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ieure

@ieure@retro.social

Emacs enthusiast, builder of software, repairer of hardware. I like difficult music, weird keyboards, old computers, and coin-operated machines.

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ieure, to random
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EDIT: I did this again today, and it included me in the transcript anyway. No idea if the behavior changed or these systems are inherently unpredictable.

Protip: If you join a Zoom where someone has turned on AI summarization, it brings up a window telling you this. The only control is an "OK" button.

If you move the window out of the way and don't click the OK button, nothing you say ends up in the transcript.

Edit: clarified that this is the post-meeting summary emailed to participants, not live captioning.

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I've recently become mildly fascinated with NFC.

I can't think of anything worthwhile to do with the technology, but it's neat.

ieure,
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@ajroach42 I have a self-built NFC inventory system. Any time I buy a coin-op game, I program a hard tag that hangs off the keychain, and a sticker I slap on the back of the cabinet. Scanning it with a USB reader on an extension cable opens up my notes about it -- when & where I bought it, how much I paid, a work log of everything I've done with it, a list of things needing fixed.

It's mostly built on top of Emacs' Org Mode, there's a little Python program that handles the NFC stuff & the Lisp communicates with it.

ieure, to random
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Wow! Ever since putting banner ads for my hobby sites on Improbable Island, my organic traffic has- ahaha, gotcha, I literally have no idea if it's had any impact, I don't monitor it or care a whit. Use my stuff if it's useful to you. Or don't. Couldn't care less.

ieure, to c64
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I've seen a lot of C64 demos, and 13:37 by Fairlight knocked my socks off. I was consistently hollering "duuuude!" at the effects, but it's also got great humor, a terrific art style, inside jokes, and cinematic storytelling. One of the best I've ever seen.

The #C64 demoscene is so impressive to me. They just keep pushing this machine farther and farther. This demo would have been unfathomable even ten years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcUmVdd_t2s

garbados, to random
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yeah i lost the mandate of heaven but reaching into the couch cushions i’m sure it’s around here somewhere

ieure,
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@garbados It's a post you rub on your skin, as opposed to taking orally or in suppository form.

foone, to random
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All these websites are always asking if I'll accept cookies but they never specify if they're no-sugar-added cookies. I'm diabetic, I can't be eating all these cookies if they're full of sugar!

ieure,
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@foone Our CISO at work scheduled a meeting about some security topics, and brought a bunch of store-bought cookies to entice people to show up. I told him I didn't accept third-party cookies.

ifixcoinops, to random
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Wanna guess what I'm making?

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops Six-player X-Men control panel?

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops Okay, I see the correct answer, but this looks pretty much exactly like the 6p X-Men CP.

Plywood should have tipped me off, though. I blew it.

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops Hmm yeah, maybe you could put it about four inches away from a ruler or something.

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops Not the kind of deflection I'm used to hearing about when it comes to CRTs.

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops Have you tried to set up autofire in RetroArch yet? lmaooooo

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops There are two kinds of people, those who use reductive "there are two kinds of people" constructs and those who don't.

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ieure,
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@est Your images aren't showing up again.

ieure,
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@est Oh, direct link works, maybe it's my instance.

ifixcoinops, to random
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Ooooh should Pinball Dad stick his toe in the Linux Discourse

I've been on it since 2010, I guess I should maybe?

How about I stick my whole entire foot in, maybe if I poison it with my footstink then it'll die down a bit

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops Why not both? The Stern Spike2 platform runs on top of Linux.

ieure, to random
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If Apple, Google, and Microsoft didn't have entrenched platform monopolies, garbage like the Microsoft "AI" spyware likely wouldn't even get built. The market doesn't want what they're selling, but users have no choice but to take whatever abuse the vendors heap upon them, because they can't easily switch to a better product.

And they have monopolies because the US government won't enforce antitrust laws. All technology is political.

