Re: I act, therefore I am ... a waiter
Like your stance against proofreaders; do you work in the "frim" industry or newspapers (remember them?).
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We found the manual, had missing pages as did the backup mini wall...lucky thing was i knew where a spare set was due to my night shift exploring practice.
Few weeks later I found the old erratum instructions that said remove the pages....turn that erratum page over and it DID say replace with the new versions. And the difference ? two 50% bigger blank lines. ok...
Had a old DHCP machine removed once; so old it was not even rack mounted but sat happily in middle of a rack on top of another server. To make it clear it was important it was caged in with cut down wire panels from a old royal mail cart zip-tied around it to the rack frame and signs "do not touch ☺".
Yes it got removed one morning by someone removing/replacing the servers under it and never put it back. In the debrief when asked why it got touched the reply was "I saw the smiley face and thought it was a joke"
Well i once had a ,info domain never used it but at the time it could of been useful at that moment in time; 123reg rejected my card payment and I lost it. Currently it's for sale at $5000 by a hopeful.
If I had the trademark I wonder whats its worth would be ? more or less......
circ 1997 NT4 was new to the company I worked for ; and a new order transaction software was being tested. The old embedded system used mirrored hard drives this new improved system used two NT4 systems; one Master and one slave running backup software
Some of these sites where this improved system was being trialed did not have the best power; and now and again one of the towers would "lock up". So yes cd/dvd drive and pencil pressing the reset key; both towers laid on side facing each other and a script that ran every 10 mins pinging the other system.
From what I was told using a UPS did not help on just two related sites what so ever; and this tower on its side hack was in use until a upgrade to Server 2000 (and new machines) in 2003 and the problem went away.
Prior to the use of a UPS and the script / CD idea; every morning someone dialed in to the systems at 50 different sites to see which one answered and call the site and try and get a cleaner/staff/guard to press the red or blue reset button (oh yes we had special colored buttons ordered) if required. Great fun and games when a lot of sites also used the same line for the fax.
Only took the company four weeks to get UPS's installed.....
I knew of a tech company that outsourced the hardware engineers to ICL. They though they had the contract fully dotted and T's crossed until they got the first bill. Were as they thought a single callout was $35, it was in fact for a single device...
Were as in the inhouse system a call for 12 printers was just one "callout"; the new system was a little bit more. The bigger sites would save dead equipment until a real important device failed or they ran out of printers.
After the shock of the first month the following months were worst....
Service call goes out for a mainframe tape deck, engineer turns up later on & phones to be left in.
Someone walks down to main door and lets him and another man waiting next to him in.
A minute later second guy said "oh big red button" and presses it.
Operator and engineer look at each other, engineer said "why did he do that? "
Turns out it was some random nutter they let in.
I have a old Dell laptop with a old socketed i7 and new SSD, docking station two 21" monitors, it has a keyboard that I can really use (anyone happy with the new models, all touchscreen BS) so well my "good" USB keyboard is not used.
Liked it so much bought a i5 version as a spare