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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?

DrCode Re:Do you need to? (429 comments)

Yes, true. I'm *really* old at almost 60. And I've found that you can't keep up with everything; but you don't have to. Some things go away before you get a chance to feel foolish for not using them (like MySpace, and just about anything that Microsoft makes:-)).

In my case, I'm still using Emacs/gcc/gdb to write C code where I work. But I've ported my old open-source project to Android using Eclipse with Java, and my Android phone is my main internet and entertainment device when I travel. And I'm an avid Facebook user, but don't feel I'm missing anything by avoiding Twitter.

After a while, you'll develop a better sense of whether something is a fad (or marketing ploy), or a useful development worth pursuing.

about a year ago

Are SSDs Finally Worth the Money?

DrCode Re:In a laptop performance isn't the only issue (405 comments)

Yep. I replaced my laptop drive with an SSD when the original died about 10 days out-of-warranty. I hope to go a much longer time before going through the hassle of restoring my system again. And the speed bump is amazing.

about 2 years ago

The Real Job Threat

DrCode Re:I think I've heard this before. . . (990 comments)

This works out perfectly. We pay lawyers to sue us, then pay other lawyers to defend us. The lawyers need computers and software which we techies provide. Everybody wins!

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook

DrCode Re:Uhm... DUH. (575 comments)

Sometimes it's funny. I get an email from someone with an Asian name, and I get ads for martial-arts schools on my screen. I search for tickets to a Broadway play and they assume I'm gay.

more than 3 years ago

Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

DrCode I AM that dad... (674 comments)

... you insensitive clod! And I still have my phonograph and speakers from 40 years ago. The phonograph is still quite good, with a 3 Kg platter that's hard to find on anything reasonably priced nowadays, and a recently upgraded cartridge. But the speakers, old KLH 17's, really weren't that great new, and probably should be replaced. I'd assume the right way to go would be to visit a real audio store like Magnolia and listen to different speakers using the same sound source. But as the article pointed out, we've become spoiled by the convenience of modern gadgets, and it's too easy to pick up something cheap at Best Buy or Frye's.

more than 3 years ago

Thin Client, Or Fat Client? That Is the Question

DrCode Re:Developers (450 comments)

Yes, I'm a developer at an EDA company, and it is the same with me. I have a rack-mounted server somewhere on the campus, and I use Nxclient to connect to it, along with VPN when I'm at home. So no matter where I am, I get the same desktop the way I left it, as the server is rarely rebooted. We have a large code-base and there is a huge array of tools needed for building and testing, so it wouldn't make sense to try to get them on a local machine.

Someone above said it was about 'control', but that's only partially true. Yes, the tools and source-code are centralized. But it also gave me more freedom, for example, using Ubuntu on my company laptop, since all I need is Nxclient (or VNC) it order to get work done.

more than 3 years ago

Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released

DrCode Re:And what does it do? (307 comments)

I also didn't have a clue what it was. But as soon as I saw that it had a Linux version, I was happy!

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux

DrCode Android? (481 comments)

Is it possible to run NetFlix in the Android emulator? I know it would probably be kind of slow....

more than 3 years ago

'Tron: Legacy' Director Explains the Tron World

DrCode Re:Don't Diss the 80s (384 comments)

I agree. And I also thought the idea behind the plot - that a computer program takes on the personality of the person who wrote it - was really cool.

more than 3 years ago

PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months

DrCode Re:Developer soup (449 comments)

It's back to the future... well, the 80's. You could target MSDOS, Windows 3, GEM, AtariST, Commodore, Mac, or various flavors of Unix. It did make for lots of employment opportunities for software engineers, so let's hope the same is true now.

more than 3 years ago

Google eBookstore Launched

DrCode Re:Linux users locked out? (88 comments)

They say you can read in a web browser with javascript enabled.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook, Microsoft Team Up Against Google

DrCode Bad for the Economy (297 comments)

Uh oh... my facebook friends will see that I'm driving an 11-year-old Saturn, so, being the trend-setter that I am, they'll decide it's cool to keep driving an old car forever. And there goes the auto industry!

more than 3 years ago

Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show

DrCode Re:Applicable to games? (366 comments)

320x200? Some of my favorites are 80x24 characters!

more than 4 years ago

A New Take On the Fermi Paradox

DrCode Re:Communicate first? (388 comments)

Wait... I just got an email: "I'm Syndi, a nice girl from alpha centauri. If you visit my web site, you can see some pictures of me."

more than 4 years ago

World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career

DrCode Re:It stands to reason (272 comments)

I acquired 8 virtues playing Ultima.

more than 4 years ago

Tokyo Rail Billboards Scan Viewer's Age, Gender

DrCode Re:OK, too far. (235 comments)

True, and, of course, Google has been trying to do this for quite a while. When I got an email from someone with an Asian name, I got ads for martial arts schools. And when I did a search for 'broadway theater tickets', I got ads for gays.

more than 4 years ago

Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

DrCode Re:A workaround (507 comments)

Have an attractive young woman do the licking?

more than 4 years ago

The Unstoppable 'Tech Support' Scam

DrCode Re:Can't Do Much (312 comments)

I'd hope that most of us have a general idea of what goes on in an automobile. We know that electricity is used to create sparks in the engine that explode gasoline, which was sprayed in by fuel injectors, and we know there's a coolant system with a water-pump and radiator. I don't do any work on my own car, but I'd know that I was being scammed if a repair shop said they needed to 'reverse the neutron flow'.:-)

OTOH, I really don't have clue what computer viruses and spy-ware do, even though I've been using computers for years and am a software engineer. But then, running Linux (and in the past, Unix), I've never had much need to find out.

more than 4 years ago



DrCode DrCode writes  |  more than 8 years ago

DrCode writes "Maybe adventure games aren't quite dead after all. Jane Jensen, who created the Gabriel Knight games for Sierra back in the golden age of adventure gaming, is working on a new title to be published in Germany. The first GK was probably one of my favorite games; and all three had great plots, and were even somewhat educational. I just hope they don't try to use a 3D engine like that of the 3rd installment, as it detracted from an otherwise great story."


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