* Posts by timrowledge

108 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Oct 2016


To make this computer work, users had to press a button. Why didn't it work? Guess


Rented an early Subaru when in N’orlins for a conference. Drove off and eventually needed petrol. Couldn’t find how to open the damn flap.

Nice chap at garage called local dealer- “how do you fill up one o’them Subarus?” “That’s all right sir, it’s pre-installed at the factory.” Smartarse...turned out you pushed the same tiny lever you pulled to open the bonnet.


Re: Bad design

Quite a few motorcycles had those horrible rockers - mostly those awful “cruisers “. I disagree with your ‘nasty’ description. And gearshifts are not always on the left.

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups


Re: StrongEd

Oh yeah, !StrongED FTW. So damn fast for searching, and combining it with !throwback.. brilliant . If you *have* to use Dead Text File systems then you need that.

Senior engineer reported to management for failing to fix a stapler


Wait, you have so many sheds you have keep them in racks?


Re: But I DO want to know!

Wow - my sympathies. Those must have been some dark parts.

Micro molten salt reactor can fit on a truck, power 1k homes. When it's built


Re: How does one secure it?

Oh, I dunno. That bridge in Crimea might be a good example of how the combination of ‘bomb’ and ‘thing next to bomb’ makes the problem much more interesting.

No, working in IT does not mean you can fix anything with a soldering iron


What the flux lead you to that conclusion?

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


RISC OS is the only non-awful UI

I mean, c’mon, get with the program.


Re: System 7 - the horror, the horror.

Meh. Some of it was, kinda. I know (many of) the people on both sides of that. It’s more complicated.

Arm sues Qualcomm over custom Nuvia CPU cores, wants designs destroyed


Re: Wow

Finally - someone that would understand why my main ARM powered machine is always named “GoldSkin”. I was mortified some years ago to have to spell it out to Larry Niven...

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035


Re: Not going to happen

So do explain what happens when new housing developments are built, or new industrial developments? They need power; where does it come from? Could it possibly be that the same solution might allow for conversion to EV transport?


Re: America without V8's just isn't America

Congratulations- you managed to be wrong in almost every single sentence. That takes serious effort and dedication. Well done!

We've got a photocopier and it can copy anything


Re: Don't know if it's just that my coffee hasn't kicked in yet...

In my time in Silicon Valley I became familiar with the (fake) safety placard

The phrase “Hey y’all, watch this!” Is known to the state of California to be dangerous to your health

It was alarming how often it was applicable.

x86 Raspberry Pi Desktop is a great way to revive an old PC


Re: Free Math!

Well I don’t know about your little bubble universe but in mine the 64bit raspberry pi os has been in use for quite some time. Maybe if you spent some more time paying attention?

RISC OS: 35-year-old original Arm operating system is alive and well


I still have one of the original prototype ‘silver fox’ machines. A whole 4Mb ram and a whopping! great! disk! of 20 whole Mb. It started out as an ARM1 machine and got upgraded by Acorn to ARM3 (woohoo! 4Kb cache!) and then 12MHz turbo mode.

Not a GNOME fan, and like the look of Windows? Try KDE Plasma or Cinnamon


Re: Similarly, if you have a touchscreen

Windows ever had a good UI, not ever. Mac is ‘Least Bad’ but still not good.

BOFH: Where do you think you are going with that toner cartridge?


Re: Printer Maintenance Contracts

Umm, you did notice that Brexit has given you back the priceless freedom to be shafted by scummy scammers, right?

A peek into Gigabyte's GPU Arm for AI, HPC shops


I’m with druck on this (hi druck!)

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’


Re: "Thats odd"

Somebody else that remembers “The Crystal Sphere” by Brin?

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them


Re: Sat Comm

Only the one helicopter? Oh dear.

The wild world of non-C operating systems


Re: Smalltalk-80

I had an early NS32032 machine ~1983, though I never got Smalltalk running on it (I wrote a very simple 3D interactive solid modeller on it, terrible performance).

