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I post writing on my own blog and on the . I post videos primarily on a server and sometimes on . I no longer post video to .

If you have similar interests, consider following me. It'd be great to connect with you!

[sending someone from the 1980s forward in time to 2022 and having them try to use a computer]

they don't know how to use the three dots

I'm old school and take notes on *paper* using a stripped down version of -ing. I've always used the disposable pencils with 0.7mm lead. I've tried other pencils but even the nice ones never felt quite right.

Well the other day I saw a video on the Pentel Graphgear 1000. They come in multiple sizes, but I stuck with the 0.7mm. It's such a great . I love the feed mechanism and retraction mechanism, it's a nice weight, and the finger knurling is well done, too.

At $10 it's a relatively inexpensive bit of luxury for someone who uses a pencil all the time.

After much tinkering over the years, I consider star screws to be the best available for the vast majority of needs. They allow for more force to be applied to drive them in and out, and they greatly reduce the chance of cam out (which increases their life span and is less irritating).

#DIY #design #synergeticdesign

"The Application Mode feature is available in all Chromium-based browsers, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and the Brave Browser. It can generate realistic-looking login screens that are hard to differentiate from a legitimate login prompt."
bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu

I am getting a few customers who are having their Windows computers taken over and password locked.

So far, I have been able to unlock the machines with various Windows exploits to clear Windows passwords or remove the lock by reverting to a Windows registry backup. There are various ways the computer can be locked.

However, the problem of these computers being remote controlled again remains. One of the computers, I did a "Computer Cleanup" service on, got it back to the customer. Was fine for a few days, then a lock screen appeared. This was an abandoned feature of Windows that could be set in the Registry. So I reverted to a saved backup of the registry. That worked. But the problem of the obvious remote control exploit was still there. That registry setting had to be changed somehow and the customer certainly didn't do it.

I kept digging and found the remote software, similar in function to . It was not listed in the "Add and Remove Programs" list. I also could not remove the Supremo files from "Program Files" until I had stopped and disabled the Windows Service for it that was running.

This is just one reason to be very happy about your decision to use or instead of Windows. I expect to continue to see these kinds of exploits in Windows. They are targeting elderly people.

Building a custom computer with my youngest son.

The most important criteria for him is that it is red in color.

No problem. I can do that.

I found a used case with a red front and partial clear side window. We'll be customizing and upgrading it together.

We'll start with a Gigabyte FM2 motherboard with A4-4000 series processor with Radeon HD graphics (cpu is an APU).

We'll start him off on base specs and then upgrade to a better graphics card, cpu and memory as time goes on to help him get a feel for what each of those components does.

He'll have and we'll find a red and black theme for it.

We have a red Logitech M185 mouse that may work (yet to be tested).

Right now we have a Logitech keyboard also with the Unify connector so it can use the same receiver as the mouse.

However, I am hoping to find a mechanical keyboard that I think I have somewhere that would fit his theme well. It is a CoolerMaster cmStorm Quick Fire Rapid mechanical gaming keyboard with optional red WASD keycaps. I think he'd really like that.

Thanks to people's protests (and because developers weren't ready yet), is delaying the deprecation of as part of their transition to . Slow down--don't call this a win, but at least we now have extra time to prepare.

Before, the cutoff for regular users was January 2023. That has been delayed to June 2023, when all Manifest v2 extensions will be changed from Public to Unlisted in the Chrome Web Store. The enterprise cutoff used to be June 2023. That is now January 2024, when all Manifest v2 extensions will be removed from the Chrome Web Store.

Google will be running experiments in Chrome 112 in the Canary, Dev and Beta channels on disabling Manifest v2 in January 2023, and in Chrome 115 in all channels, including Stable, in June 2023. Expect then that your Manifest v2 extensions like uBlock Origin will stop working, and Enterprise users will have until January 2024 to run those extensions, when Google will finally kill Manifest v2, remove all the remaining extensions from the store, and remove any references to Manifest v2 in the Chromium source code.

