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I make videos about old technology I either wanted when I was twelve, or didn't know I wanted when I was twelve. https://t.co/etC6YVjTKl
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Sep 18, 2022 43 tweets 7 min read
I've long since given up on smashing my head into immovable brick walls and getting angry about the wrong things, so I won't spend any effort on it other than to say that discord forums are neither forums, nor remotely useful for any imaginable purpose, nor in any way a solution. I could spend an hour yelling about it but there's no point. They're not worse than discord already was, they simply aren't any less discord. I think it is inarguable that nobody who worked on this is young enough or sufficiently interested in any hobbies to have used a forum.
Sep 18, 2022 10 tweets 3 min read
Landed the score of the century yesterday. A beautiful pair of beat to shit, 80s-era pine shelves - only 21" wide and less than 6' tall. I swear I've never seen a storage unit like this sold new. I can tell they're from the 80s from the smell and the weird shelf clips that I'm gonna have to replace. Not sure how that works but I know what I know, maybe I'm smelling a varnish that nobody uses anymore.
Aug 25, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
since i can finally play astro's playhouse, i can finally review it: this is an attempt to return us to the era of computer software reminding us that our computers contain Components. we were overdue i know it's an advertisement for the machine i just bought but you know what, i think sony gets to do that. i think after 27 years they get to say "hey we made some cool shit"
Aug 25, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
I have a new idea, a project I don't have time for but someone does: The USB Audio Direct-Attach Cable.

It's a cable with two USB-A ends. Plug it into two PCs. It appears as an audio class device on both - but there's no analog stage. Digital all the way through. Each chip just takes the samples it receives from its host and throws them down the wire, where they get handed straight off to the other host. Zero conversion, zero loss, and if done right, very little latency.
Jun 1, 2022 19 tweets 4 min read
put words to a decades-old thought: the software era of 3D rendering was fascinating because it was largely... "artisanal." yes, there were *some* engines, but a lot of games, as far as I know, were either handrolled or used some unknown 3D library bought from who-knows-who I remember the early days of 3D acceleration: my first Voodoo, and my first openGL card (radeon) were remarkable, they felt so unique, smooth, otherworldly. but i rapidly detected the absence of a je ne sais quoi. games suddenly felt very samey.
May 31, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
every single queer person who sees this kind of thing feels the insincerity so deeply, because these aren't things anyone would ever say to another person, and the deafening subtext is "i don't think you should have your sense of self beaten out of you" it's so unreal. no queer person has ever told another that they're "awesome the way they are," because that's an absurd thing to think. but it's impossible to put *the absence of hate* into words, and "i don't want you dead" doesn't look good on a store shelf
May 30, 2022 11 tweets 3 min read
Few weeks ago I went into goodwill and saw they had moved tons of shelves to create a bunch of empty space. Saw it at multiple stores. Knew exactly what was up, and I called it: they're loading up on dollar store junk, meaning they're shutting down retail and going all eBay. ImageImage The last opportunity to find an unexpected deal at goodwill is behind us forever, at least in the PNW. Other regional operators may not do this, but as of now, Seattle goodwill's days are numbered. They probably will not make it to next February.
May 29, 2022 41 tweets 7 min read
spoiler: 40 minutes later they still have not read my DM. Image Folks I am having a very corporate one today
May 27, 2022 37 tweets 7 min read
a thing I think about a lot is security advice that's basically just wrong because it's written with assumptions about corporate behavior that are not reliable. I saw someone saying that if your bank calls you and asks for any info you should hang up and call them back at the number on your card, to ensure you aren't getting called by scammers. Good idea, phone scams are very common!
May 24, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
So, this makes perfect sense, but: @internetarchive's Wayback Machine archives malware too. This malicious JS popup injected by a banner ad is apparently so old-fashioned that modern ad blockers don't catch it. Image Hey wait. huh? Facebook didn't exist yet.
May 3, 2022 8 tweets 2 min read
this is like the fourth or fifth horseman we've seen so far this month The thing that bothers me about these services is not that they are "dumb." I'm dumb, so I'd be one to speak. The problem is that their slick, cheerful marketing belies the fact that they are symptoms of a failing society and economy.
May 2, 2022 8 tweets 2 min read
blackmagic forum responses are somehow worse than foss bug reports Image I am consistently astonished by the bizarre obliviousness of "just use fusion" responses. That is almost literally equivalent to saying "just bounce it to after effects" - in this case, for literally *moving a clip on the screen.*
May 1, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
I've been mad at the Firefox history viewer for ages because it lists every URL only once, by *most recent* access date, so if you click on an entry, it pops it up to the top of the list - scrolling your view up, possibly tens of thousands of entries away from where you were. This seemed absolutely batshit, I couldn't figure out why anyone would want this view, let alone to make it the default. Complained on the decade-old bugzilla ticket, then did some digging. Looks like it's an optimization with unintended consequences. :(
Apr 26, 2022 12 tweets 2 min read
I've seen this thing pop up several times in the last week: The Blackmagic Cloud Store. I have ignored it because the name made me make "cat no banana" face, but having finally looked into it, it appears to be
A) cool af
B) an unprecedented case of semantic drift... maybe. Image In short, it is a NAS. It's one built entirely of SSDs and meant for video editing, it has 10GbE and a built in switch for 40GbE link aggregation. It's meant as a portable ingest station and backing store for editors.
Mar 8, 2022 41 tweets 7 min read
Have needed a teleprompter for years. People keep telling me "Just!™️ buy one that takes a tablet." okay let's see how that goes Bought a Glidegear, the one that fits on 15mm rail, and a Samsung A8. Not commenting on the construction of the Glidegear; there are several issues with it but they're far more understandable.