142 posts • joined 8 Mar 2007
Still Got Mine!
I have a beige Ti99/4a and it still runs great. Just wish I hadn't left my data cassette in the cassette player, and then stored in the attic for 20 years. It snapped, trying to read.
I'd coded a flat file Traveller ship database on there, with vector drawn deck plans, as well as a D&D character generator and of course, a dice roller. I also had a 4 channel conversion of Steven Howe's Mood For A Day. No, not a nerd, not nerdy at ALL!
The ignorance of arrogance.
Watering Hole Monitoring
What's wrong with facial recognition built into coffee/tea/water dispensers? It's where the bodies congregate, right?
Will this impact the workings of the monitoring code burnt into the chipsets?
Home Town Hero
Oh man, I lived in St. Pete for 10 years, doing both mobile computer repair (mostly businesses and schools) as well as IT at a small private party college. To help understand the west central Florida population: the entire area was settled by folks from other parts of the US, who screwed up and needed to start over. What a strange, jacked up town. So glad to be gone.
Apple Refurb; save cash
At the bottom of the main Apple Store web page, you can find a link to their refurb store. For recent versions of hardware, can usually save $100-$200 dollars (3£ - 5£ if my conversion maths is correct). Refurbs come in new cases, with regular packaging and 1 year warranty like new stuff. In order to recycle components from returns and stuff (boards, drives, RAM, etc), they have to be labeled as refurbs. Just got 3 iPad minis for $200 each. They shipped directly from China factory.
Re: Dear Santa
With Klipschhorns in the corners.
Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?
I never finished the roof on my Man Shed. At least the rainy season is over for the year.
I prefer the Chemex. I don't mind the time spent pouring water over grounds as I'm already at the stove making breakfast (ham-n-cheese omelette, bacon, fried potatoes with green chile every day). Even with acidic coffee the filters do a good job of pulling the acid out and leaving it bean sweet.
Re: I'm firmly...
I'm 46, with 13 year old daughter. Found my town has a gaming group (Abq RPG Gamers) and singed up for their newsletter. They do frequent one-shot games and game tests. Makes it easy to drop in on a Saturday afternoon for 4-6 hours. Ok, it is 30 miles away but this is all about geeking up my kid.
Re: Any suggestions
Got to do a play through of Firefly RPG a couple of weeks ago. It's running Cortex 2 rules, tweaked to make a game seem like a television episode. Basically, no matter what you have planned, trouble will pop up and improvising will be required. Comes with a bunch of base characters as well as the tv show characters so you can drop people into a game with minimal fuss. Looking forward to getting my printed copy, one day...
Re: Any suggestions
Paranoia / Call of C'Thulu mashup games are great. Will you die before you go insane?
I barely knew 'er!
/mine's the one with old joke book in pocket
Re: NEVER MIND HAN SOLO, WHAT ABOUT LUKE SKYWALKERS HEAD!!!
Corvette Summer is the name of the movie. And yeah, a Corvette ate his face. Is why Empire started off with goggles and scarfs and then the Wompa attack.
It still runs!
I have a Quadra 650 (upgraded to 128 MB of RAM!) and it still runs. Ok, it takes three different adapters stacked on top of each other to connect up to a monitor but still, it's never died in me. And the metal case makes a great stepping stone when I need to reach a high shelf.
Now, about the TI-99/4A that still runs...
Re: Nonsense and crap
Nope. Daughter, now 13, grew up watching eps. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Clone Wars. Up until age 8 or so, she liked the first 3 films (cool special effects!) but as she's gotten older, she likes 4 & 5 now but says Clone Wars has the best storytelling and characters.
Re: Star Wars generated plenty of imitators at the time, but few - if any - are remembered.
What was that?
Mumble-mumble, space herpy!
Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.
Heh! There's a web comic using still images from the Star Wars films, but the storyline is it's a bunch of teens and a 10 year old little sister playing a space based RPG (laser swords, laser 10 foot poles, etc). The game quickly goes off the rails when the "cheddar monks" head down to a hastily created planet and Lil' Sis creates her character: a tall dinosaur with bunny ears and long eyes. He then tells the monks they have to travel through the planet to reach the wise old queen who is 14.
It makes as much sense as Lucas' version.
Re: Guys, this isn't difficult.
Lucas originally tried to buy the rights to Flash Gordon and make a modern version of that (Di Laurentis had rights?). After that, he filed off th serial numbers from Throne of Blood and went at it.
Re: Can you envisage the following conversation?
Not sure who to cheer for. Maybe I'll just cheer against both.
But, but, but, I thought Apple was just a marketing company, peddling copycat designs from real companies like HP and Dell, for 3x the $$$, for similar shaped boxen! How could they make so much money over so many years when geeks have been telling the apple customers how stupid they are?
Re: Nice to see the gloating
So... My Space1999 cards from late '70s might be worth something?
If they'd just called it Bit-Tulip instead...
Re: Dazed and Confused
I believe there is a coffee shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico tha will accept bitcoins. In exchange for cups of coffee, of course. Might want to bring a large tote for the large withdrawals.
Re: £1040 for an extra 52gb of ram???
Heard from apple rep demoing the Pro at our company last week: OS X 10.9/Mavricks can handle 128 GB RAM and 3rd party vendors are/will be making 64GB chips for the Pro.
Heh. Over the holidays, dug out my Quadra 650 and fired it up. I ended to scan in some blueprints (USS Enterprise blueprints) on my old Agfa Tabloid Scanner (scsi, no USB/FireWire adapters for modern iMac). Man, was weird but fun. Still had Photoshop 2.5 installed, as well as original Marathon by Bungie.
Scary thing: Base model Coffee Cup Mac Pro costs about what I paid for Quadra 650 (12 MB RAM/230MB HD/ CD drive) and monitor in 1993.
