Easy Internet for retro computers with the PiModem - emulates a serial modem for older systems to link to the outside world

Date Published: Mon, 1 Jun 2020 23:49:10 +0200

PiModem consists of using a Raspberry Pi Zero W to emulate a serial modem, providing older systems with a link to the outside world. This involves setting up the Pi to use its hardware serial port to communicate with the computer in question. A level shifter is usually required, as well as a small hack to enable hardware flow control where necessary. It’s then a simple matter of using tcpser and pppd so you can talk to telnet BBSs and the wider Internet at large.

It’s a tidy hack that makes getting an old machine online much cheaper and easier than using hardware of the era.

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Retro computers are great, but what really makes a computer special is how many other computers it can talk to. It’s all about the network! Often, getting these vintage rigs online requires a…

Various System Monitoring Applications on Linux to Monitor Hardware Sensors... My Journey to Conky

Date Published: Mon, 1 Jun 2020 21:40:15 +0200

This video is aimed at Linux users and runs through a few options I looked at for hardware sensor monitoring from terminal based ones, the built-in system monitor application and ending up with Conky. It is not an exhaustive list and as I explain, I was looking for something specifically to monitor temp of CPU and GPU, as well as their fans speeds and the two chassis fans.

Your needs may be different but you'll also appreciate Conky can be adapted to do just about anything!

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This video is aimed at Linux users and runs through a few options I looked at for hardware sensor monitoring from terminal based ones, the built-in sysinfo a...

Straight Razor Shaving - What You Need It's more than just a razor and a strop

Date Published: Sat, 30 May 2020 15:25:43 +0200

A straight razor is where the real men get separated from the men and women who use safety razors... from the cartridge razor users. To be honest its still on my bucket list although I do own a straight razor.

Some things I noted from this video are the need for that chrome-oxide paste, a 3" wide strop versus a 2" one, and the fact that a plain steel blade will likely sharpen easier than a stainless steel one.

Obviously geofatboy is a salesperson but his advice is really solid and you don't need most of this equipment up front. But it gives one the vision...

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Greetings! I hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Maybe you've become a safety razor shaving veteran and you're looking to take on something more chall...

Google launches Plus Codes for Maps - But we already had broadly supported what3words so why did they not support that?

Date Published: Fri, 29 May 2020 11:40:06 +0200

This is a great idea in principle but what3words is already widely supported by emergency rescue, courier companies, etc, so I'm really wondering why Google came up with something different? How do I remember 32C8+9Q about 5 minutes later? The what3words equivalent is ///stocky.wiping.classics.

If Google Maps could support translating to and from GPS coordinates and street addresses, why not expand with what3words and grow the existing ecosystem? It's like they took an engineering approach and forgot about the humans using it.

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Google has announced its Plus Codes feature is now available in Google Maps for Android.

'Transcendentally boring': the joy of job simulation games - From farming to trucking to bus driving, why do millions play games that replicate regular jobs in forensic detail?

Date Published: Fri, 29 May 2020 10:42:38 +0200

It is the very precision of these games that has attracted such a devoted following. “Throughout development we gather a lot of questions,” says Julian Mautner at Stillalive studios, the team behind the Bus Simulator games. “When you turn the ignition key once, which functions of the bus actually work, and which icons on the dashboard light up? What happens afterwards when you turn it into second position? These are the details our players really care about.”

These are the things I also enjoy about 'job simulators' and can sympathise with this statement: “I play simulators because by their nature they are internally consistent,” says fan Melissa Harper. “If you’re playing a game and you’re in a cockpit, and you can’t press all the buttons, that absolutely slaughters the experience for me. But in Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can press all the buttons, and they all do something. That’s SO satisfying, and then you can learn what they all do.”

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From farming to trucking to bus driving, why do millions play games that replicate regular jobs in forensic detail?

