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Old Sep 8th 2013, 7:20 pm
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Originally Posted by jam25mack View Post

My parents bought a Victor (I think)
Could this be a VIC20?
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Old Sep 8th 2013, 8:08 pm
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When at Strathclyde Uni from '88 to '92

I am old.
I was born when you started Uni. Sorry....
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I was born when you started Uni. Sorry....
That's almost exactly the same thing I said to your Mum. Sorry...

(joke...sorry...)
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Old Sep 9th 2013, 4:59 am
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Originally Posted by Millhouse View Post
Download a lite XP (or make one) and install it via USB. I was running 7 year old laptops on that basis until recently and all were faster than my loaded with crap work PC.
You need a new work pc then.

My issue is I now run everything on ssd's my ultrabook goes from off to windows usable in about 15 seconds. Waiting the interminable 5-10 mins for it to start up just drives me bonkers.

The plan when I can be arsed is to check for any data I might want/need then reformat and reinstall xp, then remove most of xp then donate it with a few basics installed to some poor bastard who won't be suffering from 1st world wankerness like myself and who will be amazed at its speed.
This will in all likelyhood take a full day I don't have as the cd drive is dopey and the hdd so slow its physically painful.

I remember my brother myself and my dad pooling our money to but a 50mb hard drive for the Atari ST and the thing being bigger than the laptop above and about two inches thick.

I absolutely love how tech keeps improving and how fast. It's probably a result of better hardware allows more bloated software which spawns better hardware that spawns more bloated software ad infinitum in my direct experience I've gone from 16kb of ram to 16 gb and storage measured in bits to terra bytes.
My phone has more computing power than put man on the moon and it never fails to impress me.

I am however still waiting for my bloody hover board !
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That's almost exactly the same thing I said to your Mum. Sorry...

(joke...sorry...)
Mum didn't go to uni.

Otherwise a stellar comeback.
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You need a new work pc then.

My issue is I now run everything on ssd's my ultrabook goes from off to windows usable in about 15 seconds. Waiting the interminable 5-10 mins for it to start up just drives me bonkers.

The plan when I can be arsed is to check for any data I might want/need then reformat and reinstall xp, then remove most of xp then donate it with a few basics installed to some poor bastard who won't be suffering from 1st world wankerness like myself and who will be amazed at its speed.
This will in all likelyhood take a full day I don't have as the cd drive is dopey and the hdd so slow its physically painful.

I remember my brother myself and my dad pooling our money to but a 50mb hard drive for the Atari ST and the thing being bigger than the laptop above and about two inches thick.

I absolutely love how tech keeps improving and how fast. It's probably a result of better hardware allows more bloated software which spawns better hardware that spawns more bloated software ad infinitum in my direct experience I've gone from 16kb of ram to 16 gb and storage measured in bits to terra bytes.
My phone has more computing power than put man on the moon and it never fails to impress me.

I am however still waiting for my bloody hover board !
Don't remove XP after installing it. Create a lite-install package first using nLite.

As for my work PC. It's 6 months old, a crappy lenovo and loaded with more corporate security software than you can imagine. We are a notes company.
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Don't remove XP after installing it. Create a lite-install package first using nLite.

As for my work PC. It's 6 months old, a crappy lenovo and loaded with more corporate security software than you can imagine. We are a notes company.
nlite, thanks for that, i'd forgotten all about that. used it before on a netbook to great effect. Should save me a bit of time
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Originally Posted by OleJanx View Post
Could this be a VIC20?
Don't think so.

Just looked it up and I think it was one of these. http://oldcomputers.net/victor9000.html

$5,000 in 1982..... ooft!
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Originally Posted by jam25mack View Post
Don't think so.

Just looked it up and I think it was one of these. http://oldcomputers.net/victor9000.html

$5,000 in 1982..... ooft!
Coo! Seriously chunky tech! Probably weighed a ton, and does less than your mobile phone...
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Did you really do all tests involved and was turned down only because of the specs? Because in the military I suppose that they won't continue to test someone if the candidate is going to fail anyway.

