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Usenet With a 30 Year Lag

joey Re:Good deal! (102 comments)

There's no alt.* yet at all, in 1981, but this was just posted "today" to fa.info-cpm:

Keith Petersen (W8SDZ@MC) has uploaded the following files for those
of you with the APPLE II with the Microsoft Z80 cards and CP/M. We
suggest that you capture MC:CPM;APBOOT MAC (or MC:CPM;APMBOT ASM),
assemble it, and use it with :LMODEM on MC to get MC:CPM;CRCK COM and
the MC:CPM;APMODM 21ASM or MC:CPM;APMODM 2ASM. Assemble either APMODM
and you can throw away APBOOT. From there you can use APMODM to grab
whatever other files of interest from MC:CPM; or the various Remote
CP/M systems around the country (see MC:CPM;RCP/M NOS and MC:CPM;RCP/M
INFO for more details).

MC:CPM;
    1 APBOOT MAC 0 +235
    1 APBYE ASM 4 +764
    1 APHIGH MEMASM 0 +310
    14 APMBOT ASM 1 +500
    1 APMODM 21ASM 7 +550
    1 APMODM 2ASM 7 +832
    1 APMODM DOC 0 +908
    1 APXMOD ASM 4 +848

more than 3 years ago
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Usenet With a 30 Year Lag

joey Re:Ending it in 1991... (102 comments)

I'm ending it when my archive ends. If google or someone wants to donate more material I'll consider running it further.

I'd like to get to 1994 myself, so I can read my own 1st post.

more than 3 years ago
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10,000 Commits To an Open-source Project

joey Re:Why / how? (101 comments)

One commit per tested bugfix. One commit per semi-tested feature. One commit per update to design spec. One commit per update to docs (if not included in a feature/bugfix commit). Also, one merge commit per non-fastforward, non-rebased merge from a feature or bugfix branch can easily bloat the numbers. Plus you can choose to make multiple commits while within those branches, which both bloats the numbers greatly, and helps with backing out if you get into that broken state you mention and can't find your way out.

Also, you can get seriously more productive by increasing your iteration rate. No matter what resources need to be thrown at the test infrastructure etc to allow an increase. This is why Debian, which used to iterate once a day, now pushes out updates to unstable 6 times a day (with CD builds etc) and testing 2, IIRC,

more than 3 years ago
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10,000 Commits To an Open-source Project

joey Re:quality not quantity (101 comments)

While basically true, an interesting ration is LOC/commits. In one of my projects, the ratio is 5.35. Another, 5.01.

more than 3 years ago
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10,000 Commits To an Open-source Project

joey ikiwiki: 10262 (101 comments)

I started ikiwiki in 2006 and have since committed 10262 times. Some of those were web-based edits committed to its wiki's git repository, most were code changes.

more than 3 years ago
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The Humble Indie Bundle

joey Re:Noble, but sad (290 comments)

Wow, it was under $1000 when I paid this morning.

Also interesting that someone paid $500. And 3 others, >= $200.

more than 4 years ago
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The Humble Indie Bundle

joey Re:So much for consistency.. (290 comments)

Also, Gish is x86-64, the rest x86-32 (except World of Goo, which works with either).

more than 4 years ago
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Using Outlook From Orbit

joey Re:The lengths they go to... (268 comments)

The ISS crew time needed to deal with mundane crap caused by their poorly designed computer infrastructure is, however, absurdly expensive.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Outlook From Orbit

joey Re:Mail Server on both ends (268 comments)

Solved problem from the 1970's. Answer: UUCP.

I suspect that NASA doesn't run servers on the ISS though. Their computer model seems to be ancient, proprietary, space-hardened embedded stuff for mission critical needs, and a pile of disposable laptops for crew needs. That's probably crippling their network infrastructure in many ways.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

joey Re:Did he actually try turning off Palm Profile? (314 comments)

Every app you run, when it was started, when it was closed.

If an app crashes, the fill list of installed apps (including homebrew); plus information like df, ps, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

joey Re:Did he actually try turning off Palm Profile? (314 comments)

LunaSysMgr has a hook in it to palm://com.palm.contextupload/contextUpload

There is a "contextupload" ipkg; all it contains is the daemon and dbus hook.

I haven't found which piece handles writing to /var/context/ yet.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

joey Re:Settings to disable (314 comments)

So FWIW, I have "Background Data Collection" set to off, that did not stop the Pre sending those logs to Palm. I'm sure that that switch does prevent sending your location info to the Google, which makes it doubly unsettling that it's still sent to Palm, no?

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre Reports Your Location and Usage To Palm

joey Re:Did he actually try turning off Palm Profile? (314 comments)

I actually have the backup service enabled, but I would not expect it to "back up" my GPS location,
and the data collection I found is pretty clearly not done as part of that backup.

more than 5 years ago
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Debian For Android Installer Released

joey teh lolz (160 comments)

Here is the actual code from the bootdeb script.

I particularly like how init is "started" before the kernel is "booted". The "automounter" is also a nice touch. It's also impressive how the kernel boots in exactly 1 second every time.

echo "Custom Linux Pseudo Bootstrapper V1.0 - by Mark Walker"
echo "WEB: http://www.androidfanatic.com/"
echo "EML: admin@androidfanatic.com"
echo " "
sleep 1
echo "Starting init process"
sleep 1
echo "INIT: Debian booting....."
sleep 1
echo "Running Linux Kernel"
sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1
sleep 1
echo "AutoMounter started"
sleep 1
echo "Type EXIT to end session"
echo "Make sure you do a proper EXIT for a clean kill of Debian!"
echo " "

chroot $mnt /bin/bash

On the other hand, my prediction re debootstrap was wrong. Rather than just use the shell script as designed, the creator of this thing ships an entire pre-built debian system that's chrooted into. Amusingly, this includes a root/.bash_history showing every command he ran while setting it up. (It also includes 104 mb of cached debs in /var, etc.)

Anyway, very amusing.

more than 5 years ago
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Debian For Android Installer Released

joey this is just debootstrap (160 comments)

All the video shows is debootstrap being run in a terminal on, presumably, a G1 phone.

Since debootstrap is a shell script that builds a debian chroot and is designed to be run on any linux system, that is not a significant accomplishment, is it?

That's the "installer" portion. The "bootloader" portion would appear to consist of something like:

#!/bin/sh
chroot /debian

Anyway, it's nice to see interest in running Debian on these devices, I guess..

more than 5 years ago
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Debian win32-loader Goes Official

joey Re:Kind of Ironic... (246 comments)

FWIW, the win32-loader is interesting in that it gets compiled using entirely free software that's all available in Debian. Getting this to be true of every bit of it was one of the trickier things in developing it. http://packages.debian.org/win32-loader

It's also possible to run it in wine, it won't do anything,
but you can see the dialogs --good enough for the (very little bit of) testing/development that I've done on it.

The win32-loader is mostly the work of Robert Millan, who I'm sure like most of us has several licensed copies of Windows, even if he doesn't want them.

about 7 years ago

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Usenet with a 30 year lag

joey joey writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joey writes "The early A-News days of Usenet are being played out on olduse.net in realtime with a 30 year time delay. You can catch up on what rms and Postel are doing, Keep informed of the latest prices in disk drives ($75000 per gigabyte), and more. Available through a web-based teletype or NNTP.

I plan to run the service for the next ten years, until 1991."

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