On the other hand I had Smalltalk running on ARM before more than a couple hundred people knew about ARM. And ~25 years ago I was working on a Smalltalk medium-hard real-time OS on custom ARM hardware. It worked quite well, and was intended for a consumer network/media system that would have given us al the useful parts of IOT in the mid 90s. If only bill gates hadn’t stuck his foot in it...

Others have made Smalltalk sorta-OS systems too. So much nicer .

One decade, 46 million units: Happy birthday, Raspberry Pi


PiHole helps save my sanity.


An old model A in the garage runs a bunch of weather sensors and publishes MQTT to a broker. Another Pi runs a Smalltalk MQTT client I wrote and displays that data along with a fleet of other sensors around the estate.

Another runs a Smalltalk code repository.

Two Pi4s serve as main development machines, one for 32bit the other for 64bit, though the 32bit setup is really only for Scratch legacy support work for RPT. Several more live in PiTop ceed units for teaching.

Some are setup as MotionEye camera systems.

Another is an ISS backup of sorts.

I do have one or two in the cupboard, including an NIB Pi 2, but the others are damaged for one reason or another and are just in honourable retirement.

If I ever find time I want to play with Asterisk/IncrediblePBX, some home automation stuff to replace my current systems, a laser cutter, a CNC router, 3D printer etc. Lots of work left for Pis.


Re: How many?

Tell everyone you lack imagination and skill without actually saying...


Re: Where are they?

Google around and you can find several people making that sort of thing with CM4s.

For example - https://pipci.jeffgeerling.com//boards_cm.html


Re: Interesting.

Not really. It can help if you have it in a tight space, or you are heavily loading it all the time. My main Pi 4 is in a tight space and I do load it quite often and the PWM seems to fire up about once a week for a moment. Give them a decent PSU and attach an SSD (I use a geekworm x820 board) and they are very happy.

If you need more power, pay more money. Easy.

Do not try this at home: Man spends $5,000 on a 48TB Raspberry Pi storage server


Re: A real engineer..

People that claim to know how to measure it have published results showing Pi 4 Ethernet bandwidth exceeding 900Mb/s. The 300ish figure is what the Pi 4b claimed.

I don’t much care; whatever the number is, it works pretty well for my usage. Which, as it happens, is as a Smalltalk engine attached to my iMac. Why run it on a (certainly slower than iMac) Pi? Because I have particular requirements to use ARM machines.

Boeing's Starliner capsule corroded due to high humidity levels, NASA explains, and the spaceship won't fly this year


Re: Cheap & cheerful, but mostly cheap

Obligatory mention of Derek Lowe’s “things I won’t work with” articles. See https://www.science.org/action/doSearch?AllField=Things+I+won’t+work+with+

Do not read whilst near a keyboard if you have any liquids in your mouth.

Boeing 737 Max chief technical pilot charged with deceiving US aviation regulators over MCAS


Re: Hmmm....

Well, it depends who you’ve given a peerage to...

CutefishOS: Unix-y development model? Check. macOS aesthetic? Check (if you like that sort of thing)



My 2012 iMac is still happy. I get updates to all the base apps regularly for free. I pay for occasional updates to indigodomo to run my Insteon setup. I’ve paid for a couple of updates to RapidWeaver over the last 15 years. Oh, and likewise for my accounting package.

Never yet been told to replace the machine. I probably *will* once a large screen ARM64 iMac appears.

Basically you appear to be doing it wrong.

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again


Re: The light..

The light is a lie!

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt


Re: "I'm actually honest, self-deprecating, and funny"

Except that the English language users of the world adore TLAs. Which constantly causes miscommunication problems.

Yes, an FLA would perhaps have been better - not mention cooler- if for example “Black Lives Also Matter” had been chosen. BLAM is kinda nice for a T-shirt slogan. None of which would have stopped assholes from being assholes.

And anybody that thinks women are weak really needs to be plugged into brain stim sim to experience childbirth.

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99


Re: Bad greek

And Staplehurst Dene Wood. 4 eras word for wood.

I haven't bought new pants for years, why do I have to keep buying new PCs?


