My co-worker was issued a new desktop computer for dev work. This in and of itself isn’t news.

Plugging things in and turning it on led to something that looked like this:

It was supposed to net-boot onto an Ubuntu installer. But obviously it booted to FreeDOS.

(And, as an added bonus I was the only one to remember how to use it…)

Then this other plug confused people…

The top one.

I continued to feel old being the only one on the team to use a serial port. Oy. But that’s a tale for another day.

The computer wasn’t working… until I went into BIOS and noticed that the ethernet was disconnected. Plugging into another known working connection got me this:

This is after two hours of trying to get something to boot by the rest of the team.

Is it really plugged in?