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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

NJRoadfan Re:Boston Representing (365 comments)

And we're blowing literally billions of dollars of taxpayer money to build an EVEN BIGGER computer for the NWS to get it wrong yet again.

Actually, the NWS produced GFS model accurately predicted less snow for Northern NJ and NYC. The NWS was relying a bit much on the forecast produced by the Euro model this time around.

yesterday
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

NJRoadfan Re:Crusty Hardware (188 comments)

I somehow managed to land up with 3 EISA/VLBus 486 motherboards. They appear to be workstation class boards as 2 of them have 16(!) 30pin SIMM slots and take 256MB of RAM. The hardware is out there, but its fairly uncommon.The latest boards I have seen with EISA were 440FX based Pentium Pro and Pentium II boards (almost always SMP server boards). Any support for it seems to have been dropped starting with the 440LX chipset, so PCI effectively killed it off. The latest motherboard made with EISA dates to around 1996-97, so either way that guy is running some old hardware. I wonder what is special about that FDDI card though?

5 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

NJRoadfan Re:Google Plus Defined Itself As a Hazard (209 comments)

Plenty of folks have GMail and Youtube accounts that were opened pre-Google+. The workaround for commenting on YouTube, but keeping your channel without a Google+ account, was to port it off into a "Google+ Page". No real name needed and it remains separate from your GMail account and other services. Its the same feature used by businesses who want a Google+ presence (mostly for Maps).

about a week ago
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Archive.org Adds Close To 2,400 DOS Games

NJRoadfan Re:AdLib vs. Sound Blaster (198 comments)

Windows 3.1x and Windows 9x's VDM wasn't nearly as good as OS/2's. NTVDM was even more restricted. Direct access to some hardware was unimplemented and would shutdown the VDM. OS/2's VDM for some reason was written to allow far more direct hardware access and could even boot an actual copy of MS or PC-DOS from a floppy if needed.

about three weeks ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

NJRoadfan Re:top or bottom rack? (304 comments)

generally as close to the middle of the oven as possible. Don't bother if you have a gas oven though as they have inadequate temperature control.

about a month ago
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Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

NJRoadfan Re:HP printers (304 comments)

Jetdirect 615N cards? I landed up baking mine to fix it, still works too. The 5th gen iPod logic board didn't fare to well in the toaster oven though.

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

NJRoadfan Re:dumped my cell phone provider (237 comments)

Voice mail wouldn't be so bad with a web interface, but I could only get messages through that annoying phone interface.l

Because they want to sell you that feature as "visual voice mail" for $2.99 a month. Who actually wants to spend money on voice mail?

about a month ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

NJRoadfan Re:uh - by design? (163 comments)

The one mitigating factor is that literally no one uses Thunderbolt for anything, so it's not like anyone's likely to be coming across random compromised Thunderbolt devices. Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all would be out of the ordinary.

There was a brief moment that companies released laptops with Thunderbolt (mostly Ivy Bridge platforms). Now its a rare feature outside of Apple's laptops. Microsoft didn't put Thunderbolt into the Surface 3 because of the DMA security concerns and "InstantGo" devices (source: http://technet.microsoft.com/e... )

about a month ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

NJRoadfan Re:What a nightmare (332 comments)

The concept of transwarp beaming made an appearance in TNG, Season 7 Episode 22, Bloodlines. It was called "subspace beaming" though.

about a month ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

NJRoadfan Re:What a nightmare (332 comments)

Voyager tried to bring in more of the Borg side of things..... tried. There was also that campy interactive movie game too.

about a month ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

NJRoadfan Re:No (545 comments)

The problem is the law is outdated. How many computer related positions were there in 1975 compared to today? Why was computer related work singled out for exemption to begin with? I can see management being included as its a step up the corporate ladder (usually with better pay to match), but a broad job title not tied to a rank/level in a corporation shouldn't be included in the law.

Even the "management" exemption can be abused. A friend of mine was recently promoted to an "exempt" title of "Team Leader". The problem is shortly after the promotion, his boss pulled him from the responsibility of actually managing people (nobody reports to him and he no longer does tasks assigned to the job title). He is under the mistaken impression that all salaried employees are denied overtime, which is incorrect (method of paid doesn't correlate to the exemption).

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

NJRoadfan Re:Consumers are cheap (415 comments)

Or they just buy a Mac.... and change their credit card number.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

NJRoadfan Re:Is this a mistake? (268 comments)

The key management server that dishes out the activations should have caught that and prevented new installs from activating against it. Although that would be too logical if that was the case.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

NJRoadfan Re:Courts should punish intentional facilitation (268 comments)

I remember ads for dongle emulators in the seedy advertising market place in the back of the magazine. Whats funny is how lazy software developers are when it comes to implementing the protection....

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

NJRoadfan Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

OEM copies of Windows (pre-Windows 8) generally aren't activated online, they use OEM SLP or SLIC keys paired with an installed certificate and OEM BIOS marker. Unless you install with System Builder or retail media, the restore discs/recovery partition image that come with OEM machines generally come SLIC activated. That being said, the Windows 7 keys on the side of countless OEM machines have never been activated against Microsoft's systems. It could even be the source of this person's keys.

This all changed with Windows 8 though, now OEMs have to embed a unique product key in each machine's UEFI BIOS and activate it online.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

NJRoadfan Re:XP Killer? (178 comments)

MS14-066 (along with the MS14-064 OLE fix) was released for POSReady 2009, so technically XP was patched for it. http://support.microsoft.com/k...

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

NJRoadfan Re:XP as well? (178 comments)

As far as the GP asking about XP - XP is out of support and doesn't get patches.

But Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 does. ;) I wonder if they have been keeping up with security patches, particularly the OLE one.

about 2 months ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

NJRoadfan Re:No (232 comments)

An extra $20 gets you a usable machine (sometimes it goes on sale for $200): http://www.microcenter.com/pro...

Granted it isn't as small as the Stream, but it certainly isn't bulky or heavy. 4GB of RAM is plenty for current apps and storage isn't a concern. I landed up getting two for a friend of mine to replace some really old XP boxen. Performance was good for day to day tasks and the Celeron N2830 has GPU accelerated video for playing 1080p cat videos on YouTube. The only "con" I have with it is that it only has 2 USB ports.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

NJRoadfan Re: Oh boy, another infection vector (230 comments)

You have to provide a superuser password to install packages in Linux. On Windows you would get a UAC prompt.

about 3 months ago

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Java VM for the Apple II

NJRoadfan NJRoadfan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NJRoadfan (1254248) writes "VM02 brings a basic Java virtual machine to the Apple II series of computers. Includes a text based GUI environment and can run on any 8-bit Apple II with 64k of memory. Apple II specific classes for mouse, serial I/O, and Ethernet are also included."
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