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Comment Re:An article in search of a problem (Score 1) 729

I have friends who never buy new computers, instead they get frankenputers assembled from mismatched old parts put together for free (or rather, at the cost of a couple of beers). These computers work just fine unless you're playing newest games with high settings, which is completely fine by them, since if they were gaming enthusiasts, they would buy new computers anyway.

Getting rid of old parts has a low profit margin and people generally have no energy to do it. If your friend can get a workable rig from them, most computer enthusiasts are happy to help. The practice wasn't really possible in the 90's when old parts became obsolete at an alarming phase. This hasn't been the case for some 10 years.

Comment Re:An article in search of a problem (Score 1) 729

To be absolutely honest, in the 286/386 era the socket and extension card interfaces were more uniform. There was generally one socket type for one type of processor that did not change every year. You did not have to worry about installing huge heatsinks or liquid cooling. You didn't have multiple different kinds of power cables going to your motherboard with extras going to your graphics card.

Granted, all the cables were bigger and fitting them to the case was harder (thank god for SATA). You had actual floppy drives that were a must. You had to fiddle with memory address and IRQ jumpers, but that wasn't impossible either. Most people had one sound card, one modem and (possibly) one network card at maximum to fiddle with. The maximum I remember having was a video card, modem, network card, sound card and a 25-pin COM port card (motherboard only had 9-pin).

Building a PC is by and large about as difficult now as it was before. Different, but in the same ballpark.

Comment Re:I've got an idea... (Score 1) 294

I use Sylpheed. It's light and fast and doesn't do anything I don't need. However, in truth, nowadays I mostly use Gmail web interface.

Used to use Evolution at work. It's okay too. If I remember correctly, it did something business-related (calendars?) better than Thunderbird circa '10. This is probably no longer relevant

Comment Re:Better plots? (Score 1) 1029

Yes, Hollywood has done a few. Starship Troopers and The Puppet Masters by Heinlein, for example. But they did them... WRONG.

You can argue that Hollywood did Starship Troopers in a way not in line with Heinlein's original, but there's no way you can argue they did it wrong. Seriously, it's an amazing movie that's not just about the action (which is good too), but also actually funny satire.

Comment Re:Never met anyone who uses it. (Score 1) 245

I used to use FreeBSD in the early-to-mid-2000s, back before I went to OS X

I'm the inverse. Tried out OSX back in the day, but couldn't get along with it. Tried FreeBSD later, and have been using it since '06.

Actually, I realized I have never donated to the FreeBSD foundation, so did that now.

Comment Re:Thank god (Score 2, Insightful) 1452

Look, I know no one likes to speak ill of the dead and all, but geez, last week's lovefest got WAY WAY WAY out of hand.

The idol worship over the death of THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MAN IN COMPUTING was quite embarrassing, but the comment from RMS outdid that easily. He could have explained his views in a more polite manner, but he chose not to.

Stallman should remember that he isn't just any random character fighting for software freedom. He's the self-appointed publicity figure for open source movement, and in a case like this, it does not only matter what he thinks or what the members of FSF think. Rather, it's what other people unaffiliated with open source movement think.

The end result here being that most people now percieve Stallman as a bully who would be quick to slander the dead, and those who despise open source will have a easy straw man to attack.

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