I feel like Mac OS X is catching up with Linux - finally got my desk set back up, and decided to connect my work MacBook to my nice big Dell monitor that I normally with my Ubuntu box. After staring in horror at the result, I just spent the last hour Googling and chasing obscure links around the net to find the magic github repo with Ruby script that patched my monitor description file so that Mac OS X drives the display correctly. Much more fun than the disappointing Ubuntu experience of just working straight out the box ;)
Maybe with Big Sur will let us recompile the kernel!
Oh Snap! There's a app version the _Root_ boardgame now! Why was I not previously informed? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.direwolfdigital.root
(also on iOS and Steam)
Pixel Buds: "Hi! I'm your new ear buds. There is an update available!"
Me: "Yes, I've heard it fixes some annoying bugs, please install it."
PBs: "What now?"
Me: "I've put you in your case, closed the lid, and set you next to my phone, as instructed."
PBs: "I have firmware version 550!"
Me: "Yes, I wish you had 552."
PBs: "There is an update available, I checked."
Me: "You said that, please install it!"
PBs: "We've disconnected."
So I talked my company into buying a small batch of recent mobile devices to update our testing pool. This has to be done through corporate procurement, and they have "approved" vendors. So the vendor quote came back with what appeared be _healthy_ markups on all the device, but okay, not my money.
Today I got the first of the batch, a Pixel 4a, which the vendor had quoted at $430. It came in a Best Buy box, with a Best Buy shipping label. Best Buy lists the phone for $350.
Somebody paid themselves $80 to flip to a different browser tab and place a Best Buy order for us. Fine business indeed!
And the hardware itself, with the specific exception of the camera is just luxe. But I'll accept the crappy sensor as the price to pay for how crazy _thin_ it is, which is an essential part of what makes it work well as a "fold up" device.
I'm really enjoying my Surface Duo, and glad to took a flutter on it. Mobile devices have got very "same same" of late, and this is the first one I've had in a while that is just plain _fun_ to use. That said, the software around managing the dual screen behavior is just _barely_ MVP ... frequent jank, and occasional annoying misbehavior (but never hard to recover from). It's clearly going to take a few update cycles to get solid, but the conceptual foundation is so obviously _right_ that I don't mind dealing with the occasional flaw while MS gets things sorted.
My opinions on voting re: 2016
I get people being dejected about voter suppression, gerrymandering, etc. But I swear, if more people voted in 2016 we in the US, and the world in general, would be in a much different place right now. That’s not even a question. Would a liberal have fixed everything we needed fixed? No. But, we likely wouldn’t have seen them dismantle our support systems and what was left of our democracy like this. There would be far less death.
Where we are now is a consequence of not voting.
EmuTOS 1.0 has been released
EmuTOS is a Free (GPLv2) operating system for computers based on Motorola 680x0 or ColdFire CPUs. It features functionality similar to TOS, which powered the Atari ST and its successors.
It can run on real hardware as a ROM replacement, bootable floppy, executable, cartridge... It is available in 11 languages for 13 different variants.
Started in 2001, and it is still being actively developed.
After 19 years, version 1.0 is available:
Ludophile, Cinephile, Technophile, Oenophile and Godless Commie Bastard | http://🌹🌹🌹.ws
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.