* Posts by Baudwalk

191 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Dec 2009


Raspberry Pi OS goes goth


Dark mode has been default...

...for years on my Pies.

As I mostly have them boot to the console. I can always start X11 later, if I want to run GUI app.

Just like we did in the 80s and 90s. :old-man-yells-at-cloud:

Microsoft delays debut of IoT security offer due to 'unexpected system challenges'


You might even say...

...that Microsoft have been ahead of their time for decades. [/sarcasm]

These days everybody flog their wares well before they're fully baked.

USENET, the OG social network, rises again like a text-only phoenix


sudo apt install slrn

Must admit it's been years since I last browsed USENET.

Quite a nostalgia trip just listing the groups again. comp.lang.c, rec.arts.sf.tv,babylon5, alt.music.enya, ...

Not as bereft of life as I expected, but not exactly about to nuzzle up to the bars, bend 'em apart with its beak, and VOOM.

File Explorer gets facelift in latest Windows 11 build


I always mean to try...


As well as every other new UI stack eagerly promoted at the future of Windowsy applications.

But whenever I need a Windows GUI, I still reach for wxWidgets.

Looks old^H^H^Habout as modern as I think desktop apps ought to, rather than looking like a web page.

And I've paid for Total Commander some time ago. Only file manager I need on Windows.

Working from home could kill career advancement, says IBM CEO


As Dr. Evil said...

..."There's nothing quite like a shorn scrotum."

Python still has the strongest grip on developers


Speaking of Flask...

...I've been eyeing it for simple interactivity on a website, but also wondering about safety.

Is Python + Flask (or Django) secure on their own? Would putting them behind an Apache proxy be better?

Microsoft is busy rewriting core Windows code in memory-safe Rust


My preferred GUI library is...


On Windows, it's just a C++ wrapper for native.

The end of Microsoft-brand peripherals is only Surface deep


Was the Strategic Commander...

...actually good?

I picked one out of the bargain bin 20 years ago, but never actually plugged it in.

I came across it, clearing out the attic about a year ago, and finally took it to the recycling centre.

BOFH takes a visit to retro computing land


Nobody is touching...

...my two C=64s.

I wonder how Bruce Lee will look on our 55" OLED.

UK watchdog blocks Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition


Why do you...

..."trust" Steam?

Honest question.

Personally, I consider anything with DRM as a form of rental, whether Steam, Microsoft/Xbox/Apple-App/Google-Play Store or, the honestly labelled rental model, Game Pass.

The vast majority of PC game purchases I've made over the past decade have been at gog.com. (Though I certainly recognise most people's game preferences aren't properly served by them.)

Benchmark a cloud PC? No way. Just trust us, they work, says Microsoft


Azure's paper specs...

...are kinda useless.

I rented a VPS on Azure for a couple of months for running a Minecraft server for my son, as I already knew how Azure admin worked. The price was OK, but I spun it up on demand and had it auto shutdown each night.

Then I noticed Hetzner weren't as expensive as I had assumed, and I could get a VPS with the same specs as the Azure one.

While the servers had the same specs, the Hetzner server has consistently been much, MUCH more responsive than the Azure one at the best of times.

Updating new areas on the Azure Minecraft stalled regularly. On Hetzner it's always buttery smooth.

And while my total monthly cost is the same, the Hetzner server is kept running 24/7. That many hours of up-time on Azure would have been horribly expensive.

OpenMandriva Rome version 23.03 is out now


Odd nostalgia trip...

...for me.

I remember my sequence of main distros as: Red Hat (good), SuSE (better) which came with an impressive selection dead-tree literature, Slackware (best, but time-consuming), Debian (good enough for the lazy^Wtime constrained).

But I also recall giving Mandrake a shot. (Probably partly due to liking the old Mandrake the Magician comics.) I wonder if that was between SuSE and Slackware...

Raspberry Pi Foundation launches $12 USB Debug Probe


Re: Looks interesting...

If so, the Segger J-Link Edu Mini, which is also OK to use for personal, non-commercial projects, could be worth a look.

I paid something to the tune of €25 (incl. 25% VAT) for mine a few years ago.

As Apple sales slide, Tim Cook says fanbois will tolerate higher iPhone prices


>>>Huawei phones were not only better than iPhones in value for money terms but also better quality<<<

Err. no.

Huawei's Bluetooth was (still is?) notoriously incompatible/troublesome to work with.

