* Posts by Mr Army

11 posts • joined 4 Jan 2019

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

Mr Army

Re: Sending a child to do an adults work

Regarding Indian wiring, a few years ago a colleague of mine was working in India. He had a load of equipment he needed to power up outdoors. The local hire company offered him the choice of distribution racks with either 15amp or 16amp outlets. The 15amp version being the old UK standard domestic round pin plug, the 16amp version being the industrial water resistant free-form type.

Obviously he specified the 16amp version as better protection in case of rain. He was less than impressed when it was all wired up as they had used bare cables with the stripped ends poked into the holes in the sockets and held in place with broken twigs.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

Mr Army

Re: Load?

You call these guys


You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

Mr Army

Re: Popcorn !

Yes, dont upset Trump.

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet

Mr Army

I recognise that tread pattern,

I had a Tamiya Sand Scorcher 1/10th scale RC car (their first foray into proper suspension) in the early 80s. Tamiya had remote controlled sand crossing vehicle tyres sorted 40 years ago.

Link to pic of box art.


Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline

Mr Army

Re: I've had my share.

This one?


UK Home Office primes Brexit spam cannon for a million texts reminding folk to check passports

Mr Army

Re: Passport Renewal

If Brexit happens I will be unemployable. My next contract starts on 14th October and involves me working in 16 EU countries over a 6 week period. Quite often I will wake up on a sleeper bus, having crossed a border while asleep, walk into the building where the bus is parked up, work for 18 hours (self-employed so working time directives do not apply) and then get back on the bus and do the same again the next day in a different country. The thought of trying to get work visas for that is frightening. the costs will be prohibitive and I will be replaced by a European.

The dread sound of the squeaking caster in the humming data centre

Mr Army

Re: Not all serial cables are made equal...

I have posted previously about this. In my case it was under the stage at Glastonbury Festival while Slash's Snakepit were playing. Off went the UPS, the lighting control network and the intercom powersupply. Behind the rack with the band playing above my head I had no idea all the lights had gone off and the operator out front was screaming into a dead comms headset.....

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

Mr Army

Odd metal posts

Our house used to belong to a lovely old Physical Archeology Professor - one of the instigators of ground resistance surveying - he left us the most wonderful garden which had been his pride and joy. I was intrigued by a lot of pale metallic green coloured posts used as plant supports and netting supports in various parts of the garden, probably about a dozen or so. An old University friend who had actually been a student under the Professor and had been to the house (the University buried pigs in the garden with items of clothing and students of forensic archeology would come and dig them up every few years to study how the clothing had been affected to help date bodies found on the moors) anyway, he was able to tell me that the posts were no-longer needed titanium nuclear fuel rod test samples donated to the Professor by the Head of Physics.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

Mr Army

Re: felt pad

I recently purchased a Viper 570 gaming mouse purely because the pads weren't the usual plastic that wears away but made of ceramic - glides perfectly and no sign of scuffing or wearing at all after 34 months of heavy use on any available flat surface. Worth every penny.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

Mr Army

Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore


One of these

Mr Army

Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

It does depend on your Wie, Mine is very practically minded, this year she got a Stihl brushcutter and loves it. 2 years ago I bought her a concrete mixer which came in component form and she sat in the lounge on Christmas day and assembled it herself.


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