Sunday, August 30, 2020
And this is pretty much why for the last decade I’ve had virtually zero fucks to give about Bluetooth draining my phone’s battery. The difference tends to be limited if your device doesn’t suck.
Unless you’re optimizing for the worst case scenario: like fifteen minutes of phone charge is going to make the difference between getting home and sleeping at the airport kind of scenario. Pressuring you actually use it for something: it’s simply more bother to diddle Bluetooth than to charge normally.
Which also reminds me of why I use a Bluetooth speaker at work instead of my tablet’s speakers. For comparable volume blasting my tablet’s four speakers all day sucks down more charge than running the Bluetooth speaker.
Rather the real train to turn off Bluetooth IMHO is because you’re not using it more than a handful of times a year, or to limit your exposure to some one in a ten million asshats trying to spam you with pairing requests, lol
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Interesting read. I suspect her dad must have been an interesting fellow.
For some reason I find myself remembering Ma mentioning my father counting out a roll of a hundred stamps as one of his quirks; I’ve always wondered how he must have gotten screwed over or otherwise ended up so pissed off once upon a time to go that far. Everyone has their quirks, pa’s notion of cutting vegetables to uniformed size at least made sense, but I’d have to have been positively mental at some event to ever do the stamps thing myself, lol.
As for my childhood I was probably fortunate. We pretty much had a computer and some form of game console my entire life, not that I will ever really fathom how our mother afforded the Tandy. I know Nanny and the local pawn shops was often involved in my brother’s drive for expensive things.
But for the most part tech considerations weren’t really imposed upon me. We had to deal with a rather tight income, but my widowed mother did her best to make her children happy. More effort than I think she should have, or more than we should have received, but those were her decisions. My brother and I certainly benefited from that side of our mother.
Should we say the tech side had both sides of that. If we could afford a PC game that I wanted, I’d probably get it eventually. If I wanted new hardware I’d probably be better off asking for a used car fund 🤣. Such was life.
Our first computer was technically my brother’s, but I was really the only one that used it very often. What really got my family interested was the Internet. WebTV was very limited but also a highly effective gateway drug to modern computing. For ma and me: it was a pragmatic thing to end up with a PC. For my brother I imagine it was the ability to play video games and surf the Internet, but he had moved out during our WebTV era.
Someone at church that taught computer classes and such, gave us an old Pentium/32MB machine and even took the old Tandy 1000 off our hands. When it died: we ended up with our pastor’s old Packered Bell with a Pentium II/64MB. After that died, my brother naught a Dell simular to his Dimension, and ma paid him back until it was paid off. A snazzy 2 GHz Pentium 4 and probably 512 MB. Whatever, it finally had a hard drive big enough to actually install games and the best graphics card we had seen since the old Tandy!
It was these Pentium based machines where I actually had any competition for using the computer. Which was both a good and bad thing, but mostly a good thing. By that, I mean the only way we got broadband is eventually phone calls screwing around with her email was the last straw, because if my bitching and moaning wasn’t enough to drive that decision: our combined grumbles eventually did, lol.
If you really want to know anything about the reMarkable 2: I’d suggest watching this guy’s videos.
I kinda wish that more people spent such time on reviews, but I suppose that’s a bit excessive. Fro the reMarkable it makes more sense: being a device less typical and more specialized than your average consumer’s taste in electronics.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Being a kid when the original DooM came out, and first experiencing it on console, since our Tandy was more at home with 8088 based than 386 based software, I find that kind of amazing and insane. My old i5-3570K and GTX 780 need the settings tuned just to ensure that the frame rate doesn’t dip in more demanding segments of the game, but does manage to be perfectly playable.
It’s hard to imagine Doom Eternal reaching 1000 FPS on current hardware. Not hard to imagine the first three games doing so, but that’s the virtue of time. I guess if you totally and insanely clock the shit out of a computer until you need liquid nitrogen just to avoid a halt and catch fire condition, some amazing shit is possible, lol.
Also not my fault if I’m suddenly tempted to reach for the 1993 version of DooM.....
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Probably sad but this tempts me even more than it’s predecessor, despite being a bit rich for my blood. It’s at least in the price range of a decent tablet, and is now one of the sexiest tablet designs I’ve seen.
Ahh, it’s probably a good thing I don’t have the money or the space to collect computers....
Monday, August 24, 2020
Not sure if I should view this as a bit crazy or quite awesome, but I’m leaning towards awesome because I grew up dreaming of the computerized future.
In any event, kudos to big blue for making best efforts to keep their people healthy and productive.
Once upon a time I used to keep a copy of CD-Keys on floppy disk. On the theory I'd be more likely to lose the slip of paper or the jewel case than the actual disc. Most are still in a container in my closet.
