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Comments on: Let’s Debug It: A Cat’s Plea to Microsoft - “Can You Hear Me Now?” http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/24/lets-debug-it-a-cats-plea-to-microsoft-can-you-hear-me-now/ Amusing Stories and Mysteries from a World Hamstrung by Technology Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:48:42 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6 By: Lisa K Simone http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/24/lets-debug-it-a-cats-plea-to-microsoft-can-you-hear-me-now/#comment-123 Lisa K Simone Thu, 12 Mar 2009 20:52:56 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=289#comment-123 John .... oh, sweeeet! You have identified a real live method that quite possibly could have been repeatedly executed by my cat. If she somehow had paws on both the Windows key - F1, her zillion calls to Microsoft can be totally explained! <smile> I believe this is the answer. Thanks for identifying how it possibly could have happened. It kept nudging the back of my brain, and now I can lay it to rest! John …. oh, sweeeet! You have identified a real live method that quite possibly could have been repeatedly executed by my cat. If she somehow had paws on both the Windows key - F1, her zillion calls to Microsoft can be totally explained! I believe this is the answer.

Thanks for identifying how it possibly could have happened. It kept nudging the back of my brain, and now I can lay it to rest!

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By: John Davies http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/24/lets-debug-it-a-cats-plea-to-microsoft-can-you-hear-me-now/#comment-119 John Davies Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:37:40 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=289#comment-119 F1 will launch Help and Support on XP if everything is minimized. It will also come up if you have focus on Windows Explorer. But it will only come up once. Easiest way I found to bring it up multiple times is use Windows Key-F1. F1 will launch Help and Support on XP if everything is minimized. It will also come up if you have focus on Windows Explorer.

But it will only come up once.

Easiest way I found to bring it up multiple times is use Windows Key-F1.

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By: Lisa K Simone http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/24/lets-debug-it-a-cats-plea-to-microsoft-can-you-hear-me-now/#comment-66 Lisa K Simone Mon, 02 Mar 2009 18:13:17 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=289#comment-66 > 48 volts available at my slightest whim! By changing the software > I can make the _other_ system catch fire. Excellent! Oh, the evil plots one must ponder. ("You hear maniacal laughter in the distance...") > 48 volts available at my slightest whim! By changing the software
> I can make the _other_ system catch fire.

Excellent! Oh, the evil plots one must ponder. (”You hear maniacal laughter in the distance…”)

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By: DGentry http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/24/lets-debug-it-a-cats-plea-to-microsoft-can-you-hear-me-now/#comment-61 DGentry Sun, 01 Mar 2009 15:29:19 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=289#comment-61 > you might be familiar with “the killer poke.” Oh yes, though in my recollection it was the TRS-80 which had a magic memory location which could fry the machine when the wrong value was poked into it. If the Atari had one, I don't think I knew about it. Nowadays I work on embedded systems, including the firmware for a Power Over Ethernet controller. 48 volts available at my slightest whim! By changing the software I can make the _other_ system catch fire. > you might be familiar with “the killer poke.”

Oh yes, though in my recollection it was the TRS-80 which had a magic memory location which could fry the machine when the wrong value was poked into it. If the Atari had one, I don’t think I knew about it.

Nowadays I work on embedded systems, including the firmware for a Power Over Ethernet controller. 48 volts available at my slightest whim! By changing the software I can make the _other_ system catch fire.

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By: Lisa K Simone http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/24/lets-debug-it-a-cats-plea-to-microsoft-can-you-hear-me-now/#comment-38 Lisa K Simone Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:41:25 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=289#comment-38 Oh, please don't give her any ideas... ;-) I am in the middle of a post about using software to damage hardware, a topic I wanted to write more on based on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Only-Changed-Software-Phone-Fire/dp/0750682183/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228408672&sr=1-1" rel="nofollow">a mystery in my book</a> about software that causes a cell phone to catch fire. From your comment on the Atari thread, I suspect you might be familiar with "the killer poke." Ah, the days... Oh, please don’t give her any ideas… ;-)

I am in the middle of a post about using software to damage hardware, a topic I wanted to write more on based on a mystery in my book about software that causes a cell phone to catch fire. From your comment on the Atari thread, I suspect you might be familiar with “the killer poke.” Ah, the days…

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By: DGentry http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/2009/02/24/lets-debug-it-a-cats-plea-to-microsoft-can-you-hear-me-now/#comment-36 DGentry Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:07:18 +0000 http://www.lisaksimone.com/phoneonfire/?p=289#comment-36 If previously the cat was trying to peg the CPU in order to generate enough heat to warm her paws, perhaps now the cat has figured out a way to make the hard drive click rapidly enough that it sounds like the computer is purring... If previously the cat was trying to peg the CPU in order to generate enough heat to warm her paws, perhaps now the cat has figured out a way to make the hard drive click rapidly enough that it sounds like the computer is purring…

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