Jonathan Simpson is a very busy man…

Don’t trust anything on the internet… except me. ha.

30 Comments on Jonathan Simpson is a very busy man…

  1. I read some shit that the average mofo spends almost 8 hours a day looking at a screen. Outside of work. Wow.

    I used to be a DMS programmer, and I never did more than 4 hours a day looking at a screen. Even at the worst of times — programming hundreds of telephones with hundreds of options per day.

    I used most of my hours making elaborate cut-sheets (that were filed for record — paper, we don’t use that anymore) and spent an average of 2 hours per shift actually programming.

    My cut-sheets were the score, and what I typed was just reading what I had already wrote and banging the keyboard.

    I’ll never understand people who stare at the interwebs all day.

    I can’t fathom looking at bullshit for more hours than I did my job.

    But here we are. It must be some generational thing.

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  2. @Erik the ne’er-do-well unmasked scumbag.. Nothing against you . but you should had wrote an API to do that so others could work while you sit back and laugh the BS that flows. OBTW.. Got another cut to Meta tomorrow morning. Crap we’re old

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  3. Old? You want OLD?!? The first computer doo-dad I spent hours at was an 029. Lots and lots of hours. If you don’t know what an 029 is, you’re not THAT old! (-:

    Boy, was I thrilled with that new doo-dad, the 2741.

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  4. One year Tl1 stopped functioning properly. I don’t know what happened. I used to type “question mark”, you know, “?”, which would type out the previous string. I could amend the string for years. Suddenly the question mark typed out the string AND executed it.

    Fucking what?

    I can’t do shit with that.

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  5. HAA!

    There was a time they screamed. I’m not so sure now.

    I’m part of a world that only exists in memories.

    I’m the generation carburettors. D4 Channel Banks. And TL1.

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  6. @Erik – I was a product manager in marketing at a baby bell (early 2000’s) helping to sell a product to customers that used TL1 commands to manipulate the DS0 / DS1 connections remotely. I researched it extensively and found there was also network “health” information embedded in the data stream that supported TL1 commands. Internally, the company higher ups had no idea about any of it (including that we were already selling a product to customers that monitored the network and allowed remote control (switching endpoints, etc.) of the circuits including optical links up to OC-48 at the time), nor did the “science & technology” group that was supposed to know everything about the network and approved any new purchases of equipment. Very large customers were complaining about outages and network problems while the company was still depending on phone calls to technicians by customers telling them they had an outage.

    Long story short, I was fired because I was able to use the existing customer facing product internally to monitor and control our internal networks, detect failures in real time and often clear the problem remotely rather than rolling a truck to customer / CO sites. The higher ups didn’t even know any of this was possible, much less that we already were selling a product to our customers that could do all of what they wanted.

    Unknown to me, the VP of network had planned a kickback from a company that didn’t even have a working product to offer for the RFP for network management and monitoring, so I had to be fired immediately for using a product that already existed and we were selling to customers the whole time.

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  7. @ Hambone – it’s technical jargon about the phone / data network as it existed a few years ago. “High-speed” broad band advances have make the network infrastructure from just a few years ago completely obsolete.

  8. At one of my early programming jobs, I wrote Fortran IV on paper coding forms and turned them into the “keypunch ladies”. These ladies didn’t know Fortran but they produced keypunch cards all day long. When you got your tightly rubber banded deck back, it wasn’t that unusual to find a card inserted at a 90 degree angle. They would go ahead and type what you had printed but sometime offer an addition card with a correction. Sorta of a, “Hey kid, did you mean…” I’m still a deadly shot with a rubber band after a few years of sitting with other programmers, waiting for printouts. We had boxes of rubber bands and never ending piles of old Styrofoam coffee cups… Put a little spin on the rubber band and it will hit and crawl in the circles of those aluminum ceiling vents.

    https://atariwiki.org/wiki/attach/Fortran/IBM_Fortran_coding_form.pdf

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  9. …first computer I ever saw was the one for the insurance company my dad was a senior programmer for, one of those whole-floor ones that had banks of punchcard keyboards, punchcard readers, line printers, and reel-to-reel tape machines in sterile rooms that slid their own glass doors open and closed and hunted endlessly back and forth for data. Don’t know what they called it, if Dad ever told me I forgot, but I did think it was SO cool I learned PL1 so I could get a job doing that one day, only to find out languages changed faster than underwear at that point and never got a chance to do anything with it.

    First computer I ever actually programmed was a TRS-80 in BASIC. BASIC is really great for teaching Boolean logic, so that equipped me well for everything to come after, and I use those concepts and concepts of linear processing to this day.

    The first program I was FORMALLY taught was dbase III PLUS. This was a spreadsheet program that gave you a “.” AND NOTHING ELSE. Everything that happened from there was a command line entry you had to type PERFECTLY or you got CRAP.

    And it was DOS, so no WYSIWYG (“wizywig” was how this concept was pronounced).

    …so out of curiosity, you old guys here remember what WYSIWYG is an acronym for? I bet you DO…

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  10. I think I saw a pic of that guy carrying a tray of champagne flutes at Barky’s big birthday shindig.

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  11. Well, after seeing all four pics, I SUSPECT fraud. (yeah…..right………..)
    But #2 (US Army PVT) is the clincher………No one is issued or wears Woodland Camo officially any more, for at least the last 20 years.

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  12. Bubba’s Brother, it was just that CRC (cyclic redundancy check) bit that made PRIs (primary rate interfaces) not function.

    CRCs in T1s were LSD (least significant digit) … but in a PRI the LSD was a supervision digit. You had to TL1 into the station card and turn off “monitoring”.

    I can’t tell you how many troubles I had. I became the PRI guy at DC Bell, and taught a bunch of classes about WTF was going on.

    The sad part was when I went to DS1 school that was part of the class.

    The third level was asking me what the hell was up.

    “These people aren’t going into the cards and checking shit. It ALL has to be correct. Throwing in a card and doing all ones, all zeroes, and quasi ain’t fucking cutting it.”

    “Where did you learn this?”

    “In DS1 school.”

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