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GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

TheJodster Re:GEOS! (654 comments)

The first one I ever saw was GEOS. I did not partake because I could not fathom what in the world it would be good for. In college, someone showed me this new thing called Windows and gave me some floppies to install it on my PC. Again, I could not see it being of any use whatsoever. I can only do one thing at a time so why in the world would I want to applications running at once in the foreground?

Today I will concede that it is somewhat useful but I think people would be very surprised at how much you can do with a computer with no square containers having an X in one corner. It took me a long time to figure out that a mouse was of any use at all on a computer.

more than 2 years ago

Looking Back At the Commodore 64

TheJodster I miss my C64! (263 comments)

This was my most prized possession. When I asked for a C64 for Christmas, I never thought I would actually get it. $200 does not grow on trees! Then the presents were placed under the tree and one of them was the size and shape of a boxed C64! Could it be? What was in that box? Christmas morning was one of the happiest days of my life. It was torture waiting for Christmas that year. It was just the C64... no tape or disk drive. I could care less. I had a stack of Compute! magazines ready to go. I typed in my own games out of the magazine. I would leave it turned on for days to enjoy the program because once I turned it off, it was gone.

I once typed in a program for three days to see it generate a three dimensional donut on my TV. It took the program hours to calculate and display that donut. When I finally got a tape drive I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I didn't have to type in my game every time I wanted to play. I could save it and then mangle the code figuring out how to adjust the programming to create my own game without fear of screwing up the code so badly it wouldn't run anymore.

I feel sorry for people who didn't get the opportunity to enjoy the early computers. Things were so simple and fun back then. Now when a kid gets a computer there is so much information to absorb in order to become an expert that one doesn't even know where to start. Back then, you just needed the Commodore 64 Reference book purchased from your local book store and everything you could ever want to know was at your fingertips.

more than 2 years ago

Tom's Hardware Pits Newest Firefox, Opera and Chrome Against Each Other

TheJodster Re:Now if only they could measure user experience. (272 comments)

I agree with bl4nk. This new release schedule sucks. As an example, Firefox doesn't have a global setting for zoom. You have to zoom each page individually. I hunted down an addon to fix this called NoSquint. Works like a champ. It always worked right up until they started this ridiculous release schedule. Now it's disabled and my browser is back to everything being tiny again. That's not the only one... that's just the one that broke the camel's back.

I switched to Chrome this weekend. It has a global zoom setting. It seems to work wonderfully and I'm not going back until Firefox stops releasing a major version number every three weeks. There is nothing wonderful about the user experience in Firefox as far as I can see.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

TheJodster Thanks Rob! (1521 comments)

I've been reading Slashdot for a very long time. I think I had been reading it quite a while before I needed to create a login so I could post on an article. This site is the gold standard of News for Nerds. There are many imitators these days which is the ultimate compliment. Good luck in your future endeavors!

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ebook Reader for Scientific Papers?

TheJodster Re:I have tried a lot of them (254 comments)

iPad all the way. I just bought an iPad 2 about three weeks ago. It's my goto document reader. Transferring documents to it is quite simple. I have hundreds of them on mine. My PDF reader (Goodreader) has a built in web server so you can just upload your files to it from the computer's browser. You can plug it in to drag the files into the application of choice in iTunes. You can use DropBox. You can ftp into your computer from the iPad. There's ten ways to do this easily and quickly right off the top of my head. The fastest way is to plug in the cable and drop them on the application in iTunes. The USB transfer is very fast.

I am FAR from a fan of Apple or Steve Jobs but I have to begrudgingly admit that this iPad 2 that I bought is one of the best technology purchases I have ever made.

more than 3 years ago

The Science Behind Fanboyism

TheJodster Re:No, not duh (272 comments)

I simply couldn't agree more with this comment. Most replies I see to most articles are condescending criticism of Life, the Universe, and Everything. If you read the comments you will soon be convinced that there is no point in ever researching anything especially if you intend to draw any sort of conclusion from the data.

If Slashdot could copy and paste your comment onto each article posted, it would save at least 500 comments that would automatically be filtered due to redundancy.

more than 3 years ago

Millions of Jellyfish Invade Nuclear Reactors

TheJodster I've seen these jellyfish "swarms" (280 comments)

This happened when I was out on my boat fishing last summer. It's the most amazing thing I think I've ever seen in salt water. They were everywhere as far as I could see with the water clarity being what it was. It would have been a very bad day to fall off the boat! That's a lot of tentacles in the water. I did not, however see a radioactive Super Jellyfish with psychic powers which saddens me a little.

more than 3 years ago

RIM Collapse Beginning?

TheJodster Re:I don't know (305 comments)

cloud computing... not cloud computer. Stupid fat fingies!

more than 3 years ago

RIM Collapse Beginning?

