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Comment: Impact of the 6502 and Chuck Peddle (Score 1) 612

by dpm67 (#41517361) Attached to: Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

The Apple ][ and many other machines from that era really helped move the industry out of the labs and realm of the most dedicated hobbyists and helped to make it available for everyone. Many of the popular machines of that era were all using the 6502 or some variant. I would be curious about your recollection of any interaction with Chuck Peddle and the team behind that processor and the impact it had.

Comment: Was personally fitting to me to see Atlantis (Score 1) 130

by dpm67 (#36752860) Attached to: CmdrTaco Watches Atlantis Liftoff

What a great write-up and thanks for all the great images.

I had seen a few launches from my school campus in the mid 80s. But the first launch that I attended in a more direct manner was STS-61B, the Atlantis in November of 1985. It was a late evening launch and was quite spectacular to see in person, even though we could only watch from across the water outside Kennedy Space Center crowding the sides of the roadways with many others who did not have access. So it was quite a thrill when I got the opportunity to get tickets to actually get on Cape Canaveral for the launch of STS135. I jumped at the chance and took my two young nephews with me to watch the Atlantis once again reach out to the stars. I hope the memory of it impacts them in a positive manner and helps to kindle their interest in pursuing and dreaming big despite the odds and the challenges it might take to get there. So it was a fantastic privilege to personally witness Atlantis take flight again.

Many thanks to the countless people who over the years worked to make the shuttle program such a source of inspiration for the rest of us.

Comment: Re:11.4% of total visits here (Score 1) 479

by dpm67 (#32002332) Attached to: Corporate IT Just Won't Let IE6 Die

I manage a variety of sites and for those that are not tech oriented, I would say your percentages are pretty close to what I have seen on similar types of sites. What I notice is that of the reported IE6 users on the logs I reviewed, the reported OS in usage is Windows 2000 is 100% for these for the logs I reviewed. This seems to confirm my personal experience in that that the more likely reason remaining IE6 holdouts exist are likely less to be about "application capability" and more about the fact that for those running Windows 2000 they have no other options for a newer version of IE. The reality appears to be there are still plenty of older machines out there running Windows 2000 or some variant of it and there is no Microsoft supplied option for replacing IE6 on these machines. Microsoft's lack of providing Windows 2000 with a path beyond IE6 has locked them into this position. The fact that they may have some internal web applications that are dependent on some version of IE, has them locked into not even being able to consider an alternate browser. As another posted had mentioned the use of a Terminal Server might help decrease the security attack surface represented by continuing to use IE6 on these older machines and instead use the Terminal Server to allow the older machines to run newer version of the applications. Those that still have a large number of desktops on the Win2000 platform might need to take a harder look at the potential security holes this leaves open on their network --- even if it is only "internal", it can still be exploited in the right circumstances.

Comment: Re:Fogbugz (Score 1) 428

by dpm67 (#30467782) Attached to: What Does Everyone Use For Task/Project Tracking?

Another vote for FogBugz. Works great, can easily do everything the original poster mentioned. Plus it is extensible if you really need to build you own hooks into it. You can try it out online completely free for 45 days (and they'll even sometimes extend that if you ask real nicely) and then if you decide to use it, you can either pay to use their hosted service or if you purchase it for local use, then they'll even send you the database for you to re-install locally so you loose no time migrating your trial period data. It makes it easy for you to publish the information to others on a need to know basis and if you are having any trouble getting input from other persons or groups within the company as to how things need to be prioritized, it makes it a great centralized way to put it in front of the faces of the decision makers. The user interface is a little deceiving, as it looks a little overly simplistic at first glance, but it has an excellent and well organized interface for a browser based application. Just spend a little time with the free demo and really put it through the paces and this will become more apparent as you use it. For the value it provides, I consider it to be reasonably priced. If you already have the hardware resources in-house to run it locally, it is much more cost effective to buy it and run locally of course. But if you have any difficulty getting buy-in on it, the monthly service beyond the free trial period makes it very easy for anyone to digest to make sure you have more than adequate time to really have it prove its worth in your organization. I've had to force some customers to sit down and use it to manage their own projects, but once they get over their issues, they find it an invaluable tool without fail.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]

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