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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Early 2004 G4 iBook (673 comments)

Probably an iBook. 2001 would (probably) make it one of "toilet-seat" models. Haven't seen one of those for a very long time. I think people were embarrassed to be seen with them and quickly replaced them with something that wasn't so garish.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Canon 1Ds (673 comments)

I've got a Canon TX that's still in good working order, except that I can't get batteries anymore for the built-in light meter (it requires a mercury cell that's long out of production for obvious reasons). And unlike the 1Ds, the TX was the low-end budget model of day, lacking a 1/1000s shutter speed and the self-timer. Still, not bad for nearly 40 years old.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Old Nintendo Products (673 comments)

You can replace the battery. You'll need a special screwdriver, and in some cases you may need to solder in the replacement. Though I find it amazing that nearly all of my SNES carts still retain their save data. The oldest ones are well over 20 years old!

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Alarm clock???? (673 comments)

I would assume that once you're up you would turn the lights back off for them. It's not like the audible alarm clock won't wake them up either. Though with the lights you could get some spot lights and aim them at your side of the bed in attempt to make it less disturbing.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Funny story (673 comments)

Guess it depends on what part of the world you're in. In America, in the early 70's Subaru was still experimenting with importing micro-cars such as the Subaru 360, something that didn't work out particularly well for Subaru. For that matter, I don't remember them lasting very long on American roads.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Anything built before 2001 (673 comments)

Well, Hyundai has come a long way. On the other hand, compare a mid-90's Toyota Camry to a new one. The new one may have a lot more gadgets and features, but the 90's Camry is a much more solid, better built car whereas the new ones are basically what's left after 15 years of decontenting and cost cutting.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3 (673 comments)

There are third-party aftermarket cartridges out there for a lot of the older HP lasers. I get them from Monoprice. Very reasonably priced and I haven't had any problems with them.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Plumbing... (673 comments)

I've heard someone say that some of the first water mains put in back around 1900 were designed to last 100 years or more. The ones put in before WW2 were designed to last about 75 years. The ones put in during the boom in the 50's and 60's were designed to last 50 years. And the more recent ones starting from 70's are designed to last 30 years. Which means that today we've got something like 80-90 years worth of water mains which are all about at the end of the design lifetime. Something to think about.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Atari 800 (673 comments)

Probably playing Diablo. I wore a few mouse buttons out that way too.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

toddestan Re:Commodore Amiga 3000T (673 comments)

I've got one of the slightly newer Sony "Dream Machines" that uses the backlit LCD. I use it for a clock in the office, as the radio part barely works anymore. The daylight savings time button on it, however, is pretty innovative and I've always wondered why no one else has copied it. Push it in the spring to advance the clock by and hour, and push it again in the fall to set it back an hour. Simple and elegant.

My alarm clock in the bedroom is a GE clock radio from sometime in the early 90's with the red LED display, fake woodgrain, and 9V backup. Still going strong.

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

toddestan Re:Depends (254 comments)

I would expect "worker bee" machines to go SSD at some point, probably soon. The reason is hard drives are not going to get cheaper, as it costs a certain amount to build such a complex mechanical device, which seems to have set a price floor of about $50 no matter the capacity. SSDs do not have this limitation, so as soon as you can get a "good enough" SSD for less than $50 I would expect SSDs to replace hard drives in "worker bee" machines. My guess is about 80GB should be good enough for OS + applications + scratch files.

yesterday
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

toddestan Re:We live like kings and queens already (254 comments)

Filling up a hard drive isn't as bad as filling up an SSD. Once you get to the point where the wear leveling mechanisms can't do their job without having to move lots of data around, write performance takes a huge hit.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

toddestan Re:Of 1000? (457 comments)

If you're young and steadily put money into a retirement account, being a millionaire by the time you retire is certainly very possible. Of course, by then a meal at McDonald's will cost $30, a gallon of milk $15, and a new car will top $100k.

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

toddestan Re:Lobbying aside (416 comments)

You mean my savings account which earns 0.15% interest? I mean, the $0.74 I would earn that way would be totally worth it!

2 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

toddestan Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

Vista is still supported by security and bug fix patches until sometime in 2017, so to say it was not supported as long as XP is simply false.

about a week ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

toddestan Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

Windows 8 requires the CPU supports the NX-bit, which rules out almost all of the 32-bit chips (no Socket 478 or Socket A system can run retail Windows 8). That means that the oldest systems that can run Windows 8 date back to late 2003 or so (for the very first Athlon 64 systems) and just about anything past 2006 (when most Intel chips had finally implemented the NX bit) will run Windows 8.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

toddestan Re:Should be objective, not biased... (451 comments)

If you assume the machine runs 24x7, uses 100W on average, and electricity is 12 cents/kwh then it costs 0.1 * 24 * 365 * .12 = about $105/year. If they turn the damn thing off or put it to sleep when it's not being used you can knock that down by about 75%. In other words, it's probably not worth it.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

toddestan Re:Not the first time this has happened (641 comments)

According to Memory Alpha, Galaxy class starships have 16(!) holodecks. With just over 1000 crew, each crew member would get about 2.5 hours a week. Now, given that the holodeck was often a social activity, I could see how several crew could pool their time together and spend a day on a holodeck "adventure" together. With that said, at least on TNG, it seemed that anytime any of the main characters wanted to use a holodeck, there was one always immediately available. Though it could just be that the senior officers could always bump someone else off the schedule.

about two weeks ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

toddestan Re:Entitlements vs. consumables (181 comments)

The Simpsons Tapped Out has kind of an interesting model in the sense that they'll give out something for free for a limited time, then later bring it back as a "premium" item. For example, if one was playing for the Christmas 2012 update they would have had the opportunity to get Barney for free, but now he costs 250 donuts (about $20). They recently just did the same thing for Maude Flanders (free during Halloween 2013, now 150 donuts). I guess it can be viewed as either a way of rewarding the long-term players, or making it so that the newer players feel that they have to spend money to catch up.

about two weeks ago

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