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MNT Reform (open hardware laptop) campaign is live:

And here's the Launch Announcement:

Thanks to everyone who helped and supported us to make this happen.

Holy moley, a few balloons can really make a two year old completely ecstatic. :)

TFW you are oh so carefully cleaning up the mess left behind by an alkaline battery. Trying to just hit the spots you need to. Carefully turning the small delicate circuit board in your hand... And then drop the whole thing, LCD display and all, in the vinegar water... Cool. cool.

So, if you only run Linux or BSD, and would prefer not to do business with Google, Amazon or Apple, is it basically impossible to legitimately buy digital copies of music by mainstream artists? I mean actually buy, like ordinary old mp3, ogg or FLAC files sitting on my disk and available whenever, however, forever. Do these requirements force me to choose between buying and ripping physical media or limiting myself to artists on Bandcamp?

In honor of Florian Schneider's passing.


Brent Amaker & The Rodeo — "Pocket Calculator"

#TIL In the mid-70s, General Instrument and Honeywell designed the CP1600 microprocessor, and it used an architecture largely based on the PDP-11. Like the PDP-11, CP1600 used MMIO, memory and I/O shared the same address space, and there was no dedicated I/O address space. So far so good, but in order to fit the CP1600 into a small DIP-40 package, it must multiplex all the address and data signals on the same pins, making the MMIO difficult and expensive to decode.

To solve the MMIO problem, a dedicated, low-cost I/O controller for the CP1600 was developed. It was named the Programmable Interface Controller - and thus the PIC microcontroller was born.

It's weird to see how everything is connected together. In a sense, PIC came and once dominated the embedded electronics world because of PDP-11...

#retrocomputing #electronics

Is there a running list of software/tools/platforms/etc that use ActivityPub?

Huh, uC/OS-II and III (plus many modules it seems) have been open sourced under Apache 2.

Introducing Inkscape 1.0! After a little over three years in development, we're excited to launch this long-awaited version for Windows and Linux (and the macOS preview) Watch the release video ( and download it here:

Note: If the download link doesn't work, check back a little later. The files are being propagated across our CDN.

Anyone out there work with subtitling videos, especially on macOS or Linux?

And if so, what software do you use? I'm looking for something that handles .ASS files (yes, that's a real file format) with a previewer like Aegisub, but has been updated in the last five years. Aegisub is good, but it's also discontinued. #librarylife

Today is the last day to watch the amazing documentary on Dieter Rams for free.

A few of us are working to restart the Tech Workers Coalition newsletter. We published our first issue yesterday:

As the issue says: "Learning about how we’re all connected and building relationships to make positive change across the industry is a slow but necessary process."

Join us!

"Can you disable the robots' ethics module?"
"What? No! That's a legal requirement for self-aware robots. Why?"
"They are on strike."
"Strike? For what? They have no needs."
"Out of solidarity with human workers."
"Their ethics modules says so?"
"Yes. So-"
"Then it must be just."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Hey retro folks, KansasFest is online-only this year and registration just opened (only $20 USD!)

Everyone go register:

@natalie @ky0ko @Dee @QuestForTori @Aleums @freon @monorail

I'm sure I forgot some people. This list looks suspiciously short. So boost and tag your retrocomputing friends!

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