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    Good morning crew, readers, and lurkers, from 55f -> 81f and partly sunny skies. The coffee urn has flashed READY with Siderod blend. Six bells just rang, so this morning's special is Lox and Bagels with a smear of cream cheese, a slice of Bermuda onion, and a slice of tomato. Drab oatmeal as an alternative. Other beverages at the end of the line.

    Rained most of yesterday, and I spent most of the day cleaning up old computer files and photos. I'm a data hoarder, that's for sure. I hit some old program files that I wrote in 1981 in Basic, some COBOL listings from the '70s', and 360 Assembler programs from 1969. Yep, it seemed like I deleted a bunch of them. But, they were so small compared to programs that are current, it didn't make much of a dent in recovering disk space.

    I've got some errands to take care of this morning, and should get back to the bench this afternoon. I've also have some painting to do on a few engines, that have been waiting for months.

    Regular gas @ $4.79

    Have a Super day!

    Last edited by BurleyJim; 05-19-2022, 06:33 AM.
    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Good morning Jim and the rest of the crew. It is 54 degrees and cloudy here in S.E. Michigan. No rain expected today, but starting tomorrow and onward for a few days looks wet.

    We had our checkups yesterday. The big news was a tetanus booster for me. My hands are often in the soil, and with paper thin skin now, I often have cuts/scrapes,punctures, etc. The booster sounded like a good idea. Raising rabbits and chickens over the years until we moved to Michigan, that is one shot that I've always kept up.

    Jim, I started teaching BASIC back in 1968. My first teaching job right out of college, and none of the more senior math teachers wanted anything to do with it. Back then we were using teletype machines to connect to a HP computer that was located in a neighboring High School. Brings back memories. As for running out of disk space, just add an external hard drive ad infinitum.

    Have a great day!



    • BurleyJim
      BurleyJim commented
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      Haha, I had an old KSR 35 TTY machine in the basement that I used as a roll feed printer, and flipped 'the switch', and used it for RTTY on the HAM radio, and International news feeds. Getting that Okidata dot matrix machine was like driving a Mercedes, after I built the Baudot to ASCII converter. None of this plug n play malarkey! _

    • BurleyJim
      BurleyJim commented
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      Haha, I had an old KSR 35 TTY machine in the basement that I used as a roll feed printer, and flipped 'the switch', and used it for RTTY on the HAM radio, and International news feeds. Getting that Okidata dot matrix machine was like driving a Mercedes, after I built the Baudot to ASCII converter. None of this plug n play malarkey! _

  • #3
    Good morning Jim and inbound Crew. 56f degrees in So. Central Wisconsin. High yesterday was 61 with today’s prediction 86. Climate change!

    Driving along at 10:30 to drop the daughter, grandson and Terry at the Milwaukee airport around noon. The driving embargo is still in effect at least till my 2:30 appointment with the doctor today. I have a feeling based on the MyChart discussions with her the embargo continues as I know she already told me to cancel the Hawaii visit. Such a “cancel” culture.

    I generally don’t worry about the Stock Market. But, come on this is nuts. Institutional stock trading, ah forget it…

    Terry says this is an opportunity, she has been in a buying mood the last few days and last week. Personally I would go to cash and put it in the backyard.

    Jim, I delete photos after 6 months if Terry doesn’t want them on the external server. I can’t image keeping data from 81. I guess that’s why our world is so interesting

    Have a great day


    • BurleyJim
      BurleyJim commented
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      " I can’t image keeping data from 81.". That's how all the statues, and history are forgotten, and tossed.

  • #4

    Good morning Jim, Bruce, Tom, and all incoming crew. Thanks for opening up the lounge as usual Jim. It is the best way to start off the day.

    54 degrees and raining here in Rhode Island today.

    Modeling on the critter has slowed down for now while I toss some ideas on my next move, and not much more news for today, so until next time.

    Everyone have a great, safe and healthy day ahead. I'll see you all on the RR-L Forum.

    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


    • #5
      About 30 years ago, a friend did a back-of-the-envelope (or more accurately, scribbled-on-a-napkin) calculation that it wasn't worth deleting any file smaller than 10kb, because the time it took to make the decision was worth more than the disk space. I'm sure by now that would be 1gb... My first experience to computers was the terminal on a PDP-10 along with some programmable desktop calculators back in '70/'71. I bought my first computer in Oct '78. But I've had the same email address since 1986...

      Here in SE NH, it's cool and cloudy, chance of drizzle. A good day to work in the train room...

      Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


      • #6
        Drying up today after a mid-March like nasty drizzly cold soaking rain yesterday, high 43. Kept me at the model bench tinkering at dccing the GP30 I just re-geared. Teeny little leds and 1k resistors and shrink wrap. Very slow going. Weather today 80/20 clouds and sun. Warmer at least. May tinker with the bench stuff then outside to the “shop” and do some things.

        I need a tetanus shot, too, but my drive-by Doc didn’t bring it, or much of anything else, up in our blink and it’s over visit 2 weeks ago.

        Had a tiny little visitor trying to find warmth on the slider last evening: Click image for larger version  Name:	5425E4AA-9877-48A3-B65D-60927FF5A21F.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	36.7 KB ID:	994722​ All of about an inch and a half long.

        My first computer exposure was basic(?) or cobal 67-68? Go to the punchcard station, make a stack of cards, take a bus ride across campus to the COMPUTER Lab building and give the stack to the geek at a window. Then return 2-3 days later, get the white-lt green striped printout, figure out why it didn’t work, repeat until it does…things have improved so much, the little pad beneath my fingers can “blow-up” toss you the finger and time you out in moments instead of days! Ahhhh….modern tech, fubar in mere micro-seconds !!! Instant feedback on what a dope you are

        First real life computer experience was the LEIN, Michigan State Law Enforcement Information Network system input was with a punch tape that had to be 100% correct, no ; for a : or the whole thing would fail…took minutes of often frustrating attempts to get it sent, then it came back seconds, minutes, hours or days later on a teletype printer with rolled newsprint tear off ‘hard copy’. That lasted for years. I used to have the printout of the wanted message for Orenthal James Simpson for Murder…

        Everybody have a fine day.
        Last edited by k9wrangler; 05-19-2022, 09:55 AM. Reason: First time…Einstein timed me out, second time spell check inserted it’s devious will to make me look bad, even badder than usual…;-)
        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

        Cedar Swamp
        SW of Manistique, MI

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        • #7
          Good morning, Jim and crew. Tidewater Virginia is going to be in the high 80's today. We're going for a walk shortly while it isn't too warm.

          I received a steroid injection in my bad knee, this morning. I'm good till September.

          I know what you mean about thin skin, Bruce. I now carry band aids in my wallet and have some at my workbench. Taking a baby aspirin every day doesn't help.

          Have a good day.
          Flying is the 2nd greatest thrill known to man. Landing is the first.


          • #8
            I just tell people they're pointless generic or (geriatric) tattoos. Fortunately no 'never gonna get a job' neck tattoos.
            Take the red pill