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Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 2:28am

Greetings Lancers

I recently purchased Freelancers at a discount store (I know, it can't be that old can it!) and in searching the Internet for information came across this site. I thought I would join to see what has gone on in the past and perhaps keep up with new happenings.

I teach Basic Computer classes to adults and use Age of Empires in part of the curriculum which is how I found this game. I was checking out prices for my students and AoE was part of a bundled set ... :roll:

Hope this is enough of an introduction to allow you to get to know me a little. I will try to come back semi-regularly and check on "stuff".
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Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 3:03am

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Welcome man. Always glad to see new people finding Freelancer. When you say you teach computer classes, what exactly do you teach?
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Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 3:15am

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... what exactly do you teach?



Perhaps => this <= will give you an idea.

My classes are pretty basic, though I have taught at a higher level in the past.
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Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 3:39am

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know any c++?
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Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 8:21am

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Yay, people knows what nopstalgic games are like^^


Wlecome fellow lancer.
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Tuesday, September 2nd 2008, 3:25pm

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know any c++?


A little but it's been literally years. I think the last time I even looked at any C++ code was back in 1999 and I wasn't that good with it even then.

I used to do professional database programming using dBase (I, II, III, IV) and Clipper but haven't done any of that since about 1992 or earlier.

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Wednesday, September 3rd 2008, 5:54am

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Ask your students if they ever heard of Freelancer.
If not, give them an introduction to it.
I received my first disk free with a bundled pack when I bought Tacyon: The Fringe. Bought my second disk from Amazon for about 25$. My third disk
was found on the self of Office Depot for only 10$.

Yeah, I know. I'm sick.

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Thursday, September 4th 2008, 2:39pm

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... My third disk was found on the self of Office Depot for only 10$. ...


My first disk came bundled with another game title at the local discount store for $13.72. What's that, $6.86 per game?

I would introduce my students but would need to buy enough games for everyone to play and Age of Empires is hard enough for older computer novices to attempt. I don't think you realize how old some of my students are. My youngest so far was 13 but that's by far the minority. The oldest so far has been 92 and he graduated with pride. The average age seems to be mid to late 50's.

They sometimes have trouble remembering how to turn the computers off properly ... :roll:
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Thursday, September 4th 2008, 4:52pm

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hehe. Well, I was a newbie at pc ownership about 5 years ago and I'm 53 now.
Although I already had programming experience and exposure to computers and CPU's during the 80's while in the Air Force.

I understand what you're saying about people's unfamiliarity with pc's.
You've discovered the first thing they obviously needed to learn is where the power button is.

At some point I wondered why shouldn't people just learn to play a game.
We'd be safer.

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Thursday, September 4th 2008, 8:52pm

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... while in the Air Force. ...


I'll try to overlook your disability. I was in the Navy. At least you were in the service which is more than I can say for most people online nowadays.

How long were you in for and where, in general, did you serve?

I was in for 22 years (1965-1987) and started out on the bottom of the ladder. I went all the way from cleaning toilets to being the Division Officer for the AvArm Division in my last Squadron. I finished up my career by allowing them to hold me over for 2 years at the Naval Academy, where I was teaching Digital Logic and Computer Design, because they "needed" me. I think it was just my Department Heads way of getting me to stay there long enough so he could be sure I'd get passed over for promotion.

Ah well. The jokes n him. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. :)
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Friday, September 5th 2008, 6:18am

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11 years of service. I'll excuse your unintended pun on disability since that's what ended my career. 1979-1990
Electronic Warfare was my specialty. Computers, programming and countermeasures.

I was originally slated to go Strategic Air Command, but someone "up there"
apparently needed my expertise in Tactical Air Command.

Oddly enough, I grew up in a Navy town. (Jacksonville Florida).
You can blame my uncle for convincing me since he started as Navy but went
to Air Force as a Flight Engineer.

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Friday, September 5th 2008, 7:50pm

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11 years of service. I'll excuse your unintended pun on disability since that's what ended my career. ...


Sorry to hear that, nothing in the military is without risk. Hope it's not too serious. It could be worse. With horses they are either put down or put out to stud ...

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... You can blame my uncle for convincing me ...


My father was career Navy but, to be honest, I was trying to decide whether I wanted to go into the Navy or the Air Force just before I enlisted and finally decided that promotion was just too slow in the Air Force, though it did have it's attractions.

During my time in the service I was many times reacquainted with the differences between the Navy and the Air Force. If both services are tasked to build a runway, the go about it in diametrically opposite ways.

The Navy will go in, do the job, and get it up and running. Then they will go to Congress and ask for more money for the support structure; housing, commissary, recreation facilities.

