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Comment CBM3032 (Score 1) 857

My first computer was a CBM 3032.

This was basically a souped up PET:

-32kByte of memory instead of the standard 4/8kByte.

-Bigger and more crisp Screen - but green instead of white.

-an additional ROM socket for easy expanding

-and the most importand part: a much, much improved keyboard.

The really good keyboard of the CBM3000 series was the main reason why Commodore managed to catch a big chunk of the business office market.

I started with a tape drive, soon to be supplemented by a unlicenced copy of the CBM4040 double disk drive and a CBM 3022 printer - you wont believe how large and loud this printer was.

There was a lot of software available for the CBM Business machines, I would even dare to say between 1978 and 1983 it had the best library of all systems.

When I switched to the C64 years later my main reason was the high compability of the C64 towards the older PET/CBM-systems: You could switch the C64 into a CBM compability mode which allowed to use lots of software and even load some ROM programs into C64 RAM and use em. Guess most people didnt even know this feature about the C64.

Comment Wrong Question (Score 1) 857

I think you are asking the wrong question.

I owned/used a couple of computers which really didn't leave much of a mark. But if you ask me about my most influential computer then I say:


It was so fat ahead of its time that even today you can put a 12 year old kid in front of it and the kid wont see much of a difference to modern computers.

I wrote my first C-Programm on an Amiga. Used csh, cc and lot other unix tools first on Amiga. Wrote my first Email, downloaded my first file by FTP, UUCP, FTSC, ZModem, first logged into another computer from an Amiga, first logged into an Amiga from another computer. Burned my first CD on an Amiga, used a hard disk first on an amiga, used a tape drive on an amiga, used an SSD (4MB PCMCIA format) on an Amiga....

Pretty much everything people nowadays take for granted I did it first on an Amiga.

Also Amigas where the first computer I saw using more than 1MB, 4MB, 16MB, 64MB of memory and mass storage of 100GB when PCs had problems using more than 8GB.

I ran in full parallel usage: Amiga-OS software, ST software, Mac software, CP/M 68k software, GNU software, X11 software, C64 software. One would not believe how much that thing could do and how fast it always feeled.

To be honest, my current i7-6700k system can do things equally smooth but my Amiga could do all of this 30 years earlier.

Comment Volksverhetzung Hate Speech (Score 1) 347

Hate Speech or Fighting Words is pretty much only limiting which words are "allowed" and which not. These concepts are not limiting what objectives are legal. In other words, "all bug ridden carriers of funny bears must be killed cruelsome" is NOT legal but "carriers of funny beards must be silenced" is legal under these concepts.

"Volksverhetzung" is a much broader definition because is also takes into consideration deeper motivations. Under these concepts it would be illegal to say "carriers of funny beards must be silenced" when it is obvious that "silenced" means "killed". Also proveless accussations would be illegal eg "all carrier of funny beards eat little children". You are still legal to say "carriers of funny beards eat 5% more children than others and this should be handled accordingly by law". Well at least if carriers of funny beards really eat 5% more children.

Comment No thanks (Score 1) 438

Alex Kurtzman is an incompetent idiot who would ruin even the emergency broadcast signal with unneccessary action and the most unfitting story board.

Every single episode of "Star Wars the Clone Wars" was more adult, more entertaining than his flicks.

Actually, most episodes of He-Man were...

Comment Promoting Fascism/Pedophelia (Score 4, Insightful) 728

This is not about "free oppinion" but about "redefining the past to prepare future crimes".

In germany you are free to promote national socialism as long as you do not deny its past flaws. This way a fascist has a harder time to prepare future crimes.

In the US you are free to promote pedophelia as long as you do not deny its past flaws. This way a pedophile has a harder time to prepare future crimes.

There is also the Markus Nessler parable:
One day some stranger starts following you while shouting "you stole my money, my jacket and my shoes!"
He continues to do so for some days then starts shouting "someone help me to get back my money, my jacket and my shoes!"
A couple of days later people start demanding from you to give back that mans money, jacket and shoes.
And some days later the man with help from some people takes away your money, your jacket and your shoes by force.
And everyone will say "you had it coming, he asked you for days to give back his money, his jacket and his shoes".

