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Re: Good Test Equipment
Ah, that would be Agilent.
Today, I deposited the money they sent me for owning some of their stock. I own three times as much HP, but all I expect from that is some "shoft lavatory paper" at this rate.
Time to flush HPs board, at the very least.
HP needs execution, execution, execution. Still.
Instruments and most components went out the door with Agilent, which frittered the advantages away for the most part.
HP would do well to try to actually *sell* their services. Marketing and sales for a lot of services was disconnected from those services over a year ago and the pipelines have finally run dry.
As to their laptops, yeah, the Playskool concept of design definitely rules here. The keyboards are the ten-fingered version of the great, thick pencils given to youngsters. Touch typing involves waving hands more than a Ouija board, and they're depressed into the base at an angle that makes extensive typing rough on the wrists.
They still have calculators, but other than the HP-35s there's nothing to see there, and the initiative in schools has been entirely lost to TI offerings that haven't changed much for a decade. It'd be theirs if they reached out for it, though. Heck, if they simply re-issued the calc line from 1987 with new make guts in them, they'd be way up in the market. If they put in media card slots, USB, and a modern display, but kept the old keyboards and cases, they'd be back at the top. Small change, but one good product line helps sell another.
More recently, there's Palm. Try again, this time with a tad more attention to hardware. I can't believe developing something new would be cost effective compared to bringing the OS back in new devices. Price them at the low end of Apple's price spectrum, and they'll sell--just not at the high end.
I go back to the 4004, though I didn't build one myself until after I'd built an 8080A system. I did assemble and test 8008s for others, though I never owned one. I wouldn't really want to go back to any of those--multiple supply voltages, too many chips to implement the system core. I do, however, still use the 8085 for fun: saundby.com
Oh wait, that is sidewalk. And behind that rise...it's...it's...
YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP!
The Hat Won't Save Him
The moment they take the tubes off that robot...straight for the brain.
They'd better hurry...
My last good portable HP device, an HP 200LX, is on its last legs!
Still cranking code on it.
Time to reconstitute the PPC group and let them do the design job rather than some white box manufacturer's sales rep.
I remember using HP's VUE, which is a lot of what you'll come into contact with in CDE. At the time I thought it was a bloated pig, compared to OpenLook. By the time CDE came together, it was just about right, weight and power-wise on newer workstations. CDE had some nice features for users, but was still a mess underneath for sysadmins.
Leadership, yeah. Like dropping Exomars from the budget, then trying to save face by taking $24M from the outer planets budget to "envision an architecture" for a 2018 or, maaaybe 2020 launch.
Yeah, that's leadership. Stand on the funding of your predecessors today, strangle tomorrow in its cradle.
And hope the voters forget yesterday:
"In essence, it is the end of the Mars program," said Phil Christensen, a Mars researcher at Arizona State University. It's like "we've just flown Apollo 10 and now we're going to cancel the Apollo program when we're one step from landing,"
Re: Hydrazine. Icky stuff.
"$orkplace (a space lab) has an instrument recovered from the first Ariane 5 launch (the one which blew up).
After falling several miles to earth, being dug out from under 8 feet of swamp mud, washed multiple times and sitting on a shelf for 12 years, it still has enough traces of hydrazine on it to be considered a toxic hazard."
Toxic hazard for a certain standard of toxic hazard, I expect. The standard being what could be a problem with an impressionable jury rather than what will give you burns or cause lung problems.
It being an instrument, the extra caution may also be a result of possible reservoirs of material inside that could be opened up later.
Also, it may be UDMH which is considered a carcinogen, though I thought the Ariane V used MMH.
Anyway, hydrazine can be worked with, and can be relied on in ways that other propellants can't be. The level of what's considered an unreasonable hazard in the office is different than on a launch pad or test stand (one does not normally expect hydrazine burns in the office.) ;)
Star Trekkin' across the universe...
Only goin' forward 'cause we can't find reverse!
Nice little shout out. I've still got my copy on tape, though Star Dreck is on 45.
Return Results on the Actual Search Phrase
not on ad phrases that might stretchily be made to fit.
Then you'll have a search engine that'll turn Google into the declining Yahoo of 12 years ago (business-wise, that is--results-wise Google has already got the Y!1999 emulation down pat.)
Revenue doesn't depend on ad matches nearly as much as it depends on getting eyes in the first place by giving them what they want.
Hiring this guy is just more failure in action. What they actually need is someone to preside over implementing what their own people are probably screaming for, and intercede as required with company political clout to keep it on track when threatened.
Hey, you, get offa my cloud!
Tune in, turn on, log in, drop dead.
It a generational thing, baby. You wouldn't understand.
All this limited ecosystem talk
has me worried about the viability of CP/M for smartphones.
