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Comment: Re: Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 404

by Bigbutt (#49353365) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Tail Boomer here and same situation. I was a Military Policeman in the late 70's and a security guard in the early 80's. I'd been writing programs since 1980 supporting my Dungeons & Dragons and board gaming hobby (first Timex program was a D&D Game Monitor and first Color Computer program was a Vehicle Generation program for Car Wars :) ). I moved into BBS's, writing programs for the BBS software (PCBoard) and programs for my security guard post and brief stint writing code as a car salesman. Then into full time programming. Installed LANs, was on Usenet when Linux started, played with Slackware from the beginning.


Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 404

by Bigbutt (#49353313) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Worse, the first time I typed in 'Super StarTrek' from the Red Computer Games book on an IBM PC (I had the Yellow one as well), I had failed to format a 5 1/4" floppy. After getting the game working successfully, I couldn't save it. I'd been typing in programs on a Color Computer before that and a Timex/Sinclair before that and all my program saving was on cassette (reset the tape counter and record the location on the tape for each program).


Comment: Drivers! (Score 1) 307

I've had the most problems with Video cards, the expensive ones. Specifically the drivers.

The AMD cards I first bought in 2008 generated driver related blue screens on boot. DiamondMM tested them and found no problems. I upgraded drivers including the set that forced me to go into single user mode and roll them back. Nothing seemed to take care of it.

The nVidia replacements I bought in 2012 don't blue screen however the driver resets (Windows has restarted the video driver) pretty often. Doesn't seem to cause a problem other than the aggravation of waiting while it recovers. The solution apparently is to underclock the GPU.

I don't seem to have any problems with the cards when I run them under Red Hat Linux however I suspect I don't use them quite the same way as on the Windows system.


Comment: Re:MAKE SOMETHING NEW! (Score 1) 163

by Bigbutt (#49151785) Attached to: Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected?

I've been playing Rocksmith since Dec 2011 and started taking lessons in Dec 2010. I do agree that it's teaching me to read and play by rote. I'm certainly a lot more familiar with the fretboard and general playing but it's hard to get away from Rocksmtih as it's fun and entertaining and a lot easier than breaking out the amp and getting all setup and then finding a good book or site for lessons.

Really the problem is finding folks who'll let you play with them so we can learn to get better. It's easy for a group of high school kids to play but harder for us older folks to find people to play with.


Comment: Re:Write it myself (Score 1) 158

by Bigbutt (#49151705) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

Actually I read through several sites a couple of years back looking for templates and ideas on how to implement standards for my code. I created a couple of web pages. One for a Coding Standard page and more recently, a User Interface standard page. I've been pulling out company identifying information and have a Sourceforge site to upload it.



Can the Guitar Games Market Be Resurrected? 163

Posted by Soulskill
from the axe-to-grind dept.
donniebaseball23 writes: Thanks to a glut of titles, hardware and precious little innovation, the Guitar Hero and Rock Band craze all but died out by 2010. Now, however, strong rumors are swirling that one if not both franchises will be making a return on the new consoles. But will players care? And will the market once again support these games? Charles Huang, co-creator of Guitar Hero, weighed in, outlining some of the challenges. "First, the music genre attracts a more casual and female audience versus other genres. But the casual gamer has moved from console to mobile," he warned. "Second, the high price point of a big peripheral bundle might be challenging. Casual gamers have a lot of free-to-play options." That said, there could be room for a much smaller guitar games market now, analyst Michael Pachter noted: "It was a $2 billion market in 2008, so probably a $200 million market now. The games are old enough that they might be ready for a re-fresh, and I would imagine there is room for both to succeed if they don't oversaturate the way they did last time."

Comment: Write it myself (Score 1) 158

by Bigbutt (#49147903) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

Honestly I think my problem is that I tend to write my own code for stuff rather than trying to figure out what someone else has done and fit my thought processes into how they were working it through.


I wrote a status management program to keep track of the work I do for yearly reviews. Tracks projects, hours, and even builds a timecard.

I wrote an inventory management program to keep track of our systems. We have an official asset tracking tool but it doesn't accommodate virtual machines, I can't script updates to it like I can my inventory program, the asset tracking system doesn't keep track of build dates or graph out the life timeline of systems, etc. I can customize it to do pretty much anything.

I wrote a budget management program where I can enter my financials (bank statements, credit card statements), plot out the trends, and do forecasts of what my financials look like as far out as I can to set a limit (currently 18 months out).

I wrote a combat management tool for one of the games I play where I just need to enter the data and it spits out my target numbers.

I think this goes back to when I started back in the early 80's. When you needed to do something, you either had to pay for it or learn how to do it yourself. They may not have the features other programs have but they're certainly customized to my needs.


Comment: Re:Unfortunately... (Score 1) 190

by Bigbutt (#49042193) Attached to: Five Years After the Sun Merger, Oracle Says It's Fully Committed To SPARC

Well, it can but we've had a few underlying hardware issues make our servers unavailable. From san hiccups which flip systems into read-only mode for /var to a recent issue where a VM was configured as Fault Tolerant and it was VMotioned to a different system and connectivity was lost. Turns out the MAC changed, maybe during a VMWare update, and apparently because the VMs were FT, the MAC didn't change so became unavailable until we powered down the VM to recover.

There have been enough issues that we won't put Mission Critical systems on VMWare.


Comment: Israel? (Score 3, Interesting) 493

How is a study on middle and high school students in Israel relevant to elementary students in the US?

Although the study took place in Israel, Mr. Lavy said that similar research had been conducted in several European countries and that he expected the results were applicable in the United States.


"I think Michael is like litmus paper - he's always trying to learn." -- Elizabeth Taylor, absurd non-sequitir about Michael Jackson