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« Reply #25 on: 14/01/2011 21:37:34 »
I have identical contracts that go back within my company for 50 years - the size of the file has gone from less than a centimetre thick to over 5 centimetres; god bless the paperless office.  Even a raving technophile like myself sometimes wishes for the old days of telex communication where you knew the rough cost per character and communicated accordingly (about 5p a letter via inmarsat telex).   
 

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« Reply #26 on: 17/01/2011 23:29:03 »
Dear Diary

Today nothing grew, whatsoever, despite being put in yummy broth and placed in a heated shaker for 6 hours.
I have even resorted to showing my texts books and journal papers to my bacteria in the flasks in an attempt to make them realise what they should be doing. Upon doing so, my lab colleagues suggested I should get a coffee, and a life.
 

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« Reply #27 on: 17/01/2011 23:36:04 »
Dear Diary

Today nothing grew, whatsoever, despite being put in yummy broth and placed in a heated shaker for 6 hours.
I have even resorted to showing my texts books and journal papers to my bacteria in the flasks in an attempt to make them realise what they should be doing. Upon doing so, my lab colleagues suggested I should get a coffee, and a life.

Maybe you sterilized them with ultraviolent light. Tell your colleagues they'll have to work with the lights turned off tomorrow.
 

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« Reply #28 on: 18/01/2011 00:38:40 »
I have identical contracts that go back within my company for 50 years - the size of the file has gone from less than a centimetre thick to over 5 centimetres; god bless the paperless office.  Even a raving technophile like myself sometimes wishes for the old days of telex communication where you knew the rough cost per character and communicated accordingly (about 5p a letter via inmarsat telex).   
I never used a telex, or a telegram. 

However, I can tell you the wonders of cutting and pasting.  Make a generic contract...  and cut and paste large chunks of it into the next contract.

I could not imagine having to sit down and type out a new contract using a manual typewriter every time.  Especially if the BOSS insisted on no white-out, and not a single error on a page!!!
 

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« Reply #29 on: 18/01/2011 11:48:41 »
Clifford - my predecessor remembers actual cutting and pasting; way before computers we had telex machines that worked off punched tape storage.  To make a complicated message you could either work on a live connexion (very expensive), re-type the message (very laborious), or literally cut and paste sections of tape together.  Two of our old machines are housed in BT's museum (where-ever that is)

I wasn't clear on my comparison btw - the actual contracts have remained exactly the same (pre-printed forms have become protected msword templates), but the files dealing with the voyage fulfilling the contract have increased at least five-fold.

My predecessor's career spanned an era when international calls had to be booked with the operator in advance to instant mobile communication around the world; from ticker tape via telx and fax to email, and of course manual calculators that strengthened your biceps to computers that can run sophisticated scenario evaluation.    That's in a little over 40 years! What's the next sea-change that will aid us - I suppose if I could imagine it, I wouldnt be writing about it I would be patenting it.

 

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« Reply #30 on: 18/01/2011 16:03:29 »
Dear Diary

Today nothing grew, whatsoever, despite being put in yummy broth and placed in a heated shaker for 6 hours.
I have even resorted to showing my texts books and journal papers to my bacteria in the flasks in an attempt to make them realise what they should be doing. Upon doing so, my lab colleagues suggested I should get a coffee, and a life.
I would urge caution - boredom and frustration can lead to poor decision making and (presumably) you would not want to mix up the coffee flask with the bacterial broth flask.

Just out of interest have you tried setups involving lightning rods and blade switches?
 

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« Reply #31 on: 18/01/2011 17:16:19 »
My mobile phone has died. More specifically the LCD display has cracked and displays pretty colours rather randomly, although the phone still works if one can remember the key presses. Fortunately my company has an identical replacement so all that needs to be done is to transfer my address book across without the benefit of being able to see the screen. Hmm!

I must not keep my phone in my trouser pocket in future.
 

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« Reply #32 on: 20/01/2011 13:21:39 »
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Just out of interest have you tried setups involving lightning rods and blade switches?
 

No I haven't although unless they start behaving then I may threaten them with such  :)
 

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« Reply #33 on: 23/01/2011 20:32:22 »

My mobile phone has died.


