* Posts by Colin 27

20 posts • joined 14 Feb 2015

French submarine builder DCNS springs leak: India investigates

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Are all involved...

getting that sinking feeling?

Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

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he was wearing a cod piece?

You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Oh, and the time.....

....where I went to restore a system from tape backups and found the tapes all useless.

Worked at a company where backups were done it a bit of a strange way. I had to write a header file, followed by all the operational data, then the DBAs would back up the database (using code that they wrote and I had to call), and I would write a trailer file (so we could tell that we had a complete backup for that system).

That's all fine - until one of the DBAs changed the tape device from no-rewind to a rewind without telling anyone. I backed up my stuff, he backed up his (rewinding the tape afterwards), and I wrote the trailer file....

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Something similar....

I had a call that was very similar in nature.

Working one afternoon, I had a call from a customer in the US complaining that their document management system was down. Further investigation showed that the database was failing to start (which was a little odd). So, after 15 minutes I finally got to the bottom of the whole sorry state of affairs.....

The original guy looking after the system had left, leaving a very inexperienced person with the root password to the UNIX system, and very basic notes that said...

If the disk space fills up, delete any large files you find.

Guess what happened to the database files.

Oh, and the last back they took was over a week before.

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Updates off - Rock on

Been doing this for years now. Never looked back. I can't remember the last time I span up the *only* Windows VM I have.

Just need to wean myself of VMWare..... :)

Crack on - you won't regret it!

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: Thanks for the article!

My missus just clicked as usual (telling her about different pop-ups is like explaining quantum physics to a puppy).

Queue an unwanted upgrade, a PC that wouldn't load, and a restore back to factory install. Still, I *very nearly* got her to go to Linux (hers is the only windows machine in the house).....

Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

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Re: Labels

When I was a young lad, I used to even include a boot floppy I knew worked and had the drivers I needed. All nicely tucked inside a clear plastic folder with the notes I had for the server build, taped to the inside of the case (talking PC towers here).

Every single customer I showed this to gave me an extra few quid for my efforts.

I miss those days.

Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Removed How?


Instead of 'The Ship Of Theseus' are we talking about 'The Ship Of Redmond'?

Will Windows 10 cease to be Windows 10 once all its components have been updated?

Enough of the philosophy, I'm off down the pub.

Your taxes at work: Three hours driving to turn on politician's PC

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Re: Why fucking green and fucking orange Arrrggghhh!!!!


Then again (being a little old-school), I remember the days when reboot switches stuck out of the front of consoles.

Never forgot the day one of the senior ops caught the switch with the sleeve of his suit jacket and bounced an ICL2972. It was down for 2 days before they could get that beast back up again.

Or the time on an ICL3930 someone managed to toggle the disks to read-only (again a toggle switch that stuck up on the front panel).

And its not only computers - I also remember my boss hitting the emergency stop button on the extremely large aircon unit at the back of the machine room - and then we couldn't get it going again. Sprung loaded twist-to-release button (cleverly made to look like anything but).

Intelligent design for uni-intelligent people...

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Microsoft launches Windows for Aussies.

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Kate tries a new angle on how to win this week's El-Reg caption competition.....

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How the feck do I hit <ctrl><alt><del> now?

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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You know when I said I virtually stood in shit? Well, I don't think it was virtual.....

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Techies in uproar when misunderstanding Intel announcement that they want to shrink silicon....

Meanwhile, in other news, new film coming out titled "I Know Who Motor-Boated You Last Summer".

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Excuse me.

My Windows laptop crashed again. Can somebody help me? Anybody? Please???

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Is that really Arnie with my cinema tickets or is that a Terminator? I'll just ask.... hey, where is everybody?

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Dear friend,

I have $10,000,000 dollars in a bank account in Nigeria that I want to share with you......

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Good morning. This is offshore support. Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Testing is too expensive !!!

I think its actually worse than that.

Management are increasingly seeing the infrastructure their services run on as 'expensive' and 'not worth investing in' - despite the fact that its critical to their business. Put on top of that the ever increasing drive to generate profit means that upgrades just keep getting put off because the current solution 'just works' and its 'too expensive' to fix. Add all that into the mix and its a recipe for disaster!

Ex-NASA boffin dreams of PREDATOR-ish tech in humble microwaves

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I think what's being suggested here is that the Predator was a glorified microwave and Arnie was the pudding!


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