Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment He's going to kill Apple (Score 1) 359

Apple isn't going to kill cash with ...
1. A Market share that fluctuates between 40% to 60% market share from generation to generation.
2. People who still use terms like "Davenport" and "Ice Box"
3. People who still use flip phones.
4. Anyone who doesn't want to be tracked.

I know several people who refuse to have cellular devices or bank cards because they would rather pay their bills in cash, or by converting cash into a money order and sending it.

As for digital payment services for brick-and-mortar stores, the only one I have ever liked was tied to the store's POS system, and didn't require me to screw around with my phone at the checkout to pay. I just put my finger on a reader, entered a pin, and used one of the payment methods I had previously stored in their system.

Comment Cups for Windows (Score 1) 178

I wish there was a CUPS layer for Windows, so we could install it as a driver and just use the tinly little PPD like other Operating systems do rather than the 600-900Mb monstrosities that manufacturers provide as drivers.

Comment Computing from a young age, but very limited (Score 1) 632

It was the mid-80s, most of the computer labs were loaded with Apple IIe and TRS (Trash) -80 computers. The school was just starting to explore computing and most of what we had was Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. There was also the occasional "What will you be when you grow up" or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator but that was the meat of it for most students. I was lucky enough to have extremely bad handwriting, so they put me in a special computer class where I learned typing and mouse use on one of the few Macintosh computers the school had at the time. It was enough to get me hooked, but the TI/99 was in storage, and we didn't get a home computer until 1991. It was a Tandy 1000 and was fun to do what was included at first, then I messed it up and watched one of my parents' friends who was an expert recover it. After that, I really started experimenting and learning QBasic, Batch Files, 4DOS, and anything else I could get my hands on.

In High school, all we ever used computers for was typing, graphing, and some CAD in shop class. I did everything else on my own. The coolest thing I got from school was one of my math textbooks had BASIC programs for working through the problems, and I was able to relate it to actual use.

Slashdot Top Deals

"If there isn't a population problem, why is the government putting cancer in the cigarettes?" -- the elder Steptoe, c. 1970