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I recently acquired an old 486 desktop, an AST Bravo LC 4/25s. It runs MS-DOS 6.22, and obviously lacks any sort of networking out of the box. After wondering what I would do with it, I decided to try to put it on the internet. It turns out that it is actually possible to put these old computers on a modern TCP/IP network even in 2018. By using an ISA network card and the mTCP network stack, you can go online and browse some websites on your DOS rigs.
I made my first big investment in my life back in September: buying my first car. The car I bought is nothing special; it’s a 2008 Honda Civic. No matter what car I drive, I want to be able to protect my investment if I get into a not-at-fault accident. This makes having a dashcam a great idea. The Viofo A119 installed in my Civic. The A119 is one of the best value dashcams available.
In my never ending quest in search of the perfect static site generator, I think I’ve finally found the perfect one: Hugo. Hugo is a static site generator written in the Go programming language, and since it’s release it’s gained a staggering 231% increase in usage over the last year. The massive increase of popularity over the last year really grabbed my attention, so I decided to try it.
I usually don’t post much about hardware-related things here, but today I decided I should make an exception. Today I bought an old Sony FD Mavica digital camera, which is one of the first digital cameras ever made. The model in particular I bought uses a 3.5in floppy disk for storing and transferring images, and sports a 2 megapixel image sensor. The Mavica next to some floppies. The camera model in particular is the Sony Mavica MVC-FD200.
Today I found out that it is possible to create a domain using emoji. Since emoji is simply text, it is possible to convert the Unicode into ASCII using something called punycode. It’s extremely impractical to use on a desktop machine, but on mobile it is an interesting trick and a good way to get a decent domain when all of the nice ones are taken. :) Before you get too excited about this, it is only possible to use emojis on a handful of different TLDs.