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» Oldies vs Computers

Something that actually happened to me at work.

At work, we had a need to ensure that PC's weren't left logged in and unattended.

So, my boss asked me to find a solution. I thought "Aha! A screensasver should do it".

Being a bit of a keen Programmer, I set about writing one. This screensaver would reboot the machine immediately (no nice chances to save) when activated.

When I finished coding, I went to test it. Only then (as the PC restarted) did I realise that I had not saved what I as doing and actually lost all the source code.
(Tue 26th Sep 2006, 23:52, More)

» Ignoring Instructions

Not really on topic, but..
I bought a fleece pet blanket that had the instruction "Before washing, remove pet". There was me about to stick the blanket in the washing machine with the dog still on it.
(Mon 8th May 2006, 10:22, More)

» Crap meals out

Not me, but..
In a restaurant in Gran Canaria, my sister ordered a plate of spaghetti in tomato sauce. Paid £8 for it (I think).

She expected home made spaghetti, and a home made tomato sauce.

She got a plate of Heinz Spaghetti.
(Thu 27th Apr 2006, 18:55, More)

» Expensive Mistakes

I'm innocent...
I do know someone who did something that could have cost him his job.

His company was developing software for the original xbox. Some eight months before it's US release, he had one in the office to develop software on.

One bank holiday, he invited everyone round and bought it home. Plugged it in and bang.

It had a US standard power supply, and he'd forgotton to bring the transformer home.

The problem is, he had signed a Non-Disclosure Ageement, so wasn't even supposed to tell people about the xbox, let alone take it home and blow it up.
(Thu 25th Oct 2007, 21:00, More)

» The Weird Kid In Class

One kid. Well, actually, we had a few, but this one sticks on my mind.

Laurence was a nice guy, but prone to some eccentric actions. Once, while we were waiting for a history lesson, he got bored (the teacher was always late), so he knelt down, put his arms around the back of his knees and leapt around sideways. Apparently doing an impression of a crab. For some reason, the whole class (me included) found this funny and were pissing ourselves laughing when the teacher walked in.

Another time, we were in a classroom on the first floor, and, as usual, he was clowning around. The teacher walked in, so he threw himself out of the window, and hung by his fingertips for 45 minutes until the lesson ended. I was extremely impressed.
(Fri 19th Jan 2007, 15:27, More)
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