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How to merge a template[edit]

Hello PC-XT. You recommended a merge at Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/2013 February 10#Template:Moogfest 2010. I am thinking of closing some TfD discussions. How is a template merge done? Do you just subst the template into the article? Is anything special done about the edit history of the template? Thanks for any advice. EdJohnston (talk) 06:01, 18 February 2013 (UTC)

Yes, for Wikipedia:Templates_for_discussion/Log/2013_February_10#Template:Mw_mages, as a passing suggestion, I mentioned a merge with a list in the Mage_Wars article. I was thinking of either adding something to each list item, or replacing it with the table from the template, myself, but wasn't sure about it, either, and just left it. The template didn't have much more information, so it was hardly worth doing. PC-XT (talk) 00:11, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to say that in the one before that I was just seconding Frietjes' suggestion, but I see it's already been closed. PC-XT (talk) 12:16, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Hi, about the KIS templates[edit]

Hi, I'm sorry, but I didn't catch your message as I've not been logged in much. Thanks for saving my templates from possible imminent doom, that was great of you. Though that doom never came, for that good deed, I give you this:

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Thanks for saving my KIS templates! W. Conrad Walden 02:20, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

W. Conrad Walden 02:20, 21 February 2013 (UTC)

Hey, thanks! I'm glad you appreciated it! If you want to keep any of the ones you made in your own userspace, just move them per WP:UM. ;) PC-XT (talk) 05:57, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

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I know the bot won't read this, but thanks for reminding me. Maybe I'll put this on some project talk page, too... Yashichi is actually what got me started on DPL. The disambiguation page had more info than anywhere else I could find, but it didn't seem right after I linked to it, so I researched, and tried fixing some others to practice. It was fun, and apparently so distracting that, somehow, I forgot to go back and finish the first one. :S I hope that doesn't give me an unfair point on that list or something... It's ok to clear my score, if you want. I didn't do it for points, anyway. It's actually fun to just fix them, regardless. :) -PC-XT+ 03:03, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
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A Response from Daemox (talk) 23:07, 20 June 2013 (UTC)[edit]

Howdy PC-XT,

You left a message on my talk page a month or so back, but I have been pre-occupied with school and nerding out on Arch Linux. My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I will take another look at the KIS project here as soon as feasible. I think I will be creating a new account as I want to change my username but it is not looking like that is feasible (neither here nor there, but I'll probably get back to you with the new account).


Hey, nice to see you! I've been away, too. Any thoughts you have on KIS will be welcome. BTW, I like Arch Linux principles, myself. (I haven't tried it, yet, but hope to.) I'll expect to see you on a new name. -PC-XT+ 05:18, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Kurdish separatism in Iran article[edit]

Hi, i would like to notify you that articles Kurdish separatism in Iran and Rebellions in Iranian Kurdistan are proposed to be merged. Previously a related discussion was held at proposal to rename "Kurdish separatism in Iran" -> "Kurdish insurgency in modern Iran" (WP:RM was rejected). In addition, the template:Campaignbox Kurdish separatism in Iran was later split ([1] into new template:Campaignbox Kurdish–Iranian conflict, but was consequently remerged via a community consensus (see discussion). Current merger discussion is held at Kurdish separatism in Iran#Proposed merge with Kurdish separatism in Iran.Greyshark09 (talk) 08:09, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, I may reply at Talk:Kurdish separatism in Iran#Proposed merge with Kurdish separatism in Iran. -PC-XT+ 03:00, 23 September 2013 (UTC)

Infobox photo consensus discussion[edit]

Hi. Can you offer your opinion on which photo would be better for the Rebecca Housel Infobox in this discussion? If you are unable to, I understand; you don't have to reply to this message. Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 03:36, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

I have been absent for over a month, but I will look at the photos, now. :) -PC-XT+ 02:09, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you for quoting and pinging me. I'd completely forgotten making that remark! Usually my comments are too long and complicated. I see from from your user page you haven't been well. However, judging from your editing you are fully recovered. Best wishes. Thincat (talk) 11:00, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

