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Comment: Re:VBA ?!? (Score 1) 226

by marcomarrero (#46685197) Attached to: Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

Learning kids to program using VBA is like learning to cycle using a pogo-stick.

...easy to use pogo stick commonly found in workplaces that can automate Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Access. I admit it's an awful programming language, but it's not that far away from PHP (Hack improves it), and Javascript (TypeScript, Dart).

Anyway, US schools have historically used technology as expensive educational toys, not for programming or other useful practical things. BASIC was barely taught in the 80's when it was built-in all micros/PCs, and most computer magazines included program listings, for example, Compute! and Family Computing.

Comment: Re:It's about jailbreaking. (Score 1) 512

by marcomarrero (#44845631) Attached to: Why Apple Went 64-Bit With the iPhone 5s
I was guessing the 64-bit move was for Apple compete against desktops in the current BYOD trend... Microsoft is doing the exact opposite with Windows RT, especially with Intel power savings improvements in Haswell CPUs, and, resurrecting the neglected Atoms. I wonder is Apple was expecting the Surface Pro to do better. It's significantly more powerful than any Android or iPad tablet, has a great pen device, and... there's no Apple Mac tablet.

Comment: Why not a desktop instead? (Score 1) 570

by marcomarrero (#42827751) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8
Why a main laptop? Get a cheap, slow, portable, disposable notebook / budget laptop, and build your own powerful desktop computer. College students get Windows Server 2K12 (or 2K8R2) 100% free (via Microsoft Dreamspark). I guess I'm too old to understand laptop obsession. I need at least two monitors, and a real keyboard / mouse to be productive. (I dearly miss IBM Model M keyboards). There's no reason not to use Win8, except compatibility (they did change some security stuff). There's Classic Shell, and, you can run WinRT apps. Anyway, the only way around the eternal idiotification of Shells (after NT 4), is to somewhat accept it. Even Linux users are tortured with new weird stuff too.

Comment: Re:It still sucks. (Score 1) 443

No Civic coupes, but, two hatchbacks did 50 MPG, according to fueleconomy.gov
1994-95 Honda Civic HB VX (39 city, 50 highway)
1986-87 Honda Civic CRX HF (42 city, 51 highway)

It would be a miracle finding those with their original engines... '90's Civic engine swaps were simple, cheap, and performance was great with JDM DOHC engines like the ZC, B16A (> 160 hp), or B18C (> 200 hp).

Comment: Re:Does that make sense ? (Score 1) 426

by marcomarrero (#33373534) Attached to: 'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

I somewhat agree with you, it makes sense from an educational view and it's completely pointless to help find a job.

Unfortunately it's not the 80's, back then any good programmer could get a job. In these times, there's a lot of competition and incompetence out there. Employers will only hire anyone who matches all the keywords and does a good interview, regardless of talent, because they're desperate (or clueless).

For example, my hobbyist 8086 and 6809 ASM experience is completely ignored and pointless all the times I've applied for job positions in microcontroller / embedded system programming. My x86 code did everything at a hardware level except disk I/O, mouse, and LAN.

Comment: Re:No they have a good point about PPC (Score 1) 469

by marcomarrero (#31144936) Attached to: The Worst Apple Products of All Time

I disagree, the X86 was a really bad choice back then. Pentium didn't exist (released 1 year later), the 486 DX2 was released the same year. The PowerPC easily beat the 486, and because it's endian neutral, I bet 68K emulation would be too slow on P5.

The Pentium also destroyed the 486: the FPU was a lot faster, and it could execute two integer instructions at a time. Unfortunately most code wasn't P5 optimized and avoided the FPU (lots of 486SXs out there). Quake was probably the first app that ran well on a P-60, and unplayable in a DX4-100.

Comment: Re:holy fuck! (Score 1) 93

by marcomarrero (#28946179) Attached to: Android Applications Soon To Run On MIPS32 Chips

I understand your pain... The x86 empire will always encounter a few rebel architectures. Luckily, there are new powerful weapons like the Atom-izer, and research on the Larrabee GPU (lots of simple x86s).

Most x86 CPUs emulate x86 code to keep the legacy alive... Long live the early 70's Datapoint/Intel 8008 instruction set!

Comment: I like Vista too! but... (Score 1) 466

by marcomarrero (#26981159) Attached to: Which Distro For an Eee PC?

Ok, maybe only the Vista kernel... Windows keeps mutating, becoming more like Microsoft Bob. Ironically, the Windows Server 2008 install has many of those stupid things turned off. Even so, it takes just too many tweaks to make it better.

On the Eee, the only good choice for most users is Easy Peasy. Ubuntu is badly pre-configured. I am running XP on my Eee, I can't recommend it because it requires nLite and a monstrous amount of additional tweaks make it SSD friendly. I hate Microsoft for not telling how they managed to make XP run on the XO laptop, fortunately there are many excellent Eee forums out there.

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