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Comment: Re:Arduino, AVR, RPi, Beaglebone (Score 3, Informative) 228

by BTG9999 (#42722129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Electronics Prototyping Platform?
This is not true anymore. The new MPLab X and new XC8, XC16 and XC32 compilers all support Linux officially. They are all free to use with some limitations. MPLab X is based off of NetBeans. I have installed, run and compiled real embedded applications with this tool set under linux for a currently shipping product.
Input Devices

Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction? 411

Posted by timothy
from the erasing-the-analog-hole dept.
SlashD0tter writes "Many older sound cards were shipped with line-out, microphone-in, and a line-in jacks. For years I've used such a line-in jack on an old Windows 2000 dinosaur desktop that I bought in 2000 (600 Mhz PIII) to capture the stereo audio signal from an old Technics receiver. I've used this arrangement to recover the audio from a slew of old vinyl LPs and even a few cassettes using some simple audio manipulating software from a small shop in Australia. I've noticed only recently, unfortunately, that all of the four laptops I've bought since then have omitted a line-in jack, forcing me to continue keeping this old desktop on life support. I've looked around for USB sound cards that include a line-in jack, but I haven't been too impressed by the selection. Is the line-in jack doomed to extinction, possibly due to lobbying from vested interests, or are there better thinking-outside-the-box alternatives available?"
Classic Games (Games)

EA Looking Into Reviving Classic Games? 142

Posted by Soulskill
from the easier-than-being-creative dept.
Gamasutra reports that Electronic Arts has filed for trademarks on several popular old franchises: Populous, Wing Commander, Theme Park, and Road Rash. This, along with comments from Harvey Elliot of EA's Bright Light Studio, have led many to suspect that we may see new titles for those IPs in the near future. Elliot said, "If you remember all the old classics you played, if you go back and play them now, they're not the same. They were right for their time, and the trick with those games is coming up with what's right for the time now. I'm going to look at them at some point; I think there's an opportunity to bring those back in the future, but only if it's right for the time and not just a 'remake' or something. We'd need to do it in a way that's true to the original values, but would still make a great game today."
Programming

New Languages Vs. Old For Parallel Programming 321

Posted by timothy
from the nothing-new-will-ever-happen dept.
joabj writes "Getting the most from multicore processors is becoming an increasingly difficult task for programmers. DARPA has commissioned a number of new programming languages, notably X10 and Chapel, written especially for developing programs that can be run across multiple processors, though others see them as too much of a departure to ever gain widespread usage among coders."
Microsoft

Microsoft To Open Retail Stores 535

Posted by kdawson
from the world-class-shopping-experience dept.
chaz373 writes "CNET reports that Microsoft is going retail. In the 'Beyond Binary' blog Ina Fried reports, 'After years of brushing off the notion, Microsoft said on Thursday that it will open up its own line of retail stores. Without detailing the plans, Microsoft said it has hired David Porter, a 25-year Wal-Mart veteran, to lead the effort. Sources say that Porter's mission will be to develop the company's retail plans and that the effort is likely to start small with just a few locations.'"

Comment: Re:I have a vague memory of St. Helens (Score 1) 293

by BTG9999 (#26667513) Attached to: Alaskans Prepare For Volcanic Eruption
I was on the last airplane out of Anchorage International Airport after the eruption of Mt. Redoubt in 1989. Just as we were about to board the volcano erupted, they said we had about 30 minutes to get on the plane and takeoff before the airport was closed. We just barely made it. An unfortunate KLM 747 flew right thru the ash cloud, lost all four engines and was not able to get them back til about 5k feet. We saw it when we got back, it looked like they had sandblasted it.

I also fondly remember watching the ash cloud head our way from the Mt Spur, and the shovelling the ash the next day off the driveway with snow shovels.

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