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Comment: You can upgrade your 2014 MBP (Score 4, Interesting) 204

by Chaset (#49324383) Attached to: Apple Doubles MacBook Pro R/W Performance
According to this: OWC put a 4x PCIE SSD from a mac pro into a 2014 MBP and got the extra performance gain. i.e. the 2014 MBP has 4x PCIE wired to the connector, but by default ships with a 2x PCIE SSD. They expect to ship SSD upgrades for MBP "soon", so you're not out of luck if you have the previous model.

Comment: Re:Units! (Score 1) 176

In Japan, they use the number of inches, but stick a placeholder word "gata" ("shape" or "format") rather than "inch" to the end. I read that this is because inch is not a legal unit of measure (Japan is metric) so they're not allowed to use it in advertising. So 42" TV is 42-gata TV. I don't think I've seen the cm measurement other than in the "detailed specs" of a product.

Comment: Re:8 out of 10 for cool. 1 out of 10 for interesti (Score 1) 165

by Chaset (#46752671) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi
I forgot which story, but it was only a few days ago when someone on /. posted about the Maximite, which sounds like what you described. I've been fascinated by it ever since, and intend to get the kit next time I can sit down to play with it.
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Comment: Re:SED? - LEEPROM (Score 1) 239

by Chaset (#33212994) Attached to: New Toshiba Drives Wipe Data When Turned Off
One of my classmates in microprocessor lab back in college managed to make a LEEPROM. For those too young to remember, EPROMS have a window on them into which one shines UV light to erase it before reprogramming. With enough voltage between Vcc and Ground, the same EPROM can be made to emit light. Hence, LEEPROM. It was quite amusing at the time....

Comment: Re:I didn't understand (Score 1) 773

by Chaset (#32616858) Attached to: Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names
Reducing myself to AOL-level, but Me three! I just smile and nod at everyone who says hello until I've been there a few months and the names start sticking. -- At a recent conference, I picked up a bumper sticker: "I didn't spend 4 years in computer school to talk to people" Not that extreme, but I totally get what you're saying.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 670

by Chaset (#32441606) Attached to: iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan
In the early days of wireless routers they used to sell such beasts. The SMC router (802.11b only) I have sitting in the closet has a serial port to which one can connect a modem. Its configuration screen has options to fall back to the serial port if the broadband uplink dies. I was thinking it was worthless, but perhaps there is still a market for this thing after all.

Comment: Other things they should have fixed (Score 1) 291

by Chaset (#32103814) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected

*Dreadfully slow graph rendering in Excel 2007 if you do anything other than default axis settings. (On operations that are instantaneous in 2003)
*After 2 decades, you'd think they'd figure out that if a "-" is followed by unparsable text, it is "text" and not a "formula". They could, you know, use the same algorithm they already use for all other cell input to determine this.
*A real clipboard behavior for simple copy/paste in Excel. Again, you'd think they'd figure out how to keep one copy of something in a buffer while you edit something else. Clarisworks 2.0 from 1990 does this correctly. It's the only program I know that doesn't have this most basic of features.
*get rid of the stupid window-in-a-window scheme they had since windows 3.1 (or earlier?). It never made sense to me and makes working with multiple programs a bitch.

Comment: Re:Be very afraid. (Score 1) 695

by Chaset (#31950072) Attached to: Apple To Buy ARM?

Well, if Apple "won",
  We would be running some horribly beefed-up version of the M68000. I would consider that an improvement over the abortion that is the x86.
  We would also be running some beefed-up version of SCSI rather than the kludged upon kludged upon kludged descendant of IDE. I think this would also have been an improvement.
    We would be using some beefed-up descendant of ADB, rather than USB. This one is not so good.
    We would have had decent multi-monitor support about a decade earlier. Good.
  One button mouse would still be default. Multi-button mice would exist but there would be no standard on the 2nd+ buttons. Bad.
    We would be allowed to use < > / \ in our file names, or at least have sane folder delimiters in or file paths. Good.
    We wouldn't be stuck with anachronisms like drive letters. Good.
    We would have real aliases/symlinks rather than the kludge that is the shortcut. Good.
    We wouldn't have control characters commandeered for application shortcuts. Good. ... but now I'm rambling.

As much as I like Apple gear, I think the ideal market share/influence for them is about 20%. Any greater than that, and they start pulling stuff like they're doing now in the portable devices market. They work best when they are kept the underdog; not powerful enough to impose their power trips on anyone else, but not so powerless that they disappear and fail to push the rest of the market.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson