* Posts by Antony Pearce

5 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Aug 2007

BOFH: Shiny new computer room

Antony Pearce

Wondering why this reminded me...

of the time when a company I was contracting to decided to swap their primary and backup AS/400's between two sites.... at the same time.

The images we had of two trucks going head to head was amusing (but didn't happen)!

BOFH: The Boss gets Grandpa Simpson syndrome

Antony Pearce


not one single mention of DG in this whole thread!

My first role was at a Polytechnic operating a DG Eclipse and a PDP11/73. A massive 210Meg of disk on the DG. Had to bootstrap the thing with the switches on the fr...@#$^zzzzzzzttt

Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax dies

Antony Pearce

Another life he touched

Not only can I recall spending hours during my youth playing D&D and AD&D, I can also remember some of my early coding attempts such as different sided dice, character generators, random encounter generators etc.

I guess all I can say is RIP.

UK bank blames fraudsters for World of Warcraft ban

Antony Pearce

@Solomon Grundy

Not sure about in the UK, but in Australia one of the major banks tried to implement a more secure payment method by issuing chipped cards and giving (yes giving) their customers card readers so it could do a secure signature on the transaction and relied on you having the physical card for your online transactions.

People decided it was all too hard and the bank ended up with several thousand USB card readers in storage.


BOFH: New toys

Antony Pearce

I remember just the opposite

We once had a delivery arrive from SUN consisting of about 30 separate boxes. My mate and I grabbed screwdrivers and static straps and set to work. Pretty soon there was one system sitting in front of us with Solaris being installed.

The next day, SUN rang up to organise an engineer to set it up... we said it already was and boy did they get confused...