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  1. Some guy leaked out of a local bar and barfed. Then walked all over the street proclaiming it was the biggest loogie the world had ever seen. Somehow that got me thinking about the ones I smear on the underside of my desk. They usually stick for some 3-4 years before becoming so dried and shrunken and flakey that they drop off.

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      So,...A priest, a rabbi, a little person, and a Keatah walk into a bar...

       

       

      And the bartender says,  What is this?  Some kind of a joke?

  2. ..when a youtuber tell you Zinc has enzymes in it!

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Like Plants Crave?

  3. Installing Microsoft Office sounds like a nice nostalgic retro activity.

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    2. Flojomojo

      Flojomojo

      I know you're going to be leading the torch-and-pitchfork parade when Office goes web-only. 😛

    3. pacman000

      pacman000

      No, Flojo; that'll be me. :( 

    4. Keatah

      Keatah

      I continue to use Office'97 and 2003 as daily productivity tools. SO *I* WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE PARADE!

  4. I had no idea McDonald's could move so fast. Half way through a Double Quarter-Pounder the other end opened and it came out. Finished it right there on the spot. Binge eating without barfing! Now I'm hungry like I didn't eat a damn thing..

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Back when I ate meat,  I dabbled in Big Macs from time to time;  Tastewise not bad if ya add hot mustard to them,...But careful eating them!  Choking hazard, and then yeah Total Gut Bomb...Eating bubble gum, rocks, and raw cookie dough is probably easier on your stomach.

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      I did the rock and Metamucil thing some years ago. It's kinda like a snowplow going through an alley.

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I just made a veggie burger version of a big mac (if you will) and...Happy to report,  that there's none of the stomachular, bowelular, diarrheal, and hemmoroidal  problems associated with the real deal.

  5. Shit! nothing's working!! I tried playing StarRaiders at 2,900 FPS and it was impossible. I tried calling the Intel BBS for PentiumPro files, the damned number was out of service. What next?!?!

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Take a deep breath.  Crack open a cold one.  Then do what I do...Sit for about 15 minutes in dumbfounded silence examining your life's choices.

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Also...

       

       

      What?

       

       

      Wait!,   maybe I don't need to understand your Status Updates...  Maybe some things in life are better kept as mysteries.  No need to pull the curtain back.

       

      Hope all is well,

      Cheers! 😆

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      Mysteries are always a good thing.

  6. RIP Glen Devries

  7. Love Norton Utilities from the DOS days. Remember those colorful ASCII-text screens? Remember how we thought it was all bloated consuming more than 2 or 3 install disks? And even MORE hard drive space? And a 3rd party book for it was 500+ pages..!

     

    Today it all fits in a modern CPU's cache with room to spare - including the book!

  8. EMS or XMS! Which do you prefer?

    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      Doesn't XMS support emulation of EMS, while EMS doesn't emulate XMS? Otherwise I can't say I have a favorite. The one that has most software support I suppose, but if can emulate one with the other, the superset one would be my choice.

    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      That is correct. XMS can emu EMS. EMS is historically important because it was a ridiculous kludge and yet so much early software used it.

  9. Women are impossible to please. 11th gen CPU isn't good enough for Pac-Man & Dotron?

  10. Apple's new iCloth has a repairability score of 0. It can be disassembled into its 2 constituent layers, but cannot be reassembled. It also has a finite lifespan. As it accumulated stains and dirt the fibers can't be cleaned and eventually it disintegrates.

  11. I wish I could get corona virus and flu shots every week because they make me sick. Then I have the ultimate excuse to huddle up on the beanbag with a double blanket and watch BSG and eat soup and play Atari.

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      It's just the wishy-washy woozy blecchh kinda sick. Not the chunky rubber-vomit type.

       

      Definitely not that powerful spray of diarrhea which leaves a sticky film on top with entrapped bubbles. The ones that deform when poke at them instead of popping outright.

       

      Though there have been times when I generated stuff that'd warrant hazard pay for the maid. Times when Service Master canceled out on me.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      ...and here things had been going so nice,   What with the soup and the Atari ...And the Battlestar Galactica...

    4. Keatah

      Keatah

      It's all arbitrarily picked. Could easily be Ark-2, or CHiPs, or BuckRogers in the 25th Century. Maybe even Salvage-1! Could easily be frozen dinners or pot pie or pasta.

       

      "Atari" is a catch-all for any indoor electronic activity. Could easily be a Mattel red LED handlheld day or a couple of hours building those ScienceFair kits from RadioShack.

  12. Loving the cold wet weather. Perfect for vintage gaming and classic computing. Even better for reminiscing about the early days of MAME. And Stellar 7 and Nova 9.

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      MAME 0.1 came out Feb-1997. https://www.mamedev.org/oldrel.html

      And before that we used Sparcade. DASarcade. I clearly recall the debate about him getting sligingly upset about others posting it in SIGs and NewsGroups!

    3. Max_Chatsworth

      Max_Chatsworth

      @Keatah Did any of these universal arcade emulators exist *before* the internet?

    4. Keatah

      Keatah

      If we consider the modern internet popped into existence around the time of Mosaic or Erwise in 1992-1993'ish, then no.


      Computing power had to be more affordable & better than 386-33 levels to run emulators made in high-level languages. SoundBlaster had to be prevalent. Nostalgia had to kick-in.

       

      Pretty sure the ROMS for Galaxian, Frogger, and Amidar were first dumped in 1993. And the going price for a 486 system was first approaching the $2,000 price point.

  13. Tech is too much about statusing and peacocking.

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      The Statussing,  I mean, well sure...Statistically speaking some will always status, but the peacocking?  My God!  I think it's enough to be crowing about something...Maybe woodpeckering...wait is that a thing?

