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Comment: Re:For work - You had ONE job... (Score 1) 136 136

When the "bad guys" manage to download the password database from a Windows domain controller in your company (and that can happen) then they will be able to crack some of your previous 12 passwords that it stores in the history. Then you will be an easy target because they can predict your password from the history because you did not bother to comply with the company password policy. You were negligent.

Comment: a five minute deadline to write, test and deploy (Score 1) 310 310

A Solaris sys-admin on my team deleted '/bin/ldd' from the department server and found that he could not issue any more commands. Other processes on the server began to hang when they needed to load libraries.

He was in panic mode and planning to take down the server to boot from the installation CD in order to fix it. That would have resulted in a few hundred people unable to work for a while. I had the idea of writing a quick program on another workstation and copying that to an NFS share that was mounted by that server. The program would copy 'ldd' from another disk to '/bin/ldd' but the catch was that it could not load any system libraries, it had to be static linked with the correct version of each library it required. The bigger catch was that I had a deadline of under 5 minutes to get it working.

It worked :-)

Comment: concentrate on what she needs (Score 5, Insightful) 552 552

You probably know this already. For the moment you should concentrate on telling her that everyone is ok and she needs to rest. Talk to her, tell her not to try to respond and not to be frustrated. Don't ask questions as that will make her more frustrated. Keep her in the conversation without expecting her to answer.

Comment: Hands on compiling in 1972 (Score 1) 230 230

I had only just last week found one of the first programs that I wrote in 1972. We were lucky that our engineering school had a reconditioned IBM1800 with only a small cadre of us who knew how to use it so we got plenty of hands-on machine time in the late evenings when the official jobs had finished. You can see a printout of it on

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955