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Comment: Re:Rotary Phone (Score 1) 487

by TWX (#47788291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
You know, you an upgrade from that Western Electric model 500 (the ubiquitous rotary) to a Model 1500, or if you want * and # the Model 2500, for basically free...

All but two landline phones in the house are from Western Electric. The 900MHz cordless Uniden with the overized buttons and red LED blinking call indicator and the alarmclock phone in the bedroom are the only outliers.

Back when they expected to lease the phone to you for 50 years, they built a phone that would last for 50 years.

Comment: Re:The VCR (Score 1) 487

by TWX (#47788213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
We're there too, with 800 titles on tape. Unfortunately the new projector doesn't display analog sources very well compared to the old one, so tapes and laserdiscs look like crap compared to DVDs and Blu-Ray players.

since both projectors can shine off-center and make the image look right I'm tempted to hang the old projector too, and to use it for LD and VHS.

Comment: Re:slashdot (Score 1) 487

by TWX (#47788155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

When classic goes away, so do I. Copy this if you want them to get the idea.

I was thinking about that today, and yeah, I agree. When Classic is gone then I don't expect to continue using Slashdot anymore. When they just become every other discussion forum site then why would I need to limit myself to this one?

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 5, Informative) 487

by TWX (#47788117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
If it's any consolation, I didn't use vi for close to 20 years, using pico/nano instead. It wasn't until I started working with huge flatfiles that needed hundreds of lines of regular expression parsing that I learned how to use vi effectively.

I'd say that if you really need those advanced features that vi is the way to go, but admittedly pico/nano is a lot easier to use otherwise.

As for what I use that's old, I have a Dolby-AC3-capable laserdisc player and more than 500 titles and an S-VHS VCR with about 850 titles on tape, I'm hesitant to buy a laptop lacking an optical drive (though my pickings are quite slim these days), I'm still using a Gateway 2000 "Anykey" PS/2 124-key macro-programmable keyboard manufactured by Maxiswitch, the vast majority of my computer monitors are 4:3 ratio, I still have my SCSI Jaz2 drive, my SCSI Zip drive, a couple of 3.5" floppy drive, and one 5.25" floppy drive laying around, and my daily-use TV is a widescreen, high-definition tube . It works great! Cost me only $40! And at 126lb, no one is going to steal it. In fairness, it fits the built-in TV cabinet perfectly and at the time a similarly-sized LCD model was close to $600, so it made sense to go with the tube.

I don't necessarily equate old with obsolete. Obsolete is when it doesn't do the job that you need done satisfactorily. In that sense my 20 year old beater $700 pickup truck with no straight sheet metal and worn-out steering is fine, as I generally only drive it when either I need a truck specifically, or when one of the cars is out of commission and I need basic transportation in the interim. I'm typing this on a five-year-old netbook with an Atom processor, and I only recently replaced my Xeon-Gallatin-based dual processor workstation from a decade ago because the thing croaked after a power outage and doesn't want to come back up. It was a great box for a long time, even with only two cores. It's been replaced with a newer-used dual-quad Xeon workstation that I expect to use for another decade as my workstation and the whole-house server.

Comment: Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (Score 2) 113

by TWX (#47786355) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone
Unless you're now the second-or-third-generation of enlistee that's been given the task, where the previous "generations" now assume that it's normal to do that to someone instead of using it as a character test.

IE, by failing the character test and still managing to become sergeants, they pass the trait on in a natural-selection sort of way.

Comment: Re: Nice! (Score 1) 73

by TWX (#47786323) Attached to: For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"
As far as sonar is concerned, I meant for the coast guard or the navy or other law enforcement and import/customs people to find the contraband-carrying torpedoes, not for the torpedoes to use sonar. I don't know what the surface conditions will do to attempting to find a torpedo-shaped metal tube close to the surface.

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr