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Comment: Re: SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 94 94

I have a friend who lives in a Condo in Toronto and his residential pipe is 100/100 for 40 bucks a month, and they offered to boost it to 400/400 for an extra 30 bucks a month, but he has no need for that much speed. (Note, this is atypical for Canada, but it's the same building Deadmau5 used to live in, and he augured to bring in a high-end ISP.)

Comment: Re:Whole computer. (Score 1) 375 375

Right? He was in a special needs class, and I think they thought it would make him feel good about himself (Which it totally didn't.) You have to remember that this was an era when they had only one computer tech for the whole 1500 person school, and he was also a shop/electronics teacher, but there were tons of kids runniung around who knew a lot about computers.

Comment: Whole computer. (Score 1) 375 375

Not me, but a friend. In high school the best computer in the school was a 386SX. They decided to upgrade it to a DX by adding a maths co-processor to the main board. So the ordered one, and when it arrived, they gave it to my friend to install for some reason. Now, the chip had one corner cut, which you are supposed to line up with the cut corner on the socket, so you know it's seated the right way. Of course, my friend put it in completely backwards (because it fit an any direction.) So he tries to boot up the computer and nothing happens. So he looks at it again, and realizes the chip is in backwards. So he turns the box off, pulls out the co-processor, rotates it 180 degrees and puts it back in the socket. Unfortunately, misfiring it in the wrong direction had toasted the chip completely, and when he put it into the socket in the correct orientation, the socket locked itself shut, as it's supposed to do. But, since the chip was fried, this effectively locked the motherboard in an unbootable configuration with a dead shop. Sigh.

Comment: Reminds me of the old Windows upgrade model. (Score 1) 277 277

Where you would buy the cheap "upgrade" CD for the new version of the OS, and when it asked you to insert the CD from the old version for verification that this wasn't a new instal, you just pointed it at its own root directory for an immediate pass.

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