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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by planktonnn, Aug 25, 2009.
Been away for a long time. Pleased (extremely) to see this show is still on the road !!
Link - The play is a farce based on the real-life events surrounding Italian railwayman and anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, who fell – or was thrown – to his death from the fourth floor window of a Milan police station in 1969. Pinelli was accused of bombing a bank (the Piazza Fontana bombing) but was cleared of the charge. The events of the play, however, are fictional.
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Nice Race! Liked seeing all the old crocks and the Rudge in particular.shame about Corser tossing it down the road right off.
My continued usage of Windows XP (sp3) is analogous to my broader life. If you put Windows 10 in front of me I wouldn't know what to do with it.
My computing setup is made up of ye olde 'other peeples dumped stuff'. Knackered tech cobbled up from dead units. So for example I might come across two defunct laptops of the same or very similar models, which both show different issues, and by using a hacksaw & Meccano I sometimes manage to produce a sort-of functional Franken-machine. The result is usually slow, out of date & small minded (RAM/HD) so it suits me very well...
I should say at this point that I don't have a functional spellchecker.
My 'main' machine* was salvaged some years ago from a rough 'pair' of Dells that came with a combination of unhappy motherboards, frikked CMOS, dead chassis & bad drives/memory/displays. This all ended up being knocked together into something that sort of worked, once another screen was grafted on - a combination which has been giving trubble for some time & just recently ground to a halt**
So I took 4 (broadly) identical low spec (waaaay old) desk-tops that I was recycling & hooked the various (stupidly small) drives & memory & other bits into the best chassis and set about rebuilding a functional operating system. This, by way of example, is why I don't have a functional spellchecker. The outstanding remains will be sent into local recycling, where they get sold on as part of large job lots. But here I am still on XP because I have neither install disks or licence keys for anything later, and the rebuilt machine isn't really able to run either Win 7 or 10 anyway, so...
In a broader sense, I do not find myself able to build another life.
* I'm running 3 or 4 at a time in various roles. One manages video work, another hustles media files and so on. With functions split like this each machine just about does just about what I could reasonably expect of it.
** For what it's worth the display driver almost always locked on boot (no legacy driver available) requiring numerous reboots until the driver slipped thru/ough and it let me to the login screen. As the HD began to fail the fruitless reboots took longer and even once running the system lagged & hung up horrendously until... well, I had to admit it was gone.
If it's not one thing it's another. Sorry, I just can't help saying or writing that periodically.
XP SP3 for me too, and scrounged hand-me-down computers and bits. Folks know that they can discard their old machines at my place rather than going to the recycle centre. I'll stick with XP since it runs my software, particularly the stupidly expensive, 2006 vintage, industry standard CAD package that won't load on any newer OS. (It fell off the back of a truck and accidentally found its way onto my 'puter without my knowledge, y'r 'onour).
I like that XP is no longer supported by Microsoft. I think that means it is no longer constrained as well - no updates and possibly less of a target for hackers. My version came with most of the 'productivity features' disabled, so it is still pretty fast on an old machine.
Life without a functional spellchecker must be so liberating. You can just write stuff without the distraction of those irritating squiggly lines appearing under words. Well done, old chap.
Spilfchucker - Arf, with an extension added & browser restarted it's back, squiggly lines and all. I don't mind being reminded which i comes before which e, but I do draw the line at autocorrect & especially form fillers. I've seen a supposedly 'fine marriage' broken by miscreant slips of sausage fingers on a touch screen. His wife & his girlfriend had similar starting emails and he didn't mean to send those pictures to his wife did he. No. He. Didn't.
Or did he? (No, he didn't).
I have a similar arrangement on incoming old tech, and the same issues with software too. I guess MS* dropping XP support means at least they don't break it by 'making it better' any more, and hackers (institutional or freelance) will have found all the holes by now. I wonder, are hackers still like they were in late '80s/early '90s movies?, or is it all 'waving their hands in hologramatic screens' like in CSI & whatnot, or are they running 'Direct Mind' interfaces?
Now there's a thing - the spellcheck dislikes 'hologramatic' but is quite happy with 'whatnot'. This really is The Future isn't it.
* Most Intelligent Customers Realise Our Software Only Fools Teenagers.
Machine issues meant I couldn't get radio or live timing, but last weekend was the Bol d'Or -
Got to love a big turbo intercooler -
Limmy's back around visiting Richard Keith Herring -
Previous appearance here. FYI Limmy' show playlist at -
6 months Road Tax paid. Now to save up for insurance due end of Nov. Still waiting to get an oil filter & oil...
An intriguing exercise in writing a robot script to automate job applications, and what it says about the work market. Link.
The BBC launches in Pidgin... https://www.bbc.com/pidgin - eg -
US President Donald Trump don give details of di latest sanctions wey dem wan pack on top North Korea head,
"Today I dey announce new executive order, wey I just sign, wey go expand our authority to target companies, financial institutions, wey dey put money and support to trade with North Korea," na wetin Trump tell tori people before meeting wey e go get with di leaders of Japan and South Korea.
"Our new executive order go cut off di money wey dey fund North Korea efforts to make di deadliest weapons wey all human beings don know."
President Trump say North Korea textile, fishing, information technology, and manufacturing industries dey among those wey United States fit target.
Im say di U.S. Treasury Department go get di power to sanction foreign banks wey dey do any waka wey concern trade with North Korea.
But Trump no take mouth mention North Korea oil trade.
I so wish he really spoke like this...
Well, that's how it sounds inside his head.
1970's flat track motorcycle racing.
"There will be an E MotoGP series from 2019 - at five European rounds. It will be a one-make series, to start off with. Dorna are in talks with 5-10 companies. Capirossi is already testing bikes."
For clarity, that'll be them Electric Motosickles rather than a bank of sofas & a Playstation 9.