Re: If ChromeOS is Linux...
Yep fond memories indeed, this wasn't Oxford Poly you're talking about by any chance?
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Exactly what he said! This is still very new technology, and if people at home want to spend time generating prog rock covers - good for them.
On the other hand, there must be many potential applications in science and engineering waiting to be discovered (big data is all very well, but often begs the question as to how it is then processed and interpreted). Putting these tools in to the hands of researchers, for a fairly modest hardware budget, with the "freedom to tinker" and freedom from the hassles of licencing, subscriptions etc. can only be a good thing.
Sure not all problems can be solved with a generous sprinkling of magic AI pixie dust, but it strikes me that we may well entering a new and exciting era of computing.
Double thumbs up for the ICU ref, although I think Nik Turner might have been a bit pissed off at describing them as a Hawkwind spinoff, even if the two were not entirely unrelated.
For those unfamiliar with ICU - check 'em out - especially the 2nd LP "The Maximum Effect".
You're missing the point, it's not the interface per se that is the issue but some of the underlying logic and (especially) the naming conventions for various concepts, as has been illustrated in many posts on this thread.
Note that the story kicked off as a result of problems originating in a lovely cuddly web gui. There's more to computing than UIs !
but why the excitement that "this may be the stuff that planets were built from"? I thought the whole point of these missions was asteroids were already assumed to be just that. I'm not trying to diss what is obviously a stonkingly brilliant mission, just curious as to the way this particular result is being reported,
Since lock-down, I've used (for work and leisure) FB messenger, Google meet, MS teams, Skype and Zoom. Zoom for me is head and shoulders above the rest: simpler to set up, better audio and video quality, and more reliable (of course your experience may be different)..
I think it's telling that this is from a start-up who focus on doing one thing and doing it well, as opposed the the offerings of various mega-corps who see something new and want to add a slice of the action to their portfolio.
I guess it's only a matter of before Zoom get bought by someone much larger, and I'll have to start looking for an alternative.
I got that from a Fred Fish PD library floppy. The developer actually had his personal telephone number in the docs, I rang it once and a slightly fed up sounding better half answered it and shouted up the stairs in a rather resigned tone of voice "Stevie, North C!".
You tell that to the youngsters today and they won't believe you.
There was a free compiler for the A500 called NorthC, gcc was available for the A1200, but I'm not sure about earlier Amigas. With either, it was a problem getting hold of the header files to access various OS and UI functionality. I seem to remember that the price of Lattice C with a full set of header files cost more than the hardware itself, and can't help wondering how much this had to do with the Amiga's ultimate demise.
Hensa sure brings back memories, also from a poly, although I don't remember it being blacklisted. I seem to remember accessing it via ftp. One of the great things about was a good selection of Amiga software. I downloaded both gcc and LaTeX for the Amiga, (split over about 10 floppies if I remember correctly).
Dowsing a mast, or any other large object with petrol, especially by *spraying* petrol FFS sounds like a great way to get yourself a Darwin award.
As Frank Zappa said:
"Physicists say that hydrogen is the more abundant than anything else in the universe; they're wrong - it's stupidity"