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RhesusMonk says...

Even though it's been three years since I was there (my GOD has it been that long?), I would be thrilled to see where this museum is located. My fiance and I spent one the best years of our lives living in JingMei. I took the LSAT at ShiDa Science. I miss TaiBei more than most grandmothers miss their grandkids.
In reply to this comment by spawnflagger:
In Taipei, there is a small underground museum that has old-style Taiwan (old buildings, pictures, cars, from the 1950s and before). There was even a 1950's style diner where they used the old manual machines to make shave-ice. The ice-coke machine was above ground nearby there. I have no idea if it's still there or not.

I can try to create a Google Map pushpin if you are interested.


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Where in Taiwan?
In reply to this comment by spawnflagger:
I had this in Taiwan a few years ago (was only available at 1 machine, I guess was a test/demo unit). It doesn't taste exactly the same - somewhere between coke and coke zero. The ice doesn't last too long when it's >35C outside; the "fizz" (carbonation) seems to run out faster than regular bottled coke; and it costs more.

So yeah, a neat novelty item, but won't replace regular Pop/Soda vending machines.



RhesusMonk says...

Where in Taiwan?
In reply to this comment by spawnflagger:
I had this in Taiwan a few years ago (was only available at 1 machine, I guess was a test/demo unit). It doesn't taste exactly the same - somewhere between coke and coke zero. The ice doesn't last too long when it's >35C outside; the "fizz" (carbonation) seems to run out faster than regular bottled coke; and it costs more.

So yeah, a neat novelty item, but won't replace regular Pop/Soda vending machines.

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KnivesOut says...

Excellent post, pretty much exactly what I was thinking as I watched.

I put all the Python tools on my son's laptop so he could play around with command-line programming. I'll have to check out squeak.

In reply to this comment by spawnflagger:
wow. just wow. He needs 8-cores, 12 GB ram, 64-bit OS, to do what a 12MHz 286 running DOS could do 25 years ago ?

Seriously, why did he make a whole OS ? (or half OS, because it doesn't support multiple users, like unix did in 1970). He could have just made a custom shell for "recreational programming" that has all the same features, but would just run in user mode on top of linux/unix/windows (under cygwin at least).

If his goal was to create an RTOS, he certainly didn't show off any real-time features.

This could quite possibly be the most insecure OS ever, everything running in kernel mode, and everything can see all areas of memory. Although doesn't look like he has network support, so no big deal

If you want to do recreational programming, or teach a kid how to program I recommend Squeak (based on SmallTalk)
http://www.squeak.org/About/

If you want to learn x86 assembly, get a DOS virtual machine and use NASM.

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