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Comment: Can't get worse (Score 1) 126

by marquis111 (#42557767) Attached to: Star Wars Live-Action Show Could Still Happen

As fan who was there from the beginning -- I came in from summer break to hear my classmates talking about Dark Vader and the Jet Eyes, and after my brother came down with tonsillitis, I got to go see it in all of its original glory at the theater, sans the "Episode VI". I've been a fan of the story of Luke Skywalker, not the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker. I collected the figurines and watched the Christmas Special. Empire blew me away, and Return left me with an "eh" feeling. Han shot first, and the first image of the Emperor had monkey eyes superimposed on a woman's face. I've read and agree with "The Secret History of Star Wars."
My conclusion? Disney and whoever else can't possibly do any more damage to Star Wars than Lucas already has. The first two movies, VI and V of course, were masterpieces in spite of Lucas, not because of it.

Comment: That's how it looks (Score 1) 394

by marquis111 (#37241368) Attached to: Ex-Board Member Says HP Is Committing 'Corporate Suicide'

I've been watching HP's slide for a while, wondering what they were thinking. I look at their LaserJet III, IV, and V printers and compare them to the trash they sell these days, and I blows my mind. Or how about, their obvious attempts to wipe the memory of 3COM's products away? Over the last 8 months, I've run into an absolute brick wall finding utilities and firmware updates for some legacy 3COM equipment. , once my go-to site, is no longer of any use to me. If HP is trying to drive me away from 3COM to HP, the opposite will likely happen. Don't get me wrong -- I like the ProCurve line and like their warranty terms, but if HP is intent on continuing down the path they are on, who can say if the warranty will mean anything in a year?

Comment: I try to find a home for nearly every part of it (Score 2, Informative) 308

by marquis111 (#33357034) Attached to: When I no longer use a hard drive, I typically keep it for..

Platters = mirrors and windchimes. I attack them with a grinder if they really need to be wiped.
Magnets = good fun and usefulness
Logic boards = into a box at work until I call for the next pickup from the free PC recycling company
Aluminum chassis and aluminum platter spacers = aluminum recycling bin
Screws = trash

Comment: Re:Died with Woowoo BS but... (Score 2, Interesting) 131

by marquis111 (#30643184) Attached to: OMNI Magazine Remembered

I noticed this phenomenon about a decade back. Used to be in the 70s and 80s, when you went to Walt Disney World in Florida, it had this solid "golly gee" factor when talking about the future, especially at Epcot or Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. I don't pick up on that so much now; in fact I pick up on a definite retrospective and/or nostalgic feeling when I go there. It's like, now that pretty much any thing is possible technologically, talking about something that's not present but possible is just an exercise in talking about something that will be here when the engineers figure out how to make it profitably.
To paraphrase Yogi, "The future ain't what it used to be."

Comment: Driving is the issue (Score 1) 287

by marquis111 (#30447852) Attached to: I'd prefer to allocate my work hours ...

I drive 60 miles a day for work, whether I work 15 minutes or 14 hours. I'm all for whatever has me driving one less day, since that's 60 miles off my car and gas tank at a whack. Actually, 4 longer days would work really well, since that would put a sizable amount of my work day outside of normal office hours, so I'd get fewer people contacting me for help during my work day, which translates into more concentration.

Comment: Re:nobody has heard of kvm? (Score 1) 628

by marquis111 (#30078672) Attached to: At My Computer Desk, I Use...

How will I use two mice then? I usually have two computers with their monitors close to each other, one set up for right-hand mouse and the other set up for left-hand mouse, so if I need to do two different things on the computers, I can sit between the monitors and grab a mouse in each hand and glance back and forth and alternate what I'm doing. There's no way I'm the only one doing this...

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton