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Comment Re:Floppy drive (Score 1) 288

Even so , 8 bit machines were still built to a price - the components were hardly top of the range. I'd be amazed if its been running continuously for 25 years with no issues whatsoever. Also eastern europeans brought up in soviet times tend to be pretty good at repairing stuff for obvious reasons so I wouldn't be surprised if the are plenty of engineers around the area who could sort out the analogue electronics, even if the digital side would be too much.

Doesn't sound like something they would spend big bucks on a person with an electrical engineering degree to maintain. I'm sure those guys have more lucrative activities to do with their skills. They probably just hire some regular electronics guy to do it instead.

Comment Re:dust (Score 1) 288

I used razor blades. But yeah, I could probably eyeball it without flipping another one over for reference...

No need for that when a paper punch works just as well. All you had to do was place a second floppy face down over the one you wanted to notch and use its notch as the guide for making your punch.

I remember some derpy kid here in my little home town trying to claim that notching your single sided disks to make them double sided was illegal and that the overpriced disk notchers were also illegal. I wonder if he was related to the sales rep at Western Auto who tried to convince my dad that the viertical turntables they were pushing had a truer sound than traditional record players, because allegedly records were recorded on vertical turntables. That of course set off his bullshit meter, and although he humored the guy, he did not believe a word of it.

Comment Re:I though every one was going paperless (Score 1) 249

Yes. They still scan. I actually verified that with our postal clerks a few years ago when I got the notion to shrink labels so smaller packages could be shipped. This has been discussed occasionally on the eBay seller forums. I think the record posted for label shrinkage was something like 50%, but don't quote me on that; since it has been a long time since such a discussion took place.

Comment Re:I though every one was going paperless (Score 0) 249

And on that note, said printer is now undergoing a visit from the Fuck Up Fairy. Starting yesterday, the display was showing a message of "Data Received", but nothing was printing.

Then just a short while ago, I was able to have one system print out a test page, but now it is showing an EIO 2 Error 82.0181. If neither cycling the power nor a cold reset fixes it, then I will probably haul it over to my little brother's so he can help troubleshoot. Not sure if that would be tonight, or tomorrow night after we get back from the Def Leppard/REO Speedwagon/Tesla concert.

Either way, it will probably turn into an impromptu movies/munchies/alcohol/weed night. :D We are the types who can declare a Code 420 at most any time for most any reason (or no reason whatsoever at all).

Comment Re:I though every one was going paperless (Score 1) 249

If you're doing that, you must be really clueless about ecommerce mail order, or you just got started and haven't figured out the proper way to do shipping.

The way you ship stuff is you buy a Zebra 4x6 label printer, and print your postage labels on that. Then you just peel and stick. You can even print these labels from within PayPal, though you can get better rates through places like encidia.com if you do a lot of volume (there's a monthly fee for those places though, so it's only worth it if you ship a lot of stuff).

What I have been using for years is an HP Laserjet 4100 network printer my little brother gave me (with enough refilled toner cartridges to last me a lifetime). Before printing, I reduce the label size down to 80%. At that size, I only need three short strips of clear tape to apply the label. Since I do have a paper guillotine and a tape emoizer*, it is a pretty quick process nowadays. No need to spend money on dedicated sticky labels either, as I have a metric buttload of regular paper to print on, which is more than good enough.

* Tape Emoizer (n) a tape dispenser, because it turns a regular $1 roll of packaging tape into emo tape, which is tape that cuts itself.

Comment Re:New slogan for HP (Score 2) 249

The stockholders should love such a scenario. Customers having access to HP branded ink cartridges at prices that won't break the bank, means more sales for OEM ink cartridges than HP would have otherwise received keeping prices artificially and prohibitively high. Mere sales quantity and the subsequent bottom line would likely be much higher than they would be with the current business model.

Plus, if HP makes it affordable to use their products, then customers may consider buying an HP printer again in the future once their current printer is no longer good enough for them. Treat your customers as adversaries instead of customers, and you will lose the privilege of having customers when hardware replacement/upgrade time comes around, and those become customers of Canon, or Epson, or whoever else can meet the need.

Comment Re:I though every one was going paperless (Score 1) 249

I though every one was going paperless

For those of us who eek out a living in ecommerce mail order, affixing a tablet (even a cheapo one) with a jpg of a postage label on it to each package would be cost prohibitive. Because of this, we still have to actually print out our labels and tape them to the packages before mailing.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

Damn I can't even pay myself a good show... are all the kids now completely spoiled (except mine lol) ?
Many kids does not have access to this kind of money, even if many have access to :/

Well, the Foreigner concert was only $9, due to it being at the fair last month. Plus, our thrift shopping that day more than paid for the entire trip.

Comment Re:Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios (Score 1) 308

"Jack Valenti: I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.

It is a shame he didn't compare it to a Jew in a concentration camp instead. That could have killed the entire lawsuit right there; Godwinned long before there was a thing known as Godwin's Law. :D

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

Do kids not work summer jobs and part time through high school anymore?

They do not, for several reasons that I've been able to dig up.

  • State child labor laws severely limit what tasks children under 16 are allowed to perform for hire. In a restaurant, for example, Indiana forbids food preparation until 16, leaving server/cashier as the only available job for 14 and 15 year olds. Even then, many restaurants appear to have a policy of not hiring children under 16 even in that position because training new hires for more than one position lets an employee fill in for another employee who could not make it to work that day.
  • In the jobless recovery that followed the recession of 2008, many adults have settled for underemployment in near-minimum-wage jobs. Thus kids get crowded out.
  • Over the past decade, as a traffic safety measure, states have raised the license age and required 50-120 hours of verifiable supervised driving on a permit. Even those with a license don't drive because required liability insurance is unaffordable until age 25. Not all roads have bike lanes, and thunderstorms and snow aren't particularly conducive to reliance on cycling. And many near-minimum-wage jobs require to be willing to work late evenings or Sundays, during which no public transportation is available (source: fwcitilink.com). Thus kids can't commute to and from work.
  • Many students have found that when they try to fit a job and high school or college homework into the same day, their grades suffer.

I have cousins in one or more of each of the above situations. If you can describe good workarounds, I would appreciate them.

My youngest nephew (I think he is 12 or 13 now) accompanies us (myself, and his parents) on thrifting trips to Boise and The Dalles. Some of what he gets, he keeps for himself, and some he has his dad (my little brother) put up on one of their family eBay accounts. When said items sell, he gets to keep what remains after eBay and PayPal fees are deducted.

That is how kids can have their own $$ for fun stuff these days. My tween and teen self from back in the 80s and late 70s is envious of the me here in the future, because back then, we had to rely on turning in bottles and cans for their deposits, doing whatever little chores we could muster, or if you were one of the lucky ones, have a weekly allowance.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 308

I don't understand... a kid, by default, does NOT have loads of money... LET THEM LISTEN TO THEIR GROUPS -> IT'S FREE PUBLICITY (else you'll generate a generation of kids that don't give a fuck about music at all).

I was quite pleasantly surprised last month at the Foreigner concert in Boise just how many youngsters were there; 20-somethings, teens, tweens, and younger; all actually enjoying the concert. Will be interesting to see tomorrow night how many young fans turn out for the Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, and Tesla concert.

Then again, it could just be that Boise (as well as Eastern Oregon where I am) are like that place Gorak in South Park went off to because the world of a few years in his future was just too much for him. :D

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