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  1. Come think, if you wanted to get super fancy, you...

    Come think, if you wanted to get super fancy, you could use one of the hacked text modes to get 8x4 or 8x2 character cells (80x50 or 80x100) and use the halftone characters in code page 437 to blend...
  2. Certainly possible, especially if you're willing...

    Certainly possible, especially if you're willing to compromise on resolution. resman's idea about using text mode is a good one; in particular, I'd go for the 80x50 approach, since that means each...
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    A lot of the built-in "RAID controllers" on these...

    A lot of the built-in "RAID controllers" on these aren't really full-fledged RAID controllers, but rather a hacky halfway solution that essentially does soft-RAID but presents it as if it were the...
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    Very nice :) Any plans for it?

    Very nice :) Any plans for it?
  5. ZZT. Not the first game-creation system/game with...

    ZZT. Not the first game-creation system/game with an integrated editor, but a fairly widespread and influential one.
  6. Micro-USB is certifiably the worst.

    Micro-USB is certifiably the worst.
  7. Uh, no? Q is assigned to the value of (A AND B)...

    Uh, no? Q is assigned to the value of (A AND B) in line 10.


    Yes, most MS BASICs support integer and floating-point, including CBM BASIC. The issue in question, however, is that at least some of...
  8. Yeah, the defaulting to floating-point math for...

    Yeah, the defaulting to floating-point math for everything is one of the most counterintuitive things about CBM BASIC performance - did other MS BASICs do this, too?

    Trying to think about the best...
  9. I'd at least check for actual evidence of mouse...

    I'd at least check for actual evidence of mouse habitation before writing it off. I've gotten things out of barns that were perfectly fine apart from dust.
  10. Yeah, assembly is going to be a lot quicker, but...

    Yeah, assembly is going to be a lot quicker, but in a pinch, you can rely on the same fundamental trick used to synthesize a XOR operation on architectures like the PDP-8 that don't have one:...
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    Pattern recognition. Your line of argument this...

    Pattern recognition. Your line of argument this entire thread (as well as in several prior discussions) has been "I don't know what you all are complaining about, it works great for me!" Whereupon...
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    I'm not sure why anybody should bother,...

    I'm not sure why anybody should bother, considering your response is just going to be "well, I don't have that problem, so it hardly counts!"
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    That's pretty loaded language for "nothing...

    That's pretty loaded language for "nothing personal," frankly. And nobody ever said that this happens all the time, to everyone. There are certainly many people who get lucky and don't run into these...
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    And if you're not using it in a professional...

    And if you're not using it in a professional context and this is no skin off your nose, well, that's all well and good for you, I guess. But that doesn't alleviate anybody else's pain. You asked why...
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    Well, let me put it this way: it's ~9:30 PST on a...

    Well, let me put it this way: it's ~9:30 PST on a Monday morning, and I've already taken two calls from customers whose network share settings were reset, without warning or confirmation, by a...
  16. Thread: TI 99/4a

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    I mean, say what you want about the TI-99/4a, at...

    I mean, say what you want about the TI-99/4a, at least it had an actual keyboard ;)
  17. Thread: TI 99/4a

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    It's not that it underperformed modern computers,...

    It's not that it underperformed modern computers, or even that it underperformed contemporary computers. It's that it should've been so much better than it was, but instead it was deliberately...
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    IIRC the VMSINSTAL utility on OpenVMS displays...

    IIRC the VMSINSTAL utility on OpenVMS displays percentage updates, but I'm not up on the history enough to know if that goes all the way back to the original release or not.
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    Huh, okay. The more you know...

    Huh, okay. The more you know...
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    I haven't had a chance to try running it so I...

    I haven't had a chance to try running it so I don't know about the specifics, but one thing I do recall from the "Bits of History" account is that they did notice serious UI bottlenecks owing to the...
  21. Well, not too well, considering they didn't...

    Well, not too well, considering they didn't control it at all - they never rolled their own PPC chips, so they were stuck with what they could coax Motorola and IBM into making. By contrast, they've...
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    Good question - SMB support goes back to Windows...

    Good question - SMB support goes back to Windows for Workgroups, but I have no idea how well modern Samba gets along with older OSes. FTP is always a good fallback, although it's more convenient to...
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    Yup - it's a real shame that so much of the early...

    Yup - it's a real shame that so much of the early history of the medium was lost or never preserved at all. Early cinema had its own share of problems, but at least movies had to hit film at some...
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    Isn't that interesting. I wonder why they went to...

    Isn't that interesting. I wonder why they went to the expense? Maybe just because Superman was such an enduringly hot commodity at the time? I'd say maybe it was done with an eye towards re-packaging...
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    Hah, I remember Dave Barry reminiscing about...

    Hah, I remember Dave Barry reminiscing about Captain Video in a column years ago. Always thought it would be interesting to see some of those early examples of TV sci-fi, but so few programs were...
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