I had a similar impression after reading WP:NENAN, but it wasn't really solidified, yet. Your comment said the same thing I was thinking, only better, really cementing it, using its navbox section to make it clear. So, I felt I should post it in that discussion, since it seemed to fit right in, and I'm glad it made you happy. Yes, I'm feeling a lot better, now. Thank you. I need to update my user page... —PC-XT+ 11:32, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Infobox Photo Discussion[edit]

Hi. Can you offer your opinion in this discussion regarding the better photo for an article Infobox? Thanks, and Happy Holidays. Nightscream (talk) 23:49, 26 December 2013 (UTC)


Thank you very much for the barnstars! In answer to your question, could you change it to a geography one? By the way, does your username refer to the computer of the same name? Green Giant (edits) (talk) 10:51, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Yes, on both counts. —PC-XT+ 11:01, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

I award you the Barnstar Barnstar[edit]

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For your creations of File:World War II rib.png, File:World War II Ribbon.png, and File:World War II Ribbon Shadow.png in pursuit of reward. The future winners of this barnstar will be happy to have your alternatives available. Chris Troutman (talk) 22:04, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Your compensation[edit]

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For your creation of ribbon alternative for the India Star and the India Barnstar of National Merit. In the words of Dennis Bratland, "please accept this barnstar while your check is, one would hope, one would like to think, in the best of all possible worlds, in the mail." Chris Troutman (talk) 18:31, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thanks for helping with copy editing the article we took from RfD. I am not sure it is notable either, but thanks at least for tidying it up a bit. Niet Zonder Arbeit, Nothing Without Work, the motto of Cornelius Vermuyden and South Cambridgeshire District Council. 08:50, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

That's just bloody brilliant what you have copy edited there. I don't know how to award a barnstar so can I give you a virtual one, but that CE there is just bloody brilliant and thank you very much we turned a delete into a stub and it is coming along nicely, we rescued it and thank you very much. Si Trew (talk) 09:00, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! It was interesting. Even if the sources don't stand up, I had fun. —PC-XT+ 18:12, 19 March 2014 (UTC)

Section editing and references[edit]

Regarding something you wrote at Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Automatically_prompt_editors_before_saving_common_mistakes, I would recommend using Anomie's Ajax Preview, which adds an extra button between Save and Preview, and allows you to view a section with refs laid out. The added bonus is that you avoid the mistake of leaving Reflist in the section by accident. :) Green Giant (talk) supports NonFreeWiki 01:26, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Hey, thanks! I'll check that out! —PC-XT+ 01:37, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

"'Help to create template"'[edit]

Goodday sir, I am a new user. Please could you help on how to create templates for my user page. Thanks in anticipation.-Medara Bassey (talk) 10:13, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia! I'll leave a note on your talk page. —PC-XT+ 10:24, 2 April 2014 (UTC) (replied here)


Thanks sir. This is the infobox template I need:

name: myinfo

parameters: name, sex, date of birth, nationality, language, location, occupation.

I dont want to use infobox templates created by others. I want to know how to create one by myself.

Please show me how you programmed this template, from the begining to the end. I may have to add more parameters in the future.

Medara Bassey (talk) 11:15, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

I might suggest looking at {{Infobox user}}. It has a lot of those parameters. Since you want to make and use your own template, you can make it in userspace. I might suggest creating the page User:Medara Bassey/infobox for this purpose. Most people base their infobox templates on {{infobox}}, but you don't need to. In the template page you create, try this code to make a table:
{| class="infobox"
! Name: || {{{Name|}}}
! Gender: || {{{Gender|}}}
You can expand the table with more options. Then, on your userpage, place the name of the template you just created, and its parameters, inside curly braces, for example {{User:Medara Bassey/infobox|Name=Medara Bassey|Gender=Male}}. If you use a parameter that isn't in triple braces in the template, it won't show up. There are a lot of other things you can do with templates and parameters. For more on tables, see Help:Table. —PC-XT+ 11:34, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Article link[edit]

