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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!
FidoNet, and Gopher! ROTFLMAO!!!!
slash.net too?! /s
In the early 1980s, I worked for a company that had the first two Amdahls that rolled off the assembly line (mainframes). But I did corporate forecasting on my Apple, using Visicalc. The code for for mainframe took an overnight run, with more than 5 minutes compute time (at $200 per minute). On the Apple, it ran for free. Either way took the same amount of my time. Should have billed the company $200 per minute, but that was job security.
I can tell when Rush and Levin have been on FR. They’ll discuss an article and argue the same points we do but we did it 1st.
They radio it best.
I notice this all the time and that many times they are behind us on subjects.
No more than 24 hours behind though.
The rest of the media are so far behind they are living in the past.
That’s my Mom.
She will run through all of our names, stop, get stuck and sometimes try some other name we never heard of.
Tried the dogs once or twice.
Funniest memory is when she went through the list, got frustrated and blurted “Tell me your name and don’t lie to me. I know where you live!”
It's show prep, but it's become clear during some broadcasts that he, or other members of his staff, peruse FR (at least the news items in the sidebar) during the show. Things that are here can make the day's broadcast with 10 minutes sometimes.
And taglines (like yours truly's).
Looks like a 60's Taiwanese knock off of an Epiphone to me.
Certainly NOT a Fender Telecaster.
All four of my son's names begin with the letter J (don't ask - long story :-)
I used to think my mom got tongue-tied when she tried to call out one of us (seven) kids, but you oughta hear me sometimes (facepalm).
The only one I consistently get right, is my daughter, whose name begins with the letter B. Of course, her middle name begins with J, which I dare not call her too often, for fear of mixing her up with the boys ;-)
That indicates IMO that rush is no freeper.
Baloney. Rush is very much a freeper. He has quoted my crazy original brain verbatim from here three times. I had each one tattooed on my shoulder blades like Angelina Jolie.
Ok, that last sentence was just a joke. The Torah forbids me to tattoo. Otherwise surely I would have.
The maharushie can quote me any time he wants.
“It was Prodigy, not Compuserve.”
You done did it............again.
Keeping my eye out for Buckhead. ;o)
Let us not neglect the WildCat BBS....
Was that mid-80 Xerox machine’s mouse already optical like the Xerox DocuTech 6135ps I toyed with in mid-90?
After her first corporation was merged with the next corporation and the first corporation’s mainframes were trashed, IT management threw a hot potato into her lap in the expectation it would be an excuse to discredit the personal computer transition project in the financial accounting department for which my wife had been made responsible. Much to their dumbfoundment, she solved the problem and reduced the deliverable from the previous thirty day reporting cycle to two days.
The task was to compute the latest pricing schedules for crude oil production lots. The application software used was Sorcim/CA Supercalc. The platform was an IBM PC-XT. The schedules were entirely too large to fit in the limited memory space of the IBM PC-XT, which is why the IT Dept. thought they were going to watch as the inevitable failure occurred. Instead, we studied the problem and came up with a way of breaking the schedules down into their smaller tables which easily fit into the available memory space. Then we learned how to use the macro language features to automatically load the spreadsheet tables in succession until the price schedules were computed, saved, and printed. The run took about 12 hours. With modificatons along the way to adapt to the later and faster computers and a changeover to Micosoft Excel, the runs were reduced to only 1 to 2 hours after seven years of use. The IT managers did not forgive or forget.
WX, thanks for some good info.
Yes, the Xerox 8010 was using an optical mouse as early as 1981, and not just the mid 80s. Xerox had their own optical mouse design in 1980.
ML, did you see my post #192? Sounds a bit like what you mentioned.
I heard of Modem Butterfly BBS. I was taking C programming class in early 90’s our prof said we could e-mail our assignments via Compuserve, he didn’t know our computer lab was connected to wide area network (Internet). In the Unix command line I used to snoop pressing w to see what other users were doing and try anything, learned to how to telnet, irc chat, gopher, ftp download stuff all over the place, at home I dial in to the university lab to explore more. Lots of users were online like 24x7.
Optical mouse back in the 80’s, wow! People thought the optical mouse was Microsoft’s innovation because Macintosh didn’t use optical mouse at first.
Missed it! Was listening, but then went for a swim. Oh, well, I’ll catch it on the rerun.
Kudos to all y’all.
Optical mouse back in the 80s, wow! People thought the optical mouse was Microsofts innovation because Macintosh didnt use optical mouse at first.
The first optical mouse was the Xerox Lyon's mouse US4521772 and US4521773, patent granted in 1985 but there were working versions a couple of years earlier than that. The Lyon's mouse used a hexagonal black/white pattern to sense position. Other later optical mice used a multi-colored square grid for position.
Around 1984 I built a laser mouse using IR laser diodes made by the fellow in the lab next door, they were otherwise pretty much unobtainable. I filed for a patent and it was granted in 1988, US4794384. This idea languished at Xerox. Standards for invisible laser beams in the workplace had not been worked out and I had other things to do.
