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Comment FreeDos is not DOS (Score 1) 211

Lord knows no one but me cares, but FreeDOS is not always a good substitute for DOS. I had to work around a BIOS upgrader that insisted on a good battery in a laptop, even when the laptop was plugged in. The workaround involved running the installer from a DOS boot drive, and FreeDOS didn't work. I had to scrape up a Win98/DOS boot drive, but at least I could boot from USB, so I didn't have to go back all the to cave drawings (or floppies).

Comment The service I would pay for (Score 2) 240

As an older guy with hundreds of records and CDs who wants to keep building my own library of digital music but doesn't have to pay for songs I don't like to get the ones I want (figure it out), I'd be interested in a service where I pay a minor subscription fee ($10-25/year) for the right to stream an album or two at a time, so I can check out new music that interests me. Then pay maybe 99 cents per song for a decent DRM-free MP3 download for the songs I like and want to keep. A FLAC download for the snobs could cost a bit more per song.

I don't want to pay the larger monthly fees for today's streaming services because most of the time I listen to the thousands of songs I already have. I just want to be able to evaluate new music in a convenient and affordable fashion, and pay a reasonable price for what I want to keep.

Why stream albums instead of mixes like what we have now from Spotify and the like? Because that's how I evaluate music. Again, older guy. No reason the service couldn't do both, but I want the chance to hear everything from artists I'm interested in, not just the hit(s).

This makes sense for those of us who already have a music library, who were conditioned to the idea by the need to buy stuff if you didn't want to be at the mercy of local radio programmers. We've always been a minority, but we're the minority that invests time and money into the industry, so we would seem to be worth catering to. Does it make sense for the potential market of younger collectors with different habits shaped by torrents and streaming services instead of radio and record stores? I think so, but doubt the industry will ever get it together enough to let us find out.

Comment There are some benefits... (Score 1) 982

If you're comparing Win7 to Win10, there ARE some benefits to go along with the added adware and reduced end-user control, often features added for Win 8. A couple examples off the top of my head: -System refresh tools are MUCH better. Windows still craps out from time to time, but refreshing the OS, either in place or as a clean install, is much easier. -POWERCFG give you more useful info to help diagnose why your laptop runs hot or kills your battery But really, if you're happy with Win7 the only critical reason to upgrade is if you expect your computer to last beyond the end-of-life date for the OS in 2020. OTOH, buying a new computer with Win7 just to avoid Win10 is dumb.

Comment Get at the root cause (Score 1) 555

In all this discussion of climate change, pollution, carbon emissions, etc... people almost always leave out the core problem. The solution to these problems starts and ends with having fewer people. With advances in technology, each of us, as individuals, pollutes much less on average than we did in the past. But there are so many more of us, that doesn't matter.

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