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Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 303

I have a Macbook Pro, the very last revision (late 2008) of the previous version before the unibody models; it's the one that looks like the Powerbook G4.

One time I wasn't thinking and set it down on a concrete picnic table with a VERY rough surface and used it there for a couple of hours. Later I realized that I had probably scratched the hell out of the bottom of it but when I lifted it up it still looked as pristine as when it was new, not a scratch or scuff.

Another tine I dropped it and it hit a metal bedframe on the corner, HARD; again, not a scratch or dent. Sure, anecdotal evidence, but these things seem to be tougher than they look.

Comment Re:My god. (Score 1) 806

Well put. I think perhaps it's always been this way to some extent, but the level of emotional stifling has hit new heights with lurid, hysterical news coverage. Yellow journalism in the newspapers of long ago was one thing, but the shrill hysteria of modern TV news has hit record heights - I can barely ever watch it anymore - and it's what's driving this irrational sense of fear.

What I've personally noticed in day-to-day interaction with people is it's become more politically correct to be reactionary than reasonable. Too many people WAY overreact to the tiniest perceived offense, and it's impossible to have a reasoned argument with them over any issue. Guess it makes for better gossip.

Comment Re:My god. (Score 1) 806

Very good point. I wish universities had to treat their students as paying customers, which they actually are; then maybe she could at least get her tuition refunded. As much money as students put into these schools, there should be some legal protection for that massive financial investment so that someone like this girl doesn't get financially ruined by a dickhead administrator.

Comment Re:Documentation is very lacking (Score 1) 769

Couldn't agree more. I think that it's based on emacs, which I never really took to. It seems like a solution in search of a problem; there was nothing at all wrong with the man command.

For what it's worth, the best man pages I've ever seen were the ones that came with IRIX; very clear yet concise explanations with great examples, and just well-written in general. SGI must have hired a good tech writer to do those.

Comment Re:Obvious choice (Score 1) 481

Well, this looks like a good time to dust off this old gem (I apologize in advance):

Necromancers can kill anyone they want! Necromancers cut off heads ALL the time and don't even think twice about it. These guys are so crazy and awesome that they flip out ALL the time. I heard that there was this necromancer who was eating at a diner. And when some dude dropped a spoon the necromancer killed the whole town. My friend Mark said that he saw a necromancer totally uppercut some kid just because the kid opened a window.

And that's what I call REAL Ultimate Power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don't believe that necromancers have REAL Ultimate Power you better get a life right now or they will chop your head off!!! It's an easy choice, if you ask me.

Necromancers are sooooooooooo sweet that I want to crap my pants. I can't believe it sometimes, but I feel it inside my heart. These guys are totally awesome and that's a fact. Necromancers are fast, smooth, cool, strong, powerful, and sweet. I can't wait to start yoga next year. I love necromancers with all of my body (including my pee pee).

Comment Fix for Paper Size Error (Score 1) 557

Agreed. I rescued an HP Laserjet 4M+ fro the trash at work; was thrown out because the output rollers were old and not longer grabbing the paper very well, so paper was jamming there. An easy, temporary fix was to sand the rollers a little, bit I eventually bought a replacement roller kit for around $20, later bought new pickup rollers and a "NetDirect" LPD card. For maybe a total of around $40 and some elbow grease it's pretty much a new printer.

The 4M's are EVERYWHERE - I see them at banks, medical offices, and lots of other businesses. They last forever and supplies are VERY easy to find and affordable. The toner cartridge lasts a long time.

There is one issue with older HP's (the LJ4 series at least) that comes up: the infamous "Paper Size Error"; it's actually an easy fix.

The actual cause is related to a solenoid which hits a lever that momentarily halts the pickup roller mechanism's rotation, preventing it from feeding another sheet of paper too soon; this enforces an appropriate "gap" between consecutive sheets of paper. The lever has some felt on it as a cushion, but over time the felt deteriorates and gets sticky, and the solenoid sticks to it just long enough for the mechanism to do another, premature rotation, which causes an overlapping sheet of paper to get picked up, thereby confusing the printer into thinking it got fed a really long sheet, hence the "Paper Size Error". This happened to me, and it took me a while to figure it out; I had to run the printer with the left side exposed and observe the paper feed cycle. HP 's solution was bogus (forgot what it was). I just cleaned remnants of the old felt and stacked some clear tape on the lever; been working perfectly fine ever since, and I did this several years ago.

As long as you aren't afraid of opening up the left side of the printer, it's easy to find and fix the problem - I'd hate to see a great printer thrown out because of a little piece of felt!

Comment Re:No way will Apple allow BASIC (Score 2, Interesting) 214

I remember reading a description of AMAX somewhere as "a hostile port of the Macintosh OS to the Amiga platform". The Atari ST also had a similar product (though I think it actually came first) called "Magic Sack" I think; got renamed to that due to a lawsuit, don't remember the (probably better) original name.

AMAX patched the Mac Plus ROM to work with the Amiga's hardware, so you just had effectively a Mac Plus. No Color QuickDraw. I remember the compatibility as being pretty good; programs that had trouble (for me anyway) were ones that assumed the Mac Plus' screen dimensions (512x342 pixels I think). AMAX ran the Amiga's display at 640X400.

The cool thing about running AMAX was that it initialized the Amiga's hardware upon "boot", but once System 6 (or System 7) was up and running, you could experiment with tweaking the Amiga's hardware registers without the Amiga's OS updating them. I had a copy of ThinkC for the Mac and wrote a few little programs to play around with the Amiga hardware that way, like setting different screen colors and whatnot, It was fun for hacking around. Ah, memories,

Comment Re:And we should attack the FSF... (Score 1) 926

The Apple ads are a good example; they're certainly funny and I enjoy them, but I can easily see how they come across as smug and condescending, and how they could reinforce haters' negative opinion of Macs and Apple in general.

When I think about it, most other negative ads that I've seen also came across as smug and condescending, especially negative political ads; definitely a turn off for me even when it was a candidate or product I liked.

Comment Re:voices (Score 1) 260

I think in this case it's more likely that potential fans were turned away from the show early on by those initial mediocre episodes, so that by the time the show got good, much of the audience was gone. Wouldn't be the first time that had happened.

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