Re: It does suck
"Just sitting with a few browser tabs open"
Yes My Win11 does that on some things - but yes, it's the browsers not the OS
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Much less useful though. My first dynamic website work in 2000 or so was CGI using a third party Delphi library called CGIExpert. Once I got my head aroun the statelessness and the request/response side it was a doddle to create page templates in any editor and populate them from a back end database. I didn't have to learn a new language, only to be unable to use it anywhere else (i.e. desktop applications)
No, C# WinForms is still not quite as good as Delphi, except when you want to link to the latest MS technologies like Outlook 365 EWS, which I couldn't do with Delphi 7 but did in minutes with C# VS2017
Delphi's killer trick is the live database links, where you can see your sample at design time.
I learnt Delphi in a small software house where the owner had just switched across from Paradox, so he kept the DBs and just rewrote the forms in Delphi. He wondered why there we fewer and fewer people going to the parados users group meetings....
Of course, his code was entirely "onclick" button events, which I just accepted being a mere youngster (this was about 1997)
Delphi seemed amazing to me, coming from PDP/11 and VAX stuff with just dumb terminals.
I still have a software suite in Delphi7 i maintain now.
To be fair, the advantages of being a Contractor (apart from the higher salary) have been eroded recently with the changes in taxation on dividend payment. I was briefly a contract through my software development company, which has multiple clients so did not come under IR35, and it was a toss up whether to pay myself via PAYE or through diviies.
Reminds me of a time my firm was looking at taking over a struggling competitor, and their directors came down to sell the deal to us. While running through the back end procedures they showed us a shortcut they just ran to update the database with external data. I asked him to open it just to see what it did, only to find that is was a bomb intended to shut down the database server, rename all the database files and restart the database server, all the while displaying various fragmentation and reconfiguration messages.
They'd not been paying their developer who decided to get his own back. Needless to say, they deal fell through, and they went bust.
That happened to me with my Onkyo Network CD Receiver, one day it just stopped connecting to Spotify, then I found out that Spotify were consolidating their APIs into one (Connect), my recevier was a few years old and didn't get updated. "Fortunarely" not long after the network connection failed, I took it back to Richers' and they gave me a nive new Yamaha with Spotify Connect etc built in. Sadly no digital input though, but with internet radio built in instead.
I've had Sony noise cancelling earphones for years, the first on a high end ATRAC walkman, which was and is still great. My Xperia Z2 and now XZ2 use a similar technology with the microphones on the earphones and the processing done by the phone. Great for travelling, probably the only was to sleep on a transatlantic flight.
I'd find it hard to justify £300 though. I will probably look for a pair of XM3s in the sales or when the 4s come out.
I went through a phase of programming my C64 by putting the code in BASIC DATA statements containing 6502 op codes read from the Programmers Reference Guide. Then calling SYS 1024 or whatever to run the program.
Certainly made you press Rec/Play on the tape more regularly.
Yes, I was wondering in what way the 600 could be classed as inferior to the then 4/5 year old 500, itself replaced by the 500+
I bought a secondhand 500+ and an external hard disk unit soon after I got my own flat, just to find the 600 released weeks later, with built in HD and PCMCIA cabability.
It has nothing to do with the subject being plural, it's whether it can be counted as in discrete individual items or has to be measured as in a quantity.
Fewer people, less time. Fewer problems, less fun. Exactly equivalent to "number of" and "amount of".