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by jardino
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: How good is current AI ?
Replies: 14
Views: 632

Re: How good is current AI ?

This week's "Economist" has a relevant article at:

https://www.economist.com/news/science- ... ve-it-must

I don't think you need a subscription to read it.

Alan.
by jardino
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Net Nostalgia
Replies: 2
Views: 1833

Net Nostalgia

From "The Economist": "Logging off: CompuServe "More than a few netizens, particularly of the older persuasion, will feel nostalgic today. The discussion forums on CompuServe, an online service founded nearly 50 years ago, will finally be shut down, calling time on the mother of social media. Althou...
by jardino
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rapsberry Pi Cluster
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Rapsberry Pi Cluster

Thanks, tvjon. I've downloaded the pdf (5 pages) and am about to digest it. Here's the link: https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=The+Glasgow+Raspberry+Pi+cloud%3A+A+scale+model+for+cloud+computing+infrastructures&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gfe_rd=cr&dcr=0&ei=w88JWvW5JsaGtgeN1JVI Alan.
by jardino
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rapsberry Pi Cluster
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Rapsberry Pi Cluster

Thanks indeed for that link, Pithagoros. At first I was sceptical - why do you need 750 RPis just to LEARN about cluster computing? I've found that my little cluster of 5 RPis is sufficient unto my learning needs. However, when you see that huge RPi clusters are useful vehicles for learning about cl...
by jardino
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Forum time
Replies: 13
Views: 1308

Forum time

Sorry to grumble, but the forum time on the home page seems to be set at British Summer Time, not GMT.

Did someone forget to set the system clock back?

Alan.
by jardino
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Burning down California
Replies: 18
Views: 3166

Re: Burning down California

I hope you stay safe, Mr Heydt.

I visited your region several years ago and thought it was lovely - to say nothing about the excellent wine!

And we need you back here in the forums!!

Alan.
by jardino
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to make blue tooth speaker to work?
Replies: 29
Views: 14685

Re: How to make blue tooth speaker to work?

I am experiencing similar problems, using two known good bluetooth audio devices and both jessie and stretch.
Alan.
by jardino
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: IBM's world record: 330TB uncompressed data on a palm-sized tape cartridge
Replies: 16
Views: 1529

Re: IBM's world record: 330TB uncompressed data on a palm-sized tape cartridge

I have a question about IBM tape drives of the period around 1965 or so: were they able to read in reverse? The reason I ask is that my introduction to the computer industry was factory-commissioning Honeywell 204 series drives, which could read in reverse. I was told that this was a "killer" featur...
by jardino
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Programming Question
Replies: 24
Views: 3370

Re: Programming Question

I was in the computer business for nearly four decades and never had a need to use mathematics, other than arithmetic. When I got involved in programming close to the machine level, some facility in converting decimal numbers to and from octal and hexadecimal had to be learned, however. (In fact, du...
by jardino
Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is a PI 3 a viable desktop replacement?
Replies: 53
Views: 18115

Re: Is a PI 3 a viable desktop replacement?

I've been using my RPi 3b as a desktop for a little while now (just mundane stuff such as word processing, etc.) and am quite happy with it. However, I've been struggling to get it connected to my Windows network so that it can access network storage etc.) I'm sure I've seen a guide somewhere but I ...
by jardino
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What happened to British Airways computers?
Replies: 44
Views: 4179

Re: What happened to British Airways computers?

Not strictly a fail-over story, but here goes: I was once designing a multi-computer system for the Port of Rotterdam in the early 80s. The system was supposed to run 24/7 (it monitored shipping in the Port). At the time, we had to take the central database down for an hour every week. At first the ...
by jardino
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Lol- The joking thread
Replies: 345
Views: 53481

Re: Lol- The joking thread

Or, in a similar situation, the excited husband says to the wife - "Go on - moan in my ear".

She says, "You bought that paint for the kitchen months ago and haven't lifted a finger to paint the kitchen!"

