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NASA's JPL Develops Multi-Metal 3D Printing Process

MindPrison Then mix it with 10% Quicksilver (1 comments)

Yep, I'd like to see that. Never-mind why, I just want to see that.

12 minutes ago
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A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

MindPrison Re:For the love of VIDEO... (33 comments)

At least you see a movie. I have not been able to see one on /. because of Module Error each time. As I can see videos on any other site, I don't even bother to find out why.

Really, are you using Lynx on a *nix box?

What OS are you using?

2 days ago
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A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

MindPrison For the love of VIDEO... (33 comments)

...please, PLEASE edit this video down to 1-2 minutes.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

MindPrison Re:Strange censorship (716 comments)

"pure and utter sh*t," only with no asterisk

So he actually called it, "pure and utter sht"?

Remember, that's the guy that said "Nvidia, F*CK YOU!". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
He's a passionate, colorful character...he's been like that for as long as I can remember him. Thank god there's still awesome nerds out there that just can't be bought.

3 days ago
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Day One With the Brand New Oculus Rift DK2: the Good, the Ugly and the Games

MindPrison Re:What about... (48 comments)

An OLED display ensures that you'll be buying a replacement every two years as your colours turn to crap. They should have stuck with LCD.

That statement is not true at all!

I was one of the early adopters of items with an OLED display, my HTC Legend (A cellphone with OLED display). I use it every day, surf with it all the time - and it's now 4 years old, and colors as brilliant as it was new, the Red, Green and Blue is absolutely perfect (to my eyes anyway, and I'm a graphics artist for whatever it's worth).

And besides... how often will you use some headgear VR equipment? It's not like you'll use it 8 hours a day, not even the most hardcore gamer would use a thing like that for THAT long, it's very tiring to have a device like that stuck to your face like a CPAP mask. Just wear a diving mask....even a light one, for ONE hour...and you'll catch my drift.

4 days ago
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

MindPrison Re:crap hardware (61 comments)

Yeah, it's the early days of home computers and this is nothing more than a "Speak and Spell".

The TI Speak & Spell was incredibly sophisticated for its time, imagine a device in 1978 that had a character screen, plug-in vocabulary software modules, game apps, and of all things...could SPEAK OUT LOUD with sounds that where created by A speech synthesis processor instead of just samples. We didn't even have Commodore vic 20 or Commodore 64 by then, the Speak and Spell was an amazing piece of hardware. The speech synthesis chip TMS 5220 still blows me away with what it can do. You'll also find that chip (and it's siblings) inside various Arcade machines AND pinball machines, even more recent pinball machines.

And just to top that off, that little portable "computer", lasts for YEARS on a single set of batteries using it several hours each month, and it's soft-switch technology! Not even cellphones handle that kind of standby times even with the network disconnected. Don't diss the TI S&S!

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

MindPrison Re:If it is paywalled... (330 comments)

"The world is coming to an end! Pay me money to find out how!"

Hahaha, yeah - classic, it's always like that, something is doomed somewhere, and it's always paywalled or lead to a book, dvd, newspaper or something you have to buy.

about a week ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

MindPrison I'm hoping for a massive blackout. (212 comments)

Ah, bet you're thinking - what an asshat, right?!

No, see - the thing about such natural disasters is that they tend to bring out the best in us, sometimes we need a crisis like that when we're too spoiled and too set in our ways to help fellow man (or nature) out, history shows that these disasters often bring out the better in us and replenish life and give jobs and hopes to those who have none.

It will also serve as a reminder that will be remembered for decades - how vulnerable we are, and that we should prepare and stop taking everyday life for granted.

about a week ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

MindPrison If it is paywalled... (330 comments)

...then it's not considered important enough for the masses.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MindPrison Re:Feminists have gone overboard... (962 comments)

Mis-spelling dyslexic as you angrily insult someone -- priceless humour, thank you!

er-hm...yes, that's why...if you click on my profile...it says "Comedian" under my achievements, I guess that one was kind of involuntary, but I'll take what I can get. *smacks head*.

about a week ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

MindPrison Thats why I stock MILLIONS of retro-components... (368 comments)

...Yep, got a pretty solid collection of those components, yesterdays micro controllers, CPU, Ram, Rom, Transistors, Tubes, Electrolytic Caps, Resistors, Varistors, Nuvistors and whatnotstors...