Have you tried flying a civilian helicopter? Many people with specs pass a civilian medical. It might not be the same as a fighter, but flying low-level in a valley is not too shabby.
where i am from, long before I was of age, i was told that bespectacled boys can apply but would only be flying a desk
but I still went ahead and applied after college and was promptly told the same thing (I did apply for the navy as well and passed the preliminary but then didnt want to go)
if your in the airforce and your not flying then you might as well be the janitor as far as anyone is concerned so didnt bother

In the past few years, I walked into a few private flying schools to try and get some classes, just for my own satisfaction you know, but the timing was never right, work, family etc

I think I should start looking at some schools here in Dubai

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Well I think they (we) already have, who is in control of all the technology that controls the earth? information, nukes, internet etc
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where i am from, long before I was of age, i was told that bespectacled boys can apply but would only be flying a desk
but I still went ahead and applied after college and was promptly told the same thing (I did apply for the navy as well and passed the preliminary but then didnt want to go)
if your in the airforce and your not flying then you might as well be the janitor as far as anyone is concerned so didnt bother

In the past few years, I walked into a few private flying schools to try and get some classes, just for my own satisfaction you know, but the timing was never right, work, family etc

I think I should start looking at some schools here in Dubai

Well I think they (we) already have, who is in control of all the technology that controls the earth? information, nukes, internet etc
I went for officer selection at Biggin Hill in 1984 or so with the dream of flying Tornados, passed all the tests and failed on my eyesight, I have a latent squint - or rather a lazy eye. Was asked if I wanted to do any other non-flying role, I declined.
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where i am from, long before I was of age, i was told that bespectacled boys can apply but would only be flying a desk
but I still went ahead and applied after college and was promptly told the same thing (I did apply for the navy as well and passed the preliminary but then didnt want to go)
if your in the airforce and your not flying then you might as well be the janitor as far as anyone is concerned so didnt bother
Ok, but even if you would have passed all exams related to the eyes you might have failed for any of many other reasons. The tests for the navy aren't the same and the competition is not as stiff. It's obviously up to you but you seem worked up about your specs and the possibility that the specs were the sole reason for you not being a fighter pilot when you propably wouldn't (I'm talking statistically wise) have been a fighter pilot even if your eyes would have been perfect.

In the past few years, I walked into a few private flying schools to try and get some classes, just for my own satisfaction you know, but the timing was never right, work, family etc

I think I should start looking at some schools here in Dubai
Have you tried a trial lesson? It should only take an hour plus some pre- and debriefing. Please try both fixed-wing and helicopter flying before you might commit to any of them. You can PM me or maybe even better ask here on the forum if you have any questions about flight training.

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Old Sep 10th 2013, 7:57 am
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Ok, but even if you would have passed all exams related to the eyes you might have failed for any of many other reasons. The tests for the navy aren't the same and the competition is not as stiff. It's obviously up to you but you seem worked up about your specs and the possibility that the specs were the sole reason for you not being a fighter pilot when you propably wouldn't (I'm talking statistically wise) have been a fighter pilot even if your eyes would have been perfect.



Have you tried a trial lesson? It should only take an hour plus some pre- and debriefing. Please try both fixed-wing and helicopter flying before you might commit to any of them. You can PM me or maybe even better ask here on the forum if you have any questions about flight training.
well in all honesty, I always felt I would have made a good pilot, got good reflexes, good hand eye coordination from years of video games and I knew what an aerofoil was long before I knew what porn was
But in hindsight, I guess I would agree with you that statistically the chances of becoming one are pretty slim and even if one does become one, the chances of being grounded are quite high
I would love to have a trial lesson, fixed or otherwise although have had one or two unpleasant experiences in helis but that was bad weather
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