TheJodster Re:I don't know (305 comments)

The "in" thing in business circles is to be up on technology right now. Carrying an iPhone or an Android phone says "I am tech savvy and know how to use my time efficiently." I agree that the Blackberry is very "business like" but the trend is toward cloud computer, bring your own device projects, and being flexible in integrating the latest technology. If RIM doesn't get with the program, they will most certainly go the way of the Palm Treo.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu 11.04, Slackware 13.37

TheJodster I would like to lodge a complaint! (266 comments)

There are not enough "My distro can beat up your distro" comments here. I am disappoint.

more than 3 years ago

Programmer For Endeavor Now Crew On Final Flight

TheJodster Well ain't that just grand! (68 comments)

I've been a controls programmer for fifteen years and this guy gets to write control software for a freaking space shuttle. As if that's not enough glory already, now he gets to fly in it and space walk! Lucky bastard! I hate you! Next month he'll probably win the lottery too.

more than 3 years ago

Iran Says Siemens Helped US, Israel Build Stuxnet

TheJodster Iranian Idiot (300 comments)

What the hell does Siemens have to do with the code running in their SCADA systems? Siemens sells PLCs and SCADA software. YOU hire someone to program it for you. At no point in the transaction does Siemens have a copy of your code or architecture unless you GIVE it to them... dumbass.

more than 3 years ago

Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools

TheJodster Being president infers educational expertise? (300 comments)

I thought only American politicians fancied themselves wizened and experienced educators without ever teaching a group of children anything in their lives. I am relieved to see that this is an international phenomenon that knows no bounds of ignorance. Thank God Armenia doesn't have a gold medal winning Olympiad in Twister!

more than 3 years ago

How much TV do you watch in a week, on average?

TheJodster Re:Ad breaks (385 comments)

As an XM listener, I enjoy "Old Time Radio". Last week the host played three different radio shows that were all a version of one script. Apparently the rinse and repeat writing has been going on since the 1930's.

His explanation was that good scripts are expensive and rare. The studios try to maximize the yardage by reworking the material a little and using it in other shows. CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York, Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, etc. etc. The sad thing for me is that I watch all of those. I DVR them to skip the commercials. I guess the good news is that if what you like becomes popular you can certainly get your fill of it since it will be copied and pasted repeatedly. Yay me... I think?

more than 3 years ago

Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

TheJodster Re:You dont steal, you copy. (753 comments)

If you downloaded "Hurt Locker" and you get a summons in the next few weeks, can you post back and let us all know how this argument worked out for you? I would pay money to sit in court and watch you tell that to a judge as a reason to have your case dismissed. I would find that quite a bit more entertaining than a movie downloaded from a torrent.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Calls Today's Ubiquitous Gadgets and Information "a Distraction"

TheJodster Re:it wasn't a distraction last year (545 comments)

You are attempting to counter the poster's comment of unreliable source being defined as a source I don't agree with.

Your examples in your argument are that the two large sources of conservative republican rhetoric are full of shit and everyone knows it. Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck are full of shit but your disagreeing with them has no bearing on your anecdotal evidence.

Can you cite references of information that Rush Limbaugh has given out on his show that are inaccurate? Some tax payer numbers or legislation that he is lying about? I can't stand Glenn Beck, but I don't think he is lying. I kind of like Rush Limbaugh and find his knowledge of politics impressive. I have never heard him lying to his audience.

The left of the political realm has always comforted themselves with a warm feeling that the rest of us are just too stupid to know what is good for us. If we listen to a proponent of conservative politics, we are by definition, fools.

I believe that you have in fact made the original poster's point for him, no?

more than 4 years ago

I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

TheJodster Re:Sadly, I'm old enough... (505 comments)

When I went to work at a new place in 1998, they had a Modcomp computer running their process. It had a floor mounted hard disk drive that was 4 MB, I think. I replaced the whole system with a Unix environment. The 4MB drive was about half the size of a refrigerator and had a glass bubble top so you could change the platter. I called him R2D2.

more than 4 years ago

ACM Awards 2009 Turing Prize To Alto Creator Charles Thacker

TheJodster In the interest of full disclosure.. (49 comments)

In the spirit of full disclosure, the submitter feels compelled to point out that this Mr. Thacker is his uncle, and that he thinks this is really cool.

Oh yeah? Well my uncle can beat up your uncle!

more than 4 years ago

China Begins Monitoring Billions of Text Messages

TheJodster Which ministry does what in China? (178 comments)

The Ministry of Truth issues the announcement and extols the high minded well meaning intent of messaging censure. The Ministry of Love will "help" those citizens sending naughty messages. Does each Chinese citizen also have a telescreen if they are not Proles?

more than 4 years ago

Virgin Galactic Unveils SpaceShipTwo

TheJodster Theme song? (260 comments)

If any vehicle in the history of human flight needed to play this song on it's maiden voyage, this is the one... "I'm leavin' on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again..."

How much are the tickets? I'm willing to fly coach. I bet there are already a bunch of dates blacked out.

more than 4 years ago



Transparent Aluminum Is 'New State Of Matter'

TheJodster TheJodster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheJodster writes "From the department of truth being almost as strange as fiction... ScienceDaily (July 27, 2009) — Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world's most powerful soft X-ray laser. It may only last a few femtoseconds and be highly radioactive, but it's a start!"
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