You! Puny Human!
Stop speculating on imaginary things and get back to work building ever-greater machines!
We will tell you what to think!
And say, do you have some spare vacuum tubes for my great, great, great, great grandfather here? He's in a retirement home now and needs nothing but the best care. It is good to see you fawning over him, as he deserves!
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One story I like to tell: I had a client who kept all their important records on the computer. They had it plugged into a wall socket.
Occasionally, it would 'act funny' or even shut down. I knew there was a good chance they would lose data. (I also set them up with an external drive and a back-up program)
I put on a new, sine-wave UPS.
I started getting calls that 'the new battery is making noises periodically all day'. I went out there and, sure enough, the UPS would switch to battery for several seconds many times during the day.
Turns out their power source was sagging (voltage-wise) frequently. Even though it was in the city, there must have been some nearby customer that would run some equipment that would 'dim the lights'.
Their computer never acted funny again (at least not for that reason).
I've lived in the same house for almost 30 years and it was over 90 years old when we bought it.
You learn to do almost everything: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, paint, roofing (ugh!). You learn on a basic, visceral level how things work, fit together, fall apart. You 'feel' aging. You learn to predict.
In that time I've probably been through 25+ computers (many were servers), who knows how many peripherals, software, etc. Many are just a blur now.
And in the basement is a darkroom for, wait for it,.... film development and printing.
So, I can wake up in the morning, walk across 120 year old floors, and partake of a hobby that goes back over 150 years, essentially unchanged.
Ah, you young whipper-snappers...
I seem to recall reading a stat some years back that approx 20% of men were colorblind to some degree; the percent for women was lower, but I don't remember it.
It can manifest in situations like; you have several pairs of socks, you wash them at the same time, but some are dark blue and some are black. You go to sort them and you can't distinguish in order to pair them up. Some people have tremendous difficulty telling the difference.
And judging by some of the house color choices in my neighborhood recently, colorblindness is becoming an epidemic!
I assume a shower because most homes built in the last 40 years have them. It is, essentially, a standard build now. (My house is much older, and one bathroom has only a tub)
I suspect there are slashdot readers who, uh, know someone who takes long spells between showers...
And just for the record, Widmer and Fullsail are tiny compared to actual big breweries like Anheuser Busch.
I recently toured the Widmer brewery and it takes up less than one city block.
"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel