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Comment Re:Skip the gimmicks, focus on the 4 pillars: (Score 1) 117

My Droid RAZR Maxx has all of this... but I would love to have a slide out keyboard. Even more, I would love all of this in a waterproof, more rugged case. (I really don't want to need an otterbox since it increases the size of the phone) If my hiking GPS can do this, why can't my more expensive phone?

Comment Computing from a young age, but very limited (Score 1) 632

It was the mid-80s, most of the computer labs were loaded with Apple IIe and TRS (Trash) -80 computers. The school was just starting to explore computing and most of what we had was Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. There was also the occasional "What will you be when you grow up" or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator but that was the meat of it for most students. I was lucky enough to have extremely bad handwriting, so they put me in a special computer class where I learned typing and mouse use on one of the few Macintosh computers the school had at the time. It was enough to get me hooked, but the TI/99 was in storage, and we didn't get a home computer until 1991. It was a Tandy 1000 and was fun to do what was included at first, then I messed it up and watched one of my parents' friends who was an expert recover it. After that, I really started experimenting and learning QBasic, Batch Files, 4DOS, and anything else I could get my hands on.

In High school, all we ever used computers for was typing, graphing, and some CAD in shop class. I did everything else on my own. The coolest thing I got from school was one of my math textbooks had BASIC programs for working through the problems, and I was able to relate it to actual use.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.