Finally got around to fetching the old diskette out of my closet, and I find the dates interesting. In any case it's time to migrate the files to modern media.
$ sudo mount /dev/fd0 /mnt
[sudo] password for terry:
mount: /mnt: WARNING: device write-protected, mounted read-only.
$ ls -l /mnt
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 Armored-Fist3_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 BF2_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 BF2SF_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 CoD_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 CoDUO_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 Commanche4_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 DF1_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 DF2_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 DFBHD_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 DFLW_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 DFTFD_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 32 May 14 2006 DFX_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 Nov 7 2008 FEAR_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 30 May 14 2006 MW4-CL-MP_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 30 May 14 2006 MW4-IS-MP_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 21 May 14 2006 Quake4_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 48 May 14 2006 README
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 24 May 14 2006 RvS_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 SWAT3_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 SWAT4_Key
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 25 May 14 2006 SWAT4TSS_Key
Sunday, August 23, 2020
One of the side effects of shopping hungry: I bought a steak for the first time in next to forever.
Willow of course just wished she could have my food instead of waiting for her own food, lol
Saturday, August 22, 2020
- About 1/3 of the tofu block.
- Half a can of peas and carrots, so that I can use the peas for flavoring something else.
- A chunk of steamed broccoli and cauliflower that leaves enough leftover for another meal or two.
- About half a thing of mushrooms that were on sale when I did the shopping earlier this week.
- Plenty of rice, and enough leftover for a meal or two.
I find it interesting how readily Misty manages to find such napping accommodations on her own.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Various sad and comical things.
Decided to try an old SSD in my spare enclosure. But I found while my Linux machine blows away just fine on I/O performance: my NT partition maxes out at about 30 MB/s on Crystal Disk Mark and 11 MB/s on Windows time.
In fact every fracken' thing I plug into my USB 3.0 port maxes out at that speed.
So decided to do a little poking around. My NT install comes from Microsoft, not from Dell, so there's a minimal of their things tacked on. Looking for updated drivers, I was kind of just glad to see W10 well represented given the age of my Latitude.
Found a BIOS update and dared to do it. Going from A00 to A20 (2018) was a lot of versions.A001 I think was dated 2012, and the oldest available. Mostly it's fixes and security updates. But low and behold upgrading my BIOS a terrifying number of versions forward: my USB 3.0 is working right.
That is to say, Crystal Disk Mark basically jumps from ~30 MB/s to 250 MB/s, and Explorer reports much more appropriate speeds itself.
Amusing to me, one of the features I kind of missed was the option of Secure Boot. Which was added in one of the many updates. Ironically, a cyber security report from the NSA actually has better descriptions of the new UEFI settings on my system than Googling them ^_^.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
While the timing worked out well, I had to go pick up Misty’s prescription: so may as well do the shopping. I do think that the photos show the dangers of being so hungry you’re ready to drop, and finding yourself in the grocery store. Something like that, yadda, yadda.
When I think back over the past fifteen years and the various systems I've used, I think a table of Bluetooth problems would look like this:
- GNU/Linux on PC: 100% success, or no BT driver.
- FreeBSD on PC: 100% success, or no BT driver.
- Android on phone, tablet, television, and laptop: 90% success.
- Windows NT on XP, 7, and 10: 25% success.
- iOS on tablet: 100% success.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge whether he’ll hath frozen over a few more degrees, or if I should be hopeful.
Crunchyroll’s Fire TV app has been upgraded to “2.0”, making an experience more like what their iPad app has been like for quite a while now. Even more so than the redone Xbox One app from a while back, but that’s probably because Android and iOS have more in common.
Being less useful to me, I don’t use the iPad app much unless I’m working around bugs in the old Fire TV app, like how it would like to only list partial data; like showing several European dub and omitting the English sub version from the UI.
Thus far the new app doesn’t seem to have any obvious bugs, and brings the more useful data set the iPad app does. Somewhat slow, but hey, at least the fucker works. I’m usually just glad if their (often crappy) apps work without death by buggy crash happy software.
Of course my test of the app? KonoSuba!!!
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Well, that's kind of neat. Windows Defender can run Edge in a Hyper-V session as part of "Application Guard."
Considering that browsing the world wide web is pretty much a living definition of remote code execution, it's probably about time someone tried to make a standard feature of isolating the browser. If WSL2 is any indication, Hyper-V also offers great performance if your machine doesn't suck.
Monday, August 10, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Ahhh, the world we now live in....where one can use a laser for science and not have to trade in a few sports cars worth in funding just to cover the cost of the laser.....lol.
