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3751  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A whole new meaning for "system crash" on: December 03, 2007, 10:08:11 PM
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BMW is looking to make another leap forward with the introduction of Internet Protocol (IP) networking in future automobiles.
The company is using off-the-shelf Ethernet components to replace the vast array of networking systems included in today's automobiles
(CAN, LIN, MOST, Flexray, etc.).

More here

Why am I in this ditch?  Well, it's like this officer. The kids were each watching their separate movie choices when, suddenly,
the stability control system bogged down.
3752  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rumor: Windows Apps Running Native on Your Mac on: December 03, 2007, 09:53:55 PM
For instance, what would happen to the Mac Office division at Microsoft?

I guess they'd both be out of a job!

3753  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any old Amiga users among us? on: December 03, 2007, 09:50:59 PM
Looking back, one of the most useful things about Amigas was the AREXX port in each programme. It allowed me to tie many programmes together in my office... GoldED was the text editor, PageStream was the DTP, ProVector for drawings...
Too true, that and Bill Hawes' WShell !
When Commodore finally woke up and made ARexx part of the Amiga bundle they did many Amiga users a big favour.
The ability to cherry pick applications and create a custom suite of software that was also tied into the shell was great.
I see the 'new' Amiga OS has just been released... finally.
3754  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maybe Vista doesn't suck? on: December 03, 2007, 01:22:19 PM
Maybe I'm adrift but I'm sure I recall fuss and commotion about recording to open-reel tape, and later cassette, well before 1980.  Apple was started in '67 and the mystical anti-recording signal stuff came almost at once, if I recall it right.

I wonder if this was another one of Magic Alex' "brainwaves"?

Probably... from brain to drain with little strain.
3755  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any old Amiga users among us? on: December 03, 2007, 09:15:37 AM
Depends in which sense you mean "old"  smiley

You bet!  1000, 2000, 3000.  (Had to drive to Buffalo from Toronto to pick up a FlickerFixer.)
I could do little with the 256K in the 1000 apart from making friends with Guru Meditation Errors  Wink
I'm still using two Northgate Omnikey keyboards that have been in daily use since that era, switchable between Amiga and IBM.
I've never found another keyboard that's nearly as good.

3756  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shut Up About Vista, Already on: December 03, 2007, 08:56:16 AM
Yeah - my mum was complaining on the phone about heavy snow falls in Bracebridge (she hates the snow with a vengence). Where are you based in S. Ontario? I will be coming over some time next year - maybe we should organise a DC get together in Ontario !
We're near to Port Hope and Cobourg, about 1.5 hours drive due east of Toronto and about 2.5 hours from Bracebridge.
We had a balmy November so the advent of snow is doubly unwelcome. After 30 years here I'm still dismayed by the winters.
(We usually visit Bracebridge during the summer and lunch by the water. Let us know when you finalize your plans and we'll organize something.)
3757  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommended Gifts for the Tech Savvy? on: December 02, 2007, 07:27:08 PM
Nice stocking stuffer, Chris, but what about a suggestion for a big ticket item?

Sure, here you are...

Edit: Sorry, Darwin, I thought there was a toe somewhere in that stocking.
3758  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommended Gifts for the Tech Savvy? on: December 02, 2007, 05:23:20 PM
Never mind tech savvy, how about one of these?

3759  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maybe Vista doesn't suck? on: December 02, 2007, 05:13:46 PM
Oh christ!  Are you using that fancy european metric time?
Always   smiley

Maybe I'm adrift but I'm sure I recall fuss and commotion about recording to open-reel tape, and later cassette, well before 1980.  Apple was started in '67 and the mystical anti-recording signal stuff came almost at once, if I recall it right.
3760  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maybe Vista doesn't suck? on: December 02, 2007, 03:05:59 PM
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Ralf: Interesting idea, but most of the RIAA top dogs are wrinkly white dudes in their 60's and 70's.  That would put them in their 30's or 40's during the "recoding on tape is the new Apocalypse" era.

