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About jadad

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    I broke 10 posts and all I got was this lousy title!
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  1. This guy here talks about using VoIP to connect to a dial-in BBS. http://www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/161 He got it to work but it sounds like he had a lot of problems with lag.
  2. Windows Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek is the best current up to date book that includes .BAT file programming info. Having said that, .BAT files are pretty brain dead and you would be better off learning about them via online tutorials and saving your money for a book on C, ASM or something else that is more difficult and would be helped by having an actual book to learn from.
  3. Delphi (and Pascal) is fucking awesome. I sometimes wonder what the programming landscape would look like if instead of so many popular languages being C derivatives, they had instead followed the Pascal way of doing things. To my eyes even the cleanest C code looks like an ugly mess where as Pascal code usually looks very readable to me.
  4. It was probably around 1984 and I had a Timex Sinclair computer. When you turned it on it booted into an editor to create programs in ROM-BASIC. You had to copy any programs you made to a cassette tape as the computer had no storage of its own. I had the source code to a Defender clone that I had typed (took days of typing and debugging all the typos) in and could play. I modified the source code so that there were no enemies in the game, modified it so that there were these big "buildings" in the game that you could crash your ship into and had to dodge. Basically I hacked the game into a completely different game with a different style of game play, different scoring system, etc. That was my first hack.
  5. I wouldn't worry about it. Back in the mid nineties I got an associates degree in information systems and did pretty well for myself with it. A few months ago I quit working in IT because I am completely sick of the entire tech field. Now, in retrospect, I am glad that I didn't spend the extra 2 years and tens of thousands of dollars getting a Bachelors degree.
  6. After working in the IT field for well over a decade I quit IT for good this summer. I had become so burned out and sick of computing that I figured that after leaving IT I would never want to touch another computer again. To my surprise, now that some months have passed since quitting IT, I am finding that my interests in computing and the h/p scene is slowly coming back. So as far as projects, I am trying to get the basics of how Slackware does things down (currently running it in a VM) and once I feel competent with it I will install it on my main laptop as my main OS.
  7. Better yet, create your own labels for the disks. I remember back in the day trading disks of pirated software by snail mail and getting disks where the person had printed out their own labels with their own logos and stuff. I distinctly remember one that had a Frank Frazzetta type picture printed on it with a Conan type guy, bikini clad girl, etc, along with the groups name, group members names, BBS name and number, etc. Those are the type of things that seem to have been lost for the ages. It would be cool if someone out there who actually has old disks with labels like those were to scan them and upload them somewhere.
  8. Around 2004/2005 I had an old Toshiba laptop with a floppy drive and a hard drive that was definitely less than 1GB in size. It had a B&W monochrome screen that was around 9" I think. It probably had around 8MB of RAM and less than a 200MHz processor. I put FreeDOS on it along with a decent character mode text editor (maybe Wordstar?) and pretty much used the laptop as a textfile reader. I would download .txt format books from Project Gutenberg and read them in bed with the laptop.
  9. My employer pays for certs/training so I have craploads of certs. Out of he certs you listed in the OP I have CompTIA A+, Security+ and Linux+. A+ was ridiculously easy. I took both tests without studying for them. I believe that the Linux+ test has changed since I took it. But when I took it, it was almost all questions about different commandline switches with some oddball stuff thrown in that had nothing specific to do with Linux (basic OS agnostic questions regarding DNS and the like). I barely passed it with minimal studying, I have poor memory and am not the kind of person who memorizes commmandline switches unless they are for something that I constantly use like ls -al or ping -t. Security+ was absolutely braindead. Probably the easiest test I ever took. While on the topic of Comptia tests. I also took Server+ and Network+. Network+ was also incredibly easy. I deal with servers on a daily basis so I though Server+ was also pretty easy but I can see where it would trip someone up who is not dealing with servers on a daily basis. All in all, I guess what I am trying to say is that Comptia tests are totally easy and entry level. The only reason that I took them all is because someone else was paying for them and I got to take the day off work whichever days I had the tests scheduled for. I don't know if any of that helps or not, but that's my 2 cents.
  10. But Citrix purchased XenSource not Xen. XenSource is (was) a company that made a really awesome product based on the Xen hypervisor but they absolutely did not own or have any legal claim to the Xen hypervisor being their own. Most of What XenSource did was just take the open source Xen and add their own proprietary stuff to it that did stuff like allowed shared resource pools between VM's, and gave it a an easy to use GUI that makes it a lot easier to use than the standard open source Xen package. They are not in a position to make the Xen hypervisor closed source anymore than Sharp is in a position to make the Linux kernel closed source because theyv'e used it in their products.