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Re: Is gaming a waste of time?

in Milliways
Not in small doses and / or playing small, self-contained games. We all need a break once in a while, and small games provide it very well, can even be a healthy outlet at times. The megaworld, ridiculously extravgant and "realistic" games of today, which intentionally have a paywalls in order to …

Re: When PC became soulless for you?

in Milliways
Yes, looks like we have lots and lots of apologists for walled gardens and corporate control, even on this venerated forum, which is purportedly and probably for an older contingent of 'retro' users. In other words, if the "corporate control" explaining away is this bad here, image how totally …

Re: club myce gone

in Milliways
The most important question is: Did anyone happen to make a backup or an achive of the posts? So much information lost at the whim and caprice of a greedy company. No regard for preserving the technical nature of much data which is irreplaceable.

Re: When PC became soulless for you?

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PnP was the beginning of the end. UEFI was the end. Quoted for 100% truth. UEFI is an evil thing which has signaled the end to "bare metal" as we knew and loved it. It's really really sad that things had to come to that. Now it's just one "souless" machine after the other in some company's walled …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

in Milliways
The digital commercial frontline of the world is a massive wave, pushing most people along with it. I've always been an odd-one-out in society, so the wave missed me. But it doesn't matter. I'm still here wasting my time rambling on about it. I've still got to go through life having it all around …

Re: Load DOS games from scsi Zip/Jaz drive?

in DOS
For that matter, you could play DOS games off floppy drives. As long as you load Smartdrv or another diskcache beforehand, it will only be slow for the initial load. Then, cached in RAM, the game will fly. Personally, I prefer running DOS games off a large ramdrive. I compress each game to a .7z …

Re: Load DOS games from scsi Zip/Jaz drive?

in DOS
For that matter, you could play DOS games off floppy drives. As long as you load Smartdrv or another diskcache beforehand, it will only be slow for the initial load. Then, cached in RAM, the game will fly.

Re: Pc printers get worse and worse

in Milliways
https://www.hp.com/us-en/printers/instant-ink/plans.html This is a really good deal assuming you have a printer model that is supported. This still seems very expensive. 100 pages a month for $6 or 300 pages for $12? Not sure just how many pages a genuine, full volume set of injet cartridges can …

Re: Pc printers get worse and worse

in Milliways
There's conflicting information here. Are there currently any (inkjet) printers which do not phone home and / or lie about ink levels and waste ink in "maitenance mode" intentionally, and are not chip-based? I think there are not, and I'd say stick to an older HP or Brother laser printer if you can …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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That Pacman requirement is patently absurd. I ran the emulated Pac-Man arcade ROM code at 30 fps in Mame 0.10 or 0.20 back in 1997 / 98 in MS-DOS on a Pentium 166 CPU, with 8 Mb of RAM. The video card was nothing special, I think a 2 MB ET6000 card. I got just as much enjoyment out of it then had I …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

in Milliways
I don't really hate modern games per-se, I just ignore them most of the time because they just don't fit my lifestyle. #3 I'm old - I'm almost 40, I'm pretty set in my ways. I like 8-bit sprite, grindy, RPGs where all I need to do is cast a spell or use some item to "warp" back to the castle and …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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Conventional mechanical Hard drives performed fine up until WIndows-7 from my recollection. Win-10 made Hard drives run slow because of the all the bloatware ( Onedrive, Google Drive, iTunes, constant updates, backups, etc. ) Very true. The real elephant in the room right now with mechanical drives …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

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(My 8tb SSD cost 2k mid last year I bet its more now with shortages and such) Now that I think about it, I would hate to actually own a 25tb HDD ..imagine losing that much data. Even an 8tb SSD is pushing it for "too much data in one basket." Must be nice. What use do you put your 8tb SSD to? …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

in Milliways
Windows will still support mechanical drives. You'll almost certainly still be able to install windows on mechanical drives if you want awful performance for some reason. OEMs just won't be allowed to sell such garbage to customers who don't know better. If the consumer wants to replace the SSD …

Re: DOS on a modern PC

in DOS
The moral of the story is: Don't settle for getting less for more if buying a new system, and expecting any dos or legacy support at all. Broadwell seems to be the last "good" modern CPU which is usable in DOS, bare metal. The Intel (IHD) onboard sound and the Intel VGA BIOS all work well, and …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

in Milliways
Given windows will still support booting for SATA SSDs I'd be a little surprised if they actually wrote code to try and detect the type of hard disk and output an error message if it wasn't an SSD. The problem is an ideological one; the OS shouldn't care which type of storage is being used. A user …

Re: Windows 11 - MS wants to get rid of HDDs for drive C:

in Milliways
If programs were "optimized" to reduce random reads they would need to have everything in one huge file. Every update would have to modify this huge file and then the OS would need to defragment said file and make sure that the file was not fragmented at all. This scenario is just no feasible and …

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