And their non-OLED screens were cheap looking too, IMHO

I'm on Android, but Huawei would be on my no-buy list, sanctions related issues regardless.

Fujitsu re-org sparks alphabet soup splatter: GSBG splits into GTSBG and GBSBG


Reminds me of...

...Yes, Minister.


Bernard: In the civil service, CMG stands for "Call Me God". And KCMG for "Kindly Call Me God".

Jim: What does GCMG stand for?

Bernard: "God Calls Me God".

GCC 13 to support Modula-2: Follow-up to Pascal lives on in FOSS form


Re: Had M2 become popular...

The year of the Penguin^W Walrus operator.

Microsoft reportedly mulls a does-everything 'super app' to expand mobile search


I actually ...

...quite like New Microsoft.

Windows 11 is visually a step in the right direction, IMHO, and their webby stuff works quite well in Penguin land too.

But to really win me over, they would have to disable all the ads for 365 subscribers.

Musk says spat with Apple over App Store ejection threat for Twitter was 'misunderstanding'


Re: Yes, but...

>>>if they try, we go all goudere on them......<<<

Mildly cheesy?

Apple forgoes cooling systems in M2 MacBook Air


What's crap about this one?

At my pre-corona employer I had an Air M1 to play with, and it was an absolutely amazing machine.

That kind of speed (including emulated Windows 3D games) in a fan-less laptop with instant (not just the near-instant seen on the best Windows laptops) wake-up, was fscking amazing.

When I left, was tempted to buy one for myself. I 100% would have if I trusted Apple to maintain the Rosetta Intel emulation layer for any length of time. Apple's track record didn't leave me with confidence in that regard, so I opted for a Ryzen 4700U powered HP Envy 13 convertible.

Predictive Dirty Dozen: What will and won't happen in 2022 (unless it doesn’t/does)


Re: "All office chairs are gaming chairs"

Forget about those crappy gaming <insert anything vaguely computing related>.

For a proper office chair (also good for extended gaming sessions, if you have that sort of time to spare), get a HÅG Creed 6002.

Pricey but built to last, and at least you don't look like you're using your teenage kid's chair in Zoom^WTeams meetings.

My older model is well over 20 years old and still as comfy as ever.

Your back will thank you.

How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works? Ah, thought so: nothing


Is the place full of…

…data leeks?

New IETF draft reveals Egyptians invented pyramids to sharpen razor blades


As Pratchett himself wrote:...

..."A Pyramid, properly viewed as a device for manipulating time, doesn't so much keep a razor blade sharp as remind it of a time in its life when it wasn't blunt, and to make a suggestion that this would be a nice time to revisit, for just long enough to do Pharaoh's legs."

The Audacity of it all: Version 3.0 of open-source audio fave boasts new file format, 160+ bug fixes


Pretty it isn't...

...but i can't recall an audio editor that was, to be honest.

And with wxWidgets, at least it looks like a desktop application with clearly marked UI elements, rather than a web page where everything is a muddled together, indistinguishable porridge.

Blind man sues Dell over inaccessible website


As a blind person writing and reading code, do you have any comments on how various programming languages' syntax translate to screen readers?

Any favourites or pet peeves?

Python Package Index nukes 3,653 malicious libraries uploaded soon after security shortcoming highlighted


C/C++ library discovery and building is...


But it's stories like these that make me love even these deficiencies of the C++ ecosystem.

It does mean reinventing the wheel more often than developers who exclusively code in Rust, Python, Go, Java, C#, JavaScript, Perl, Ruby, OCaml, Haskell, ... *sigh* (wipes tear away) *sniffle*

But at least the risc of catching, and distributing, something nasty is lessened.

Devuan adds third init option in sixth birthday release


Re: In other Linux news ...

I ran Slackware Current for some years.

It was the most stable OS, I've ever used.

But as it didn't come with a huge set of packaged applications, it did take more time to manage and keep current than most distros. Not helped by me compiling everything non-core from original sources.

The thing really was rock-solid, though.

When that PC needed replacing, general life had gotten in the way, so I went the way of the lazy and installed Debian.


Re: PulseAudio?

OSS was the Linux sound system when I started on the Righteous Path of Tux in '96.

There was some kerfuffle about 4Front and licence terms, and (IIRC, which I may very well not) that lead to the development of ALSA.

Linux developers get ready to wield the secateurs against elderly microprocessors


Re: what is linux good for?

As well as any PC with less than 8GB of RAM and/or a spinning rust drive.

