2008 mid-year link clearance

Time for the semi-annual link clearance.

And, as always, the obligatory plug for my column in TechNet Magazine:


¹Yes, it isn't literally powered by RFID. I was spoofing marketing-speak. I apologize to those for whom this did not require explaining.

Comments (16)
  1. John says:

    Don’t you get it?  Ebay’s interface is designed for your convenience in order to serve you better.

  2. Greg says:

    "I created this strange file. What is it and how do I get rid of it?"

    That’s been my experience with Scraps as well.

  3. Yuhong Bao says:

    On the Packard Bell computer, what about some of the all-in-one computers of this era (the kind that had no expansion slots and integrated the CRT)?

  4. nathan_works says:

    Do you write the earmark (I think that’s the correct typesetting word for the post-script, about author blurb at the end of the article) for your tech-net articles ?

  5. mikeb says:

    Would the Ballmer Peak be a mountain or a hill in Great Britain?  And would it make a difference if I’ve already had a couple pints at the pub?

  6. asymtote says:

    The filler item finder is cool, and through the magic of affiliate links, earns its creator some money as well.

  7. Nick says:

    Thought I’d just throw out that I enjoy reading your column in TechNet. Often times it seems to be the only bit of the issue I actually read.

  8. Miles Archer says:

    Thank you for posting these links. Many are amusing. Oh, and I really enjoyed to link to the garbage lady story last week.

  9. Miles says:

    I think that eBay has fixed their interface now, I recently had to look up negative feedback and they let me just click on the number of negative reviews a user had received, and it brought them right up.  Finally!

  10. Yuhong Bao says:

    "This article was teased as "Raymond Chen  fondly reminisces  about working with the two worst computers ever made." This is a lie. The reminiscence is not fond."

    It is like calling the 16-bit days the "good ol’ days".

  11. Jonathan says:

    Ah yes, the Packard Hells. Here in Israel they were well-marketed, and somewhat prettier that the beige boxes you could otherwise find, so many bought them. Working as a PC technician at these times (1997-8), I remember:

    • One with a combination modem/sound card (Aztek?), neither of which worked in Win95.
    • One in a desktop form with a 14" CRT molded on top of it, cables still routed from outside. It was really hard to open.

    • One in an inverted-T form, where the motherboard would lie across the bottom, and the drives on the tower part. I think the cards hung parallel to the motherboard, from a riser board.

    But, my prize goes to a Pentium-100 IBM which I simply could not open. That was one disappointed customer.

  12. yadda yadda yadda says:

    Ebay’s interface is designed for your convenience in order to serve you better.

    Anyone who saw TopGear on Sunday evening will have seen the "Lane closed to ease congestion" sign, which reminded me a lot of "in order to serve you better" somehow.

  13. JenK says:

    Some photos from the Seattle Freeze are at http://flickr.com/groups/seattlefreeze/

    Seattle Freeze video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-FS4iXvfMk

    (One friend helped organize, another friend who works near Westlake setup a camera for the "distance" shots, and I took stills…)

  14. Yuhong Bao says:

    "- One in a desktop form with a 14" CRT molded on top of it, cables still routed from outside. It was really hard to open."

    There are better ways of doing all-in-one PCs than this hack! Apple did it the right way.

    BTW, the MacBook Air is very close to a disposable, non-expandable computer, it is just too expensive to be one.

  15. Thanks for the great reading Raymond.  You are definitely one of my personal hero’s.  <g>

  16. Yuhong Bao says:

    What about 16-bit fonts? Loading them would have the same problems as loading 16-bit icons.

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