Re: I am privileged to be an Apple customer

I’d offer a down vote for feeble & just plain silly ‘sarcasm’ but it really isn’t even worth it. I have a bunch of circa 10y.o. Macs and several 15+ y.o. plus 10y.o. iPhones and almost as old iPads. All doing their job quite contentedly thank you.

Flash in the pan: Raspberry Pi OS is the latest platform to carve out vulnerable tech


The Dr needs to go back and make sure it is never invented.

SpaceX cargo ship splashes down off Florida with science in tow – but what we want to know is how space wine tastes


Re: Two Dragon capsules at the ISS at the same time!

Nobody, nobody, should use Scratch 2. I’d stick with the version 1.4 delivered with Raspberry Pi OS . Which, as it happens I am currently updating a bit to use the pulse audio that they decided to set as default.

It is, after all, the version in use on the ISS.

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


Re: 5th element

You’ll have us in stitches with jokes like that


Re: Simple explanation

I think you mean “45 corrupted sectors” ?

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it


Re: The longest two months

It’s March 263rd today. Still a long way to go.

Apple Arm Macs ship, don't expect all open-source apps to work without emulation – here's what you need to know


The only bit that matters is that Squeak Smalltalk works nicely on the M1 Macs as well as several other ARM64 devices like Pi.

Let's... drawer a veil over why this laser printer would decide to stop working randomly


Ringer queue misdirected

Waaaay back I was an IBM Research Fellow at the UK Scientific Centre. We got a big (very) shiny new 4250 printer - a weird thing that did very high quality but on that horrible metallised paper that you had to then photocopy (never xerox, not at IBM!).

Couldn’t get any output. The driver insisted it was printing. Eventually the colleagues playing with sent a job saying basically “call me at UKSC if you find this” and shortly later we got a vnet mail from the Australian scientific centre.

2020 hasn't been all bad – a new Raspberry Pi Compute Module is here


Re: Still needs cooling

Simply mounting the board vertically solves a lot of heat problems. It’s when you put a Pi4 in a box that you need to arrange some cooling. It doesn’t need much.

Singapore Airlines turns A380 into a restaurant, delivers plane food to homes


Re: glory of air travel

The *bad* part is when you get to jump out the back unexpectedly...

Tesla to build cars made of batteries and hit $25k price tag about three years down the road


Re: Cars, cars, carcass

Bah, I got stuck there for more like 18 hours one winter ‘evening ‘. Such fun.

And mass transit ? Madness! I’m not sharing space with lurgy spewing plebs, in no-ventilation/badly-heated death boxes.


Re: Structural Batteries?!

“Teslas already are pretty notorious for how easily their batteries catch on fire in accidents”

What utter tosh. BMW have a worse record by far. Petrol tanks ignite after days of being tucked away in a garage.

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year


Re: Evolving

Agree with almost everything you’ve written in this thread.

C++ was a bad idea and too complex right from the start. All it ever did was let lazy C users write a file with a cpp extension and claim “hey, I’m programming objects!”

It would be nice if any ‘new’ language had actually learned from Smalltalk, which is *still*, after 50 years, they only language good enough to be worth critiquing.

And finally

“New programmers should absolutely not be taught C++ “

I’d argue that new programmers should be taught documenting before any sort of programming language! Along with actually reading in order to understand specifications and requirements.

Voyager 1 cracks yet another barrier: Now 150 Astronomical Units from Sol


Re: So when does Voyager 1 run into the "Truman Show" wall the aliens keep around our solar system?

Almost certainly not the story you’re thinking of, but sounds rather like Brin’s “The crystal spheres”.

Mexican cave relics suggest humans were populating the Americas up to 17,000 years earlier than thought


I’m not saying..

“people here as early as the very start of the LGM”

Little Green Men!11!! I’m not saying it was aliens but...

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: Cock of the walk one week, feather duster the next

Already here.


The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references


Re: What is scariest..

I think you mean “with only the stinky parts”. At least, I hope so, since anything else makes you look bad.


Re: I'm still not sure how much of this is pulling our leg

Context is as important in political matters as it is in computational.