The Air Force will go in, build all its support facilities; grand barracks, grand enlisted housing, grandiose Officer housing, Enlisted and Officers clubs, recreational facilities complete with Olympic sized pool, Jacuzzis, etc, and any other amenities they can think of to make life more pleasant for their troops ... then they will go to Congress and ask for more money to actually build the runway itself.

I often thought it would have made sense to task the Navy to build the runway and the Air Force to build the facilities. What a grand base that would be! I think the real difference is in the ranks, "them against us" kind of thing. Like the following:

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Having just moved into his new office, a pompous, new colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door. Conscious of his new position, the colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, then said into the phone, "Yes, General, I'll be seeing him this afternoon and I'll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir."

Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, "What do you want?"

"Nothing important, sir," the airman replied, "I'm just here to hook up your telephone."


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Officer: "Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?"

Soldier: "Sure, buddy."

Officer: "That's no way to address an officer! Now let's try it again!"

Officer: "Soldier. Do you have change for a dollar?"

Soldier: "No, SIR!"


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An Air Force Chief Master Sergeant and a General were sitting in the barbershop. They were both just getting finished with their shaves, when the barbers reached for some after-shave to slap on their faces.

The General shouted, "Hey, don't put that stuff on me! My wife will think I've been in a whorehouse!"

The Chief turned to his barber and said, "Go ahead and put it on. My wife doesn't know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like."


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"Well," snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the bewildered Seaman, "I suppose after you get discharged from the Navy, you'll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and piss on my grave."

"Not me, Chief!" the Seaman replied. "Once I get out of the Navy, I'm never going to stand in line again!"
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Friday, September 5th 2008, 9:22pm

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hehe...I like the short stories.

The base would indeed have been grand, had only congress and the J.C.O.S.'s
considered cooperating with each other.

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Saturday, September 6th 2008, 3:59pm

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hehe...I like the short stories. ...


Glad you liked them. I tend to hoard humor which I find online and, at last check, had over 700MB of humor files stored in my main archive, most of it in text format. I could post more if you're interested but it should probably be in a dedicated topic that doesn't increase post count as it is really a rather trivial use for a dedicated forum.
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Thursday, September 11th 2008, 11:45am

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that'll be that there United States Navy - one day you'll be *almost* as good as ours, *almost*

Britannia sadly no longer rules the waves, however, these days we have to save up for six months just so the new Type 50s can get out of Portsmouth harbour :( not like it was in my day when you'd get on board your first ship as a rouge derriere, get initiated in your first stopover at Gib or Valletta, which of course were still full of the Old Grey Funnel Line back then. Nary a sleek Pussers Grey war canoe to be seen, nowadays. We still had proper aircraft carriers back then too, and cruisers as well, although I never got past a Type 12 meself (although I'd have quite enjoyed subs i think)

These new ships have individual quarters and proper beds! And women! It's all so very, very wrong.
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Thursday, September 11th 2008, 4:19pm

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... These new ships have individual quarters and proper beds! And women! It's all so very, very wrong.


Not necessarily wrong, just different. Differences can be seen as "wrong" if they go against our training or ingrown perceptions. Having said all that, I can still somewhat understand your implied thoughts. It does seem "not quite right" to have a comfortable warship taking women into harms way but that is my male prejudice talking most likely.

I noticed your location.

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Location: Islamic Peoples Socialist Republic of Tawakalnistan
It would appear that you have forsaken your "Island prison" for the company of its enemies prison.
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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 5:19pm

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Tawakalnistan is the greatest place on earth, I'll have you know! I'll let you off this time considering that you're green-blooded and pointy-eared, but our burgeoning Tawakalni society is sans pareil.
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... I'll let you off this time considering that you're green-blooded and pointy-eared, but our burgeoning Tawakalni society is sans pareil.


Hmm, you also seem to be quite argumentative. From your description, it would appear that your "society" is in fact a locomotive ...
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Sunday, September 14th 2008, 5:47pm

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that's a masterpiece of Tawakalni high-tech; you've been spying on our research with those sensor-sweeps of yours, haven't you? Good job all our serious research goes on underground!

(hmmmm, round wheels eh? what will they think of next?)

I am not argumentitive; it's my job to defend Tawakalnistan's honour and integrity from interfering foreigners with strange new ideas. We like our traditional local ways just the way they are - insular, suspicious, backward-looking and reactionary. Well, in my half of the Peoples Palace anyway.
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Hmm, you also seem to be quite argumentative. From your description, it would appear that your "society" is in fact a locomotive ...


Actually, his "kingdom" is run by Rabbits including a rather large one that likes gingerbeer. :mrgreen:
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