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Wonderful things

As in, Things That Make You Wonder:

A data recovery service has posted its top ten user recovery stories for 2007. Their top pick was the guy whose system was infested with ants, so he pried the cover off and sprayed with insecticide. My personal favorite was the Brit who was annoyed by the squeaking sound the drive made, so he drilled a hole in the case and poured oil in. The squeak DID stop, so I guess he counted that as a win.

The good people of Portland have a chance to honor Douglas Adams (of the five-volume trilogy Hitchhiker's Guide and other light classics) by renaming a street after him. 42nd Avenue, to be precise. Get behind it, Portland, and DON'T PANIC!

The transit people in Seattle are fighting an issue that never existed. They're setting up a new light rail system, and some smartass said it should be the South Lake Union Trolley, because they want to ride a SLUT. People are all crazed over the name, and giving them grief for it, when the transit people had never planned to name it that in the first place.

And what are the large issues facing the American voter in the run-up to 2008? Health care, the environment, the war(s), the national debt? No, of course not. We are deeply concerned about why some people insist Earth is more than 6000 years old, in spite of the Bible (Huckabee), whether Sen. Obama is black enough or white enough (he's really a decaf latte, don't tell anyone), whether the man who put NYC's emergency response center in the middle of NYC's biggest terrorist target is tough enough on terrorism, and whether Bill Clinton should be allowed to show more cleavage than his wife. My country, tis of thee.

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dhlawrence
Dec. 7th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
I heard it was the opponents who gave the light rail system that name.
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
It's funny either way.

I would have loved to have been in town when the Bay Area Rapid Transit system announced that it would have a station in the Rockridge district of Oakland. Yep, BART was going to build a train through Rockridge! Did Heddey Lamar ("That's HEDLEY!") have anything to do with it?
deckardcanine
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
Their top pick was the guy whose system was infested with ants, so he pried the cover off and sprayed with insecticide. My personal favorite was the Brit who was annoyed by the squeaking sound the drive made, so he drilled a hole in the case and poured oil in.

I'm with you: That's both dumber and funnier. But I haven't seen the other entries.

whether Bill Clinton should be allowed to show more cleavage than his wife

I'm glad I wasn't drinking when I read that.
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
The Computerworld article doesn't have a direct link to the Ontrack Data Recovery list, alas.
james_b
Dec. 7th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
I put one of my USB memory sticks through a full washing cycle and a full tumble dry session before I discovered what I'd done. 20 months later, it's still working fine.

Back in the days of the early PC without hard drives, one of my friend's sons decided that his father's computer made too much noise. Now this 4 year old had seen his father use an old fashioned pump type oil can to quieten noisy gate hinges, and there was a convenient hole in the front of each floppy drive that would fit the spout of the oil can ... (of course I discovered this fact when I was visiting, and a disk I inserted into the drive came out covered in oil).
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 8th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
You must have used an anti-static fabric softener :)
seumas_13
Dec. 8th, 2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Ouch!
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