424 posts • joined 10 Aug 2009
25 years of IT support...
...in a laboratory where Louis Pasteur would recognise the techniques we use.
* One poor soul couldn't understand why that big silver DELL button didn't turn the computer on.
* Our office manager (who could lay out documents on a typewriter that you would swear had been professionally typeset) kept all her correspondence in a single Word file (5 for DOS, then kept the practice up when we transitioned to 2.0 on Win 3.11).
* A friend who took early retirement rather than have to face using a PC every day.
It's easy to mock these people, especially when we work in a high-tech environment, but like I say, I've worked 45 years in a microbiology lab (25 of those in IT support) and the technological changes we've seen in that time have been unbelievable (look up MALDI-TOF). The pc revolution just seemed like one more thing to cope with for some people.
These days of course, we're sitting people down in front of desktop PCs using keyboard oriented software, when their computing experience is mainly stabbing their finger at a phone or iPad. Still, keeps me in a job (until next year)
Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid
Re: No worries
""I'm surprised we haven't already done the 'space force' thing, actually."
You have. It's called USAF Space Command."
Yeah, but they run the Stargate program and you can't use that to get to Earth orbit unless you gate to a planet with a goa'uld mothership (and that would be bad)
NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies
Re: This is why science rocks
"but if you have to sully it with water at least do it the honour of using spring water and not that chemically tainted tap excretion...."
Is that spring water that you collected yourself from an actual spring (NOT downhill from a sheepdip pit!) or Spring Water that some other bugger has bottled from HIS tap just for you (and your wallet)?
Personally I wouldn't put anything in whisky, but if I'm forced to drink water...
It's good to know I'm not alone, although I put it down to carelessness on the part of someone giving their email address. These days I just delete the emails, but I have been known to report them to abuse@ whoever sent them, and once I went the extra mile to inform a doctor's practise in California that their patient was never going to turn up for surgery... (That was hard, due to a reluctance on the part of the practise to put any contact details on the website that didn't need logged in to, and I wasn't going to phone them)
Re: What about Martin Baker?
Interesting thread you linked to. Thanks.
Having read the first couple of pages, the reaction to the prosecution seems mixed, but the consensus seems to be that it was the right thing to do.
[disclaimer] I was too lazy^h^h^h^hbusy to read the whole thread, so opinion may have shifted towards the end.
"...horrors the Brits perpetrate when making/serving coffee. ;-)"
Coffee bag in a mug. Add boiling water. Risk blistered fingers by dunking it about a bit until it's cooled enough to drink. Drink slowly, leaving bag in mug to achieve a turkish level of strength by the time you get to the end.
What's wrong with that?
Heard in the pub I used to work in (working class - Scottish)
"Could you fit a nip in there?"
"Well top it up then, I asked for a Pint"
Tradition was to hand over the first pint while filling the rest, the punter would drink the first mouthful, then ask for a topup (used the honesty principle to ensure that the first mouthful wasn't pint-sized)
Ah the seventies - where did they go?
Meanwhile in NHS Tayside...
The Tory MSP for NE Scotland is complaining about £100,000 worth of uneaten food in Tayside hospitals, claiming it's " further evidence of the health board’s inefficiency"
Oh - and it's not privatised...
It kinda puts a bill for £6m for sorting out a cock-up into perspective, eh.
Re: Nah. We were civilized, no rodeo in the data center.
Not drives, but lab centrifuges. - We were taught to "balance" these by adding a tube opposite the one we were spinning containing a carefully measured (by eye) level of water. One day somebody (else) forgot... The centrifuge walked off the bench and was wandering across the floor when somebody had the presence of mind to turn it off at the wall.
And don't talk to me about ultra-centrifuges...
Re: After near 2 years
I think you'll find that "heid" is a perfectly good word north of the Tweed.
Usage : "awa an bile yir heid"
You're probably right about 'mangled malapropisms' unless the OP's family were trying to point out hilarious stuff that other people texted them with and inadvertently auto-corrected it to something legible...