Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: Jim....What's His name, Free Republic Got Banned at CompuServe And...
Posted on 07/24/2012 12:21:27 PM PDT by blam
Rush Limbaugh: Jim....What's His name, Free Republic Got Banned at CompuServe And...
July 24, 2012
Rush is talking about the early internet and mentions Jim Robinson and Free Republic.
Free Republic Rules!
This was a beautiful system well ahead of its time. The CPU was the Intel 8085 microprocessor. Memory was IIRC may have been 128K instead of the usual 64K RAM. Storage was two 8 inch FDD (Floppy Disk Drives) or On 8 inch FDD and one 8 inch HDD (Hard Disk Drive). The most remarkable aspect of this system was its video display monitor (VDM), which was a grey scale paper white background full page monitor in portrait orientation. The input system did not use a mouse. Instead the keyboard had a circular depression at the right end of the keyboard with a grey rubber bowl which was called a Cat. To move the cursor on the screen, you moved your finger in contact with the rubberized bowl. Output was printed to a Xerox/Diablo 630 daisywheel printer, whose chracter sets were changed on the printer by exchanging daisywheels and onscreen by control codes. Managers could then expand the functionality afterwards from a word processing system to a general microcomputer by purchasing additional software, such as the SORCIM Supercalc spreadsheet application software. Since the IT Department was not alerted to the later purchase of the software, they typically remained unaware or turned a blind eye to the use of the supposed word processor into a standalone general purpose microcomputer.
It was about this time 1981-1982 that the Xerox 8010 STAR system was introduced featuring a complete office automation solution. It featured more advanced paper white monitors with fonts (digital typefaces), laser printers (xerographic), CAT and Mouse, and an array of software producing the early forms of desktop publishing technology later incorporated in the Apple Macintosh computers. It was a hard sell for us, with the basic systems including a laser printer costing $50,000 and more. Nine years later the 300dpi resolution Apple Laserwriter printer was dsicounting for $6,000.
Then there was the Fortune 50 corporation IT vice president who vetoed the purchase of an Ethernet LAN and network operating system on the claim that only Token Ring networks would survive the next few years, and Ethernet was doomed! Two years later the VP was retired/laid-off and his multi-million dollar IBM mainframes with some still in their shipping crates were being pushed out of an upper story window of the skyscraper into the backend of a garbage truck to be hauled off for recycling. An accounting application for a multitude of subsidiary companies were moved from those mainframes to a personal computer when the merged company's mainframe accounting software proved to be incapable of handling joint venture accounting transactions. Throughput improved!
No way rush would forget his last name. Rush is no freeper. Neither is hannity.
John, you have the best Dad possible! I'm visualizing you on his knee. So sweet!
How about our clock? (Smile). I've quit looking. It no longer bothers me. Just saying....
Like him or love him, he is quite popular and does a lot that Conservatives can be please with, and also that are not pleasing to conservatives.
The same could be said for you, manc.
You obviously don't know much about Hannity’s past, so lets use this post of mine as a refutation of almost everything you said about him.
Badmouthing Hannity with scant knowledge of his past is foolish and detrimental to FR
My mother used to do this. It meant only one thing----RUN!!!!!
Google Chrome has made the FR clock in sailor (military time). Yeah, yeah, I’m catching on. I know the hours, so it’s become pretty darn easy.
Oops, ‘88 was an error. It was ‘86 when he started his BBS at 14. He was 16 in ‘88 and that’s the year we hired him at our new Software Solutions Company as a programmer.
“Im sure Rush meant to say Jim Thompson, didnt he?”
Yea that is what I was wondering
I have a son and daughter and used to call one when I meant the other. It must be common, one year my son got me a card that addressed that ‘drama’.
Rush is on the first name basis w/Jim, nothing wrong with that!
Thanks for all you've done for our country!
We sold the Xerox 8010 STAR Dandelion to corporations and specialty businesses looking for the flexibility of graphics and typefaces in 1981. See the photographs at:
Xerox 8010 STAR (Dandelion)
I just looked around FR a little and there it was
Yep, that’s Snerdly in the hat
I actually have hundreds of pics from the first ball that I took.
I’m gonna have to do a nostalgic pic thread one of these days...
Okay! In ‘86 at age FOURTEEN! Even more impressive and awesome!!!!
Rush has one of the best memories around. If he doesn't remember something it is because it is not that important to him.
I would go further and say anyone who can't remember the first name of jim’s son is not much of a freeper. There is no way someone can spend even a minimum amount of time around here and not know those things. Again - I am not saying rush is a RINO. I am just saying he is not one of us.
Yes, a nostalgic picture thread would be wonderful for those who attended and wonderful for those (like me) who couldn’t. It’s been over 10 years and yet, nobody’s aged!
That’s another grate thing about being a FReeper!
Rush, all your memory belongs to us!
the same could be said of me , er how so?
As for Hannity the man is a fraud , his sp caled hard working past was no more than a summer doing a womans yard for a week, and working on a site.
You can love Hannity all you want but since he hung up on a vet about don’t ask and refused other vets as well as me to talk on his show because we all wanted to discuss or rais ehte point about don’t ask just showed what a coward he is.
Also he has since said on his show he does not care who marries who and did try and take credit about the ACORN story when it was Beck who did that story.
