On Wed, 5 Oct 2011 22:02:05 -0700 (PDT), Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:
> The "rule" is that the period is SUPPOSED to go inside the quotes,
> indisunirregardless of whether that conveys the correct meaning!
see: <http://www.uclick.com/client/wpc/nq/> :-) .
"Business people" love Microsoft because they think Microsoft and
> Bill Gates are the same entity, and like to be associated with money and
> financial success. These people typically haven't an iota of technical
> know-how, and they're NOT the people who should be telling others what
> tools to use to do their jobs.
That's nonsense. "Business people" love Microsoft because a) they think
that if they buy the same as everybody else, there will be no problems
exchanging mail, documents etc with other companies, b) they know that
they can easily find staff who knows how to use MS products, and c) they
assume that if they buy from a large corporation they can always get
some reasonable level of support, the products and support will be
around for the foreseeable future, and if something really bad happens,
they expect they can get help to fix it. They also prefer to get
everything from one place since it is easier to speak to one supplier
than several, and the products can be expected to interoperate, without
several different supplier pointing their fingers at each other when
something doesn't work.
However, in Europe quite a few government entities and private companies
have got fed up with MSs total dominance, and have begun mandating the
use of open source tools. The Swedish government's public procurement of
software includes both proprietary software and open source software.
On 2011-10-05 19:00, cctech-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
> Think of a rigid requirement of a specific mail program, or other largely
> interchangeable tool, as an asshole/not-asshole filter of employERs.
> My employer (a community college system) uses Outhouse, and more than once
> a week IT/helpdesk has to try again to explain phishing, and begging
> people to not open attachments. People who pass on urban legends, as
> "TRUE", get thanked by their colleagues, debunkers get chastised for
> "being mean". Last week was the "cell phone DO NOT CALL". There is a
> concerted effort to AVOID compliance with the state mandate of teaching
> "information competency".
> Yesterday, we received a> MB email that consisted of a single sentence.
> BUT, it was tilted a few degrees, and the signature was a different color.
> One of our top administators, to send out that single sentence, had
> created a Weird document, printed it out, SCANNED that, and sent it out as
> an attachment to an email with a Subject: line of "FYI", and a message
> body (other than the attachment), of "Open the attachment."
> BTW, many years ago, they employed substantial additional temporary staff
> to do scanning when they changed the OFFICIAL word processor from
> WordPervert to Weird.
> They tried to fire one of my colleagues for being a hoarder, and
> retrieving working computer hardware from college dumpsters (including an
> 11/70, which was no longer in his office). They gave him 2 hours to get
> what he could out of his [admittedly JAM-PACKED] office and then
> dumpstered everything else that he hadn't stuffed into his car, including
> NorthstarS, Sol, and a few more S100 machines.
> I don't think that I can manage to avoid getting fired [for doing my job]
> for another 3.64 semesters. Thursday, I gave copies to a student who
> requested them, of the Grand Jury investigation into our administration
> and the Accreditation Commissions' report when they placed our
> accreditation "on probation".
You make it sound as if Dilbert is actually true... That level of
incompetence would be really hard to find over here.
Forwarding this to the list in case anyone can help out.
I presume the fellow found me through my web page about an analog
computer, and/or my page about a Systron Donner counter. I don't have
any Systron Donner analog computers however.
This would, of course, be (the son of) Higinbotham of tennis-for-two
Begin forwarded message:
> From: William Higinbotham <higinbotham at hotmail.com>
> Date: 2011 October 4 5:36:08 PM PDT
> To: <hilpert at cs.ubc.ca>
> Subject: Donner Analog Schematics
> Dear Brent Hilbert,
> ?? My name Is William B. Higinbotham, I am the son of William A.
> who worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory most of his life.
> ?? I am writing you because the museums in the US and a local
> laboratory is looking for schematics for (Systron/)Donner analog
> computers. Here is an ad for the Donner 3400
> which Peter Takacs, takacs at bnl.gov has to rebuild the early game
> computer. http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/history/higinbotham4.asp
> Here is the Donner Programming Book
> If you know of any forums to ask if anyone has schematics for these
> analog computers, we all would be grateful.
> William B. Higinbotham, Bellport, NY? USA
That answer is still less offensive than "during!"
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Fred Cisin wrote:
> This may offend many, but, . . .
> did he die before or after the iPhone5 event?
Apple has not (yet) announced any iPhone 5. Assuming that they announce
an iPhone 5 at some point in the future, the answer to your question is
Ok...anyone know who dropped the big 20 kilobux on this one?
Not saying it's not worth it (I've certainly never seen a working one,
ever,) but the price is still a shock. Big $ for an Apple 1 I can
see...there are collectors of "cultural icons" like the original Apple
product outside of our hobby. I can't see the same being so for a
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