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Offline TK

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Re: This forum must be quite a go-to resource
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2018, 10:23:52 am »
I do wonder what caused the big drop in forum page views around end of 2017? Was that the change to the new server?
Another way to look at it is what caused the dramatic rise from the start of '17.
I vote for the Keysight 1000X Series DSO announcement and hacking attempt started by Dave
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Re: This forum must be quite a go-to resource
« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2018, 12:49:38 pm »
There was a period when the cloudflare/forum access issue was really common, I guess  that is the view drop period.

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Re: This forum must be quite a go-to resource
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2018, 04:32:21 am »
I'm *not* very "nice".  I have this very annoying habit of saying what I think.  This is the most amazing group I've come across  online since when the superstars in the Unix world still posted to Usenet and if you asked a question you were likely to get an answer from the creator of the program.
I miss the early days of news. Back when a majority of the people who had access were masters level candidates or greater level educated. I could ask a question, and get great answers. I often asked what I should be reading for various things I wanted to do. I lucked out back in '82. I had a computer math teacher in high school who very quickly realized that I already knew everything she was going to teach in her class. So she had me help teach the other students, and do various projects like extending a statistical analysis package, and add triggers to a relational DB core. She introduced me to the news system because I was asking hard computer related questions. I could find the answers to the easier ones myself.

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Re: This forum must be quite a go-to resource
« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2018, 04:52:27 pm »
I didn't get Usenet access until 1989 when I worked at the ARCO Plano Research Center.  I got a summer internship which required fixing byte sex related problems with a piece of code they'd gotten from Stanford.  It was 5000 lines of *almost* uncommented C running on a Sun 386i.  It worked on the Motorola systems, but not the Intel. I'd been running a MicroVAX II in a BA123 "worldbox" for 3 years.  By the end of the summer I'd read Bach, Leffler et al and all the related papers by ken. dmr and others.

I attended Usenix '95 in New Orleans, and already by that time people were moving off of Usenet onto private mailing lists because of the deterioration in SNR.  I miss the, "replies by email please, I'll summarize for the list".

Dennis, Evi Nemith and all the luminaries had made up fake name tags with the names of the two lawyers that were doing the greencard spam.  It was pretty funny seeing all these people in line for food at the evening soiree wearing identical name tags. I found myself in line next to Eric Allman and had a nice chat sitting on the floor eating with him and a couple of others. DMR had a funny story about an encounter in an elevator in which someone said something like,"Are you really Dennis Ritchie?"  To which he replied, "I think so."

A world long gone I'm afraid.  Like meals with friends at home rather than in restaurants.

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