February 13th, 2002

office

Yet again.

To my great surprise I find that I am yet again not tired and quite relaxed. What is going on? I did become a little wound up yesterday after talking to Jane. Her first call of the day was loaded with misery as she was going to work. I didn't help matters as I'd forgotten she was going to work.

However, I wasn't wound up by work. Morag found this surprising because I'd spent nearly all of yesterday, and a good chunk of my time the previous day, planning and applying the changes to an on-line program. I had a couple of queries about the changes which I managed to ask around 17:00. By 18:00 I had the answers and an apology with instructions to remove nearly all the changes. I don't mind, I still get paid!

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. As usual I'm going to be 200 odd miles and 4 hours away from Jane. I'll order some flowers a little later and I'm going shopping at lunch-time for chocolates.
office

Bit Block.

Jo has just complained that not all her reports are arriving at the printer. Gyrth suggested that this may have been due to somebody standing on the cable. An obvious case of conduit bit block. This is a condition I haven't seen before.

I'm familiar with the much more common Semantic Bit Block that occurs in programs. This most commonly manifests itself as an output file with less records than expected.

Of course neither of these conditions are as bad as the dreaded Bit Rot This occurs when a program stops working in code that is only very rarely executed and usual happens during crucial year end processing.
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Mantra for today.

Pacbase is not shite, it is money.
Pacbase is not shite, it is money.
Pacbase is not shite, it is money.
Pacbase is not shite, it is money.
Pacbase is not shite, it is money.
Pacbase is not shite, it is money.