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3751  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any old Amiga users among us? on: December 06, 2007, 04:58:30 PM
Thanks for the post.  A happy journey into nostalgia  smiley
3752  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The State the Art of 3D Printers on: December 06, 2007, 04:38:47 PM
That's the heck of a finger-nail clipper that guy's using, Ralf!

Meanwhile, where can I print my own doughnuts?
3753  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Committee work on: December 06, 2007, 02:18:50 PM
Or perhaps they've decided that it's time to shit or get off the pot?

 Wink
3754  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Committee work on: December 06, 2007, 10:29:53 AM
From today's INQUIRER headlines
INQ page
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Boggers form corporate bog council.

If that goes the way of most such committees
First there'll be a sitting...
Then a report...
Then the matter will be dropped.
3755  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any old Amiga users among us? on: December 05, 2007, 05:05:02 PM
More Amiga goodness for you, guys
Thanks for the pointer, Lashiec. Seems I was wrong about the 'T' series being required.  Too bad I junked my 3000s during my last (and I hope final) house move.
3756  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TOP 10 Signs of a Failing Presentation on: December 05, 2007, 03:02:52 PM
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How do you say projector in Canadian English?

We say chalk board.

Here's an excerpt from a recent presentation of a more technically advanced kind
The audience was lapin' it up.
3757  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange maps... of Europe on: December 05, 2007, 10:17:48 AM
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Ralf: "Percentage of Europe that is Tan"

I bet that's what he dun.
3758  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TOP 10 Signs of a Failing Presentation on: December 05, 2007, 10:15:03 AM
Your projector breaks down

Projector?  Projector?  What's that?
Oh, do you mean that guy who had too much to drink the night before?
3759  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If you build a new PC, make sure you get 2 HDs: One fast and one big on: December 04, 2007, 09:24:47 PM
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3760  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When Acronyms Collide on: December 04, 2007, 06:24:41 PM
But Nanny!
3761  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any old Amiga users among us? on: December 04, 2007, 06:19:54 PM
Holy crap, cranioscopical, I had a Northgate Omnikey keyboard and nothing's come close since.

It's true. The keyboards to which Ralf helpfully refers aren't a bad second choice but none of them quite does it for me.

Northgate made the Omnikey dip-switchable between Amiga and PC and sold a keycap-and-puller set to change the few keys that were in different places.  I still have the Amiga keys somewhere -- heaven only knows why!  Anyway, both of my Omnikeys are just fine and each has had a lot of use.  All of the letters are as clear on the keys, now, as on the day they were manufactured.

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If you had a Northgate on your Amiga, dude, you were living the life.

I was having fun, that's for sure  Thmbsup
3762  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any old Amiga users among us? on: December 04, 2007, 06:08:30 PM
AFAICT the new OS (AmigaOS4) is available as a free upgrade to anyone who has an Amiga computer. Other than that, I can't find any other information about it and assume that it will not run on IBM clone hardware. A powerpc perhaps, though...? I'm also unable to find a download link for it anywhere.

At any rate, Perry, if you've still got an Amiga machine kicking around it seems you've got nothing to lose!

I think you need one of the later "T" models. 

I have NO doubt that Windows, now, is fantastically much better than was the Amiga OS on the 3000 (my last Amiga).  What fills me with dismay is the thought of where home computing might have been today had Commodore handled things differently.

I moved from the Amiga to OS/2 as a (poor) second best... same story *sigh*.
3763  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If you build a new PC, make sure you get 2 HDs: One fast and one big on: December 04, 2007, 06:00:55 PM
I'd prefer two fast; one for the system, one for the program files.
Then something large for data etc.
3764  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.
3765  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!

3766  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.
3767  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.
3768  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.

3769  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.)
3770  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.
3771  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?

3772  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.
3773  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?
3774  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!
3775  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.)
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