Humor: Unusual data disaster horror stories for 2007

Posted on in Categories Data recovery, Hardware, Humor last updated December 7, 2007

Ontrack data recovery service has posted unusual data disaster horror stories for 2007. From the article:

An ant-infested hard drive and a failing parachute top a list of data disaster horror stories for 2007.

The list, provided by Kroll Inc.’s Ontrack Data Recovery unit, illustrates some of the strangest and wackiest things that people put electronic storage devices through on a regular basis.

Putting drives in the washing machine. Using oil to stop them from squeaking. These are just two examples of the user bloopers the company’s engineers nominated for inclusion on the list. Remarkably, Kroll data recovery specialists were able to recover the data in both instances.

=> Most unusual data disaster horror stories for 2007 [ via slashdot ]

Humor: Writing Web Service and Pages using Bourne Shell

Posted on in Categories Howto, Humor, Shell scripting, Tips last updated November 22, 2007

Why should shell languages be the only ones left out of the ${YOUR_LANGUAGE_HERE} Server Pages fad? This document chronicles foray into the not-so-fascinating world of ${YOUR_LANGUAGE_HERE} Server Pages technology. All of the code developed is available for free download, so you can use Bourne Shell Server Pages to build your very own killer Web application.

=> Bourne Shell Server Pages [hyperrealm.com]

ddate: Converts Gregorian dates to Discordian dates

Posted on in Categories Humor, Linux, Shell scripting, UNIX last updated October 16, 2007

Most of you may be aware of date command. There is also a ddate command. It converts Gregorian dates to Discordian dates or Erisian calendar, which is an alternative calendar used by some adherents of Discordianism. It is specified on page 00034 of the Principia Discordia:

The Discordian calendar has five 73-day seasons: Chaos, Discord, Confusion, Bureaucracy, and The Aftermath. The Discordian year is aligned with the Gregorian calendar and begins on January 1, thus Chaos 1, 3173 YOLD is January 1, 2007 Gregorian.

Just type ddate:
$ ddate
Output:

Today is Setting Orange, the 71st day of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3173

For fun put following alias in /etc/profile (try out on 1st April ;) ):
alias date=ddate

If called with no arguments, ddate will get the current system date, convert this to the Discordian date format and print this on the standard output.. Alternatively, a Gregorian date may be specified on the command line, in the form of a numerical day, month and year.

Humor: Ten Funny Quotes By Linus Torvalds

Posted on in Categories Humor, Linux last updated October 13, 2007

“Dijkstra probably hates me” ~ (in kernel/sched.c)

“How should I know if it works? That’s what beta testers are for. I only coded it” ~ (somewhere in a posting)

“I’m an idiot.. At least this one [bug] took about 5 minutes to find..” ~ (in response to a bug report)

=> Read the rest here