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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #285 on: 2023.December.07. 13:52:46 »
Well, in a job offer today I would assume the request for "boundless enthusiasm" and the promise of an "extremely attractive salary" don't quite fit together. When a company asks for that, they tend to hint that some of the former needs to cover for some of the latter. ;)

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #286 on: 2023.December.07. 14:03:48 »
or more people to accelerate the developement process.
I can imagine that time not all the people has the passion to make some new tech stuff, with overtime in the Job, with exeption how Bruce Tanner done his job on the software side. Some employee think, if it is 16:30 i go home to my family, even if the job not done.

 Only smaller startup teams doing job in that passionate way, where they practically living inside the company.
 The company of course welcome these types, but it is hard to find.
Yes you are right on the s/w - these are the people we wanted, and they were hard to find!

On the h/w side Intelligent Software was unusual - Dave Woodfield worked from his home 130 miles (204 km) away and Nick Toop worked in an office in Cambridge 60 miles (96km) away that I.S. opened especially for him because he refused to leave Cambridge, where he went to university and had other roots. These days remote working is common and fairly easy, but back in the 1980s there was no internet, email or video phoning, and Nick and Dave did a lot of travelling!

I cannot remember this specific job advert, or if anyone was recruited. But I.S. did pay well. There were no bonuses or overtime, but the latter was expected and "included" in the salary. All very informally.

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #287 on: 2023.December.07. 14:15:06 »
For a big company the "boundless enthusiasm" from employee side is shown after some weeks/months but within a year.
Sometimes the employee itself goes against the social regulations, for example overtime has to be payed with higher hourly fee, the maximal hours / day are limited.
It can happen, that the empoyee itself decides, he does not want to be payed his overtime, because doing the job is "fun", it is making the "flow experience". Of course this kind of behaiour is good for the company.

The breaking of these rules cannot be expected from new incomming colleagues. It is a good addon of an employee, but this cannot be mentioned from employer during an introduction speech.
In my opinion, that's the reason why salary does not play a role for an enthusiastic colleague (at least at the beginning). On the other side, it can happen later on, that the employee looses his enthusiasm in direction, get a normal social life with family and children, and he or she changes his mind. In that case salary will be a big factor, to keep the employee at the company.

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #288 on: 2023.December.07. 14:43:54 »
This company - employee "card game" reminds me always the movie Good Will Hunting. Where every company knows, that Will Hunting is talented and worth his knowledge a lot, and it is also recommended to him, to have some introduction speeches in different companies. One day Will sends (or asks) his non-talented friend to go a company, to make a introduction speech. The employer belive, that the guy who is presence is Will, and they accept every demand of him:

- Employer: "I not exactly understand what you mean, we already offered you a position."
- Will's friend: "Nobody in this town works without a retainer. You think you can find someone who does, you have my blessin'. But I think we all know that person isn't going to represent you as well as I can."
- Employer: "Will, our offer starts you at $84000 a year, plus benefits."
- Friend: "Retainer!!!!.. Retainer!".
- Employer: "You want us, give you cash right now?"
- "Whoa... I did not say that. Allegedly, your situation will be concurrently improved if I had $200 in my back pocket right now."
- Employer 1.: "I don't think I can... Larry?"
- Employer 2.: "I have about seventy-three"
- Employer 1.: "Will you take a check?"
- Will's friend: "I tell you something... you suspect. Yeah you! I know what your reputation is.. in this town. But after the sh.t try to pull today you can bet I'll be looking into you... now the bussiness we have... here to for..you could speak with my forementioned attorney.  Good day gentlemen. And until that day comes, keep you head on the grind stone."

And Will's friend left the office with 73$ cash. :D

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #290 on: 2024.January.27. 19:28:45 »
Chip Micros #21 Sept.1985

https://archive.org/details/chip-micros/Chip%20Micros%2021/page/85/mode/1up?q=entreprise

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La compañía francesa Eureka lnformatique, que nada tiene que ver con el proyecto europeo de renovación tecnológica auspiciado por el Gobierno francés, acaba de adquirir la marca de origen británico Oric.
Eureka Informatique se dedica a la fabricación de monitores y es dístribuidor independiente de otros periféricos y accesorios para ordenadores domésticos, al tiempo que distribuye los productos de la marca Sinclair Research, Amstrad y Entreprise.
Todo parece indicar que los modelos de Oric se fabricarán en la planta que la compañía gala tiene en Normandía.
Fuentes de la firma francesa se negaron a revelar la cuantía de la operación de compra, aunque sí se comunicó el alcance del contrato, que se limita a la adquisición por parte de Eureka de los stocks, piezas de recambio y derechos de fabricación y distribución.
Los edificios e instalaciones que Oric posee en Inglaterra no forman parte del «paquete», que puede ser vendido al mejor postor.
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #291 on: 2024.January.29. 16:24:34 »
Strange... I thought that the French seller of the Enterprise was Lansay.

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #292 on: 2024.May.02. 13:55:46 »
Part of Level9 history booklet.

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Interesting information from manual for Red Moon (turn speaker off before loading)
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I am still sure that the release of the game Red Moon was cancelled. And L9 company didn't want to change printed universal manuals.
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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #293 on: 2024.May.13. 11:55:46 »
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Lewis Packwood - Curious Video Game Machines: A Compendium of Rare and Unusual Consoles, Computers and Coin-Ops

Chapter 8 of this book is devoted to the history of the Enterprise computer.

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https://books.google.com.ua/books?id=0rfSEAAAQBAJ&lpg=PT486&hl=ru&pg=PT169#v=twopage&q&f=false

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #294 on: 2024.May.20. 00:22:53 »
https://blog.stevewetherill.com/2022/02/odin-computer-graphics-part-one-1985.html

Steve Wetherill's memories about game development at Odin Computer Graphics.
There is part about Nodes of Yesod for Enterprise.

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #295 on: 2024.May.23. 10:39:37 »
Enterprise in a C-64 demo (at 0:37 seconds):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72giExHrhv0

The animation is a bit fast but very precise. And cool :)

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Re: Allsorts of interesting finds
« Reply #296 on: 2024.May.23. 15:41:08 »
Enterprise in a C-64 demo (at 0:37 seconds):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72giExHrhv0
Something similar could be made for the Enterprise too. It would be more precise. :D
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