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Our LaserPrinter IINTX lasted well over 10 years. It was finally sold in 1999 because my dad needed cash ... and it was *still working*. It had printed something like 80,000 pages or 180,000 pages (can't remember if the counter was one of those rollover at 99,999) by then.
The 680x0 lives on with a couple of low-power devices, notably my TI-89 used one of those. I joked with some of my friends that I could theoretically fire up System 7 or System 6.0.7 on one of those calculators!
I think I remember SCSI differently as well
It was much more reliable, and you could plug 6 HDDs in the same SCSI chain, unlike IDE which was limited to two. Well, 7 if your Mac didn't have an internal HDD.
Also, the SCSI terminator requirement wasn't needed anymore with SCSI2, the terminating device would automatically terminate itself. BTW, anyone remember the HD Removable Cartridges of that era? I used both the Jasmine Removable 45 and the MDS88 ones. That was before the iomega Jaz/Zip drives...
that the "rude awakening" consists on said iPhone user waking up, looking at the clock and screaming "OH $H!T! I'M LATE!"
I've had this happen to me on one occasion that I had an early meeting and forgot to change the alarm settings. Nasty situation, indeed!
Laptops are already hot enough for me *not* to consider putting them on my lap. Fortunately, most of the time I've required using a laptop, I have some kind of table to put the laptop on. On airplanes, this used to mean using the dinner tray for the laptop, or the next seat if it was free. Oh, I haven't flown with a laptop on-board since July 2001, don't know what kind of restrictions apply for laptops these days...
A good part of the iPhone's success is similar to the iPod's success ... a nice touchscreen phone that's actually easy to use and looks nice. However, it is expensive.
For those only searching for a phone with a lot of features and a nice interface, Android does seem to be a cheaper alternative that fulfills most of their expectations. Hell, even the Nokia Xpressmusic running Symbian fulfills some of these users' expectations! It is no real surprise that Android handsets are now robbing the iPhone from its target market.
The Blackberry marketshare has been mostly static in the US, though here in Mexico I have seen the 'berries gain ground among first-time smartphone users. I think that BB Messenger and heavy marketing on behalf of both RIM and carriers (as BIS contracts mean more $$$ to them) are the main drive behind BB adoption.
The greatest loser in the smartphone wars is actually WinMo; HTC users are switching to the Android-powered HTC's, while other smartphone users are simply jumping to Android because they fulfill what they wanted and have no need for RDP/Exchange stuff.
Finally, Symbian might still march on, if only because some of the Nokia handsets carry it and so some users not specifically searching for a smartphone will have a Symbian handset without knowing it.
Return of the BOFH Killer Robot
So the BOFH *did* pull it out from the basement after all!
This is the bot Simon's using to hunt the other, Terminator gone DieHard bot. Woohoo!!!
We the Postgres People
There are a lot of us that consider PostgreSQL as a main DBMS. I have done so since 1998. While I did initially jump to the MySQL craze, MySQL's disregard on transactions put me off, especially when the 3.x documentation insisted on telling me that transactions were not needed.
MySQL did get the spotlight for most of the Noughties, but thanks to Oracle, Postgres may finally come back and replace MySQL as the preferred open-source DBMS.
I also looked at that graph with suspicion... but there is a point with separating iPhone and iPad. the iPhone is, well, a phone, so there are some iPhone apps that wouldn't make sense on an iPad. Similarly, big-screen iPad apps wouldn't make sense on the iPhone/iTouch.
It's still pretty much there in UK's spelling of words like paedophile, encyclopaedia, etc.
The Spanish language has used to have a couple of weird non-letter letters like "ch", "ll" which are really sounds, not letters. Thanks to technology these non-letters have been excised from the Spanish alphabet.
I've noticed that a lot of recent phones and smartphones alike lack the acute tilde for SMS messages. áéíóú don't appear, except for é ... but the reverse tildes àèìòù do appear. I blame this lack of support for all that bad typing the Spanish-speaking-and-writing yoof have these days! Also, no ü character... lazy SMS people!
Don't forget Starship Troopers
I remember distinctly that for all the high tech shown everywhere else (including the nuclear RPGs), the future troops still used regular ammunition. The only appropiate weaponry is shown at the end of the movie, where we see rifles causing explosions in the last "Federal Network" broadcast.
That movie was made *before* 9/11, yet it already featured a Nextel-detonated bomb. Twice. I somehow believe that the cellphone-triggered bombs were already a well-thought idea before the Madrid bombings!
Re: Geeks?? Where??
Same thing over here. When I mentioned that I had bought a used Cisco Catalyst 2950 switch, a lot of former college friends asked me why would I want something like that. I responded that it was so I could separate my home network into 3 VLANs. It brought another ton of "why?" questions.