Yep, they're old...but they've made me a finalist in various international Robotics competitions, given me freedom to invent stuff from scratch without making everything overly complicated, kind of like LEGO building bricks...you can make anything you put your mind to, and I like a CLUTTER FREE mind.

I do feel the pain of many of todays youngsters who have to go trough extreme learning curves just to get into "the game" from scratch, not easy. Everything is specialized and we literally have no jack-of-all-trades coders anymore, pity...that's what we need IMHO.

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MindPrison Re:Feminists have gone overboard... (962 comments)

That was the most misogynistic thing in this comments so far, well done. Coupled with that, it shows a complete lack of understanding he issue and the article.

Good, better than being a dyslectic apologist with inferiority issues. What part of being a man did you not get?

...oh wait!

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MindPrison Re:Feminists have gone overboard... (962 comments)

Jesus christ...

I'm very flattered by that comparison, but I'm sure the other sex would have something else to say about that...

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MindPrison Re:The problem is the other way round... (962 comments)

The problem is the other way round. Women are being socialised to constantly challenge men, and believe their opinion must always be heard and respected. And if it's not heard or disagreed with, it's sexist. Men understand that there is a certain pecking order and know how to engage correctly to get their view heard. And guess what? That means we need to share our opinions in a gentle manner too. More and more women expect men to act like their partner would toward them. That's not how it works, it's a dog eats dog world and in business, it's the modern jungle. We are all motivated by selfish desires whether we admit it or not, women just want to get a leg over like any one else, but cry sexist when they are pushed down (from other people who are also trying to rise to the top. There is no place for socialism in the work place. It's hierarchical like it or not.

Ain't that the truth! And just to make the deal even sweeter - women here in Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Norway) are now FORCING businesses to employ women in order to achieve a 50-50 balance between men and women in leading positions and the rest of the workforce as well. If they don't abide by this, they can get FINED.

I don't even want to start my own business in Sweden or Denmark just because of this. My former employer in Denmark almost went bankrupt when 4 of the 10 employees he had wanted to take out maternity leave at the same time and he had to (by LAW) pay them for 10 months scot-free, gratis for nothing!

about a week ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MindPrison Feminists have gone overboard... (962 comments)

We live in a society that's sexist in ways it doesn't understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. ... This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues...

What's there not to understand? Women wants EQUAL rights in just about anything that makes a MAN a MAN! In Sweden we're officially so feminist now that we even have a Feminist Political Party (FI - Feminist Initiative).

With all due respect and apologies to all women that has been harassed in any way anywhere by stupid and insecure individuals - I have to say I', FED UP with this feminist battle over the sexes that these days have gone WAY OVERBOARD. Women wants equal rights, but get maternity leave with FULL pay too. They want to leave 5'o clock when they're finished at work, but get paid as a man who works until the job is DONE.

Women wants to be treated like a woman - and still be equal to men. What happened to treating a MAN like a MAN? We were created DIFFERENTLY and we should APPRECIATE our differences, this doesn't mean it's harassment, but thanks to the absolutely out-of-proportion nagging about Female Rights in the media every day and every hour on every newsmedia that we can think of - it has made me somewhat biased AGAINST women whom I used to care so much about.

For that reason alone, I'm not even married. I don't want to - the women of today resemble men!

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

MindPrison Netflix has the same GOAL as any company out there (353 comments)

...and that GOAL is to MAKE MONEY!

If you as a customer keeps purchasing their products, why should they bother to lower their prices? If they increase their prices - and you STILL keep buying, they WILL INCREASE THE PRICE until customers is starting to fall off the bandwagon.

