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Comment: Re:The sad part here... (Score 1) 237

by tverbeek (#46774521) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Yeah, I saw the low UID, which is why I wondered how you could be online and yet so unaware of what so many people were doing on the Web in 2000. Sure, it was mostly dial-up or bad DSL, but it was hardly just "hardcore geeks". They were e-mailing and chatting and looking at (still-image) porn and shopping and selling garbage on eBay, and talking about what a bust Y2K had been. There was that whole "dot-com bubble" that everyone was talking about (but not calling it a "bubble" yet because it was still the latest Big Thing). The following September, I distinctly recall everyone at my office flocking to news web sites trying to learn what was happening in New York on a Tuesday morning. So I have to figure that you were too preoccupied doing stuff with the geekier parts of the internet to notice that yes: the Web was already kind of a a big thing in 2000.

Comment: Re:The sad part here... (Score 1) 237

by tverbeek (#46772255) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Was the web on its own interesting enough in 2000 to make this a killer device?

Yes, it was. Were you still wading on CompuServ and Usenet or something at the time? :)

Also, what OS does it run, can it do anything but surf the web?

EPOC could do lots more than surf the web; it had apps for all the obvious personal-assistant functions (calendar, notes, to-do, contacts) and had a decent ecosystem of third-party apps. It powered the Psion PDAs (clamshells with decent thumb keyboards and stylus input), and was head-and-shoulders bettter than PalmOS or WinCE (its contemporaries) in terms of stability and ability to run on low-power hardware. I nursed one of the later Psions along for years after they were discontinued, until the iPhone came along and there was finally another pocket computer worth switching too. The devices' main weakness (other than nonexistent marketing) was the state of mobile connectivity in their day: slow-n-crappy cellular data, hard-to-find local wireless, and dial-up.

Comment: basic createware (Score 1) 531

by tverbeek (#46381225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

I use OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, so exceptions/substitutions are made when an app isn't available for a given platform.

DropBox - Because that's where all the stuff I'm working on at any given time is.

Firefox - Because I'm a same-browser-on-everything kinda guy, and I'm too stuck in my ways for that to be Chrome.

LibreOffice - Because I'm a same-wp-on-everything kinda guy, but not so stuck in my ways that it has be OpenOffice.

Manga Studio - Because I create comics as a hobby, and even on the machines that don't have stylus input, I like to be able to open the projects I'm working on, and work on lettering or coloring. I don't use the GIMP because I think it's worth buying myself nice software sometimes, and I don't use Adobe Creative Shite anymore because that doesn't have to mean wasting money.

CyberDuck - Because a simple drag-and-drop ftp client is handy for getting my stuff where it's going.

Comment: Re:Time to end the military industrial complex (Score 1) 506

by tverbeek (#46332789) Attached to: US War Machine Downsizing?

I don't see it happening. The US military has become the federal government's most dependable jobs program. It's like the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps... but not civilian (and not doing conservation work). In an economy where "defense" has become an important sector, budget cuts mean layoffs.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 320

by tverbeek (#46286617) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

"E-sport" is an attempt to apply the macho-associated word "sport" (usually understood to be a physical activity) to gaming. Competitive video gaming (even for an audience) is really no different from competitive chess or poker. You sit down and you match your ability to play a game against other people playing the same game. Something one can reasonably be proud of being good at, so the pretending-it's-something-else aspect is a bit childish.

Which might help explain the lack of appeal to female participants: childishness in adult males is really, really off-putting. Combined with the aggressiveness of a competitive activity... it's worse.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis