Pinned post

John Horton Conway, author of the Game of Life, died because of Covid-19. So I made this, in assembler, on ZX Spectrum. R.I.P.

Arbeit adelt!

(And we shall see what it does to my CoViD.)

Nichts ist wahr, alles ist erlaubt!

Alle Informationen stehen bereit
Doch niemand, der sie gerecht verteilt
Und jeder Gedanke ist verschenkt
Wenn Adam Weisshaupt für Dich denkt

Was wir auch tun, wohin wir gehen
Die Illuminaten sind im System
Sie kontrollieren überall
Und 23 ist ihre Zahl…

It's hard to be negative (my usual mood) when you are positive (the result of my SARS-CoV-2 PCR test). But I'll try to do my best!

I drove across the country and back (we are a small country, it was about 220 miles) for this one. It looks very good, has a full original set of install media (in fact several of them), even the original user guide, but it does not boot (yet, hopefully). I will investigate and repair next week.

Logout boosted

Oh noes! Bongusta is broken (probably already for some time), not showing posts from @kensanata 😟
Time for some Perl bughunting and bugfixing...

The 3TB hard drive in my Seagate GoFlex Home network storage failed after almost exactly 9 years of duty. But because GoFlex Home was designed well (that's why I bought it in the first place), I just replaced the drive with a new one, formatted, rebooted and everything works as expected. Not many devices at that time had this possibility - i.e. network drives from W.D. had the firmware on the disk or whitelisted HDD serial numbers, so replacing with another wasn't an option.

To another 9 years!

- Fun fact 1: Even though the firmware is linux-based, the drive is supposed to be in NTFS and on GPT partition.
- Fun fact 2: The device has 128 MB of RAM which is not enough to format the drive, because NTFS structures won't fit to the memory. But this is Linux, so I connected flash drive to the USB port, created swap partition and everything worked.
- Fun fact 3: The NTFS format took 20 hours to finish. After that it failed because of insufficient RAM (see previous). Then I discovered, that it has a "quick format" switch, the next try was done in 8 minutes.

Flea market find, $9 - the seller used the machine as a stand for some Core-based laptop and was quite surprised, that I want this and not the modern one 😀

Installed NetBSD 9.2 on an Intel Pentium MMX 200 MHz. It was so easy, that it was almost boring.

I didn't mention it here yet, but now I feel I need to test, what my poor cheap server can stand:

I have ZX Music Radio running on zxm.cz:8000/zx

As I decided to stream only music that authors agreed to, there are just some 13 musicians yet, still more than 1900 ZX Spectrum tunes. Try it!

After completely turning two apartments and one car upsidedown in search of my black ceramic pen I declare it lost (after some 25 years of which it was half lying in the closet).

I'm going to order some things on AliExpress this week (unrelated), so maybe it's time to add a fountain pen to the order? Any recommendations? I need it more for drawing than for writing, so the thinner tip the better.

Reading @jirka phlog, standing 200 metres from @jirka apartment. Just the usual situation!

I hate typos! And I hate typos introduced by a browser plugin, that is supposed to prevent me to make typos!

A couple of days ago I made a decision that I will upgrade from my current notebook (by some considered "old", "vintage" or even "retro": Acer 291LCi, Intel Pentium M 2.0 GHz, 1.25 GB RAM, 80 GB PATA/IDE, Slackware+IceWM; I have it since 2016 when it was donated to me for free) only under two circumstances:

1. There is @mntmn Reform with RISC-V available for a reasonable price (and that price may even not seem reasonable to anyone else, like when I bought my Blackbird desktop).

2. Someone will donate another notebook which is better enough than my current to be worth the effort of moving all my data. Chiclet keyboards are out of the question.

TL;DR: I'm not going to pay for an ordinary, proprietary, Intel- or AMD-based notebook ever again and I would prefer one with open CPU architecture, when I decide to pay for one.

Logout boosted

The presence of an SSH client is for me the difference between daily usable and unusable computing platforms, as I spend most of my time in an SSH session. A new client for Mac OS 7.5+ made me really happy!

github.com/cy384/ssheven

Show older
hackers.town

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.