    2. bubufubu

      bubufubu

      @GoldLeader  Woodpeckering has always been a thing, unfortunately.  Noisy jerks!  *shakes fist* 

    3. Swami

      Swami

      That's what your friends told me about you, LOL.

  14. Building a period-correct PC means you get to experience the same issues as other people did 30 years ago. Not necessarily a fun thing.

     

    Many of those issues disappear in DosBox-X with the click of a button.

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    2. littaum

      littaum

      If you use DosBox-X, how would you emulate the slashing of fingers on razor sharp metal inside the case?

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      Replaced with soldering burns from making custom controllers.

    4. Hwlngmad

      Hwlngmad

      Gotta love emulation.  What a world!

  15. Recipe for a healthy lifestyle: Soda, junkfood, playing Atari, smoking.. Mmm-hmm!

    1. save2600

      save2600

      I always thought that was the Sega mantra?  :D

    2. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      "Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit smoking!"

    3. thanatos

      thanatos

      Sorry, I don't drink soda, I'm kind of a health nut.

      Beer and whisky and smoking and junk food.  Actually, less junk food, more beef/steak or fried chicken.

  16. NS-18 would look more like a **** if it had 2 strap-ons.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Ohhh...I mean, of course.  That's what I was picturing when I heard the word strap on.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

       

       

      🖖

    4. frankodragon

      frankodragon

      Do you think the makers of NS-18 were avid watchers of Star Trek TOS,  "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"

       

       

  17. TIL Helium messes up iPhones.

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      Apple said specifically the situation is rare enough that it didn't warrant returning to the original sealed Quartz Crystal Oscillator. There's a youtube vid where the guy puts the phone in a baggie and fills it with Helium. The stopwatch speeds up as the oscillator parts physically move shorter and shorter distances till it freezes entirely.

    3. Keatah

      Keatah

      This was discovered while a hospital had a Helium leak during an MRI install. The gas permeated the whole hospital, harmlessly of course, till it got into the phones. 40 types/models of Apple products stopped working. Android products worked just fine.

       

      I also understand it that dirigible crew and some hazmat responders shouldn't use iPhones.

    4. Keatah

      Keatah

      From the physical looks of the MEMS oscillator (SiT1532) it is a significantly smaller part. So the size savings is considerable. But also less accurate. I suppose the accuracy doesn't matter since the timebase is always corrected by GPS referenced against Cesium clocks (or whatever they're using nowadays)..

       

      The electron'scope photos show the part is riddled with access holes for manufacture. It's like an HDD, which has some 10 holes for probes and connectors. They seal those up on the Hard Drives. But not here.

       

      Supposedly the newer oscillators are sealed..?

  18. Anyone ever put Helium in their car tires? I mean like it would give lower rolling resistance like in hard drives and maybe even make the wheels lighter, so less gas.

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      Maybe my next ones.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      All righty!  See that ya do.   It's Good Times!  Make no mistake.    It's here for future reference:

       

    4. Max_Chatsworth

      Max_Chatsworth

      The theory behind the idea is not completely unfounded /unused.  Many higher end automobiles, aircraft,  and some race vehicles use Nitrogen in the tires, but they mainly do it since nitrogen won't add the fuel of fire/explosion as opposed to compressed air...and not for any sort of "lighter" tire.  Now, unfortunately many places offer "better performing" Nitrogen at a premium price, of course, with negligible/no measurable effect...and it's become a industry scam based on solid original usage logic....like so many things.  

  19. It's now October and time to start planning upgrades to MAME and our emulation system.

    1. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      Don't you mean time for stores to start getting their Valentine's Day merchandise out?

    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Time to try that one Pumpkin Spice Latte before deciding it really doesn't taste like pumpkin...

  20. Hear ye! Hear ye! From this day forward and every day thereafter, you will refer to me as Your Lordship.

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      But still fails more often than not.

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      It'll take some getting used to, Your Tardship...Wait am I spelling that right?  😁

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Boredship?

  21. I don't feel sorry for companies complaining about supply chain issues. Tis' their problem for building a house-of-cards JIT network. Their problem for outsourcing. And they don't give a shit, they just raise prices to make YOU pay for their mistakes. So fuck'em all! Fuck'em hard!

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      I mean companies don't need to always be scraping the bottom for minimal parts on hand. Have a healthy supply and slow down product changes so that that supply can be used.

    3. pacman000

      pacman000

      Problem is they're then out-competed by another company which did upgrade, which did use JIT, which did outsource.

       

      And let's not forget these aren't all vertically-integrated companies; if a manufacturing firm comes out with a new model each year, their dealers are kinda stuck stocking it. 

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Many companies could have used some of those record profits (from Tax Cuts, etc.) to pay for warehousing (of parts, supplies, inventory) then when The JIT Piper comes calling...They wouldn't be stuck paying the Devil his due...

  22. I so wanna travel back to 1985 to give my skanky-ass juvenile-delinquent self a MAME console. Just how cool would that be!

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    2. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      How about cherry pie, with a giant helping of cheese? :-D

       

       

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      ^Ha!  Can't get much cheesier than that!

    4. JamesD

      JamesD

      Funny thing, but band hated that song. 
      They planned on calling the album 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', but the label wanted another catchy song.
      You can see how well that worked out.
      Whoever goes back in time first... please warn the band not to write that song.

  23. Disappointed that Lyriq is RWD/300. But at least the interior looks premium and does NOT pay Silicon Valley'ish homage to iPads!

  24. Science you freaky! Now they're experimenting growing mRNA medications inside self-fertilizing tomato plants. Love it!

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