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Comment Re:They can save my TRS-80 tapes? (Score 1) 76

My now/ sadly departed friend was amazing. He built his own machine, including a wonderful rough looking keyboard, wrote the bios and the OS in machine code. I vaguely think it was intel 4000, would have been in about 1977/78
He worked in defence research at a very high level. the mid 80's, they gave him a navy ship to play with for 6 months!
Brilliant muso too.

Comment Re:Sounds very complicated. (Score 1) 24

Sorry I haven't been around much. Since I retired I've been concentrating on writing and haven't been to slashdot much.

A lamp my grandmother gave me will be an antique in fifteen years. Sad that antique literature is still under copyright.

Comment Re:It's a trap! Don't do it! (Score 1) 24

If something is broken I do have to worry about it, because if the landlord's costs go up, your rent goes up. The renter bears all the costs of ownership plus profit. Even after the inevitable repairs and taxes, owning is cheaper than renting. I've both owned and rented,

And yes, a homeowner can lose his house, I lost both of mine. The first was because the ex cleaned me out before she left, and the bank swindled me out of the second. The Illinois AG sued them and they paid me $1200 for stealing my house. And someone I used to know's parents lost their paid off home because the taxes rose to more than their mortgage had been. But again, it's harder for a homeowner to lose his home than a renter. I've never been evicted, but I know a lot of people who have, through no fault of their own.

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Journal Journal: Ask Slashdot: What SF Magazines do you read? 2

I'm actually looking for two things: good magazines I haven't found, and good magazines to submit science fiction stories to. I also want to know where I can find your favorite magazines; I've been getting them at the Barnes&Noble in town, but they sell out quickly. Once all they had was three copies of F&SF, and I found it to be excellent. Another time I found five titles, but I haven't seen Asimov's there, and I always liked that one.

Comment Re:It's a trap! Don't do it! (Score 1) 24

I plan on dying in whatever house I buy (hopefully a very long time from now), so resale value is of no importance to me. I just don't want to have to deal with a landlord. You can't do any renovations on a rented house, and you're paying the landlord, his property taxes, and loan interest. He can evict you, sell the house to someone else.

I hate moving, I only want one more move.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.