Friday, August 7, 2020
This long, tiresome week, I've opted to conduct an experiment: working out of my Windows partition. Since shoving my Chromebook in a closet ages ago, I've usually booted Stark from my Debian partition. Well, this week I tried a little insanity.
So what worked? Well the important stuff. Namely WSL2 and Docker for Windows now enable me to do the things my Debian partition offers that actually matter. Yay for that. Being a busy week, I kind of put that part of the system through five hundred laps of abuse without a problem.
A very large part of my time revolves around command line environments one way or another, so a lot of my client machine's job is being a glorified X-Terminal on steroids. Most GUI software I rely on is cross-platform within the desktop family trees, pardoning proprietary bits. Most parts I really care about are terminal friendly; most GUI parts involve interaction with others or specific tasks.
In particular I found it pleasant to have a Evernote's desktop client. The web client's not my cup of tea, beyond some of the editing shortcuts it shares with the Android and iOS clients. While most of what I do on my Linux partition was direct and to the point thanks to WSL, Evernote was a big shift.
What didn't work so hot?
In a very unsurprising shortfall was Bluetooth. Twice I had to totally start from scratch pairing my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. To be fair, W10 20H1 launched with problems that are supposedly resolved. To be honest I've always had trouble with NT and Bluetooth: going as far back as the XP era. By contrast in a decade of combing Bluetooth and Linux: the only issue I've had is changing batteries 🤣.
Another is the networking side. Seems like W10 is happy enough to use my static/dns setup for Wi-Fi at work, and DHCP for my Wi-Fi setup at home. It'll even deal with the DNS suffix at home. But sometimes it thinks my home network has no Internet connectivity because it's trying to use my work DNS servers with my home connection. I suppose, considering the era NT comes from: I should just be glad that W10 has a concept of different configurations for different wireless connections. But annoying.
Shifting from Davmail / Thunderbird to the various Microsoft things, I mostly have two comments. One: easier setup. Second: different quirks. On the flipside, Davmail has a spectacularly accurate manual. And Thunderbird probably has more bugs and quirks than it's competition, lol. I could actually replicate my Linux setup on W10, but would rather not during the experiment.
Explorer is probably the gold standard of file managers. Compared to Thunar, it sure is. But I found it amusing how it was a sticking point. On occasion Explorer total death hangs until I eject my SD card. In the kill explorer from taskkill /f and then restart the damned thing just to get my panel back kind of hangs. Although, I've probably seen more crashes from X file managers than you can shake a stick at, it's compensated by *nix having a far superior command line environment.
More minor were things like my internal web server. Easy enough to replicate my simple lighttpd setup in IIS, and to lock it to my connection at work. Most of my stuff is either static, Perl CGI, or bash based; so the only thing that's not operational with trivial effort is a few CGI scripts done in bash.
And then there's the part that should really scare me: I didn't hate the experience. By comparison using Windows 7 and its predecessors generally lead to cursing and gnashing of teeth.
Been kind of curious how this evolves. Longer than the recent pandemic, having grown up in an era where much software development occurred over the Internet. Ironically, much of my need to technically be in the office revolves around some piece of hardware needing to be within reach not around access IT resources. In practice, I tend to prefer working from work, even if it means pants are required.
The ‘90s and ‘00s likely prepared us for many things being work from home centric. We’re now able to work from home better than ever before for numerous office tasks. I’m sure that’ll just continue to grow with how things have been going regardless of what going back to normal might look like.
Or, you know, maybe not. Perhaps the best argument against the telepresence revolution is not only that people are creatures of habit but also that pandemics have historically done little to arrest the growth of cities and leisure. “The 80-year trend is that the richer society gets, the more it spends on leisure and hospitality,” says Adam Ozimek, the chief economist at Upwork.
To this however, I say: “80 years ago, good luck sitting on your bum playing Xbox!”
Thursday, August 6, 2020
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Sunday, August 2, 2020
- Urgent and important.
- Urgent but not important.
- Not urgent but important.
- Not urgent and not important.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
“Critics of the big tech companies are often told, “If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.” My takeaway from the experiment was that it’s not possible to do that. It’s not just the products and services branded with the big tech giant’s name. It’s that these companies control a thicket of more obscure products and services that are hard to untangle from tools we rely on for everything we do, from work to getting from point A to point B.”
“Looking at these rumored specs, it honestly looks like Apple wants to repurpose the discontinued 12-inch MacBook to sport its own A14X Bionic SoC. Since the A14X Bionic is expected to be made on the 5nm process and not have a ridiculously high TDP, the 12-inch MacBook’s chassis should be sufficient to cool the chip“