PIP A: B:ANGRYBIR.COM
Munkstar + Steve I
7.85in display && smaller bezel
66% of present screen area. Total device size ~6.5 x 5 in with a bit of bezel for the thumb, or 7 x 5.5 in. to make a 7 inch iPad. Same rez as current display so no new UI and close enough nobody cares (linear image size is still >80% height/width of full size iPad.)
Re: QSL Codes??
QSL cards on paper are becoming rare, as those hams and their supposed "aversion" to computers take up eQSL and similar services. ;)
No Aversion to Computers Around Here
Digital radio modes were a close second to phone (voice) contacts in our local group's "Field Day" outing this year (Amateur radio emergency preparedness exercise held each year.) The people running these stations look like they're using radios out of The Matrix (but with more colours than green.)
Those on voice were using computers to log and find contacts, and to monitor and manage the power systems (solar, battery, etc.)
There is plenty of white hair at the meetings, but a good cadre of 20- and 30-somethings, too. About half.
There are more licensed amateurs now than any prior time in my life, and the number of new licensees is growing each year.
Time to update your views on amateur radio. ;)
How the Pros Do It
With the big ones, the igniter for a solid is basically a small motor that maintains both the temperature and pressure necessary to get the motor's reaction going. Normally it's at the fore end of the motor. If your motors can't accommodate a smaller, easier to light motor attached to the forward closure, putting one on the aft end with a bit of a gap between the two might do the trick. Mount it on the launch mechanism. What you're calling the igniter on the model motor does the job of our initiator (which lights our igniter.)
Going back to the sparking with liquid engines, yeah, the ones you see on the launch pads are for loose propellants. But in test, if we can't get the thing to light with its inbuilt ignition system we use other methods. Including duct taping a road flare to the aft end and opening up the propellant valves.
Clarke's Stations: Not Manned
Neither of Clarke's original papers refers to the radio relay stations being manned. It's possible you're misled by the term "Space Station", which we now use to refer to a manned satellite. At the time, the reference was to a radio station in space: space station.
While he didn't originally develop the idea of a space based communication satellite (he considered it such an obvious idea that someone else must have thought of it first, though this was true it wasn't as obvious as he considered it), his work on elaborating the idea did a lot to bring the idea to people to whom the idea of a space based radio relay wasn't obvious.
George O. Smith is documented as coming up with the idea for a radio relay in space before Clarke (being placed in a Trojan point with Venus to provide regular communications between Earth and Venus explorers in a science fiction story--Smith was also a radio engineer as well as an author). Hermann Oberth missed using radio, but suggested the idea of using an orbital mirror for signalling in 1923.
Clarke's work is how the idea of a communications satellite got out into the wild, so he deserves plenty of credit for both the basic communication satellite as well as the geostationary ones. The earlier people didn't get their voices heard.
I thought planets and politicians were dark matter. MACHOS, in the old naming of dark matter types. They're not exotic dark matter, but dark matter all the same.
A Socket 1155 Mobo with Parallel and Serial Ports
ASUS P8P67-M PRO
They need to be brought out from IDC headers, but they're there.
Good for CNC, at least (Gecko G540)
Personally, I'm looking forward to market bifurcation that sends the consumers out of the real computer market. The low prices on hardware have been nice, but not worth hassles like having hardware "standards" become non-standard after a couple rapid release cycles and hardware product lifetimes shorter than a mayfly's.
Bring on the fondleslabs for consumers, leave computers to those that compute.
1 year training = liability reduction
The participants are trained for a year so that when the trial comes Excalibur/Almaz can claim the deceased were capable of "informed consent".
Let's strangle space tourism in its cradle, why don't we?
Glad you're not my kid. Try one of these:
1.Macallan 18 yr.
2. Wireless TV headphones, so I can watch loud movies without bothering your mum. RF not IR so I can turn my head without losing the signal. Sony or Sennheiser, don't worry about the sound fidelity, worry about any delay to the sound. Music headphones I'll buy for myself, because you'll foolishly try to anticipate my tastes for "retro" for a time you never lived through.
3. Propellor Starter Kit
4. Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 preloaded with Jack Vance ebooks:
5. A pan of brownies, first one served up warm with ice cream.
Think JDBC for the cloud.
A programming framework for data analysis that, to a large degree, hides the fact that it's distributed through the underlying tech it uses to do its job. Inaccurate, but it might be a useful mischaracterization. ;)
Secured into Uselessness
Now that LinkedIn requires that I know a recipient's email address before I send an invite, it's become useless to me. If I already have their email, I have no use for LinkedIn. If LinkedIn won't let me contact them without it, it's just a source of unnecessary frustration.
I remember the stuff about the cosmetics industry creating demand for their own products that was around then, too. Theory was that the soaps sold would cut your natural skin oils and actually make you stink so that you needed to keep using deodorants and antiperspirants. Literally wash-rinse-repeat-profit. Plus the overall effect was supposed to be to cause skin problems that required powders, cover-ups, etc.
