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[22:49] Researchers on the University at Buffalo are working on a way to measure the heart in order to use it as a biometric identifier.
[00:27] Among the Lego sets of 2018 that I absolutely need to get is 75932, which features the control room of the original Jurassic Park movie. Yes, it does refer to the UNIX system scene. It has a work station with Dennis Nedry on one screen and, from what I can tell on the images on the box, fsn on the other.
There will be a Lego set including a UNIX workstation. I feel I'm a bit more enthused than I should be. :D
[00:18] I have a habit of saving interesting URLs in textfiles to later revisit those websites. Those textfiles are stored in a variety of places, I just found a load of those on an old flash drive. In them, some links to domains that are parked, articles 404'ing me and redirects to other domains that I don't even have a remote interest in. I really should start adding keywords and/or comments to those URLs ...
Also, since quite a few of those URLs went straight into links on this very blog, I guess should fiddle around a little and build a tool that checks my archive for dead links, 404 messages and redirects.
[00:18] Aww, cute. Old Friends Computer Rescue is taking care of "older, unused computers". I was a bit surprised to see an RPi and an iPhone in there, but I guess given modern release cycles these things may be reckoned old after all.
[18:52] The Video Game Soda Machine Project lists soda machines found in games. (I know of soda machines in Command and Conquer: Renegade, but I neither have a screenshot at hand nor do I have a twitter account to tweet this to decafjedi. Meh.)
[21:20] TextArc visualizes text. Based on Java of all things. The screenshots look nice, though. I guess I'll have to spin up a vm and setup a browser capable of running Java applets, then take another look.
[04:50] This bot checks if the Space Jam website is still online. Eight times a day.
[04:40] Interesting take on how to delete an old hosted web page of yours in case you lost your login: just DMCA yourself. The fact that this even works is really messed up, but a smart method nonetheless.
[21:27] Another reason to block scripts anywhere, anytime: ads are using random domains to bypass adblockers, mine cryptocoins. Blocking ads won't do the job.
[20:43] after 1 minute on my modem has screenshots of whatever parts of contemporary websites a dialup modem was able to download within one minute, which is "enough time to download all of War And Peace over dialup", according to the website. Discontinued, apparently, but you get the idea.
On a related note, I'm afraid riotgirl.club is gone.
[21:25] Running an update on a few of our company's servers. Connected via RDP through VPN from a MacBook, which is the same machine from which I ssh'd into the club. That makes three different operating systems on one screen. (I'm fighting the urge to install FreeDOS in a VM.)
[22:14] Apparently MS Office is turning us into generalists, reducing our productivity. Applies to LibreOffice, Calligra et cetera, too, obviously.
[21:55] I just read that three years ago today the first user signed up to ctrl-c.club - nice! Happy birthday to the club! :)
Update: Oops. The club news say it was on Feb 11, actually. I guess I got confused by different timezones or something.
[00:51] A bug in the original release of Starcraft had caused a buffer overflow that the community managed to use as a way to create custom maps and matched scripting languages. This is impressive in and of itself. Now, Blizzard released a patch for the Remastered version of Starcraft that emulates the buffer overflow, so that all the old maps can be used again. Now that is fan service.
[00:36] I'm impressed by the works of SpaceX and their launch of the Falcon Heavy. Astounding engineereing, with the two boosters landing simultaneously and all that. Really cool tech! YouTube has the launch video including the landing of said boosters and live views of "Starman", the dummy astronaut onboard the Tesla. (I love this "Don't Panic!" sticker.)
[23:43] Well ... it is possible to install and run ConnectBot on a Chromebook, but at least in the default settings it does look ghastly. But in contrast to the SSH client found in the Chrome web store this app has built-in support for pubkey authentication.
Update: Forget what I wrote before. Using it in a maximized window with a larger font size makes it actually usable. Only downside is that the app for some reason defaults to a US keyboard layout with no apparent means to change this.
[22:24] There is a subreddit that is all about using TensorFlow, other machine learning algorithms to fake videos. A user named derpfakes spent 20 minutes to do his take on the recreation of princess Leia in Rogue One.
[22:23] Amiga floppy disks with unknown works by Andy Warhol were found. Good thing to still have this old technology around to be able and read those disks. Some time from now this whole tech will be gone, rendering other possible finds like this unreadable.
[23:30] I added another script to gmb that will make editing blog entries easier. Since gmb will write to a total of four files, editing those in case of a typo or an update is a bit tedious, so I invested a little time and work to make this process faster.