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Early Internet/BBS Posse (86). Full stack Drupaler, almost competent server admin, marketing specialist for downtowns. Semi-pro Photographer with a speedlight habit.

TechCrunch Disrupt Alum. Non-24 (sighted). Wife has ME/CFS. Enjoyer of when the good news is also the bad news. Renown expert in absurdity.

Former: Physical Therapist, Hospital Design Analyst, CRM Admin, Boston U Alumni

Fella. Slava Ukraini.

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sysop408, (edited ) to random
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I can imagine... I can imagine a better future... a future in which we had social media and didn't spend half of our time on it complaining about the other people who are also on it.

ai6yr, to ai
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LOL can't read this article from the Mercury News (paywall), but they don't need GenAI to answer that question.

"Why does I-80 always clog right before University Avenue in Berkeley on Saturday afternoons? What’s causing the nighttime crashes on I-280 from Meridian Avenue to McLaughlin Avenue in San Jose? And what’s the reason I-5 near Del Paso Road in Sacramento continually ranks as one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the state?"

Here's a hint: the answer is: TOO MANY PEOPLE DRIVING CARS

#AI #cars #traffic #TheWarOnCars

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aardrian, to random
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I have failed more than once to dump Adobe products. Today, prior to hearing about this, I bought the Affinity suite. It opens my PSD & AI files.

I still have to figure out if I can just get a one-off Acrobat license for PDF work, but frankly I am happy to sub any PDF work.

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@aardrian if you’re on a Mac check out PDF Expert.

sysop408, (edited ) to random
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Do you have any apps that you intentionally bury as deep as possible on your phone because you feel self conscious about anyone seeing them on your phone? I'm not asking about anything NSFW, but something that most people wouldn't think anything of, but if someone saw it on your phone, you'd be like "OMG, I don't know who installed that."

Mine would be the Taco Bell and Burger King apps. You have to swipe all the way to the end and then dive into a group of icons to find them. Of course, going to these lengths to hide them makes it feel absolutely illicit in the rare times I do use them.

atomicpoet, (edited ) to random
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I was giving common sense advice about retro gaming.

It was simple things like, “Buy what you can afford”.

This apparently got lots of people upset. One person told me, “How dare you tell people to not buy what they want!”

No, I’m suggesting that people keep a budget and abide by it. Buy what you want when it meets your budget. If you wait for deals, you will find deals. But if you buy things because you must have it now, you will lose your shirt.

Look, I stick to a general game budget of C$40/month ($29/month). This has allowed me to amass a huge library of games. How am I doing it?


Take a look at this receipt. I bought Heretic, Hexen, Hexen II – and the Shadow of the Serpent Riders expansion pack – for C$1.09. In American currency, that’s $0.89.

The amount of money I save simply by exercising patience is absurd.

It’s so absurd that a retro collector doesn’t even believe me. They think I’m either lying or “ripped off” an uninformed seller. The notion of paying so little for a “classic” game offended them.

But exercising patience and restraint results in building a gigantic library on the cheap, and more people should be aware that it is possible.

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@atomicpoet Geez, there's always a chance the seller was uninformed, but that's a bit presumptuous of that person to assume you took advantage of them.

I got a taste of what it's like trying to unload a ton of stuff I didn't want a couple of years ago when I had a month to empty my mother-in-law's house to prepare her move into assisted living. We started pricing things at market pricing and it only took a week to realize we'd never be done in time if we kept that up so we just wanted things to go to a good home.

Sometimes people just want it gone.

sysop408, (edited ) to ai
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One of the only perfect use cases for #AI writing stuff for me that I can think of: Birthday Cards or Happy Special Occasion to people I've lost touch with and just want to say something generically upbeat.

Come to think of it, I actually had a program like this for my #AtariST computer in the late 80's. It was called Personal Poet. It let you choose an occasion and it would write generic flowery verse for you. It was of course, pretty bad as far as poetry goes, but was entertaining enough to make you weight its earnestness more than its lack of talent.

sysop408, to random
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Popular opinion: people who preface not actually unpopular viewpoints with "unpopular opinion" kinda suck.

sjvn, to linux
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RIP CentOS. Hello
AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, CentOS Stream or RHEL
https://devops.com/rip-centos-hello-almalinux-rocky-linux-centos-stream-or-rhel/ by @sjvn

The time has come. Either buy support for your obsolete CentOS 7 installations or get on with switching to a newer, better

sysop408, (edited )
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@sjvn be aware that if you need to run outdated versions of PHP, you can't use Rocky or Alma Linux... well at least not without having to jump through additional hoops.

sysop408, (edited ) to random
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Normalizing online form results collected from people who aren't very digitally savvy is frustrating, but also kinda humorous.

Even though I've made the form as short and simple as possible, people aren't very attentive and just fill it out however they want.