Goodday sir. Please I want to create a template named User:Medara Bassey/show article. Name of article is a parameter. Assuming the value is: National Examination Council (Nigeria), The template should open this wikipedia's article. How do I code this template? I'll be gratefull. Medara Bassey (talk) 15:02, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

How do you want the link to the article to appear on the page? You can use National Examination Council (Nigeria) to display an article with its title. The code is [[National Examination Council (Nigeria)]]. You can add parameter code in a template, so it becomes [[{{{1}}}]] or [[{{{article}}}]]. To change link display, use [[{{{article}}}|{{{text}}}]]. For more info, see Help:Link#Wikilinks. —PC-XT+ 20:11, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
You can add that code to a row in an infobox table: (Example to the right)
Page: National Examination Council (Nigeria)
Information: This page is about NECO and further information...
{| class="infobox"
! Page: || [[{{{Page}}}]]
| '''Information:''' || {{{Info|}}}
—PC-XT+ 20:42, 2 April 2014 (UTC) 21:02, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
Or, here is another style:
National Examination Council (Nigeria)
This page is about NECO and further information...
{| class="infobox"
|+ [[{{{Page}}}]]
| {{{Info|}}}
—PC-XT+ 20:59, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Proposed wikis[edit]

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Hello there. This is to say thank you for your support for NonFreeWiki and UserWiki. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 12:51, 1 May 2014 (UTC)
You're welcome! Thank you for proposing them! —PC-XT+ 18:22, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Wil Wheaton photo discussion[edit]

Hi. Can you offer your opinion in the consensus subthread of this discussion? Thanks. Nightscream (talk) 18:23, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for inviting me. I've been away, but the discussion there seems to have found reasonable consensus I would have supported. Cheers! —PC-XT+ 18:22, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

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Wow, more tables to fix... —PC-XT+ 18:30, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks, I plan to look at it when I get time. —PC-XT+ 00:45, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

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Fixed. Thank you! I usually catch those bars in link titles when changing to template form. I could have them automatically change to em dashes, but prefer to do it manually... —PC-XT+ 19:56, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks for the pie[edit]

Thanks for the pie. I am going from memory and gettinitg it wrong since I haven't the map that I drew it up from. In real life I have flour all over my kitchen since I made a steak and ale pie the other night and I am quite good at pastry but you can't make a pie without, er, breaking eggs... or something like that. Anyway my flour tends to go everywhere.

It may amuse you to know that Liszt is Hungarian for flour. Not Miller or Muller or anything. Just flour. Si Trew (talk) 10:26, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

