* Posts by bartsmit

24 posts • joined 29 Jul 2016

Hacking the computer with wirewraps and soldering irons: Just fix the issues as they come up, right?


Reminds me of Mel

From the jargon file: http://catb.org/jargon/html/story-of-mel.html

Beige Against the Machine: The IBM PC turns 40


First black IBM 5150 mid 1980's

They weren't all beige; the submarine ones were black. They were delivered in beige but the only place to store them on hunter killers was a cupboard which was part of the diesel exhaust system. Whenever the snorkel went under a wave at periscope depth, the engine would have a mild cardiac arrest and belch out sooty smoke. The PC's always rotated back pitch black.

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets


Re: Feh.

These are the fastest ones I've come across: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus-class_hydrofoil

Makes it look like you're stopped in the water. Bit better armed and ocean going too.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful


Re: Just get a Harmony remote

Harmony hub works great with Home Assistant which means that it will keep working when Logitech inevitably retire the cloud service.

Your private data has been nabbed: Please update your life as soon as possible while we deflect responsibility


Re: Fake PII FTW.

Too much work; there's a page for that: https://www.fakeaddressgenerator.com/World/uk_address_generator

Gone in 60 electrons: Digital art swaggers down the cul-de-sac of obsolescence


low cost book scanner

Same here; a book scanner does not need to cost much:


iFixit wants you to be legally able to break software locks to repair gizmos. Unsurprisingly, manufacturers are less keen


Re: Vote with your feet

Don't like Google - don't use it: https://www.fairphone.com/en/2020/04/30/keeping-your-data-safe-with-e-os/


Vote with your feet

Alternatives to the usual suspects are available: https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Fairphone_3

I had the screen go blank after a drop, loaded the official youtube, grabbed the supplied screwdriver and fixed it in under ten minutes with a contact clean.

Nominet ignores advice, rejects serious change despite losing CEO, chair, half its board in membership vote


Handforth has been bested

Read the standing orders! Read them, and understand them!

Where is Jackie?

License to thrill: Ahead of v13.0, the FreeBSD team talks about Linux and the completed toolchain project that changes everything


Re: "we don't have one big dictator"

Bezerkely, surely


Transcribe-my-thoughts app would prevent everyone knowing what I actually said during meetings


Audacity to the rescue

You can set Audacity to record what your soundcard is rendering, rather than what your microphone picks up. On Windows, set your recording device to mix and Audacity to record from wasapi.

This allows you to safely nod off with the odd chat message of 'having microphone trouble'. For bonus points, change your screen name to Connecting... and switch your camera off.

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'


Grass root projects

There is a lot of similar effort at a local level, such as Ricky El-Qasem in Manchester running his 3D printer at capacity: https://www.gofundme.com/f/northwest-ppe-project

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks


Multi-monitor Doom

Network Doom was even better when I worked for a computer hardware manufacturer in the early 90's. With kit all neatly assembled for a trade show, it was fairly trivial to equip each player with three blade PC's and set their side screens to show left and right views in Doom slave mode to augment the main view forward.

Icon to mimic gibbing effects. Glorious!

Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency


Falsehoods programmers believe about time

This is not the only issue by far: https://gist.github.com/timvisee/fcda9bbdff88d45cc9061606b4b923ca

Red flag: Verify to be marked 'undeliverable' by gov projects watchdog


World leading is hard

Just as well we're a major power. Imagine the difficulty for small countries



You were warned and you didn't do enough: UK preps Big Internet content laws


Re: Seems a bit mixed

We do have legislation. Google 'libel twitter uk facebook' for examples of British courts taking action against Brits for their published content on US services

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS


Re: I missed the beginning and almost the end

The big stash of software was Simtel20 out in White Sands Missile Range. The cheapest way to get files was through Trickle, a distributed file forwarding system. "Tell Trickle at Trearn /list" followed by a fetch that would get you the file in 24 hours. The internet was clunky, especially before DNS.

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere


Andy Weir's dream come true

In your face, Neil Armstrong!

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


Re: Sic gloria and all that

Forte Agent was good. Anybody use fresco - the floppy-based dial on demand router? Don't touch that phone!


Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod


Samsung has been listening through their TV's for a wee while now https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31296188

IPv4 is OVER. Really. So quit relying on it in new protocols, sheesh


Re: IPv6 Support by UK ISP's

I voted with my feet and left BT because of this. During the inevitable 'why are you leaving, what can we do to change your mind' phone call I stated my reason as 'you can't give me IPv6'. The reply was 'I don't know that channel'. I'm going to be kind and think that they heard ITV6.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


Re: Strip or screen...


'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'



Back in the days of config.sys and autoexec.bat a useful warning for other techs was to add USER=ID10T to the former

IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest


Re: Time to learn

Actually SiXXS no longer issues new tunnels as a way of exerting pressure on ISP's to offer dual stack to domestic subscribers. https://www.sixxs.net/signup/


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