I just want their full name and city they live in. People are putting their last name into the city field so I'm getting entries for John who lives in Gutierrez or Sandra from Jones.

This is funny until I need to look people up and I can't find them because now I'm hunting through a database and the only usable info I have is that their name is John.

Oh, and half the time they misspell their own names because they're tapping it in on their phone. So now instead of looking for Kevin, I've also got to check that weird entry from some guy named Kenin.

BTW, if you have a form that allows technically unsavvy users to submit photos directly from their phone, expect to get some unexpected photos.

sysop408, to random
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What's the best ordinary retail gift you've ever received? No rare or one of a kind gifts. I'm just talking about the most mundane of gifts that surprisingly has had an outsized effect on your life.

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I think mine would be Late July chips. I don't remember what the occasion was, but a friend of my wife's just randomly decided to gift us a couple of bags of chips one day.

She said, "hey, these are really tasty. I thought you guys might enjoy them."

And she was right. That was around 10 years ago. There's hardly been a day since in which we haven't had a bag of Late July chips lying around in the house.


sysop408, (edited ) to sysadmin
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Oh wow. I think we now have an AT&T that's nicer to sysadmins!

AT&T has long been one of the networks I've dreaded running afoul of when sending email newsletters. For years they've been opaque about their process for getting a false positive IP address de-listed from their block list. "Can neither confirm nor deny" is their MO in how they handle this. It has taken me over a month to get a false positive cleared before.

Most networks have a form you fill out, a list of things you have to fulfill to get automatically restored, and some automatically reinstate you with a delay if you even contact them.

I had some email delivery issues with Gmail and needed to make some DNS changes to make Gmail happy, which instantly landed me in AT&T hell. I was expecting a month of neglect. Instead, they replied back within a few days to let me know that my request will be carried out shortly.

Thank you AT&T!

#att #dns #spam #sysadmin

ai6yr, to Netflix
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@swart I mostly stopped using ApplePay because I can never find the sensor spot in the payment terminal and sometimes press the wrong button. I realized pulling out a chip card was just faster.

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@swart I still do cash for some small businesses as even a 2% charge hurts for mom and pops. Otherwise, I don’t carry cash the way I used to. I remember the first time I used cash at a deli in 2020. The whole sandwich team froze for a moment and looked at me.

peter, to random
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It’s so weird seeing 90s fashion come back. like, the passive part of my brain sees a kid in baggy jeans and Sambas and a bowling shirt with sideburns and his hair parted down the middle and is like “huh.”

then the thinking part of my brain is like “WAIT WHAT YEAR IS IT????”

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@peter it could be worse. We could have the hair of the 80’s return with the clothes of the 90’s in some cursed menagerie.

The worst combo? How about 80’s hair with 70’s bottoms and socks, and 90’s tops?

Mmmm I love the smell of flannel polyester hairspray.

dtgeek, to blogging
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New post: Blog status update (June 2024): I've brought back my blogroll to my site. Also, my thoughts on why blogging still matters versus the state of social networks and Google (AI, algorithms, bigoted trolls etc.).


#blogging #Google #socialmedia

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@dtgeek Threads: we’ve optimized our algorithm for maximum engagement, which unfortunately means if you’re even the least bit popular, it’s reply guy hell.

failedLyndonLaRouchite, to random

Boston Street
This is what looks like marble, or some other stone, with a lot of cracks; about 4inches on a side

set into the pavement near iirc the intersection of Silber Way and Commonwealth Ave, area of Boston University

never seen anything like it

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@failedLyndonLaRouchite I haven’t been there in many years, but if that location you recall is correct it would indeed be the BU Campus and practically lived at that intersection for years. I don’t remember anything like that when I was there in the 90’s.

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@failedLyndonLaRouchite EMS and City Sports Boston were side by side. There was a Chinese restaurant next door to that when I was there. I lived above the EMS building.

Yeah, I know it has changed a lot. I need to go back sometime.

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@failedLyndonLaRouchite oh wow that data science building is wild! Is it finished?

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@failedLyndonLaRouchite oh yeah, there was some other rather large store across the street, but it wasn’t very student focused so I don’t believe I went in much. I’ll have to look that one up on Google Earth. It’ll bug me until I remember what it was.

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@failedLyndonLaRouchite is EMS still around at all? I loved that store.

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@failedLyndonLaRouchite answering my own question... evidently yes it does still exist.


I always liked their branded stuff... it seemed oriented for being outdoorsy, but not outdoorsy like you camp solo and live off the land for a week... a more urbanist outdoorsy.

sysop408, (edited ) to random
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Do you have any idea what you're talking about?


selzero, to random
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Chekov plays Space Invaders to grace your time line. You are welcome.

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@selzero I'd make the obvious comment, but I know you know... so this has to be a meme that I'm not familiar with.

Can someone help me here?

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@selzero well, if this becomes a meme, everyone take note this is where it started. 😂

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