6.  Think you need to be a techie

You’ve heard me talk about crash-only programming, right? It’s a programming paradigm for critical infrastructure systems, where there is — by design — no graceful way to shut down. A program can only crash and try to recover from a crashed state, which might well be impossible. I came up with a term for the human version: beef-only thinking.

Spare a thought for your humble blogger – surrounded by techies and Scots, I blame myself you know.  As for health, yep, OK for an old codger apparently, next decision blog, decision after that boat.

5.  Babylon Bee at it again

4.  Heaven help us

Lord Hall to step down as BBC’s director general

Imagine what they’re going to replace him with …

3.  Health and Death [via Chuckles]

Some have told me not to make light of death; my view is that of Kipling on Triumph and Disaster:

If you can meet with [Life] and [Death]
And treat those two impostors just the same

2. A cipher no one can solve

Hours, days, years of pleasure. Any takers?

1. Lampshade time

Weird nine hour sleep, can’t recall last time [Years? No wisecracks]. Slept right through till Wednesday dawn. This is the great advantage of this format, it’s like opening a live blog container and can add to it as and when. Mighty handy – set up the post mechanics, go and do the morning reading, covfefe etc., come back and blog, reformat as one goes.

07:51 – still not dawn out there, so that puts the lie to me sleeping right through till it.

[No doubt there’ll be something from the boys further up]

6 comments for “Wednesday

  1. microdave
    January 22, 2020 at 16:09

    “Think you need to be a techie”

    You certainly do if trying to migrate from Windblows 7 to Linux. I’ve (just about) managed with the basics, but have now hit a brick wall at setting up Thunderbird for my emails. It transpires that the latest version 68 (which is all you can obtain from the official Linux Software Manager) has implemented a new “Profile per Install” feature. This means it’s impossible to make it remember any settings other than the defaults, including where I store my email folders in a separate partition. Result – I can no longer access my existing mails under Linux without completely re-configuring Tbird every time I turn the PC on! This is discussed in detail on a “BugZilla” post, with no resolution. I accept this particular gremlin isn’t the fault of Linux, but not being able to run an earlier, functional version (either without horribly complicated install & removal instructions, AND dire warnings over security) is a major drawback. I’ll still be using Win 7 for a while yet…

    • January 22, 2020 at 18:21

      Poor sods still in Windows in any version. Heartfelt commiserations.

      • microdave
        January 22, 2020 at 20:59

        Because Win7 works! After battling for more than a week, I’ve come to the realisation that Linux is not “user friendly” in any way shape or form. Simple matters like finding that the “Rubbish Bin” isn’t even visible by default are just a start. Making a desktop shortcut is not a simple “Right-click” and “Send To” method, and as for adding software – tough luck if the one you want isn’t listed in the Software Manager. You are then faced with downloading a “Tarball”, then extracting and “Running” it, as so many posts gleefully explain – except THERE IS NO ****** “RUN” OPTION in the right click menu. You have to faff about making sure the .bin file has “executable” status before there’s any chance of getting it to do something. Otherwise it’s the programmers delight of “Terminal” and lines of intimidating code. That is assuming there is a “Help” text file in the extracted folder… And if you want to remove said programme you can’t simply go to a Windows style list and select “Remove” (or use the excellent “Revo Uninstaller”).

        Sorry, but there’s a reason why Linux is a “niche” O/S – unless you are happy to accept the default settings, and recommended software, it’s basically a coders environment.

        • January 22, 2020 at 22:46

          Win7 – for how long?

  2. Chuckles
    January 28, 2020 at 18:57

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