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Comment Who wears a watch anymore? (Score 1) 232

When I started wearing one everyday, you had to wind it. Everyday. They had self winding ones.
Later, they had LED models you had to press a button to see.
I eventually had some kind of waterproof w/ alarm, stopwatch, countdown (casio or timex ironman).
I tried the Timex Datalink (beam your calendar from outlook to your watch) and followed all the reverse engineering to get it working with Linux. After the case started getting eaten away, I switched back.

Then my RSI started & my wrist would hurt so I took it off at work sometimes. The strap broke & I got another. That broke a week later.

By that time, I was carrying a phone on my hip. I no longer have something on my wrist. I use the pocket watch (phone) now.
I got a fit bit for Xmas. I don't think I care to put it on.

Comment Small scale also needed (Score 1) 278

Many Farmers do need scale. Some don't.

There are farmers making a living supplying farmers markets and local restaurants with vegetables. They don't need 100 acres. They might only need 5 acres and 2-4 people to work it. For that size farm, a 4 wheel tractor is stupid expensive and it can't maneuver.

As a consumer, I go to the farmer's market. I belong to a CSA. And I have a garden.

My garden is ~ 20' x 50' and I don't have much time for it. I have automated watering and mulch the heck out of it to keep weeds from getting going. I barely have time to harvest, let alone weed, fertilize and pick out pests. Much of the reason I garden is to minimize pesticides so I avoid that too,

If I was more knowledgeable and had more time, I could eliminate the CSA . The CSAs in our area probably run $500/summer up to $700. That could pay for a lot of robot!

Comment Generic $50 tablet w/ Android 6 already (Score 1) 41

BestBuy sells a Digiland tablet for $50. 7" screen, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, quad core, SD slot, Vanilla Android 6, bluetooth, camera.

I have a Fire HD 7" 4th gen. I like the Digiland better. The *only* advantage the Fire has is to run Prime Video. The screen might be slightly higher resolution. It doesn't have Google Play so there are many apps I can't get on it.

I had an earlier tablet (ASUS transformer) with only 1GB. The only way B&N could entice me is more RAM. My phone has 2GB and seems to make a big difference to Android.

Comment VirtualBox (Score 1) 157

* Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac and Solaris
* Can run headless and detached from GUI
* can teleport VMs between hosts, even if they run different OSs
* free and easy to install/use.

I don't find that VMware workstation is any better in general. VMware can run virtualize ESXi easily and work as in interface to a full ESXi though.
KVM with Virt-Manager is comparable to VirtualBox IMO. It can be extended with oVirt and OpenStack. It's Linux only which hurts it for desktop, but not servers.

In general, if you need something quick on your desktop, VirtualBox is great. As you get into details, different hypervisors offer different advantages.

Comment Develop installation media (Score 1) 385

I develop a DVD to install Linux + Openstack on a system. We distribute as .iso and test as a physical DVD with instructions on burning on Win 7 w/ the included isoburn. Some customers can use iDrac/iLo/IPMI to mount the .iso for install or convert the .iso to a USB stick to boot that. Not all BIOS can and they're all different. We leave that up to the clueful users and lead the neophytes down the easy path with a burned .iso. I've found that burning an ISO takes less time than ubootin. On that note, is there a way to verify the DVD matches the .iso? We md5 the .iso, but the isoburn verify doesn't really verify :-( It needs to be on Windows & distributable too.

Comment Re:Responsibility. (Score 1) 191

Maybe the enterprise of saving lives shouldn't be put entirely on the police? Obviously they have a role to play, but when we are talking about prevention, other institutions also have a huge role to play.

For example, many killings are the result of mental health problems that are going untreated. Part of the problem there is that the necessary care can be expensive. So....let's do something about that. What does the government-funded health care landscape look like these days? And what about educational grants (NOT LOANS) for mental health practitioners?

There is also still a strong social stigma against seeking mental health. Nobody is embarrassed to say something like "My arm was broke so I went to see the doctor," but the moment someone utters the phrase "mental health" everyone thinks of him as crazy, weak, and pathetic. This is ridiculous, and we need to put more social engineering to the task of fixing that (for example, a lot more television and movies can include scenes and dialogue implicating that the popular characters are seeing mental health professionals...and the attitude is that this is just a given that normal people do this sort of thing on a routine basis).


There is quite a lot that can be done, and the police can't be left alone to do it all.