I think you're about a decade adrift there, Ralf. I think that someone in their 60's would have been in their 20's then. Remember when, for example, The Beatles (through their company, Apple) promised to introduce a way to prevent tape recording from their records?
3761  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quicknote 5.4 has been released on: December 02, 2007, 12:47:50 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Brahman!
3762  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shut Up About Vista, Already on: December 01, 2007, 07:33:22 PM
I thought that was a lovely vista!
Nice one!
(It was taken from windows.)
3763  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shut Up About Vista, Already on: December 01, 2007, 06:36:33 PM
We're getting used to snow again on mid-Vancouver Island.
I recall a winter visit to Vancouver some years back. A snowfall created amazing confusion.
Took this from my window yesterday evening, in southern Ontario. Might have to plough the place before too long  Cry

I'm not saying anything about you-know-which O/S, just to nod at the topic.
3764  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Maintain control in your presentations on: November 30, 2007, 06:15:20 PM
Do they back away slowly, leaving you to complete your presentation in solitude?
Depends whether or not I remove my glass eye and socket to them!
3765  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Another cody spotting? CAPTION THIS PICTURE CONTEST on: November 30, 2007, 12:51:55 PM
Not what I meant when I said I needed a slash...
3766  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Maintain control in your presentations on: November 30, 2007, 08:58:40 AM
Ever had to deal with a rambunctious client?
Never mind the laser pointer, try the Photonic Disruptor!
http://www.wired.com/gadg...gazine/15-12/st_dangerous

A useful low-tech technique is to look the trouble-maker in the eye, opine that "the one-legged chicken doesn't scratch up the barnyard", and then move on.
(I've used this one several times at boardroom level -- it's worked for me!)

3767  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Doppelgänger Effect on: November 30, 2007, 08:39:54 AM
Anyone here ever meet their evil twin?

Is that the one called Ralf?

Most mornings I encounter some wrinkled old fellow, in my magic mirror, who seems to think he's closely related to me  Sad

3768  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A BIOS with musical taste on: November 29, 2007, 05:38:39 PM
Is it true that the latest Award BIOS updates this to Mozart KV 626?
3769  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Signs You May Have Overclocked Your PC Too Much on: November 29, 2007, 01:56:26 PM
Remote pet befuddling makes my day
Pas devant les enfants!
3770  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pop Quiz on: November 29, 2007, 01:03:27 PM
I would have asked a master chef. After all, the question was "Why can't we just cook her?"...it didn't mention anything about eating.
Even if that was the question, I still wouldn't have chosen to ask an archaeologist...I would have asked a dietitian. Grin

Joking aside, there doesn't seem to be any particular culinary or dietary reason not to cook a human.  huh
Also, my own sister always seemd a little hard-boiled.

I did share your initial surprise at asking an archaeologist but the more I thought about the answer the more sense it seemed to make.

3771  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pop Quiz on: November 28, 2007, 09:42:03 PM
Too late for mine, Darwin, they're long gone. Prior to this, however, the answer would probably have been that we were out of ketchup  Wink

3772  Other Software / AutoHotkey / Re: help with icons on: November 28, 2007, 09:38:12 PM
Glad to help. My life's full of similar kinds of things that I don't know. That's the beauty of this place, eh?
3773  Other Software / AutoHotkey / Re: help with icons on: November 28, 2007, 08:17:58 PM
there isn't a change icon under properties. that is only for shortcuts, I want the original program's icon changed.
Use the compiler (convert.ahk to .exe) to browse to your preferred icon
3774  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Pop Quiz on: November 28, 2007, 06:51:28 PM
Several interesting answers to kids' questions. For example, with reference to one's sister, "Why can't we just cook her?"

And for those who want only the answer to this one:


http://www.telegraph.co.u...father_117.xml&page=2

3775  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2007 / Re: Help me find a name for my reading/writing speed-up program on: November 28, 2007, 05:51:21 PM
I like eyeCue! it sounds like IQ, -which reminds people of psychology- it's really short... it's catchy!
Yes, eye for read; cue for prompting (a typing 'shortcut'); IQ for 'smarts'.
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