(Don't "Linux" me, I've been running it longer than you've probably been alive, I know what it can and cannot do.)

mcc, to random
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The wifi on my Thinkpad running Linux works really, really bad and I don't understand why, and it seems to only behave this way intermittently

Speed test on desktop with ethernet: 804 Mbps down, 500 Mbps up

Speed test on laptop with wifi: 1-4 Mbps down, upload test simply crashes and sends no data (this is the Google/MLabs internet test), meanwhile I'm downloading a new Rust with Rustup and it's going at 300kb/s which takes a long time

ieure,
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@mcc What WiFi chipset? (lspci or lshw should tell you).

Broadcom has absolute garbage Linux drivers. Intel makes the best WiFi hardware. If your machine has the wireless stuff on a mini PCIe card, it's <$20 USD to replace.

Unfortunately, Lenovo has started soldering the WiFi chipsets on newer machines, which means you're stuck with whatever the lottery gave you -- they use a mix of Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Intel (the specific mix depends on the model, Intel won't let anyone sell Intel WiFi on AMD-based systems).

ifixcoinops, to random
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Every winter: 🦝 ah, time to make the annual "Here's how to DIY an anti-SAD lightbox" post
Every summer: 🦝 oho, time to make the annual "Here's how to suck cold air in" post

ieure,
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@ifixcoinops Don't forget: how to remove wildfire smoke

ieure, to random
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Sigh, website for one of the local indie radio stations is now behind "Deflect," a Cloudflare-like DDoS protection thing. Which means their show podcast feeds now serve HTML "Verifying if your connection is secure" pages (which require a cookie store and JavaScript to pass) instead of RSS.

Hate these things so much.

ieure, to random
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Nothing has made me feel old in quite the same way as reading about how the first Internet search engine, which I used, has been "found" and was "the last existing copy."

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/05/archie-the-internets-first-search-engine-is-rescued-and-running/

ajroach42, to random
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I was invited (on the strength of my roku channel the book I wrote on the topic) to speak at a satellite campus of the local community College about working in media and entertainment.

I'm on the technology, media and entertainment panel.

I uhh....

ieure,
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@ajroach42 Jesus dude. You should apply to be a substitute teacher there.

mcc, to random
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Man… "Sheriff" (Nintendo, 1979) is a really good video game. It makes me want to hear Jeremy Parish spend 16 minutes describing it in low, dulcet tones like he is speaking the words of a lullaby

ieure,
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@mcc Have you seen the cabinet? It's fantastic.

Exidy also released this game, under the name Bandido, in a different but equally fantastic cabinet.

Both are extremely rare.

ieure, to bmoviebonanza
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Roger Corman, Pioneering Independent Producer and King of B Movies, Dies at 98

RIP

https://variety.com/2024/film/news/roger-corman-dead-producer-independent-b-movie-1235999591/

@bmoviebonanza

mcc, to random
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For the last two years I've been semi-daily posting "What I'm Listening to Today" links here. Mastodon has some problems with threads containing hundreds of posts, so I re-create the thread once a year.

If you'd like to see, here's my "year two" thread: https://mastodon.social/@mcc/110266770603341546

Or, alternately, every song from year two in the least practical format possible: A 301-song, 38-hour YouTube playlist (note: video #1 contains flashing):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLIjft6ja7DM_kacOW8zo2vtr-aWpTNX6

And here's the thread for "year three":

ieure,
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@mcc La Bouche is definitely Eurodance, though the genre was already popular by the time they formed. The singing-woman-rapping-guy formula was pretty well established, Snap! and 2 Unlimited are notable examples.

I came into it for real similar reasons to you, it was the closest thing on the radio to the sorts of .MOD file / demoscene music I was real into. There were plenty of MOD covers of eurodance songs, too, which was pretty amazing in the pre-MP3 era.

I used to call this a guilty pleasure, but I'm long past the point of guilt. Shit's just awesome as hell. I did a huge thread of eurodance bangers last summer: https://retro.social/@ieure/110792737134135435

ieure, to random
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I'm going to start doing intermittent @mcc style "What I'm listening to today" type toots. I've really enjoyed her recommendations and writeups, and I want more of that kind of thing.

ieure,
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What I'm listening to today: "Lisa Cuthbert - live in Hamburg - This Corrosion."

You probably know this song, but you've probably never heard it like this. Just a stunning, incredible performance. It's bigger than any words I've got to describe it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1DUvTm-eHo

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