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Comment Re:As a "great" man once said ... (Score 1) 157

Buy the way, both non-Apple phones I owned at that time had instructions in their manual (I'm a very curious person and often read manuals) telling you that your phone reception would be bad if you hold it wrong.

One of my early cell phones (15 years ago? I was a late adopter because I was a broke student...) had a little rubberised pad on the back with a finger sized dimple where you could brace the phone with one finger without shorting the internal antenna.

Comment Re:No Trackpoint = Bad Windows Laptop (Score 1) 433

I also don't like the keyboard. Spongy, flat keys with weird spacing. It's hard to type on. And the layout sucks. Where's my PgUp/PgDn, Home/End, and Delete?

Agreed. My Mac spends about half it's useful time docked on my desk with external monitors, keyboard etc. So half the time even when I'm using OSX it's with a Microsoft keyboard and a Logitech mouse.

In my fantasy world, laptops of the future all have Thinkpad keyboards from a decade ago. I can dream can't I?

Comment Re:No Trackpoint = Bad Windows Laptop (Score 2) 433

I used to think so too, but then I tried apple's touchpad. The fact that it's quite large, and handles a variety of gestures make it quite useful. (Not as nice as having an actual mouse, but we're talking laptops, after all.)

Agreed, I have both a thinkpad and a macbook on my desk right now. The macbook touchpad is much easier to use (assuming you have the drivers... note that bootcamp 6 just landed with drivers for Win 10)

Comment Re:Old guy story (Score 1) 108

A 2400 in 1993 is a pretty lousy prize.

Wave from OTI!

True. But infinitely better than no modem at all, which is where I was as a broke student. I begged & borrowed hardware all through my schooling. My desktop in 1993 was a 286 with a monochrome screen and no hard drive.

And QNX? A quality product, but what's a student with a 286 going to do with that?

Comment Old guy story (Score 4, Interesting) 108

Amusingly, in while taking first year university courses in 1993, I placed second in a programming competition that was sponsored by OTI (now IBM) and QNX (now Blackberry).

First prize was a licensed copy of QNX, second prize was a 2400 baud modem. I think I got a better deal with the modem.

Comment Re:Neat, but not especially novel (Score 2) 80

HMMVW is an obscure insider term in the same sense that CPU is. The commenter simply assumed that the reader was not completely clueless about military vehicles.

I suppose the next thing you're going to say is that we shouldn't talk about JDAM or TOW to avoid confusing those kids whose dial up can't handle google.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?