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[22:49] Researchers on the University at Buffalo are working on a way to measure the heart in order to use it as a biometric identifier.
[00:27] Among the Lego sets of 2018 that I absolutely need to get is 75932, which features the control room of the original Jurassic Park movie. Yes, it does refer to the UNIX system scene. It has a work station with Dennis Nedry on one screen and, from what I can tell on the images on the box, fsn on the other.
There will be a Lego set including a UNIX workstation. I feel I'm a bit more enthused than I should be. :D
[00:18] I have a habit of saving interesting URLs in textfiles to later revisit those websites. Those textfiles are stored in a variety of places, I just found a load of those on an old flash drive. In them, some links to domains that are parked, articles 404'ing me and redirects to other domains that I don't even have a remote interest in. I really should start adding keywords and/or comments to those URLs ...
Also, since quite a few of those URLs went straight into links on this very blog, I guess should fiddle around a little and build a tool that checks my archive for dead links, 404 messages and redirects.
[00:18] Aww, cute. Old Friends Computer Rescue is taking care of "older, unused computers". I was a bit surprised to see an RPi and an iPhone in there, but I guess given modern release cycles these things may be reckoned old after all.
[18:52] The Video Game Soda Machine Project lists soda machines found in games. (I know of soda machines in Command and Conquer: Renegade, but I neither have a screenshot at hand nor do I have a twitter account to tweet this to decafjedi. Meh.)
[21:20] TextArc visualizes text. Based on Java of all things. The screenshots look nice, though. I guess I'll have to spin up a vm and setup a browser capable of running Java applets, then take another look.
[04:50] This bot checks if the Space Jam website is still online. Eight times a day.
[04:40] Interesting take on how to delete an old hosted web page of yours in case you lost your login: just DMCA yourself. The fact that this even works is really messed up, but a smart method nonetheless.
[21:27] Another reason to block scripts anywhere, anytime: ads are using random domains to bypass adblockers, mine cryptocoins. Blocking ads won't do the job.
[20:43] after 1 minute on my modem has screenshots of whatever parts of contemporary websites a dialup modem was able to download within one minute, which is "enough time to download all of War And Peace over dialup", according to the website. Discontinued, apparently, but you get the idea.