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OK so I initially rolled my eyes a bit at the thought of doing on of those posts, but I found some cool people when chasing down hiking hashtags so here are a few extra things I'm into.

(broad one I know but hey I like new stuff)

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Anyone who looked at my blog would think I'm a rugged outdoorsy type but actually if I didn't get a good latte and some poached eggs on sourdough on a regular basis I might actually burst into tears.

I emailed the guy who was on the domain whois info. I guess I just don't know when to stop taking things on. πŸ˜€

It really bugs me that mastodon.com.au has been left to rot, idle and broken, by someone who jumped in on the game early and then got bored.

I kinda want to email them and see if I can do anything, but I also don't need yet another job.

So far I've been trying to get things from more-or-less the current day up and running on hardware from 2001.

OS X 10.4 isn't recent, of course, but it performs well enough that I'm going to try going back to more era-appropriate operating systems. That comes with the challenge of finding live download links, old forum posts, and trying to hit a sweet spot where things worked but time hadn't marched past and started optimising for much later CPUs and GPUs.

A few weeks ago I rediscovered my old iMac G3 and thought it'd be an amazingly good idea to repurpose it as a dedicated arcade game emulator to run some old 80s games I loved like Time Pilot.

So many stumbling blocks so far.

Ubuntu/Debian - kinda OK video performance, but sound totally broken

NetBSD - can't get X up at all

FreeBSD - installer hangs

OS X 10.4 - can't get USB controller recognised by MAME

I reckon I have an idea though ...


There has never been a better music video than this. True fact.


Interview with TimothΓ©e Jaussoin, about the migration of Movim's official server from Metronome to ejabberd.


TFW you fix the Linux problem.

..but only after months of chasing endless forum rabbit trails that lead nowhere
.. then giving up
..then getting a 2nd wind
..and posting a forum question
..but minutes after posting you discover the solution
..is in the originally provided solution but you interpreted it incorrectly

I'm not really comfortable admitting how long I just watched this for.


It's been a long time since I last installed on something. It's been nice to get reacquainted!

I'm installing on an iMac which would have been brand new and shiny last time I was doing a lot of NetBSD stuff on old MIPS Decstations. Now it's the antique ...

Still doesn't top my favorite time the Facebook algorithm was on point back in 2014.


This is what Facebook decided should be at the top of my memories of 2017.


TIC-80 is a fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games. tic.computer/

Congratulations Australia you're humane and not a pedophile haven like Alabama

has passed in Australia at last!


I actually need a blank CD. This is the first time this has happened for about 10 years.

Someone's trying to brute-force login to one of my websites using a username that doesn't exist.

I kinda feel sorry for them, they've got all this computing power at their disposal and they're just wasting it. Mine some cryptos or something, mate.

Today I read that Steam will stop accepting Bitcoin as a payment method, which directly led me to me learning that Steam once accepted Bitcoin as a payment method.