Can we load up the B Ark now and send it off ahead?
31 posts • joined 18 May 2016
Worried about the Andromeda galaxy crashing into our Milky Way in four billion years? Too bad, it's quite possibly already happening
Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool
I recall rebuilding a Sony laptop for someone with the FACtory bundled install media on 2000 or XP (I think it was XP).
The background during the install was the standard default grassy field, however the grass was waving in a breeze with a really cool instrumental song in the background.
If I recall correctly it was New Order's Ruined in a Day (K-Klass Remix) playing, which I realized much later when I bought "The Rest of New Order" and instantly recognized the song and where I had heard it.
Always thought that was so cool, though the name of the song is a weird choice for a commercial product.
I can see my house from here! Microsoft Flight Simulator has laid strong foundations for the nerdy scene's next generation
Re: ENTER RUN TO FLY AGAIN
Oh wow, I've never seen the version with actual graphics before...though I think you are right they look pretty static.
Avalon Hill used to have a game called Nukewar that I loved...its kinda like Battleship but with an arms race. You can still play the Apple II version here, the C64 was in color.
Pay ransomware crooks, or restore the network? Guess which way this city chose after weighing up the costs
Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data
The movie trailer;
In a dystopian future, where the Microsoft world believes you cannot think for yourself, an unwanted hero has has returned...
Clip-AI - "Hey I see you are trying to do something productive, so I'm going too help by converting some of your data randomly to date format"
Helpless user - "NOOOOOOOOO!"
Clipp-AI - "Glad I could help! Now lets take a look at your bank account and see what great new cloudy services we can sing you up for"
University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online
BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?
'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc
Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons
"The only advantage to this new vinyl craze? Younger people may start to appreciate listening to an entire album instead of individual tracks as tends to be done in the MP3/Digital Streaming era."
I may not be young,(younger than some?) but I have a terrible habit of listening to part of a song and then clicking to the next one, drives everyone including myself nuts. Its not just audio, am I the only one who can surf Netflix for an hour without watching a show? Anyway...
I have a room for my records and system with no remote; record goes on, I sit patiently on my sofa while my remote button pressing trigger finger twitches until the side is done, but I actually listen to the music. I have found songs I love that I would not otherwise have found on my media server with my twitchy remote finger.
Maybe, at least to me, it is more like reading a book than watching a movie, you get the full story.
Can you imagine only hearing The Wall Part 2 and Comfortably Numb vs listening to the entire Wall album it would be kind of weak.
For old SCSI, find a musician
Old synthesizers may be able to absorb some of your old SCSI kit
One of my regularly used synthesizers is a Kurzweil K2000 circa mid 90's that has a floppy drive built in to read some of the sound banks and to store sequences (I think). It also has a narrow SCSI port on the back so you can attach a hard drive to it or maybe even a zip drive.
I have others that take older memory cards (come to think of it, camera folks may be interested in those too).
I think the problem with the SCSI stuff is that your mind says "I know I paid $200 for that damn six device cable back in the day so it must still be worth something to someone somewhere."
I had a bucket of BNC T connectors on my desk at work a few years ago so I made a giant T-Rex out of them, maybe we can turn our junk into modern art.
Other than a stack of old useless PC's and about 10 paper boxes full of miscellaneous cables and cards my collection includes;
- Commodore 64, 1702 monitor, 2 x1541 drives, a hundred 5 1/4 disks of games and a dataset; come to think of it I have a 128 as well. Both of these would make good retro synthesizers...if I ever dig them out and set them up.
- a Tandy Intellivision knock off
- an original Atari
- my 486dx2 and the 14" CRT that came with it
- Original NES
- boxes of vacuum tubes, and not the good useful amplifier kind either...
- Install disks for Windows 3.1 through to Windows 10..I think I liked 3.1 better
- Dozens of hard drives from 300MB on up...I will eventually harvest the magnets and toss these thinking I am not wasting them by taking out a useful part at least.
- many many old IT books from programming assembler on said Commodore to TCP/IP for Dummies (like me apparently), to Metaframe Xp and Windows Xp (maybe I can heat my house with these?)
- Original boxes for many of these things, just to make sure they take up even more space
- Video game boxes for PC, most of the games I have on Steam now and do not need the boxes or the media, but I keep them just in case...you know....umm...REASONS!
I won't tell you about the old/useless car parts I have in the garage...that is a much longer list, though keeping several Haynes manuals for modern vehicles such the Pontiac Fiero or Dodge Omni are sure to come in handy some day....right?
NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again
Re: Flat earthers
What kind of lunatic believes the earth is flat in this day and age? You have to be a special kind of stupid.
These people should go back to their shacks in the woods and let their foolish theory die like it should have five hundred years ago.
Now, you have to think what the real reason is that they don't want to go to the moon.
I will tell you that reason.
As any intelligent person with a lick of common sense should know; it is the moon that is FLAT and they don't want to have to hide that fact if they send lots of people there.
Think about it, when you look at the moon its always the same; same craters, same hills same dirt, same moon buggy; It doesn't rotate because it is FLAT FLAT FLAT. It makes perfect sense.
Join the Flat Mooner Legion and spread the word by using our universally recognized sign; a naked buttocks firmly pressed up against a window .
Flat Mooner's unite!