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21 Feb, 9 tweets, 2 min read
I dreamed I was a party with some wrestlers and Linkara loaned me mouse they had, because they knew I'd like it. It had two extra mouse wheels, which were for selecting letters, so you could type from the mouse.
Anyway in semirelated news I know what my next keyboard will be
The only wrestler I remember being there was a guy in his 50s with a big mustache, who my wrestling-knowing friend explained was called "q" because wrestlers always refer to each other (begins the scenes) as just their initial, as so many of them are not native English speakers.
Q apparently spoke Spanish. I'm also not sure how the first initial thing was really supposed to help.
The mouse letter wheels were kinda like those used on letter padlocks, where you only see 1-3 letters and have to scroll to get to the rest
There were two wheels because that was the only way to have enough room for all letters. The two wheels were separated and placed in the handrest area for some reason
I'm on mobile so you'll have to excuse my terrible graphics, but they were about here
BTW I'm pretty sure my dream wasn't trying to imply that this Q was THAT Q. (the conspiracy one, not the star trek one)
This year has been weird enough but I'm pretty sure we're not gonna find out that Q is actually a Latino wrestler with a big mustache

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23 Feb
stupid idea: A small 16bit DOS program that reads every sector of the hard drive in increasing order, and displays it on screen, in MDA or CGA 80x25 mode.
a sector is 512 bytes, so a 32x16 (plus another line for metadata) display can show the whole thing, and fits in any mode
and the purpose is: it's a stupid way to get data out of a PC.
Doesn't have serial? floppy? parallel? network? SCSI? modem? WHO CARES
if it has a display that do either of the basic IBM PC text formats, you can exfiltrate data by recording the screen with a camera
the main problem is that some of these characters look like each other which is going to make OCRing them off the screen not fun Image
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So the latest LGR Blerbs episode is on the Keypatch AT, an interesting mid-80s device to add functionality to early PC keyboards. I was thinking I had another model of Keypatch and I thought I should go pull it out of storage...

It turns out, NOPE! What I have is a CXI Keyboard MATE, which is clearly a similar device, but not a Keypatch. Image
Keyboard MATE. I don't know why all of "MATE" is in uppercase. It's got the same set of scroll lock/num lock/caps lock indicators like the keypatch Image
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Shout out to Google, one of the biggest software companies in the world, who can't properly size their buttons, so the "Download" button turns into "Down...ding" when you click it. Image
There are only three real problems in computer science:
1. Naming things
2. Cache invalidation
3. UI layout
(And of course, 4: off by one errors)
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really?
after not having seen my doctor all of 2020 and so far in 2021, you're gonna open up with THIS QUESTION? Image
I understand why they ask these questions but, like, I've got insomnia and ADHD and I'm on a bunch of stimulants and I've got digestive issues. they're basically asking "are you still foone?" [yes] [no] Image
the last one is especially annoying because I have poor apatite every day. but I'm pretty sure my psychiatrist isn't really worried about that, because I'm not forgetting to eat because I'm depressed, it's because PART OF MY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS MISSING
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I haven't had coffee yet and I just woke up so only one of my eyes works and I saw this craigslist thumbnail and was like "ooh, what's that keyboard?" Image
oh. that's not a keyboard. it's a vent Image
I JUST WANT A LASERDISC PLAYER THAT HAS A BIG WEIRD KEYBOARD PLUGGED INTO IT
WHAT DOES IT EVEN DO? I DON'T KNOW
BUT IT'D BE COOL
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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
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