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Comment Re:monitors (Score 1) 406

I intend one day to haul out the old TRS-80 Model I and see if it still works. If not, I stand a really good chance of successfully repairing it myself, unlike most electronics released in the last couple of decades. (Of course, it's more likely to work than more recent equipment, if only because it predates the biggest capacitor-quality catastrophes.)

Yes, please do check for dry caps on that old mo-bo before powering it on! Even with the old cap-quality being much better 20+ years ago, it can still be a problem. And little is more disheartening that frying an antique mo-bo that probably would have worked fine with a few new caps on it. I say this as a proud owner of an ancient Kaypro 10 who's had to replace a few of its old caps to keep it humming. Gawd, the thrill of 9" green screen CP/M goodness!

Comment Re:How smart? (Score 1) 464

Anyone who has ever cycled the slide on a semi auto can tell you that it's pretty much beyond a "child's" capability.

Hell, it's beyond my wife's capability. Admittedly, she's 65 with a growing osteoarthritis problem. But it's why I had to get her a nice little revolver for her self-defence EDC gun. Even the trigger on it starts to give her finger issues after a few shots, but she doesn't have to worry about racking it.

Comment Re:Make them all Caddys and Priuses (Score 1) 748

Same for Priuses, because it's either Aunt Marge or some granola-head hippy doing his "hyper-mileing" thing.

Actually a lot of company fleets use Priuses as their standard car. It's not just Aunt Marge or hippies, but even a lot of conservative companies. They're great cars with plenty of inside room, and when driven properly also get great gas mileage. While I was an on-site IT server repair tech, I was given a fleet Prius and absolutely *loved* driving the thing. By far the most comfortable car I've ever driven.

Comment Re:Visit your local store. (Score 1) 138

If you go to Orlando, you should visit Skycraft. You can spend a long time browsing in there.

Easy to find, just go "north" (actually west) on I-4 til you get to Fairbanks, look on the right for the building with a flying saucer and rocket on top. You're there!

And don't forget: if you see it and in any way think you'll want to buy it, take it with you! You will not find it there the next time.

Comment Re:That's a pretty terrible location. (Score 1) 63

I would guess that he did. It's fairly common here among locals to view most of Orange Blossom Trail south of 50 as a "wasteland". It's really not one of the nicer parts of town;

Actually, in years past, OBT going south of where it goes under I-4 to just about Sandlake Rd was referred to as "Orlando's Best Tourism." For all the strip joints and 'baudy houses' aka places where one could get sexually serviced. Now it's been considerably cleaned up, especially once OBT got widened. But do I remember when you almost had to run over the damn street walkers to drive down that road. Pretty sad...

Comment Nice to see Orlando mentioned positively for once. (Score 1) 63

Like the subject says, not often my home town gets a positive spin story. For all the complaints any local resident will have, this is still a pretty damn nice place to live and work.

But I find the location of the store odd: at Florida Mall, right near the tourist region. I guess they mean for this store to be shopped more by the tourists than residents. Those of us who live here don't usually go to that mall, unless they live relatively close to it. Seems like if they were selling more for residents, they would have put it more to the north of Orlando (Maitland, Altamonte, or Winter Park) or east (near UCF or Oviedo).

Comment Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382

Pro business tip: try to get your clients to be completely truthful and upfront on the requirements, and find that half don't even know or have the slightest clue, and the other half will lie through their teeth, why I just don't know.

In fact, I was well into the installation when it was brought to my attention that the time clock app quit working. *That's* when I find out about the Java v6 issue, after the Java versioning was discussed at several meetings leading to the installation, and I've been mindlessly installing the Java v8 RT with medical office's complete knowledge and permission.

But thank you for your sage advice...

Comment Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382

Note: I'm the IT support/installation vendor of one medical app, the one that requires Java v8, the time clock app that requires Java v6 is a completely separate vendor of human resources software which I have nothing to do with, other than to try to share non-compatible Java versions. The mutual client is a large public health clinic spread over a 60 mile radius.

Just so you know the whole story, and so can quit thinking yourself such a damn smarty-pants...

Comment Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382

Seriously, I see no NEED for Java any more. I probably have more Silverlight things I like to use than I do Java, and neither are vital any more.

As much as I'd love for Java to be dead, that's as far from reality as you can possibly get and still be walking on terra firma. That's completely ignoring the corporate world, where Java is just as much a part of life as .net and IE compatibility. I don't like it, you don't like it, but it's still a fact of corporate life. I was just dealing with a large medical client yesterday whose big name time tracking app requires v6 (v6!) of Java, while our own medical app requires v8. And I've rarely gotten multiple versions of Java working on one workstation.

Personally I detest Java, too, and find it frustrating to program in, which is why I gave up Android app development. And slow, Java is slow as molasses in the depths of a winter snow storm. But there it is, still being used, and a lot, in the corporate world.

Comment Re:Cracking down? (Score 1) 290

Someone working on Excel, a product used inside government agencies and nearly every major business, including secret unapproved features? Yeah, that's absolutely a fire-able offense.

Didn't at least Excel 97 include a striped down version of Flight Simulator? You had to open an empty spreadsheet, fill in some value at some specific cell, voila, you're flying around. I'm sure that including that Easter egg was approved by Excel development's management, but unless they had a government and/or business specific version of Excel, it was there for everyone to play with. Did anyone at a government agency or business get fired for playing it?

Comment Fogerty's Case (Score 2) 386

Fogerty's was a very sad case, indeed. It probably had less to do with a faintly similarly sounding song than with a perceived insult the president of of CCR's former record company felt over a solo song Fogerty wrote about how the president basically stole CCR's music catalog. It's why Fogerty didn't perform those old songs for so long, he didn't want to put money in that guy's pocket. Fogerty won all those cases against him, and later started doing CCR songs again.

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