This is what a corner of my kitchen looks like when it is vaguely clean: Bachelor griller. Since then I have put in a hob and a fridge. Now all I need is a wardrobe, an iron, and a woman for the purpose. Perm two of three. Si Trew (talk) 10:32, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Technical things like that can be a pain. I hope it works out. I love pie. I've certainly had flour explode everywhere while making it. It is interesting that Liszt is Hungarian for flour. That's like having an English name, Frank Flour, right? Nice photo! —PC-XT+ 03:29, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
What I keep trying to get is a Tesco cheap bag of flour called Liszt. Teosco is a big brand in Hungary, and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law work for Tesco. I have Buszonliszst and Buforliszt etc, but I should love to get a pick of a Tesco Value That just says Liszt. Like Kwiksave used to do.
@PC-XT: Yes, Ferencs Liszt literally translated would be Frank Flour. Or Francis Flour.. It may please you to know I started my career on an IBM PC-XT at 4.77MHz on an 8088, with CGA graphics. I am far, far too old eh! Si Trew (talk) 10:22, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Si Trew, I'm currently sitting next to an original PC-XT with those specs and a Winchester drive, (as they used to call the hard drive,) which was the inspiration for my user name. I don't use it on the Internet, because it is far too slow. I have had to recharge the magnetism on the drive a couple times, but it still works great after 30 years! In comparison, I'm always replacing parts on the more modern machines. I remember some old sacks with 3 Xs on them. I don't remember if they were for flour or gunpowder. haha They have all kinds of specialty flours, now, but I tend to like the simpler varieties. I've made my own with a grinder, before, but stores carry graded flours, which are more uniform for better consistency. —PC-XT+ 04:02, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
@PC-XT: Can I borrow a tin opener because I have a can of worms here to open. Actually, the general name for hard disk in Hungarian is Hungarian: winchester; I had to buy a replacement the other week and the repair guy called it that. But it's not in my fat posh translation dictionary. I am not sure what the Hungarian Academy has to say about it, since "W" only exists for foreign words. We have "whisky" (of course), "WHO", "windfix" (draught excluder; door snake) and "wurlitzer", a few others (half a page in my BIG dictionary) but not "winchester". That being said, it doesn't list "Hungarian: weboldal" for example which is "website". Sometimes the Hungarian Academy (a bit like the Academie francaise, controls what is "good Hungarian" and what isn't) kinda magyarizes these words but in practice people use the English words... because it's considered kinda trendy and upmarket if you write it in English language (even if it makes no sense). As you may notice, in Hungarian most nouns are not capitalized as they are in English; my lack of capitalization is not simply laziness.
Trying the other way, "hard disk" is listed with the definition "lemez, winchester" in the English -> Hungarian volume... but "winchester" is not listed in the Hungarian -> English volume!
I believe on the PC-XT originally they were 5.25" and 10Mb? I also remember the old IBM 8" floppies, which were known as "toasters" cos you stuck the floppies in the top of them like in a toaster. hu:winchester is a DAB page that has hu:Merevlemez under "other uses" after the place names, and that target is Interwiki'd to en:hard disk drive (and loads of other languages).
I used to live in Ickleford and there is a flour mill there (Bowman's mill [2]). They do a lot of those speciality flours. "Added value" and all that. Incidentally we don't seem to have an article about this family – we have Samuel Bowman but that's a different one (Pennsylvania). Obviously a fairly common surname.
I think during Rationing in the United Kingdom during World War II, they added a few bits to the flour – vitamins such as Riboflavin – and I thought they were still a statutory requirement to be added, but have never been able reliably to source that. The Imperial War Museum etc is strangely silent on the matter. Perhaps it is that it had to be added to bread, rather than to the flour itself... but I've never been able to source it either way.
Completely off the topic, I note also that Hungarians refer to screen sizes in inches, even though they do everything in metric. I think this is quite common in Europe (I seem to remember the same in France) since it is just some nominal size – the screen diagonal is never exactly what they say and is largely irrelevant with these new-fangled flat screen thingies.
Somewhere I have some hardback manuals from IBM for using your new PC-XT. One is pink and one is green.. I'll try to fish them out if you want them; I think they are propping up a wonky table or something.
