* Posts by series_one

7 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Apr 2020

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe


Re: Hobnobs - invented for mans pleasure

I once quoted for a project in the USA on the basis of how many packets of hob nobs my colleague and I expected to get through whilst doing the job. My US customer thought we were both barmy but gave us the job anyway!

BOFH: You'll have to really trust me on this team-building exercise


We had one of these a few years back, the prof taking it was trying to emphasise the fantastic rate of change in the technology world, and as an example asked us to compare the car we drove to the meeting today with the one we had 5 years ago. At which point everyone turned and looked at me, and my boss piped up that I still drove the same car then as I do now. Ok, he says, there's always one, so think about the the car you drove 10 years ago, at which point there was deadly silence. Realising what was about to be said, he quickly changed it to 15 years ago, at which point the entire meeting descended into fits of laughter and the prof walked out. My car was then 17 years old and I'd had it from virtually new (but it DID have a digital speedo, and a crap voice synthesis box...).

Client demo in 30 minutes. Just what could go wrong?


Re: It was BT for me

likewise. every time I saw a bt van outside the wooden hut that bt laughingly referred to as our exchange, it was a 50/50 chance that one of our isdn lines had been nicked. despite the fact the isdn boxes had little green lights on when they were working, every time I called to register a fault, I had to agree to foot the bill if it turned out to be my fault.

Confusion at Gare de Rennes as Windows shuffles off for a Gauloise


oh, and despite what you may have seen on Poldark, you can't get to Quimper by going up-river from Roscoff....


Quimper (or Kemper if you are Breton) is much the nicer place.

A word to the Wyse: Smoking cigars in the office is very bad for you... and your monitor


Re: Back in the basement

I studied at a university beside the Thames, the 3rd basement held the electrical lab. In the days before the Thames barrier existed we were all a bit worried about potential flooding and whether they should provide life jackets, however one of the civil engineers cheerfully pointed out that the volume of water hurtling down the stairwell would mean that we didn't stand a chance of getting out anyway.

Absolutely everyone loves video conferencing these days. Some perhaps a bit too much


I had to transit through CDG with hold baggage once, which of course got lost. It was the new ATC radio for Florence airport....