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Feb 19, 2018

Putting a 486 desktop online

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.

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Dec 24, 2017

Dashcam Guide

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.

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Nov 05, 2017

I Go to Hugo

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.

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Jul 13, 2017

Sony FD Mavica

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.

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May 18, 2017

How to use an emoji as a domain name

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.

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