Here's the (not so amazing) result. Consider it a "Show HN"? https://vimeo.com/220071855
edit: yes it is. Checked the link in other thread.
"Arr kay tay, acht tay, gay zex vey"?
I am not a native German speaker, but the dialect I learned and my German relatives speak says "r" more like the English word "air".
/ɛʁ kaː tʰeː axt tʰeː geː zɛks veː/
Bonus: The same key also works for Half-Life. They used the same algorithm.
Guess how I figured that one out.
Before every class began, I would go through the entire classroom of 15-20 workstations and do a clean install of WinNT4 and whatever software packages were necessary for the class.
Imaging was possible with software like Ghost, but it was still pretty clunky, and NT4 required extra work after imaging, so we just did it manually. Typically, by the time I was done a step with the last workstation, the first one was ready for me to click the next Next button.
Thanks for the memories!
That’s how we handled 100s of machines with an IT dept of just 3-4 techies at the uni I worked for.
And we loathed people who came with non-standard HW our custom boot disks didn’t handle (remember that even being a thing?).
Things have certainly changed and IMO mostly for the better.
Trivia about this machine: on the corner of one control board there was a single, green indicator LED with a broken lead. It was bent over so the broken part would still contact the solder joint and light up. If at any point it stopped making contact with the circuit, the entire machine locked up or threw random error codes until you wiggled it back into place.
"We'll fix it later"
"We've been looking at your performance these last few months, and it seems you've stopped taking on new responsibilities..."
"The machine is running."
"I have other offers."
"Never mind, carry on. Here's your raise."
The slogan was literally "Run it till it dies". The machine next to me was even older, and had a crash/down time of 1-2 hours every 9 hour day. Not kidding.
The floor offices still used terminal computers in 2014-ish. The one in my depart finally crapped out (screen flicker due to the flyback cracking a solder joint). Easy fix, I didn't say anything hoping they'd buy a damn desktop like a normal company. Nope, they special ordered a new/refurb terminal for god knows how much money (I think it was a televideo 9xx or something).
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Other software (Vmware or Virtualbox etc.) also install drivers in the same location, although automated of course.
Assuming all disks read in equal time and it takes no time to move the disks.
There's various timing loops for calibrating delays, which were written at a time when CPUs were much slower. Win98(SE?) didn't have this problem.
> While any of these special filenames would have worked, the most common one used to crash old Windows machines was con, a special filename that represents the physical console: the keyboard (for input) and the screen (for output). Windows correctly handled simple attempts to access the con device, but a filename included two references to the special device—for example, c:\con\con—then Windows would crash. If that file was referenced from a webpage, for example, by trying to load an image from file:///c:/con/con then the machine would crash whenever the malicious page was accessed.
"Thanks Jeff. Yeah, we'll have to see how this plays out, but I'm tentatively calling this one as maybe not a mistake. By leaving IPX support in, there's an extra 198 sectors to copy - but you save 39ms later from reduced install logging, as there's never any IPX check failures from the network infrastructure. He's been playing such a straight-up game here so far, so this is actually quite interesting - we might be seeing hints here of the bolder, gutsier play that he's going to have to bring to the table far more often to later stages. The Plus! installation round in particular is not for the faint-hearted."
"IFuckedUrMom666 - thanks. We'll be back for more analysis later."
This particular speedrun is much more tied to the hardware, but that's part of the fun for these people. It might make more sense if you compare it to something like car racing. Both the hardware and the person matter a lot to the outcome.
Rules would have to be carefully written.
I vaguely recall having to build a 486 out of a bunch of parts, install windows and get to the desktop.
Plenty of scope for choosing and comparing different OS, different software, etc..
If blind runs became more popular then maybe I could hone that skill.
still, 24 years after windows 95, i gotta say this is .. hilarious. ;d
In software development I think I could watch speedruns of folks building a login service/page or any component really.
BTW, she's not my `waifu`, I just like her as a character.
4chan people are notorious for pulling that kind of shit. I wouldn't be surprised if the person that makes that video is from /g/.
If you don't find it funny, then you don't find it funny, like how you don't get some movies or memes that people like. I do.