Lifelong IT/UNIX/Internet infrastructure guy. My experience predates "the web". But I'm here mostly to yell about politics. Not a bot, despite the profile pic

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It's a holiday weekend, so that means: 1) 5am outage-alarm call from work 2) It's a false alarm
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Servers get lonely too.
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I have a Satisfactory anecdote, but it's so hard to describe in a tweet. Basically, I'm trying to make Computers. They need a /lot/ of resources, which are spaced /very/ far apart. It's doable, but frustrating. I feel like George Costanza, selling computers over the phone.
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<George> *yelling into phone* HELLO! YEAH! YOU WANNA BUY A COMPUTER?! ... WHY NOT?!? .... Yeah, okay, that's fair.
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Replying to @seattlemkh
Back in the 80s, I was only allowed educational computer games, so I had Mavis Beacon, Carmen Sandiego, and Defender For Grammar. <game> Welcome of my lair! <me> Welcome *to* your lair. <game> You have passed the first test!
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Replying to @MrAlAnderson
In the movie THX-1138, there's a scene where the main character (THX-1138, or "Thecks"), goes about his daily life and goes to a shopping mall. He buys a dodecahedron. He takes it home, places it into a receptacle. It disappears. "Let us be thankful we have commerce. Buy more."
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Replying to @pinstripeowl
Oh! *smacks forehead* Of COURSE it's on Amazon Prime. Duh. I still have to buy it if I wanna watch it, but it's cheaper than Doctor Who.
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Replying to @pinstripeowl
Nah, it's cool, I /loved/ Red Dwarf, I just have no idea where I can go on the internet to see it today. I mean I'd imagine BBC (or BBC America) has its own streaming service, but, do I really need to subscribe to /yet another/ streaming service?
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Replying to @SwiftOnSecurity
I know you probably want us all to hold our questions until the end of the talk, but I'm dying to know if you can explain how data-recovery works on "destroyed" hard-drives. (As in, head crash, or deliberate hitting with a hammer, or exposure to a not-strong-enough magfield)
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Like, in a real scenario: "If we can't recover this raid array, (say 2 failures in a raid5) we're going to need to pay out some serious money and ship all the involved disks to a data-recovery company." No idea how that works, but I just know it involves cleanrooms and spacesuits
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Is it? Hm, been a long, /long/ time since I've watched that series. I mostly remember that holograms have an H on their head, a cat became sentient and the main character was essentially my IRL stepbrother. I forgot how I watched it; not on Netflix. Is it available elsewhere?
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Replying to @SwiftOnSecurity
Colony ship crash-lands on an inhabited planet. Ship's computer wakes everyone up from cryosleep. The planet has some highly-advanced dominant species, who is /not happy/ about your presence. <Terrifying monster> FRRGXZ BLRE'QX FNNT! <me> I don't understand! I'm just a *janitor*!
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No, nothing like that. It was a much more trustworthy time back then; there was no black market for photocopies of floppy disks. How would they be shared? There was no (as we know it) internet! Also, they only sent you Disk 1 - which needed the patch - of a multi-disk game.
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Replying to @KatsKitties
This is Echo and Gus being upset about something or another, but it's bedtime, and they have ratified the Human's Bed-Leg Border Treaty of 2021. <Gus> I sleep /here/. <Echo> And I sleep /over here/. <Human> *shifts legs slightly* <Gus/Echo> Woah, woah! DO NOT shift the Borders!
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Well I mean those certainly exist, but they're rough leather or scratchy wool. They're not "lounging around at home" wear.
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Replying to @kwnet_at @nixcraft
Feel like we're arguing past each other. "Use whatever OS you like to use" is my takeaway from this. Agree?
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Replying to @chick_in_kiev
Welcome to the head-exploding-club, Ms Lavin. Do you have a frozen burrito in your freezer? Or a frozen water bottle? Sometimes pressing that against your head, at the point of the headache, can help. A little bit, anyway.
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All of my Excel sheets are done via windows. Amusingly, the data that populates them is created by Perl scripts on Unix systems.
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Replying to @kwnet_at @nixcraft
Listen, buddy, it's /totally okay/ to use a local Windows terminal, while working on remote Unix systems.
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Replying to @nixcraft
Meh. I don't. I'm a massive Unix guy. But I run Windows locally. All of my Unix work is done via ssh sessions.
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