OFF-TOPIC: Win 95 in space!
Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
lkcl at switchboard.net
Fri Jan 23 15:33:52 GMT 1998
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Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 10:03:08 +0000
From: Dan Leighton <dan at uk.psi.com>
To: lkcl at cb1.com, hadfieldp at logica.com, david.hargreaves at slb.com,
pkelly at linx.co.uk
Subject: Win 95 in space!
On Friday the 24th I was watching the NASA channel on cable TV to see
how the experiments and Shuttle crew were doing. The men onboard
needed to send instructions to the experiments in the cargo bay and
were using a laptop to do it. As some of you may have heard, there was
a "computer problem" onboard as reported by CNN. The exchange of
information between the crew and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) went
something like this:
Crew: Urgent Johnson, we can't get a DOS prompt
JSC: Press C: enter.
Crew: Heck, we're not familiar with all this
JSC: What screen are you looking at?
Crew: It says 'My Computer', and, er, various other icons
JSC: Click on 'Start' and then shut down.
Crew: You click the 'Start' button to shut down?
JSC: Yeah. Isn't it obvious?
Crew: Somebody get me an aspirin
JSC: Just hit the damn 'Start' button.
Crew: We can't do that. It didn't load a mouse
JSC: Did load any mouse at all?
Crew: Well, yeah, a PS/2 or something. But we don't have one of those
JSC: Okay. Press Alt + Esc.
Crew: And what does that do?
JSC: It should help.
JSC: Stand by, will replicate the problem down here.
JSC: Okay then. Double click the MS-DOS icon.
Crew: I don't have a mouse
JSC: Go to backup.
Crew: Which is what?
JSC: Dock with the Russians. They have a Unix Workstation you can borrow.
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