my "cancel me over this" gaming shame:
I've never really played Space Cadet Pinball.
I'm not even sure where you'd get it. Everyone seems to have it, but I never did.
like even looking at wikipedia, it says it was included in XP, but my version of XP doesn't include it.
There's mention of it being in Win98, but my two installs of win98 (original and SE) don't have it?
Supposedly it's in the Win95 Plus Pack. I never used that, so I don't know. I'm afraid I'm gonna track that down and it'll be a lie too.
I've been seeing these e-ink pricetags in a few places so naturally I decided to look into them.
It turns out these are called Electronic Shelf Labels. E-ink is a great choice here, since it requires no power to maintain the display.
So they don't have any obvious programming headers on them, meaning they're wireless. I expected they'd be RFID or NFC, but after looking into them I've seen several models described as "RFID" but when you look closer, they don't actually use RFID.
Instead all the systems work on a longer-distance wireless method. None of them are just wifi that I've seen, instead they seem to all use a 433mhz protocol that talks to several basestations (which are themselves WIFI or ethernet)
Trying to download PCB component footprints and it turns out you can't do that unless you register an account and you can't do that unless you agree to their gender trinary.
MEN, WOMEN, AND DOCTORS: THE ONLY THREE GENDERS
Let's see how well they sanitize their database inputs
Here's a question I've been idly wondering for years:
Imagine you're designing a DOS games "controller". Like a gamepad that pushed keys on the keyboard.
What keys would you need to have a reasonable set of games coverage? My first try:
Menus are always going to be a problem. But once you're past that, actually playing the game should be possible.
Duke Nukem 1's keyboard controls
and Commander Keen 4
and Major Stryker
I haven't even had my breakfast yet I can't hanlde this
I thought they were talking about half life 1.
there's a lot of things you could complain about that game but I was having trouble figuring where the lesbophobia was, given that it has no named female characters
I mean... does the training hologram count?
she is a real human character and has a name in Half Life: Decay but that was an expansion only included in the PS2 port
friendly reminder: Everything that can connect to the internet or your phone is either: 1. based on open standards and just connects to whatever client/server you point it at (like a web browser or FTP client), or 2. going to turn into a useless brick at some point in the future
you'd think that the local-networking-to-your-phone ones would be immune to this, but you're wrong for two reasons: 1. NAT is a nightmare so a lot of the "local" systems go through a remote server anyway 2. what happens when the app goes away?
apps get obsoleted or removed from sale or replaced by a newer version that doesn't work with the old hardware.
and then even though it doesn't depend on a remote server, it still bricked your hardware unless you keep an old phone with an old version around.
Got in my ATX2AT Smart Converter! This is a neat project: It's an open source ATX to AT power supply, complete with -5V generation but it's also got lots of extra functionality to diagnose problems and protect your hardware.
Like when it's running it can tell you how much amperage is being pulled on each of the rails
And then detect and prevent frying the motherboard if something shorts and pulls way too much current.
(It's got both "smart" microcontroller based protection and fallback fuses, so you're doubly safe)