Here's a fine example from Sweden. Our government dropped the VAT tax on restaurant food/Service to 1/2. This essentially means that the food should be cheaper for the customers, bring more customers AND more importantly - get them to HIRE MORE STAFF.

Can you guess what happened? The prices stayed the same, no one extra was hired.

I asked my local restaurant owner why she didn't lower the prices, she got VERY OFFENDED and the GREED almost radiated from her when she excused everything with food costs going up etc. so she couldn't lower her prices etc, not hire any new staff etc.

But the numbers don't lie - no one got hired - and their net earnings went up, extra money in the owners pockets, thank you SUCKERS! :)

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

MindPrison Re:SCSI madness (192 comments)

As much as people fawn over computer nostalgia, they forget how much the pre-plug-and-play era actaully kind of sucked on a day to day basis. Sure, it got you job security, but today I enjoy unboxing my SATA drive, plugging it in and moving on to whatever it is I wanted to do with the new drive.

HA! You have a good point here.

I remember finding a 300 mb harddisk at the local flea market back in the Commodore heydays, at the time when most people had a 20 or 40 mb HD, spending hours and hours trying to make a script to mount it properly. I didn't have the specs, we didn't have the internet (I had a BBS...but...no one knew the specs on that thing), so it was all trial and error based. Man that sucked, but it felt good to finally make that sucker work. Imagine the collection of SoundTracker / .mod files I could fit in there :)

about two weeks ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

MindPrison Re:In other words (192 comments)

Well, Used Amigas are in fact notoriously expensive, as much as I love Amiga...I've never truly understood why Amiga lovers wants so much for their old beloved computers, for example - Amiga 4000 sells in Scandinavia (err...they TRY to sell them...) for around 600-2000$...I kid you not! You can pick up an Amiga 500 for around 100$ so that's still affordable if you want to play SuperFrog or watch some cool demos from the glory days of the DemoScene. The action is found on the AGA platform though (A1200 - A4000)

about two weeks ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

MindPrison I disagree with you... (192 comments)

Yeah, you can find a bare-bones Amiga 2000 for not much money. But it's pointless- a bare-bones Amiga 2000 is essentially the same thing as an Amiga 500.

Unless you can get one that has accelerator cards and video cards and hard drives and all that stuff, it's not worth bothering with. Unfortunately, "loaded" Amiga 2000s are EXPENSIVE. All of those expansion cards are hard to come by, and sell for a ridiculous amount of money. Why? I have no idea. I assume it's because of the lunatic Amiga fans that still exist. The poor bastards.

Honestly, UAE (Ultimate Amiga Emulator) is so good, that there simply isn't a reason to own actual Amiga hardware. The emulator is faster, and more flexible, and more stable. And at this point, the only real reason to even mess around with an Amiga is to play the games.

As a general-purpose computer, it sucks. It sucks less than you might think for a nearly 30-year-old system, but it still sucks. Even the latest version of AmigaOS (which is only a couple of years old, I think) is a joke. There are some neat things that the AmigaOS can do, for sure, but most of it is irrelevant nowadays.

There are so many things wrong with your statements here I hardly know where to begin, but I'll bring up a few:

Emulating hardware isn't perfect, there are things you can do to the original hardware that would literally be impossible to do with an Emulator. There are also numerous timing issues with emulated hardware that would make it very hard to achieve a 100% perfect emulation, especially as you are running under another OS as the host of the emulator (just a program anyway). If you've never coded on a Commodore 64 or an Amiga, you can't possibly know or appreciate this.

A basic Amiga or even a Commodore 64, provides programmers with several challenges. I find it stimulating to code on old school computers simply because we don't have to waste years on classes, libraries and being "nice" to the OS. On C64 this is even easier, but you're limited to a 8 bit system, on the Amiga you're starting out with 16 bit numbers, and this makes coding in Assembly a little bit easier (also compiling with C compilers if that is your taste, I'm an Assembly coder myself).

