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Old 05-27-2008, 12:57 PM   #21
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All right, score of 73.

So who were Karnegie and Ritchie? Extra point: What is their claim to fame?
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:08 PM   #22
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All right, score of 73.

So who were Karnegie and Ritchie? Extra point: What is their claim to fame?
Karnegie and Richie wrote book titled ANSI C.

<snicker> I looked it up with Google.

(I believe Karnegie built a library and Richie tied a yellow ribbon.)
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Karnegie and Richie wrote book titled ANSI C.

<snicker> I looked it up with Google.

(I believe Karnegie built a library and Richie tied a yellow ribbon.)
Kernighan.
I got a copy of it (literally. was too cheap in college to buy the book, so made a copy of it. shhh...)
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:22 PM   #24
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And the winner is BigBob.

Thanks BigBob. I pulled names out of fossilized memory. I used to have the book, Gave it to a budding C programmer many years ago.
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For my fossilized geek story, I used to wind the toroid cores used for memory bits, and solder them to the circuit boards to create bytes of memory. IIRC one card held 32 bits of memory. That's bits, not B or kB. Not unusual to have a stuck bit in memory, that required removal and replacement of the toroid core. Never found the original "bug", but did find a lot of other pests (mice and such) in the wiring. And the heat from the vacuum tubes made it difficult to keep from sweating on the guts of the box, when diagnosing problems.
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87% which I think overstates my real current geekness. As teenager and right out of college I was a classic geek. But since retiring, my desire and for new tech toys has dropped considerable, but my historical knowledge of computers still remains.

Attended a lecture by Richie in college. Still fondly recal programming a space war game on an HP 65. The coolest was my best friend in High Schools IMSAI computer which we programmed in binary using toggle switches on the front panel.
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Whitestick's core windings reminded me of a networking class I was in. The instructor was blathering on about memory increases in modern computers.

At some point he was asking some question about how much core memory was was in an IBM pc. Me, being a wisea$$, said out loudly, NONE.

Visibly annoyed, he wanted to know why I said that. So I explained about magnetic memory vs ICs. But of course he knew that.

He was not amused, the rest of the class was cracking up. I was the oldest fart in the class.
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What else can I say... Ah yes, I am sitting in Spain right now using my laptop to post on my favorite board... Geeks I tell you...
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Female, 2 computers, one of which is dual boot...
Sounds intriguing-- where did you get her?
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I build my own home electronics, amplifiers and speakers. Love to read a good biography, science fiction and horror. Own the following on DVD or VHS: all of Star Trek TOS, and most of Trek Next Generation, all of the original Star Wars, seasons 1-3 of Sliders, every Planet of the Apes movie and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In addition I live in Idaho, drive a 1990 Toyota 4x4, have a Black Lab that loves to ride in the back, and own a fishing boat.

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My score:
Overall, you scored as follows:
49% scored higher (more computer geeky),
1% scored the same, and
50% scored lower (less geeky).
Compared to those in the same age group as you:
58% scored higher (more computer geeky),
1% scored the same, and
41% scored lower (less geeky).

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Yikes! I am way out of my element here.....own one laptop...still figuring out what it's capabilities are! Never learned to program a VCR! Not into Sci-fi......I feel left out!
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I build my own home electronics, amplifiers and speakers. Love to read a good biography, science fiction and horror. Own the following on DVD or VHS: all of Star Trek TOS, and most of Trek Next Generation, all of the original Star Wars, seasons 1-3 of Sliders, every Planet of the Apes movie and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In addition I live in Idaho, drive a 1990 Toyota 4x4, have a Black Lab that loves to ride in the back, and own a fishing boat.

I am a HickGeek!
You know you're a redneck geek when your computer is worth more than your pickup truck.
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For the geeky factor, forgot to count computers, lemme see:

1 electronics workshop,dell workstation
1 on my desk, dell laptop
1 in suburban, toshiba; navigation, OBDII engine monitor and logger software, wireless through old cellular antenna.
1 in basement, toshiba laptop 286 win 95, weather monitor, weather server
1 Dell on DW's desk
So 5 in household all networked.

Usually take laptop from desk when heading out with travel trailer.

Think maybe should go with the big dell workstation as a server and a bunch of dumb terminals? Nah.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:26 PM   #35
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Sounds intriguing-- where did you get her?
Lol, I suppose you could read it that way. Only reason I added gender is no one ever believes that any girls like having the electronic toys as much as the guys. You should hear people when my husband tries to explain, "no really, all the toys are for wife, not me"
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I think I deserve a little better score: played ascii Star Trek on a home-built computer my brother had; owned (and programmed) a TI 99-4A; owned a Tandy-1000; took Basic and Fortran in college, on an old teletype terminal (never had the misfortune to use punch cards); programmed process equipment using a processor programmable with switches and thumbwheels; no expert, but taught myself html...

Maybe geek apprentice.

Can add memory, hard drives, etc. But these days, I prefer to press "go", and have the damned thing go...

Don't like to work on cars anymore, either.
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HFWR, that is all fine, but did you play Pong? On black and white TV?
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Can you be a geek without programming skills? I remember using punch cards and paper tape, and had a "portable" compaq computer that weighed 30 pounds and had no hard drive. My geekiness is more in the sci fi, molecular biology, neuroimmunology vein. I guess I'm a wannabe *sigh*
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