That would have have helped me when I accidentally deleted a thread on my iPhone. Everything is so dangerously close on the iPhone screen!
 

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« Reply #34 on: 24/01/2011 00:09:51 »
Well, as at the end of last year I graduated from high school, today I watched my younger sister return for another year.  The morning was filled with much joy, happiness and laughter... for me at least anyway before I decided to go back to bed for another our or so as uni doesn't start yet for another month and a bit.

So with all the insanity of senior year going on I havn't had much time recently for being ablee to do much posting until now.
 

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« Reply #35 on: 24/01/2011 15:11:15 »
Just finished my tax return - phew!  Only 7 days to go for anyone else who hasn't yet done it.  HMRC owe me money :-D
 

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« Reply #36 on: 25/01/2011 03:45:20 »

Maybe they'll send you a taxed message on your mobile phone.
 

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« Reply #37 on: 25/01/2011 04:10:05 »
No. They'll probably send the money electronically in a Tax eCAB.
 

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« Reply #38 on: 25/01/2011 11:10:26 »
Dear Diary, I hope you all here are doing well and that the new year is bringing you good luck and loads of fun new adventures!
  Anyone do anything new and fun?
 

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« Reply #39 on: 26/01/2011 03:58:30 »

No. They'll probably send the money electronically in a Tax eCAB.


I hail that remark.
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« Reply #40 on: 26/01/2011 09:58:04 »
Just finished my tax return - phew!  Only 7 days to go for anyone else who hasn't yet done it.  HMRC owe me money :-D


Maybe they'll send you a taxed message on your mobile phone.

That's about all you can hope for, they sure won't be sending a cheque, they've got no money.
 

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« Reply #41 on: 26/01/2011 10:02:10 »
I don't keep a personal diary, so I'll write on this milk bottle.

Dear dairy,

Bought a new 80 - 400mm lens today, going to pick it up in short while.
 

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« Reply #42 on: 26/01/2011 16:57:06 »
Dear milk bottle,

Well I've got my new lens and it ain't' half bad.

Set at 400mm I can see into the bird box at the end of the garden and I can read the number plate on that car over there and I can see the birds in that tree and I can s....... Whoa, just a minute, what's going on in that bedroom window? What's that young lady doing? She's not going to...... Aw she's not is she? Or is she? Nah, I don't believe ............ Oh I say....... She is, you know......PHOARRRRR
 

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« Reply #43 on: 26/01/2011 18:31:16 »
Is that for a digital or film SLR?  400mm on a digital (equiv to close to 600 on film) is one hell of lens!  Is it light enough to hold steady? Getting very jealous... 
 

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« Reply #44 on: 26/01/2011 19:35:38 »

Dear milk bottle,

Well I've got my new lens and it ain't' half bad.

Set at 400mm I can see into the bird box at the end of the garden and I can read the number plate on that car over there and I can see the birds in that tree and I can s....... Whoa, just a minute, what's going on in that bedroom window? What's that young lady doing? She's not going to...... Aw she's not is she? Or is she? Nah, I don't believe ............ Oh I say....... She is, you know......PHOARRRRR


I found a cheaper solution, I just mail-ordered Wow-X-Ray Glasses from the back cover of this here comic book!
 

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« Reply #45 on: 26/01/2011 20:27:49 »

 

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« Reply #46 on: 26/01/2011 20:34:43 »
Bet you didn't know Don's real name is Ivar Biggin.
 

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« Reply #47 on: 27/01/2011 09:04:32 »
That's it! Go on, give away all my secrets. Next you'll be telling everyone about my old mate Ben Dover. Opps, I shouldn't have said that. Bugger it!
 

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« Reply #48 on: 27/01/2011 09:08:17 »
Don 1... Neil..going to be Jealous ...That sounds like quite the lens but I think he may have that one whipped with his Telescope! LOL...

 

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« Reply #49 on: 27/01/2011 09:09:59 »
Bet you didn't know Don's real name is Ivar Biggin.
LOL..LOL I had to read that fast several times before I caught on....LOL....
 

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