The good thing with simple basic computers like C64 and Amiga, Atari etc...is that they have relatively known hardware, and you can pretty much ensure that your code will work on 99% of the computers as long as you stick to the basic specs. Try to do that with a PC. There is also a challenge to overcome, the systems limitations makes it very challenging to make your software run faster, 3D routines to work faster, new effects, more colors etc. This may sound trivial to those who have NO understanding why we'd do this, or challenge ourselves to this - but just like coding for an Atari 2600...this can be so much fun, you can only appreciate this...kind of like a good game of chess...albeit chess is a little more predictable than hardware from the 80s :) Sure it's old, but it's fun, and that's what it's all about.

about two weeks ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

MindPrison Re:I owned one (several) (192 comments)

One of the things I used my Amigas for was Animation. We used it at the Animation studios as a Line Tester (Pencil tester).

We had a camera attached to a digitizer, and pencil-test software that could run a sequence of sampled images in real time, according to a so called "Dope Sheet", as the Amiga wasn't strong enough to decompress video in real time without external hardware - it was just bitmaps stored in the Amigas memory and the "Fatter" the Agnus...the more Blitter memory could be used to display these images in sequence - direct and raw from the memory, this made it possible to show 25/30FPS movie sequences (typically those photos we took of our hand drawn characters) and could thus check upon our own hand drawn animation to see if it worked as it should.

The Amiga was an awesome tool for this purpose. I think some of the schools still use Amiga for this, it wasn't that long ago I serviced a few for them.

about two weeks ago

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OTTO - a LoMo hackable camera

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  about 2 months ago

MindPrison (864299) writes "There is plenty of cheap chinacams out there in every shape and form, but they're all commercial & not that open. Well, this one has been produced commercially, but with a difference — hacking welcome. Meet OTTO the GIF camera, it's all LoMo, weird, bulky and odd looking, kind of like a camera made out of Lego, well — at least the materials.

It has a hand-crank, pretty much like the old-school cameras have, and it sort of use it in the same way as you roll to set the next frame, except — you're making a GIF, ready to use — right there and now. And to top it all of — this camera is based on the Raspberry-PI. And it has WiFi too."

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How do you plan for your ultimate geek retirement?

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  about 2 years ago

MindPrison (864299) writes "Let's face it. We're not getting any younger, and I was thinking here the other day, I've been working forever with computers — and although I make a pretty decent living, I'm a wage slave like most of you. The pension doesn't cut it as I'm a bit of an international citizen that moves between the different countries, and investments seem unsafe these days. Banks doesn't pay much interest, so what is a Geek to do? Invest in gold? Hide my money under the mattress? Buy land?

So I ask you, the Slashdot audience, what do you do to ensure a rock solid Geek retirement?"
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How to get back at the noisy nextdoor neighbor

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MindPrison (864299) writes "After a long time with that annoying downstairs neighbor playing too loud music, I've been contemplating HOW to deal with it, being a teenager AND a female — you know the drill — asking nicely is NOT an option, teenagers usually get angry because you should NOT tell them what to do etc...so I came up with a quite devious way to solve the issue, and the trick is fighting fire with fire, for once :)

Here's how I did it:

I made a small low-frequency microphone amplifier, hot glued an electret microphone to the floor, and made sure there were no leaks around the microphone (to avoid audio-feedback). I connected this to an active subwoofer (this is a subwoofer that has an power amplifier built in, typically the thing you have in your average surround amplifier, and placed the subwoofer in the room next door to the mike (to avoid feedback!). Now — it's very important to disconnect any surround speakers as you ONLY want the BASS to distribute into the structure of the building itself, this makes it IMPOSSIBLE to locate the sound from YOUR flat, and the penetrating middle-tones that comes from your noisy neighbors stereo — will reveal that it is YOUR NEIGHBOR that plays the loud music.

It worked flawlessly, the entire building shook with the sound of the neighbors stereo, and the teenager had to turn down the sound several times due to multiple complaints from the ENTIRE neighborhood.

