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On 10/21/2022 at 2:58 PM, crp said:

Another way to fold a phone I suppose -

 

 

Neat idea. No doubt it will catch on if it is cheap enough. I personally would like a very very small flip phone that only did calls with a battery that lasted several weeks. 😎

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Just what the capitalist corporations need, phones with more moving parts so you can break them and buy new ones sooner. 😬🤣

 

Speaking of moving parts, LG have just released the LG OLED FLEX 42" 42LX3QPUA motorised curvable monitor:

 

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16 hours ago, sunrat said:

Speaking of moving parts, LG have just released the LG OLED FLEX 42" 42LX3QPUA motorised curvable monitor:

 

Fantastic ! Now which bank have I the best chance of robbing and getting away with it ? 🤣

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Lost something? Search through 91.7 million files from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s

 

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Today, tech archivist Jason Scott announced a new website called Discmaster that lets anyone search through 91.7 million vintage computer files pulled from CD-ROM releases and floppy disks. The files include images, text documents, music, games, shareware, videos, and much more.

 

The Rise of DISCMASTER

 

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A developer came to me a week ago with a project they’d been working on for over a year. The proposition of what they offered and the importance of what it would mean to historical software at Internet Archive was so compelling that within 48 hours, we’d announced it to the world.

 

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The Final Piece

Therefore, sitting on the Archive, are tens of thousands of these CD-ROMs of the past. And for a very long time, it’s been possible to download a Disc image, analyze its contents, search for useful or potentially interesting items, and then find a way to make them work again.

That last piece, in fact, is the hardest – not just knowing where the files you’re looking for are located, but to be able to browse them without a massive host of helper applications scattered to the four winds. There are dozens of archive types, dozens and maybe hundreds of multimedia formats, and, even more frustrating, archives within archives – making everything that much harder to find.

DiscMaster has fixed this.

 

Sounds like a fascinating project but unfortunately the site was not available when I tried. 😎

 

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16 minutes ago, sunrat said:

Slow Roads - go for a nice drive in your browser. Autodrive is pretty fun but goes like a maniac.

https://slowroads.io/

 

You can go of road. I tried on the bike setting. Also you can travel underwater but you never seem to get anywhere and have to switch on auto drive to get back to the road. It is cool as I can never get to 90 mph on me Royal but I can here. 🤣

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V.T. Eric Layton

HAHA! Someone posted this site on Diaspora last week. I wasted a some of my life on it. ;)

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On 10/25/2022 at 6:10 AM, abarbarian said:
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Today, tech archivist Jason Scott announced a new website called Discmaster that lets anyone search through 91.7 million vintage computer files pulled from CD-ROM releases and floppy disks. The files include images, text documents, music, games, shareware, videos, and much more.

 

75 million of those files are from AOL  cd's.

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15 hours ago, crp said:

75 million of those files are from AOL  cd's.

 

Hmm I doubt that.

 

I did find some interesting moments when I had a quick peek.

 

Here are a couple of extracts from a 1993 Anarchist magazine.

 

http://discmaster.textfiles.com/view/7502/cuteskunk.zip/cuteskunk/Anarchy-Magazines/pa_02_02.txt

 

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  • Well, not much is happening on the anarchist front here in Madis-
  •  
  • on.   One  can probably attribute the lethargy of area anarchists
  •  
  • to the fact that we are still in the throes of Winter.   Hopeful-
  •  
  • ly,  the  anarchists  will  thaw  out when the ground does.  They
  •  
  • better, as we only have five months until we host our gathering.
  • The circulation of the paper copy of this zine has gone over  300
  •  
  • and  I expect to break 500 by the end of the year.

 

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  • edimatorial from sweden
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •                         by mikael cardell
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • oh well, i've just experienced the first beggar of my life.  this
  •  
  • is  not  something that is common in sweden, but anyway, there he
  •  
  • was. i was heading home from the university and when  i  got  off
  •  
  • the bus and was going towards the house a man called out and ges-
  •  
  • tured towards himself. i went  towards  him,  wondering  what  he
  •  
  • wanted, and stopped just in front of him.
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • he started talking about the black, five-pointed star, i wore  on
  •  
  • my  black coat and babbled about it being the freedom star of the
  •  
  • land of ghana. he said the he himself was from namibia  but  that
  •  
  • he  was  born in cape town and that he now was on a visit here in
  •  
  • sweden. he had no money and no possibility to get any, being only
  •  
  • a visitor from another country.
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • oh, ****. what do you do in a situation like that? i sure haven't
  •  
  • been  in  anything  even remotely reminding of this situation be-
  •  
  • fore. after a short discussion about what he was doing in  sweden
  •  
  • and  why he couldn't get any money in any other way i invited him
  •  
  • to my home. i figured he at least could get some food if not  any
  •  
  • money. i don't have a lot of that kind myself.
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • at home we discussed further. he was apparantly  a  very  learned
  •  
  • man  who  had  studied  sociology at uppsala university in sweden
  •  
  • back in 1964, but then he had returned to his home  country.  now
  •  
  • he  was back in sweden, and broke. we finally arranged so that he
  •  
  • could lend some money until friday since  he  explained  that  he
  •  
  • could get money until then.
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • what would you have done if you were in the same situation?  here
  •  
  • was  a  man that fell through the social security safety net that
  •  
  • sweden is so famous for; he couldn't get any money from  the  so-
  •  
  • cial  bureau  since  he legally wasn't a swedish citizen. i don't
  •  
  • know if i'm going to get my money  back,  ever,  but  that  is  a
  •  
  • secondary point. the point is that i've discovered how the every-
  •  
  • day life for a lot of people is like. how many beggars are  there
  •  
  • in  india? how many in the usa? what are these people prepared to
  •  
  • do to survive?
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • go visit the slum. see how people actually live.  then  do  some-
  •  
  • thing about it!

