After Hours

TR Out Loud - Feb. 15, 2008

Welcome back to TR Out Loud! I hope you are as eager to hear this new edition as we were to record it. There are quite a few shout-outs to regular members and a couple to newbies, as well. Listen in to find out if you're a "sweet biscuit" or on the ShhhIT List!

Podcast

Welcome back to TR Out Loud! I hope you are as eager to hear this new edition as we were to record it. There are quite a few shout-outs to regular members and a couple to newbies, as well. Listen to the podcast to find out if you're a "sweet biscuit" or on the ShhhIT List!

Questions of the Week:

What was your first computer-like device?

Or...

What did the first program you created, outside a class assignment, do?

Send your answers to enews3@cnet.com or call toll free (866)-414-CNET (2638). Keep your answers under 30 seconds, or we won't consider them! If we use your answer in next week's show, you'll get some TR gear, like T-shirts, mugs, etc.

Don't like what you hear? Tell us in this blog's discussion. Feel free to give us suggestions for improving the show, features you'd like to hear, or whatever strikes your fancy!

Notes: Top discussion threads: Who has the most "Thumbs Up" in the TR Questions arena? Question of the Week: Provided by TheChas. "Sweet Biscuits:" ShhhIT List
  • ThumbsUp2 (Calm down!)
  • Inky960 (Welcome to TR. Don't get scared and run away yet. Wait until something really scary happens!)
  • rcottrell88 (No, kiss MY spam!)
Tribute to Palmetto:

We know what you wrote, and we secretly loved it!

22 comments
Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I applaud Jessie for her work promoting fund raising for cancer research. I had a friend of mine's daughter get cancer a couple years ago. They successfully removed it, but she still has residual chronic pain and some weakness in her legs from treatment. One of her biggest emotional trauma's, like many cancer victims, was the loss of her beautiful long auburn hair from the chemotherapy. So in additon to American Cancer Society donations, I went on a multi-year quest to grow my own hair out long enough to donate. Mousey-brown, dead-straight, and with a few gray strands, I'll probably be donating to Pantene Beautiful Lengths as they have the least stringent criteria on gray hair. Already past their minumum requirement of 8 inches, but I'd prefer to give a full foot. (Gives me a better selection to remove any gray before sending.) Plus, a $100 check may be more appreciated than just the hair.

TheChas
TheChas

First off, I want to thank Beth and Sonja for giving me a call and inviting me to participate. To get you all thinking, here are my answers to the question of the week: My first "computer" was a Heathkit Microprocessor trainer. It consists of a Motorola 6800 microprocessor, a 16 key HEX keypad, a hexadecimal LED display, 128 Bytes of RAM, and a ROM to make it all work. It has a bread-board area so that you can design interface circuits and 2 thick notebook manuals. The first program I wrote was in Rocky Mountain Basic on a HP 85. The program created a list of random serial numbers for a quality audit and printed out the list in numeric order. And yes, both activities took place more than 10 years ago. Chas

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

You actually had a computer but you asked for a [b]Computer Like Device.[/b] Of course work related items don't count do they? To be perfectly honest I can truthfully say it was a 1970 Electronic Fuel Injected Mercedes Benz as the Engine Management System was all Electronic and actually appeared to work. A straight Analog Input Device which regulated the time that the Injectors remained open. Oh the car was new then but I've grown up now and have several of those things though I do insist that the Wife [b]SWMBO[/b] actually owns them now. That way there are no complaints about the amount of Money I spend on them. :D As for the First Program that I ever wrote not in Class I'm assuming that that also means Programs written for that nasty 4 letter word [b]Work[/b] as well right? It was for a Vic 20 that I bought for the kids who insisted on playing games and doing nothing else with the thing. In a [b]Failed attempt[/b] I wrote a Basic Program that selected Numbers for Some Idiot Game like Lotto which the kids where at the time interested in. Of course the next time that they wanted something done they came to me demanding that I write something new for them. At the time the VIC Basic was more than a bit of a shock to the system as you could actually read the Code and understand it as English. Now I'm of to look at something as I can't use that 4 word or Beth will delete this Account. :p Col ]:)

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

so my first computer was a Digi-Comp I: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digi-Comp_I I was all of 10 years old. First program came much later, in 1979 I wrote a program to play Othello.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

my first computer was counting on my fingers. Yes, actually 'back in the day' there was only cave drawings, beer, and fingers (and easy women, but they dont count (cause they couldnt)). Oops, I didnt mean to add tha last part :0

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

that was further into the future. Michael was around before Electricity, and I was only counting to 10 with fingers in those cave days of old. Those were the days of walking uphill both ways through 3 ft. snow in the middle of the desert. In those days there were only 0-10, never had the option of counting to 99

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

my first computer like device was a calculator. ok, ok I also had a Super Pong game console My first program was in BASIC called "Hello World"

seanferd
seanferd

You guys are gettin' me into podcasts. I was never a big web video/audio consumer, but your content makes listening worthwhile.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

since the 'opening number' last week. What fun to hear the voice of another member - TheChas. What did you write Palmetto? ;) Nicely done! Now I can't wait until next week.

faradhi
faradhi

(Re: Palmetto)How come I always miss the good stuff? :(

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

but I ony seem to miss about half of the good stuff. Cause I often am involved in the other half :^0

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

Lots of good stuff in there P.S. -- what did Palmetto write?

Beth Blakely
Beth Blakely

I'm surprised he hasn't chimed in!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Sorry for the delay, but some of us do have to actually perform some work occasionally. I don't recall the exact wording, but I believe I implied the ladies' voices would sound better if I were being charged $3.95 per minute to hear them describe each garment as they removed it, with accompaniment by a recorded jazz saxophone. 1-976-TR-HOTIS; Visa, MasterCard, or TR Points. Seriously, I think you ought to not post the Biscuits and List on the link page. Include those topics in the list of contents, but just hint about the actual members and leave them as a mystery to be solved only by listening to the show.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

extra cash for TR and the TR girls :) :) :) With the added bonus of -- Happier TR'ers :) :) :) Great Idea -- just like the Webcams...

Tig2
Tig2

I didn't see it before he edited it. Or at least that is the story I insist on telling...

Tig2
Tig2

Holy Shmoly! Here I thought that I read the forums (both Discussion and Questions) pretty completely. Now I find that there are all kinds of things going on that I never knew! Palmie- what in the world did you REALLY write??? Do we need to email you a new hardhat? ThumbsUp- deep breath, sweetie. They tick me off too. TheChas- OMG!!! The famed Chas is a real person! And sounds like such a sweetie! Incidentally, Chas, that means that you sound just like yourself! Sonja- Trigger? As in Roy Rogers horse? Hmm. Congrats CG IT!!! Dental cam- who'd have thought??? Kudos to Jessie for making the commitment to shave her head to benefit childhood cancer. Find the link and DONATE!!! Another wonderful podcast, ladies! Sonja- we'll get together on that "Trigger" thing later... :D

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Sorry, Tricia (aka TiggerTwo) ... that name combo always seems to be a bit long, so I abbreviated. I didn't even associate it with Roy Rogers' horse until Beth whinnied. Consider it dropped for next time. Do you have a preference - Tricia or TiggerTwo?

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

and inter-oral. Hmmmm... gets one thinking a bit..

Tig2
Tig2

Being a native Californian, that was the FIRST thing that crossed my mind! As for what to call me, either is fine. I thought about changing it in my profile but I kinda like TiggerTwo and don't want to give it up. And if I create a new persona, I'd likely end up on Beth's special list! :D