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What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

donweel Easywriter (704 comments)

From Cap'n software, original wordprocessor for Apple ][ written in Forth by the notorious Captain Crunch. I did my term paper in this program, it was I think one of the first wordprocessors available for personal computers.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

donweel Star Wars is an Easy Sell (550 comments)

Star Wars the Old Republic has gone free to play recently and the IP is an easy sell. A lot of women where interested in the game before and during the game launch. Star Wars has an appeal because it is familiar. The game is good and the story is excellent and the dialog wheels in the quests work well in a group. You can duo it together if you have the hardware. I would also suggest Magic the Gathering as another option. The Magic the gathering 2013 on steam has an excellent tutorial and you could quickly get up to speed and playing hands against each other.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

donweel Re:Passive exercise is effective (372 comments)

The balls are great as they force active sitting and engage your posture muscles and keep your body active. However they may be against Workers Compensation rules as there can be a risk of falling involved. There are chair frames available for that and another option is something called a Sit Fit which is a flat version you can put on top of your chair, you can also stand on it for balance exercise. These are available from a Swiss company called Sissel

about a year and a half ago

Apple Files Patent For "Active Stylus" For Use With Capacitive Touchscreens

donweel Wearable Device (112 comments)

This is probably part of the wearable device Apple is working on. Most likely believed to be a watch. I had a Citizen Calculator watch a long time ago that used a stylus. As I understand it Apple and Intel are working on this watch or wrist device together.

about a year and a half ago

A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

donweel My 2cents (308 comments)

I grew up on movies in movie theatres. There is no comparison to movies at home no matter what kind of money you spent. 2001 a Space Odessa in the Stanley theatre, Apocalypse Now in the same theatre renovated to Lucas Thx, and Star Wars in iMax. Not to mention Drive In movies, I feel sorry for todays generation that will never know that experience. I myself have abandoned movie theatres, mostly because of rudeness, people using cell phones silly conversation, etc, and for me the last straw was car commercials inserted before the main feature. I was so angry at paying full price for the movie and also expected to submit to brainwashing that I never returned.

about a year and a half ago

Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

donweel Re:Really? (526 comments)

I don't remember NEC but Hewlett Packard had an IBM compatible that had a touchscreen monitor. I believe was around 1980, it used infra red beam grid. It did not sell. Lets face it taking your hand off the keyboard is non productive. At least the mouse is a shorter distance for your hand. If you are a power user you are going to use a bunch of shell scripts with short names and keyboard macros.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

donweel The Secret World (951 comments)

I find The Secret World the only new and interesting game so far. I still dable in Dungeons and Dragons Online, have had varying success with it under wine.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

donweel Re:Not games (951 comments)

Netflix is on my list, Moonlight is not a solution unfortunately.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

donweel Coffe Lounge (547 comments)

Perhaps add a lounge area and sell coffee. Provide movie magazine literature wifi for browsing. I myself prefer browsing in a physical store and the movie banter that can be had. My biggest problem is the returns, late rentals remembering to return physical media. It would be nice if this could be solved by using a temporary media or return by mail.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft-Built Smartphone Could Irritate Hardware Partners, Harm Nokia

donweel History Repeats (100 comments)

It's not like they have not done it before. They built OS2 for IBM then did a 180 and made a competing product in parallel called windows. The then turned their back on IBM when they where in a position to do so. OS2 was reduced to a cult following.

about a year and a half ago

Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

donweel Re:If only more companies acted on their thoughts (768 comments)

Yes, but the problem as I see it is to get the game publishing companies on board. If Valve can make it easier for them to port games over and perhaps kick off some sweet deals on some popular titles it would bring people over. I only run windows for games. No other reason I would ditch windows in a heartbeat for a good alternative.

about a year and a half ago

Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed

donweel Re:a thing of beauty? (438 comments)

Agreed. I have recently spent about two years in a shipyard restoring an antique wooden boat. I have seen a lot of people throwing truckloads of money at something they thought up. I have come to call them barn jobs they always look like something built in a barn. A truly fine vessel has a pedigree. A known designer, built in a known shipyard, will always have worth, and be a thing of beauty. He could of just paid these guys and described what he wanted and ended up with something nice.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

donweel Computer Gaming (612 comments)

What do you think of computer gaming today? Do any of them interest you?

about 2 years ago

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

donweel Re:Congratulations (229 comments)

Cheers everyone ....

about 2 years ago

Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

donweel Re: iGoogle will be missed... maybe (329 comments)

My computer won't be the same without iGoogle to launch my day. I will have some months to figure out how to come up with something that works the same I suppose but I am not too happy about it.

