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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

Bambi Dee Re:As an ex. Commodore Service tech (192 comments)

there was also an A1200 which was a later version of a 500-type layout. I don't remember if that was US only.

I've got a mildly souped up German A1200HD next to me right now, built by a German company after the demise of Commodore. They also sold a tower version of the A4000. The A1200 is something like the keyboard-case counterpart to the A4000. OS 3.0/3.1, internal IDE connector, 68020, early PCMCIA slot, AGA graphics with 16.8 colours (not at the same time) and various crazy resolutions like 1024x1024 or 1280x512.

about 3 months ago
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Elementary OS 0.2 "Luna" Released

Bambi Dee Re:Sheesh (117 comments)

The launcher can easily be switched to a menu mode.

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

Bambi Dee Psion Netbook (359 comments)

The touchscreen (with a stylus) was about the only thing I liked about my Psion-Teklogix Netbook Pro. It wasn't a swipe-grope-pinch-and-fondle interface, though; just regular WIMP.

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

Bambi Dee Re: Why is it embarrassing? (814 comments)

I don't get too angry at the world for largely sticking to an either/or idea of gender; that's inconvenient but still understandable. I just wish the gender field could be made optional more often, along with that dreaded form of address field. It's a little more difficult than a change address because there can be a long "homeless" or "I live here, but my mail still goes there" period - although I can't say I've run into any real trouble because of the mismatch (but then I've yet to "fly while trans").

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

Bambi Dee Re: Why is it embarrassing? (814 comments)

What you (or whoever it was if it wasn't you) asked was "why is it embarrassing?", not "why would you think it'd never come up again?". Of course it'll come up again and again for possibly a long time. And yes, it shouldn't be embarrassing... but many trans people do have an intense degree of gender/body dysphoria. They feel awful about their faces, body shape, hair, skin, voice, pronouns, or about being seen or treated as that unloved other gender. This doesn't just magically clear up when you've reached the point where you (can) change your "official" gender. Yes, it takes effort and often some bravery to pull this off, but it can be a bravery born out of discomfort and need rather than out of "prouder" feelings like ambition or motivation.

about a year ago
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Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles

Bambi Dee Re:waste of medical resources (814 comments)

Eh. It's about way, way, waaay more than plugging fleshy bits into each other.

about a year ago
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One Week With GNOME 3 Classic

Bambi Dee Re:Gnome...is it beautiful? (169 comments)

I think it is and, well, isn't. I love the generously laid out (layouted?) minimalist white-on-black of the Gnome shell itself. Clean and uncluttered fits. But I don't much like the default GTK 2/3 theme (too angular, too silvery-grey) and the somewhat incoherent icon theme. Fortunately there're a few working alternatives to those, so in the end it's still the nicest-looking desktop I remember having. And I wasn't a big fan of Gnome 1/2.

about a year ago
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Salvaging E.T. In Software, Instead of New Mexico

Bambi Dee Re:What a bewildering game (146 comments)

I'm stil extraordinarily fond of Moonsweeper, Pitfall II, and HERO... I'd go so far as to say that Moonsweeper looks good :o (the swooping and swaying of the little orange UFOs across the "3D" "landscape", especially)

about a year ago
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Salvaging E.T. In Software, Instead of New Mexico

Bambi Dee What a bewildering game (146 comments)

...I've never known how to play it. Had the module, but no manual. It was almost as bewildering as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Didn't help that I hadn't, and still haven't, seen either movie (honestly...). Sadly my favourite 2600 games are rarely mentioned any more (most are by Imagic and Activision, not Atari).

about a year ago
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Matt Smith Leaves "Doctor Who"

Bambi Dee Re:Doctor Who is Dead. (375 comments)

Given the borderline nonsensical (albeit often delightful) plots I don't see how being shown the Doctor's tomb means anything...

about a year ago
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An Ode To Skulpture

Bambi Dee Re:Fonts! (56 comments)

Oh, I meant the fonts, which don't have anything to do with Skulpture. I think Skulpture is nice enough in a "Windows 95 plus polish" kinda way... then again I'm not really looking for "Windows 95 plus polish". Liking my rounded corners and hipster flatness, actually...

about 2 years ago
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An Ode To Skulpture

Bambi Dee Re:Fonts! (56 comments)

I'm not sure I can see the problems, except for the kerning issue in the small text. I'm mostly using Gnome Shell and GTK 2/3 applications at the moment and frankly didn't notice a difference versus KDE. Deja Vu Serif looks pretty much the same to me in Gedit (say) as in your first screenshot... maybe I'm just not used to anything better...

about 2 years ago
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An Ode To Skulpture

Bambi Dee Re:Fonts! (56 comments)

Well, it's a headline of sorts. Not sure that could ever bother me (but there are areas where KDE (or at least Plasma) rub me the wrong way aesthetically)

about 2 years ago
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An Ode To Skulpture

Bambi Dee Re:Fonts! (56 comments)

I'm curious... what's wrong with the fonts and/or what's specifically "KDE" about their wrongness?

(It'll use whatever colour scheme you pick (or create); not a fan of grey myself...)

about 2 years ago
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GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store

Bambi Dee Re:tris-what? (274 comments)

I think it sounds lovely. Much better than any closed source OS I can think of.

about 2 years ago
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GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

Bambi Dee Re:Gnome (378 comments)

Actually, KDE was and is the super-customisable one... you can have panels everywhere or nowhere, put ten folder views and clocks and RSS feeds and upload-to-wherever buttons on your desktop or none, switch between different task bars and launchers and menus, change what mouse buttons or screen corners do and where and how, and so on. It only looks like Windows if you've never right-clicked anything...

about 2 years ago
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GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

Bambi Dee Re:Elementary OS? (378 comments)

It's certainly prettier and easier to use than the stock Gnome 3 Shell.

about 2 years ago
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OpenGL Becoming a Requirement For the Linux Desktop

Bambi Dee AGP? (229 comments)

Just don't tell my AGP desktop while it's (obliviously) working fine with all the KWin & Gnome compositing bells & whistles... (KDE being a tad snappier than Gnome-Shell, admittedly)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Bambi Dee Stuck with *buntu (867 comments)

Amiga OS -> Windows -> SuSE 7.0 (briefly; didn't work well) -> Windows -> Mandrake 8/9 -> Ubuntu -> Kubuntu. I did try and do keep trying other distributions: Elementary, openSUSE, ROSA, Mageia, Mint, Pinguy OS, Manjaro, Crunch Bang, Arch Bang... I just don't seem to have the necessary patience any more to get properly set up with them -- to install uncommon tools and games that I know how to get running on *buntu with little fussing. So in the end just go back to the APT and PPAs I'm already comfortable with. (And why not? Probably because I'd still like to broaden my horizon...)

more than 2 years ago
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Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

Bambi Dee Re:This is why I switched to OpenSuse (255 comments)

I get Apport popups all the time in *buntu development releases, but then that's regardless of the desktop environment. I'm really quite happy with Kubuntu... the simplicity and mostly-just-working-ness of Ubuntu combined with little of the bother, some of the momentum, and a (by now again) very capable, configurable desktop environment. Of course, "works for me" is as anecdotal as "doesn't work for me".

more than 2 years ago

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