7 posts • joined 22 Jun 2010
Really excellent summary
Covered the bases with just enough to give the nitties something to nit on.
HP100LX was Heaven
I could type on the keyboard with thumbs when holding it while walking and with two fingers if I set it on a desk. Seem to remember that it ran a rather long time on a pair of alkaline AAs.
Did sort of lust after a Psion II just out of curiosity.
Backup V. Archive
Or has that distinction vanished into the wind?
Wrong Industry but Some Outdated IT Experience
Years (well decades) ago I did some programming on an order processing system for a hardware (as in hardware store) distributor. The key element seems to be that they were a stocking distributor for a fairly large number of manufacturers. The salesman would call on a retail outlet and on a custom order form arranged in the order of the displays enter the quantities to be ordered. In many cases, the store manager would simply sign the order trusting the salesman to specify the appropriate quantities.
The salesman would drop the order forms at the warehouse where they were keyed into the system (runnning on a minicomputer btw) and pick lists would be generated, the order picked and loaded into company trucks for delivery.
The whole system from sales call to delivery was designed to offer delivery within 24 to 48 hours within an approximately 100 mile radius.
While I was working for them, they added a capability to maintain retail price data and apply price tags during the order picking process.
Ok, terribly out of date and wrong industry.
Even so I would think that even today being able to order items from a number of manufacturers and have them arrive quickly, in the same shipment and possibly even packaged into appropriate kits might be of some value.
Top Down (up?) Sports Fighter
When I saw the picture at the head of the article, I thought something like "These guys are pretty sporty driving with the canopy up."
Forgot about the fan door.
Some days being stupid isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
Push to Cloud?
Could this be part of a strategy to push users to "The Cloud" esp. the MS version?
"Don't worry. We'll back you up automagically!"
This does however point out the difficulty of having the extremely large partitions which 1TB+ drives make possible. Recently I've found myself leaning toward smaller primary partitions and placing very large datasets on separate volumes. Might note that I'm an Acronis user.
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