* Posts by schplazingo

6 posts • joined 23 May 2019

Are you fixing that switch? Or setting it up as a Minecraft server?


Re: OK, so can run a game server on a switch

They've got the functionality to run containers plus the CPU horsepower to do it because customers requested it.

Throw one of those into a branch office and a lot of what you might need for that office - routing, wireless controller, DHCP, DNS etc - can run directly on the switch with no extra hardware required.

Very little helps: Tesco flashes ancient Windows desktop on Scan-As-You-Shop device


Re: those scanners are a good idea but...

True but then after they've delivered it you then have to go to the shops anyway to find sensible alternatives for the things they didn't have.

Plus quite often the range of stuff available online is less than what's available in-store. Try getting anything from the Sainsburys fresh meat, fish or deli counters via their online store for instance.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?


Re: Not mains but wiring just the same

Do an image search for "IBM Token Ring Hermaphroditic connector". That's the Type 1 Token Ring connector. It's hermaphroditic in that unlike most other connectors there's no male and female version. It's just the same connector. It's a clever idea but the execution left a lot to be desired. The connectors were huge (you could only fit 10 across a standard 19" rack), had an annoying tendency to fall apart and also used ridiculously thick cables.

As the Type 1 connectors were far too big to fit on a PC expansion card there was a 9-pin D-type connector at that end that also happened to be identical to the 9-pin D-type connectors used for MDA/CGA/EGA video connections. Cue lots of users plugging their network cable into their video card and vice-versa.

Type 3 connectors were standard RJ45 on Cat3 cabling and so were much easier to live with.


Re: Not mains but wiring just the same

At the risk of being a pedantic bore, how do you plug a Token Ring connector in upside down? I used TR with both the huge Type 1 hermaphroditic connectors and the Type 3 RJ45 connectors and neither of those could be connected the wrong way round.

PSA: Turning off silent macros in Office for Mac leaves users wide open to silent macro attacks


Re: Testing

Microsoft doesn't have QC any more. As long as it compiles two times out of three it just ships it out, waits for the users to find the bugs and then, maybe, at some point in the future, thinks about fixing some of the more egregious ones.

Apple reckons mystery new material will debug butterfly keyboard woes in latest MacBook Pros


Sure, Apple did such a good job of "unfucking" the ISO standard UK keyboard layout that on my MacBook Air they, er, entirely forgot about the # symbol. Because who (apart from programmers, report writers, proof readers and social media users) would ever need to use the # symbol?


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