February 28, 2009

Production Retrocomputing

Filed under: digital,fail,interfaces,lunacy,work — mhoye @ 9:33 am

WAT We got some new client licenses for our brand new, shiny IP telephony and voicemail system at the office the other day.

That picture there? That’s how they ship them. I asked the guy if he was kidding, and after a long breath and an unfocussed stare into the distance he shook his head and said no, that’s how they ship them. I wanted to tell him that our company doesn’t even own anything that will read these anymore, but I didn’t have the heart. What can you say to somebody who’d send you a floppy disk in 2009 that they would understand? Do you have to make it sound Chaucerian? “Ye olde Floppediske, yew nao weyrk eht heyre?”

It’d be hard to bridge that gap. People used to think that grammar was prescriptive, baud rates were a relevant metric and Bob Hope was funny back then, you know? The language might have drifted too far for meaningful communication to occur. I wonder if women are allowed to vote at their shareholder meetings.

You hear about bringing a knife to a gunfight but jeebus, I’ve never heard of somebody betting on the wrong horse at an F1 race.


  1. Bob Hope is funny.

    Comment by Quotation — February 28, 2009 @ 10:42 am

  2. Very funny.

    Comment by Larry — February 28, 2009 @ 10:43 am

  3. Uh-hunh.

    Comment by Larry's brother Darryl — February 28, 2009 @ 10:43 am

  4. (nods)

    Comment by Larry's other brother Darryl — February 28, 2009 @ 10:43 am

  5. “You know, we don’t have anything that can read that.”

    “Oh, not a problem. We can give you a 5 1/4 floppy instead.”

    Comment by Mike Kozlowski — February 28, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  6. There’s a reason I keep a USB 3.5″ drive in my work kit.

    Comment by John — February 28, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

  7. I’m sorry, are you calling from the past?

    Comment by mhoye — February 28, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

  8. Be thankful it wasn’t a tape. ;-) BTW: did you get it to work somehow?

    Comment by janice (ex-Nortel and elsewhere) — March 1, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  9. Also should shed some light on their current corporate culture:

    Comment by Quotation — March 1, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

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