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Comment: Re:unplugged? (Score 1) 125

by Archillies (#38507814) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Geek-Centric Magazines Still Published On Paper?

What's so special about being 'unplugged?' I never understood what fascinates people when they do enjoy something solely because it doesn't use electricity.

My wife gets ticked and drops a trade rag in the toilet, too bad; get another. Drop my rooted Kindel in the toilet and I'm ticked too! The fight is ON!!

Comment: Re:Sad ... (Score 1) 136

by Archillies (#34509060) Attached to: Apache Resigns From the JCP Executive Committee

This is for Apache's Harmony project that IBM created to piss off Sun. Most people do not use this project but rather use the OpenJDK or Sun's reference implementation. This has nothing to do with Apache's wonderful libraries.

Sounds bigger then that to me; they will not be releasing future libraries of any kind to any java projects. Wonder if they plan to abandon java altogether.

Comment: Re:Trade Wars (Score 1) 186

by Archillies (#33770944) Attached to: Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era
I recall three distinct door game versions of games called tradewars or some variation of it, Trade War, Tradewars 2002, and Tradewars. Now a fourth, proving what a great game concept it is. Yeah! I loved those games! I ran all three as doors locally so I could learn the difference. Couldn't afford to run a full time BBS it was expensive to buy hardware and phone service back then and money has always been tight. Funny how the wife insists the kids have shoes... .

Comment: Re:I still run a BBS... (Score 1) 186

by Archillies (#33770880) Attached to: Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era

There's still quite a few of us who live in the past, and still run BBSes. SynchroNet BBS Software makes it fairly simple, and is still (very) actively developed. My BBS (listed in my signature!) runs on Linux, gets a few callers a month, and has the old door games that everyone loved. It's primary purpose is for me to make fun of all the conspiracy-theorist nut-jobs in FidoNet. (Yes, FidoNet still exists!)

Was called by the son of an old buddy last week about bring back his dad's old BBS The SmallTime BBS in Phoenix. It was a great place for files and gaming in the 90's. I spent a ton of time playing LoD, LoRD, and Tradewars there. Probably a SynchroNet BBS Software site as well....

Comment: Re:Ancient corporate history (Score 1) 1705

by Archillies (#7205071) Attached to: What's the Oldest Hardware You are Still Using?
I program a group of ancient PLC's and have one that is DOS prorammable GEM 80 100, 130, 131, 142, miniGem if anyone has heard of it). The DOS program hates windows; I use the old NEC MultiSpin V20 to work on it with DOS 3.2. There was windows software written to program this series by the company I work for never bought it. Old PCs are great tools.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory