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Posted by Morris Dovey on January 5, 2011, 5:44 pm
 
On 1/4/2011 3:45 PM, Josepi wrote:


Think of it as a point of departure for those computer users who want a
wider range of choices than those provided by icons.


It's actually not a bad question - and it raises some rather interesting
issues, such as what will happen if people become willing to accept that
their capabilities are limited by/to the set of icons on their display?

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Morris Dovey
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Posted by Josepi on January 5, 2011, 11:26 pm
 
It ws always the brunt of gay jokes though.

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On 1/4/2011 3:45 PM, Josepi wrote:


Think of it as a point of departure for those computer users who want a
wider range of choices than those provided by icons.


It's actually not a bad question - and it raises some rather interesting
issues, such as what will happen if people become willing to accept that
their capabilities are limited by/to the set of icons on their display?

--
Morris Dovey
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/
PGP Key ID EBB1E70E




Posted by Jim Wilkins on January 5, 2011, 11:34 pm
 
Most consumer products have been like that for years. How many people
have seen the insides of a carburetor or VCR?

The answer seems to be that people like us will have more cheap
repairable equipment to play with. I've rarely paid over $00 for a
PC, including the 3 GHz one running Win7U. There were no 7 drivers for
the mobo hardware but I found some for the same chipsets in other
machines.

Besides, there are commands most people probably shouldn't play with,
like regedit.

jsw


Posted by Morris Dovey on January 6, 2011, 1:19 am
 On 1/5/2011 5:34 PM, Jim Wilkins wrote:

I worry that they /believe/ the label that says "no user servicable
parts inside"...

Back in 2000 or 2001 a friend of mine popped the covers on a TiVo box,
took one look at the small HD, and replaced it with a 500GB drive. No
user serviceable parts, indeed!


[ You're making my point for me. :) ]


So? How did /you/ reach that conclusion? Yeah - if you mess with the
internals enough, you're bound to screw something up. It's an
inconvenience when that happens, but how else can people learn? Most of
us are smart enough to learn to make back-ups so we can put things back
together again...

...and after all the reminiscing about small computers, this morning I
went tinkering (in a DOS window) and shrank my least squares executable
from 64K to 35K to make download faster for folks with dial-up
connections. :)

--
Morris Dovey
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/
PGP Key ID EBB1E70E


Posted by Jim Wilkins on January 6, 2011, 2:12 am
 
A PC repairman told me about fixing a machine where the owner had
carved off the IDE plug keying so he could insert it backwards.
There's also an occasional poster on rec.crafts.metalworking who
always wants to know how to do something dangerous that he doesn't
understand in the cheapest possible way. They aren't common, but AFAIK
they are the reason for the warning.


No, I didn't learn the hard way. I took advice that several sources
agreed on.

jsw

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