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Harry, I say ya done good! yes its a adjustment and it needs some tweaking but its still here! if you would have just dumped it there would have been much more bitching but on deaf ears!
Harry, definitely go be with your family for the holidays! One of the reasons I’m not a Sysadmin anymore is it was sucking away too much of my life, and wrecking my sleep due to the screwy hours. Everyone yelling to go faster and the “why isn’t it working” didn’t help either. I totally understand.Give me TIME, please. You cannot imagine what I've just been through!
Besides, it's Christmas and the whole family is here and I'm in my MAN CAVE on Smokstak.
Maybe sunglasses will help Billy?? If not at least he will look cool wearing themI just talked with Billy on the phone. He has a Gateway brand of a computer with a separate monitor, about five years old. Surely there must be a brightness and contrast knob on that monitor to dial in a more friendly screen appearance. I told him not to overlook the control (Ctrl) key and the mouse wheel to dial in the type size that he needs.
If you don't get out much and you landed in the middle of the big city, there might be a problem. You won't know where you are and most everything would be eye-popping compared to small-town America. I have traveled the entire country and came away with the opinion that big cities are like toilets in dire need of flushing. New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Saint Louis, Kansas City, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco, you can have them all and if you lived there, you would know it like the back of your hand. On the other hand, if you lived in Hillsboro, North Dakota, you would know every street and everybody, It might even get boring after a while.
Computers and software are much alike. I started at the beginning when the microprocessor was invented. I built my own in 1976 out of circuit boards, sockets and small parts to be soldered in from baggies of individual parts. The chips came inside molded plastic tubes for safe storage. The software came on cassette tapes to be loaded into an 8K memory board. The display screen was 16 lines of 32 characters.
It was simple back then and fortunately so that I didn't become overwhelmed. I was programming in Octal or Hexadecimal codes to make programs or subroutines. I needed a printer so I got a used IBM Selectric typewriter and placed solenoids underneath, six to control the letter codes, one for space and one for carriage return. I wrote the coded routines to feed it from an eight-bit parallel port out of the computer. It worked and it was my printer for a long time. Then the new faster dot matrix printers came out and they were a luxury item. I could go on and on with this, but one more was to connect an early hand calculator chip to the parallel port so that the computer could feed numbers to it and have it add, subtract, multiply and divide floating-point numbers and feed the answer back to the computer. Back then we did have a Basic programming language, but it could not do floating-point numbers. ENOUGH! You can obviously see that we have come a long way!
If you came from that era and were immediately dropped into the modern world of electronics, you would flip out. We just came from vBulletin that was invented 15 or 20 years ago to XenForo that was invented 10 years ago and is now on its second version. I like it when hardware or software has been around long enough to get the bugs worked out. You can never know everything and if you could, it would become extremely boring and I like hardware and software that has a future. The next 100 years will be insanely complex if we don't blow ourselves up or get hit with a massive meteor. It would be overwhelming to see it.
I recall taking RPG II, FORTRAN and COBOL in my high school data processing class. Using those same 80 column punch cards. Also writing programs and having to use that large gommy patch panel in order to “teach” the card reader what to do so your program would run as you hoped.I got left in the dust many, many years ago. I started out taking "data processing" in high school. It was IBM cards, even though they were obsolete at the time.......