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Comment Re:Merely? (Score 1) 104

I partly agree with that. In some ways I think San Andreas was superior. I want to fly a plane, I want to strap on a jetpack, I also liked the handling of the vehicles better. Yes it wasn't as realistic but it was more fun. In particular the motorcycles.

Comment Re:An archive is not a long-term backup (Score 1) 669

It's a good point, though I think JPEG, or at least code to read it will be around in 30yrs.

I've recently hit this myself. I've been going through everything since the late 1980s and archiving it. Every floppy, every harddisk, everthing.

First PC was a tandy 1000 and I had a lot of drawings I did, PNT, files, nothing reads those. I also had a bunch of .art files, from a freeware long dead art program (VGA Art Studio) which supported no other format. Luckily, the latter install had some (partially wrong) info on the format, so I had to in both cases reverse engineer the formats and write some perl scripts to convert them to BMP. Luckily, they weren't too complex and it was an interesting process, but it also got me thinking too, I've got do wrap all this stuff up now because 10 yrs from now might be too late.

I also notice that USB enclosures do not like old IDE drives. I still have PCs with a PATA interface so that wasn't a big deal.

I was surprised that most of my floppies (hundreds) were fine (~95%)and they weren't well stored.

All my HDDs were good except my 386 laptop which crashed on boot.

So basically I made images of everything. Carbonite for it all, two 16g flashdrives (one offsite) for all the important stuff as well as an external HDD and DVD-R archives every few months. At the moment, I can't see how I can improve on it much.

I have a feeling the current generation of hardware will not hold up as well as the old iron.

Comment Re:More like lack of interest. (Score 1) 117

Actually, as far as linux, usually everything just works. I'm sure there's a lot of one off modules that never get anything but a first release and sit unloved but almost everything I've needed to install runs without issue and has done so for years. The only module I can think of on Linux that was a PITA was the SDL libraries, due to the different versions and many library dependencies.

As far as Windows, it depends, all the core stuff is fine, and if you can find it in a ppm repository, you're usually fine, other things that rely on c libs and such , well, YMMV.


Submission + - Microcontroller for the hobbyist? 5

TomTheGeek writes: "I'm a programmer that's done some assembly language before and would like to start programming microcontrollers. I've heard about the BASIC Stamps from Parallax, the PIC series from Microchip, the MAKE Controller Kit, and the AVR series from Atmel but they seem to be focused on a development board that is too expensive to dedicate to a single project. Having an expensive development board is fine but I want the microcontroller to be cheap (<$10) enough that I don't have to disassemble my previous project in order to start a new one. I'll be doing the programming in Ubuntu so compatible development tools and drivers are required."

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