But whoa nelly, just look at all that sophisicated and somplex wiring underneath! You'd have to be some kind of genius wonder-kid to figure that out!

Wonder how ol' Tom Swift is doing; he might know... is he using that that "Insta-gram" to transmit his Wizard Camera photos across the country now? Maybe he could jigger this contraption up. (Is that the phrase the kids are using nowadays?)

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Maybe I can use it to test the tubes in this here radio. Might be nice to have some music to listen to.

I hear these days they have intertubes for music. Do they have those at Radio Shack now?

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I was cleaning and rearranging the small attic today, and came across this which I vaguely remember acquiring from somewhere maybe 15 or so years ago.

It used to be that every Radio Shack had one of these.

Also, there used to be a thing called Radio Shack where you could go to buy electronic components, in pretty much every town of any size.

Also, we didn't used to have to wear masks to protect from the coronavirus. Those were the days, eh?

Can someone plz explain to me why an image scanner isn't an input device that I can configure with the control panel and share over the network??

I was told 15 years ago that Linux, because it separates the back and front end of the scanning process (unlike the way Windows did or does with TWAIN), makes it possible to share scanners over a network -- but every time I've tried to follow the (fiddly, non-user-friendly) instructions on how to do this, it worketh not.

So, I'm trying to finally learn the proper Linux command for looking up DNS records for a domain (and its subdomains).

Example: I want to be able to type
[command] toot.cat and get the same information that's shown in the attached screenshot.

Several leads claim dig is that command, but... it doesn't do what I need, and the options which look like they might do what I need don't seem to work the way the documentation says they do. (I've looked at both the manpage and a page on linux.org; they each disagree with each other and with what I get when I try their examples.)

Any leads?

Found a couple of frens when I went to drain the tarp over the emergency generator.

@Harena says the grey one is a Cope's grey treefrog, and the green one is a green frog.

We definitely hear the Cope's calling a lot, especially in damp weather.

Oh hey, look what I found (while looking for something completely diffferent)!

I'm told that Lazarus is basically Borland Delphi's code, open-sourced (and compiled for Linux). I now have the manuals to determine the extent to which this is true. ^.^

The Thing seems to work!

The good: I tried playing back the tracks for the song I'm currently working on, and it did in fact sound tons better. (When I was playing back with the onboard audio, there were lots and lots of glitches which I was afraid were permanently in the recorded tracks -- but this seems to be not the case. 🎉 )

The problematic:

  1. The output sounds like it has a short-delay echo effect on it. This may have something to do with the fact that the sound system sees the hardware as Dolby 7.1 Surround. and I can't seem to convince it otherwise. Nor do I see any way to select which output(s) I'm playing through.

  2. Not at all sure how to access the different inputs. In CoolEdit Pro, you can select which of the available inputs to use for recording; in Audacity, there seems to be a choice of sound systems and number of channels and I don't know which of these things actually works and which is just showing me fake connections. It will take some experimentation, assuming anything is actually set up right (see item 1).

What do you mean there's not enough room on my desk for my audio interface??


There was a spare internal-sized screw loose. I don't see any possible place it could have come from; maybe it got left inside by the factory, and the owner just never bothered to remove it? Mysteeerious.

Construction seems solid. It was easy to get apart (once I found the correct-sized hex wrenches -- 2 different sizes, 10 screws) and put back together.

I shall probably attempt to power it up tomorrow, unless my life decides to interfere.

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The Device has arrived. It's early -- I wasn't expecting it until July.

It sounds like there's something loose inside, so I'm going to take the cover off to see what's up before I connect any power.

morbid covid-19 audio humor 

So, in commemoration of the US's one hundred thousandth official COVID-19 death today, I made some morbid humor because that's how I roll.

Hoping it will go... viral (sorrynotsorry). Please feel free to spread it among all of your contacts. ^.^
Words and sources are on woozalia.com.
Image credit: watermark says BornMiserable.com (Twitter); credit to @LottieVixen for finding it. <3

...but I got over it.

(photos taken with much help from @Harena 💚 :ferret:​ )

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So, the power's back on, about 22 hours after it went off.

Here's the scene in the street in front of our house just a few hours ago.

So, like, it has USB ports, but neither the BIOS nor Windows seem to know what to do with the keyboard and mouse I plugged into them.

So I went looking for some PS/2 peripherals, and... I *do* have more recent stuff somewhere, but what I found was a Model M and a ball-mouse.

The keyboard I dug up works, some, but some of the keys don't -- so I used ALT-numpad codes to type in the missing letters in the username and password. (Why can't Linux do this. )

It has a gig of RAM, which was pretty awesome for 2003 (looks like that's when it was set up)... and, like, 7 card slots... and, um, plenty of disk space, as you can see from the screenshot below! :battery_full:

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Fig. 1 how to properly charge a mobile girl

To be sure that your girl is properly connected to her girlpower supply, always check her "charging" indicator rather than assuming she is okay. Girls tend to feel more secure knowing that someone will notice if they are on the edge of collapse.

Note that with modern girl technology, it is no longer necessary to discharge completely in order to avoid the "memory effect". This is an antiquated notion now encouraged by the patriarchy in order to force girls to function at less than optimum capacity.

It is now best to allow your girl to charge fully overnight, regardless of whether she is completely exhausted at the end of the day.

It is also highly recommended to serve her breakfast before attempting activation, because reasons.

(previous post: toot.cat/@woozle/1040197020716)

(I know this isn't as good as the other one, but I saw this GIF and... well. We do what we must, because we can.)

Thank you for asking! There are a number of different ways, and it generally depends on when the model came out.

The very oldest models, such as myself, tend to have a big red switch on one side. These can require a substantial amount of force to operate, but are very reliable and durable.

(Note that this era of girlware can be temperamental and cranky; e.g. if your girl has a hard drive, it's best to park the heads before turning her back off again in order to prevent damage to the disk surface when the head-actuator powers down. A number of utilities are available.)

Models from the 90s will generally have a push-toggle switch on the front. This is much easier to operate. In the early 2000s, when ATX became available, this switch was converted from toggle to momentary contact.

For the newest models (2020 and later), you simply press and hold the nose. The girl may squeak briefly when activated. Be sure to give her frequent skritches in order to maintain proper attachment.

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