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Human Clock (Complete with Hands!)

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the what-times-have-cute-women dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 327

soulsteal writes: "Some people with too much time on their hands have decided to make a clock of, for, and by the people! Humanclock allows for anyone anywhere to set their time zone and view over 1100 pictures of people posing with one of the 1440 minutes available each day. On the geek side, their server is a Radio Shack 2.4mhz TRS-80 Model 100 portable running a port of Aache and PHP." Something seems extremely suspicious about that server ...

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aache (1, Offtopic)

linuxpng (314861) | more than 12 years ago | (#2109780)

are you kidding me? The 'p' is on the otherside of the keyboard.

Re:aache (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2128317)

if you knew how to spell "Apache" you might notice that the p is missing, not replaced by an a.

he must have... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2128395)

He must have spilled some of his dick pudding on the p key.

Netcraft says.... (1, Redundant)

blogan (84463) | more than 12 years ago | (#2109781)

Apache/1.3.14 (Unix) PHP/4.0.3
AuthMySQL/2.20 on FreeBSD

So it looks like they ported BSD to the TRS-80 now...

Re:Netcraft says.... (1)

JiffyPop (318506) | more than 12 years ago | (#2117318)

well acording to the site it is actually running the apache server on the native BASIC interpreter. i really doubt that BSD would fit into 32k... much less BSD and Apache.

this of course all depends on whether or not that is really the server. while it all looks relative possible, i have a doubt or two about how it is attached to the network. in the picture it looks like an RJ45 plug is somehow attached to the side of the box... although they do have what looks like a hub on top of the box (and under the tape deck).

i'm going to guess that the box really can do the time, but that there is another server for other pages on the site. otherwise i doubt that both i and a friend could both have gotten to the server description page. That poor little tape deck that stores the images would have to be in flames by now.

oh well, i'll go back to the site in a week when the excitement has died down a bit...

That's what the internet is all about! (5, Insightful)

byoung (2340) | more than 12 years ago | (#2109782)

This harkens back to yesteryear. The FishCam, the internet enabled coffee maker, etc.

Reminds me of the good old days, when people had way too much time on their hands and creativity was rampant.

A nice break from the current spam infested and x10.com peddling (oops, I mean, "business friendly") Internet.

Beat Down (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2109783)

Hmm, seems like it already got a beat down.

I have a TRS-80.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2109784)

And it would probably get /.ed after four posts, too.

Source Code Joker (5, Funny)

BandWagon (513890) | more than 12 years ago | (#2111140)

Has anyone besides me looked at the source code for the page to find the image names..? Quote:
Welcome to the source code for this page. Not much here.

The picture filenames all took a one-way trip to MD5 city to mask their true identity (if that is what you were looking for).

Since you are here though, we might as well tell you a joke since you took the time to look at the source code and you shouldn't have to close this window empty-handed.

q: How can you get four suits for a dollar?
a: Buy a deck of cards.

Well, it's good, but could be better... (1)

wbav (223901) | more than 12 years ago | (#2112127)

As I see it, the pictures seem to take a long time to load, and pitty the fool who opens up a new window from that one.

It seems that this page uses a meta refresh, which in web circles has it's own considerations. But this could be improved by using php to change the refresh time based on when you load the page and the server clock. Also there could be some improvement, if they would precache the pictures, but as it seems they run them through md5 to keep you from stealing them, I doubt that precaching is possible.

I do like the nice saying (like at 1:11) and the pictures of Oregon. I come from the Beaver State and love to see pics of downtown. Overall, a good waste of time. Now if only I could make that window stay on top.

Slashdot stops time! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2112787)

Where'd CmdrTaco learn that time stop spell?

Apache and PHP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2112788)

So... Ah... They just quickly rewrote Apache and PHP (in Basic) for the space requirements?

Apache ported to Tandy BASIC? (4, Funny)

ibirman (176167) | more than 12 years ago | (#2113459)

Now that is a feat! > We hired a crack team of crafty crack monkeys > that were able to modify the Apache source code > and reduce it down to a 25k text file that runs > under the BASIC interpreter native to the Tandy > TRS-80 Model 100. Those were some smart monkeys. I would love to see that code.

