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Comment: Re:Coding where? (Score 1) 213

by FreonTrip (#48158341) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
I'm not wasting any more time chasing your moving goal posts. I could point out that you can pretty easily find cheap, working computers on Craigslist, and frequently for well under $100, but then you'd quail that those aren't new. You've clearly made an ideological commitment to this position. Who would I be to unmoor you?

Comment: Re:Coding where? (Score 1) 213

by FreonTrip (#48152091) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
OK, fine; I'll concede that point. But let's remember the inflation that's occurred since the time around my birth: $200 in 1980 would be just over $600 now. Even if we knock 20% off the effective buying power of that money, $500 in 2014 will buy a computer that's 100% ready to connect to a television and run an overwhelming majority of applications, including Visual Studio Express.

Comment: Re:Coding where? (Score 1) 213

by FreonTrip (#48151401) Attached to: Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
So look on Amazon for a Raspberry Pi kit, with case, (micro)SD card, and a few other various & sundries. Once it's arrived in the mail, put it together, sit down with the kids, and figure out how to shoehorn an OS onto the thing. I can't imagine setting up and effectively using a ZX Spectrum would be easier than a Raspberry Pi or Banana Pi.

Comment: Simple solution: bring cookies. (Score 4, Insightful) 406

by FreonTrip (#48141157) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated
Seriously - bring a package of cookies for the flight crew. The flight attendants will leave you alone except to check on you, and will probably sneak you a non-alcoholic treat at some point during the flight. And it's not a job that's appreciated terribly much - look at the comments in this thread, just for starters - so it goes a long way.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 2) 358

It's even weirder than that. For reference:

.mp1 = MPEG-1 Layer 1 Audio, used by no one and basically a historical footnote

.mp2 = MPEG-1 Layer 2 Audio, used by the radio broadcast industry for archival above 224 kbps and the audio format of VideoCDs

.mp3 = MPEG-1 Layer 3 Audio, the most familiar and widely used consumer audio format in the world

.mp4 = Advanced Audio Codec, AKA MPEG-2 Layer 7 Audio, later updated to MPEG-4 Layer 3 Audio

And that concludes today's installment of worthless trivia.

Comment: Re:Viva La XP! (Score 1) 641

by FreonTrip (#46708597) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
Any luck with virtualization? I know you can "lock" various ports for VM-only access, and that might simplify administration in some ways (i.e., if something happens to the install, roll back to a working snapshot, use a shared directory to output any work from the VM without directly exposing it to the network &c.).

Comment: Re:Software doesn't wear out. (Score 1) 641

by FreonTrip (#46694585) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
A 2.5" drive is a 2.5" drive, be it SSD or conventional/platter-based. I don't guarantee this is the specific revision of your laptop(s), but upgrading doesn't look hard, and you'd have a mountain of storage space and a reasonable upgrade path. Now if you're running something that uses HDA modules like a Macbook Air does, that's a valid point. But I don't think the eeePCs ever did.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming

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