It really, really seems that "because I want to tinker with this stuff" is no longer accepted even withing CompSci grads. :(
Um, which circumvention?
If the company's network is locked down, what use is it to get your smartphone on the corporate network? No internet access with your PC, the same will apply to your gadget. The smartphone will do a better job of doing internetty stuff all by itself... in fact, I originally bought my first BlackBerry back in 2008 because of my then employer blocking all internet access. Technically, you aren't putting your company at risk for using your BB to surf/chat/whatever.
However, if you actually use the smartphone to poke a hole to the public Internet, there I can see a big problem.
"If it was a file containing your person details that was downloaded, you'd be first in line to call it theft."
That particular crime is "Identity theft" or "False Impersonation" depending on your jurisdiction; the data can't be "stolen" by itself, it is the use of said information for fraudulent activities the one that is punished by law.
And as everyone has mentioned before, "copyright infringement != theft". It's been proven every single frickin' time that copied stuff does not translate to lost sales. It isn't harmless either, but it is definitely *not* threat.
Looks like both
IIRC, it acts more like a "social worm" as it sends itself, or tricks its victims to send the worm via wall post, and then infects the target OS.
There was one actual virus for OSX though; the Leap/Oompa-Loompa virus would spread over a local network using the Bonjour protocol. That was back in 2006, not sure if that one would work these days.
It would be white and shiny, renamed as the iPlaystation or the iPippin, would lock out third-party accessories like the Xbox (PS3 currently accepts third-party stuff), the USB ports would go, and it would no longer support 1080p or Blu-Rays. Games would be censored at levels not seen since the NES/SNES heydays, and would be banned just because Jobs didn't like it.
It would then proceed to crash and burn, like the original Pippin.
But that isn't everything that Apple would damage ... Blu-Ray would probably disappear overnight. Um... I think I'll pass on this.
SSD vs. spinning
SSD won't replace spinning disks ... the limited number of writes is a no-no, especially after one of my pendrives failed after 2 years because of this limitation. However, it does make sense on laptops or netbooks that are used in bumpy environments ... you can shake, bump and hit an SSD drive without crashing the disk. They're also impervious to magnetic fields as well, so these environments are ideal for SSD.
Not just Photoshop.
Adobe Type Manager, and they purchased another company that made killer apps for the Mac: Aldus. PageMaker and FreeHand were the main selling point for us; most of my stuff (including CV) is on PageMaker 6.5 and will remain in that format for years to come. PDF was also born in the Mac.
Steve's getting senile. Now he's even more of a control-freak than before!
UAC is at fault
On newer systems, this is annoying because it requires UAC privilege escalation. But that one's a MS blooper, not Sun/Oracle's.
I find it curious that MS is bringing out the "alarm" ... they are directly competing with Java with their .NET thingy, which isn't that much safer. I'd like to see a report like this being put out by a proper security researcher, one that isn't biased on the MS or Java side.
If you're talking about Roxio Media Manager, I agree; though RIM dumped that POS in their latest Desktop Software update. The sync software itself isn't bloated at all; it is pretty lightweight even compared with Palm, and much more lightweight than iTunes.
The BB is secure, the "BS" isn't BS, which is why those gov'ts are trying to beat RIM into submission.
MS shot itself in the foot with the awful Ribbon thingy. Most of us have kept our old Office 2003 versions because of that, and those who got 2007 are usually the ones using the pirated versions, because someone gave them the pirated one.
If piracy were to go away overnight, a lot of MSO installs would probably revert to 2003 ... or simply switch over to OpenOffice. Ditto with the Windows installbase.
El Grito del 15 de Septiembre
Ever heard about the Mexican "Grito de Independencia"? It is mostly used as "Hail" or something like that.
The idiocy of this guy, however, is to claim that Franco wasn't a murderer. This guy practically made "garrote" a "legal" execution method. Saying that Franco was not a murderer is like saying Hitler wasn't a mass murderer.
And no, Godwin's law doesn't apply to this comment space, as Franco actually had a helping hand from the Third Reich, as those who live (or survive) in Guernica can attest.
Your Catalan is showing....
The flamer seems to have not read the article (and damn, 2 years to bring out a flame?) otherwise he would know that La La La didn't have the "lalala" lyrics at all. It was a song in Catalan, which at the time was banned ... by Franco. So his "Generalisimo" Fürher actually ruined the song because of his beliefs.
Franco worshippers, Neo-Nazis, Hitler Lovers and Pinochet worshippers are all lumped in the same category by me. I would add Pol Pot sympathists, but I doubt there are any of those left, even in Cambodia.
"actually, disk can survive a larger shock than tape. metal enclosure might get dented, but when not spinning disks are good to 300Gs."