Alan.
by jardino
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Snarky non-responses to questions - grumpy man ramblings
Replies: 252
Views: 26173

Re: Snarky non-responses to questions

Related jokes:

1) A plaque on a hotel walls says, "Heisenberg probably stayed here".

2) A man is alone in the forest, doing the ironing, and there is no woman to watch him. Is he still doing it wrong?

Alan.
by jardino
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PM and Banned Users
Replies: 24
Views: 3136

Re: PM and Banned Users

CarlRJ: In concert with ejolson, I thank you for your comprehensive history of Usenet. However, I have a question: where did CompuServe fit in? After signing up to a bulletin board or two (where one had to directly-dial the host's modem), I dipped into Usenet once or twice then gave up because of th...
by jardino
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: The state of CS in UK schools...
Replies: 27
Views: 3064

Re: The state of CS in UK schools...

Heater wrote:W. H. Heydt,

They have a poultry salary.
You mean they get paid chicken-feed?

Alan.
by jardino
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Raspbian as a main operating system
Replies: 32
Views: 4207

Re: Using Raspbian as a main operating system

Thanks again, jahboater.
I've installed and tried it. However, it seems to be fairly user-hostile (compared to MS-Money) and directed towards businesses rather than humble individuals like us.
Back to MS-Money - or even Excel!
Alan.
by jardino
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Raspbian as a main operating system
Replies: 32
Views: 4207

Re: Using Raspbian as a main operating system

Thanks for the tip, jahboater. I'll give it a whirl soon.
Alan.
by jardino
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Raspbian as a main operating system
Replies: 32
Views: 4207

Re: Using Raspbian as a main operating system

I have pretty well migrated all of my applications from my Windows machine to my home-made Ubuntu machine (Paint Shop Pro -> Gimp, MS Office -> Libre Office, etc.) I plan to do a further migration to my RPi-Jessie-Pixel machine soon.The one application I'm stuck on is Microsoft Money, which I use fo...
by jardino
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Welcoming to new members
Replies: 151
Views: 14049

Re: Welcoming to new members

OK, I'm nearly 60. What the hell is ASL? Above Sea Level. It all depends on context? And noobs don't have the grasp of context. That is part of the problem. True. As a highly-experienced IT consultant, I once got involved in a radar system for the Port of Rotterdam. I knew nothing about radar, so I...
by jardino
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Hitler on Git
Replies: 11
Views: 1457

Re: Hitler on Git

Thanks, Koeshi.
Alan.
by jardino
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Hitler on Git
Replies: 11
Views: 1457

Re: Hitler on Git

Well, I found it:- The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich - available on DVD. The first time I saw this kind of spoof was as a kind of back-handed present to my brother for a significant birthday. (No, he wasn't Adolf!) How do you overlay your own subtitles onto a film like this? Alan.
by jardino
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Hitler on Git
Replies: 11
Views: 1457

Re: Hitler on Git

Very funny!
What was the original movie called, please? I must have missed it.
Alan
by jardino
Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Solenoid valve operation
Replies: 21
Views: 2061

Re: Solenoid valve operation

Thank you for all the replies! O really appreciate it. I'm sorry I wasn't more clear on what I wanted to do. Is there some type of relay that will allow me to raise a pin on the Pi and put out 24VAC on the other end? Thank you. Have a look at this new product from ModMyPi: http://www.modmypi.com/ra...
by jardino
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Interesting interview with Chris Curry
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: Interesting interview with Chris Curry

Heater wrote:"small scale".

The QL was huge!
I was comparing it with the mainframe computers I cut my teeth on - with tape drives taller than me and disc drives the size of a washing machine!

Alan.
by jardino
Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Interesting interview with Chris Curry
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: Interesting interview with Chris Curry

When Sinclair launched the QL computer, the late Brian Pain and I formed QUANTA, the QL users group. I edited the group's newsletter for a few years. I still have my near-complete set of QUANTA magazines, stored away with my two now-defunct QLs. Having come from a mainframe background, I learned a ...

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