The way these know-it-all brokers hype on CNBC,
they want us to believe the DOW is headed
Luckily someone�s holding them accountable.....
life is none of my business and it should be
your's either. I've never made a decision to purchase or
not to purchase based on the the integrity of their
CEO. If that were the case who would ever buy a
Microsoft product from Bill Gates or Dell from a
slander-egotistical Michael Dell?
You see "Forced Early" it
just doesn't work that way. People buy on reputation
and price of the product and how well it fits their
particular needs and lifestyle.
My current choice in
computers are Macs for very good reasons. They are
reliable, easy to use, more productive than Windows PCs I
use and fit within my budget. Sure I could save some
money when I purchased my new blue/white G3 by lowering
my standards for a poor PC cheaper substitute. But,
no PC made today regardless of price is as good as
And just a question. How sure of you
of the management at Dell and Gateway? Everyone has
a dark closet of secretes they don't want people to
know about. Did you know Michael was making PCs in his
college dorm room, against the school's policy to run a
Yes, I think you ought to think this one through with
more thought. Oh, good buy a Dell or Gateway, maybe
another billionaire will be made. Steve Jobs is not a
billionaire and I think he likes it that way, otherwise he
would work for Apple stock and a big salary. He works
at Apple for one dollar a year!
retirement? I'm retired early too. Guess industry doesn't
what us obsolete people any longer!
After seeing what a terrible person and
non-father your current leader is, I will not even be
considering anything with the Apple name on it. No support
will be forthcoming for such terrible people that
associate with those products.
Dells or Gateways
sound just fine, and their management seems to be
responsible and credible people.
shareholders are taking a big gamble putting your faith in
such a person like this Jobs character.
I was single, making decent wages as an engineer,
had money in the bank and time to do what I
In that year I decided to purchase a new vehicle, I
was interested primarily in the Ford Mustang as my
dad had purchased a first-year '65 hardtop 289 V-8
and had great luck with it. I saw that Corvairs were
being phased out by GM (although I think they continued
until '73 or '75, not sure).
A friend suggested
I take a look at a Corvette, knowing that I was
single and probably afford it. At the time I went to the
Chevrolet dealer to check it out. I think the sticker price
was around $5,000 US, so I figured like most dealers,
they would make a good deal on one. I figured I should
pay about $4,500 US. Instead I was told I would have
to pay $500 US more for it if I wanted one. I shook
my head, said thanks and walked over to the Ford
dealer. They didn't have what I wanted but said they
could order it. A black convertible top with 289 cubic
inch V-8, a folding glass rear window, a 4-speed
transmission, power-disc brakes (first year), tan saddle
interior, tachometer, upgraded radio, power top and a BRG
(forrest green) paint job. The total with tax was $3,850
US as I recall.
I guess I am not a 'Vette'
type of personality. I appreciate enough power to get
out of my own way, more is excessive and a good
handling vehicle with a decent ride.
I always loved
the Austin-Healey 3000 series with triple
Stewart-Union downdraught carbs. A friend whom I met while
taking the Army officer's exam in '66 had a brand new
red one. We drove to Buffalo for the physical and
testing and later to Syracuse for more testing and a
meeting with an officer review board. It was great riding
with the top down (summer) and it handled like a dream
but let me say it road like a 'buckboard'. I think I
wore a hole in the seat of my pants. He..he.
not for Corvair. Cosworth built racing engines,
and built a four-valve -per -cylinder for the four
The cylinder head temperature guage was
stock on the turbocharged models, optional on the
The Corvette was a rough riding, noisy, poorly made
automobile. Beautiful, but useless. After 1963, didn't even
have a trunk.
I always liked the more modern look of the '65
models. I saw one a few months back and it looked like it
fit in well with today's designs. The '64 to me
looked like an inverted bathtub. He..he.
(Bossworth?) name sticks in my mind. I am not sure if he
offered a modified version for sale or whether he souped
them up for racing. The 327 block was a historical
market in GM's engine design. I recall it used in large
sedans, the Novas and Corvettes.
Lurker, I only
had a ride in a 'Vette' once in my life, a neighbors
and I remember well the experience. He set me back in
my bucket passenger seat. Now that is
As far a dropping a 327 block in a "Vair' I guess I
must have missed that one. I've heard of Porche
engines in VWs. Actually, design wise the 'Vairs' and VWs
and Porches all shared a somewhat common design, air
cooled, flat, opposed cylinders.
I remember a
friend at the Amublance company I worked that had a '63
'Vair' two-door sedan with an aircraft oil cooler
(radiator) that he said keep his car running cool. In the
summer that was a nice feature. Also I think I recall a
special head tempterature gauge installed on these souped
up 'Vairs' You could almost fry eggs on those babies
when they ran hot. You know, similar to frying eggs on
those hot running Intel Pentium II/III chips.
Whatever happens with Y2k will happen and neither of us
will be able to change that. The news media are
running a lot of stories about the Y2k problem in the
states. Our power company yesterday announce that they
are 100% Y2k safe. The airline industry said
yesterday's paper is 95% Y2k safe. I'm not
Somewhere in my old hotrod magazines I have some
articles on souping Corvairs, including dropping in a 327
in the back seat. If I come across it, I'll let you
Re: the discussion about Y2K, there is no reason we
have to agree. We have both stated our opinions, so
now let's wait and see what actually happens. I'm
sure there will be surprises for both of
soop-up those earlier Corvairs (Don somebody I
thinK). Yes, the 150HP and 4-speed (Hurst?) would have
laid that '63 Falcon to waste.
liked a "tight shifter" with positive linkage to the
tranny. We the 'Vairs' I think they used cabling and I
always felt a certain amount of 'slop' in the
All my British sport cars (Austin-Healey Sprite Mk.
II and the two Triumph Spitties) and the '68 'Stang'
4-speed. the '84 300-ZX (5-speed) and even this '95 XE
pickup (5-speed) seem to have that precision for quick
shifting that I enjoy.
My wife wishes now that we
got the XE in automatic, but I still love to shift
Lurker, it's that kid in me. He..he.
topic wise I am more than happy to leave the discussion
of Y2k, Microshaft and IBM behind. Yet, I still
don't agree with out on the impact. I really think it
will have much greater impact on us all,