Some smart guys at HP noticed that if you used my hardware and hellishly lit a surface with any appreciable texture you could get position information, and they patented that. Sigh, what can I say, it was my first patent and I hadn't learned to generalize. Got no help from the attorney either.
Logitec introduced the first laser mouse to the market when my patent had a year left to run. I pointed this out to the Xerox attorneys and they couldn't be asked to write a letter for the bucks involved.
OMG! That’s hilarious!
What is really, really amazing about Free Republic is we can go from a discussion of Limbaugh and his mention of Jim Thompson, to a total techno-geek discussion of computers. There are a whole bunch of very smart, experienced folks here who make the site what it is. Now class, compare and contrast us with leftist cesspools like Kos and DU.......
I have 3 boys and 3 girls and one dog. I often throw in the dogs name when mixing up the boys names and I often shuffle the girls names around too.
I've heard him say quite a few things in recent months and years that I'm 99% certain he picked up here.
I didn't notice when we met that your nose was brown.
Just teasing buddy. I considered pinging our MI list to this, but I guess it's not really Military Intel.
Although the Xerox optical mouse was standard equipment with the 6085 in 1985, I do remember seeing an optical mouse being used with the 8010 during a demonstration in 1982. Perhaps this was a demonstration of the prototypes? The experimental versions were being built in 1981. See some great illustrations and background:
Lyon, Richard F. The Optical Mouse, and an Architectural Methodology for Smart Digital Sensors. VLSI·81-1 AUGUST 1981. @ Xerox Corporation 1981.
Xeroid Binger (1967-1981) checking in. During my last couple of years as a Xerox suit I was in the Beta office for the mouse, the ethernet and the Altos systems. That was in Santa Clara, CA. I took executives from Ford Aerospace, Varian and HP on the corporate jet to Dallas and then on to Rochester to see all of these products in about 1979.
Being in the sales and marketing department we were back on top of technology with the 9700 Laser Printer. I formed a startup company using that product with the idea that we could eventually merge text and graphics. We had four software engineers working on that when suddenly the MAC appears on the scene.
And now the rest is history. We loyalists still use their products. We have the DocuColor 252 installed here. A very nice product. High quality printing with a finisher that folds and staples booklets and catalogs on the fly. We are 75 miles from the nearest service, however the machine never breaks down. As a former Xerox Branch Manager for Technical Service I can tell you that is a really big deal.
As good as Hannity was on Ayers and "reverend" Wright, he missed so many opportunities to really put Obama away. He rarely ever mention the word communism. Even when discussing Ayers and the Weather Underground, he wouldn't mention that they were communist (they themselves openly and proudly described themselves as communists). He (Hannity) would only describe them as "domestic terrorists". Bad enough one might think, but it misses a major component of what was happening then and today. He never brought up the fact that both "reverend" Wright AND the Weather Underground were proponents of communist "Black Liberation". Never heard him once mention the "Black Liberation Army" and their murderous activities. The BLA used to work closely with the Weather Underground. Together they attacked various police stations and individual officers, killing and maiming police officers in the process --all in the name of communist revolution and "Black Liberation" (commies used blacks in their attempted 'revolution", much in the way Charles Manson wanted to use them in his 'Helter Skelter' insanity). Weather Underground leader and wife of Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, actually praised the mass murderer Manson in one of her speeches to the WU.
I should have known there was a white-paper on the Lyon's mouse. Lyon was mostly working on chip-design methodology with Carver Mead (Introduction to VLSI Design, it was hot back in the day), and the mouse was kind of a worthwhile demo of that. We had a captive N-MOS fab and it was fairly easy for us to do multi-project chips and get custom VLSI in a run of about 10 bonded out chips or so per project for cheap.
I had the distinct pleasure of working for Tibor Fisli for a while. He and Gary Starkweather are the inventors of the laser printer, Tibor did the optics and Gary did the electronics and dragooned a couple of people for software. I distinctly remember Hal Murray (who did a *lot* of early router software) being involved. Their first model was about the size of a smart-car and would deliver 2 pages of black and white per second all day long. Big fun.
I, for one, welcome our new Cybernetic Overlords /.
The 8010 and the Xerox laser printers were the exclusive territories of the OPD (Office Products Division). Since we were the RMD (Retail Markets Division), we were not permitted to sell these Xerox products without getting our hands slapped for poaching in the OPD domain. We had some customers come to us wanting to buy the 8010 because of its potential for multilingual document support. OPD wasn’t responsive to their requests, and we were chastised for talking to them about OPD’s products. This was a real shame, because we saw tremendous potential for these early laser printers and 8010 systems helping our business customers. Unfortunately, the customers directed to OPD kept coming back with the complaint that OPD couldn’t sell them the laser printers they wanted for one reason and another. Xerox ultimately spun our RMD off to become Genra Group, and we sold and installed the first Hewlett Packard HP Laserjet 500 Plus printers, while the Xerox laser printers remained off limits to us.
Yes, Mother X worked really hard to urinate away a mountain of money generated by a 20 year patent monopoly on xerography. The tales are legendary in their awesomeness.