Revenge is SOO sweet ;)"

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Work and life - reaching Equilibrioception

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 2 years ago

So, it happened.

Did you read the previous journal entry? Why...oh my ego, of course you didn't. It's just my ramblings, and it shall probably always remain that way, nevertheless, here you go. What happened? Did I finally manage to reach my goal of not working for the rest of my life? Being free? Not indebted by society?

Well, I sort of did, but a goal can always be expanded, there's no prize worth fighting over if it isn't worthwhile, and ideal worth fighting for would be ever lasting happiness, how YOU define your happiness - I'll leave up to you. I however...define my happiness on how much I can enjoy while being alive as we know it, this doesn't have to include cruise-ships, endless travels across the world, but simply enjoying life as we know it, as I know it.

Now, 4 years later than when I wrote that last journal...or was it 3 years? Time here...doesn't really matter, because I did in fact reach my core essence of my previous goal, peace and tranquility without the control of others, no one that I know of now control my life, I moved to a different country, I had the one success after the other, and now I'm completely independent, own my own house, land, and all debts have been paid down and the only thing that can happen now are two WIN WIN situations:

I will get unemployed, but still own my land, and have no dept, I have enough to buy food and pay for heating in my own giant 300m2 place, WIN = I have plenty of time for my private science research, and are dependent on no one, no welfare, no insurance, just myself and mother nature.

I will get continuous employment (yes, as of this writing, I am still employed, but still a bit edgy as a person...remember...I am who I am, no man, no animal, no beast controls me, I am a slave to no one), and I do so on my very own will, you see...I am an expert on what I do, and I like it, so I earn money on it, working for someone else...but the condition and rules are different from when I was poor.

When I was poor, I had no home, just a lot of debt, and no freedom. If I choose freedom (aka no employment) back then, I'd have no real freedom as I'd just be a bum, or pay the bills with forced employment (social welfare = forced cheap labor), and that's no real option to me..hence why I moved abroad...escaped...in the first place, no human, no beast can control me.

I realized I got to fight for it, just like millions before me, so I finally got a chance, I got a home, fully paid, no debt, and started to work away all the debt I had from education and all that, still...not liking my employers...(I never truly have, any employer), managed to hold out, and survive enough here in my new country to survive and still keep my new house (it's old..but new to me) without taking up loans. Now I'm steadily working up my account, earning and working hard...but moving with light speed towards freedom.

And the best part? I'm well and truly free. Never before could I just quit my job if I didn't like it without risking it all, now I can. Now That's job satisfaction!

Yes ladies and gents, I'm finally free.

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I don't want to work!

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 6 years ago

No, really - I do not want to work.

Basically everyone works, it is the way of our life - that is what our planet is based on and that's what most people aspire to do. I'm 40 years "young" now, I don't see me as old...I look pretty much the same as I've looked the last 20 years (at least I think so) ;) but that's besides the point I'm trying to make here. Heck...I really don't care if you get it or not, follow if you like.

I was sitting here in my home thinking over my life past the 20 years or so of work and unemployment in my life, not to mention the countless times I've googled about people and their job satisfaction or basically they overall satisfaction with life itself, I am really wasting my precious time on this planet. Sure - If everyone got the idea that they shouldn't work - this planet would probably come to an end pretty quickly, or would it? There will always be people like me - the odd ones out, so I think we're going to be fine.

When I go to work, I'm not happy, no no...I really like the line of work I'm in - but I end up disliking the people around me simply because they always seem to have some kind of hidden agenda, especially females, maybe it's just me who's getting old and "outdated" when it comes to the "in-crowd" or it's just bad luck - I really don't know (even though most people would look at this from their own point of view...don't think for a second I'm any different on that subject)...however - I really try to be - really!

