Re: H What?
We have a Brother MFC-255CW. The last firmware update was issued in 2011.
It's the "Printer That Won't Die". I think it cannot be killed by conventional means.
And... it... just... works...
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I have a not-so-old Lenovo; it's my daily drive. It runs Mint Mate as the primary OS, with a Windows 10 VM, for those days when I'm feeling masochistic. Mint is a rolling update. The Windows VM is updated every month.
I also have an aging Dell, similarly configured. as a backup if the Lenovo has a terminal brain-fart. It sits in a drawer for months at a time, until I remember to update it. I did that this morning...
Mint updated in about ten minutes with one restart (kernel update). The Windows VM took something approaching three hours. I lost count of the number of restarts.
Masochism at it's best ];-)
>> I know this will be an unpopular opinion with El Reg's population of elderly, misanthropic shut-ins <<
I see what you did there... We're either with you, or we're a "population of elderly, misanthropic shut-ins".
Thinking about it, I am an elderly, misanthropic shut-in. And proud of it ];-)
Similar experience at a Contract Research Laboratory that had storage servers, when hard drives were still measured in megabytes.
No free space... Add more storage... Free space evaporates... No free space...
One day the IT manager threw up his hands, went rogue, and started perusing people's home directories. And found...
Games. Thousands upon thousands of games.
A games purge and a tersely worded memo fixed the storage problem.
We bought an old house a decade or two ago. The electrical service was a fuse box with assorted fuses from 15A to 40A for various lighting and appliances. About a month into ownership, the whole house went dark!
We called the power company... no outages. But they sent a truck to see if it was the feed to our house. No, that was good. They checked the two bus fuses in the fuse box; they were good too. Then they started checking individual fuses... and found a dead one.
It turned out that 90% of the house was wired through one 15A fuse.
We had the house re-wired...
I, too, live in Canada. And yes, winter gets very cold outdoors and very dry indoors.
I worked in a laboratory in the 1980's and we had a fair amount of not-cheap microprocessor controlled lab equipment. I was programming a lab instrument for an overnight run; I reached towards the keyboard, a spark about 5mm long leapt from my finger, and the WHOLE INSTRUMENT SHUT DOWN! DEAD!
The instrument in question cost about twice my annual salary then. So I was trying to not throw up in my mouth when the cooling fans started spinning up. Then the status lights starting flashing yellow and turning solid green.
I walked over to the lab sink, rinsed my hands under running water, finished programming my overnight run, and never told anyone what had happened.
Mostly a "me too" reply. Whenever I'm bored on a slow Thursday, I run a few more of my DVDs through Handbrake and store them in my movie archive.
I use an ancient LG-DVD USB drive that has a double USB-A plug. One plug is data and power, the other is power only. That dates back to the days when one USB port couldn't supply enough oomph to power the drive.
And it's region-free ]:-)
Before the recent unpleasantness, I would turn up at work, then chat a bit, then go grab a coffee, then chat a bit more, then work for a while, then go find lunch.
After lunch, I'd chat a bit, then go grab a coffee, then chat a bit more, then work for a while, then go grab a caffeine-free Coke, then work for a while more, then go home.
Since the recent unpleasantness, I arrive at my home office coffee in hand, work four hours or so, then find lunch (which I may take back to my desk), then work until knocking-off time.
I don't make widgets, so 100 per day won't work.
I write testing protocols, or reports, or investigations, or operating procedures. Some take a day, some take a week. How do we measure that? By my typing? I may be on Chatterbate...
So Machine Learning (I cringe at calling it "Artificial Intelligence") can beat us all at Bridge. But can it play Cribbage? Or cook a cheese omelette?
It seems to me that each ML system that's developed is good at ONE THING ONLY. When someone creates an ML that is good at EVERYTHING, then we'll need to worry.
I am a consultant (not IT) and I would say that "client management" is part of my job description.
If I arrive on-site and fix an on-going problem in two seconds, chances are I'm going to cause someone to be fired. Maybe they deserve it, but maybe not if they're not the Subject Matter Expert.
I, too, used OS/2 from the mid-nineties well into the 2000's. I LOVED the desktop GUI.
At the time, I worked at a company that was all Windows 3.1 except for our group, which ran an OS/2 application. So we were all on OS/2 workstations with an OS/2 Warp Server back-end. I remember a young lady calling from IT to tell me they were coming to upgrade my workstation to Windows 95. I politely suggested that she go forth and multiply. Or words to that effect...
Hmmm... OS/2 desktop theme for Linux Mint?
I subscribe to "Inbox Astronomy", which touches on things interestingly astronomical. Many times, the articles will be about the James Webb telescope, and what it will be used for.
Don't tell me what it WILL do, show me what it CAN do.
Especially in these times that it may be "Adieu pour toujours" for the HST.
Back in the day, I was leading a team qualifying the server room for a government service responsible for medical supplies across the entire country. The project scope included building security, server room air handling, server room fire suppression, and emergency power.
The power test was to take down the main power to test the generator auto-start, then take down the generator to test the switch over to UPS, then bring the generator back on line, then switch back to main power. I had been told by the IT manager that the UPS was good for forty, maybe forty five minutes.
Take down main power feed: Reassuring rumble from the roof as the generator kicked in.
Take down generator: Everything still running as the UPS kicked in.
IT Support Guy: "You better get the generator back up. The UPS is overloaded; it's only good for about ten minutes" WHAT!!! I was told forty! IT Support Guy: "Who told you that?"
Frantic walkie-talkie call to guys on roof to fire up generator... NOW! Reply from guys on roof, "It needs a five minute cool down before we can restart".
The generator came back online with about two minutes to spare.