I ran across this today and it caused me to wonder how I would know if I were or were not a robot. If you created me and programmed me to be a robot who thinks he is human, wouldn’t you have skipped the self-awareness subroutine that made me question whether I was human? I… Continue reading Who really knows?
This is a rerun from a few years ago, but it (re)amused me, so I figured I’d share. I ran across an old list of computer error messages written as haiku. (“Haiku”? “Haikus”? Whichever…) They continue to amuse me. The one I recalled was: A crash reduces your expensive computer to a simple stone. I went back to my hard… Continue reading Stay the patient course. Of little worth is your ire. The network is down.
I was thinking this morning (insert <snort> here if you’d like) that the song Row Row Row Your Boat is the epitomy of existentialism. Consider this: Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream” – Traditional Nursery Rhyme “Row, row, row your boat” could well… Continue reading The existential row row row your boat
Running Wizardry: The Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord on an Apple ][e emulator is truly one of the fun things in life. There is no school, like the old school, after all! Of course, if you saw the above image, you knew you were in for an old school brouhaha. My advice is to… Continue reading No school like the old school
I made a joule thief. So what? So nothing. I just thought it would be fun and interesting to find something to do with all the old, not-quite-dead-but-not-quite-useful batteries I have sitting around. That is a 3V LED and it can be lit (lighted?) by a battery showing less than 0.5V of potential. Cool? I… Continue reading Joule Thief
I realized earlier today that I sang as many notes on Milli Vanilli’s song Girl You Know It’s True as Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus did. I also have as many Grammy’s as Milli Vanilli. Did I have a point? Not especially.
Labor omnia vincit. Alea Iacta est. “Hard work conquers all.” Virgil said it more than 2,000 years ago. “The die is cast.” Attributed to Caesar, having crossed the Rubicon. Here is how I am tying these together today: Most of the year, I follow the first quotation. Work work work. Just like the governor in… Continue reading Two Latin quotations
I have a new iPhone that supports 5G. I had a minute when I was out and about today and ran a speedtest. As you can see, I got a respectable 96.2 Mbps down and 32.8 Mbps up. That is not going to replace the 904.99 Mbps that I just tested on my home Mac… Continue reading Respectable 5G performance
Microsoft is bringing back Clippy the paperclip. You’d think the people who brought you Microsoft Bob would learn not to double-down on bad interface decisions, but, apparently not. I would expect there would be a way to turn off Clippy within Windows, or you could always do it the way I did: Use a Mac.
If you smiled when you read “Moof!” you are 1) An original Macintosh fan, 2) a nerd or a geek, your choice, 3) old, 4) all of the above. I miss the sense of humor that was present in the software world years and years ago when we had to walk up-hill both ways to… Continue reading Moof!