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    Yes, that's right for round trips (which I wasn't considering, just a one-way journey)!

    Can you imagine the sheer boredom of being a driver of one of these buses, shuttling backwards and forwards over the same route, day in, day out? It's almost like being a computer professional!
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    Sounds like the 5 (ex 50) which shuttles between Exeter and Crediton. Though I think they shuffle the drivers with other routes. I was wondering if you were referring to that route (which is about 35 minutes)

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    Actually it's the 94 route between Cheltenham and Gloucester.
    Annoyingly, the new timetable has changed the times, as from today!
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    Sounded like the bus schedules between the parks and resort hotels at Disney World.

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    I cannot speak with any authority about Disney World, there being no such in the UK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    ...Can you imagine the sheer boredom of being a driver of one of these buses, shuttling backwards and forwards over the same route, day in, day out? It's almost like being a computer professional!..
    I don't see any real points of comparison between "bus driver" and "computer professional".

    As a "computer professional" I find every encounter with a customer something different, and continue to be intrigued by the sheer number of problems that the average computer user might have. Every time I start to think "I have seen it all" something comes up that I have not seen before.

    Conversely, the average bus driver will drive between depot and destination, picking up/depositing passengers along the way; upon reaching destination the driver might have a rest-break, then resume driving back to the depot, picking up/depositing passengers along the way (yawn - boring).

    Comparison between bus driver and computer professional is pointless - totally different scenarios.
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    Ah! Aussie irony failure...
    Sorry about that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Ah! Aussie irony failure...
    Sorry about that!
    Please explain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    Please explain.
    I was contrasting the humdrum tedium of the bus drivers' existence with the frenetic activity required of the computer professional, always in problem-solving and installation mode.

    It was what we Poms call an ironic joke!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    Please explain.
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    I don't see any real points of comparison between "bus driver" and "computer professional".
    A bus driver shifts gears while a computer professional shifts keys.

    Both bus drivers and Computer Professionals must deal with many variables.

    Both have a code they must follow.

    Both at times have to deal with different languages.

    Both have to deal with large drives.

    A simple error on either part can cause a crash.

    A major error on the bus driver's part can cause a bad scene of death where a major error for the programmer can cause a blue screen of death

    Both a bus and a hard drive need to be cleaned out from time to time.

    Without memory, neither could do their job.

    Sounds like they have a lot in common!

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    Neat - but I detect 'special pleading'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maudibe View Post
    ...Without memory, neither could do their job...
    It would seem I have been corrected.

    But, I don't entirely depend on my memory to do my job since I have records stored on disk about the many different problems and fixes I have encountered (however I do "get" the poor "memory" analogy).

    One upside for me as a computer professional is that I have never yet had to attend a funeral because a customer's computer died (think a bit about that; I think you'll get it).
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    Some more similarities with Bus Drivers and Computer Programmers......

    Both the driver and the programmer have their break points.
    Both use fans to keep their equipment cool.
    Both a bus and a computer program have a back door.
    Both provide a means of escape
    Both have Windows
    Computers have a bus and a bus has a computer.
    And last but not least..... Both cost you money and then take you for a ride!

    Coochin, are you sure you not a bus driver in your spare time?

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