Gosh I am boring eh! Thanks again for making WP better. Si Trew (talk) 05:24, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Si Trew, I'm glad they are still called Winchesters in Hungarian. I always liked that name. (Merevlemez is a fun name, too.) The originals were 5.25" (often called 5 1/4") and 10MB sounds right. I'm not sure if that was base 2, (which many like to call MiB, now,) or base 10. (1024 MB = 1000 MiB) The sector formatting takes some of the space, so it's hard to tell without some thought. The computers themselves have a maximum of 1MB of memory. (That is, 1 MiB, which included up to 640KiB of "conventional" memory for use by the OS and applications, another expandable area for graphics and other device cards, plus built-in ROM BIOS to handle the most basic startup and operations.) They expanded this further using special cards that swapped data "pages" between another memory device. The 8" floppies and their "toasters" were neat, but I never actually used them. I did use tapes for a bit, though, mostly cassettes. Some places still prefer tapes over other storage for backup purposes, due to the data capacity.
I was surprised when I found so many lower-case nouns in Hungarian that I expect to be capitalized in English. In some ways, the lower-case versions make sense to me, though.
I've had "enriched" flour of different kinds and even bleached flour. I prefer just plain flour, myself. I am pretty sure you are right about vitamins/minerals added to flour or bread during WWII. I'm not sure of the details, though.
Maybe screen manufacturers prefer a less precise measurement, for some reason. haha
Thanks for the offer, but you don't need to trouble yourself looking for those books. I'm having some difficulty keeping the books I have. ;)
I wouldn't call you boring. I might call myself that, sometimes. ;) Thanks for your edits, as well! :) —PC-XT+ 07:19, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
@PC-XT: Yeah, I can't remember the sector layout on the drives. the difference between a MByte and a MIB is so minimal, as you imply after taking up sectors for the FAT and boot sectors etc, that it never mattered much really except to very anal people. I remember the floppies were 9 or 18 sectors on 40 tracks, on the 5 14 drives, but I am not sure on the hard disks, I think they have about 8 cylinders and the same sector layout as the floppies, but I would have to do the maths to remember.
I have a couple of punch cards from an IBM 3360 that fell out of a second-hand book I was using, and I can still read them under my fingers. (EBCDIC encoding of course.) I also have the VAX/VMS Software Handbook for 1981. The VAX 11-750 was about the size of a large refrigerator, consumed about as much electricity, and had 2Mb for the OS (VAX-VMS) and 2Mb to be shared amongst all the users. The hard drives were 689Mb - enormous! Is it not Bill Gates who said (I don't know how true this is) "Nobody will ever need more than 640Kb memory")? He is always quoted as saying that, I don't know if he ever actually did.
The tape drives on those were 14" tape and they used to spool pretty quickly, as you say was far better for backups. It's kinda amazing to me now you get 8Gb or something on a solid state memory card. I remember when all we had was 1s and 0s, and sometimes we didn't even have 1s. I wrote an entire database program using only 0s. Mind you, the generation above me didn't even have 0s, they had to use the letter O. Si Trew (talk) 07:38, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Si Trew, yeah, the difference between MB and MiB on one of these devices hardly matters. There was a recent discussion in the Dates and numbers section of the MOS talk pages about it, which is probably why I brought it up. I think they came to the same conclusion, there. haha The sector layout sounds right as you remember it. I probably have a diagram, somewhere. I still sometimes use the 3.5" floppies, though they are being replaced by USB drives.
I have some IBM punch cards that encode data fields according to the distance down the card. I don't know if Bill Gates said that, either. It reminds me of Henry Ford saying nobody needed more than the Model T.
Yes, I've tried out an old typewriter which used the lowercase L for 1 and O for 0, so the numbers at top started with 2. They used other tricks, as well, like combining symbols with backspacing, to keep the number of keys down. Teletypes inherited these keys, and terminals followed suit. We still have key combinations for things such as symbols and accents, but at least the resulting characters are kept separate by Unicode. —PC-XT+ 08:28, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Yes, my aunt was a touch-typist and teletypist and Telex for ICI in London, so I learned to touch-type very early. I have her baby typewriter still, it is the only thing I wanted from her estate on her death, and that doesn't have a 1 or 0, as you say, you use lowercase L for 1 and for 0 I am not sure, the O is the wrong shape really, I think we tended to use lowercase O even though of course that is smaller. There was a lot of backspacing going on with doinpg overtypes and stuff. This is the Remington patent "Easy-Riter" which was quite popular. The R key back spring was gone and it took me forever to find another, I went to locksmiths and DIY shops and everything. The locksmith in Cambridge told me to bring it in because "I have a spring catalogue" – I said "so does Marks and Spencers" but the joke went straight over his head, alas. But I never could get the right tensioning spring. I ended up getting another baby typewriter for £10 off ebay and making good. Also I have good old fashioned Tippex the 1,1,1-Trichloroethane stuff not the newfangled water based stuff. Once that is gone I'll never get it again. That sends you high if you make too many mistakes! I think I have some