“What is this ‘Furphy’ you refer to?

Furphy (Horse Tank Train) Or when I stopped using Australian slang in international telephone calls.

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.)

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“It is better to have and not need, than need and not have.”

As I said to the boss the other day when he asked if we wanted a final backup of the Windows 2000 Server we were decommissioning.  Now where I first heard this saying, is lost in the mists of time.  If pressed, I’d say some sort of security briefing.

Regardless, it expresses what I think about backups very well.  And I was reminded of it the other day.  I was copying some files from one backup drive to another, and McAfee chirped in with
McAfee - fake av

“Potentially Unwanted Program??” What the ???

Windows Enabler was a utility I used some years ago, which I’d forgotten about.  I tend to hoard these utilities in case I ever need them again.  I was greatly annoyed that McAfee decided to delete this utility for the reason “Potentially Unwanted Program”.

I ended up recovering the deleted files from CD backup.

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