May 22, 2003.
When the CA Unicenter Remote Product started up on Windows 98SE, it would do a network broadcast, looking for the computer name “PRESET.INI”. I mean, how dumb was that??? Looking for a INI file as a computer name.
So after speaking to the various support levels within Computer Associates, I was eventually allowed to speak directly to the German software developer. The German side of the conversation was essentially this for 5 minutes:
“Yadda yadda yadda Microsoft issue yadda yadda”
I started to get a bit fed up with that, so I replied
‘I think it’s a bit of a furphy myself.’
“What is this ‘Furphy’ you refer to?”
It was then I realised that not everyone shared the same set of colloquialisms that I do.
Particularly German Software Developers.
(A ‘Furphy’, was not only was a water cart used in World War I, but is also Australian slang for a rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story.)