User talk:Peter Flass

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Relocation (computing) image[edit]

Hi Peter, regarding real-time computing, I was thinking of manual braking, but anti-lock has the computerized ABS anti-lock braking system, which does mean it qualifies as a valid example. It's the speed sensor monitoring that qualifies it in real-time. Good call. MM MightyMaven (talk) 06:53, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

I've just been reading the Relocation_(computing) article, and noticed a minor error in this nice table you made:

Relocation example.tif

The first address in the first machine code box should be 0, not 1.

As it's an image rather than text, could you please fix this when you have the time?

Peturb (talk) 14:56, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

Kitten-stare.jpg

Nice job on Saratoga Lake.

Bearian (talk) 00:28, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

TOS 360[edit]

There wasn't a lot of comment, but it seems like your TOS 360 merge idea is approved (See Talk:TOS/360). Due to a huge 3-year backlog, WP Merge is not able to perform it for you. So, please go ahead and do the merge yourself. The general process:

  1. I would suggest that you open each article in tabs on your web browser, and hit the edit button on both.
  2. Cut content out of TOS 360 and paste to DOS 360.
  3. Once the content has been moved, save DOS 360 with the edit summary "Merged in TOS/360".
  4. On TOS/360, delete everything and replace with "#REDIRECT [[DOS/360 and successors]] {{R from merge}}". Use "Redirect after merge to DOS/360 and successors" as an edit summary.
  5. On Talk:TOS/360, add "{{merged-to|DOS/360 and successors|date you merged}}" to the top of the page.
  6. On Talk:DOS/360 and successors, add "{{merged-from|TOS/360|date you merged}}" to the top of that page.

The merged-to and merged-from tags are important due to our copyright (see WP:Merge and delete), which requires that page histories are always preserved as long as they are used in articles.

Thanks, D O N D E groovily Talk to me 12:38, 19 April 2012 (UTC)

IBM 2741[edit]

The code chart is a nice add. Do you have the codes for shift in, shift out, space, circle-C, etc.? How about the "correspondence" code? I'll do the table work if you can ship me a reference chart... I ditched my 2741 manuals decades ago. Jeh (talk) 00:54, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

The charts are in the manual that's the first external link. I have plans to add the control codes, but probably won't do the other code charts for now, so if you want to do it, have at it.Peter Flass (talk) 11:41, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

A question about Grand Union Hotel (Saratoga Springs, New York)[edit]

I noticed your edit noting the proposed hotel at Congress Plaza. The coordinates on the article show that the hotel was on the site of the current building, 321 Broadway aka Congress Park Centre, which houses Cold Stone, the Gap, etc. I don't think the Grand Union was at the Congress Plaza site because that is not on Broadway, it is set back about a block. Do you have a source confirming the location? Listroiderbobtalk'tribs 03:27, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

Henry Walton[edit]

I added an image to Henry Walton (American painter), which i think would be a nice addition to the article on the gold rush itself. thanks for creating an article on this artist.Mercurywoodrose (talk) 20:14, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Devereux Emmet[edit]

Allen3 talk 11:08, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

SSRR[edit]

Hello Peter, I saw you posted a pix of one of the aquducts of the old Saratoga and Schenectady RR. I am trying to find other engineering pieces of the old road and could use your help. I cannot find a map that shows me the old route that could be traced. Do you know of one? Thanks DonDrittner (talk) 18:52, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Interrupts[edit]

Hello there, and thank you very much for your correction on the Interrupt article! Simply awesome, and I'm so glad that someone actually reviews all those changes to the articles. :) — Dsimic (talk | contribs) 11:59, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

About Software Engineering Associates, Inc.[edit]

Hello Peter_Flass! I've noticed that you have created an article about the company mentioned in the heading of this section. At first, it seems to me an article compatible with the A7 criteria for speedy deletion, because the article "does not indicate why its subject is important or significant". Since you are an experienced editor, instead of just requesting a speedy deletion I'm contacting you to understand whether the article could be modified to provide one or more hints about the importance or notability of the discussed subject. Best regards! LowLevel73(talk) 03:50, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

"Is this BE"?[edit]

Not unless BE stands for Bad English, it isn't… thanks for reverting. Bishonen | talk 13:14, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

PIC code -- your recent edit[edit]

The entire article is religious and thus should be removed according to your NPOV policy... — Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.73.228.23 (talk) 23:22, 2 December 2014 (UTC)

Honeywell Level 6[edit]

Thanks for creating the Honeywell Level 6 page, which I've contributed to today. I joined Honeywell "L6TAC" (Level 6 Technical Assistance Centre) as a graduate in 1984 and worked on this series through to when I left to join IBM in 1991, still have good knowledge and fond memories of it. I'm also still in touch with many co-workers from this time so I think it's possible to contribute a lot to this article from our collective memories. I'll spread the word. The main challenge is being able to find suitable citations from this pre-WWW era. The only reasonably detailed and accurate citation for the Unix coprocessor is blacklisted on Wikipedia (have added it to the talk page for now).

An anecdote for Christmas: The GCOS 6 Office Automation System (WP6 / OAS / ONE Plus) word processor was actually written in an interpreted language created specially for the purpose, called "Gospel". Needless to say, the interpreter, built into the word processing executable, was called "The Preacher". Best wishes Sandvika (talk) 17:34, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

File:WhiteSulphurSpring Springhouse.jpg[edit]

Hi Peter, I am attempting to add coordinates to the article White Sulphur Spring and saw your photograph. Can you identify where the photo was taken?  B E C K Y S A Y L E 20:25, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

Microprocessor versions of IBM S/360[edit]

This is probably TMI for System call, but there were microprocessor versions of the S/360 line of processors; I believe that the P/390 and R/390 were the last ones. Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz Username:Chatul (talk) 21:09, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

A page you started (Autographic Register) has been reviewed![edit]

Thanks for creating Autographic Register, Peter Flass!