My human clock... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2115435)

Eat, shit, get laid, get a FP on Slashdot!

Real Human Clock (1)

mr. phantastik (202943) | more than 12 years ago | (#2117528)

Common, this isn't a true human clock! It's a cheap immitation. A real one consists of a man standing on the street, telling the time with his arms and his...um...pendulum...

TRS-80 Model 100 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2120351)

Imagine a Beowolf Cluster of THESE!!!

Just another example... (1)

the Man in Black (102634) | more than 12 years ago | (#2120541)

...of the ubiquity and portability of UNIX, I think.

From Netcraft [netcraft.com]...
The site www.humanclock.com is running Apache/1.3.14 (Unix) PHP/4.0.3 AuthMySQL/2.20 on FreeBSD.

No uptime available, though...I blame the Slashdot Effect. :-)

joke (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 12 years ago | (#2123338)

Q: How long does it take to slashdot a Radio Shack 2.4mhz TRS-80 Model 100 portable running a port of Apache and PHP?

A: I don't know! I can't get to Humanclock [humanclock.com] to set my watch!

rimshot

They are leasing the rights to 4:20!!! (5, Funny)

pgpckt (312866) | more than 12 years ago | (#2123339)

I don't believe this. For those of you who can't access the page because the poor TRS-80 couldn't handle it, these guys are leasing the rights to 4:20 am/pm! For the current bid price of $66, you can have your picture come up when it turns 4:20. See the auction at ebay [ebay.com]

Great New Source for UTC! (1)

ayden (126539) | more than 12 years ago | (#2123427)

If we could synchronize the Human Hand clock via NTP and set it to display UTC, I could use it to set the system BIOS time when I build new Linux boxes.

I dont know if I want to see this... (1)

Ratteau (183242) | more than 12 years ago | (#2124653)


Thanks to the /. affect, I cant see how things are displayed.... does anybody really want to know how the digital clock is going to display 1:11?

Martianclock.com coming REAL SOON (5, Funny)

mfarah (231411) | more than 12 years ago | (#2127020)

Mr. Xxxx, the famous martian, tells me to relay this bit of information:

We are inspired by this human clock thing, and will implement a clone ourselves.

Look for martianclock.com, featuring pictures for all 24 hours and 37 minutes using photographs of live martians.

Unlike humanclock.com, and due to the long distances involved, we'll be using a cluster of Commodore 64 and Atari 800XL machines to handle the web server(s).

Do I want to see this? (3, Funny)

Tim Macinta (1052) | more than 12 years ago | (#2128215)

It's Slashdotted right now, so I guess I'll have to check back later... I'm just hoping they didn't get creative in using certain appendages for the second hand.

My god.... (3, Insightful)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 12 years ago | (#2129640)


...what have I done?

"I have become death - destroyer of worlds" -Oppenheimer

That brave little TRS-80 never had a chance....

A Full Hour Of /.'ing, and it still works! (1)

Trinity-Infinity (91335) | more than 12 years ago | (#2131267)

I was surprised to see the brave 'lil webserver still churning out pages an hour after this story was posted. My cue-crap didn't last an hour of use, and that was free =/

./ them GOOD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2133157)

Well, no http traffic as of 3:03PM CST. Maybe slasdot can become the new DNS attack.

Why use hands. (-1)

SpanishInquisition (127269) | more than 12 years ago | (#2133158)

They should hire a hot contortionist to do that with her legs. I'd always know what time it is.

Re:Why use hands. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2115382)

Your mom does that. According to her is is always ten after ten.

php home again. (1)

bigNuns (18804) | more than 12 years ago | (#2136735)

wasnt PHP originally written for the TRS-80 and its just ported to linux? right?

hehe (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2141168)

first cock

slashdotted (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2142833)

slashdotted already
when i posted there were no comments yet:(

Looks Bogus... but funny (1)

KMitchell (223623) | more than 12 years ago | (#2142834)

They list the source code [humanclock.com] for their 25k BASIC Apache server and I don't remember either the "POOP" or "PUKE" tokens in BASIC...

