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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

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Wait....userfriendly.org flashback....wonder if that is still a thing?

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Still a few people there, and republishing of the old strips. Not even close to what it used to be, but the folding@home and digital photo club at least are not quite dead yet.

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Mostly recycling old strips these days, I think the author had an attack of real life. There do seem to be the occasional new ones, or maybe it's just coincidental what goes around comes around.

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Re: Userfriendly

Userfriendly.org is very definitely still a thing. Indeed, it exists perpetually, outside ordinary time. As Symmachus said of myths, it is something that never was but always is.

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Re: First post!

Nice Beaver!

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Normally I abhor backronyms

But this one is beautiful.

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Joke

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MYaaRS it is...

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Joke

MYaaRS

Doesn't Ricky Tomlinson have copyright on that.

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yewtreeing

You should remember that the yew is poisonous to those who consume it.

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Feature, not a bug.

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yew is poisonous to those who consume it

Except the berries - those are safe. Sadly, the stones in the berries are not safe and will kill you fairly quickly.

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On the other hand, the wood can make an excellent bow and also the arrows.

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Gif.

Don't get this - how can G(raphics) be pronounced as JIF.

Don't use Jraffics for anything...

Wilhite is wronj!

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Giraffe International Feed?

Come to think of it shouldn't it be pronounced 'siff' given the well known cleaning product changed its name because people couldn't handle saying JIF?

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This reminds me of the story of the naming of the quark.

Murray Gell-Mann who came up with it pronounced it "kwawk".

The origin of the word is in Finnegans Wake where the seagulls cry "Three quarks for Musther Mark" - there being three quarks, of course, in a nucleon.

When it was pointed out to MGM that in Joyce's Dublin accent "Quark" rhymes with "ark" (and of course with Mark) he is said to have denied having ever come across the word in Joyce and having invented it himself de novo. Of course it is impossible to doubt the word of a great physicist who is also an expert in the pronunciation of many languages. And happens, see the fine article, to be American.

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Oddly enough was only changed in the UK. Or at least it's still called Jif both where I live and other international destinations where I have had cause to wander into a supermarket... see https://www.unilever.co.nz/brands/our-brands/jif.html by way of a citation.

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A few years ago, when I was living in Dubai, we had both JIF and CIF on the same supermarket shelves at the same time, at different prices.

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A long time ago I had a job interview with a goon who insisted on pronouncing ISAPI as if it were a word.

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You mean it isn't a word?

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"how can G(raphics) be pronounced as JIF."

it could be worse - they might be pronouncing SQL as "Sequel".

Yeah, it's pronounced Es Queue El for those who didn't know. The other pronunciation, which is _REALLY_ IBM market-speak from the late 80's/early 90's, is like nails on a chalkboard in intelligent or technical conversation. Yes, I'm compelled to stop things and correct the error, and have done so on a few occasions...

And yeah, it's "GUIFF" with a hard 'G'. Soft-G fascists simply can't figure out what the G stands for...

[I'll continue to use PING and JAY-PEGG files anyway - they're better for my needs]

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> "Soft-G fascists simply can't figure out what the G stands for..."

Beat me to it. I guess some consider it the job of the letter "J." Nonsense! It's my basic write as a human bean to use G the way it was meant to be used, and that's golly hard!

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<quote>Don't get this - how can G(raphics) be pronounced as JIF.</quote>

The same way that the format created by the Joint Photographic Experts Group isn't pronounced Juh'Feg.

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I was in a group that pronounced SQL as "squeal", because it was such a pig on resources :{

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Re: Quark

Well, that's one story. Quark can mean a lot of things.

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And what about .exe : like (s)exy, or as "dot eeks"? And .lib : "dot lib" or "dot libe" (from library)?

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A whole article dedicated to setting up a joke. Excellent.

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"Leveraging a time unit"

I'm nicking that for the current script I'm writing. Well played, Mr Dabbs!

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It's got undertow.

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Phew!!!

"I appreciate that I might be using some of these IT development expressions incorrectly, and some probably didn’t exist at all until I made them up just now."

Thank Beelzebub for that. I started reading, couldn't understand a thing and had a cold shiver at the thought that I'd turned into a 45 yr old IT dinosaur.

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"I started reading, couldn't understand a thing"

The worrying thing is that I can't tell which of them he did make up and which he didn't.

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Hmmph.

We 60yo primordial slime don't think much of your patronizing us. Get off my lawn!

:)

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I prefer "primordial ooze." Slime has a negative connotation.

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Bill Murray

I fancy Dabbsy could deliver his first sentence - “Would you...” - at the same totally deadpan and p***-taking level of BM.

Thought of it because the photo reminded of the gopher in Caddyshack or - no - Punxsatawny Phil ...

Or maybe my mother-in-law.

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Re: Bill Murray

*Insert off-colour joke about Mother-In-Laws and Beavers here*

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"*Insert off-colour joke about Mother-In-Laws and Beavers here*"

I'm sorry, joke mothers in law and sex are disjoint sets.

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Where is Les Dawson when you need him....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuFy3iCZ3x8

PP RIP.

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Social ineptitude vs. human frailty

Doubtless the problem is that the sort of people who can cope with writing code are not very good at relating to actual people. Apple, who are generally good making technology accessible, are guilty of some of the worst bits of nonsense I've come across.

iTunes is simply the least intuitive piece of commercial software I've encountered. It seems designed to frustrate any attempt to copy pictures, text or music to Apple devices. I live in an urban area where traffic noise can be so loud that Apple's standard iPhone ringtones are inaudible. Copying custom ringtones to the iPhone was a ridiculous process that doesn''t always seem to work. On Android, it's just drag and drop.

The Guardian complains today that Apple's frequent demands that users supply an Apple ID not only disrupts work but leaves users security vulnerable to spoof sign-in demands.

Recently I tried to help a friend set up a new iPad. At some point we came up against the Apple ID issue. Being non computer literate my friend had probably set up an Apple ID but only had a vague idea whether or what it was. Then, either instead or in addition, the iPad wanted a phone number. At this point I gave up and merely got the iPad working as best I could and advised my friend to take the damn thing back to the Apple shop and get them to set up the rest of it.

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Hmm.

SQL. Discuss.

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If it's from Oracle, the official pronunciation is "squeel" (because it's what you do after they tell you to bend over).

If it's from any other vendor, I prefer "ess-cue-ell"

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Ah, I see you're trying to start a war. ;-)

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Re: Hmm.

Squirrel!

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If were going down this road what about ASCII or as I like to call it ass key?

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"Ah, I see you're trying to start a war. ;-)"

Anyone else read this and suddenly remember that annoying "Clippy" bastard?!

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MJI
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I know what you mean, it does not read like a second part at all to me so either

ess queue ell

or squirrel

I like squirrel!

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SQL - es cue el; MySQL - Mysequel. That PNG one is dumb it's 3 letters, English is perfectly capable of dealing with that

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How do Germans pronounce SQL?

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"Ah, I see you're trying to start a war. ;-)"

No, just flushing out of the woodwork those of use who know that SEQL is quite different from SQL and have in the past actually had to distinguish them in speech.

(Monty Widenius calls it my-ess-queue-ell, and he cannot be wrong.)

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Re: Hmm.

Personally, I just pronounce all acryonoums as single letters and have found that everybody on this side of the pond understands me perfectly.

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DAS STRUCTUREDQUERIEDLANGUAGEN

In Italian it's the same as English, but you have to gesticulate whilst saying it.

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