The inevitable question on this would probably be something like: Why? I can't really answer that in one go, you'd have to live my life to answer that one, and even I have a hard time answering it. But you know what? I'm pretty tired of having a "hard-time". I want to have a good time....alas...a good life and I am tired of living by everyones "norms" on how-to-be..and how-to-behave. I'm not anarchistic, I prefer well educated company and also prefer people who are capable of thinking for themselves, I am also not shallow enough to only hang out with my peers - but will gladly hang out with societys dimmest of souls if they have a good heart, this however - doesn't always fall into fertile ground with the "ins".

All of this + my life experiences so far has led me to the conclusion that I really should not work. I don't want to become some
kind of loner sadly locked up by himself, barred behind some closed curtains in his technologically insane castle, I really DO want to meet people, feel the pulse as always, but I am sick and tired of being steered into whatever direction certain people feel like
they can do "with me" if allowed to do so by a certain work related situation - and this have happened repeatedly trough out my
life (and according to google & a gazillion work-rant sites) so there must be something wrong somewhere, we must be doing SOMETHING
wrong. Now...If you are thinking this trough - and these things never really hit you as it has hit me or other people then you may not be capable of judging the situation so please overlook it, you can't get it - really...you can't!

But I do realize that I must do something about my current situation, and I most certainly will - because I am really fed up
with people incompetence and "normalcy" to the brinck of madness, so instead of going there - I will "fight" towards enjoying life to its fullest and stop destroying myself on behalf of others.

That is all - move along now....

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I have a question for the wanderers of this life...

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 6 years ago ...is it best to be together with someone and just be an actor for the rest of your life...or be yourself and alone for the rest of your natural life...? Though question - I know...but do you know the answer?

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The 80's electronics components - today's Lego!

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 6 years ago I just love electronics, even if it's not what I do at work for a living. The eighties brought many inventions into our lives such as the personal PC that actually BECAME PERSONAL in the 80's, yes sure...you got your Altair before the 80s, but it wasnt quite the same.

Did you notice the components inside technology of the 80s? I sure did - so much so in fact that I bought my first Pilips Electronic Engineer kit (EE2003) back then when I was 12 - and got hooked on electronics ever since.

Today most electronic hobbyist exist in a chip-world of programming Fpgas and Pics and have hardly touch an soldering iron ever, not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that at all - hey...I even envy those very capable fpga designers that can do so many things I cant even comprehend - all power to you. The point I am trying to make is that the 80s gave us all some building bricks that lay down the ground rules for it all - and - can still be used to make some amazing discoveries, pretty much like students who use LEGO bricks to come up with new robotics-design and to solve issues that really needs a "hands-on" touch in order to become a reality, in other words - get our hands dirty.

Ive stored up a HUGE (well..at least to me...rather large) collection of 80s electronics components, transistors, resistors, diodes, capacitors, electrolytes, TTL-logic chips, microprocessors, eproms...oh...and I could go on and on.

The point is - this is just like LEGO for grown-ups of all ages, anything I have on my mind I can put into a construction with these easily manageable components. Sure - I could use SMD/SMT components - but that just isnt an option when age is hitting you and your hands are shaking, and besides - even for the younger ones these components are so manageable that tech-schools still prefer to use these components for prototyping before finally sending in the schematic to be printed out as an SMD-PCB.

I do know that many schools also use software emulation to simulate what the analog / digital circuits do and how it all work together, but time and again - this is far from realistic as the nature of components still aren't up to par with the "perfect world" of the software...and ...you don't really get that "hands on" feel of experimenting yourself to knowledge as you would if you fiddled with modules you made on the fly.

Many of us grieve over the fact that the days when the local component store where in every city, even the small cities (thats radio-shack to you Americans reading this) are long gone, and Luckily I live in a city where the city itself still is big enough to carry whole "2" competing electronics stores - woah! - Now thats what I call choice.

Have no fear - Internet is here! And eBay!