Turn Your Raspberry Pi into a network-wide Ad-Blocker for all devices on your home network using Pi-Hole

Date Published: Thu, 28 May 2020 22:14:49 +0200

While there are plenty of ad-blockers that can banish adverts from your laptop or computer, these rarely work on other devices, such as smartphones and tablets. This article will show you how to transform your Raspberry Pi into a network-wide ad blocker, using Pi-Hole. Once completed, you’ll be able to block ads across your laptop, computer, smartphone, tablet, and any other device that’s connected to your network.

See https://www.maketecheasier.com/turn-raspberry-pi-into-ad-blocker/

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How Assetto Corsa HUD apps kill the Frame Rate Per Second in the Game

Date Published: Thu, 28 May 2020 21:17:45 +0200

A brief demo showing how the frames per second (FPS) drops dramatically as you add any apps to the heads-up overlay display (HUD) on Assetto Corsa - these are any apps that display info like tyres, laps, essentials, track map, etc. This video also shows the MangoHUD overlay in action and ends with a quick description on what Lutris does for Windows games on Linux.

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A brief demo showing how the frames per second (FPS) drops dramatically as you add any apps to the heads-up display (HUD) on Assetto Corsa. This video also s...

This is the giant Wraith Prism cooler on my AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU - it comes standard with the AMD 7 and 9 CPUs

Date Published: Thu, 28 May 2020 12:53:59 +0200

The copper pipes make it look a bit like a V8 engine... the cooler stands at least 3 inches high.

You Pick the Color: Bundled with every 3rd Gen Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 3900X desktop processor, the AMD Wraith Prism goes where no stock cooler has gone before with per-RGB LED control around the illuminated light ring and transparent fan blades. They’ve also added support for Razer Chroma, so you can enjoy ambient in-game effects that react dynamically to every action and event.

But the Wraith Prism isn’t just a pretty face; they’ve increased motherboard and RAM compatibility by minimizing the profile and added direct-contact heat pipes and fan overclocking control to increase thermal effectiveness, too.

User-controlled RGB illumination relies on socket AM4 motherboards that support this feature, like the ASRock RGB LED, ASUS Aura sync, Biostar VIVID LED DJ, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic Light.

Now I need a new transparent case to show it off with all its colours -)

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Ardour goes harder: v6.0 brings 'huge engineering changes' to open-source cross-platform digital audio workstation

Date Published: Thu, 28 May 2020 12:38:13 +0200

Ardour is a full-featured audio mixer and editor with unlimited tracks and non-destructive editing, patching and routing, video sync for soundtracks, and plugin support for AudioUnits on macOS, VST on Windows and Linux, and LV2 on all platforms. Automation is possible with Lua scripting. It is an alternative to the popular Audacity, another cross-platform audio editor, but Ardour has a more complete set of features for audio engineers.

The result is full latency compensation so that alignment of the various signals routed through Ardour is precise. There is also a new resampling engine, the ability to add sound effect processing to a track when recording, simultaneous monitoring of input and output, improved MIDI support (though there remains "significant work to do"), and an enhanced plug-in manager.

On the audio format side, FLAC is now an option for Ardour's native recording format, and MP3 import and export is now fully supported – the developers were formerly opposed to MP3 import because it is a lossy format and not intended for this use. There are hundreds of other new features, and experimental support for a web browser user interface using WebSockets.

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Dev sticks with elderly GTK+2 GUI toolkit because 'we would gain nothing' by upgrading

Vodacom zero-rates What3words (no street address required) for emergencies

Date Published: Thu, 28 May 2020 12:16:06 +0200

Vodacom South Africa has zero-rated access to What3words, the technology service that’s mapped the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares — with each location given three unique dictionary words — in an effort to make it easier for people to get access to emergency services.

We need more of these zero rated services and the public also needs to know what zero rated services are actually available to them.

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Vodacom has zero-rated access to What3words, the technology service that’s mapped the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares, in an effort to make it easier for people to get access to emergency services.

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