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Comment: Re:For me... (Score 1) 610

by Megane (#47790389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
I've got about half a dozen USR Courier modems stashed away, probably the best analog modem ever made. At least one I got new (it has the sysop price deal nameplate riveted on it), and a few I found cheap at thrift stores back in the late '90s. I wonder how well they would work with my UVerse VoIP setup. If the VoIP tries to use a full 56K/64K ISDN-B bandwidth, it might even work very well. Maybe if I ever find a phone number of something to dial I'll try it someday.

Comment: Re:Rotary Phone (Score 1) 610

by Megane (#47789219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
I've got a red WE2500 phone, because cold war hotline, fuck yeah. Somewhere I also have one I found that had an arabic keypad. But alas, my hard voice line is gone, replaced by UVerse VoIP. On the other hand, at least now I get CNID for free. I refused to pay 2 bucks a month extra for that all these years.

Comment: Re:Local storage (Score 1) 610

by Megane (#47789127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

...and if your server goes away and you get another server, you can move the offline copy of your old mail to your new server. Some of my oldest e-mails are from when I was using Outlook on Mac OS 8 or so. I was able to use IMAP to move them to newer servers.

I also have a bunch of old AOL messages, but I had to go to great lengths to decode their "cabinet" format (which was a total WTF) to extract them.

Comment: Re:A few small but significant ones ... (Score 1) 610

by Megane (#47789111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

It is still a long-term goal of mine to use a microcontroller to make a USB Model M.

Yes, I know you can buy new keyboards with USB interfaces, made by the same people. Or that you can get a PS2/USB converter. It's not the same as having a genuine surplus Model M with a native USB interface.

Comment: Re:Gopher (Score 1) 610

by Megane (#47789073) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Holy crap, I didn't realize that they took gopher support out of Mozilla Seamonkey at least two years ago. Now the Gopher servers have to support HTTP over port 70 to be usable by mere mortals. But I have a 2.0.14 from 2011 running on an old PPC 10.5 system and it still supports gopher:// URLs. So all is not lost.

So is gopher.quux.org now the only gopher server left in the entire universe?

Comment: Re:Desalination is the only viable answer (Score 2) 260

After that oil well break in the Gulf of Mexico, the EPA wouldn't even allow a ship which would suck in oily water and spit out less oily water, because the less oily water had oil in it. You think they're going to allow anybody to put seawater sludge from desalination back into the sea?

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