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20 Feb, 6 tweets, 2 min read
this interface could be easier to use
I don't speak high-ascii (or high-cp437 if you want to be pedantic)
apparently the problem is that while RexPaint looks like it might support different numbers of rows/columns, it doesn't actually support the 32x8 layout I'm using. so I gotta reformat it like a caveman
fortunately thanks to the death generator I have tools to easily reorganize fonts
there it goes
ok so now I have it set up as the MDA font and the amber-CRT colors! so I could IMPROVE THE FONT for the follower-count-thing.
I'm considering improving it with the power of blasphemy:
see, I'm already using a custom font (that's why my Qbasic is in Papyrus), so why not reflash the font to add more line drawing characters which I can use to smooth out the number's edges?

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22 Feb
one of my favorite things about being someone who whines a lot on twitter about their computer problems and has a bad memory is that often when I hit a problem I vaguely remember hitting before, I just need to search my own tweets to figure out the solution
for example, today I was annoyed this linux machine was using a graphical console instead of raw VGA text mode.
turns out I have complained about that before and figured out a solution:
it's not fully working because grub is trying too hard to put itself into a graphical mode BUT I WILL STOP IT
Read 4 tweets
21 Feb
gotta love downloading an LONG TERM SUPPORT linux distro and it's supposed all the way up until... two months from now Image
I probably should have clarified: this is xubuntu.
They support the LTS releases for 3 years instead of 5 Image
two months until I have to switch to raw debian to get a linux distribution that is still 32bit
Read 4 tweets
21 Feb
I'm seeing a lot of companies coming out with new products intended to make life under the pandemic a little better and safer and I think it's time I get in on that business.
It's a simple device, basically a magaphone but with no microphone on the end, just a button.
and if you push the button it loudly blasts "MOTHERFUCKER WE ARE STILL IN A PANDEMIC. WEAR A MASK IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN PUBLIC!"
that's all it does. it may seem silly and pointless but on the other hand I could have used it at least five times in the last two days
Read 5 tweets
21 Feb
Question: I'm not familiar with streaming platforms. What's a good place to stick a "boring" stream of a number on a screen counting up?
Bonus points if it's easy to stream to from a raspi.
Basically my main worry is that it'll get kicked off l places like twitch for ToS violation
Read 6 tweets
21 Feb
My second most hated part of the self checkout experience is the helpful "please take your items" reminder.
Firstly it's just silly who needs to be reminded of this? Who shops, collects a bunch of items, takes them to the self checkout, scans them, pays for them, then forgets what they are doing and fails to take their newly purchased items?
I zoned out enough to tweet about my ADHD test while I was taken it, and even I am not that distractable/forgetful
Read 31 tweets
21 Feb
LRT: Computers were invented for exactly two reasons:
1. To kill Nazis
2. To play tennis

And for most of their lifetime, we had run out of nazis
You could argue that the LRT implies it's actually three reasons, with "play Star Trek Games" being #3, but don't let's be silly.
Even Spacewar, the quintessential "first game" of space combat, predates Star Trek.
I'd argue that tennis is actually reason #3 and #2 is "be gay, do crimes"
But someone asked Turing "but Al, what are you gonna do after your 'compu-tor' device kills all the Nazis?"

Alan Turing, visibly sweating: "uhhh.... play tennis?"
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