correction tape for it as well. I need to stitch the case for it as that has kinda fallen apart a bit but won't be too tricky to stitch it up with a good leather bodkin. Gosh what a multitalented person I am eh! But none of it ever makes me any money! My punch card pic was at Punched_card but seems to have been updated; they are like [[Punched_card#mediaviewer/File:System_3_punch_card.jpg#mediaviewer/File:System_3_punch_card.jpg|this one]. I still have them somewhere. Last a lot longer than magnetic or optical media eh! The nice thing with ticker tape etc is you could read it by finger like you do braille to save running it through the machine to read it. Also you could reverse it and do all kinds of looping tricks. They were used quite a lot on CNC lathes because a bit of swarf or oil doesn't make it fail, like a mag disk does. Now I think all solid state memory cards etc.
One thing those typewriters have which Microsoft Word doesn't have , is it remembers when you set a tab you want it to be the tab for more than one bloody sentence! How come Word has never cottoned on that when I set a tab I want it to stay there until I release it? :)
I used to contribute to the discussions at WP:MOS especially at dates and numbers, but it became fighting a losing battle. I kinda perverted it by making {{Time of day in words}} and its component parts, instead! I know, I am a bit perverse. {{convert}} was a right pain but I think is now rewritten in script, it was a maintenance headache before one could script these things.
Sorry to ramble so much, bad habit of mine. I take you down Memory Lane, and then leave you there. Get your own cab back! Si Trew (talk) 09:55, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
@Si Trew: Ah, the 96 column cards. The punched cards I have are the 80-column variety, similar to File:IBM1130CopyCard.agr.jpg or File:Punch-card--fortran.jpg, with database fields, as well as legends for some codes, printed on them before punching. My father used to punch cards for a Wang computer, but I don't have any of those.
Yeah, Word has a complicated tab system. I generally prefer using older, and simpler, word processors.
Nice template! haha —PC-XT+ 21:39, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
The hardest ones are the railway diagram templates, I think, because the acronyms (?) for them are all in German, I presume BSIcon means bundessomethingicon. I spend ages getting them to work. I think I am mistaken and it is actually called the Remingron Quiet-Riter, which I assure you is a misnomer. Si Trew (talk) 21:48, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Those, and the WikiProject banners, in my experience. I'm more familiar with Royal and Smith Corona models, but that one was pretty famous. The loud ones must have shaken the buildings down. —PC-XT+ 23:46, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
I'm a liar, my dictionary (one of the best) does have "weboldal" (website). "Wurlitzer" is a false friend – it means jukebox. Now I am not sure where I heard this but that in itself is an odd word that originally meant kinda brothel or house of ill repute because they played music while you were waiting for the service... juke being slang for... sexual intercourse. I can't imagine that was on BBC Radio 4 or QI so I have completely forgotten where I have got it from. At least in British English, a Wurlitzer would mean more a silent piano or more likely wind pipe clavier in a cinema. I remember as a lad going to the Shepherds Bush Empire where at the matinée an old fellow would perform by rising up with an enormous organ, to all the ladies' delight. He had a lot of trouble with having to hand play with "my old man", but eventually he licked it. (talk) 22:04, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
The Winchester drive was originally a code name for a specific IBM model, rather than the name of an inventor. The code name came from a rifle by Winchester Repeating Arms Company, which was named after the company founder, who was actually a clothing manufacturer. (He owned shares in an arms company. When it went bankrupt, he bought out most of the other shareholders. They produced the Henry rifle, but the deal with Henry fell through. Then, the company took the name of Winchester and produced an improved version of the Henry.) —PC-XT+ 23:46, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── A winchester rifle is probably quieter. I think (and I deliberately am going from memory rather than checking) that the company was incorprated into Royal Ordnance, which itself was part of my old company, British Aerospace. I think Orwell says that Winchester rifles were moddied in the Abyssinian war, presumably on a milling machine (Orwell is useless with technical details, and that is literary critics who say that, not me!) that they got so much metric ammo from Algeria or somewhere in some raid, that they re-rifled the barrels for the squaddies so that the bullets would fit. Good if true. I could probably source that, that is to say the reference as a reliable source, not whether it is actually true. Si Trew (talk) 08:39, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Si Trew, that's cool, neat story. I'm a little under the weather, so I think I'll start my planned wikibreak early. I'll get on occasionally, though. ;) —PC-XT+ 06:38, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Rock and Roll Hall Fame templates[edit]

