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Sat, 23 Oct 2021 22:01:18 -0000

My late neighbour, Walter Harris, had a PC running Vista. He used it for email and for writing books and articles, but its workings may as well have been magic. It had been set up for him by our local PC expert. When things went wrong I would be fetched, since I live on the other side of the road, and usually, after much head-scratching, and many oaths, I was able to set him back in the saddle. Otherwise the expert had to be called, which was costly. Mrs Thatcher once invited Walter to lunch because he had written a book about Britain’s first (fictional) female prime-minister long before she came to power.

Filing system improvements (step 3)

Sat, 23 Oct 2021 21:47:47 -0000

Also, if BASIC applications are going to manipulate such files, then BASIC will need a 64 bit integer data type.

Fetchez la vache!

Sat, 23 Oct 2021 21:38:29 -0000

Yet there are a bagful of European languages that are as near as dammit completely orthographic, excepting slang and local dialects. Hear a word, you know how it is spelled; see a word, you know how it sounds. Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Welsh, German, … – even Danish. I am tempted to think that a good deal of the funny pronunciations of towns and villages in England have the mischievous purpose of teasing the grockles. Take Beaumaris in Anglesey, for example. I like to pronounce it Beamers . What the locals call it I have no idea.

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Sat, 23 Oct 2021 21:28:07 -0000

I marvelled at the semi translucent effects, and wondered how much processing power was being spent on making it look nice.
(I am such a nerd)

I found it interesting how much you could speed up the GUI by killing the Themes service

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Sat, 23 Oct 2021 21:03:49 -0000

I would add “you don’t think the OED would add a word like kool, do you?”, but it seems the OED is now behind a paywall.

OED does not have “kool”.

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Sat, 23 Oct 2021 20:59:04 -0000

Odd or catchy spelling started, I think, with the rise of advertising in the 1930s. The hippy movement in the 60s pushed it further, especially in the naming of Pop groups and record labels. Procol Harum not Procul ; Inglorious Basterds not Bastards . Do your own thing sums it up. To use conventional spelling, that was square. At least that is my analysis of the phenomenon. Commerce soon aped this trend, though I am not sure whether trade-names count as words. Now we are all doing our own thing, are we not? <vibrato>I do it my way.</vibrato> Yuck! Who needs to be understood, or love language, in the age of false news?

Filing system improvements (step 3)

Sat, 23 Oct 2021 20:30:35 -0000

I was reading the content of the bounty, and it occurs to me that since it mentions 64b file size, a new 64b API for FileSwitch should be mentioned in the list of deliverables.

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Sat, 23 Oct 2021 20:29:51 -0000

That is the accepted spelling

Funny how the Merriam-Webster website says it doesn’t exist.
I chose that source specifically because it was American.

I would add “you don’t think the OED would add a word like kool, do you?”, but it seems the OED is now behind a paywall.

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Sat, 23 Oct 2021 20:24:35 -0000

I only used Vista once. I marvelled at the semi translucent effects, and wondered how much processing power was being spent on making it look nice.
(I am such a nerd)

!Paint 2.42, 'Show tools' broken with MoreDesk

Sat, 23 Oct 2021 20:10:59 -0000

But in this instance hasn’t MoreDesk redefined the limits of the screen that Paint (and other applications) should be keeping windows ‘on’ ?

Do such limits exits? It is probable they are assumed by the Wimp to be [0, screen width << EX factor[ and [0, screen height << EY factor[ .

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Sat, 23 Oct 2021 20:09:14 -0000

So… RISC OS Vista

Hmmm, Vista?
So, you’re saying this would be a version of RO that everyone happily forgets?