Ever since Internet became accessible to everyone and not just schools and libraries, weve got the fantastic opportunity to share the good with each other without any borders at all. Fun stuff! And then there is the eBay phenomena, that have brought life to my Electronics hobby for sure - never before have I and others been so able to endulge in our hobby on such a massive scale before - not to mention that it costs a FRACTION of the price of what we paid back in the days. I used to pay about 60 bucks for a handfull of components on a lucky weekend when I was a child (delivered many a newspaper, mind you!) to get some action NERD style, and once they where all used up - I had to go for "pulls"...thats recycled components to the non-tech readers out there. But today? Theres no need for pulls at all - I have "probably" millions of components that are brand-spanking-new, and its a dream come true for a child of the 80s, its like uncle scrooge bathing in money...whereas Id probably catch led-poisoning from bathing in components, but what the hey...I have fun!

There is NOTHING on earth like building a little transistor radio (ok...maybe building a TUBE/Valve radio), and Im looking forward to every little spare moment I have in life - this is indeed LIVING - when I can get some time off from work to complete some projects, do some weird-science experiments and boldly go anywhere I feel like

So - I don't think were ending the era of the 80s components yet, not by far! The party has barely started.

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The way we perceive things - changes as we do.

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  about 9 years ago Every single day we have opinions, I know I do.

The fun starts when the opinions change over time and I learn something new or see things in a different light.

As the years go by - I find myself observing more rather than stating my opinion all the time. As a young boy I stated my opinions frequently. Eventually I tired from it and started looking for answers instead. A much more logical approach - don't you think so? :)

Frequently I occupy my spare time trying to answer such universal questions such as why are we here and even more ...why is there an universe and where did it all come from

Speaking of which.... these days I've come to believe that it didn't HAVE to have a start.
After all - we invented the concept of time, now didn't we? :)

The most puzzling of all my experience in life so far is the daunting number of humans (me included!) that are caught in a loop.

And what exactly am I accusing humanity of now? Not accusing - rather implying that we might be caught in our own everyday safety net of things that we did once to many times before. Let me take myself as an example:

I zip my tea. Lean back and surf the same pages on the net that I've gotten used to over some time (Slashdot anyone?) again and again. Almost desperate when not finding any news or seeing anything new I often engage in a frantic "bookmark-raid" just to find something new.

Of course ... that is a bit loopminded because it's only the same story all over again, the same people (usually) and the same issues, nothing new really. But who's to blame for that? (Me - just in case you got confused).

The above example is just ONE of many, you can probably find examples from your own life. Now having said that... looping things in life may not be a bad thing - after all - we need our social network - our habits help us feel comfortable and give us a platform to grow on further.

But my gripe with "loopmindedness" is that hardly anything new comes from this - nothing revolutionary anyway. And it's somewhat annoying to find myself caught in that safety net over and over again - especially as I try to rid myself of it. I want to see new things, I want to hear new stories - I want to discover!

Sometimes my quest for thinking the unthinkable (discovering things we have never ever seen before) is making me nuts.

I think the secret to discovering entirely new things is to rid ourselves of traditional thinking. I mean - most of the people on this planet are so preoccupied with the traditional ways that there's hardly any harm in someone taking a different approach. We might not find anything this way - or we might stumble upon something fantastic this.

In the old days people had a habit of blaming everything they didn't understand on mysterious phenomena or paranormal activities and many other things and if you dared to think otherwise you'd either be hung to burn over a campfire or chased as a evil spirit in lead with these "supernatural beings". That's humanity for you!

Oh well - at least certain things are better today, now at best... I'm a "mad-hobby-scientist-wannabe" that no one would even try to understand even if they tried just to be nice. Heck ... I'm not even sure I understand me sometimes.

Therefor I spend considerable time studying communication. It's not too good to be left alone in the dark to chew on your own theories - I need the company of the other. One mind can be nice - but together we could create a HUGE mind to find out things we never before dreamed of. But the road to entirely new thinking is long and dangerous, kind of fun though... it's filled with adventure and no promises of any kind - so you can't really be disappointed - but you COULD get surprised.

A little rambling from me :)

/MindPrison

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