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(Mental Floss)   Ever wonder what sadistic programming bastard thought "control-alt-delete" was a good idea? His name was David Bradley, and it actually made sense at the time   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 17
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2013-07-14 01:48:29 PM  
8 votes:

Marcus Aurelius:  And all the porn was in ASCII.


ZAZ:Qwerty keyboards are designed to make one handed typing as difficult as possible.


These two posts belong together.
2013-07-14 03:58:46 PM  
6 votes:
imgs.mi9.com

avoid the hard boot.
2013-07-14 05:18:04 PM  
4 votes:

ZAZ: Unfortunately operating systems these days favor soft reset/shutdown. You have to negotiate with the system to convince it to turn off. Or you have to resort to the 5 second power button press and full power up slowness which the reset chord was meant to avoid.


i291.photobucket.com
2013-07-14 10:10:39 PM  
3 votes:

itsaback: Sadistic? No....

Sadistic was:

(A)bort,(R)etry,(F)ail?

/fail was the only one that worked.


A Usenet/BBS staple:

 Once upon a midnight dreary, fingers cramped and vision bleary,
System manuals piled high and wasted paper on the floor
Longing for the warmth of bedsheets,
Still I sat there, doing spreadsheets;
Having reached the bottom line,
I took a floppy from the drawer.
Typing with a steady hand, then invoked the SAVE command
But I got a reprimand: it read Abort, Retry, Ignore.
Was this some occult illusion? Some maniacal intrusion?
These were choices Solomon himself had never faced before.
Carefully, I weighed my options.
These three seemed to be the top ones.
Clearly I must now adopt one:
Choose Abort, Retry, Ignore.
With my fingers pale and trembling,
Slowly toward the keyboard bending,
Longing for a happy ending, hoping all would be restored,
Praying for some guarantee
Finally I pressed a key--
But on the screen what did I see?
Again: Abort, Retry, Ignore.
I tried to catch the chips off-guard--
I pressed again, but twice as hard.
Luck was just not in the cards.
I saw what I had seen before.
Now I typed in desperation
Trying random combinations
Still there came the incantation:
Choose: Abort, Retry, Ignore.
There I sat, distraught, exhausted, by my own machine accosted
Getting up I turned away and paced across the office floor.
And then I saw an awful sight:
A bold and blinding flash of light--
A lightning bolt had cut the night and shook me to my very core.
I saw the screen collapse and die
"Oh no--my database," I cried
I thought I heard a voice reply,
"You'll see your data Nevermore!"
To this day I do not know
The place to which lost data goes
I bet it goes to heaven where the angels have it stored
But as for productivity, well
I fear that IT goes straight to hell
And that's the tale I have to tell
Your choice: Abort, Retry, Ignore.

/A favorite of mine.
2013-07-14 07:18:33 PM  
3 votes:
www.dansdata.com

DO YOU EVEN LIFT BRO?!
2013-07-14 04:51:14 PM  
2 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.com
2013-07-15 10:16:35 PM  
1 votes:
No keyboard detected

Press F1 to continue
2013-07-15 02:20:01 AM  
1 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: FTA "Because Apple and RadioShack were already selling small stand-alone computers:"

Ahh the usual revisionism. Atari? Commodore?


Not to mention the fact the Tandy 1000 was a clone of the PCjr.
2013-07-14 11:12:44 PM  
1 votes:
What he should do, is invent this one to help out those computer challenged people that can't find it.

www.troll.me

And for those that can't remember passwords, just have them set their password to "incorrect", so when
they forget, they can put in anything, and then the computer will say that "your password is incorrect"
and they will know what to use.
2013-07-14 10:22:30 PM  
1 votes:
Heck, I feel like sharing another bit of computer history...

If you can understand half the references in this, well, you're an old, old hacker.

1992 Steven Weyhrich
(Sung to the tune of "American Pie" by Don McLean)
NOTE: To read these lyrics properly, the phrase "Two-E" refers to the "Apple //e" computer. It wouldn't come out sounding right if I'd put "IIe" in it's place; it might be read as "eye-eye-e".