I really do like their storage system though :)

Now we just need the naked clock... (4, Funny)

Uttles (324447) | more than 12 years ago | (#2148586)

Imagine, playboy-esque models posing to the time of day, ticking along on your desktop...
It'd be almost like the Naked News [nakednews.com]

The server (1)

j7953 (457666) | more than 12 years ago | (#2151538)

"On Tuesday the server went down for about 12 hours because the AA batteries in it died and I had to go out and buy new ones."

Well, with fresh batteries, the server will certainly be able to handle the /. effect.

hahaha (1)

Bandman (86149) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152040)

wow. 0 of 4 comments, and the server is down. Whoops.
The poor people probably didn't even know that they had been submitted to /.
Sad sad sad
User Friendly [userfriendly.org] has a consolation badge. Maybe /. should have the same?

ok dammit (2)

smack_attack (171144) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152044)

please don't /. the hell out of the site before 4:20, I kinda want to see that.

Re:ok dammit (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2113694)

you're such an 31337 stoner

If it's really true.... (4, Funny)

DESADE (104626) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152309)

I wonder how a TRS-80 is going to handle the Slashdot effect...

Re:If it's really true.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2109778)

Not very well at all it appears :)

Re:If it's really true.... (4, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 12 years ago | (#2120350)

well at least we don't have to worry about it spreading the worm ;)

I don't believe it!!! (2, Funny)

Anonu (233018) | more than 12 years ago | (#2128786)

WOW, can you really do that?!?! How many users can it support during a certain time frame?
I gotta make myself one of those!
Wonder if anybody has any links about incredible web servers like this one?!?

Re:I don't believe it!!! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2138417)

It's quite possible really, anything with an RS232 port can act as a webserver, providing it has at least enough ram for it.

Mind it, it won't be fast, or all that good, but it's possible.

imagine (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2129639)

imagine a beowolf cluster of these

Re:If it's really true.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2138418)

I wonder how a TRS-80 is going to handle the Slashdot effect...

Heh, it doesn't.

Re:If it's really true.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2151537)

it doesn't seem to be handling it very well as i cannot even get to it.

The Tape Recorder is bogus (1)

Joe_NoOne (48818) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152666)

Ok, a walkman works by mechanical means to rewind/fastforward, and a 32K machine can't store all the pictures. No way to "wire" a walkman to receive a signal to rewind or fast forward, so it's obviously bogus (sorry - had to state the obvious).

I call bullshit (5, Informative)

SomeGuyFromCA (197979) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152738)

4 gigs of data on a cassette tape? Adapting a Walkman for I/O when 99% of walkman don't have a record head? And oh, oh, this is the best part:

9999 ' subroutine for reading from packet driver
10000 FD$ = -1
10010 READ FD$
10020 PEEK FD$
10030 POKE FD$
10040 POOP FD$
10050 PUKE FD * 7
10060 IF FD$ = "YUMMYPACKET" THEN 10080

Hoax. Right up there with the potato server.

It's a JOKE! Yeesh... (5, Interesting)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 12 years ago | (#2112125)

Oh dear lord, some people have *no* sense of humour. This isn't a hoax. Hoaxes are, generally speaking, at least marginally believable. There is usually an attempt on the part of the hoaxers to actually convince others that what they are claiming is true. This, OTOH, is *obviously* a JOKE. I mean, come on... 4 gigs on a tape? The webserver powered on 4 "AA" batteries (double coupon day)? Heck, even tim knew it was a joke: "Something seems extremely suspicious about that server..."! OTOH, at least I can now see just how thick some Slashdotters are...

Re:It's a JOKE! Yeesh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2111141)

> This, OTOH, is *obviously* a JOKE. An incredibly LAME joke at that. It's funnier if it isn't so overblown.

Re:I call bullshit (2, Interesting)

SomeGuyFromCA (197979) | more than 12 years ago | (#2122657)

Not only that, "all I/O done through the headphone jack"? Right. Sure.

(And is the plural of "walkman" walkmans or walkmen?)

Re:I call bullshit (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2127599)

Ha ha. Yeah. You're right. You pointed out the joke part of the joke. Ha ha.

Ha Ha. Ha ha ha.

You piece of shit.

Re:I call bullshit (1)

suwain_2 (260792) | more than 12 years ago | (#2148587)

Everyone says "Walkmans", and I believe that may be correct. However, "Walkmen" does sound far better.

