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

twms2h 199x bicyle (635 comments)

Or at least I wish I could still use it.

It had a steel frame, simple 21 gears derailleur gearshift, none of this fancy suspension fork crap and over all it simply was robust. I could repair and replace everything on it myself (but seldom needed to). The only parts I replaced with something more modern was the brakes and lighting.
I used to cycle to work on it until It was stolen out of my backyard half a year ago and I still miss it.

about 5 months ago

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

twms2h Microsoft Natural Keyboard, before they fschked it (635 comments)

I recently bought (used) a few of the old Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro from before the 4000 series. Those that still included a USB hub and the lettering on the keys did not disappear after only a few months of normal usage.
Before that I had several of the 4000 Keyboards and all of them started to lose their lettering within a few months. They are just really bad quality.

I will probably be using them until they fall apart.

about 5 months ago

Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar

twms2h Re:China will work to destroy this. again. (282 comments)

There are several goals in this:
1. develop the technology
2. build the storage systems
3. generate jobs in the process
4. make the technology cheap

China will assist in 4. and destroy some of the jobs generated in 3 in the process, but only some of them.
That's fine with me (I am from Germany)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Encrypted Cloud Storage Provider?

twms2h use BitTorrent Sync on your own server (200 comments)

Get BitTorrent Sync from http://labs.bittorrent.com/experiments/sync.html and set up your own server, either locally or "in the cloud" (which you control). There are clients for all major platforms, including Android, and it works well. Traffic is encrypted and storage is only on computers you control yourself.
There is one drawback, though: It's not open source so you have to trust BitTorrent Inc.

about a year ago

How To Make PC Gaming Better

twms2h Stop concentrating on life like graphics and sound (337 comments)

but instead invest into gameplay.
Example: Civilization I was a great game, not because it had such nice graphics or sound effects but because of the complexity of the game play. But the interface was easy to use, the different types of terrain and units easy to recognize and it was easy to pick up the strategy. Also, it worked on rather minimalistic hardware. (And, I have to admit, I originally got it as a pirated copy, but I bought it later. But since the bought version came with copy protection I continued to use the pirated one.) Now look at the latest installments of that series. The graphics and sound are improved but that also results in units and terrain being much harder to recognize. The gameplay is basically unchanged. But it requires so much computing power that the later stages of the game become basically unplayable if you don't run it on a top of the notch machine.
I have switched back to playing Civilization I when I am in the mood.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

twms2h Re:Der Steppenwolf (700 comments)

I just realised that this does not really answer the original question (I should have read it, not just the title)....

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

twms2h Der Steppenwolf (700 comments)

"Der Steppenwolf" from Hermann Hesse was required literature at school and despite that I read it and it possibly saved my life.
At that time I was thinking seriously about suicide and when I read the following quote from the main character, something along the lines "you can always commit suicide later if it gets too hard, so just keep going for now"
(I don't remember the exact words and it is in German anyway, so it wouldn't be of any use here)
That absolutely made sense to me. As long as you are alive, things can improve, once you are dead, you are dead and that's it.

There have been other important books later but I think the above is quite fundamental so no other became as significant as that one book.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

twms2h "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke (1365 comments)

The Star, by Arthur C. Clarke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star_(short_story) ) At least, if you believe in Christian mythology you will find it rather depressing that god chose to let the star of such a great civilization go nova just to generate the star of Bthlehem.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

twms2h What about a "phablet" (415 comments)

Yes, I know, "phablet" is a stupid name, but the Samsung Galaxy Note (the smartphone, not the tablet) with the Kindle software makes an excellent e-book reader. You have to get used to the size, though. It is huge for a phone and maybe a little bit too small for a tablet, but in my view exactly right for an e-book.

more than 2 years ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

twms2h The size is not the problem (660 comments)

I own a Samsung Galaxy Note and I knew beforehand how large it is. But I didn't buy a mobile phone, I bought a small tablet with mobile Internet connection and that's exactly what I got. Yes, I can also make phone calls with it, but I rarely do. As for carrying it: There are nice belt pouches for it. The solution is simple: If you don't like it, don't buy it. Of course, if somebody can come up with a smartphone that has a >=5" display but is much smaller, that would be nice. Maybe with glasses? That would still leave the problem on how to interact with it (no, speech recognition is not a solution). We'll see.

more than 2 years ago

'Wearable Computing Will Be the Norm,' Says Google Glass Team

twms2h I already wear eyeglasses ... (196 comments)

... so will there be "Glass" in the strength I need for my eyes? (I am still looking for sun glasses that are worth that name, preferably mirror sunglasses, in the strength I need. All they try to sell me are slightly darkened glasses and these are not even worth considering.)

more than 2 years ago

350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

twms2h The German School System ... (414 comments)

... is far from perfect. Depending on which measure us use, Germany ranks somewhere in the top middle of the statistics. And it is definitely bad for both extremes of students: Those that are really bright and those that are - em - "intellectually challenged".

more than 2 years ago

Study Shows "Secret Questions" Are Too Easily Guessed

twms2h Re:Don't use them (303 comments)

Not foolproof, but generally good enough. At least when the system allows you to ask your own question.

Why does that matter? You can still answer "What's your mother's maiden name?" with stuff from a book.

more than 5 years ago

RIAA Says "Wanna Fight? It'll Cost You!"

twms2h Re:ARAG (367 comments)

Have you checked what kind of legal cases are excluded? (I am sure there is an exclusion clause in your contract.)

In Germany these insurances often explicitly exclude any internet related cases, which means they are nowadays pretty much useless.

(In case somebody can tell me an insurance that does cover these cases (e.g. filesharing, "AGB" and other cases of "Abmahnung wegen unlauteren Wettbewerbs" etc.), and is still reasonably priced, please tell me.)

more than 6 years ago


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