Tell that to me, I lost an 80Gb HDD because it fell from 1m height. Not completely unreadable, but the damaged sectors made it impossible for me to recover most of my stuff. The thing is "rated" at 50Gs ... so I'm not particularly impressed with those ratings.
I've had DDS4 tapes fall from the same height, they're still working.
Your lack of tech knowledge is showing
"The money spent to develop the next version of the X-box would be better spent on the next protocol for the internet. With respect to Vint Cerf and the engineers who created the internet we ought to think about developing a network that's more secure."
So this guy hasn't heard about IPv6? We already have "the next protocol for the internet". Yet a lot of devices aren't supporting it, even though they should be doing it. The TCP/IP stack wasn't made by Vint Cerf, though ... that was earlier.
Wot? No ROTM tag?
This article lacks the RoTM tag!
I've usually seen the biggening of hardware something of a US syndrome ... you know, the guys who love big-ass cars, big-ass SUVs, big-ass homes et al. Laptops used to be getting smaller until sometime around the 2000's where they started getting larger. Why would I ever want a laptop to have a screen as big as my *desktop* PC? One of my friends calls his laptop "the tombstone" because of the sheer size of the thing.
Netbooks were an initial hit because the small form factor was a nice thing to carry around when you don't need the extra horsepower but need a portable computer-thingy. Unfortunately, these have now suffered from the same "biggening" trend that their big-brothers suffer from. We were close to getting (once again) a small-factor portable computer in the form of SmartBooks ... but then Apple came and shat all over that market with the iPad. So now we're stuck with not-so-small netbooks or big-ass laptops. Ugh...
My thoughts as well.
I'm pretty sure that most Chileans don't give a flying fudge at Thatcher's birthday. She actively supported Pinochet, especially because of Chile's stance on the Falklands/Malvinas war. Of course, that war was what kept Thatcher in power, so go figure.
But I'm pretty sure that Thatcher isn't quite loved in Chile ... except probably by the Pinochet apologists.
The French thingy
Probably a part of those not bothered by the Internet have access to that French thingy that involved a mini text terminal, can't remember the name of that system though.
Seems like some people fail to remember OO's history.
OpenOffice is actually 'StarOffice' under a new name. Sun bought StarOffice, therefore they owned StarOffice. OpenOffice was the 'free' version of StarOffice, but Sun had the majority stakehold on it because they owned it. The real problem is that Oracle isn't as nice as Sun, and now the open source community is pissed. :(
Actually... he would've done the same thing Thatcher did. She didn't do it "for the UK" ... she did it 'coz that gave her the popular boost she needed to stay in power. Labour was all set to win those elections before Falklands. Gordon Brown would've equally cinched a NuLabour victory as well!
I already did that switch ... back in 2006, that is. I was being increasingly annoyed by MySQL's insistance on saying that transactions and referential integrity was superfluous, and treating the *real* RDBMS engines like InnoDB and BDB as second-class engines. The BACKUP command never worked with anything other than MyISAM, and most of their improvements were made on MyISAM. It also allowed atrocities like '2006-02-31' in its date fields ... so eventually, I switched all my dev stuff to Postgres.
Everyone's up in arms now, but those in arms fail to recognize that the InnoDB and BDB engines have been under Oracle's umbrella for quite some time now. If Oracle had wanted to kill MySQL, they could've just killed those engines.
They do have market, though.
Most of the not-so-dumbphones, Symbian and WinMo handsets can do java in the form of Java ME. And the #3 worldwide, #2 US smartphone vendor happens to use Java ME as well, with an augmented platform: Blackberry. Of course, current tendencies seem to point to Android taking over everyone, and it is using a rip-off version of Java. Of course Oracle wants to pimp out the $$$!
Google didn't act in all good openness faith; if they had wanted to be open, they would've used OpenJDK and *not* Harmony; especially when OpenJDK has actually been able to pass the TCKs. However, Oracle would probably still sue, because Google isn't using Java ME. Oh well....
Bad language choice indeed.
"The voting application was written on the Ruby on Rails framework and ran on top of the Apache web server and the MySQL database."
I would've chosen Java under the J2EE framework. Why? Because it has so many safeguards in place that pulling something like this would be pretty difficult to do. Ruby on Rails is basically "the new PHP" in the sense that it allows to make really buggy stuff at a really fast rate. Finding out about big errors will usually happen when the thing is in production, and everything blows up!
The problem is that the baying mob didn't get anything, not even a warning ... while the girl got expelled. It's like having a girl gang raped in front of everyone, and then stick said girl in jail while the gangbangers not even being arrested.
One slight difference there....
You don't need to use AppWorld to install every single apps. You can sell it on other stores like S4BB, Handango, or even distribute it yourself. Being kept out of AppWorld doesn't doom your app.
OTOH, being banned from the iStore means only jailbreakers will be able to use your app...