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22 July 2004 @ 05:12 pm
If you thought Hackers was funny,  
You'll probably find this article on the history of PC World's tech reporting to be pretty damn funny. One of my favorite quotes:

50MHz 486s: Pure testosterone
“Remember when top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art geek heaven was a 33MHz 386? If you bought a 25MHz 486 for $7000, don’t read any further. You don’t want to know ... Extra RAM is $120 a megabyte.”

The article also includes the
Top 10 things that never happen on Star Trek:
1. McCoy says, “He’ll live, Jim.”
2. The deflector shields hold up for the duration of a battle.
3. The female alien leader declines to kiss Kirk before she sacrifices herself to save her civilisation.
4. A Starfleet emergency breaks out near the Enterprise, but fortunately some other ships in the area are able to deal with it to everyone’s satisfaction.
5. The Enterprise goes to visit a remote outpost of scientists, who are all perfectly alright.
6. The Enterprise crew are struck by a strange alien plague, for which the cure is found in the well-stocked sickbay.
7. Sulu and Chekov get to do something interesting.
8. A power surge on the bridge is rapidly and correctly diagnosed as a faulty capacitor.
9. The Enterprise is captured by a vastly superior alien intelligence which does not put the crew on trial.
10. The episode ends without Bones and Kirk laughing at Spock’s inability to understand a joke, and Spock raising his eyebrow.
roboduckyroboducky on July 22nd, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
ha! i like the star trek list.
King of the Voidabaddonx99 on July 22nd, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
I had to keep reminding myself that these were all NZ$ prices, not US$.
lio on July 23rd, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
11. Scotty gives Kirk an ACCURATE repair time estimate.
12. The Enterprise is outfitted with a bigger antenna, so Uhura will no longer have to "boost the power" to receive even the simplest transmission.
13. Chekov learns to prounce the letter "V" in ALL words, not just his own name.
14. Kirk speaks a full sentence without a dramatic pause after avery few words.
15. Starfleet Academy trains crewmen to complete missions without relying solely on the onboard Vulcan for every critical task.
16. Kirk shoots a planetary creature before it simply swipes the phaser out of his hand, forcing him to endure hand to hand combat.
17. Crewmen in red security uniforms return from away missions.
18. Random women do not appear in Kirk's quarters, because the doors actually LOCK like they're supposed to.
19. The ship shows some visible sign of damage after a battle.
20. Women who wear PANTS.
Nightwalkerhalfawake on August 23rd, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)
Er, hello. Hackers was a great movie, I loved it. That's a great article, by the way.

I'm commenting here since you've added me to your friends list. We seem to have a lot of interests in common, in addition to both being geeks and all. As you may have guessed if you read my latest entry, I have been gone for the past several days and just got back now. I just finished reading the entries I missed while I was away and I looked at my userinfo and saw that you added me to your friends list.

I read through your list of favorite authors and saw something interesting. Well, the timing is interesting any way. I'm most of the way through The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, one of your favorite authors. It is a pretty good book, though it's not my favorite, I do like it. I just thought it was interesting that you added me to your friends list right after I finished reading a Neal Stephenson book for the first time.

Any way, I'm going to add you back to my friends list now. I hope you like weird and long entries, because I tend to post them a lot.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on August 23rd, 2004 10:00 pm (UTC)
I read quite a few of your comments in the thread about bullies and decided you had to be a pretty cool person. Common interests and such - and the weird, long entries should be just fine :-)
Nightwalkerhalfawake on August 23rd, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, so that's where you found me. I was wondering about that. Did you read that entry I wrote a long time ago about bullying where I posted that meme? You're welcome and encouraged to read and comment on it if you haven't.

And thanks, you answered the question that was in my mind but I didn't ask directly. I was wondering how you found my journal and this explains it.