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History of Texas Instruments fails (TI versus community)

Started by DJ Omnimaga, August 11, 2015, 04:48:07 am

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c4ooo

I don't understand why someone should take the pain to put modular computer parts into predefined parts : P

DJ Omnimaga

Quote from: Cumred_Snektron on August 16, 2015, 10:16:25 am
Maybe they just ordered the cases from the same factory :P
I'm more thinking that the person just sacrified 3 SNES games to do his thing. I hope he didn't use Aero Fighters carts O.O

But we never know:  Maybe Cumred is right too :P

c4ooo

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on August 16, 2015, 06:53:10 pm
Quote from: Cumred_Snektron on August 16, 2015, 10:16:25 am
Maybe they just ordered the cases from the same factory :P
I'm more thinking that the person just sacrified 3 SNES games to do his thing. I hope he didn't use Aero Fighters carts O.O

But we never know:  Maybe Cumred is right too :P

I was thinking that was a commercial product, with the user being able to by a different ram/rom if they wished, not a homebrew computer : P

DJ Omnimaga

From the site utz linked to, it's "The Four-Phase AL1 running as a single-chip processor in a patent litigation demo. From Boysel's EECS presentation."

alexgt

I would say that the biggest stab at the ti community is the nSpire being blocked <_<, I have 3.6 with ndless but it took many days to get it it work <_<

DJ Omnimaga

I think the lockdown at first was not seen as badly as the subsequent patches against downgrade/Ndless, because some people probably thought that it was just how the new calculator was designed at the time. It's really when TI started to directly block downgrades that it angered the TI community.

alexgt

Yeah, I feel that you bought the calculator so you can do what you want with it. The Prime is a good example (you can run programs until your teacher disables programs in exam mode so you can't cheat) and that is the best way to do it (I hope someone doesn't make a hack to skip that security measure forcing HP to lock it down <_<)

DJ Omnimaga

I actually bought the Nspire CX to complete my collection, but I wished that we could do more with it at one point and permanently. In general it's the calculator that I use the least among the newer models, though.

And yeah that is my concern: I hope that if someone makes an hack that it will have protections against circumventing exam mode. @Streetwalrus idea was to create some sort of bootloader or something that would launch when the calc is turned ON instead of the OS. It would show a list of ASM/C programs, as well as the OS in a list, but if the calculator is in exam mode, then only the OS could be selected. The bootloader license  would disallow anyone from making programs that can circumvent the exam mode, using the source code to create softwares that can do so, as well as forks of said bootloader that can circumvent the exam mode themselves.

alexgt


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DJ Omnimaga

I have updated the first post with the incident in July 2010 where Critor's Facebook account got suspended by TI after he posted a negative comment about TI-Nspire OS 2.1 anti-downgrade protection in July 2010 on TI-France page. All comments denouncing the anti-downgrade protection were also deleted by TI-France page moderators.

Source: http://tibank.forumactif.com/blabla-f18/ti-fait-desactiver-mon-compte-fb-t5818.htm . Unfortunately, I cannot find this thread on TI-Planet so unless @critor still has a copy, then the source is gone. But here was a post on Omni that brought it up: https://www.omnimaga.org/news/nspire-2-1-out-don't-install-it!/msg103858/#msg103858


Yes, back in 2010 TI was that bad.

Travis

I don't remember if I ever told anyone this story, but a tech from TI support once got a customer calc question and emailed us at ticalc.org for help.  ;D

DJ Omnimaga

Wait, when was this? I know that until September 2001 ticalc.org was affiliated with TI, but not anymore. I wonder if TI ever e-mailed TI-Planet for help?

Adriweb

"Nope", not directly at least ; but they (particularly TI-Europe) do quite often read help/questions topics on TI-Planet, according to Google Analytics. Whether they search for answer regarding customers' questions, that I don't know, but I guess it's not unlikely.
Co-founder & co-administrator of TI-Planet and Inspired-Lua

DJ Omnimaga

Didn't TI-Cares normally reply with automated answers or pre-made e-mail answers that often had nothing to do with the original question?

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