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Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 464

by NJRoadfan (#49145843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
There is a slight problem with these adapters I have encountered. The USB to IDE chipset they are based on will not work with drives under about 1GB for some reason. They don't seem to support non-translated drives that rely on cylinder-head-sector style addressing. My solution is to find a 2.5 to 3.5" IDE plug adapter and a machine with a real parallel IDE port. I wouldn't trust a PATA to SATA adapter with this either. Laplink via serial is another option (NT based Windows don't work with the parallel cable), I have it on my Contura Aero 4/33c, mostly because it didn't come with the PCMCIA floppy drive. Ethernet cards can get messy if the machine is still running DOS, you have to mess with card and socket services, the old LAN Manager driver stack, plus have a PC Card that has DOS drivers.

Comment: Re:ummm... (Score 1) 81

by NJRoadfan (#49057791) Attached to: The Revolution Wasn't Televised: the Early Days of YouTube
The first video I posted on YouTube was actually encoded and shared with friends back in 2000. Many other pre-existing meme videos were likely among the site's first uploads too. Online video was nothing new, but a site that allowed one to post it and share it (and more importantly had the bandwidth for it) was uncommon before 2005.

Comment: Re:Boston Representing (Score 1) 397

by NJRoadfan (#48915405) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

And we're blowing literally billions of dollars of taxpayer money to build an EVEN BIGGER computer for the NWS to get it wrong yet again.

Actually, the NWS produced GFS model accurately predicted less snow for Northern NJ and NYC. The NWS was relying a bit much on the forecast produced by the Euro model this time around.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 189

by NJRoadfan (#48877045) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux
I somehow managed to land up with 3 EISA/VLBus 486 motherboards. They appear to be workstation class boards as 2 of them have 16(!) 30pin SIMM slots and take 256MB of RAM. The hardware is out there, but its fairly uncommon.The latest boards I have seen with EISA were 440FX based Pentium Pro and Pentium II boards (almost always SMP server boards). Any support for it seems to have been dropped starting with the 440LX chipset, so PCI effectively killed it off. The latest motherboard made with EISA dates to around 1996-97, so either way that guy is running some old hardware. I wonder what is special about that FDDI card though?

Comment: Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (Score 1) 210

by NJRoadfan (#48872469) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+
Plenty of folks have GMail and Youtube accounts that were opened pre-Google+. The workaround for commenting on YouTube, but keeping your channel without a Google+ account, was to port it off into a "Google+ Page". No real name needed and it remains separate from your GMail account and other services. Its the same feature used by businesses who want a Google+ presence (mostly for Maps).

Comment: Re:AdLib vs. Sound Blaster (Score 1) 198

by NJRoadfan (#48772245) Attached to: Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games
Windows 3.1x and Windows 9x's VDM wasn't nearly as good as OS/2's. NTVDM was even more restricted. Direct access to some hardware was unimplemented and would shutdown the VDM. OS/2's VDM for some reason was written to allow far more direct hardware access and could even boot an actual copy of MS or PC-DOS from a floppy if needed.

Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.