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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

cormandy Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

Woah there buddy. Check the specs first on that white 2010 MacBook: my understanding is that the memory tops out at 4gb. Source: guy who just "pimped out" a late 2009 White MacBook with more memory and an SSD for OS X Yosemite just last week.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

cormandy Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Put ios 8 on wife's iPad 2 and she has since started complaint that it has slowed down. That is, navigating and such in now chunky as opposed to smooth.

about 4 months ago

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

cormandy Re: The Moral? (93 comments)

Sadly all of the handheld scanner factories in the US have since shut down.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

cormandy Invisible ink (250 comments)

I mark all of my IT and electronics kit with permanent ink that is only visible with a black light. Pens were given to me by the local police.

about a year ago

45% of U.S. Jobs Vulnerable To Automation

cormandy And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until..... (625 comments)

I used to be a time-travelling hitman, until they came out with these robots... Um, the CSM-101s... Now I'm out of a job... Hey buddy, can you spare a dime for a fella down on his luck????

(Note to NSA: I was not and am not a time-travelling hitman. The statement was made for the purposes of humour and in no way is a confession.)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

cormandy Streaming suggestion (165 comments)

I recommend that they check out Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy.

about a year and a half ago

BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Market Is Dying

cormandy Sour grapes. (564 comments)

Sounds like sour grapes from Blackberry...

about a year and a half ago

Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS

cormandy Re:What DOS? (130 comments)

You're drunk. And to confuse you further, here is the Z-80 card Microsoft produced to allow CP/M to run on an Apple ][ http://www.z80.eu/apple2.html

about 2 years ago

Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS

cormandy Re:Maybe it was just my youth but... (130 comments)

Pretty good for off the top of your head. Only issue is that POS is a reserved word in Applesoft. Here is your code changing POS to PS:

10 A$ = "DON'T TOUCH ME! "
20 M$ = A$ + A$ + A$ + A$
30 PS = 1
40 PRINT MID$(M$,PS,39);
50 PS = PS + 4: IF PS > LEN(A$) THEN PS = PS - LEN(A$)
60 IF PEEK(-16384) < 128 THEN GOTO 40
80 FOR I = 1 TO 1000:NEXT
90 HTAB 10:VTAB 12
100 PRINT "I SAID ";
110 FOR I = 1 TO 1000:NEXT
120 PRINT "DON'T ";
130 FOR I = 1 TO 2000:NEXT
150 FOR I = 1 TO 2000:NEXT
160 PRINT "ME!"
170 FOR I = 1 TO 3000:NEXT
180 HOME
190 POKE -16368,0
200 GOTO 30

I ran it and it works!

about 2 years ago

Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

cormandy Why? (343 comments)

Following in the footsteps of a failing company...

more than 2 years ago

Hurt Locker Studio Begins Requesting Canadian ISP's Subscriber Info

cormandy Fuck Hurt Locker (172 comments)

I am not a movie pirate and I have never seen this movie, but this bullshit makes me not want to see it. Fuck the Hurt Locker.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?

cormandy My 0.02 USD (208 comments)

In addition to the OPs, my recommendations (please excuse overlap) speaking from experience:
- A fast computer with a good widescreen monitor. Why? Much electronics work is done the computer, from circuit design, PCB design and microcontroller emulation
- If expense is no object, get a high-end electronics design package like Altium (only one that comes to mind, sorry). I use Proteus from Labcenter as it does the most excellent circuit and microcontoller emulation and is much better value for money
- Software for developing micrcontoller code
- CAD software like Solidworks or Autodesk Inventor for enclosure design
- 3D printer for printing enclosures
- microcontroller programming/debugging devices (e.g. MPLAB Real ICE) and headers
- a high-end mixed-signal oscilloscope (e.g. Tektronix MSO5000)
- a shitstorm of various voltage and current probes
- a good benchtop multimeter, e.g. Agillent 34411A
- a good digital soldering station (e.g. Weller) with multiple soldering irons of various power/sizes
- a good hot air rework station (e.g. Weller WPA3000)
- a hotplate
- *** IMPORTANT *** Fume extraction Don't solder without it
- a good desoldering station
- *** IMPORTANT *** a good stereomicroscope for surface-mount assembly (e.g. Nikon SMZ series)
- good digial benchtop power supplies (analog units can be bumped sending voltages flying; been there, done that)
- a good LCR meter (e.g. Fluke, Hameg)
- If you a doing power supply design, an "electronic load" (TTi)
- Again, if doing power supply design or mains voltage stuff, an AC power source/analyzer (e.g. Agilent); supplies worldwide voltages at various frequencies
- a good signal generator (any)
- an "electronics safe" vacuum for cleaning your bench, £M make one for printer repair which works well
- As I "hate" working from a bench, I recommend a strong and long desk (e.g. 1.8 -2m in length); Check out Herman Miller Abak
- A good chair, e.g. Herman Miller Aeron
- breadboards
- component "engineering kits" (e.g. assortments of resistors, caps, etc... both surface mount and radial/axial in a nice binder) so you always hav ethe exact component on hand
- tools: good screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, etc... heck, could go on regarding tools, but will stop...
Good luck...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

cormandy Chuck Peddle (612 comments)

Do you keep in touch with Chuck Peddle?

more than 2 years ago

Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

cormandy iOS Maps (484 comments)

The icon that fucks me off the most is the one for the iOS Maps application. The US interstate route sign in the icon (ie route 280) makes absolutely no sense to anyone young or old outside of the United States. A globe or something similar would make more sense....

more than 2 years ago

Open Source Beer Served Cold, With a Heated Licensing Discussion

cormandy What's next? (112 comments)

What's next? Open-source chocolate chip cookies?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

cormandy Re:A little thing called trust (446 comments)


SSO requires a) an authority for maintaining credentials (ie username/password); b) APIs to allow 3rd-party sites to easily integrate with the authority, such as verifying credentials or validating authentication cookies; c) momentum: lots of sites need to wire up to the SSO authority in order for it to be perceived as offering a single sign-on experience.

With so many major sites from Yahoo to Google to Microsoft (Passport) to Facebook, no one is perceived as a leader of SSO. Besides, Google now wants to know your real name, and Facebook Well, it’s Facebook for fuck sakes

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

cormandy Re:Single Sign-On (446 comments)

but, but Single point of Sign On!

more than 2 years ago

Serious Oracle Flaw Revealed; Patch Coming

cormandy Old but gold (100 comments)


about 3 years ago

BT Sues Google Over Android

cormandy BT Hyperlink (214 comments)

Anyone remember BT suing Prodigy some 10 years ago regarding their claim to the Hyperlink???

more than 3 years ago


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