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Comment MZ-80K (Score 1) 857

The MZ-80K was also my first computer: I bought it second hand with a Centronics 737 dot matrix printer in 1981, after having it on loan for about a year before.

The screen in my case was not amber but white on black.

I did not have any software for it, except for the cassette with BASIC SP-5025 and a cassette with four demo programs (a scrolling text/starfield explaining the Argo logo of the machine, a fashion show in character mode, a digital clock and a game of Nim) which came with the computer. I did not find any other software for it, which turned out to be a blessing since I had to write everything myself: a couple of hundreds of games in BASIC and Z80 machine code (I wrote a hex editor to type in hand-compiled assembly), text editors and a word processor ("FormulaWriter"), and dozens of pranks to fool my friends in the computer club (perhaps the first hacking simulator?), etc... My father wrote a database manager and encryption software on it (he was an army radio transmissions officer).

I stuck to the MZ-80K for quite a long time, until I bought an Acorn Archimedes in 1987.

Comment Re:Any. (Score 1) 510

Parent is insightful. Try some distros and different user interfaces until you find something you like. The sooner you get on a lever where it doesn't matter which distro or version you are using, the better. Don't fear the command line (bash), it may become your most powerful and reliable friend. I have good experiences with installing the LTS (Long Term Support) versions of Xubuntu (but I replaced the standard Abiword/Gnumeric by LibreOffice, also make life easier by installing Synaptic for package management and then stroll around through it and install the stuff which looks interesting) for family and friends with no prior Linux experience. The Xfce interface is clean, simple to configure and immediately comprehensible to anybody who has used a GUI before.

Comment Don't believe the headline (Score 1) 90

FedEx will not give you $5, you just get a discount of $5 on an order over $30.

From the FedEx website:

We apologize for the inconvenience, but it looks like your browser no longer supports Flash®.
In order to enable Flash and continue with your FedEx Office® print purchase, please update your browser using the simple steps provided below.

As a thank you for your patience and for being a valued FedEx Office customer, please use “FLA726” at checkout to receive $5 off on orders over $30*.
*See Terms and Conditions

So, you will be "collecting" nothing, no matter how many virtual machines you use.

Comment Re:Another who knows nothing about Libertarianism (Score 3, Insightful) 500

Libertarians believe very strongly in property rights and that one of government's most important functions is to preserve property rights:

Same problem: just as "liberal", "libertarian" has changed its meaning in American English.

Historically, the libertarians were non-statist (non-Marxist) communists.

Comment So the farmer is merely renting the tractor? (Score 2) 639

The world's largest tractor maker, John Deere, in fact, says that people who purchase tractors don't really own them and instead they are getting an "implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle."

If this is true, then why does the manufacturer not have an obligation to repair the tractor for free?

Comment Re:DOS was terrible (Score 2) 211

Single user and no security what-so-ever. IBM should have used the 68000 combined with a proper OS.

Yeah, that's what I said when the IBM 5150 PC was announced in 1981 with an 8/16-bit 8088 CPU running a rebranded Quick & Dirty Operating System:

"Too little, too late".

I was not aware yet that a brand name may be worth a lot more than technical specifications.

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