[CentOS] Re: Curmudgeoning (was Re: Problems with writing Dual Layer DVD)

Bill Campbell centos at celestial.com
Sun Aug 31 18:20:06 UTC 2008


On Sun, Aug 31, 2008, Lanny Marcus wrote:
>On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 7:35 PM, MHR <mhullrich at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 5:27 PM, Bill Campbell <centos at celestial.com> wrote:
>>> I still have a Tandy 4000, 386-16 no cache, that is used occassionally to
>>> program EPROMS.  This same machine ran Xenix for years before being abused
>>> by installing DR-DOS on it.
>>>
>>> I have a Radio Shack Model 100, the first laptop, in the closet beside an
>>> HP-97 programmable calculator.
>>
>> Well, all I have that foes back that far is a 2nd gen IBM PC (the 64k
>> m/b) that would probably work if I knew where any of my 360k MS-DOS
>> floppies were.
>>
>> Wait, I have a Pascal Microengine in the garage that I never did get
>> to boot!  You know, the ones that ran on the 8" floppies, like the old
>> Teraks we used at UCSD?
>
>8" floppies. Now that does bring back a memory for me. I was working
>on a project in Texas. The customer was in Kentucky as I recall.
>I fixed a problem and gave an 8" floppy to our Shipping department, to
>send to the customer. The customer called me on the phone, to
>inform me that the floppy had been bent, so it would fit into the box.
>As I recall, it did work, after he straightened it out. For the rest
>of the time that I worked there, I packed things myself, before they
>were shipped, and that wasn't my job. I couldn't believe someone in
>the Shipping department was that stupid.

Never underestimate the level of stupidity/ignorance of people (after all
most of the were ``educated'' in government schools :-).

When I first encountered a customer who had disk drive problems such that
we replaced the 8in drives in their Radio Shack Model II several times, it
wasn't until I went on-site to find that they were storing their floppies
by sticking them to the file cabinet with refrigerator magnets.  The
amazing thing to me was that I found that this was a fairly common problem.

Then there was the person who stapled the floppy to a cover letter.

Bill
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