You can learn more by reading the article below:
ghacks.net/2022/09/29/google-d

You may also read Google's official release about the delay of Manifest v2's deprecation:
developer.chrome.com/blog/more

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It's not much, but I made my first 3d printed thing in #freecad this morning. Hello world.

I finally saw a wooly worm yesterday. I have been trying to convince myself it was not gonna be a brutal winter despite seeing many other signs to the contrary. Yesterday's sighting put the kibosh on that delusion. It was nearly completely black. One tiny splash of orange about 1/4 of the way thru.
One of the many other signs are these acorns. These are the biggest I have ever seen and there are hundreds of thousands of them.
Maybe i should collect these in case we need to make acorn flour? 🤔

Or peoples - plural ... trade within your community with sound money. Black markets for the win.

@amerika @flaky Also pic related.

It's not even just current techniques, but also the latest trendy technologies. I'm sure you know who John C Dvorak is, being that he is one of the NoAgenda podcast hosts, but his posts about Itanium illustrate the problem the tech industry was having even in the mid-00s. For context, Itanium was a new CPU architecture that was going to change everything and be unlike any other CPU architecture and while it was very unconventional, it was delayed and most importantly locked out AMD/VIA.

https://www.pcmag.com/archive/how-the-itanium-killed-the-computer-industry-236394
https://web.archive.org/web/20030625055633/http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,222505,00.asp
https://www.theregister.com/2004/02/17/who_sank_itanic/
https://www.pcmag.com/opinions/may-itanium-rest-in-peace-almost

His posts and others namely hammer out some of the reasons it was a total flop (outside of HP hardware running VMS/HP-UX) aside from the programming being a pain and the infamous compiler issue; not only did it lock out it's top competitor patent wise (since Intel wanted to control the architecture with zero licenses), but it was expensive and took a while to actually come out. By the time it was finally out, AMD just extended x86 to 64 bits. The next thing you know, Intel was licensing AMD64 and pushing that instead. Then there was the fact that it couldn't run x86 code that fast to the point that Intel developed an emulator that ran many workloads faster, years after the CPU had any chance of conquering the desktop. This was all only possible because Intel told the world they could do this, and nobody asked questions. But to quote him; "In all my years of following this industry, I have never seen such sheeplike behavior."

Itanium being a flop also led to some other interesting things, such as the SCO lawsuits (because they partnered with IBM for the AIX port) and it was a massive piece in the downfall of SGI.

The difference between now and then is in the 90s Intel was untouchable and had all the hype in the world, now everyone isn't even giving a shit about Intel's weird pet technologies like Optane (killed by locking it to specific Intel chipsets + the partner pulling out), the Xeon Phi, and now the Intel ARC GPUs. The meltdown scandal and stagnating in the consumer market didn't help one bit either.

If animal burps and farts are going to turn us all into crispy critters, why didn't it? 500 years ago, the world had more pounds of animals (including humans) than it does today. North America produced far more pounds of flesh 500 years ago than it does today. Some 200 million beavers consumed more vegetable material than all the humans. Bison numbered 100-200 million. Passenger pigeons in flocks big enough to blot out the sun for three days flew overhead.
@adam thelunaticfarmer.com/blog/10/1

>The fediverse is not gonna survive if admins of big instances are using moderation tools instead of just blocking people (by block I mean just for themselves), it will be just twitter or gab 2.0 with lots of shadowbanned people (defederated).

this is exactly why it's not meant to be about big instances you child of God, start your own and pull people from the mega instance already

I freed an HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE, codename RELM, from today using the mrchromebox firmware script.

It is very similar in specs to the Dell Chromebook 11 models I have been using, code name CANDY.

I may attempt to install on the HP this evening or on Sunday.

My "go to" distro on these machines has been , which has worked well.

MNT Reform laptop powered by 2x 100MHz VexRiscV/LiteX (running in open hardware MNT RKX-7 Kintex-7 FPGA module). Full HD eDP display, Ethernet, 1GB DDR3 (actually 2), SD card, SPI flash, USB host for keyboard and trackball

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