about 2 years ago

Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

donweel Re:Are movies worth it? (574 comments)

Out of what you just listed, there is only one entry that I have payed money and watched. But each to their own.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft Developer Made the Most Changes To Linux 3.0 Code

donweel Re:changes != LoC (348 comments)

Truly. I believe this goes back to the IBM Microsoft days when IBM paid Microsoft by the Kloc or per 1000 lines of code. Old habits die hard.

about 3 years ago

A Multitasking GUI, Circa 1982

donweel DesQview (203 comments)

DesQview had multitasking for dos in /85. IBM had topview a year before but it failed.

more than 3 years ago

Retailers Dread Phone-Wielding Shoppers

donweel Re:So, the system works? (725 comments)

I agree, once the race to the bottom starts it can only result in lack of quality. I remember going to the Woodwards store, in my neighborhood. You paid a little more but only top quality items and extra service where what you got. And if you where not satisfied you could return the product. Groceries where delivered by conveyor belt to a station where you could drive up and they where loaded in your trunk for you. The hardware department had all the quality tools and a variety of fasteners you could buy individually no display packs. There where benches for the old timers to hang out and a malt shop for the kids. The dollar stores put them out of business. And to make matters worse foreign business people tried to buy their name to use on cheap dollar store imitations. When the Woodwards family declined this they continued with cheap knockoffs like Woodwinds, etc. Sure you can save a little money here and there but surely quality must have some meaning, quality of product, and quality of life. The last Landmark Woodwards building was used by squatters and for Raves etc, I think was recently converted to some kind of apartment complex.. yay .. Hudson's Bay next stop.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Ups Online War, Says Google's 'Failing'

donweel Re:Who is failing again? (220 comments)

Hmm... Google stock is at $555.71 and Microsoft is at $25.26. Just how exactly does Microsoft measure failure?

more than 3 years ago



Court of California Orders Zediva to Stop

donweel donweel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

donweel (304991) writes "Looks like the boom has been lowered on Zediva, as anticipated. Have to see how this plays out. Here is the mail I received: "Dear Zediva Member,

You may have heard by now that we're having to lay off our DVD-changing monkeys... :-)

A couple of years ago we came up with an idea for the next generation of DVD rentals. It seemed to us logical and evolutionary that if a customer was able to rent and play a DVD in his home, there should be no reason why he or she could not do that from the Internet cloud. After all, you can do that with a DVR, so why not with a DVD player?

Well, it turns out to have been a little more complicated than that ...
We are suspending Zediva's operations to comply with an order by the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

While we hope to be back online soon, we don't know when (or whether) that will happen. We are disappointed by this turn of events, and that we are not permitted to serve you.

We are quite aware that some of you have unused credits with us and appreciate your patience as we figure out our next steps. Stay tuned for more information via email.

Thank you again for your great support. It has been a blast serving you.
The Zediva Team""

Dungeons and Dragons Online Goes Free To Play Toda

donweel donweel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

donweel writes "Dungeons and Dragons Online pc MMO goes free to play today.
They just added a MyDDO player blog and char viewer Looks like the Turbine people have worked really hard to make this happen. An Online store will sell in-game items and dungeons. Also VIP membership subscription is available which includes store points and many other features such as a shared bank and access to extra characters and races. A combination of micro-transaction and subscription will keep the game alive."

Link to Original Source

Turbine Sues Atari Over Dungeons and Dragons

donweel donweel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

donweel (304991) writes " Courthouse News article states Turbine claims Atari acted unreasonably in its efforts to promote and distribute "DDO: Stormreach. Also claims Atari breached the agreements by accepting payments, including future royalty payments, in return for extending their relationship and paving the way for the launch of Turbine's free-to-play "DDO: Unlimited" service, though Atari knew it would not perform its obligations under the agreements. Turbine claims that Atari's purported "termination" was part of a strategy it conceived prior to the May 13 agreements that it would either terminate Turbine as part of a shakedown, or proceed with termination in bad faith to benefit from its own competing product at Turbine's expense. This is probably referring to the likely release of a NeverWinter Nights MMO by Atari, and that they took Turbines money while also planning a competing product."

Surround Sound Gaming Headphones

donweel donweel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

donweel (304991) writes "Psyko Audio Labs has a surround sound gaming headset for pre-order. Has little windows that tilt open to hear what is going on in real life. Sound is generated at the top and ducted down to the ears. Also has a subwoofer. Price is around $300 range. Supposed to give a gaming advantage by alerting you to what is creeping up behind you. If you are into bleeding edge gaming and don't mind something rather large on your head this is for you."
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