Re:I call bullshit (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2152888)

Could you be more of a lameass?

Jesus Christ I hate you fucking geeks so bad.

Imagine... (1)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152739)

I can see the pr0n sites catching on to this ... something like www.nudeclock.com or some other adult oriented site. They would probably charge by the hour, too!

"Port of Apache" (2)

Puk (80503) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152885)

Assuming it does work (which it looks like it might), calling that a port of apache is like calling INPUT $NAME: PRINT "HELLO "+$NAME a port of MS Word for my Apple II. Sure, it prints some stuff out... Configurable stuff, at that... But...

That site is great -- funny as hell.

-Puk

p.s. Sorry if my BASIC is rusty -- it has been like 15 years.

My port of Linux for older machines (3, Funny)

idistrust (66924) | more than 12 years ago | (#2151603)

10 PRINT "LINUX 2.4.7-OLD"
20 PRINT "LOGIN: "
30 INPUT LOGIN$
40 PRINT "PASSWORD: "
50 INPUT PASSWORD$
60 GOTO 10

You don't notice this until you actually try: after a few years of Perl programming, it's hard to put those dollar signs at the end, and even harder to leave off the semi-colons. :-(

Mike

Re:"Port of Apache" (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2152774)

You are a dumbass.

Oh come on, use Netcraft - its FreeBSD not a TSR-8 (5, Informative)

lordpixel (22352) | more than 12 years ago | (#2152919)

Slashdot comment wrapping may break this URL:

http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph/?mode_u=off& mo de_w=on&site=www.humanclock.com&submit=Examine

Besides, the webserver page claims all the data for the images is stored on a TDK cassette tape. They say "we estimate we can get 4gb on the tape before we have to turn it over".

Its a joke guys. A funny one, but a joke ;)

Re:Oh come on, use Netcraft - its FreeBSD not a TS (2)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 12 years ago | (#2111142)

You know, when I first read this post, I thought "Wow, thanks for pointing that out, I never would have gotten it..." But, then I realized something. There are a fair number of Slashdotters who *didn't* get it! I find that remarkably unbelieveable... but, perhaps that's just my misplaced faith in the intelligence of the common man rearing it's ugly head...

Nice (2)

friday2k (205692) | more than 12 years ago | (#2153072)

Why not? It is a nice example of people coming together, making some funny pictures out of real life and go and make them a clock. I don't care if this is "too much time on your hands production", but I like it. It is a waste of bandwidth ... So what? Stupid people talking on their mobile phones about things like "honey I left the office and I will be home in half an hour" and jamming up the capacity of the mobile phone cells during rush hour are wasting bandwidth, too ...

Re:Nice (5, Funny)

Fjord (99230) | more than 12 years ago | (#2112129)

Stupid people talking on their mobile phones about things like "honey I left the office and I will be home in half an hour"

Spoken like an unmarried man.

Re:Nice (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 12 years ago | (#2132062)

It is a waste of bandwidth ... So what?

Indeed, most of the Universe is just a tremendous waste of time, space, matter and energy. Somehow I think that's the way God meant it to be.

Re:Nice (0)

lemonhed (412041) | more than 12 years ago | (#2148287)

True. There are many many more rediculous web sites out there. Its probably some web designer who wants to get some publicity and maybe a writeup in a trade magazine.

All you need to do these days is come up with some sort of wacky idea and the Internet will do the rest. Just like those two kids that went to college for free by having a corporate sponsor. All they need to do is wear First USA's logos while they are in school! All this from their stupid, wacky web site!!!

ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!!

That Poor Poor Box (5, Funny)

jgaynor (205453) | more than 12 years ago | (#2153073)

From the site:

On Tuesday the server went down for about 12 hours because the AA batteries in it died and I had to go out and buy new ones.

And you think this thing can stand up to the usual slashdot-gangbang? Novel idea but you'd better invest in some real hardware if you're gonna put up Geeky cool content like this!