Hey, I just wanted to inform you that every inducted artist now has their respective template on their page.

Examples for each year: 1986 - Chuck Berry 1987 - Aretha Franklin 1988 - Bob Dylan 1989 - Stevie Wonder 1990 - The Who 1991 - The Byrds 1992 - Johnny Cash 1993 - Etta James 1994 - Elton John 1995 - Janis Joplin 1996 - David Bowie 1997 - Bee Gees 1998 - Fleetwood Mac 1999 - Billy Joel 2000 - James Taylor 2001 - Michael Jackson 2002 - Ramones 2003 - The Police 2004 - Prince 2005 - U2 2006 - Blondie 2007 - The Ronettes 2008 - Madonna 2009 - Metallica 2010 - ABBA 2011 - Neil Diamond 2012 - Guns N' Roses 2013 - Randy Newman 2014 - Linda Ronstadt charge2charge (talk) 02:22, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

Signature DYK[edit]

Hi PC-XT. I noticed you're signature includes tt tages. Did you know those are obsolete in HTML5? I personally don't care much about it, but for neatness sake you could change them. Quoting W3C: "Where the tt element would have been used for marking up keyboard input, consider the kbd element; for variables, consider the var element; for computer code, consider the code element; and for computer output, consider the samp element." Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 12:31, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice. I used to use that tag a lot, and I keep forgetting it was deprecated and is now obsolete. I updated my signature because I don't like the idea of spreading obsolete tags around the encyclopedia, even if it is only on talk pages. I expect obsolete tags will only be ignored, so it's probably not worth going back and editing any old signatures. —PC-XT+ 03:14, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for notification of speedy deetion nomination of Template:OTRS Pending Cc-by-sa-3.0[edit]


Thanks for the notification regarding the improper tag for images. This was my first article, and I made a "newbe" mistake of improperly mashing together two templates that are supposed to be separate — OTRS Pending and Copyright License Tags

I was responding to instructions of an editor that voiced concern over copyright on images to avoid premature deletion. It is my understanding that this problem related to the notification is is solved now.

I received written permission from the copyright owner for the use of all images in the article, and this has been forwarded to Media Commons and is on file with Media Commons.

I am currently working with Media Commons to rectify the needed copyright clearances and other tags that need to be placed on all images.

Wanted to place this on your talk page as well to be sure you got the message. Niknakc (talk) 21:57, 21 November 2014 (UTC)Please let me know if there are any other problems that need addressing. Again, I appreciate your assistance.

Thanks for letting me know. I'll reply on your page. :) —PC-XT+ 03:14, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

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I made some mistakes on that article, but I don't think that was one. I'll fix it, anyway. Thanks! ;) —PC-XT+ 04:00, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

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Yikes, I thought I had fixed the first one, thanks for catching it. I don't know why my browser keeps cutting off the protocol when I copy urls, but I'll have to be more careful about that. This time, it was me. Haha, thanks, again! —PC-XT+ 06:05, 24 November 2014 (UTC)