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Comment: Apple ][ was a great product (Score 4, Interesting) 74

by NixieBunny (#49744061) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days
I worked at a Byte Shop in 1978-9 as their repair department. I was in high school. We sold Apples, TRS-80s, S-100 bus stuff, etc. The Apple was the most impressive machine, by far. It was apparent just from looking inside it, that the design was the way of the future.

Comment: Yes, really. (Score 1) 158

by NixieBunny (#49652033) Attached to: Devices I have with a GPS reciever built in:
My wife has more than I do. My 1958 Chevy is not GPS-enabled. My 2011 MBP laptop is not either. My older Nikon DSLR, nope. That leaves my iphone, and the iphone that a friend found on the street and gave to me. I suppose I could include the GPS receiver I bought for the never-finished SCRA [] Scope Clock project.

Comment: Re:to drive (Score 2) 280

by NixieBunny (#49587031) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving
I've heard of averages, but "4211 BTUs per person" is meaningless. I often drive either my 1958 V8 Chevy by myself, or my Prius full of 4 kids and me. Neither uses 4211 BTUs per passenger mile, or anywhere near it. Same thing with buses. In Tucson, buses often have 2 or 3 passengers. My Prius beats those by a lot. Commercial aircraft are the only vehicles that have a fairly consistent passenger mileage, because they are always full and all are designed to fly with about the same efficiency.

Comment: Re:The third factor (Score 3, Interesting) 385

by NixieBunny (#49500403) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
Happiness has a lot to do with attitude. I find that being generally happy is easy if you use your abilities to put yourself into situations that make you happy. I used to work for a place that got to be more and more like Dilbert. Instead of drowning in it, I broke loose and made a new life, using my brains to create interesting, fun things. I found part-time work in the sciences, and have extra time to make wacky inventions and volunteer with kids, teaching them how to do similar things. I am careful to take on projects only if they are likely to make me happier. The latest was building the red telephone for this...

Comment: I might have missed a deduction (Score 2) 109

by NixieBunny (#49495923) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...
My darn online banking system does not let me download any data from early last year, so I may have left some huge vendor payment off my list of business expenses.

If any of you work on websites that provide banking data, please bear in mind that having the complete previous year available to your customers isn't just a courtesy, it's essential these paperless days.

Entropy isn't what it used to be.