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Revive Proposed Change: Add "Repository" Field[edit]

See proposal on infobox talk page:

This proposal was made, and not done previously: Template talk:Infobox software/Archive 3#Source Code Repository Field. I'd like to revive the change, which I have commenced through opportunity for discussion on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Computing and Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Software, as well as with a specific diff of the proposed edit.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mattsenate (talkcontribs) 17:57, 16 May 2013‎ (UTC)

Network traffic[edit]

Network traffic is currently a disambiguation page, but it appears to be a WP:DABCONCEPT situation. I propose that there should be an article at this location on the broad concept of network traffic, summarizing the relationship between the different aspects of network traffic linked on the page. I would also suggest merging the stub article on network traffic control to that title, unless or until enough material exists to justify a distinct article. bd2412 T 03:28, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

I support this proposal. ~KvnG 17:18, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Popular pages tool update[edit]

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Computer Business Review[edit]

It's being removed from articles because it has been "blacklisted", e.g. [1]. Please opine at WP:RS/N if this is a good course of action. Someone not using his real name (talk) 14:36, 1 March 2014 (UTC)


The article on thunks was at some point split into three articles, each on a different narrow application of thunks, apparently on the belief that they were unrelated concepts. This was wrong. What should have been done, IMO, was to add the missing historical background that showed how they were related. During the next week I would like to recombine the articles, trim some detail, and add this missing explanation. (talk) 10:51, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Basically done. (talk) 22:23, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

"Boutique computer"[edit]

I have no idea what a "boutique computer" is, but I found the term in five Wikipedia articles, and now they are all red links. Google reveals that many pages use the term and presume that the reader knows what it means. Can the links be made blue links? Michael Hardy (talk) 23:45, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

(I am amazed when I look at a WikiProject's talk page's edit history and find it edited only once or twice a week rather than hourly like the one I often post to. Maybe the world will end before anyone sees this posting. Michael Hardy (talk) 23:45, 6 March 2014 (UTC))
I have seen your posting but am unable to help with this. ~KvnG 15:35, 18 March 2014 (UTC)
Take a look at a site like Tom's Hardware
A boutique computer is broadly one where the price and performance or performance/price ratio are seen as taking second place to fashion statements, such as exotic case materials, fashionable names or gimmick features. Sometimes unusually high performance (especially graphics) can be seen as "boutique", where such a feature is added in excess of anything that would be credibly needed in a small machine used in the typically mobile laptop scenario.
Some makers (Apple, Sony) have traditionally catered to the boutique market. Others, Dell for one, have mostly sold "mainstream" kit, with a boutique range on top. Andy Dingley (talk) 15:45, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Merge proposal: Optical head-mounted display and Smartglasses[edit]

Please weigh in on the Talk:Smartglasses page. thanks. --Animalparty-- (talk) 10:43, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Definition of Graph database[edit]

I was referred to this page by Talk:Graph database. I have the following suggestion to improve the article. But I am not sure, if I'm supposed to write it here or at the Talk:Graph database page.

In my opinion the definition of "graph database" is slightly biased. The line "A graph database is any storage system that provides index-free adjacency." is referenced from a marketing web-side. Most of the graph databases listed later do not fulfil this definition, i.e. Titan is undoubtedly a graph databases, but uses a different storage with indexes. I more fitting description can be found [2]. I think the term was coined in

   Graph Databases
   Adrian Silvescu, Doina Caragea, Anna Atramentov Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory Department of Computer Science
   Iowa State University
   Ames, Iowa 50011 

and they do not speak about index-free adjacency, but use the term "link". Fceller (talk) 09:47, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

It should probably be handled on the article talk page. Or better yet in the article itself. ~KvnG 12:55, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Ok, I will post a proposal there, thanks (talk) 10:19, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Debian RfC[edit]

There is a request for comments that may be of interest on the Debian talk page. Opinions from uninvolved editors would be very much welcome. Please note that this has been to the Dispute resolution noticeboard (DRN)[3] and the Arbitration Committee (ArbCom).[4]. --Guy Macon (talk) 16:29, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Microsoft FAR[edit]

I have nominated Microsoft for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Indrian (talk) 04:56, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

i am a Liberian in my country cassava is highly produce but much is not done with it because the ideas needed to make into another thing is lacking. i really want to know what can possibly be produce out of cassava — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:53, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Living Computer Museum: help requested on Commons[edit]

I'm guessing that someone on this project can help with more precise IDs on some of the photos at Commons:Category:Computers in the Living Computer Museum. In particular for File:LCM - 1960s Teletype computer printer 01.jpg, I'm not even sure exactly what it did (I think it was a card reader/printer, but it's got a keyboard so maybe it was a card punch as well). - Jmabel | Talk 18:03, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Better pictures of the same machine are in the teleprinter and Teletype Corporation articles; Looks like a model 33 ASR.
The image shows the paper tape on the left. It is a 1960's version of a computer terminal
--Mark viking (talk) 18:48, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
That is not an ASR-33. The configuration is different. But thanks for the term "teleprinter", I'd quite forgotten that.
In any case, there are a large number of images in the category I linked that could use better ID; as always in a wiki, if you know the details on something, it's probably more useful to edit it than to reply here. - Jmabel | Talk 23:25, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
It is at least very similar to an ASR 33. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 01:19, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
It looks like it is the same as this, which says it is an ASR 33. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 01:22, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
The one I was asking about
Yes, that (and the picture Mark added) are both ASR-33s. The picture I linked (but did not show, and will now show for comparison) is rather different. - Jmabel | Talk 17:20, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Ah, well that one is an ASR-35. I don't have an RS, but Google images quickly verifies that guess. The other teleprinter in that LCM collection is the ASR 33--Mark viking (talk) 19:09, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, yes then the ASR-35 is the one I couldn't identify. - Jmabel | Talk 04:18, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

I spent many hours on ASR 33s. These are my hands on one. The knob on the lower right had three positions. IIRC, the center position (up) was off, to the right connected it to a dedicated phone line to the mainframe, and to the left was to use it offline. The blank panel on the right of some had equipment to dial a phone to make a modem connection, but I don't remember if those were ASR 33s or a different model number. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 23:14, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Talk:United States#Internet[edit]

All input welcome. /Cheers walk victor falk talk 03:26, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Tagging talk pages of ISO 3166-1 country code TLDs[edit]

A few moments before this posting I read the .co article's talk page and found the WikiProject Computing template. After visiting the talk pages of .ph, .sg, and a few more articles without the said tag, I tagged them with the template. Can I be permitted to tag all other articles under the ISO 3166-1 navbox whose talk pages have none of this tag yet? Thanks, Japanese Rail Fan (talk) 14:33, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Real thing, or non-notable neologism[edit]

Hello, I happened upon the article on Autojay today and was hoping an eagle-eyed member of WikiProject Computing could determine whether or not this is a real concept, or just a non-notable neologism. Thanks, Cyphoidbomb (talk) 22:36, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Made-up, as far as I can tell. PRODed - David Gerard (talk) 07:27, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Adrianne Wadewitz deletion discussion notice[edit]

  1. Adrianne Wadewitz
  2. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Adrianne Wadewitz

There is an ongoing deletion discussion taking place now about whether or not to have a biographical article about Adrianne Wadewitz on Wikipedia.

The discussion is at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Adrianne Wadewitz.

For those newer to Wikipedia, you may wish to read Wikipedia:Articles for deletion and Wikipedia:Notability.

Cirt (talk) 15:15, 20 April 2014 (UTC)