Onyx you would have loved the cruises...Made two out of the three.
Yeah but his show’s so popular nobody listens anymore.
I got one of mine about the same age that wants to see me when he takes a week off this summer, but he just can't figure out when that will be and the summer is half gone.
These kids in their 30s and 40s live busy lives.
I bet JimRob is thankful for the free advertising (Rush is not stupid- he knows he sent a few thousand hits this way today)
Are you Rush? If so, that's why. It's the FR Disgronifier.
I wish Rush would send some fundage this way- considering all the show prep time we save him
Whenever I call my dog by our previous dog's name, he pees on my leg. Then I kick him and we're buddies again.
My kids don't do that.
Also answers the question “er how so?”
I have more respect for someone that can write cognizant sentences with punctuation and correct spelling than what ever it was you were trying to “communicate” to me...
When I was in 1st grade, I forgot how to spell my name. I copied from the kid next to me. Fortunately, we had the same name.
Where do you think he gets much of his material?
YES! I'm so happy you were able and that you had such enjoyable cruises!!!! One of these times, I'll have to try my very best to sail the seas with y'all.
That would be true.
Maricopa County Sheriffs Office.
Just guessing. Could be wrong.
not hate I’d say but more of me thinking of him as a fake and I’m not the only one as you.re not the only one who loves or likes him.
Why try and insult me?
You know I was posting to you, ah bollocks.
When Rush brought Microsoft into it and gave Steve Jobs all the credit, well, not one bit of it that I heard was true.
Rush claimed MS-DOS was in 1979 when it was first released August 1981.
Rush claimed Steve Jobs produced the first mouse. Well, Apple released IT’S first mouse in 1984...Microsoft released theirs in 1983. The mouse was invented prior to 1952 and several inventors as early as 1972 had improved on it. Steve Jobs wasn’t even born when the mouse was invented.
Rush claimed Steve Jobs invented the windowing environments and Microsoft stole it from Apple. Truth is, others invented windowing environments, but Microsoft had officially started their windowing environment in 1981, long before Apple released theirs in 1984. Apple’s GUI had extremely limited capabilities and was borrowing heavily from Xerox. So, who invented the GUI? Xerox made the first workable version, but many others had envisioned the idea decades before. The entire industry has contributed to the idea as we have it today.
One great thing about the computer revolution: Everyone had a hand in it. It is amazing that no person can claim an entire idea but built upon the ideas of others, making great improvements and contributing to the idea. Many made millions of dollars and good for them. The industry was truly a free market at work, but to claim any particular person, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, drove an idea personally, not hardly. They each contributed, but none made the entire idea themselves. We all heard, read, and saw the ideas of others and made improvements and that’s how computers revolutionized our lives, one great idea upon another.
Oh, I've done that!
Anybody hear Rush recently say that he’s astounded, confused and dismayed by anyone who is sitting this election out to ultimately vote for Obammy?
Okay, not you. But MILLIONS of others heard him.
Rush credited Xerox today with the WYSIWYG interface and referred to Jobs tour of Xerox Parc.
I remember a PBS series on the history of computing. They showed a clip of some guy demonstrating a mouse and icon driven interface. I think it was circa mid 60s.
Some videos from December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart at Menlo Park.
Using early mouse, graphics, links, etc.
Thanks so much. I certainly asked the right person.
He said the Freepers would give him hell for not remembering his last name!
Wow! A name caller. Why am I so unimpressed?
Woo hoo!! Looks like John got the clock fixed!!
See my post #192.
At the time Bush was an F-102 pilot, I was serving as a meteoroligist providing support to another F-102 Fighter Interceptor Group among other units. I had occasion to give weather briefings to the other pilots in his squadron, but never had an occasion to meet him. I know for a fact that the Air National Guard fighter interceptor group I supported absolutely did not possess a typewriter capable of producing the Rathergate documents. I have every reason to believe Bush’s unit/s got exactly the same types of typewriters from exactly the same depots as ours. Furthermore, I was using the IBM Selectric Composer at the university to prepare camera ready copy for publication in 1971-1972. The Air National Guard did not have or use those for any kind of routine secretarial work, and our fighter interceptor group never owned one.
My wife was preparing financial statements for her corporation, and they needed a character that was not available in Letter Gothic on her daisywheel. Since I was working for Xerox, I custom ordered a daisywheel for her company which replaced the existing character for the one she needed to print the reports. However, that was in 1981. Although companies could and did order custom type bars and type balls for typewriters in earlier years, the Rathergate documents used characters not allowed by the Air Force, and the typeface and character spacing were impossible without the use of personal computer word processing software used with laser or inkjet printers decades later. The Rathergate documents were very obvious forgeries. The way in which they were afforded any consideration of legitimacy at all was utterly lunacy when seen from the basis of experience within the offices of these air units.
WOW! Your post reads 18:04:33 = GMT.
I don’t know what you are accusing me of. Hating Rush? Loving Obammy?
Not hardly. I was just goofing with al baby who likes to goof on Rush.
My line (hardly hilarious I admit) was a riff on Yogi Berra’s line about some nightclub “being so crowded no one goes there anymore”.
Lots of Rush-baiters around for a guy to hate on but I ain’t one of them.