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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

mccalli Re:Boards or ROM's (133 comments)

Just seen this - hopefully you read the reply. For MAME I have a real arcade cab with an old PC inside it, so I don't use the Mac for that. For the rest of the emulation scene on the Mac though, take a look at Open Emu, which has a lot of what's useful. Other ones I use are for Commodore - Vice64 for the C64, UAE for the Amiga.

about three weeks ago
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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

mccalli Re:Boards or ROM's (133 comments)

Ever played Asteroids? If you haven't played it on the original arcade machine, chances are you're missing out on a large part of the experience because it runs on a vector monitor. Those beautiful glowing bullets simply don't show up on raster hardware in close to the same way. Same can be said for Star Wars - the sit-down vector monitor game was incredible.

I'm speaking as someone who has an arcade cabinet running MAME, and who regularly uses emulators on a Mac as well. I'm not perfectionist for a lot of the standard stuff, but I do appreciate that in some cases there are material differences to the real thing.

about three weeks ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

mccalli Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

Smart for who? Not for the employee.

Unless flying regularly is clearly stated in your contract (and I mean regularly, not 'you may be asked to travel from time to time'), the company is inconveniencing you over and above your normal duties, and causing actual discomfort in the case of many economy flights. You ask for decent standards or refuse.

I'm astonished to see so many people defend this. For flights of two or three hours, fine. For anything longer - absolutely not.

Cheers,
Ian

about 3 months ago
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It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

mccalli Odd questions (268 comments)

I came out on the music reward scale at 32, well below their mean of 50. However, I spent fifteen years learning to play, I write for myself and have also published an album.

I don't use music as wallpaper, which is very much what the questions seemed geared around. Also questions like "Music calms me (agree 1-5)" - well, which music? Some of it very much does not calm me, and some quite definitely does.

Not sure that data collected by the questionairre wil be useful in drawing the right conclusions.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Macintosh Turns 30

mccalli Re:I find it amusing. . . (154 comments)

You're joking. The PC was an attempt to retain control, quickly churned out by IBM. It was just there to keep down the new micros that were starting to look popular, and the design was never intended to last.

It worked too - IBM retained control over the business market for quite a while, and didn't realise until OS/2 and microchannel that it had actually lost the control it thought it had kept.

Cheers,
Ian

about 6 months ago
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Apple Macintosh Turns 30

mccalli Re:MS Word (154 comments)

Word 4.2 (I think it was .2) combined with my Mac LC and a Stylewriter was and remains my favourite word processor setup of all time - it got me through the last two years of university (first year I started with an ST, using First Word Plus). Loved 4.2 - perfect mix of simple but powerful.

5.x brought in envelopes and a bunch of stuff I don't recall and didn't use, but started to get slow. 6.x is where the rot set in for me and I've never really liked any version since, whether PC or Mac.

Cheers,
Ian

about 6 months ago
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Apple Macintosh Turns 30

mccalli Re:Story time! Perspective: (154 comments)

I had the same experience the first time I saw a GUI machine - an Atari ST in a shop. Although I'd read magazines (anyone remember Input magazine in the UK?) about graphical interfaces, I hadn't ever actually used one or seen one for real.

My first thought on seeing it was "how do I get out of this and where's the computer?". I was essentially looking to type load "" somewhere and was baffled that I couldn't do it.

Cheers,
Ian

about 6 months ago
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I wish my car could...

mccalli Re: Move (443 comments)

Raised a laugh here. Suspected cracked cylinder head, engine removed to remove the cylinder heads and check which one.

about 9 months ago
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I wish my car could...

mccalli Re: Move (443 comments)

Older Porsche 911. Did I mention it was -expensive- magic smoke?

about 9 months ago
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I wish my car could...

mccalli Move (443 comments)

It let out the expensive magic white smoke a couple of weeks ago, and is currently sitting without an engine.

Sore point right now.

about 9 months ago
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Crooks Arrested Over KVM-Based Bank Heist Attempt

mccalli Re:KVM? (79 comments)

The article missed the rather crucial word 'switch'. Keyboard/Video/Mouse switch.

about 10 months ago
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My most frequent OS migration path?

mccalli iOS (413 comments)

My most used operating system these days is iOS. This isn't an iOS rant, I imagine for others on here their most used would be Android.

That's the point of all the post-PC hype, right? I have a Mac and I use Windows at work and there's obviously times when mobile won't do, but neither desktop nor laptop are my most frequently used devices anymore.

Cheers,
Ian

about a year ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

mccalli Game is part server-side, not 'always on DRM' (511 comments)

Not to exempt the game from all criticism, but the one that's constantly cropping up is 'always on DRM'. Perhaps there is, I honestly don't know, but if so it's only part of the story.

The game is partly calculated server-side. This is why you need a constant internet connection, because some of their servers are doing the work for you. This is almost certainly also why they've collapsed in a heap.

It seems there are enough legitimate criticisms of the game without trotting out the true-but-half-the-story "always on DRM" line. I assume they'll eventually fix the servers and I need to wait for the Mac version anyway, but I'm still concerned - much more worried by fundamentals such as the overall city size for instance.

Cheers,
Ian

about a year ago
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Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Printer Market

mccalli Re:I think the key word there was "laser" (228 comments)

With the exception of an original Stylewriter (which, I seem to remember, shared a lot of components with a Canon in the PC universe at the time), I have never had any form of good experience with an inkjet by any manufacturer. It's actually why I ended up with the Lexmark laser in the first place.

For their time, when your alternative was dot matrix or a third mortgage, inkjet printers were astonishing. That time has gone for a while now I think, time to dump the lot and concentrate on low-end colour lasers.

