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Comment: Re:Commodore 64 (Score 1) 263

by Siggy200 (#38600722) Attached to: Looking Back At the Commodore 64

Purchased a Commodore 64 and the tape drive at Sears. Learned some about Basic programing but never enough to encourage me to learn other programing languages. Overall experience was great, Eventually I sent for a interface device that would connect the Commodore 64 to my ham radio and decode Radio Teletype over the air called ACT?. I thought for that time the program that came with the interface the graphics were excellent. I believe the RTTY program had a 'cross-hair' tuning indicator, much like a oscilloscope used on RTTY Terminal Units that used vacuum tubes: http://www.qsl.net/n4xy/Images/Electronics/Ham_Radio/RTTY/rtty_electrocom-402_fsk_tu.jpg

I believe the Radio Teletype interface device for the Commodore 64 was a Microlog AIR-1: http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/3343/photo11t.jpg Image courtesy of antiquekid3 posted on The Vintage Computer Forums December 8th, 2009, 05:47 PM

Comment: Commodore 64 (Score 1) 263

by Siggy200 (#38595748) Attached to: Looking Back At the Commodore 64
Purchased a Commodore 64 and the tape drive at Sears. Learned some about Basic programing but never enough to encourage me to lean other programing languages. Overall experience was great, Eventually I sent for a interface device that would connect the Commodore 64 to my ham radio and decode Radio Teletype over the air called ACT?. I thought for that time the program that came with the interface the graphics were excellent. I believe the RTTY program had a 'cross-hair' tuning indicator, much like a oscilloscope used on RTTY Terminal Units that used vacuum tubes: http://www.qsl.net/n4xy/Images/Electronics/Ham_Radio/RTTY/rtty_electrocom-402_fsk_tu.jpg

Comment: What's Keeping You On Windows? (Score 0) 1880

by Siggy200 (#38022556) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?
For one Microsoft Flight Simulators 2004 and FSX. Yes there is X-Plane for Linux but I didn't like that flight simulator. Also some Ham Radio software, one being a good SSTV program for Linux, QSSTV has not been updated for years and have issues with trying to receive SSTV with QSSTV. Using Wine with Linux sometimes does not work for some of the ham radio software.

Comment: Early cell phone (Score 1, Interesting) 150

by Siggy200 (#37794852) Attached to: Study Finds No Link Between Mobile Phones and Cancer (Again)
Worked at a radio repair shop 1980 to 1990. When the first cell phones came out they were the size of a briefcase and mounted in a trunk of a vehicle and the antenna mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The handset mounted on the center hump next to the driver was somewhat like a Princess phone. Mostly doctors and lawyers at that time were able to afford purchase of a cell phone and air time. One doctor came into the shop and he wanted to have the cell phone radio removed. The radio/cell phone was installed about a month earlier. We asked the doctor why he didn't want the cell phone. He took out a device that measured for microwave oven leaks and placed that device near the ceiling of his vehicle, the alarm sounded, then he said this thing is frying my brain, take it out. So we obliged him and removed the radio/cell phone.

Comment: Cache Your HDD With an SSD (Score 1) 189

by Siggy200 (#37494172) Attached to: OCZ Wants To Cache Your HDD With an SSD
A few months ago purchased a Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB Internal drive. The drive offers hybrid storage with Adaptive Memory technology, enabling the drive to deliver higher capacity and SSD-like performance. I am very satisfied with increased performance from the drive especially running Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX, very little pausing effect while 'flying' with the same settings used in a ATA serial drive I had before.

Comment: Amazon Tests a Home-Delivery Service For Groceries (Score 1) 176

by Siggy200 (#36493514) Attached to: Amazon Tests a Home-Delivery Service For Groceries
In the twin cities of St Paul/Minneapolis have Coborns Delivers. Very good service for $5.00 each delivery. The truck delivers once a week, if not home and there are items that are frozen or need to be kept cold they pack the frozen items in dry ice and then a compartment with dry ice to keep other items cold. Also there is a liquor delivery service, Merwin Liquors that will deliver for free with limitations. Also local tobacco store will deliver a carton of cigarettes for $5.00. I don't use either the liquor delivery or cigarettes but the Coborns Delivers was nice when I didn't have a vehicle and the weather was cold.

Comment: Re:Some people do not even watch TV (Score 0) 119

by Siggy200 (#34566186) Attached to: Internet Usage Catches Up With Television In US
I don't watch Hulu or Netflix or much Televison. If anything I like to watch Space Shuttle blast off and landings on NASA TV on my 32 inch LCD. I am 72 years old. I spend a lot of time on the internet or on ham radio digital modes on 20 meters and playing with Microsoft Flight Simulators FS-2004 and FSX.

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