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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bearded_yak Re:Simple (635 comments)

Your notice of that was appreciated. Thank you for spotting my unexpected syntax.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bearded_yak Re:Simple (635 comments)

That's why real pros backpedal with
sed 's/\%variablename\%/\$variablename/' ./myperfectfile.sh

...or we just sit in a corner and write MOS-6510 assembly, muttering to ourselves and remembering the good old days.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bearded_yak Re:Cable Lacing (635 comments)

If you have an opportunity to try it, it can be actually relaxing, almost meditative. Granted, it is rough on the hands on a large job, but for me, it is worth the pain.

Check out section 9 of this NASA manual: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bearded_yak Cable Lacing (635 comments)

I love cable lacing with waxed linen string. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... I've never seen a more elegant way to bundle cables. Velcro is close, but maybe I'm just old-fashioned.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bearded_yak Re:Simple (635 comments)

Only amateurs use emacs, vi, or ed. Real pros use 'echo %variablename% > filename'. After all, who needs to change anything when what you type is already perfection?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bearded_yak Re:pine (635 comments)

Give me pine, lynx, and ytalk and a cozy VMS shell account and I'll be fine.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bearded_yak Re:Pen (635 comments)

Ah, you new-fanlged young-un with your fancy ink-sticks and sticky-papers. I still use a retractable 1.2mm lead pencil and a pocket notepad.

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

bearded_yak Not Forgotten (192 comments)

Many don't realize the impact the much forgotten Amiga 2000

Forgotten? Not by anyone who was in broadcasting in the early 90's. It was quite a machine for us, even though it took all night to render an animated flame-effect title overlay.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

bearded_yak Re:Automotive (158 comments)

Not only that, but custom engine control computers are making performance tweaking a great place for an experienced computer professional. A friend of mine built a truck with such a controller and asked me to help him install and use the software for configuring the system. It is amazing how tweak-able everything is. It feels like somehow building an RPG character using a network monitoring suite, which is a little bizarre, but could be interesting.

about 4 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

bearded_yak Are we getting THAT old??? (1191 comments)

I normally try to be constructive, but WTF is up with the giant font for the headlines? I may be old enough to remember when Slashdot was a newborn, but I'm not so old I can't see a more reasonably-sized font. The old style with a smaller contrasting font on a colored bar would make scanning the page for items of interest much more enjoyable.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

bearded_yak ADB (665 comments)

I loved the power key on the old Apple ADB keyboards. I didn't enjoy the operating system back then, but I remember wishing PC's had such a key.

about a year ago
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Nvidia CEO: We Are Working On Next Generation Surface

bearded_yak A real game changer... (200 comments)

Really? Outlook's what's going to save the day? Well, there's a first time for anything.

about a year ago
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Apple Angers Mac Users With Silent Shutdown of Java 7

bearded_yak Re:Good (451 comments)

...Oracle [...] unchecks the default boxes to opt out. That's greedy. To an even greater extent that's sleazy and just...trashy.

Thank you! It's amazing how many customers bring in their computers for a tuneup who have no idea how they got the Ask toolbar. Granted it is just as much the user's fault for not reading, but at the same time, the user puts a lot of trust in such a major-name product and shouldn't have to worry about having something slipped by them.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

bearded_yak Net10 (246 comments)

I've had good luck with Net10 and quite like their pricing plan. I know folks buy the Net10 SIM for unlocked GSM iPhones, but I don't know how well they would work in the scenario you describe. I think their SIM is something like $15-$20. I pay a little over $45/month for an auto-renewing 'unlimited' prepaid plan.

And, if you use their forum for support and don't mind waiting a day or two for a response, the support isn't bad. Calling their support line can sometimes be a frustrating experience (like any other cell provider nowadays), so I just use the forum.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's 'Mega' Storage Site Arrives

bearded_yak Re:Not all user agents support the File API (314 comments)

Actually, spoken as someone who uses and supports a number of industrial and consumer operating systems and is tired of fanboyism on all sides. The Mac zealots and the Windows drones are just the most public of the stick-the-fingers-in-the-ears crowd.

Anybody who totally discounts the usefulness of any major OS seems, to me, intensely closed-minded. I couldn't live without any one of the six different operating systems I use, and I would never substitute one of them for the other, because they all have their strengths and purposes. And to use a completely non-OS topic as a platform to spew OS bigotry just happened to hit my buttons yesterday.

Then again, I myself am off-topic, so I guess I'm just as bad.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's 'Mega' Storage Site Arrives

bearded_yak Re:Not all user agents support the File API (314 comments)

It's just so precious to see someone who doesn't watch movies, watch television, listen to music, or participate in any of the other large variety of things very often created on Macs.

I thought trolls live under bridges, not under rocks.

about a year and a half ago
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Could Google Fiber Save Network Neutrality?

bearded_yak Not likely (230 comments)

Even the best efforts tend to become commercialized. Look at Google Shopping's new upcoming direction.

What is to stop them 3 years later from creating a paid class system? And who would be able to honestly blame them? After all, it would be THEIR network.

more than 2 years ago
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The Decline of Fiction In Video Games

bearded_yak Re:The myth of the story. (197 comments)

Watch out, it's getting dark. You're likely to be eaten by a grue.

more than 2 years ago
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The Decline of Fiction In Video Games

bearded_yak Re:Is it any wonder? (197 comments)

Actually, I was meaning to say First Person ADVENTURE not Action... sorry for the slip there...

more than 2 years ago
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The Decline of Fiction In Video Games

bearded_yak Is it any wonder? (197 comments)

I'm not surprised by the state of the industry. The decline began a few years ago when a new generation of players chose war/battle/FPS games over First Person Action games (What's FPA? Think Myst, kids. If you don't know what that is, you know where to look).

In my opinion, war-like gaming appeals to a base survival and agression instinct and can indeed be involving, but eventually becomes numbing and the player is unsatisfied until another game provides a stronger instinctual reaction, which becomes more and more difficult to achieve. As this happens, interest falls off. I've seen it happen to people time and time again.

Storyline-based gaming based primarily on a world and interactions within that world activates more of the creative portion of the mind, digging out the player's imagination from under the clutter that schooling and obsessive parenting buried it under. The abilities of the imagination are endless and a properly planned First Person Action game uses as much of the player's imagination as it does game mechanics, ensuring that the user is partially responsible for creating their own experience.

For the most part, I think the folks at Frictional Games might understand how to use the best of both better than anybody. While their games may not appeal to today's most vehement FPS gamers, once those same people reach an insurmountable numbness with their own genre, those who try the kind of product Frictional puts out could find some comfort, as Frictional builds on a mix of both survival instinct and imagination.

more than 2 years ago

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