPU, RAM, a network cable, a hard drive, and the means to install the O/S. Everything else is already available on the M/B.
Given that the prisoners were already disassembling computers, reversing the process to build them is simple. Getting access to the network switch to do the deed is about the hardest part, or it should have been. That suggests that there was a network physical security failure, and that somebody's posterior should have been very sore from the punishment inflicted.
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