"As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."
(President Eisenhower, 1961)


"""In the spring of 1967 a new employee at the NCC in a very shocked voice told the switchboard operator: “Two men are fighting violently in front of the blackboard in the upstairs corridor. What shall we do?” The operator came out of her office, listened for a few seconds and then said: “Relax, it’s only Dahl and Nygaard discussing SIMULA”.

Over on the forum we discuss software history... And books. And hardware.



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Discord post-mortem from a cloud engineer on the outside 

"""When, in 1998, the prophets Larry and Sergey introduced Google to the world, they warned that if it were ever to leave the “academic realm” and become a business, it would inevitably be corrupted. It would become “a black art” and “be advertising oriented.” That’s exactly what happened — to the internet as a whole. The white-robed wizards of Silicon Valley now ply the black arts of algorithmic witchcraft for power and money. They wanted most of all to be Gandalf, but they became Saruman."""

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An example of a hyper-specific niche in a once widely popular platform: Loop cassettes

There are all kinds of convoluted internal pathways, but they do the same thing: Add length to seamlessly continuous playback

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There's a large number of tiny houses (especially the kind on wheels) where there's not much of an overhang on the roof. That's probably for aerodynamic reasons for the towed variety, but it's also a thing on stationary ones (probably for style)

Overhangs are overlooked, but very important to protect the walls. The walls of a house are *not* meant to withstand direct water impact. That's the roof's job and it needs to have an over hang to do it properly

Ideally, at least 1 foot or more

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So to recap: Build your tiny house as you like, but remember:

- Have adequate overhangs to shed water and snow, and any wind-driven rain *away* from the exterior walls

- Flat roofs only for temperate climates and with adequate drainage, and with good supports

- Sensibly sized windows to have even temperature

- Ladders and steep stairs are only good if you're young and able

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Thanks to @EdS, I now know about this very cool website dedicated to identifying computers in film and tv!


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You MUST play AI Dungeon 2, a text adventure game run by a neural net.

@nickwalton00 built it using @OpenAI's huge GPT-2-1.5B model, and it will respond reasonably to just about anything you try. Such as eating the moon.


I realise the constant state of eco-angst, triggered by every use of plastic or fossil fuel, has an analogy with the idea of a constant state of guilt, such as one might have if brought up in a culture of sin and confession.

The second-ever Apod is an image of the , and it's at a resolution of one-tenth of a megapixel. (June 16, 1995)


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#matériel #ssd


Certaines SSD HP cessent brutalement de fonctionner au bout de 32768 heures de fonctionnement. Et les données ne sont pas récupérables.

J'imagine la panique chez les sysadmins quand des machines en production meurent toutes brutalement quasiment au même moment. 😱


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Just a friendly reminder:

We are closer to the Y2038 bug than the Y2K bug.

Went to user group meetup, programmed in for an ... did take and briefly use my Beeb and Master too. Photos and story within:



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One line of computer programming, whichever language you were using. Up to 80 characters wide, same as the card's width.

I remember. And we loved it. No home computers, no cellphones, no internet. Mid 70's in my case.


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New article: The State of (SNES) Emulation, Part V.

I write a new entry in this series every three or so years. This article serves as a recap of 2016-2019. This most recent entry has been one of the most eventful yet! Here's to three more years~


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@retrocomputing is great, and so is - use them both! And don't forget to sign up at
too. You'll be in excellent company.

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