 

This is an extract from a 1995 magazine dedicated to virus makers run by a chap called Vlad.

 

http://discmaster.textfiles.com/view/7502/cuteskunk.zip/cuteskunk/Virus/Virus-Magazines/Vlad/vlad%234.zip/ARTICLE.2_5

 

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  • Since the death of Bulgaria as the virus centre of the world two or three
  •  years ago, America's recent decline (another story) and the death of
  •  Trident in the Netherlands, the normal places we think of as virus capitals
  •  have moved.  Sweden has always been a hotbed of activity, but recently
  •  Taiwan, Australia, Russia and Slovakia have improved in focus.
  •  
  •  Slovakia is a small country, being the 'other' half of the former united
  •  czechoslovakia, but it has two virus groups, and a seemingly large interest
  •  in computer viruses.

 

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  • Dear friends, we wish you all the best in the New Year 1995, in the name of
  •  the Slovak Virus Laboratories (SVL).  We have picked this unusual kind of
  •  New Years Greeting (well, we write unusual viruses as well, and one must
  •  admit they're not the worst either), because we are sure that our favourite
  •  VIRUS RADAR will mention it. To show our goodwill, we enclose the source
  •  code of SVL 1.2, which has been discussed recently (we really are the
  •  authors, don't doubt it).
  •  A few words about SVL: we're cheerful guys, who are interested in Fred
  •  Flintstone's philosophy (except our Development Chief, who is only
  •  interested in girls and beer), as well as in writing tasty and juicy
  •  viruses.  The group was founded spontaneously about 3 years ago in a bar,
  •  while discussing the advantages of vodka combined with juice against pure
  •  vodka.  First we did nothing, but then we started to do some freelance
  •  production.  We have achieved several successes, we even got into the
  •  newspapers 

 

I also found a really neat .mp4 file which I am hoping to use as part of my animated screensaver project.

 

All in all a fascinating site where you could loose yourself for a few hours  or possibly days. 😎

 

http://discmaster.textfiles.com/cd-rom/

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Amid War, Bat Rescue Continues in Ukraine

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In 2013, with financial help from Oleksandr Feldman, a politician and one of the wealthiest men in Ukraine, Vlaschenko, along with two colleagues — Alona Prylutska and Ksenia Kravchenko — set up the Ukrainian Bat Rehabilitation Center in a park owned by Feldman north of Kharkiv. Called Feldman Ecopark, the place promotes itself as a mix of “animal care and therapy for children with special needs.”

In a forested area of Feldman Ecopark, they built something the researchers call a bat-collider, a 65-foot-long tunnel, 6 feet high and 6 feet wide, where bats can fly or hibernate. Each year, 1,000 to 3,000 rescued bats have wintered there, before their release in late March. In the late summer and early fall, the staff also cared for orphaned or injured bats, and helped bats that got lost during migration. People from across Ukraine and Eastern Europe began sending them sick or injured bats.

 

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But what is a typical houseplant? The Pothos mentioned in the article can grow to fill a whole room normally anyway.

I've got 8 very large houseplants in my loungeroom, are they the equivalent of 30 typical houseplants?

Need more empirical data! Numbers! Spreadsheets! Graphs!

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Centuries of Sound

 

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The aim of this site is to provide an audio history of sound. The history of the site itself can be traced back to the day I decided to pick a song for every year using rateyourmusic and archive.org, and realised that the first song I found predated the 20th century. It was 'Hello, Ma Baby!', familiar to most people as sung by Michigan J. Frog in the 1955 cartoon One Froggy Evening, but here performed by someone called Arthur Collins, who, according to Wikipedia was the biggest selling recording artist of the 1900s. Who was this man? What sort of music was this? What was this entire era of music, long before the start of the Jazz age and why had I heard nothing about it in three decades of listening? The answers to these questions stretched until they had to be hemmed in by the site in front of you.

 

I gave it a whirl for 1926 the year me mum was born. Scroll down and you find more than just audio from the year.

 

https://centuriesofsound.com/category/years/1920s/1926/

 

I also tried 1900 and this led to the fascinating information on the telegraphone which was the precursor of magnetic tapes. That were promoted in their infancy by Bing Crosby for his radio shows.

 

https://centuriesofsound.com/category/1900/

 

Poulsen's wire-reel telegraphone

 

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13 hours ago, abarbarian said:

Mine were pretty dire. 😱

 

Yeah the US and Oz ones, but the Guy Mitchell song is pretty swingin' with a nice guitar break in the middle.

Must say I prefer my US one - sh-boom sh-boom life could be a dream! 😎

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