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Comment: Re:Bring on the wearable interfaces. (Score 1) 453

I've been in meetings where easily 75% of the attendees were there for political reasons, or "just in case." There's the DB guy, the Network guy, the Internet guy the Security guy, a "representative" or two or three from a few tangential business units. I've been one of those people too, in pre-smartphone days. No wonder kids tune out...

Comment: Re:Two-motion electromechanical exchange sound (Score 1) 231

by tomatoguy (#39447713) Attached to: The Sounds of Tech Past
I have, perhaps modern enough (the last of them in service in the mid-90s) that there was no "racket", but rather what sounded like leaves rustling as the relays chattered away. There was one lone remaining section of walls of relays installed in racks, and I asked for and got one - it's about the size of a Mars Bar.

Comment: Re:Costco is ahead of the curve on this (Score 1) 532

by tomatoguy (#38873665) Attached to: Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors
Costco is not in the retail business to sell products - Costco's business model uses retail sales to get CASH, which it then invests in arbitrage and currency markets. Before debit cards etc. Costco stores had pneumatic tubes that cashiers used to clear their tills of all but enough cash to make change. That cash was invested on an hourly basis. Thus, Costco was an early pioneer in retail that was essentially a line of cashiers at the exit of a warehouse. The only difference from other retailers is that Costco spends little on marketing or merchandising - prices uber alles and that means cash for the backroom boys to invest.

Comment: I've seen this before somewhere... (Score 2, Informative) 140

by tomatoguy (#29665443) Attached to: New Graphical Representation of the Periodic Table
In high-school chemistry I saw a chart like this, though arranged to accommodate the rare earths as their own separate but related group. It was nerd art for me - each element was assigned a shade of blue or red to indicate pH. I ordered two and they came with additional materials explaining the new chart. The charts are packed away, but I just looked up the hand-outs and tried to Google but found nothing. But, one of the had-outs is a reprint of a write-up in Chemistry magazine of September 1976. It was created by James Franklin Hyde, who is apparently the Father of Silicones acording to Wikipedia.

Oh, here's a link I just found to the chart http://www.meta-synthesis.com/webbook/35_pt/pt_database.php?PT_id=164

For the Internet Database of Periodic Tables, see http://www.meta-synthesis.com/webbook/35_pt/pt_database.php?Button=Spiral+Formulations

The Internet

+ - Building a Website for Legacy

Submitted by tomatoguy
tomatoguy (545272) writes "For the last 10 years I have been collecting digital images of memorabilia of interest to me, in addition to the things I own. It started as a record of what I didn't own, because there was so much when I started collecting. Then I realized I had enough images to tell the story of the companies that inspired the things I collect, though those images.

I've done lots of database and operational planning, as I want to do this as right as I can from the start. I figured it would be something I'd be involved in for the rest of my collecting life, so no rush to bang something out and then struggle with it thereafter. I would also involve members of the interested community of likewise collectors, as an open project with qualified contributors.

Lately I've looked at a couple of the popular CMS frameworks — Joomla! and Drupal. Both would require some custom coding on my part — no big deal because they offer lots of additional handy features I wouldn't have to write. There are other maturing frameworks and methodologies that would easily do what I want.

But then I thought... How to make this site endure after I'm gone? If all goes well I'll be able to put a couple decades into it and I'm sure it would be well-appreciated by those with a collecting and historical interest in the domain, and I'm sure I could get others involved.

So my question is: What thoughts or actions have you given to preserving your web legacy, or handing it off to others, so it continues on after you can't?"

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