If you know what this is, you are old. Part 2

This was a big thing back in 1981. Western MicroData Enterprises Ltd. wrote Norad for the Apple ][ and I spent a bit of time saving the US from Russian nuclear missiles coming over the pole. Plus ça change…

Stay the patient course.  Of little worth is your ire.  The network is down.

This is a rerun from a few years ago, but it (re)amused me, so I figured I’d share. I ran across an old list of computer error messages written as haiku.  (“Haiku”?  “Haikus”?  Whichever…)  They continue to amuse me.  The one I recalled was: A crash reduces your expensive computer to a simple stone. I went back to my hard… Continue reading Stay the patient course.  Of little worth is your ire.  The network is down.

If you know what this is, you are old… Part 1 of many?

This is the first of possibly many, “If you know what this is, you are old…” posts. These were the cat’s meow, the bee’s knees, the best thing since sliced bread (or pull-top beer), the jelly in the jelly-roll, and so on. Elephant Memory Systems 5 1/4″ single- or double-sided diskettes were just what you… Continue reading If you know what this is, you are old… Part 1 of many?

Joule Thief

I made a joule thief. So what? So nothing. I just thought it would be fun and interesting to find something to do with all the old, not-quite-dead-but-not-quite-useful batteries I have sitting around. That is a 3V LED and it can be lit (lighted?) by a battery showing less than 0.5V of potential. Cool? I… Continue reading Joule Thief

Girl, you know it’s true

I realized earlier today that I sang as many notes on Milli Vanilli’s song Girl You Know It’s True as Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus did. I also have as many Grammy’s as Milli Vanilli. Did I have a point? Not especially.

Two Latin quotations

Labor omnia vincit. Alea Iacta est. “Hard work conquers all.” Virgil said it more than 2,000 years ago. “The die is cast.” Attributed to Caesar, having crossed the Rubicon. Here is how I am tying these together today: Most of the year, I follow the first quotation. Work work work. Just like the governor in… Continue reading Two Latin quotations