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Out of nowhere the warnings flashed red on his screen. David cursed as he ripped his oxygen mask from his sweat drenched face. He couldn't get timing closure on the design.

He was barely hitting 1.1GHz, and his goal was 1.5GHz. It was likely going to take weeks to untangle the longest paths causing the delays. They might even need to re-architecture some pieces.


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The alien noisily screeched as it broke into TV broadcasts and video streaming the world over. "TZAG!" the alien continued, baffling the stunned audiences as it waved appendages in a friendly, but slightly unsettling, manner.

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Hello, fediverse. I'm Charles from the USA in the , OR area. I'm excited to be on as I'm hoping it will prove a viable alternative to the "free" social sites.

I make and for a living, and I dabble in for hobbies. Other interests not limited to: , , , , , and .

We've also launched an early version of Inkscape 1.1 alpha for testing!

Calling early adopters to help us test and provide your feedback to improve the major release in the spring.

Read more & download the alpha here:

Computer DNS gripe 

Just discovered that Fedora 33, with its switch to using systemd-resolved, breaks DNS resolution for my home network (meaning I can't lookup local machines by name anymore). I dug into it a little bit. I don't think I can fix it readily without making changes to the home network. Maybe I'll just start copying around a hosts file like in the old days.

(The more we fix DNS, the more ways we invent to break it.)

Awesome post from TubeTime on Twitter: A deep dive in the #IBM #CGA graphic card and its terrible color palette. Take a big breath before reading and enjoy

RPi 400 

I just played around switching monitors while the system is running. The TV isn't 1600x900, but it does its best to display it and vice versa with the monitor. The WiFi problems seem to follow the resolution and not the monitor. Faskinating... Anyway, despite little glitches like this, it's amazing what you get for $100.

(I shudder to consider the externalized costs that are probably lurking in the shadows.)

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RPi 400 

Well, I don't have another micro HDMI cable, but I happen to have a small TV. The monitor I was using supported 1600x900@60Hz. This little TV gives me 1360x768@60Hz. The WiFi appears to be reliable now. So the problem is either the monitor causing interference through the cable*, or the Pi is self-interfering when driving a monitor at the first frequency.

* Through the cable because I suspect it is not over the air. While troubleshooting, I used a USB WiFi dongle which worked fine.

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RPi 400 

I had a hunch, so I went downstairs to check and the HDMI display was off. I wake up the display, head back upstairs, and the flaky ping results started again. I've repeated this twice now... Hmmm...

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RPi 400 

I splurged on an RPi 400 for reasons. First impressions are pretty good. Unfortunately the WiFi has been flaky. Mostly it won't connect to my AP that it has line of sight to, but when it does, the network seems very slow and ping times are all over the map with some being very long (10 sec. across my LAN). I walked away to get breakfast and left a ping running from my netbook to the Pi with same results, when suddenly it all cleared up and ping times were consistently under 10ms.

Does anyone know a programming language design and implementation community?

Boosts welcome.

I'm starting a series of interviews with co-op folks, to learn about their stories and the stories of their cooperatives.

My first convo is with, talking about his experiences with and

Listen and read here:


Some people work while they're stressed and locked indoors. I wrote most of a book during the covid crisis:

I was feeling pretty pleased with myself on that score, but then I found out what Oriol Ferrer Mesià did with his time.

His "Modern Retro Computer Terminals" project are a series of tiny computers built around low-cost processors like the Raspberry Pi and Nvidia Jetson Nano, run off a 3D printer and assembled.


RT: This is all too often how UX design is considered and practiced.

(This is not my only example of wondrous junk, just the latest. Considering the price pressure everybody is under, it's amazing we get any stuff that works. Alas that's probably only possible due to massive cost externalization.)

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I had a damaged HDMI cable, so I took advantage of the situation to do a quick teardown. It looked amazingly well put together with shielding in the appropriate places except there was not a twisted pair to be seen. Sometimes I feel like we live in an age of wondrous junk.

(I appear to be deliberately avoiding negative topics today. That's probably for the best...)

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"People on the Street React to the Moon in the Most Awe-inspiring Way":

I'm not one for "reaction" videos, but it was nice to see people apparently reacting to their first view of the moon through a telescope.

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