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Our Ginger Fuhrer says that he could still code up a simple game idea in Amstrad Basic, while I'm your man if you ever need to rebuild the suspension on an Austin Allegro (1750 Equipe version). This stuff doesn't leave your mind - tell us about obsolete talents you still have.

(, Thu 30 Jun 2011, 17:04)
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Muscle memory
Some years ago I started a new job, and on day 1 realised that I now had to use the UNIX skills (or even skillz) that I'd confidently asserted in the interview. What I hadn't mentioned was that it was somewhere up to a decade since I'd last used UNIX in anger. So I was staring at the cursor, knowing what I wanted to do but not having the slightest recollection of the arcane sequence of letters and twisted abbreviations that would achieve it.

I had nothing. Panic was setting in. So I did what all good Jedi do, and Used The Force: I closed my eyes, and just let my fingers type whatever felt right. And I mean that literally, I really did close my eyes and try not to think about what I was typing.

And blow me down, it worked. It seems my finger muscles remembered the sequence, even though my conscious mind didn't.

The human memory is a remarkable thing.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 13:16, 7 replies)
That's the only way I can remember my PIN.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 13:34, closed)
if you tell me your pin i will remember it for you

(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 14:15, closed)

(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 15:27, closed)
Mate's memory better than mine
Standing at the cash machine and after ten years with the same pin I get a sudden mental block and can't type it in. Complaining to my mate who was with me:

"Fuck sake, I've forgotten my pin. How did that happen? I've had it for years".

Mate leans past, types in my pin, gets cash.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 14:20, closed)
That has happened to me
the forgetting the pin not the mate knowing it. How does it happen? At the time (years ago) it was the only pin I had to remember and it completely went - nothing I could do could bring it back. I made little paper keyboards and tried the eyes closed re-trace and everything but not a thing rung a bell. Now I reset all my pins to the phonepad letters of my first name and so this will never happen again.
(, Wed 6 Jul 2011, 15:06, closed)
you didn't have access to Google then

(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 14:18, closed)
They could do with you at bletchley park
I was there on saturday and they were busy trying to start up an old cray. An old version of unix. It seemed like fun.
(, Tue 5 Jul 2011, 21:02, closed)

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