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Comment: yup, stupid idea (Score 1) 106

by hurfy (#48197519) Attached to: Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Doesn't appear to apply to mine but...

It came from north of Vancouver BC, in the mountains. And from the look of the underside spent half it's buried in snow. But now is in Spokane for the last 6 months after living in the mountains for 7 years. It's not that humid here so not a problem, right?!?

Not exactly comforting, all these recalls lately seem to miss me by a model year.

Comment: tech is cool and all but..... (Score 1) 34

by hurfy (#48172785) Attached to: High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

That walker doesn't look all that great. It is very far forward in front of the person. The best wheeled ones let you walk in between the handles like the standard alum ones do. Even the common wheeled ones are closer to you than this one is. It appears to lack support for..umm..walking. Besides a motorized walker just sounds like trouble. It is going to pull grandma along without pulling her over?

If you insist on high tech there is one that shines a laser on the ground to show you where to step, kinda cool for Alzheimers and stuff.

That back support is cool but I can't see a nursing home paying over $1000/month, they balk at a $150 patient lift.

Comment: Couple of issues (Score 3, Interesting) 72

by hurfy (#48152499) Attached to: Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

1st this was done 4 years ago. The future is now.

But mostly...

Why were none of the tests more than 4 hours long? What happens after the test period, do they need to recover or something?
If this is so efficient why are we talking about a 4 year old test instead of the implementation 3 years ago?!?

Comment: Re:I love Model Ms. I still have two of them. (Score 1) 304

by hurfy (#48097819) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Looks like it takes a lot of work for them to get an old keyboard on a modern system. Probably kills my hope of someday getting my old minicomputer keyboard to work on anything :( Someday I will figure out if a microcomputer can translate it somehow. Especially as it would crush the Model M in a fight :)

Comment: Me too (Score 2) 635

by hurfy (#47788263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Average age of stuff in my house must be a good 25 years old.

Or the equivalent in the case of my flip-phone from 2007 which several people have said sounds better than their smartphone :) Even my TV is almost 20 years old (ok, I don't want to replace the 30 year-old entertainment center actually) My home phone has Bell Systems stamped on it and the other is Conair Trimline that has survived 100+ falls by now. My stereo is over 30 years-old now and does a great job of recording 8-tracks but it weighs about 1000 lbs. Just got rid of my 23 year-old car for one that's only 9 ( i was aiming for pre-2007 on purpose). Finally got my 1974 Opel on the road again. The Atari 2600 isn't tooo dusty. None of my music is on a HD, nor video for that matter. ...insert other 2 pages...

Even the 386 gets a little use as my music database doesn't sort on a HD larger than 250MB due to the 25 year-old shareware program from my 286.
I DO have an i7 gaming computer......attached to a CRT :)
Hell, my toaster is from the 70's because all the prettier replacements died in a year or two. After the 1st couple I gave up. (ISO: 70's proctor-silex toaster that is NOT green)

To make matters worse I collect old toys and computers. I have a working 1960's slot car setup in the basement and my original 1st year Hot Wheels in a wall display.

Comment: Re:Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (Score 1) 137

by hurfy (#47766267) Attached to: HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

It wasn't that long ago a tons of standard power cables were discovered to be subpar. Grab your thinnest feeling one and cut it open.

I think I still have a cable that says "18 GA 15 amp" that contains at best 24 ga wire but looks even smaller. Probably ok on the cheap thing it came with, but they get swapped around a lot and hooking that to your laser printer is not so good.

I always found the ones with 3 strands like the pic to be the better ones (Dell usually)
Luckily my HP one has been replaced a friendly Chinese company already...

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