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Comment: Pretty clever use of available I/O options (Score 4, Interesting) 25

by whyde (#47206463) Attached to: Security DVR + iNet + X10 = Easy Home Automation (Video)

I have to hand it to this individual for definitely thinking outside-the-box and hooking up three types of systems using interfaces you'd not expect to be used in this manner, and coming up with something which is (at least in his case) useful.

This was very gratifying to watch.

Comment: SCSI drive in a musical instrument (Score 1) 272

by whyde (#38343706) Attached to: The oldest hard drive I'm still using is ...

The oldest hard drive I'm still actively using holds patches and sample data in a keyboard--a little 200MB SCSI drive. I think it may eventually outlive the keyboard itself. At one point in time, the keyboard itself also had the largest RAM of any computer I owned, at a whopping 64MB. When I was driving it back and forth from college, the keyboard was insured for more than the car it was in.

Comment: Jeff Atwood had a good take on this (Score 1) 149

by whyde (#36924024) Attached to: Analyzing Long-Term SSD Failure Rates

Any thread on SSD failures should include a link to Jeff Atwood's blog entry on the topic:

I feel ethically and morally obligated to let you in on a dirty little secret I've discovered in the last two years of full time SSD ownership. Solid state hard drives fail. A lot. And not just any fail. I'm talking about catastrophic, oh-my-God-what-just-happened-to-all-my-data instant gigafail. It's not pretty.

Full post here: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2011/05/the-hot-crazy-solid-state-drive-scale.html

Comment: When did we become afraid of everything? (Score 2) 225

by whyde (#34422724) Attached to: Denver Bomb Squad Takes Out Toy Robot

I'm waiting for the day when some nutjob fashions a piece of doggie-poo looking substance out of brown-painted C4 with an embedded motion-sensitive detonator.

There, I've said it. Let everyone be scared of any stray pile of poop laying on a city sidewalk. Perhaps then, when we try to ban dogs completely, people may wake up and see that it's just not worth going through life terrified of everything.

Ugh.

Comment: Re:Whole movie shot in single shot (Score 1) 295

by whyde (#34261102) Attached to: Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

While I found Russian Ark technically fascinating, it was otherwise very difficult to sit through because the viewer becomes aware early on that they are watching a visual gimmick unfold. Instead of paying attention to the plot, I was distracted by the single-shot nature of it, and how they were going to pull it off.

I'd liken this to experiments like Timecode which use similar gimmicks and long shots, but are otherwise slightly awkward to view.

Comment: Billy Joel (R) (Score 1) 273

by whyde (#33637190) Attached to: Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It

Billy Joel has, since a very early time in his career, a registered trademark on his name for the purpose of music. I'm pretty sure he's not going around suing parents who have the audacity to name their kids William Joel, however.

Look at the album cover of "Billy Joel (R) Greatest Hits" for an example.

Comment: CMOS back-up battery (Score 1) 715

by whyde (#33587058) Attached to: The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

I seem to have had excellent luck with durability of the systems I integrate. Either that, or I'm hanging on to computers that are way too old... I've had to replace a CMOS backup battery button-cell in an old Gateway laptop and a Shuttle SFF system last year. My kids still use them to play old DOS games.

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