Soon you wil need a 100" monitor to be able to do anything.
146 posts • joined 9 Mar 2021
I bought the above item a few years ago and set it all up with a 12 alphanumeric password, and rebooted. Went back to loign and "password incorrect". Eh? Had to reset it and start all over again being extra careful.
This went on for about 2 hours. Finally I gave up and used a bog standard 8 letter word.
That worked. Curious, I experimented and finally found out that max length was 10. It accepted my 12 length password but lopped of the last 2 chars!
That sounds really good, but I'll be stumped on the Beeb - I was a Spectrum 48K boy (ended up programming in Zaks Z80 - all forgotten now). I only used a Beeb twice - 1) was a 12 week computer course my dear old Mum bought for me on my 23rd birthday, and all that really went through was the basic programming and structures of BASIC programming - I didn't have the heart to tell my Mum I had already taught myself all of it on the Speccy and I didn't learn a thing.
The second was one Xmas when I borrowed my Mates as he was going away and I played Elite for about 18 hours non-stop over Xmas day night and most of Boxing day - I done a big drug run, and after what seemed like days the Police gradually stopped attacking me where ever I went, so ended up with a better ship/weapons/add-ons etc. - never did make 'Elite' though :-(
In my IT job over 12 years, a lot of the users were a bit clueless, and for some reason a lot of them used MS Word 'open' file dialogue to browse/search for files.
Of course, the file naming convention was just a stupid - a lot of word/excel names were the same, so all the files looked the same.
Enter the guessing game. The amount of times they opened excel files in word, and now the checkmate - the first thing they did was SAVE IT!
In the end my boss told me to ignore any request to restore these files.
"(Intel didn't said)...but maintained silence on its full capabilities, said nothing about what processors it would work with, and even suggested it might not be related to a real product."
So hell the how can the Linux devs review this to include it? Will the source code have all the details in the Git headers/comments?
I first ran Mandrake Linux on a spare 486 I had, and it ran lovely. I had heard about Slackware so I bought a new hard disk to swap out with the main Windows drive I was running and tried it on that (scared of messing up Windows). After 6 months of using it I realised I hadn't put the Windows drive back in in for ages, so thought 'bollocks' and used the used that disc as a slave HDB drive for Slackware.
I have since been running it on my two old laptop and also have 2 Pi's running Slackware. - that's 19 years and still the best! Also so easy to build your own kernels.
Best distro ever! I will be updating my laptop's when the Wife's at work later this week.
Slackware on the Pi:
I dunno if it's all run by the same system[s] but...
When I optioned to pull in my pensions at 55 (7 years ago), my 2nd P45 from Civil Service Pension had my name and address correct with the right telephone contact/numbers, BUT somebody else's NI number and payment details (and there was no way our address and names could be mistaken for each other)!
After a lengthy phone call to them (it took ages to explain to the girl what I was on about) I received an updated P45 about 3 months later. This time all was correct on the headers, including my NI number but it still had the other person's payment details!
Another lengthy phone call.
Sixish months later another P45 arived with the other persons details BUT my payment details... dear god.
Finally after, what 13 months, they finally got it right.
What a mess.
Well, I was sysadmin/network administrator the Company required an IT help-desk system and a change request logging system which we really never had.
Among the plethora of 'solutions' out there, all costing 1000's of £ to buy, then the yearly maintenance licence, I found a FOSS system that combined both systems coded in PHP running on Apache. I installed it and messed around for a bit and as it was open source I easily fixed a few issues and adapted it to suit our exact requirements. All of which I submitted back as patches to the users/bug forums.
After a year or so of using this, in which all Dept.'s got on well with and as stated suited our exact requirements to a tee (for audits etc.) after my tweaks and fixes, I asked my boss, the CFO, if the Company would donate £200.00 or so to the developers, as they saved up 1000's of £ for us and also I could change/fix anything to suit what we required on the functionality.
He refused on the ground that as it was 'free' there was no Company value/assest or depreciate to record so therefore so there was naff all on the accounts sheet. No matter which way I approached it, he point blank refused.
Luckily the my Company shut down a few years after that.
I watched the live launch (shame about the clouds!) and been watching the tracking/activity page since:
Bloody interesting. At one stage once leaving Earth orbit it was doing nigh on 1 mile per second! It has been slowing down ever since due to the drag of Earths (and the Sun/moon I suppose) gravity, all calculated so that is at a slower optimum speed to allow a precise velocity/position to get it into L*2 orbit.
The maths is amazing to work that out what with including the Ariane launch and what not...
I read a sort sci-fi years ago (I expect from my great collection of 'Pan book[s] of horror stories' which, alas, have been lost in the mists of time) in which all the top military bods in the USA gathered together all their top scientists for a secret meeting.
They showed them a grainy B&W cine film smuggled out of the USSR showing the Russians using and flying an anti-gravity machine. They gave the scientists 6 months to build one.
The scientists, now convinced such a contraption is possible, managed to build such a machine after a lot of head scratching, leaps of faith and downright brilliant engineering after 5 months.
At the wash-up meeting, the top bods were delighted and went around all slapping themselves on the back - they then revealed to the scientists that the cine film was FAKE and no such machine ever existed, but NOW the USA had one up on the dreaded Ruskies!
So, who knows what the USA propaganda machine is up to...
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