MiniDisc: an appreciation

OSNews - k, 2017-03-21 01:02
In this video you'll see the first machine and the last machine as well as some in-between. There's talk about MD-LP, Net-MD and HiMD. It's a personal retrospective of a format that was loved by many people around the world but one that is all too often is judged purely on its lack of performance in the US market. Great video by a great channel. I'm one of those MiniDisc people. MiniDisc was fairly successful in The Netherlands, and quite a few people around me were MiniDisc users as well. I've had countless machines over the years, and I was still using HiMD well into the smartphone era - and carried both a smartphone and my HiMD player for quite a while. Even though the world had long ago moved on to MP3 players and then smartphones, I was still using MD. I've long wondered why, and this video finally made it dawn on me: rituals. Since prerecorded MiniDiscs were rare and incredibly expensive, you copied CDs onto MiniDiscs instead. Especially before the advent of NetMD and later HiMD, you did this without the help of a computer. You'd get a new album, listen to it, enjoy it - and then, to make sure you could listen to it on the go, you plugged one end of an optical cable into your CD player, the other end into your portable MD recorder, and copy the CD in real time. Once it was done, neat freaks like me would even enter all the track information using the little dial on the recorder, track by track, letter by letter. Painstaking doesn't even begin to describe it. Even listening to your MiniDiscs - they were satisfying to hold, the loading and unloading was deeply mechanical, the spring-loading trays were a delight. It was just an endless array of rituals that, while pointless and cumbersome to others, were deeply enriching and soothing to me. I guess it must be similar to people still using vinyl today. To me, MiniDisc was one of the greatest formats - not because it was better or more advanced (even though during the 90s and early 2000s, it actually was), but because it was full of little delights and rituals. Just one of those irrational things that only few of us will ever fully understand.
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Hacking Final Fantasy 1 on the NES

OSNews - k, 2017-03-21 00:44
I decided I wanted to hack Final Fantasy 1, one of my favorite games growing up, that I put in more than 100 hours playing. I used fceux as my NES emulator, same as in the video and followed mostly the same patterns. I kept some notes on how I did it and thought others might find the process as interesting and fun as I did. I ended up losing most of the notes from a few years ago, so I went back and rediscovered the different memory locations and values to use again.
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They used to last 50 years

OSNews - k, 2017-03-21 00:42
Now refrigerators last 8-10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades? I've bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950s that still work perfectly fine. I've come across washers and dryers from the 1960s and 1970s that were still working like the day they were made. Now, many appliances break and need servicing within 2-3 years and, overall, new appliances last 1/3 to 1/4 as long as appliances built decades ago. They break more frequently, and sooner, than ever before. They rust and deteriorate much quicker than in the past. Why is this happening, and what's really going on? I've been wrestling over these questions for years while selling thousands of appliances, and more recently, working with used appliance sellers and repair techs all across the country. The following is what I've discovered. This is something we've all instinctively known, but Ryan Finlay goes into detail as to what, exactly, are the causes. The article's from 2015, but I stumbled on it today on Twitter, and I thought it was a great, informative read.
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Linux 4.11 rc3

LinuxToday - h, 2017-03-20 22:40
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03/15 Container 1298.6.0

DistroWatch - h, 2017-03-20 22:00
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6 Alternative Linux Shells for Power Users

LinuxToday - h, 2017-03-20 20:40
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The Intel Edison: Linux Maker Machine in a Matchbox (Linux.com)

Linux Weekly News - h, 2017-03-20 20:21
Linux.com takes a look at the Intel Edison. "The Intel Edison is a physically tiny computer that draws a small amount of power and breaks out plenty of connections to allow it to interact with other electronics. It begs to be the brain of your next electronics tinkering project, with all the basics in a tiny package and an easy way to connect other things you might need."
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Bixby: itt a Samsung virtuális asszisztense

HWSW - h, 2017-03-20 17:25
Kontextusértelmezésre képes virtuális asszisztenst jelentett be a Samsung. A Bixby névre hallgató szoftver okostelefonon debütál, de a cég tervei szerint idővel minden készülékére eljuttatja.

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Security updates for Monday

Linux Weekly News - h, 2017-03-20 16:36
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (firefox, mbedtls, and wordpress), CentOS (firefox, openjpeg, and tomcat6), Debian (deluge, ioquake3, r-base, and wireshark), Fedora (qemu, rabbitmq-server, and sscg), Gentoo (adobe-flash, openoffice-bin, and putty), openSUSE (Chromium, irssi, putty, and roundcubemail), Oracle (firefox and openjpeg), Red Hat (firefox and openjpeg), Scientific Linux (firefox and openjpeg), and SUSE (firefox).
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Már lehet nevezni a Challenge24 programozóversenyre

HWSW - h, 2017-03-20 16:33
Idén is elindul Európa egyik legjelentősebb, magyar szervezésű programozóversenye, ahol az elektronikus előválogatót követően a legjobb csapatok a 24 órás döntőben mérhetik össze a kódolási, algoritmuselméleti és mérnöki jártasságukat.

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03/15 FreeNAS Corral

DistroWatch - h, 2017-03-20 16:00
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OpenSSH 7.5 released

Linux Weekly News - h, 2017-03-20 15:18
OpenSSH 7.5 is out. This is primarily a bug-fix release, but it also makes the use of privilege separation mandatory and removes support for building against old, unsupported OpenSSL releases.
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Blockchain-mint-szolgáltatást indít az IBM

HWSW - h, 2017-03-20 15:12
Hyperledger Fabric alapokon új, felhős blockchain szolgáltatást jelentett be az IBM. A termékkel a cég tetszőleges vállalati információk előtt csapná fel a Bitcoin által ismertté tett digitális főkönyvet.

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Kernel prepatch 4.11-rc3

Linux Weekly News - h, 2017-03-20 13:48
The 4.11-rc3 kernel prepatch is out. "As is our usual pattern after the merge window, rc3 is larger than rc2, but this is hopefully the point where things start to shrink and calm down."
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