Cheers,
Ian

about 2 years ago
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Lexmark To Exit Inkjet Printer Market

mccalli Re:Good (228 comments)

Yes, I certainly have. My old Lexmark Optra SC 1275 EN networked colour laser did absolutely great for years. Eventually, and by 'eventually' I mean after around ten years, I had a motor issue that was too expensive to economically repair, but for a decade that thing sat in my room reliably churning out good quality print.

Cheers,
Ian

about 2 years ago
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60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016

mccalli Re:For depressed people (293 comments)

Associating them with depression however leads to them being available on medical prescription...

Cheers,
Ian

about 2 years ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Angle For Production In China

mccalli Sigh-another generations-old stereotype to destroy (141 comments)

Sad to see many posters trotting out old reliability myths.

Jaguar have topped JD Power Satisfaction rankings, and many other rankings, on and off for years now. The unreliable ones you're talking about were made in the 70s and 80s by, effectively, British Leyland.

Things looked up in the early 90s when Ford took over. They started bringing modernised toolsets to the construction process, and as a result reliability started climbing. It has continued climbing until it is now well ahead of <a href="http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mercedes%20reliability&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8">Mercedes</a>, for example, which is trotted out often as some form of reliability paragon.

It takes a long time to change reputation, that's the problem. That reputation didn't match reality as of about 1995 onwards (possibly slightly earlier) with the dumping of the XJ40 and the move to the X300 design (still marketed as XJ6/XJ8), but people still trot out what they once heard in a bar or from their dad. It's annoying - drop it. Jaguars are as reliable, if not more so, as anything else in their class.

Personally I've owned XJ40 and X300-type XJ6 cars (one a Sovereign, one an XJR). I've owned an X-Type and an S-Type, and am currently contemplating an older XF. During the same time period a friend of mine has owned BMWs and Audis - we've spent about the same on garage bills (an RS8 being a notable exception - bills dwarfed anything I'd seen on the Jags). The X and the S were fine, the XJ40 electrically temperamental, the X300 (XJR) was just superb.

Cheers,
Ian

more than 2 years ago
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Jack Tramiel, Founder of Commodore Business Machines, Dies At Age 83

mccalli Re:Hamster Reset! (301 comments)

Looked it up: Interesting. I've performed that reset before, but never heard that name for it.

Cheers,
Ian

more than 2 years ago
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Jack Tramiel, Founder of Commodore Business Machines, Dies At Age 83

mccalli Re:My First Computer (301 comments)

They were great. With an SM124 mono monitor in hand, he ST was my first serious computer (coming off the back of a Spectrum and another Tramiel machine, the C64).

I learned C with the cheap GST C compiler. I did serious text crunching with Signum (superb output). I learned to do MIDI sequencing with Steinberg Pro 12. I used Spectre for Mac emulation and had a hardware 286 emulator fitte on which I ran Turbo Pascal. And then, of course, were the games.

Excellent machine. Tramiel's great hit, the C64, was also responsible for getting me into music in the first place. People like Rob Hubbard and Martin Galway got me hooked, and I still use C64 sounds today via plugins like QuadraSID.

Jack Tramiel's influence is severely understated by many (he schooled both Gates with the Commodore BASIC contract for instace) and I am sad to hear of him going.

Ian

more than 2 years ago

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Hudson project renames after Oracle claims name

mccalli mccalli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mccalli (323026) writes "A post from the founder and one of the main contributors to the open source Hudson continuous integration project has decided to rename itself to Jenkins . The background here is Oracle having claimed its ownership of the name allowed them to veto the actual developer's proposed move to GitHub and away from Oracle's java.net due to reliability issues. The project states they're not forking, they're renaming, ie. any future releases from Oracle under the name Hudson would be regarded as the fork.

Moving an open source project away from Oracle seems to be an increasingly well-worn path these days — it does make you wonder how nicely they are able to play."

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Doug Lea leaves the JCP Java standards body

mccalli mccalli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mccalli (323026) writes "Doug Lea, the person behind Java 1.5/1.6's concurrency utils, has decided not to stand for re-election to the Java Community Process execuite , citing Oracle's behaviour regarding standards. Whilst acknolwedging there were issues when Sun controlled it, he states that 'Rather than fixing rules orceasing violations, Oracle now promises to simply disregard them. If they indeed act as they have promised, then the JCP can never again become more than an approval body for Oracle-backed initiatives.'"
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EU takes UK government to court over Phorm trials

mccalli mccalli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mccalli (323026) writes "The EU is to take the UK government to court regarding its lack of action over the Phorm trials — full statement here.

A Register article gives more background on the case. The summary is that BT intercepted customer data for Phorm's deep packet inspection advertising trials and that this was contrary to EU data privacy law. When BT customers complained, the UK's Information Commissioner stated there were no powers for them to investigate — the lack of this power is also contrary to EU directives."

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Wikileaks founder arrest warrant issued

mccalli mccalli writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mccalli (323026) writes "A warrant has been issued for Julian Assange's arrest — charges of rape and molestation. At the time of submission that's all the detail available on the BBC article, but they tend to update as time goes on so the article may have more information by the time you get to read it."
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mccalli mccalli writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mccalli writes "Great site here describing all the "My Internet is broken"-type question you get from time to time. Pretty funny, and I defy you to tell me you've not heard at least one of 'em.

Cheers,
Ian"
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mccalli mccalli writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mccalli writes "The BBC is reporting that there will be no extension to the copyright period for music. The UK currently allows 50 years for copyright, and there had been a campaign by some members of the music industry to have that extended to 95 years. That campaign has now failed."

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