* Posts by AndrewD375

11 posts • joined 19 Feb 2019

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say


It's Better Manually

NHS England awards £1.6m deal to build digital staff 'passports' in fight against coronavirus second wave


The envy of the world, it is.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style


"the cow's difficulty, not the train's"

You'd think so, wouldn't you?

But there was in fact a fairly notable accident on the Edinburgh/Glasgow line back in the 80's, in which a cow on the line caused a complete derailment of more than one passenger coach and several people died. So it's not always just the cow's problem.

See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polmont_rail_accident

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


It's not just manufacturer or region. HP's large format printers also stop working when the ink cartridge is out of date - that is to say, it may still be half-full and working perfectly, but suddenly one day you get a message saying "Ink cartridge MBK [or whatever] is out of date" - and that's it, no workee until you put in a new one, HP branded only only course.

Given that inks for these big machines cost £00's this is beyond annoying, to put mildly.

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer



AND Totnes, Glastonbury and Frome?

You mean, practically, the entire ageing-hippies-against-the-bomb demographic? What larks...

Stereotypes exist for a reason, don't they.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD


Re: Been a long time coming

"Who cares if they've only got a 1000 write cycle endurance?"

Well, I do. I thought I'd be cool and build a domain controller with no moving parts - ie just an SSD. It's not a big domain, so capacity was OK. Very cool. Happily it wasn't the sole DC, because after about a month, the SSD borked. You know what fun it is cleaning up after a DC just disappears without being demoted and shut down, yeah? So I went through that pain and replaced the SSD, and guess what happened after another month? Gah.

So now my DC has a proper laptop spinning rust-type storage device, and you know what, it's been running just doozy for about three years. And I haven't had to manually clean up my DNS any more.

Cheapo consumer-grade SSD's? Just say no.

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable


Re: OS/2

iirc there was one version of OS/2 that came on a huge pile of floppy disks, and then you needed ANOTHER huge pile to install something called OS/2 Comms Manager - before it would do any networking. Even then the networking was NetBIOS and NetBEUI based.

And don't get me started on OS/2 config.sys files - there was a whole life of pain in those...

SAP bet the house on S/4HANA but most users aren't ready to move


It's not called Sucks up All your Profits for nothing, you know.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper


Hand over your email address to every shop you go into - then receive spam from them for ever.

What could possibly be wrong with that idea?

Wanted: Big iron geeks to help restore IBM 360 mainframe rescued from defunct German factory by other big iron geeks


Re: Just bunged them a tenner

You did? Really?

Et in arcadia ego... I remember that lunar lander game, it rocked didn't it.

I even remember the phone number you had to call from the Chemistry building, to get the audio coupler modem thingy working.

Ah happy days.

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly



I was always told SAP stood for "Sucks up All your Profits".

I'm sure someone can get that in there somehow...


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