Keep Sound Minds is trying to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and work toward policies that help people get help before damage is done.

Comment Re:can somebody explain (Score 1) 83

I'd worry more about how to save games between sessions. How can they do that? Without leaving a browser window open forever? These Amiga games...there are a few shoot-em-up arcade style games, but most of them are in-depth experiences that take weeks or months to finish. You need to save your game and come back later.

I think they don't/won't/can't implement this functionality and thus this playable Amiga archive is worthless.

The dosbox emulator they use does save games. http://ascii.textfiles.com/arc.... It might be possible (or is already done!) for SAE

Comment Re:FarmBot (Score 1) 80

I have a 20' x 50 plot and work for a living with kids. Garden maintenance time is limited and sometimes gets skipped.

I have drip irrigation on an automatic timer. It will water in the morning when I'm at work or on vacation. I don't have to remember.

I'd love something automated that could weed, pick off pests, chase away things that eat my plants while I'm at work & at night, tell me when I have to harvest the lettuce before it bolts/gets bitter, wind the tomato/squash/beans/peas/cucumber onto vertical strings.

Comment Re:FarmBot (Score 1) 80

Not at all. The ideas behind farmbot include precision planting, precision watering, and the ability to more easily weed since you know exactly where the plants are. All of these things are increasingly important in agriculture. why are they important? Well precision planting allows mechanical weed control, and it also means water need not be wasted where there is no plant planted. Think of it as drip irrigation without the hoses and a lot more precise.

When it comes to precision planting, that's actually possible on a large scale right now, almost to the same precision the farmbot can do. I've seen 40' wide corn planters that can place a seed to within an inch of the same spot year after year (if that's what you really wanted to do). Rows of corn are perfectly spaced so that the plants are exactly the same distance apart. Automatic section control means there is absolutely no overlap even when driving back across already-planted soil. It's pretty remarkable!

Planting evenly in rows helps at all scales. In a garden, it means you can run a wheel hoe in between the plants and cut the weeds. On a larger scale, you tow a cultivator behind a tractor to to cut weeds. A nearby CSA uses a 1930's tractor & cultivator setup. Farmbot is scaling down from that.

Comment One Size fits all (Score 2) 272

Microsoft decided one UI should work everywhere. WinCE was the Windows desktop put onto phones. Windows 7 was the pinnacle of Desktop UI for Microsoft. Windows 8 was a tablet release, as is Windows 10. No more desktop, they want to compete with the iPad and iPhone.

You know what? The tablet UI works well on a phone. It's great for casual web, email and games. Or really anything you run one at a time like the days of DOS. If you're switching apps or running multiple apps, like the typical office worker, it's not as good. The desktop UI is great there. For a software developer the tablet is going to be harder for most.

Even *Apple*, the one choice no upgrades everything sealed Steve Jobs knows best, offers 2 interfaces. macOS for desktops, iOS for handhelds.

Microsoft needs to stop thinking one size fits all or start offering their core Enterprise apps on other platforms. Outlook (not OWA!), Skype Business, Office and Sharepoint clients for Linux and macOS. Full AD client. If they don't, enterprises will migrate away from AD, Exchange, Sharepoint to something else with a UI that works for their users.

Comment Memories (Score 3, Insightful) 211

I got my engineering degree with DOS. Everyone was issued a Z100 (non msdos!) with an 8088, Fortran and Basic. Some other programs such as CAD, PC-TeX were available. Russ Nelson worked at my college and created Freemacs, the word processor and the spelling checker and many other utilties in use at Clarkson

Some classes gave you a VMS or Unix account. When it was in heavy use at the end of the semester , it was faster to edit in DOS and upload than to scroll down the file in VMS. The DOS FORTRAN didn't have the extensions or libraries. Sometimes its math wasn't as accurate.

After I got a 286 and had gotten a Unix account (w/ Usenet access), I started trying to learn Unix things. Turbo C, GNUish utilities, Freemacs, Elvis and shell clones helped me. Minix was almost as helpful.

A 486 w/ 8mb lead to Linux replacing DOS and work as a Unix sysadmin. The DOS intro to C, awk, vi, lex, yacc (via "The Unix Programming Environment" was extremely helpful. Linux at home helped me continue learning. It could single task better than my Sparcstation 1+ running SunOS.

The 8088, 80286 and 486 systems probably cost ~ $5k each back in the day where a Unix workstation was ~ $20k if you could get one.

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