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Comment Old-Fashioned Way (Score 1) 515

I learned it by taking a class. Machine, Assembly, high-level. The arguments were all about which language to learn. Punched cards - the best way to enter code - no upper/lower case, so shift keys put numbers and special symbols onto regular letters. Much faster than stupid keyboards of today.

Comment Re:More is not better (Score 1) 263

Back in the day of free maps from gas stations, the ones from Esso (made by General Drafting Co.) were considered the best. I still have my copy of "New England Road Map" from 1988 (this one made for Shaw's Supermarkets, not Exxon). AAA maps are also quite good, but my local AAA is now closed.

Comment Thanks, Adobe (Score 5, Interesting) 162

The only audit I ever ran into came from Adobe, and it was for some product that I had signed off on the requisition for someone who ended up never using it anyway, but it was still my job to track down the original P.O. Not a huge deal, but it was a waste of a few hours along with accompanying anxiety. My solution to prevent a recurrence in the future: I will never approve a requisition for any product from Adobe ever again.

Comment Why I Do Not Recommend Oracle (Score 1) 343

It all sounds so familiar. Why would that be? Oh yes. Oracle is a purveyor of databases software. The SCO Group used to be a purveyor of operating system software. However, it eventually upped its claims against IBM to at least $5 billion. Not far short of Oracle's demand for $9.3 billion. Where is SCO now?

http://www.groklaw.net/pdf4/IB...
"Today SCO is, as the Court is aware, in a LIQUIDATION process ... It started out as a Chapter 11, became a Chapter 7 going back to 2007. These claims are the last, really the only asset remaining of SCO."

Oracle is threatening to become the new SCO.

Would you recommend a product from a company that is on a path to Chapter 7?

Comment Re:Actually not quite over (Score 1) 172

The lawsuits that SCO filed against other companies are all resolved. It lost against Novell and DaimlerChrysler and settled out of court against AutoZone (apparently getting a chunk of change from the latter).

The only other pending lawsuit is Red Hat against SCO, and that case is adminstratively closed, likely to never be reopened.

R.E. IBM, SCO will undoubtedly file an appeal, so saying that that SCO is absolutely dead is still premature. Kind of like that Monty Python skit https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re:Whatever happened to Groklaw? (Score 5, Informative) 231

Groklaw is not completely closed down - just running in stealth mode. All the recent court filings still show up there. Other updates show up now and again. Note that the link in the summary to the decision itself takes you to ... groklaw. Commentary and discussions do continue on other boards and forums, but not with the same focus that groklaw brought.

Comment Any VGA? (Score 4, Interesting) 160

Just finished giving three talks in three days at three different locations / venues, where I needed to connect my laptop to the overhead projector. In every case the primary connector to the projector was VGA. Fortunately my clunky, old-fashioned, outdated laptop (actually, an old netbook) has a VGA port, so hooking up was always straightforward.

What does Skylake have to offer?
http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

Comment Still have one. (Score 1) 220

The cheapo models were made of plastic, but the debate at the time was whether the best models were of bamboo or magnesium construction. Mine is made of bamboo. There was also an elitism factor - how many scales does your slide rule have? Whether you used them or not was irrelevant.

The one thing slide rules do not do naturally is plain old addition and subtraction. There are multiple hacks (e.g., antilogs) and it was a competitive challenge to find the "best" way. Seem to recall that my method used the S and T scales.

Comment Re:That's nice but total travel time is a bitch (Score 1) 221

Breakdown of timing for my most recent flight (yesterday):

Travel time to airport: 90 minutes (normal time 20 minutes, but it was rush hour. A Taylor Swift concert on the way was not a problem.)
Time in airport, including ground hold time due to weather at destination: 210 minutes (normal 60 minutes)
Actual flight time: 70 minutes (normal time 50 minutes)
Time from touchdown to exiting the parking lot: 90 minutes (normal 30 minutes - airport operations stinks late at night)
Drive home: 90 minutes (normally 60 minutes, but weather and detours factored in).

Basically, 9 hr total travel time for a nominal 50 minute flight. Driving time is slightly shorter.

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