A long, long time ago,
I can still remember how those programs
Used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance,
That I could make those users dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while.
November breezes made me shiver
With every upload I'd deliver
Bad news on the desktop
I couldn't make the text stop.
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about our faltered pride
But something touched me deep inside
The day
the Two-E
died.
So, bye, bye to my Apple II pie
Hooked my RamFAST to the SCSI
But the SCSI was fried
And hackin' boys drank Mountain Dew and sighed,
Typin' "This'll be the day that I die.
This'll be the day that I die."
Do you know your Apple's core?
Do you have faith in Woz's lore
If the Red Book tells you so?
Do you believe in ROR and ROL
Can BASIC save your mortal soul
And can you tell me why Pascal runs so slow?
Well, I know you love that Lisa hack
'Cause I saw you mousin' in the back
Well, MacWrite was big news
But AppleWorks got great reviews, oooh
I was a twenty-something computer fan
With a loaned assembler and some program plans
But I knew I'd be just an "also-ran"
The day the Two-E died.
I started singin'
Bye, bye to my Apple II pie
Hooked my RamFAST to the SCSI
But the SCSI was fried
And hackin' boys drank Cola Jolt and sighed,
Typin' "This'll be the day that I die.
This'll be the day that I die."
Now for twelve years we've been on our own
The software comes on my telephone
But that's not how it used to be
When ol' Steve Jobs planned a brand new box
With designs he borrowed from Xerox
And the cash, well it came from you and me
Oh, and while our Woz was looking down
Steve Jobs stole his designer's crown
The III plan was adjourned
No money was returned
And while Wagner wrote "Assembly Lines"
We liked our BASIC programs fine
And most thought ProDOS was divine
The day the Two-E died.
We were singin'
Bye, bye to my Apple II pie
Hooked my RamFAST to the SCSI
But the SCSI was fried
And hackin' boys drank Dr. Pepper and sighed,
Typin' "This'll be the day that I die.
This'll be the day that I die."
HUFFIN, PUFFIN, move files with MUFFIN
Single drive, lots of disks I'm stuffin'
Eight piles high, and fadin' fast...
With Macs out landing in the grass
The Pirates tried for a forward pass
Moving Two-E to the sidelines, in a cast
Now, the IIc Fair was sweet perfume
And "Forever!" was our marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance
'Cause the Mac-heads tried to take the field
Our Apple II's refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the Two-E died?
We started singin'
Bye, bye to my Apple II pie
Hooked my RamFAST to the SCSI
But the SCSI was fried
And hackin' boys drank Diet Pepsi and sighed,
Typin' "This'll be the day that I die.
This'll be the day that I die."
Ohhh, and there we were all in one place
An online conference lost in space
With no bucks left to start again
So come on, Tom be nimble, Tom be quick
Uncle-DOS made all our Apples tick
'Cause Merlin is the hacker's only friend
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No one that I could tell
Could break that Sculley's spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Sculley laughing with delight
The day the Two-E died
He was singin'
Bye, bye to my Apple II pie
Hooked my RamFAST to the SCSI
But the SCSI was fried
And hackin' boys drank lemon tea and sighed,
Typin' "This'll be the day that I die.
This'll be the day that I die."
I met a girl who sang of Blues
And I asked her for some Apple news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went to the computer store
Where I'd seen the Apple years before
But the man there said the Two-E couldn't play
And in the schools the children screamed
The teachers cried and the hackers dreamed
But not a file was open
The disk drives all were broken
And the news mags that I'd liked the most
Softalk, inCider - were all toast
They'd grabbed the last train for the coast
The day
the Two-E
died
And they were singin'
Bye, bye to my Apple II pie
Hooked my RamFAST to the SCSI
But the SCSI was fried
And hackin' boys drank Snapple soda and cried,
Saying, "This'll be the day that I die.
This'll be the day that I die."
They were singin'
Bye, bye to my Apple II pie
Hooked my RamFAST to the SCSI
But the SCSI was fried
And hackin' boys drank Snapple soda and cried,
Saying, "This'll be the day that I die.
This'll be
the day
that I die."
2013-07-14 06:50:22 PM  
1 votes:
CTRL-ALT-DET came from the days where Sysadmiins were proud to have their servers running for 30 days straight, and were considered gods for having their servers up for six months straight.

/before reboots for patches
//and the HD space for the networks were a spacious 340 MB
///with a 'M'
2013-07-14 06:02:43 PM  
1 votes:
Sadistic? Nope.

Watching memcheck got old real fast.

Now if you wanted sadistic, there was always WordStar.
2013-07-14 06:00:50 PM  
1 votes:
www.evinco-software.com www.evinco-software.com

www.spinellis.gr
2013-07-14 04:10:29 PM  
1 votes:
Funny the article says CTRL-ALT-DEL was little known until the popularization of Windows.  CTRL-ALT-DEL and MS-DOS went together like calamine lotion and poison ivy.
2013-07-14 04:08:57 PM  
1 votes:

Tchernobog: Shostie: Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the headline, what's so bad about it and why doesn't it make sense these days?

I guess it's kind of like how we use icons of floppy disks for save buttons, even though there are young computer users who have never used a floppy disk ever.

Y'know, growing up with 5.5" floppies (pinewood derby/oregon trail were staples of my childhood) and later, obviously, 3.5" floppies, I never really even thought about what you just pointed out.


When I was little, I thought a 3.5" disk was a "hard disk", because the case was hard and not floppy like a 5.25" disk.
2013-07-14 01:51:25 PM  
1 votes:
Meh.  I liked Ctrl-Alt-Del before it went mainstream.  I still prefer Alt-Tab.
2013-07-14 12:56:46 PM  
1 votes:
I remember when 640k was all the memory you could possibly ever need in a personal computer.  And all the porn was in ASCII.
 
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