And that is the difference between "free speech" and "redefining the past to prepare future crimes". And thats the reason why you can shut up people by court order. Even in the US.

Comment How not (Score 3, Interesting) 244

I am already happy when the author has read and some early manpages of sudoers (imho the worst, by far).

Todays "sudoers" manpage has already been cleaned up a lot and is still a horrible read. But in the past it was something like "the relevant configuration is a hierarchical list of geometrical weighted values. Each one represents a position in a list relative to its anchor". And yes, that was just a weird way of saying "/etc/sudoers contains configuration keywords with options".

Overall I had the impression the author was a sociopath showing off his mathematical skills while keeping the core knowledge unavailable to others.

Comment I would buy... (Score 1) 284

From 1981 to 2011 I have been using Tape Backups for my private, business and customer systems. It was cheap, reliable and fast, my first drive had 5MB with a transferrate of 20KB/s, my last drive hat 200GB with a transfer rate of 30MB/s.

But no more.

Drives are fucking expensive (and they die a lot), media are fucking expensive (and are no better than other media),

Lets say I could buy a drive with 2TB for â200 and a 2TB media for â10 or a 10TB for â500 and a 10TB media for â50 then I would at least consider using tape again.

But right now I pay â1600 for a 2TB drive and â40 for a 2TB catridge. Thats insane, I can buy 60TB of hard disk storage just for the drive alone and get another 2TB cheaper than buying tapes.

And trust me, hard drive stored in a dark, locked box will work even better than tapes.

Comment Creeper OS (Score 1) 77

I do not think SteamOS is of any relevance today. And it wont be important next year.

I do not think Steam 4 Linux is a perfect alternative to windows. And at best it will be a acceptable although rough alterantive to windows next year.

But I do now that Steam 4 Linux DOES deliver. Not big time but every month a little bit bigger. I bought over 200 games for Steam and even though I did care little about running games on Linux I still have over 60 games running on linux.

I did not expect that when Steam 4 Linux was announced.

So while Steam 4 Linux does NOT replace my windows game machine - a massive tower costing â1000 and eating 400W to give me bleeding edge results - it gives me two great bonuses:

I now have 60 games running on my el cheapo Notebook with Ubuntu which did cost me â300 and uses 30W. I can run another 140 games through Steam Remote gaming as long as my windows system is also running. I am planning to buy an el cheapo Nettop based on AMD Beema for â100, converting my Big-Screen TV into a gaming station. And I will get another one of these for my bed room.

There will be more games.

There will be better support.

Maybe we will see Steam directly installed into smart TVs. So I would not even need to add some el cheapo nettop box.

This will be slow like it has been for two years but maybe suddenly in five years I will say "ok lets play something different" and find it surprising that this game does not run on linux. Maybe I will even find it surprising that this game does need a extra computer instead of running directly on my TV.

Then I will open my Steam inventory and see that 80% of my games are available for Linux and are running natively on my TV. Then I will just wonder why I should bother for the other 20%. I will start to ignore these 20% and keep an old Windows system in the attic next to my Amiga and my C64 just in case I want to play these 20% again. Which I wont like I never played most Amiga games ever again.

Mission accomplished.

Comment The first shot is free... (Score 1) 150

You simply do not understand how "cloud storage" works.

We had all this even back in the 1980ths, just using different buzz words. All these storage/service-solutions do a win-doublewin-bet, they do not aim at a short term profit, they try to claim their market share. As soon as the competitors start to fail and die or their architecture become dominating they will just raise prices or at least stop lowering them.

Comment Crapware (Score 0) 408


Apple is a company producing furniture for girls.

Apple is producing products for idiots and is therefore very successful.

Let me sum up, to produce crappy products for idiots you need to use knowledge not available to companies producing sane products for sane people.

Comment Medium Crap (Score 1) 202

Has anyone figured out how to read that Crap Page on a normal computer without getting headaches because the letters are pretty much ten times larger than useful?

Right now I have to disable ALL Javascript and then use a alternate CSS to make it readable in Firefox.

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