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Comment No. I wait a few years. Always. (Score 1) 148

I switched from Snow Leopard to Maveriks roughly 2 years ago, and only because a piece of software - I think it was Kaleidoscope - didn't work with Snow Leopard anymore. Maveriks is staying. Don't see me moving to El Capitan with my 2011 MB Air anytime soon.
As for my Linux Workstation Laptop: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS it still is. I might upgrade within the next 10 months or so.

I stick with tried, true and mature Software for all mission critical stuff. It's annoying enough as it is upgrading from one version to the next. Might aswell be one that is known to work. That and skipiing every odd version at least works for me aswell.

Comment Shame I don't have ... (Score 1) 126

... my old Cyrix 200+ with 75Mhz Motherboard running Windows 3.11 and DOS 5 around anymore. Dang, missed a free laptop. ...

However; I do have my Sharp PC 1403 lying right here, strip-printer, datasette and all. I wonder it that counts. It *is* a PC - as in Pocket Computer - but a PC none-the-less. It's got kick-ass multimedia capabilities too - as you can see here. I'd be impressed if they get Windows 10 running on that.

But I'll also take the free Laptop, thank you.

Comment Re:I hope it goes without bloodshed ... (Score 1) 153

Who the hell are you to decide what's right and wrong for Turkey? That's nobody's business but the Turks. They'll decide for themselves what they want to have, and if Islam is what they want then that's what they get. Erdogan was elected democratically.

So was Hitler. The point about democracy is that even its elected leaders have to follow its rules. Which Erdogan evidently doesn't. He redoes the constitution to suit his whim, cleanses Universities, locks away people not in party line, removes power from the courts, incites witch-hunts, has close to 300 charges for "insulting the president" ongoing including the incarceration of minors, etc. I'm not the guy to ask for military coups and apparently, as news rolls in, this isn't quite the usual coup but some other faction just as backwards as the guy in charge. Also, it didn't go without bloodshed. ~300 people dead. Not what anybody wanted.

But (big BUT): Now that Erdogan apparently has come out on top he'll probably turn turkey into a theo- and autocratic state even more so. I hope he doesn't, but I don't expect anything else from a guy who builds himself a presidential palace with 1000 rooms on tax money desperately needed elsewhere or does the things I mentioned above.

Make no mistake, Turkey is on the downslope and unless Erdogan takes this occasion to take a step back and start repairing the divide between conservative ismalists and kemalists, I see dark times coming up for Turkey. It's under this impression that one might had hoped for a coup that sort of works our for everybody in the end, but I guess those hopes weren't warranted.

My 2 cents.

Comment I hope it goes without bloodshed ... (Score 4, Informative) 153

... and I hope the military wins and reestablishes a working Kemalism.

Erdogan was a huge leap backwards for Turkey. They need to reestablish secularism and seperation of power.
And new rules and a new democratic election.

Keep your fingers crossed.
My thoughts and hopes are with Turkey now. Yours should be too.

My 2 Eurocents.

Submission + - How (and why) FreeDOS keeps DOS alive (

angry tapir writes: In August it will be 35 years since of the release of version 1.0 of MS-DOS (or PC DOS as it was known at the time). Despite MS-DOS being long dead, the FreeDOS community has kept DOS alive, with the open source project having been founded some 22 years ago. I caught up with the founder of the project about the plans for the next version of FreeDOS and what keeps the open source OS alive.

Comment Re:Agreed except power consumption (Score 1) 75

Well, I was clearly looking at it from my consumer end view.

For corporations this changes any way: 5 year old gear is amortized and should be replaced, just because the beancounters say so.

However, I doubt you can totally offset the energy savings by purchasing new gear. Assume 500$ for a new machine (Business machines? Hell, you won't get them that cheap, but I'll run with it). I don't know how much my i7 rates, but I know it comes with a 90W powersupply. As such we can assume it uses that as a maximum. Assume a new i5 laptop will use half of that: 45W. So, you save 45W, which means you save 45*24*365 Wh = 394.2kWh over year. Let's assume you live in New York, which means you pay 18.1 cents per kWh (okay, values are from late 2011), which means you pay about 71$ less per year by the replacement. Assuming the 500$ investment, you need 7 years to break even. This is true regardless of scale (1 computer or 10000 computers)

So, yes, energy is a factor, but if it were the only factor, it wouldn't be cost effective. Do, also note that in every assumption I was very very friendly with the "replace" argument: cheap replacement cost, expensive electricity....

Of course, I might have miscalculated and you're right... who knows....

Comment Re:Slow growth? (Score 1) 75

He refers to a certain period of manufacturing where lower quality capacitors were used, which resulted in failing computers within 3 to 5 years. If I remember correctly, that was around the P-IV / Athlon days. So, if manufacturers start using worse caps, the computers will die quicker and as such people will be forced to buy replacement machines earlier.

See also: planned obsolescence.

Comment Computing plateau (Score 2) 75

Really, it's just that: we're at a computing plateau. At least for most users. Twenty years ago, if you held onto your machine for 5 years, the machine was usually unusable with up to date software. These days? 5 years? No problem. I'm still using a i7-2630QM, which was introduced in 01/2011. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it and does anything I ask of it.

Same for my desktop, an AMD A8-3860, which was introduced in 07/2011. Does what I need, quickly enough.

Are these machines high end machines now? Absolutely not... However, the time of buying new toys just to have new toys, is over for me. Works for me, means: no reason to upgrade. Many people who are not into tech think that way. A few years ago, I helped a non-tech with her old desktop. It had died: caps gone up in smoke. I said: hey, it's about 5 years old, it had a good run. She: *only* five years? Non-tech people think differently (Ha!) These days I'd be pissed too if my machine died after 5 years of use.

Submission + - Throwing our IoT investment in the trash thanks to NetGear (

Miche67 writes: Alan Zeichik tells a cautionary tale about what happens when Internet of Things device makers stop supporting devices and the cloud services that go with them. For him, it's NetGear's termination of its services for VueZone wireless video cameras that's led him to throw those devices in the trash.

His three-year investment into two VueZone camera systems and their services is lost.

All that VueZone equipment is headed for the dustbin of IoT history. There is nothing wrong with the access points or cameras. There is nothing wrong with the cloud-based service VueZone relies upon—except that it is no longer cost-effective for NetGear to offer the service.

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