* Posts by rcx141

15 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Aug 2016

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago



I wonder if that is a TI930 video terminal. If so, amazing it is still working after all these years. TI930 and TI911 terminals are not serial, current loop or anything like that. It's their own protocol.

In Chicago 10 years ago I met a guy who had been implementing an ASP.NET rewrite of a customer's insurance system that was running on a DNOS TI-990.

he said the 80-something year old programmer would still come into the office a couple of times a week, and they had a young guy that was able to keep all the kit running, because you can still repair those machines using off the shelf TTL logic.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


That must be pre Rev 19 Primos if you could log any user out.

Microsoft hopes it has a sequel better than Godfather Part II: SQL Server 2019 previewed


Hope it's better than Highlander 2 at least

Great big tubs of lard speedy !

TalkTalk, UK2 sitting in a tree, not T-A-L-K-I-N-G: Hosting biz cut off after ISP broadband upgrade


This is what I like to hear - the tech support is obviously taking the problem very seriously and everybody is fully engaged on finding a solution.

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition


If your site has any importance at all, why trust it to fly by night one man and his dog hosting operations like this, where one problem wipes out the entire thing? Just deploy in a couple of different zones on AWS or Azure

Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court


Re: Oh, come on

Yeah good luck with that - anybody wanting to get their nose into the Westminster trough knows that grovelling to the USA is job #1 as far as the UK is concerned.

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs


"If the Montgomery went up, it might destroy the Isle of Sheppey, and inundate Southend with a tsunami!"

"OK, but are there any potential problems?"

Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband


The UK is such an immense country after all. Hundreds of thousands of square miles. How could you expect to have broadband available everywhere? BB has only existed for 3 decades !

Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones


obviously an American spy ship, good luck to the Chinese for having a bit of a laugh !

Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed


Excellent news if Trump does slash the H1-B visa numbers. If US based managers aren't up to the job of running projects remotely, make them hire unemployed US graduates rather than what basically amounts to indentured servants from abroad.

Symantec doubles down on consumer security by buying LifeLock


One worthless scam company buying another

Scrapped NHS care.data ballsup cost taxpayer almost £8m


Eight Million?

That barely pays for a handful of powerpoint decks!!

Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down


Re: Nothing funny about comic relief.

meanwhile the bosses trough , trough and trough again helping themselves to vast sums they could never hope to earn anywhere else

VMware Workstation's installer loads danger-junk, so patch it ASAP


How about fixing all the stupid network problems? Every time I spin up a linux VM it can't find the network, and I have to keep swapping between NAT and some other networking. I don't need the hassle, and neither do the hundreds of people posting the same problem on the internet for the past decade.

The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code


Re: Alarm bells were ringing from the start of the article...

I never feel guilty about asking for a payment up front. Business has to be about trust after all. I have found legitimate companies have no problem making a partial payment before I begin work, and it really weeds out the dross.