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Comment: Removable platters too (Score 2) 316

by argee (#47762829) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

My Altair 8800 running CP/M had a washing machine size hard driver. Air compressor,
big power draw, etc. Had a 5 MB fixed platter, and a 5MB removable platter. I think
was made by Shugart. Interface was parallel port (not printer port, but similar).

In its day, it was the cat's meow.

I still have that Altair, but not the drive. I replaced with a 5MB drive to a parallel port,
8" then 5". I also experimented with IDE interface and a 3.5" drive, but I do not
remember the capacity. Then the Altair got stored away. I have a bunch of them,
and some IMSAI 8080 (a better computer).

Yes, Jeannie ... I *am* an old geezer.

Comment: Blacks and Women (Score 1) 593

by argee (#47138901) Attached to: HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

The reason is that most women choose children and kitchen work over I.T.,
and most blacks choose Basketball over I.T. Look at *those* statistics.
I guarantee you I am right, like it or not. There, I said it. :-)

I also bet the 17% women force at Google are for the most part secretarial
or whatever is Politically Correct to call those workers nowadays.

Comment: Re:anther direction (Score 1) 324

So you propose to take a nice neighborhood, and put poles and string wires all over? If I lived there, I would back the HOA
covenant against poles and overhead wires. Underground is the way to go, and less maintenance. Consider doing it yourself;
not having the TELCO do it at a Million Dollars a mile, which is a Tariffed rate. To do a mile with a ditch witch to bury the
plastic PEX conduit will be far cheaper. A Ditch Witch looks like a giant chain saw on wheels and will dig up to 6 ft down, but for
Commo cable or fiber you do not need anything that deep. I think the HOA will go along with this plan.

Comment: Two 45s are nice for a 100W (Score 0) 1146

by argee (#45697871) Attached to: US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

I tried the 22w cfl as "100 w subsitute". I was groping in the dark. Finally, I bougt
some two-bulb Y adapters and put in a pair of 45w CFL's. Finally I can see!

By the way, CFL's are generally rated at 120volts and Incandescents at 130v.

I also had some bad experience with grocery store 22w. Three have caught fire!
I don't mean a little smoke ... I mean actual flames the size of a candle. I watched
for three minutes in one instance until the thing fizzed out. Good thing I have
sheetrock ceilings; hate to think about lampshades. Good quality 45's out of
Amazon are spendy, but seem to last forever (none have failed yet in two years).

The quest continues: tires that don't go flat; light bulbs that don't burn out!

Comment: Degenerative Comments (Score 1) 682

by argee (#44995285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

I can predict the future: The guy asked "what phone for his kid" and I bet you 99% of the answers will
be variants of "don't give a phone to a kid" or "its not a good idea for a kid to have a phone" and perhaps
"giving a phone to a kid is bad parenting" or variations thereof.

Can we just give the man a simple, technical answer to his question?

Let the doo-goooders deal with social issues elsewhere.

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond