Re: Black screen
My home-brew alarm clock has both of those features. But that's because it's based on a Pi2Bv1.2.
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I was once helping out as the support (is the software installed? is the network working? is everything plugged? if "yes" to all, go sit in the back of the room and wait for something to break) for the trainer to test the *training* instructions on a naive user. Because everything was working as it should, this left me to just sit and observe. The trainee was having a terrible time using the mouse. When there was a break, I went to the trainer and informed her that (a) the trainee had a death grip on the mouse and (b) the trainee appeared to trying to rotate the screen pointer by rotating the mouse. After the break, the trainer worked her way around behind the trainee and checked, then went to back to the usual spot and launched into a lecture on how the mouse worked and that you *couldn't* rotate the screen pointer. The trainer gave me very thorough thanks at the end of day for uncovering why the trainee was having so much trouble.
US 1 (or parts of it, anyway) started life as the Boston Post Road.
The other requirement for Interstate highways is to have enough clearance under overpasses for a tank on a transporter to go through. As tanks have gotten bigger, older Interstates sometimes get overpasses re-built for more clearance. (The four in the town where I live got re-done by raising them about 18 inches within the last coupe of years.)
Actual Social Security cards have text on them stating that they are not to used for ID purposes. I pointed that out to a bank official when he asked for mine as verification. He said that impersonators almost never thought to carry a matching SS card. Might be different now. The late 1960s was a more innocent age.
My maternal grandfather had a hyphenated last name (Ravn-Jorgensen). He dropped the hyphen and following when he came to the US through Ellis Island and later changed his last name because no one could properly spell or pronounce it (Ravn to Rawn).
My son's fiancee used a stage name, but (like so many aspiring actresses) lacked funds, so my son legally changed his name to the surname of her stage name, and when they married, she changed her name for free.
I look forward to a report on how the conference(s) go. Do the organizers have plans in place if they lose their (financial) shirts?
FYI...the cost of function space in hotels depends, in large part, on how many room-nights get booked and picked up. If you can't get people to show up and pay for hotel rooms, the areas in which you hold the convention get to be *very* expensive.
Sort of...you can buy Raspberry Pi RP2040 dual Cortex-M0 microcontroller modules. They go for $1 each. A full RP Pico is $4 to $6 per board.
This whole pricing scheme might be pretty favorable to Pis. The retail list price for the most expensive current model is $75 (Pi4B-8GB) with the Pi-400 running a close second at $70.
As regards SMS... There is the problem that (at least in the US), the military is extremely rank conscious even with civilians that don't have a rank. My father worked as a field service engineer (aka "tech rep") first with the USAF, who classed the tech reps as sort of generic commissioned officers, and later with the Navy, who class tech reps as generic NCOs. When he died, he was a civilian employee of the Navy. It was while doing the subsequent paperwork that his boss, a Navy lieutenant, found out that a bit over 20 years earlier, my father had left the US Maritime Service as a Lieutenant Commander. Thus, the "dumb civilian" that he actually liked a lot, outranked him. Ooops...
As an EECS student at UC Berkeley, I oncce got a tour of Lawrence Berkeley Lab. When we got to the 188" cyclotron, they shut the beam down, slid a shielding block aside, and we were invited into the actual cyclotron "room". We were also sternly told to leave things like watches on the tray outside, even if said watches were supposedly anti-magnetic. Inside the room, there was a constant magnetic field of 37.5 Kgauss.
Our guide took one of the old style AAA pen light flashlights out of his pocket and stood it on end on his hand. He then pushed at it with the other hand. It didn't fall over.
Back in the day, San Diego State College had an IBM 1620 Mod. I that was run by student operators. The IBM CE gave the ops a simple rule to follow: If there is smoke coming out, use the normal power switch (it ran a cooldown sequence). If there were flames coming out, pull the Emergency Power switch, since the system was probably going to be a pile of scrap at that point anyway.
When I had my first DSL line put in, I specifically asked (and got) the phone company to run new wire from the pole. My reasoning was that it was an old house with the existing wiring in place for many years.
As for Tier 2...
I did an 18 month stint as Tier 2 DSL support at AT&T. If someone was a frequent caller (5 or moer per month, IIRC), they'd automatically get routed to Tier 2. One way to do that was, call and hang up before getting a live body on the phone repeatedly. IIRC, after three hangups like that, the next time went directly to Tier 2. Or, of course, you could start by asking Tier 1 to transfer you to Tier 2. That had a moderate chance of working.
Mind you my time doing this was a decade ago and even then they were cutting back on what Tier 2 was actually allowed to do to really help with. They were cutting out permission to do things like walking people through configuring a modem/router or actually debugging connections between PC and modem.
What was always a joy was when you got a customer on the line who obviously knew what he was doing...used the right language, knew what the various bits were, had a spare CAT-5 cable. Then one could cheerfully get down in the weeds with him, find the problem and fix it...or--if needed--open a ticket to send a tech or have someone make the fix in the CO.
In 2000 I had an angiogram done. This involved (among other things), being under a mild sedative. One of the documents they wanted me to sing before being discharged started out with a statement that I shouldn't sign anything if I'd been sedated. I pointed that out and declined to sign that document. They did admit that my decision was sound and seemed to be kind of embarrassed about it...
Fortunately, Medicare covered nearly all of bill for the 2.5 weeks my wife was in the hospital just before she died. I have to conclude that her "medigap" insurance covered the rest as no bill has shown up since she died 4.5 months ago. (The rough numbers are $121K and $1600.)
The real downside for a business that causes you to go elsewhere is that you'll tell your friends about your experience and they will then avoid that company. They may even tell their other friends.
So far as I know, there are statistics on how many people tell others of positive experiences with companies vs. how many are told of negative experiences. Negative experiences spread farther than positive, IIRC.
First, one could put on various surfaces of a car to tell the idiot who tailgating you what you think of him, or the guy blasting out rap at 150dB to turn it down.
What I'd really like to see would be a monitor that rolls up like an old fashioned home movie screen. Say in the 22" to 27" FHD range.
My solution to that alarm clock problem is to use a Raspberry Pi with an RPF 7" display. All the "controls" are set up in crontab. Since ssh is enabled, I can "control" it from the PC I'm normally using.
I'll agree with the point that HDMI to DP adapters aren't cheap. I have a couple of them and there were on the order of $30 each. They're also hard to find, mostly because when you try to look them up you get vast numbers of DP to HDMI adapters and very few HDMI to DP. What I'd love to see would be decent ones made that work both ways. Like wise for conversion between VGA and HDMI.
And, yes, my HDMI to DP adapters are for Pis connected to original PackedPixel monitors that only have DP. However since PackedPixel went over to HDMI (at least as an option) and then proceeded to go out of business, they're not a long term plan. Fortunately, there are now more and more companies putting portable monitors on the market that use HDMI input. Basically laptop displays packaged with a power supply and a cover, and for a lot less money.