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by commodorejohn
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VMS End of life
Replies: 44
Views: 4128

Re: VMS End of life

Indeed, Stroustrup's comments are a breath of fresh air; what I mean is that it's sad that the rest of the industry is so lost in the wilderness compared to this one prof...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VMS End of life
Replies: 44
Views: 4128

Re: VMS End of life

Yeah but this is a borderline nutcase/Luddite view and aside from you and me there are obviously not enough people who subscribe to it. Time goes on whether we like it or not. Running antique (cough) vintage (cough) hardware and software is just a temporary respite. When you get up from your chair ...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VMS End of life
Replies: 44
Views: 4128

Re: VMS End of life

Hey, those worked just fine...heck, VMS Notes is still available on a lot of systems ;)
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VMS End of life
Replies: 44
Views: 4128

Re: VMS End of life

Again, though, I'm not saying there haven't been some spiffy things done, I'm saying that the Dark Ages didn't extend through the 1990s. The fact that a kid who's grown up with PCs being commonplace fixtures of daily life might see it that way doesn't make it so.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VMS End of life
Replies: 44
Views: 4128

Re: VMS End of life

Sorry, but I totally disagree with this statement. I personally would see the architectures and protocols that we have to use in web development substantially different but how you can argue that software hasn't had a significant impact on the 'average Jo' is beyond me. It's not that there haven't ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: VMS End of life
Replies: 44
Views: 4128

Re: VMS End of life

Well, that gives us a good few years to crack the license format and steal the source code...

Bastards. Like we need to be moving closer to a world of indistinguishable Unix derivatives.
by commodorejohn
Wed May 08, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Ray Harryhausen has died :-(
Replies: 2
Views: 1695

Re: Ray Harryhausen has died :-(

The world is a less awesome place than it was two days ago :(
by commodorejohn
Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: Hardware Wanted
Topic: Wanted: Macintosh Quadra 840
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Wanted: Macintosh Quadra 840

Yeah, I'm not really going for A/UX (if I want early-'90s Unix I have a Sun Ultra II.)
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Hardware Wanted
Topic: Wanted: Macintosh Quadra 840
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Wanted: Macintosh Quadra 840

I've kinda been wanting to scratch this itch since having an argument with an modernist Intel zealot on another forum a while back, but also since I grew up on 68k Macs: I'd like to own the fastest 68k model, the Quadra 840AV. I'm not looking for an especially mint-condition machine with a huge load...
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Apple
Topic: Ubuntu and Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2.3 Ghz
Replies: 3
Views: 1006

Re: Ubuntu and Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2.3 Ghz

Gnash works for stuff like HomestarRunner and Newgrounds cartoons, but it doesn't handle Flash video players well, in my experience. I struggled for days to get Lightspark to run on Debian on a G5, and that could play YouTube, except it was crashy as hell.
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Music?
Replies: 117
Views: 9769

Re: Music?

I listen to a lot of music (there are a few genres I can't stand and won't touch, but not many,) but I'm particularly big into '60s-'70s classic rock (and '60s pop-rock, before "pop" split off to become its own boring, written-by-committee thing.) Everything from the Monkees to Chicago (th...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A cure from casualware?
Replies: 91
Views: 5737

Re: A cure from casualware?

I need to play around with RiscOS on my Pi some more. The more Windows goes down the tablet toilet, the more I really want to find an alternative, but I've been burned with Linux too many times to consider that route. What I've seen of RiscOS impresses me greatly. It'd take some getting used to to n...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: HP/DEC/Compaq
Topic: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...
Replies: 39
Views: 4158

Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

No, I got mine from an eBay seller who posts them periodically for quite cheap. (Ah, here.)
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: visit to Fujitsu
Replies: 20
Views: 3908

Re: visit to Fujitsu

Nothing is dead and gone until the last devotee dies and all of the books are burned, man. Unless that happens, it's all just wax and wane. Right now, sure, there aren't many people paying attention to anything at the lower level. But there's still call for assembler optimization in performance prog...
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: visit to Fujitsu
Replies: 20
Views: 3908

Re: visit to Fujitsu

Don't get me started, man.

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