Another Sunday! Cool!

So, if you can now take a picture of a check and e-mail it to your bank and get the amount on the check deposited to your account, why can’t you do that with a picture of a dollar bill? I mean, fair is fair. Right?

SWMBO is off visiting her physically/mentally challenged friend for the day, so I’m puttering around the house. So far I’ve managed to not do too much except a load of whites, cleared all the really-left-overs out of the fridge and even some of the stuff that’s been in the freezer forever. You know, stuff you put in the freezer thinking “I’ll use that later.” and you never get back to it. Yeah, gone! Of course, it’ll be about 3 days and SWMBO will reach into the freezer/fridge for something and it won’t be there. She’ll come to me and ask “Didn’t we have …?” and get upset cause she finally was gonna use ???? BUT NOW IT’S GONE!

And, to top it all off, the cancel culture is now after “The Muppets.” And y’all are going to let them get away with it. This is like listening to Bill Gates on anything climate or vaccine or trusting Fauci to know what he’s talking about. Beyond stupid.

SWMBO came home. Yay! She told me that her friend complained that her microwave almost started on fire. We’d given her two of those metal thermos type cups and she’d tried warming them up in the microwave. Yes, sometimes OLD PEOPLE should be supervised while using technology.

Anywho, not a whole lot going on around here. Raining off and on and we try to time our walks between the drops. Building a LOT of virtual machines to play with. Love learning new stuff! My friend in Pa claims he got a version of Mac Os X working in a virtual machine so I’m going to duplicate his steps to see if it really works. Gotta download a 8 Gig file so that’ll take 2-3 days.

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Going Through Some OLD Files …

I find this message from 1989 when we called dBored BBS to get our “e-mail.” We used Relay Internet Mail Exchange (RIME) and would dial up the BBS, upload previous mail reply’s, download a new mail packet, and hang up. We had programs to read and answer the email then would repeat the upload process. (I even managed to do this while I was in Saudi for Desert Storm.)

=============================================Date: 12-07-89 (13:08)           Number: 9845                      dBored  To: STAN KING                  Refer#: NONEFrom: SYSOP                        Read: NOSubj: SHAREHOLDERS WANTED !        Conf: (0) Main Board————————————————————————I need some help here and will just come right out with it…As most of you already know, dBored is one of the best boards in the US.  Right now, our hard-disk space is causing a major limitation andthere is nothing I can do about it financially – period.If I can get PLEDGES totaling approx $3,000, I will install a 700 MB ESDI hard drive that will take us well into the next many years withease.  Without it, things will continue as-is…

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What grabbed my attention (again!) is the last paragraph: $3000 for a 700 Megabyte hard drive AND controller. An impossibly huge amount for an impossibly huge hard drive at that time. Wow! Well, my first hard drive was a 32mb hard card that cost $400. How times have changed!

Date Day. Took SWMBO to FPH in Port Orchard for breakfast. Inside dining! Nice! Was good and enough that I brought half of it home with me. Not much to shop for at Walmart so we wound up home way early. This afternoon we went to Taco Bell cause neither of us felt like cooking. We had to bring that order home to eat though. But I still got to eat with my Schweetie.

Playing with virtual machines in VMWare and VirtualBox. Got ReactOS, ZorinOS, WinXP, DOS 6.22 and Hamshack working so far.  Fun!

Already wish it would stop raining.

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Rainy Thursday. SWMBO Off To Genealogy. Biden Still POS. Harris Is Going Down.

I used a skill yesterday that I haven’t had to use in, oh, 15 years. And I still know what I’m doing! Fat, Old, Fumble fingers anyway.

SWMBO has a cassette with a talk by a woman she wanted to listen to. We have no cassette player. But I do have a thing that turns cassettes into mp3 files! Who’da Thunk? But, at the end of side 1 the tape broke. So I had to remove the 5 screws and disassemble the cassette, reattach the long part of the tape to the little round tape take up thingie, then reassemble the cassette. Worked! I saved the day! (Again.)

This is a skill the “now” generation will never develop. Although I hear that cassettes are enjoying a bit of a resurgence in popularity. Nothing will ever beat that little portable 4-track player I had as a teen in Yuma though.

My first cassette player (1968?) was an industrial sized (guessing 2ft w x 1.5ft d x 8in h or so) thing that weighed probably 20 lbs and only played mono. Recording a song meant holding the mic up to the radio/record player and remembering not to sing along. Or sneeze. Or worse.

After joining the Navy and getting stationed aboard a ship (USS Dixie (AD-14)) I could keep 3 times the music in the same space in my locker than the other guys, with 8-tracks, could keep in their lockers. Still didn’t make me any more popular. (My Mom gave all my vinyl albums away while I was in Boot Camp cause “You won’t need them anymore.” And my extensive comic book collection!)

Bought my first cd player in 86. It was about (guessing) 2ft w x 1.5ft d x about 8in h. Stereo, of course. Thing cost half an arm! First cd I ever bought was “Like A Rock.”

Yes, I’m a techno-geek.

I still have some of those cassettes I bought back then. Wow.

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