Many arms make light work of holding testing a coin mech for testing.

Pi Pico based video pattern generator for testing Microvitec Cub monitors and the like!

web surfing has become all but impossible. nothing links anymore, it's all narcissistic inside linking if anything. i used to surf links across the network, stumbling from one thing to the next, surprises and missteps. now it's all search hubs and feeds rather than networks.

what we use now via the http protocol isn't really the web anymore. there's no web here. it's all silos, standing alone and trying desperately to keep me from leaving. no longer a digital ocean, now small tide pools with no path between, left in the receding wake of the surf.

Confession: I like(d) Instagram.

Despite it being a by-word for all that’s bad in social media I took a policy of just following people who I enjoyed and got on fine with it. It let you curate your feed and didn’t get in the way too much.

Now though, after various creeping steps, it’s putting “suggested posts” (i.e. crap) in the middle of your feed. I think the good times are pretty much over. Well, I've already abandoned using Facebook. I guess I can abandon Instagram too.

"XXX needs your permission to enable desktop notifications" - no you *really* don't. Because I *already* *actively* took away your capability to do notifications because *I* *do* *not* *want* your notifications!

Since when did it become OK for software to try and pull a Carthāgō dēlenda est on its users?

To just blatantly ignore user choice and keep nagging? This is even a service I am paying for, for crying out loud.

I hate how technology has become a means for companies to remotely manipulate u̶s̶e̶r̶s̶ herds of assets instead of a tool of enlightenment and liberation.

It didn't use to be like this.
It wasn't supposed to be like this.


Still using my free screwdriver from Everyday Electronics May 1979
New Blog Post: Networking CATWatch (or an overkill solution to tracking the movements of a cat)

Very cool -- is a new privacy-friendly Reddit frontend, similar to Invidious / YouTube, Bibliogram / Instagram, and Nitter / Twitter.

Source code:

- No JavaScript or ads
- All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Reddit
- Prevents Reddit from tracking your IP or JavaScript fingerprint
- Lightweight (teddit frontpage: ~30 HTTP requests with ~270 KB of data downloaded vs. Reddit frontpage: ~190 requests with ~24 MB)


Thinking of migrating my Win 10 installation (upgrade from Win 8 retail) from a BIOS-based Intel dual core machine to a new UEFI-based AMD Ryzen. Am I mad to be contemplating this? Should I just put my hand in my pocket and buy a new win 10 license and do a clean install?


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