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Do you mean something like this ?
It's all over TV.

Living Room / Re: What is a good desktop stapler?
« on: January 06, 2011, 01:11 PM »
Mary Beth ( Secretary)  does it for me

Living Room / Re: I wish I'd had this when I was learning physics
« on: December 15, 2010, 03:18 PM »
Yep  Walter Lewin made me LIKE physics  and even  understand 

Living Room / Re: I wish I'd had this when I was learning physics
« on: December 15, 2010, 01:57 PM »
and we're talking UC Berkeley

I did  a course on the web by Isabel Pafford from Berkeley on  the ancient Mediterranean World and another on the Roman Empire that I thought were just great.

Living Room / Re: Need Help Finding a Domain Name
« on: December 11, 2010, 10:25 AM »

I think Carol nailed it

Living Room / Re: Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality
« on: December 08, 2010, 08:02 AM »
Have you looked at dating sites ?  Bet it is pretty much the same.

General Software Discussion / Re: Hiding Online Footprints
« on: December 01, 2010, 03:34 PM »
And now the Feds want to get into the act......
Agency Proposes ‘Do Not Track’ Option for Web Users


General Software Discussion / Hiding Online Footprints
« on: November 29, 2010, 08:49 PM »
This from the Wall Street Journal of November 30, 2010

Hiding Online Footprints
Makers of Firefox Browser Explore Do-Not-Track Tool After Scrapping Earlier Effort

Living Room / Re: Why Apple's Distortion Field Works
« on: November 11, 2010, 08:03 PM »
I don't know if anyone here wants to bid            http://bits.blogs.ny...0-apple-computer/?hp

Living Room / Re: Why Apple's Distortion Field Works
« on: November 10, 2010, 09:15 AM »
Yes. I have 2. I no longer use them though except as storage devices.

Why did you buy them, given your luke warm feelings towards Apple ?

Living Room / Re: Why Apple's Distortion Field Works
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:46 AM »

Just curious   Do you own an iPod ?

Living Room / Re: Why Apple's Distortion Field Works
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:00 AM »
I still don't know what kind of company to call Apple.
Successful would be one thing. :up:  ( stock price  Nov  2003 =  $9.85     Nov 2010 = $ 317.00 )
Sony invented the Walkman  it was a success  but not like the iPod is a success.  And despite many attempts to copy the iPod nobody has done it
Apple didn't invent the cell phone but they made the iPhone, priced it higher than a kite and made it a success.  Now everybody is making an " iPhone" with touch screens and apps.  I mentioned the Tablet  PC before,  but only Apple has make it a success  ( iPad )everyone else has  failed.
Innovation is not only in the creation of a new and exciting product but the making the public think they need it. Apple seems to excel at the latter.

Living Room / Re: Why Apple's Distortion Field Works
« on: November 09, 2010, 08:42 AM »
Innovation or marketing .   Whether Apple is innovative or not is a moot point.  Their MARKETING is superb. 
ie:  The iPad comes out -  sells millions  Every other major and minor electronics company is now coming out with a similar device.  Was Apple the first with a tablet ?  No  but they are the only ones who got the public to buy them.

Living Room / Re: Maybe I Should Build Airplanes Too!
« on: November 04, 2010, 10:13 AM »
A Qantas A380 passenger jet has landed safely in Singapore after a "mechanical issue" caused part of the engine to fall to the ground.

They have grounded ALL their A 380 aircraft       http://www.nytimes.c...tas.html?_r=1&hp

orthogonal program
I thought that meant my Orthodondist  had to be present to use the program.

Living Room / Re: Desktop Linux: The dream is dead
« on: October 22, 2010, 05:58 PM »
Perhaps - just don't expect miracles, the current slick and easy-to-use distributions are  heavier than the distributions 5 years ago... so if the hardware is really old, you'll probably still be limited to some of the "techier" and not-so-pretty but more lightweight distros.

256 K  ram   1.0  Celeron processor   came with XP installed

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup
« on: October 18, 2010, 01:28 PM »
I downloaded  Bvckup a couple of days ago and have set it to bvackup several folders - two to a HD partition and one to a network drive.  Seems to work flawlessly and
without taking up resources .  I like it !

Very nice and very handy

Living Room / Re: Desktop Linux: The dream is dead
« on: October 18, 2010, 11:54 AM »
5 years is a long long time in Linux land. Things really have improved.
You mean I should try again ?  I still have the old computer.

i think the general public's indifference about which os it's using combined with the inertia of sticking with what you already know best has more to do with it. otherwise there wouldn't be half so many win xp holdouts.

The general public doesn't care what OS they are using as long as what they are using is easy for them to use and does what they want done.
My guess is the XP holdouts are more about cost of changing to Win 7 ( not Vista since Vista was universally panned )  since XP  does what they want and need.
So until ttheir XP system dies they will stick with it.

Living Room / Re: Desktop Linux: The dream is dead
« on: October 18, 2010, 10:12 AM »
Over the past few years, modern Linux distributions such as Ubuntu have utterly transformed the open-source desktop user experience into something sleek and simple,
I disagree.  About 5 years a go I had an old desktop compute whose HD had died.  I put a new HD in and installed Ubuntu because of the buzz for Linux.  I wanted to learn and the best way was to install and play with it.  I found it much more difficult than Windows. Installing programs was I found particularly difficult.  I am fairly computer literate
( back in the late 70's I could program in TI Basic for our companies TI 990 ) but Ubuntu was just too much trouble for me, and I suspect, for the average user.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 05, 2010, 08:03 PM »
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.    This one puts your life on hold until you finish it!

The Girl Who Played with Fire                                do the same

Living Room / Re: Firefox Stability Issues
« on: October 01, 2010, 01:19 PM »
Running 3.6.10    no problems at all.

"Blond typist goes back to work after many years" one that I sent to my blond daughter a while back, she thought it was very sexist and didn't take kindly to it at all.

We ( men ) were all sexist ( and the woman expected it ) until they started to call ' Secretaries ' Administrative Assistants "

Typewriters ?  Carbon paper ?  Mimeograph ? Rotary phones ?  A Secretary who could take shorthand ?
 An Answering service ? Orange CRT monitors ? Elevator operators ?
Remember any of these ?

face lifting too

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