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Comment Re:Hyper-linking was invented in the 60's .... (Score 1) 70

3-4 years prior to RoboBoard was a system called FirstClass (originally macintosh only) that was started to be a groupware 'learning management system' but was heavily utilized as BBS software as well.

It provided email and forums (even with fidonet support, although mainly via 3rd party software as FCs remained pretty lacking), voice/fax, file transfer, etc and the protocol was multithreaded so you could be doing all of those things at the same time, and all over a 1200 baud modem.

It was primary used with a GUI client, although had options in the server to provide a crappy text interface for dialup users in a terminal app. This text interface had nothing on wwiv but did at least provide a simple way to download the mac or windows GUI client for the advanced features.

They later added appletalk networking and finally tcp/ip as well in the early 90s, but by 94/95 the BBS era was pretty well dead and everyone moved on to the Internet.

At least around these parts the transition was a fairly obvious one.
First you offered a BBS.
Then you offered a BBS with Internet.
Then you offered Internet with a BBS.
Finally you just offered Internet.

Between Eternal September in '93 and the web just being invented shortly before, that is when Internet usage exploded and was the beginning of the end for the entire BBS world.

Comment Re:The console advantage. (Score 1) 85

Because there were a ton of 2600 machines out there that would not be compatible, while the 5200 was compatible with 2600 games.

Just a tech-nit, but it was actually the 7800 that was the "next gen" 2600 that had backwards compatibility with games and utilized the same controllers.

The 5200 was a totally different and unique beast that wasn't forward or backward compatible with anything, used completely different shaped cartridges, and a different controller protocol and connector (it was analog input with a keypad of buttons and the new pause from the controller function)

Comment Re:How do you ban someone from passing on this cos (Score 2, Insightful) 442

It's bullshit. Of course they can't prevent it. They can prohibit passing on the tax as an enumerated line item, and maybe make that stick,but there's no way in hell they can stop uber from just raising its rates by ... gee ... just HAPPENS to be the same amount as the tax.

They do this with gas stations. Gas stations are prohibited from enumerating on their signage the taxes which the corrupt statist pigs are saddling you with.

Comment Re:Anonymous readers are as bad as ACs (Score 1) 151

You need to go get some "petrol", visit the "chemist", check under the "bonnet", and make sure the spare tire under the "boot" has air. I'll be getting some gas, going to the drugstore, checking under the hood, and making sure there is air in the spare tire under the trunk, like any normal guy. And remember, there is no "a" in "clerk". Any other grotesque expressions and pronunciations I should know?

Comment Re:It's just so sluggish now (Score 1) 508

Not at all. No offense taken or intended. It is Yakuake that offends me, but like you say, no harm in catering to different tastes. I don't happen to like apps that blatantly break with standard practice. As for "showing up and going away at a keypress", EVERY app does that by merely clicking its button in the task bar.

Yes, I got the (non discoverable) right-click context menu in Yakuake, but where is the normal menu that belongs under the title bar with File, Edit, View, Bookmarks, Settings, and Help? Where are the Maximize, Minimize, and Restore buttons? How do you resize the thing or move it on the desktop? Oh yeah, I just noticed the crappy chrome style triple-bar menu icon in the LOWER RIGHT(!) of the frame. It shouldn't mystify anyone when apps that completely disregard standards, to absolutely no purpose, are not well-received.

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