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Comment: History (Score 1) 308 308

I used to have my browser set to clear history every time I close it.

It can only be criminal if you know you are under investigation at the time you do it. If you have some plugin that clear your history automatically or if you're just in the habit of clearing it regularly - or for that matter, if your browser only retains history for 3 days anyway (I used to have one like that) - then I can't see where there is any crime.

Comment: I was there ... (Score 1) 167 167

Shame really. I picked up a copy of Mandrake 7.0 in July of 2000 at the local Staples (office superstore chain), at the time their version numbers were 1 higher than Redhat. They created a host of software tools (all with "drake" in the name), at the time hardrake was the best Linux hardware detection library and was used by several other distros.

A couple of years after that I reported a bug with the installer of the then-new version (8.0). When they wrote me back they asked if I needed help with the bug, I told them that I'd worked around it in terminal mode, so they asked me if I'd like to be a "crash tester" and I said "Sure." They sent me a free copy of 8.0 (which I obviously already had) and a black and yellow shirt featuring a cartoonish penguin crash test dummy. I worked with them for 3-4 years, until they stopped supporting my old hardware. After trying half a dozen other versions, I settled on OpenSUSE for about a year and a half. Once I finally upgraded my hardware I went back to what was then Mandriva.

When Mageia released their own 1.0, I installed that. The next version of Mandriva included the Rosa desktop and was trying to do too much for my system to handle, so I reluctantly said "farewell" and have stuck with Mageia since.

So they left me, a couple of times ... but I'm still sorry to see them close down.

Comment: Keychain? (Score 1) 278 278

Some keys of course, car remote, 3' tape measure, utility knife, a couple of keys for gun locks. Elsewhere ... Leatherman Crunch, change purse, pipe, tobacco, 2 lighters, comb, wallet, pen, stylus, phone - and one pistol that one of those keys fits, though I don't lock it. (The keys are on the keychain so I don't lose them is all.)

Comment: No. but ... (Score 2) 350 350

You remember that super derecho that came through here a few years ago? We - and the cell towers - were without power for some time. Several days, in some parts of town. But my little Sansa MP3 player does pick up FM, so I was able to listen to local news in spite of the power outage. (Though not 100% sure why the radio station had power and the cell towers didn't ...)

Would not hearing the news cost my life after a disaster? Probably not, but allowing people to hear the news does make life easier for your local emergency management officials.

Comment: Unrated (Score 1) 220 220

I'm one of those programmers who learned in the 70s and 80s. I can do tricks in various versions of BASIC that would baffle "experts", I've done machine code - in hex - on 1802, Z-80 and 6502, I know Fortran, Pascal, a variety of novelty languages (including some I wrote myself) ... but no C, no Java and no web-related languages. Am I the greatest programmer in the world or a veritable babe in the woods? Only reasonable answer - it's not like that.

(Obviously selected "Good enough to criticize everyone else" as the best answer.)

Comment: Calculator? (Score 3, Interesting) 177 177

I selected "no preference", but that last option does deserve comment.

Having been a university math professor for a time, I tried to learn every graphing calculator available. Most use some BASIC-like language, the exceptions I'm aware of being the more powerful calculators. The HP-48 used some language based on RPN, the HP-38 (not using RPN itself) had a completely different language, and of course the TI 89 (being more of a symbolic math package stuffed inside a calculator) was nothing like the other TI calculators, So even "what did my old graphing calculator use?" is not a trivial response ...

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