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Comment SWTPC 6800 (Score 1) 857

Bought as a kit in early '77. I had 16K of RAM in 4 4K boards (yes, I know that was too much for the time), the TVTypewriter (1200-baud serial16 x 64 character upper AND lower-case display) and a cassette recorder for 300-baud mass storage. It was pretty advanced for the time, on power up it booted to the PROM debugger, instead of needing to toggle in a boot loader like on the Altair boxes.

Comment Pager is more reliable (Score 2) 307

I've carried a pager for over 25 years (systems programmer, then systems admin(VMS, Linux, SAN...)). I like the pager for several reasons: 1) after so many years it is guaranteed to wake me up (and more importantly, it doesn't wake up my wife). 2) it will respond in places that my phone won't reliably get a signal. 3) battery life. 4) clips to my belt and forget it's there.5) if I go on vacation, I can leave it behind. Most paging systems will pass email notifications to the pager; at this point most of my pages are one system or another crying for daddy to help.

Comment Re:FS compatability... (Score 1) 136

One thing that can really hold it back though is its file system.

What would happen if you put a case sensitive file system? How much would break? Or did they do that in the intervening years?

ODS-5 has been case-sensitive w/long filenames since version 7 came out around the turn of the millennium. Not much of anything breaks; you just need to be a bit careful.

Comment I'm taking "PC" literally - much less than 10% (Score 1) 296

I use my corporate WinXP laptop less than 10% of the time - mainly for Outlook and the IE-only internal websites. Most of the time I'm at work, I'm on my Fedora desktop (I'm the Linux admin for my company, with a side of OpenVMS). For meetings, I take my iPad - if something comes up I can use SSH from the iPad. When I'm out and about, I've got the iPad and iPhone. At home, I'm usually on the iPad. Since I got the iPad two years ago, I use my MBP at home about 10 - 15% of the time.

Unlike the usual Apple-hater slander, I'm not a technically clueless hipster. I've been a programmer and admin for 35 years.

Posted from my iPad.

Comment Re:Really nice looking and interesting phone for 1 (Score 1) 152

I think you're missing a subtlety here, Linux users DO want to mess with command line settings and tools.

Apple users don't, and therefore they don't get them. No one tool is best for all jobs or all users.

Actually, Mac OS X is a *certified* UNIX, along with Solaris, AIX, and HP/UX. What command line tools do you think it doesn't have?

Linux isn't a UNIX, it's a unix-like system.

Comment Re:april 1st already? (Score 1) 2254

Yeah, it's using a lot more CPU. My 2.6GHz dual-core MacBookPro shows Firefox running at 50% - 80% (out of 200%) usage just reading this article. Used to run about 15%-20%. (Firefox 3.6.13, AdBlock+ disabled for slashdot, Mac OS X 10.6.6).

Can I get the old one back?

Comment Re:Apple Plan (Score 1) 495

I should have known better than to come in here. Flamewar from hell. Whatever.

Personally, I don't give a small rat's ass if any Apple product ever supports Adobe Flash. Linux can stop supporting Adobe Flash as well. Then, Adobe could stay right where it belongs - on Microsoft computers. I mean, we HAVE alternative to Adobe on Linux. And, it really shouldn't be hard to port any of them to Mac - it's a Unix-like, after all. Let Adobe chase after the Microsoft market, and create security holes in Windows, where they belong.

Yes, I'll load an occasional site that relies on Adobe, and the content won't run. No big deal. I'll miss that content, and the site will miss my repeat visits. Fair trade.

The Linux world is growing. Yeah, there's a long way to go to say that Linux even competes with Microsoft for market share - but so what? The Linux world is still growing, and people will complain the site developers that they can't see the content. Eventually, developers will develop with the alternatives to Adobe in mind.

The world is a beautiful place when you don't rely on proprietary shit.

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