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On a lighter note...

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This is by no means an important discussion! Today I witnessed a computer with smoke billowing out of the back. This is the first time I have even seen smoke come out of a computer. Since I'm the only uber geek on staff here, I had to share it with someone else that might appreciate such an event!

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You obviously care...

by generalist In reply to hey i am back

You obviously care a little about this stuff, otherwise you wouldn't keep coming back for more.

Of course, it is useful to learn from the mistakes of others, especially when expensive items are involved.

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Ahhhh...The little girl has returned

by radiic In reply to hey i am back

This sounds like the little girl that caused such a stir about 9 months ago with her posts and changing names.

Glad to see you are still not using a spell checker before you post. Dumbass, is 2 words, dumb ***.


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Why yes I am a geek

by LordInfidel In reply to hey i am back

I'm so geekish I have a sticker that says GEEK on the windshield of my mustang.

I would welcome you back but I just took a ****.

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Why yes I am a geek


Now, would that be Genuine Expert - Extensive Knowledge

or possibly

Great Engineer - Ever Keen

or maybe

Grasps Everything - Extra Kudos

Who knows?!!

So long as us 'GEEKS' are out there, the world will remain an interesting place.



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It got me thinking about the origin

by LordInfidel In reply to Er...GEEK?

So I did the geeky thing and did a quick google search and found the dictionary version of the word.

NOUN: Slang 1a. A person regarded as foolish, inept, or clumsy. b. A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept. 2. A carnival performer whose show consists of bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken.
ETYMOLOGY: Perhaps alteration of dialectal geck, fool, from Low German gek, from Middle Low German.

OUR LIVING LANGUAGE: Our word geek is now chiefly associated with student and computer slang; one probably thinks first of a computer geek. In origin, however, it is one of the words American English borrowed from the vocabulary of the circus, which was a much more significant source of entertainment in the United States in the 19th and early 20th century than it is now. Large numbers of traveling circuses left a cultural legacy in various and sometimes unexpected ways. For example, Superman and other comic book superheroes owe much of their look to circus acrobats, who were similarly costumed in capes and tights. The circus sideshow is the source of the word geek, “a performer who engaged in bizarre acts, such as biting the head off a live chicken.” We also owe the word ballyhoo to the circus; its ultimate origin is unknown, but in the late 1800s it referred to a flamboyant free musical performance conducted outside a circus with the goal of luring customers to buy tickets to the inside shows. Other words and expressions with circus origins include bandwagon (coined by P.T. Barnum in 1855) and Siamese twin.

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Time for a beer

by GuruOfDos In reply to It got me thinking about ...

Ay ay ay.....

Take 5....smoke 'em if ya got 'em! Have a pint or three and relax!!!

Hee hee hee :-)


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Gag Value

by GuruOfDos In reply to On a lighter note...

I still have a 386 under the bench that had a few 'upgrades' a while back. The 386 was retired for serious use, but we kept 3.11 and DOS 6.22 on it for sentimental reasons. The tower case had 3 5.25" bays, one for the CD (2x Panasonic...remember them?!!), one for (bizarrely enough) a 5.25 1.2Mb Floppy and the third (right at the top of the tower) was a 'special'.

On a business trip to Germany, my sparring-partner and I found an ex-DDR Trabant car abandoned in a lay-by. The thing was pretty smashed up but still had a few bits left, so my buddy removed the ash-tray as a souvenir. Oddly enough, the dimensions of said accessory perfectly matched a 5.25 bay front, so with some careful brutalisation of an old Creative single speed CD drive with a defunct laser, a 5.25" motorised ash-tray was subsequently fitted to the 386. The added advantage of this 'user convenience' was that the AT psu fan used to suck the smoke away from the front of the machine and **** it out of the back towards the window! I would not recommend this as a 'serious' upgrade, but for the hardened smoker who is prepared to 'de-nicotine' the PC every six months, it does make an ideal Christmas present for 'the man who has everything'....naturally a sticky cpu fanwasn't an issue as the 386 had a passive radiator and no fan! Anyone seen my 5.25" floppy-drive head cleaner?!!

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Passive backplanes - smoking Boss!

by GuruOfDos In reply to On a lighter note...

Another happy memory just occurred to me.

Back in the good old days (circa '93!!)when the standard spec for our simulators was the good old DX4-100, we'd often need to add perhaps as many as 12 ISA cards to a system, so we manufacured our own 'breakout' cards, that mapped the ISA bus (or at least the lines we were using) onto a 64w ribbon cable. This then went to a box with a passive backplane, power supply and a 'reverser' which translated the ribbon connector back onto the ISA bus. We'd often be on a deadline and be waiting on our supplier to deliver the 0.1" pitch ISA connectors and there were a few times we had to 'recycle' a few from an old 386 or even 286 mobo to complete a production job on schedule. On a multilayer board with so many pins on an ISA slot, the easiest way to remove them for reuse was to use a blowtorch on the back of the board to melt the solder on all the pins and then give the board a good hard smack on the edge of the bench to make the connectors drop outof the PCB. They could then be cleaned up in an ultrasonic tank and fitted to the new backplanes. The by-product of this process was, needless to say, a few very fried (and very dead) mobos with serious burn-marks and scorched fibreglass. The trick was to throw the smouldering board out into the corridor just as the Boss happened to be passing, with the words '****! I put the CPU in wrong way round again!' or 'Last time I use MS DOS on a damn PC!'.

Back then a DX4-100 used to cost up in theseveral hundreds and a decent VLB-ISA-PCI mobo didn't give much change from half a grand! You should have seen the sparks fly...not only from the burning mobo, but from the Boss!

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Got me on a roll now!

by GuruOfDos In reply to On a lighter note...

When I worked in retail, our head office was very reticent about taking back slightly damaged or faulty stock unless there was a 'serious' fault or defect. Sometimes there would be a software 'funny', an incompatibility with existing hardware or some other reason the customer had returned the goods and we'd have to restore the machine and re-sell it as pre-owned with an appropriate discount. Our manager did not like discounting and head office wanted us to do anything rather than lose margin, so myself and two other techs came up with an entertaining solution.

Place iffy computer on a bench, preferably near to the Customer Services Manager's desk during her absence to fetch a hot brew.

Connect to mains using a very long power cable,keeping the supply turned off at the socket located as far away from the computer as practical.

Switch the voltage selector from 240v (European)to 120v (North America). Turn on the computer at it's switch.

Wait for said CSM to sit down at herdesk with a hot coffee.

Casually lean over remote desk and appear to be in deep discussion over some important technical issue with a colleague whilst flipping the power socket switch to the ON position.

Roar with laughter as smoke, a flash and a loud 'BANG' erupts from the computer, and coffee, obsceneties and a scream erupts from Kirsty, our CSM!

Flip switch back to 240v position while Kirsty is in the 'little girls room' attending to coffee-stained attire , pack computer to send back to head office with a note stating 'Will not power up. Dead On Arrival. No idea as to cause. Some sort of burning smell.'

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My personal favorite is

by LordInfidel In reply to On a lighter note...

Walking into the NOC first thing on a monday morning and smelling "Burnt Chips".

Nothing like smelling every server to find out where the smell is coming from.

"Sounds like someone has a case of the mondays"

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