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Comment Re:A few items (Score 1) 338

This looks more like a list from the 90s. Possibly very late 80s, but I think that's pushing it. I may be wrong, but just how it seems to me. My recollection of 80's gear would be both floppy types mentioned, serial printers if not proprietary, no hard drives, integrated keyboards or proprietary, certainly no cdrom, networking was usually midrange or mainframe connected via coax/twinax, and early 300 - 1200 baud modems.

Comment Re:Working to cover for the USA (Score 1) 340

In China, they'll build a 15 storey building in two days. A main road that's broken up, disrupting traffic for for months on end with very little visible progress each morning is something I've never seen outside of Europe.

The quality of life is certainly fine in many parts Europe, but actual productivity most definitely is not something to boast about.

And on the third day it will fall down, based on most of what we see in the US of Chinese production.

Comment Don't have this issue with Comcast DVR (Score 1) 321

I understand that the OP already purchased the devices, but it seems to me the simpler and more reliable solution is to simply rent the devices where possible from your cable or satellite provider. When the device goes bad, they swap it out for a new one. If they decide to stop supporting a device, you don't pay for it any longer. No headaches and at around $10 - $15 per month per DVR it seems to be the better option.

Comment Graduated HS in 1987 (Score 3, Informative) 632

We had TI-99/4a machines and one IBM compatible in jr high (7th-9th) with a class in BASIC on the TI machines. Once we moved over to the HS building we had access to Apple II machines and compatibles (Franklin ACE) and a couple IBM compatibles. Computer classes were limited to BASIC followed by Pascal, both taught on Apple. There was a short lived computer club that explored special topics such as vector graphic programming and Assembly - also Apple II based. Classes were taught by the math department instructors, or two of them at least. Chances are many of them had never used a computer at that time. In hindsight this set us up quite well for the immediate future and even today I use techniques and concepts I learned in those classes. It was less about the languages we were using and more about the planning and problem solving needed to accomplish a task. I apply similar techniques to problems that I use Powershell or Perl to deal with today. Truthfully most of our time in the "computer lab" was spent hacking around with computers, dot matrix printers, a couple of paddles connected to one of the Apple machines, and bootlegging games. Adventure games and the Atari catalog were the most popular. Somewhere at the bottom of a box in someone's attic is a copy of Jungle Hunt that displays my name in the copyright field. Hex editors were fun.

Comment Re:Model M (Score 1) 341

Nice. I've been using these myself since I started in IT 17 years ago. Although I don't use one exclusively anymore in favor of an Apple keyboard, I still prefer the M or it's current incarnation with USB and "extra" keys.

Comment Re:Lame 3D tech is a once per generation fad. (Score 1) 261

You are so absolutely correct! Every couple of decades 3D comes around again for a few years, then once the fad wears off it's gone again. I remember going to 3D films in the 80s, some of which were just rereleases of films from the 50s - the wax museum horror movie for example. I guess this dates back to the stereoviews of the late 19th century, at least that's the earliest 3D media I can think of.

Comment Might have to finally get a set! (Score 2) 373

Growing up in the 70s and 80s I always thought I would have my own Brittanica on a shelf in my office/library/den one day. I'm in my 40s now and never got around to it, although I've been tempted in recent years but the problem with keeping the information current always made me decide against it. Knowing this may be my last chance, I might just have to finally splurge.

Comment Re:Japan and Europe is where the industry is (Score 4, Insightful) 599

My 2003 Monte Carlo has 220,000 miles on it. I did choose to replace the motor and trans (both used) at 200,000 miles though instead of rebuilding the trans when the pressure control solenoid gave out and repair would have cost as much as the replacement motor and trans together, so those only have around 72K on them. Runs like a dream and by the condition of the interior and exterior you would never know this car had anywhere near 100K miles much less 220,000. Any car from the "big three" built within the past 20 years that is worth buying these days can go 300,000 miles with basic maintenance. Cars were garbage in the 80's and I think a lot of the mentality around longevity in the US these days is still based on experiences with those cars.

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