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Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 840

My daughter and I restored a 57 BelAir, her boyfriend drives a 67 Mustang, He almost has my 49 Willys running and together we will tackle the 84 Mustang. BUT: I would not try to fix the junk they sell in WalMart these days. The real problem is that crap from asia is not worth fixing.

Comment: Re:It's a great car (Score 1) 398

by ananamouse (#46816499) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

>Having a second vehicle in the house for long trips is nice too. But I've probably traded cars with my wife out of necessity 2 or 3 times in a year.
That is why I have a Volt. When I need to drive 600 miles I just go. During the week I make it to work and back with a little to spare on nuclear and dirty coal.

And the point about shifting and noise is *RIGHT ON* I had forgotton how nice classical music was but now that I can listen to it again it is really a great bonus.

Another plus is the Voilt makes the Prius look like a mud fence. I know because my son-in-law parked his Prius next to my Volt one day and made that comment.

Comment: Re:Because the alternatives are worse (Score 1) 876

by ananamouse (#46285077) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

I use LabVIEW every day. I started with Fortran on mainframes and mini, then basic on the C= 64, then basic on PCs and a stint with IDL on Solaris. Fifteen years ago I worked in a lab that had Labview 2 on Mac, and followed it on to the PC. I struggled with LabVIEW at first but when I discovered that I could highlight execution and figure out where the 'off by 1' logic was killing me I was hooked. When I learned how to scoop up a bunch of code and turn that into an icon with inputs and outputs I realized I could never go back. While I started off controlling instruments I now use it for everything including processing images or just simple filters.

All of your criticism have faded over time except the legitimate criticism that it is too expensive. That price makes the barrier to entry way too high and the number of users available to ask help from below critical mass. National Instruments gives the hardware drivers away free and charges for programming

Comment: Re:iDocument (Score 1) 187

by ananamouse (#43394769) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source For Bill and Document Management?

I have converted over to Neat. I have both their sheet feed scanner and also it imports from the Fujitsu. I hate that it is closed source trap but it works very well. I put the scanned documents in a plastic box, when it is full I put the end date on the box, put in some moth balls, tape it shut, and bury it in the back pasture (I suffer from the hoarding gene and this lets me cope.)

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir