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[21:15] Advice Machine, built with an RPi, will print output from fortune in exchange for a minor fee.
[21:07] SysAdmin Day again. Thank you for your work, calamitous! :)
[06:38] Adobe is killing Flash at long last, announcing EOL to be at the end of 2020. Long overdue announcement. However, I'm wondering wether any of the substitute Flash players (Shumway, Gnash, Lightspark) will be capable of running the myriad of Flash games there are. Would be a real pity to lose this chunk of internet history. (Gnash should already be doing the job, I read.)
[22:22] Harvard's Library Innovation Lab has an article on The Million Dollar Homepage, calling it a "decaying digital artifact". The site itself can be found here. Wikipedia has more.
[10:48] Peg DHCP assigns IP addresses to hosts by handing out actual pegs labeled with the individual adresses. There is an RFC on this. An April Fool's joke, but actually in use every now and then.
[10:42] Google Street View added the ISS and some info on the individual modules. (This station is packed with ThinkPads!)
[23:08] Uh, really nice paraphrase of blogging: "ongoing fragmented essay" :D
(And the author is still blogging in 2017.)
[21:57] tilde.town's admin vilmibm gave a five minute talk on tilde.town at PyCon 2017.
[16:28] The US Navy now has a Laser Weapons System.
[16:07] crypto couple has a history of Alice and Bob.
[16:03] sweet cron :-)
[16:01] This it what it looks like to use an actual teletype as a Linux console. Also some background info on this.
[20:53] Here is a comparison of cryptographic hash functions and their lifetimes.
[18:56] Yesterday, I bought yet another pc, a desktop system this time to run Windows and play a few older games. Older as in GTA4, that is. Looking forward.
To find missing drivers, I once again recommend PCIDatabase.com. By the way, the NVidia gpu driver is just shy of 400MB in size. Is this normal nowadays? I downloaded entire operating systems including basic software with a smaller size.
[21:10] Hardly anyone ever reads terms and services. Commonplace. Well, 22k people should have, since they agreed to clean toilets and paint snail shells in exchange for free WiFi. (And a bunch of other things most people rather not do.)
There's been one similar case a few years ago that I recall (and probably hundreds I don't even know about) in which a programmer asked for pancakes in their license agreement. Apparently nobody read this, either.
[21:04] I acquired a "new" computer, namely an Acer Aspire One Happy. Smallish little machine that weighs a little more than 1kg. Great to carry around and not worry if it gets damaged. The RAM was already doubled to a stunning 2GB, also I want to replace the HDD with an SSD. As for the OS, I've wanted to try BSD for a while now. We'll see.
[20:48] Yay! calamitous got email to work on the club!
[17:57] We're approaching UNIX time 1,500,000,000.
[20:59] It's funny to read blogs on minimalism and see every single post headed with a usually unneeded image, alongside pop-up alerts asking for newsletter subscriptions. Someone really missed the point.
[20:40] From the IoT department: Google Home listens to domestic dispute, calls the sheriff
[20:34] Mark Simonson explains the use of typefaces in movies. (see also)
[17:31] I like handwritten HTML, but I'd rather keep my hands off writing a .pdf file by hand.
[23:14] Good luck with your project, Philips!
[23:10] "Null" is a pretty unfavorable surname, as it turns out. (Anyone else thinking of Bobby Tables?)
Every feature you can't turn off is a bug.(guy in the audience)
[21:12] How to screw up accessibility (aka "webdesign").
[20:57] Just in case you're bored with the numpad: try and dial the digits. (Here's more about the project.)
[20:49] How to build a virtual machine in Google Sheets. Quite a while ago some guys already worked on an Excel Turing Machine. Another guy indicated that even PowerPoint is turing complete. :-)
[21:48] bashfill lets you draw pixelart on a virtual terminal window in your browser and will output a script that will, when executed, draw the same image in your actual terminal window.
[20:32] There's a french artist going by the name of Invader, known for their mosaic-style urban pixel art. There are some photos showcasing their works and a Wikipedia article about the person and their artwork.
[21:29] Google is developing a collection of fonts called Noto, intending to include every script in Unicode and ultimately support every language.
[23:26] I was curious about the number of entries I wrote in gmb, so I added a stats file that is created by this code. I'll set up cron to re-create this file daily.
And while we're at cron: to automate my blog backup I wrote a crontab entry to do this every day at 20:00 server time and have a second crontab entry on my laptop to download the tarball into my Dropbox folder.
By the way, I found out that gmb counts as dogfood in indieweb lingo.