At PARC, the canonical term for management back East was “toner-head”, a noun. As in “Liddle David wasn’t a tonerhead, but he spent enough time in Rochester to pick up the disease.”
I wonder how the family with 19 kids whose children’s names all begin with J remember who is who?
exactly and for me Hannity is a fraud for the reasons you posted and I think he;s been wiht his elitist pals like Beckel that he doesn’t want to offend them and if he did he thinks he would not be on their friend list or go to their events.
Personally I’m sick of people like him who won’t mention what is really going on or are too PC.
The truth is out tere but every day i find people ahve no clue what is going on because they think the media is telling them the truth.
Looking at Xerox’s efforts in 1980-1981 from the point of view of office automation and publishing, it was exciting to work for the company who was bringing out the Xerox STAR and Altos. I joined Xerox and my wife promoted the adoption of the Xerox 860IPS at the highest offices of her major corporation. It soon came to be apparent when visiting the OPD offices that the people we were talking to were not expressing much confidence in this office automation concept, often describing the resistance of the IT management in the targeted corporate markets.
What did you see as a reason for Xerox not promoting the Xerox Altos in a head to head competition with Apple? Note, I realize Apple was not taken seriously at the time as a long-term survivor. What was the reaction you saw to the Apple Macintosh?
After our division was spun off as Genra Group, I provided the technical support for the Los Angeles region, and I qualified as an IBM technician and an Apple technician with the Apple Lisa and Apple Macintosh. We worked with an Apple prototype Macintosh equipped with a 5.25 in. floppy disk drive at one point. Why didn’t Xerox give us the STAR and/or the Altos and give us the opportunity to make their investment in Genra Group a better investment?
I'll bet they don't! LOL
I have read all the posts here. FR is a place to quickly find current news. Anyone can read it. Rushs people and Hannitys people likely come here to get quick news updates and likely, many others of all political persuasions do, too. As far as who is a Freeper in his/her heart, only that person knows and that applies to Rush/Hannity/Coulter/anyone. Ones conception of what a Freeper should think in order to be a true Freeper is going to be different than another persons conception. Now, we could fix this if one designated person, such as Jim Thompson, would get inside all our brains and turns the cogs where he wants them and lock them in place. Since that cant be done, we are stuck with individual freedom to think what we want. In my mind, I am a Freeper, how about you? And, we can post what we individually think, on FR long live FR.
I do have a complaint about the Freepathon threads they post all that delicious looking food and never deliver it to my house bummer.
I love it!
Jim got banned from CompuServe for posting to the Whitewater BB.
...from out of town!
...from out of town!
Yes, and Rush gets his new from the same places as FR. In case you haven’t noticed FR draws news from many different sources. FR doesn’t originate the news but rather regurgitates the news just as all the talking heads do. He and others go the same places freepers do. I seriously doubt Rush comes to FR to see what news freepers linked to just to get ideas for his show. He has been around alot longer than FR.
This forum is, in a sense, a plagaristic entity. Nothing original other than the individual freepers thoughts on any given subject. The news is not generated in this forum, but rather it is commented on. A little too rigidly here lately if you ask me. Alot of one issue individuals and not many big picture thinkers.
FR serves a purpose, but it’s no greater a purpose than any other political forum. Jim does great work no doubt, but some here seem to think that FR is a major influence in political discourse. With all the RINO’s that continue to remain in power, the influence espoused is a little over rated by the rigid thoughts espoused by many on this forum
Speaking my mind will probably get me removed from FR, but it is to be expected when one doesn’t conform to the thoughts of the many. For all the tolerance that is expected of people on this forum, many here are no better than the intolerant left. See in a tolerant society, people of all opinions would be welcome here for healthy debate. Heck, some conversions might even take place. However, when the threat of a Zot, or even so far as contacting a moderator to tattle on another takes place, well, there is not much tolerance for the thoughts and opinions of others. Yes, this is a conservative site, and Jim can allow whom he chooses to join, but when everyone thinks the same and opines the same, the intellectual intergity and stimulation goes out the window.
I am sorry to say I have come to a point where I do not find FR what it once was for me. For me, its not a place where I can find conservative discourse that allows for a good debate. If one doesn’t agree, one is not welcome. The threats of going to daddy and telling on someone for an eggregious lapse in conservative judgement is no place anyone should want to be a part of. Reagan was a big tent conservative, those freepers that say they are conservative do not convey the conservatism of Reagan. I makes me sick to my stomach when I see people raked over coals for supporting a candidate who may have one view contrary to conservative ideals.
I haven’t been a prolific poster or commentor, and very few of you would even recognize my screen name. I will be accused of being a troll, a closet dem, etc..... I have never cast a ballot for a dem. I served my country for 7 years in the United States Marine Corps. I have a copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence framed on my walls. I go to Church every week, my kids understand what it means to love God above all things. I pray daily and I work my tail off for my family.
I am not sure what prompted this little diatribe, but it is what it is. I will leave your with my tag line, which is every bit indicative of the reasons for the decaying of my America:
“For socialism is not merely the labour question, it is before all things an atheistic question” Dostoevsky