I love this: the story behind why the DOS floppy disk read buffer lasts for 2 seconds. https://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20190924-00/?p=102915
I am still incredibly grateful to everyone who has been giving to my Donors Choose projects.
Yes, I'm insanely grateful to @ajroach42 for funding an entire project, but even the smaller donations are crucial towards my goal of replacing our older hardware.
Apparently Google shipped a Chrome update whose copy of the Keystone updater would destroy the macOS system folder if you had SIP disabled? https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/09/no-it-wasnt-a-virus-it-was-chrome-that-stopped-macs-from-booting/
Thinking about one of my all-time favourite bugs, "OpenOffice can't print on Tuesdays" https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cupsys/+bug/255161/comments/28
Things I liked about 80's/90's computing:
- Total control over my hardware
- Software that worked with me, not against me
- Superior aesthetics (yeah I said it :3 )
- Overall sense of promise and freedom
Things I like about computing today:
- Easy and open access to knowledge
- Insane amounts of storage
- The sheer computing POWERRRR
Now if only we could make these attributes come together instead of being period exclusive.
Toot! v1.9.2 has been released!
This version is a smaller update that just adds creating polls and some bug fixes. OR DOES IT?
Here's what's new:
* You can now create a poll when posting a new toot.
* Fixed an issue that could make notifications stop arriving.
* Fixed clicking on links to toots.
* Fixed sharing screenshots.
* Added Toot! for Men.
@platypus For the curious: The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here
The intersection of Western intellectual property law and traditional knowledge in Africa.... [The book] focuses on the appropriation and protection of adinkra and kente cloth in order to examine the broader implications of the use of intellectual property law to preserve folklore and other traditional forms of knowledge.
Did you know my !!con West talk from February is online? You should watch me talk about old video games and obsolete text encodings! https://youtu.be/t37Cr3FDyvU
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