Still in use
Am literally using mine as a doorstop. Keep meaning to grab some plexiglass and convert case to aquarium but not yet. Maybe I'll stick a new Mac Pro in there and keep it running.
Round peg in square hole?
I bet this would fit in my Mac Cube (picked up for free for long planned Macquarium conversion). That would be pretty funny; ancient cube actually running nice and fast, with multiple monitors hooked up to it.
Re: Start Menu?
Locked down corporate pc's here. We're pretty much a Microsoft shop here (except for those pesky engineers who keep asking for Linux systems. And it's not like they do any real work; just sit around designing new products and such.) and what MS ships is what we get. After repeated requests to IT for Classic Shell or Start8, we've taken to piling up extra meeting room chairs in front of our Win8 test system. Deafining silence from IT has most of us thinking they're waiting for Win9.
/mine's the one with the Mc Mini in the pocket.
What goes around...
When Xerox-PARC let Apple engineers view it's GUI work, the Apple guys mistakenly thought they had seen overlapping windows. They then clean sheeted designed that into the Lisa OS. Guess MS needs to send some of their Win8 guys over to Xerox. Or maybe just as far as the Win7 area?
Re: Telling the customer what they really want...
The same Henry Ford who raised worker wages and instituted car loans so his workers could buy his vehicles. Later, when workers tried to organize, he had machine gun emplacements at his plants and home and several workers were shot and killed by local police and Ford security when a march occurred.
Sigh. In WWII we had rifles with big .30 cal rounds and pistols with big .45 cal rounds. Know why we went to smaller rounds? Be cause big weapons and ammo are heavy! And every year they're coming up with more and more stuff to carry, while still keeping things in the mythical 80-90lb range (275 kilos-centigrades/hp per gallon if my American metrics maths is correct).
Also, there's all sorts of special forces that do get to choose their own gear. Ya don't hear about any of them using DE's do ya?
Re: 6 feet
And are covered in hair and smell like a wookie's armpit?
Im from the time Lego was crossing over from generic block sets to models with unique parts (70's) and I remember how cool it s when I finally got some jet engines in a helicopter set so my spaceships could get away from the long single wide pieces as engines.
As for girls, my daughter is 11 and on a trip to visit her grandfather in Florida, her one request was a visit to Lego land there. She spent $40 of her own money on LotR Legos because she thought the spider looked really cool. Ok, maybe I'm raising a Wednesday Addams but still, she loves all the Star Wars, Batman, and LotR sets. Not sure how Lego would market to girls with these sets; she just likes 'cool' stuff. Same goes with comic books: another male bastion. She loves the stories and does gravitate towards the female characters (Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Power Girl) but she also follows several male storylines as well (Batman, Thor, etc.). In comics she's aware enough of the marketing to boys and is quite vocal in the store when she spots a particularly suggestive cover. Who bows, she may grow up to be an executive at Lego or DC one day and decide how the marketing will be done.
Mines the one with the bloodstained 2 dot brick I just pulled from my heel.
In a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.
Profit from pain
When a company profits from wrong doing (running jails) and also has the ear of government (lobbyists), whats to stop them from influencing legislation soley to increase profits?
Re: What about the TV?
And then there's me and my friends picking up British accents from Doctor Who and the Python gents. What a silly world we live in.
So... Danielle Steel, Stephan King, Beetle Baily cartoons, and Twilight/Shades of Grey stuff?
/mine's the one with Bored of the Rings in pocket
I could fail so successfully.
Mine's the one with the hole in the pocket, wearing thin.
Obligatry "Macs are just toy computers that cant play games or caption funny cat pictures or anything like real computers can do. And only boring science nerdsuse them, not 1337 dudes who have 120 level evil paladins on Warcraft Worm World!"
Mines the one with tongue firmly stuck in pocket.
Re: I fell safer already
Oh, misread that as 'broomstick toting'.
I thought you wanted Florida's governor as El Presidenté.
Of course they do
Apple has a pretty large R&D budget and it's not like they work on a single form device and assume it'll work. They probably have iPad type devices all the way from 4" screens up to the Pear Pad size. <http://victorious.wikia.com/wiki/File:RobbiePearPad.jpg>
Mine's the one with multiple sized pockets.
Re: you sound like a
Exactly. Follow the money. I bet you'll find out it's this 'university' that started the whole thing, decades ago, to drive up enrollment. That's why you see all these climatologists and scientists running around in fancy cars and have the doors of industry and politics open to them.
Everyone knows well that it's a well known fact that Apple only sells based on it's fancy marketing and is in fact flagging obsolete tech that costs four times as much as modern hardware to know nothing hipsters who all wear handle-bar mustaches (even the women) and ride penny-farthing bikes while sipping fancy coffee from StarBucks.
Ok, now that that's out of the way, why can't anyone else make a decent tablet experience? I mean, the hardware's there, the software, with a bit of editing, can be there, so what's stopping everyone?It's very odd.
Kine not working hard enough
Obviously the way out of the great recession is to get all these lazy workers to increase productivity. Turns out the world's troubles all come down to the working guy being lazy and easily distracted.
Mine's the one with the tongue planted firmly in pocket.
HP still makes stuff?
I thought they were getting out of the manufacturing business and moving towards a Value Added Service model?
/Mine's the coat that hasn't been made yet.
will wait until the .50 cal version is available.
Mine's the one that makes me seem happy to see you.
He who forgets history...
MS needs to go back to how they got the PC established: partner with a well known name (IBM) as they release a cheaper alternative system (than Apple/CP-M/ etc).
So, how to get momentum built with WinPho? Low-cost, decent (but not great) hardware spec phones ($0 subsidized in U.S.) with cool commercials aimed at the folks likely to choose phones of this level (teens/early 20's).