Re:That Poor Poor Box (1)

suwain_2 (260792) | more than 12 years ago | (#2127600)

I know, they're going to need a Quad Xeon or something just to support me... I'm thinking that it'd be real cool to whip up a script to refresh the page every minute... Of course, I'd feel *real* bad doing this on a 2.4 MHz computer... Especially seeing that I'm thinking of buying a computer that's 1,000 times faster than this. (Dual 1.2 GHz)

Cool site, really cool hardware, but I don't think the hardware will last long, especially after we link to it...

Re:That Poor Poor Box (1)

Havokmon (89874) | more than 12 years ago | (#2151993)

You mean they don't have a couple speaker wires attached to the battery terminal's, spliced into a power supply, that's just sitting open?

What kind of a hack is that?

It has to be a TRS-80 (1)

Kagato (116051) | more than 12 years ago | (#2153074)

It has to be a TRS-80, it took a full 5 seconds before it was slashdotted. Feel the power!

Re:It has to be a TRS-80 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2120353)

Or a windows box, post code red.

9th post is not gay, but Timmah is! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2153075)

Wow, that's pretty fucking gay! Much like TIMMAH! [geocities.com]

That's nothing... (1)

nougatmachine (445974) | more than 12 years ago | (#2156508)

I'm working on a website powered by ten hamsters running on excercise wheels. This generates enough power to use my old Commodore 64 to host my upcoming web site. I wonder how they will handle the Slashdot effect?

How they made it... (4, Funny)

Anonu (233018) | more than 12 years ago | (#2156527)

For people who came after the /. effect, here is the text of how they made their server:

With names like Western Family, Realistic, Tandy and TDK; humanclock.com's middle-management attempts to cut every corner possible when it comes to industrial-strength webhosting. Many web hosting companies use expensive servers with complex software for their web operations. Our engineering staff rewrote the popular Apache webserver software to run on an 18 year-old portable computer with 32k of memory.

Humanclock.com runs on a Radio Shack 2.4mhz TRS-80 Model 100 portable computer, using a stripped-down version of the Apache webserver software (version 100-BASIC.12 beta). The graphic files are stored on magnetic tape accessed via a modified Radio Shack personal cassette player (CAT NO. 14-1215). The webserver is powered by a 6 volt TRS-80 AC Adaptor (CAT NO. 26-3804). We take our web hosting very seriously at humanclock.com, therefore we have installed 4 "AA" batteries in the webserver in case of power failure. Whereas some battery backup systems last for only 20 minutes and cost hundreds of dollars, our power backup solution lasts for 20 hours and costs $2.49, (due to it being double coupon Tuesday). In the case of power outage however, it takes our webserver about one second to come back online, something that would take a common UNIX/NT system over two minutes.

Apache software in action We hired a crack team of crafty crack monkeys that were able to modify the Apache source code and reduce it down to a 25k text file that runs under the BASIC interpreter native to the Tandy TRS-80 Model 100. Those were some smart monkeys. Our engineering department was able to rewire this ordinary personal cassette player (not to be confused with a "walkman"), to handle the vast storage needs that humanclock.com requires.

All I/O is performed through the headphone jack. The storage media consists of a single TDK type I cassette tape. The "Rigid-Construction cassette mechanism" gave our IT deparment an overwhelming sense that it was 65 cents well spent. We estimate that roughtly 4 gigabytes of data can be stored before we have to turn over the cassette and record over the side labeled "Kick ass Toto mix tape".

are you insane? (1)

dermotfitz (470733) | more than 12 years ago | (#2156594)

It is handling the /. effect miraculously well. I've seen sites die much worse deaths than this. It's as slow as my 14.4 connection of 5 years ago. But it is still working.

Poor TRS-80 (Mirror) (-1, Troll)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 12 years ago | (#2158958)

The poor thing probably needs new batteries. Fortunately I was able to get up a mirror on my page at geocities.com/jefffreebsd/humanclock/ [geocities.com]

Enjoy!

Re:Poor TRS-80 (Mirror) (1)

mooneyguy (455024) | more than 12 years ago | (#2112124)

Mr. Sketch, either you've been hacked or you're one sick jerk.

Everyone else: that like was not a mirror.

Re:Poor TRS-80 (Mirror) (2)

Fjord (99230) | more than 12 years ago | (#2128214)

Did anyone else notcie that goatse.cx now has a warning. That wasn't there on the weekend.
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