When I was stationed at the Pentagon (‘86-’89) there was a story circulating about an Army NCO who was transporting mag tape from an off site location back to the five sided puzzle palace.
He got on the Metro (train/subway) and set the tapes on the floor at his feet. As the story goes he was sitting over one of the motors and when he returned to the Pentagon and loaded the tapes on the Army mainframe the tapes didn’t work. Oops!
If true, it was definitely a precautionary tale… even if it wasn’t true, due caution is always called for when dealing with magnetic media. Of course, being an Air Force NCO (responsible for some mag tapes of my own) I also took the view that it was funny too. Inter-service rivalry can be a bit stupid at times 8^)
Of course there is American fast food all over the world. As a callow youth of 20 I shipped to Okinawa for my first overseas assignment (‘76-’78).
Being young I didn’t have much real world experience and was very surprised to find all manner of American fast food available on the island. And I will say the McDonald’s fries were much better (personal preference 8^) on Okinawa than what you could get in the states.
The fast food places did made handy land marks for driving around since I couldn’t read most of the regular road signs at the time. Fortunately you can only get so lost on an island. All I had to do was head down hill until I hit water then I usually knew which way to turn to get home.
I bought my Chevy S-10 back in late ‘96 and it was already getting hard to find trucks with manual transmissions. I didn’t think of it at the time but that’s my security system these days…. not nearly as many today that know how to drive a manual, let alone steal one 8^)
All pilots know (well… they should know) that take offs are optional but landing are mandatory.
It pays to practice at getting the landings right… or at least right enough to survive 8^)
Binary is the base numbering system used at the lowest level by digital computers but, especially for large numbers, it can be a bit much for humans to grok. Octal and hexadecimal easily convert to and from binary and are a bit easier to understand for most folk. Decimal is a bit more work to convert to or from binary, though still not especially difficult. It’s just that decimal doesn’t naturally translate to binary like octal (three bits) and hex (four bits). I’ve never done the math but I suppose decimal would be something like 3.4 bits per character…. 8^)
Of course, I’m probably a bit biased…. I’ve done the computer thing since ‘74 and converting between the various numbering systems is second nature any more. And I started with analog computers before moving full time to digital so I had a few more conversions to deal with when I made the switch in the 80’s.
Yup… like xmas is anything more than an obvious move to take over the Pagan solstice celebrations of the past.
What passes for scholarship among the religious long ago proved that their zombie prophet was likely born in the spring and that assumes he actually existed at all, which is questionable. I mean, walking on water, turning water into wine, coming back from the dead… those are obvious lies to pull in the superstitious and the utterly gullible. Certainly no real human did any of that or any of the other, so called miracles, attributed to the zombie prophet.
Always backup to a local media you have control over. Storing stuff “in the cloud” just means someone else owns your data and if they go away, you lose your photos and everything else you mindlessly put there.
Better yet, don’t put anything “in the cloud” that you aren’t willing to lose in an instant and always backup locally as well.
The, almost, 22 years I was on active duty with the Air Force I couldn’t serve on jury because I was elsewhere in the world when summoned at my ‘home of record’. After I retired from military service (in ‘95) I’ve only received four or five jury summons and only had to show up a couple of times.
The first was a drug case (before legalization in Colorado) and when they asked my opinion about legalization I told them (honestly) that I was for it and that was the end of that. The second time I came within one body of serving. Had one more person been excused I would have been sitting on that jury.
I’m not against jury duty and will certainly serve if called on but I’ll admit I’d rather be doing most anything else given any choice. However, I most certainly will NOT lie to get out of it and I watched some do just that the two time I was up for selection. I also won’t swear on any religion or religious icon (like a xtian bible) in a court… that’s a lie I won’t commit. I would swear on, say, a phone book, that’s much more honest.
We might have crossed paths, however briefly. Looking back thru my notes I see my off the cuff comment got it wrong, it wasn’t late 70’s like I said, it was Dec ‘75 that I was there working on the KC-135 flight simulator. The sim was installed in a couple of railroad cars parked on base while we trained then moved the “train” to Ogden just before xmas (so I wasn’t there the whole month). But it was more than long enough to get a tasted of Minot winter weather. I was more than happy to return to Castle and the much nicer weather there. 8^)
Why not Minot? Freezing’s the reason!
Did a TDY there one December in the late 70’s. I was never tempted to go back 8^)