As cyberelic says, "recovery" from the use of soaps, antiperspirants, etc was supposed to take a week or two, after which your body's natural cleansing processes were supposed to take over. You'd have a body odor, but it was claimed that it wouldn't be unpleasant and would be even better than the artificial scents--making you a hit with those you wished to bed.
A lot of people found that an attractive idea, for lots of reasons (money, effort, emotion, etc.)
Never subscribed to it, personally, but heard plenty of it. I only went so far as to give up antiperspirants and shower twice or more each day.
I remember a woman at one workplace who couldn't even use the shower/bath at her home. She'd filled it with her plants. One day, she was given the key to the room at a local hotel room the company kept for visiting source inspectors and such and told to not come back till she'd washed and put on fresh clothes.
Re: Plastic forever - reasons why CDs won't die
You nailed it.
You can't show off a rack of downloads or see someone else's to get an idea of their tastes and strike up a conversation.
An iTunes card is a cop-out gift, a specific CD or LP chosen with the recipient's tastes in mind is special.
Music is social, and that socializing happens at levels that an invisible file won't reach.
Not if they just followed their star out of the galaxy. Think of the view from a bit above and outside of the galactic disk.
They'd live longer at that speed, too, though they wouldn't necessarily realize it, with everything locally travelling at the same pace.
Mine plays World of Warcraft when I get sick of buffer underflows on Hulu and Netflix. I don't get a usable OTA signal here, and I've been here for 15 years now. It's pretty much disks for us, or internet if my neighbor isn't destroying my bandwidth with P2P.
Re: Last game I played was Wumpus ...
I took an old Osborne 1 into the classroom earlier the school year and got all my students hooked on Zork.
This last week I started them playing a diku/merc derived MUD. In between they've been writing text games in Python.
Ages 11-13. Text games FTW. :)
This is clearly all in support of laser-bearing sharks:
The ZPBC could also be used to provide in-water optical data to enhance models for underwater visibilities, [for sharks] laser penetration depths [and distances], diver and target vulnerability assessments [vulnerability too laser-wielding sharks], electro-optical system performance predictions [lasers], and refining numerical models [size/weight/number of sharks with lasers].
The subscript here is clear as can be.
CDs make better gifts
A CD is a gift that shows some care for the recipient's taste in music.
An iTunes card or the like is just another gift certificate. Money thrown into a particular till that you'll have to throw more into to get the full value already spent. Even cash is a better gift.
A CD is a gift that I know I really appreciate getting. I've received several this last year, in fact many more than for several years--perhaps CD is making a comeback along with vinyl?
This 3 year old data wouldn't show it.
Why does the average person need HPC?
The answer is obvious, once you know it.
Two thumbs up for the Lens
Once I wasn't sure which I'd want more--a Lens or the powers of the Mule/Second Foundation.
Things missing from the list:
Foundation shield belt.
Dune shield belt (are they compatible?)
And I'll second the Larry Niven teleportation pads and Krell mind device (suitably modified for humans.) Add to that the Krell power plant and my personal id monster.
They hit the nail on the head
This is about SE being the unfinished slap-dash that it is, and the Heath Robinson code it takes to build a desktop app or client. They're going after the very things that have frustrated me for a long time.
Still Using Mine
I got one this last year that I'm using, along with an Ampro, Big Board, and Kaypro IV. The Ampro and Osborne are my favorites.
I mostly write code in assembly and Turbo Pascal.
I also use mine as a luggable. For a week I take it into the computer classes I teach to demonstrate some visible computer hardware for my students. It's not an Eee PC 900 by any means (my usual portable), but it does travel very well in spite of its weight. The students _love_ floppy drives (and Zork).
Your mystery chips have the date code on top, designation on the bottom. You've got National Semi MM5290N-2 memory chips produced in the 29th week of 1982. Be sure to list them as *****RARE***** on ebay. ;)
Two floppies req'd
It took two floppies to be useful, especially with single density drives. One had the program & its overlays, the other your data disk.
As it was there was software that wouldn't fit because it expected the greater capacity of the IBM-format 8" disks. When double-density became common, it helped, but it wasn't until quad density came along (not to be confused with high density 1.2MB diskettes) that mini-floppies had the same space available.
App for Application
@Stuart: "app" has been in use since the late '70s at least. It got broadly popularized as part of the term "killer app" in the early 80's when 1-2-3 seemed to be driving sales of the original IBM PC (another trade name co-opted from common parlance. At about that time app came to refer more to application software than to a purpose to which the computer system was applied (e.g. a "control application" or "control app" involving both software & hardware.)
Apple didn't invent the "app" with OS X's .app files.