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Speedy deletion nomination of Enable Software, Inc.[edit]

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A tag has been placed on Enable Software, Inc. requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section A7 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article appears to be about an organization or company, but it does not indicate how or why the subject is important or significant: that is, why an article about that subject should be included in an encyclopedia. Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such articles may be deleted at any time. Please read more about what is generally accepted as notable.

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Speedy deletion nomination of Software Engineering Associates, Inc.[edit]

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A tag has been placed on Software Engineering Associates, Inc. requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section A7 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because the article appears to be about an organization or company, but it does not indicate how or why the subject is important or significant: that is, why an article about that subject should be included in an encyclopedia. Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such articles may be deleted at any time. Please read more about what is generally accepted as notable.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Click here to contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be removed without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, and you wish to retrieve the deleted material for future reference or improvement, then please contact the deleting administrator. Hellbrix25 (talk) 14:12, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Photographer Barnstar.png The Photographer's Barnstar
Thank you for your images which really improve this historic places articles in and around Saratoga County, New York! I've begun transferring many of them over to the Commons where they can benefit all Wikimedia projects. Nick⁠—⁠Contact/Contribs 23:22, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

acronymity[edit]

Below is the table of GE/Honeywell's GBCD code, a variant of BCD code. For acronyms where the last letter corresponds to the following word (ATM machine) it does seem that the word should go. Not so obvious here. But then why not also remove the code after GBCD? Gah4 (talk) 22:28, 15 September 2015 (UTC)

I didn't want to change it that much, but just wondered. Did you also consider removing code from GBCD code? I could be happy either way. Gah4 (talk) 01:17, 22 September 2015 (UTC)


Autopatrolled[edit]

Dear Peter, thanks for writing articles such as Joseph Bettys. I was surprised to see no-one had set your account as an autopatroller, so I've taken the liberty of fixing that. ϢereSpielChequers 09:03, 16 December 2015 (UTC)

DYK for Joseph Bettys[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

"...but I still like the jacquard loom because of its use of punched cards."[edit]

The Jacquard loom never read a punched card. The loom read a paper tape. Look at the tape; on each side you'll see the sprocket holes used to pull the tape through the loom. Yes, the tape was constructed from punched cards - but the loom DOESN'T KNOW THAT. The loom is reading what it thinks is a paper tape, technology developed by Bouchon in 1725. Jacquard only made a sturdier, easier to copy and repair, tape (and other changes to the loom itself).

Essinger's "book" - got him prizes and a lot of money. Look at page 159 where he states Hollerith never left "a single word of writing". That claim let Essinger write whatever he wanted - attributing Hollerith's work to the loom. Now look at Austrian's biography of Hollerith, p.15, where Hollerith's writing is reprinted. (So we know that Essinger did not read as far as p.15 or ignored it to make more spectacular claims). The distinction between the loom and the punch photograph is the difference between command (loom) and data (punch photo). Which no one awarding prizes seems to have been aware of. Nor is Essinger aware of it.

50.136.242.131 (talk) 20:39, 12 January 2016 (UTC)

Programming Languages[edit]

The article is substantively flawed, in my opinion, as I've tried to describe below. If I can't convince you, I'll leave the article alone. I'll check back here for any response. Thanks

From the article: "Many programming languages require computation to be specified in an imperative form (i.e., as a sequence of operations to perform), while other languages use other forms of program specification such as the declarative form (i.e. the desired result is specified, not how to achieve it)."

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The English word "program" (from the ancient Greek) is about sequences. A program for an event (concert, meeting, ...) lists the presentations IN SEQUENCE. Attaching "ing" to "program" turns it into an adjective - attributing the sequencing attribute to the subject.

Thus "Programming languages require computation to be specified as a sequence of operations to perform."

or, more direct

"Programming languages specify a sequence of operations to be performed."

Fortran - Fortran language - Fortran programming language.

All valid references. The word "programming" is not part of the name; it is descriptive, telling us that writing in the Fortran language is specifying a sequence of operations.

Declarative languages are computer languages but they do not specify a sequence of operations. They are not computer programming languages.

                                                          50.136.242.131 (talk) 21:08, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
I usually don't get involved in arguments over the fine points of correctness of terms which have a generally-accepted common usage. If you have something you think could improve the article, have at it. I think arguments over the word "programming" might be lost on many readers. Peter Flass (talk) 21:23, 12 January 2016 (UTC)

Image uploads[edit]

I see that you have contributed quite a few images to Wikimedia for that I thank you. However, I do note that you are uploading to Wikipedia as opposed to Commons. You may be aware that we prefer free images on Commons, and you may also be aware that we have a bot which copies free images from Wikipedia to commons when appropriate. What you may not know is that admins have to manually go through a process of deleting the images at Wikipedia. There is a backlog which was up to several thousand items and is now coming down but only because some admins are spending hours going through the backlog.

I get that relatively new users might automatically assume that images for Wikipedia articles belong on Wikipedia, and in the case of a handful of images it's easier to let them upload to Wikipedia and move them over for them. However, I'd like to encourage prolific contributors to directly upload to Commons to ease the workload on the cleanup process.

I'd be curious to know whether there is some specific reason you do not upload to commons — one possibility is that you've always uploaded to Wikipedia and it's easy and you didn't know there was an option. Another possibility is that there is some good reason you don't want to directly upload to Commons and if so I'd like to know what it is.--S Philbrick(Talk) 23:51, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

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