I know. I've been a penguin botherer since '96.


Re: what is linux good for?

Well, large-ish embedded anyway.

Not the small stuff.


Re: what is linux good for?

Also nice on, funnily enough, Microsoft Azure servers.

The Nord N10 is OnePlus's cheapest 5G handset and, boy, does it show


Are 4GB...

... classified as "little" memory in a phone, these days?

Chr*st al-effin-mighty!

SW devs need to step back and... well, I would have said optimise, but if a phone needs 6GB of RAM to not be sluggish, it's beyond optimisation to fix, it's more like time to “unlearn what you have learned".

BBC Micro:bit with boosted specs and onboard mic to go on sale from next month


Re: Sadly

But you can have it scroll BOOBS across the 5x5 LEDS.

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended


Rather than...

...reminding us that unlikely named "Ethan" is a pseudonym, why not use more natural names like "Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel"?

Better Java than Java: Kotlin 1.4 introduces new compilers for JVM and JavaScript


Kotlin itself is quite nice...

...but getting the exact incantations right for including some of the popular dependencies is pure hell.

Kotlin and even Java itself these days are actually pretty nice languages (Clojure is better, IMHO), but Gradle is a big no. Just No!

Even the C++ ecosystem's way of tracking down, downloading and building by hand each library feels less onerous.

Can AI-enhanced virtual sports presenters do the job? It's a big ask




How did I miss that phenomenon?

The only Ana Nova I remember, was an actress, the IMDb blurb on DuckDuckGo assures me starred in some health video involving colonic yoga.


Re: To be fair...

Underfloor heating takes a while to, well, heat up.

Snakes on a wane: Python 2 development is finally frozen in time, version 3 slithers on


'Tis but a scratch! ...

... Just a flesh wound.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...


>>>However, I think you might be missing the point<<<

Surely better than missing the bowl.

How do you ascertain user acceptability if you keep killing off the users?


Launching vegetables...

...at the missus?

Unlike self driving cars, you're aiming for that 100% assured fatality rate, I see.

BOFH: I'd like introduce you to a groovy little web log I call 'That's Boss'



... no balls?

'No more room for wars in the new world'? Who are you and what have you done with Microsoft?


I was...

...thinking more along the lines of the Borgias.

(Lovely people.)


With Oracle...

...doing everything they can to cast doubt on Java's future, Microsoft don't even need to play dirty anymore.

And .NET Core 3 is actually pretty good.

Also, my utter hatred of JavaScript means Blazor looks damn tempting.

The OS is 'no longer' important to Microsoft, and yet new Surface kit has 3 Windows flavours


If selling Windows licenses isn't important...

...then could they please throw their weight, and insider knowledge, behind Wine.

Rather than running Linux programs in WSL, I'd much rather want 99.9% of Windows programs running on Linux without too much faffing about.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google told: If you could cough up a decade of your internal emails, that'd be great


Reminds me of Yes, Minister...


Sir Humphrey: "This file contains the complete set of papers, except for a number of secret documents, a few others which are part of still active files, some correspondence lost in the floods of 1967..."

Jim Hacker: Was 1967 a particularly bad winter?

Sir Humphrey: No, a marvelous winter. We lost no end of embarrassing files

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


It's still good value...

...IF you want cloud storage.

1TB OneDrive for you and 1TB each for 5 other family members.

I like DropBox' interface a lot more, but this price is damn hard to beat. And that's before adding in the Office pack for everyone, should they want it.

And with rclone, the Linux <-> OneDrive experience has been very nice for me too.

Could an AI android live forever? What, like your other IT devices?


>>>stay the hell away from me!<<<


Are you an android?

Windows 10 May 2019 Update thwarted by obscure tech known as 'external storage'


Re: Can we have a....

Have an upvote, but why the joke icon?

iOS 13 leaks suggest Apple is finally about to unleash the iPad as a computer for grownups



...I don't have an iPad, but when my son's Android tablet broke last year, some research revealed that the 2018 iPad was the best bang-for-the-€ gaming tablet around.

Apple's phones and, to a lesser extent, their OSX boxes are overpriced. Not so the non-pro iPad.

Surprisingly, to me anyway, I was able to actually open!!! the thing and fix it (so we still don't have an iPad), but not until I'd already done the research.

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!


Have you seen a doctor...

...about that buzzing in your Wha-Hey?

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...


Re: Collapsible comment tree?

>>>So feature request logged<<<

And upvoted.