How 2" Quadruplex Videotape (VTR) Machines Worked - YouTube
Amazingly well-done explanation of basic videotape principles.
history  television  broadcasting 
25 minutes ago
Emulate Mac OS 9 With QEMU
Yes, many people have already written about emulating Mac OS 9, but only recently (2018) did experimental audio support come out for QEMU. Here is a short guide on how I got it running with MacOS High Sierra as the Host OS.
macos-classic  emulation 
What every software engineer should know about search
Think of this post as a collection of insights and resources that could help you to build search experiences.… Not appreciating or understanding the scope and complexity of search problems can lead to bad user experiences, wasted engineering effort, and product failure.
google  webdev  programming 
11 days ago
How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation
It’s not a temporary affliction: It’s the millennial condition. It’s our base temperature. It’s our background music. It’s the way things are. It’s our lives.
culture  burnout  corporatism  socialism  capitalism  psychology  work-environment 
12 days ago
Shiva Temple, Manikganj
Banyan tree growing around neglected temple in Bangladesh.
architecture  trees 
13 days ago
Columbia album prefixes?
"Does anyone have an explanation for all those varying prefixes used on Columbia albums during the 1970s? (KC, PC, FC.....) Is there any logic to them?"

Mostly regarding Columbia vinyl/LP output.
19 days ago
Spam and bot prevention without the use of CAPTCHAs | PerlDancer Advent Calendar
The solution Job encouraged me to pursue was to have two form fields on my contact form that should never get filled in.
perl  perlmod  webdev  spam  email  interface 
28 days ago
Andy Hertzfeld On QuickerDraw
The System 6.0 implementation of Color QuickDraw was partly rewritten by Andy Hertzfeld.
macos-classic  programming  history 
29 days ago
6-byte xDEFs - still a valid technique? - Google Groups
How to make a stub defproc that jumps back into your main code and thus can easily access globals and QD on 68K.
macos-classic  programming 
29 days ago
pronunciation - Have "choir" and "deer" ever rhymed?
From The Holly and the Ivy:

"The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir."
etymology  philology  words  English  history  christmas 
4 weeks ago
Little House On The Prairie Museum
Including the original hand-dug well and the relocated Wayside, Kansas post office.
Kansas  history  destinations  post-office 
5 weeks ago
How to escape the Java Pricing and Licensing Nightmare - Alternatives to Oracle
For those of you who don’t know: In September 2018, Oracle commercialized their services with Java SE 11. Meaning, you can still use the Oracle JDK for free, but only for development and testing purposes. If you want to use it for production, you will have to pay Oracle from day one.
java  work 
5 weeks ago
The Law of Vacation Journaling
The more you needed the vacation, the less will get written in the journal while you’re having it.
6 weeks ago
The Dictionary and Us
We often think about writing as if excellence were the same thing as being free of error. They are, I came to think, very different, actually. Studying the dreary history of fruitless, irrational groaning over terms like hopefully and “singular they” helped me see beyond such modest concerns.
dictionaries  language  words  English  history 
6 weeks ago
Disabling TLS 1.0/1.1 in Skype for Business Server 2015 On-Premises Part 3: Advanced Deployment Scenarios
Deploying New Standard Edition Servers or Enterprise Edition Pools once TLS 1.0 and 1.1 have been disabled in your environment.
skypeforbusiness  win-admin  ssl  security  work 
7 weeks ago
Disabling TLS 1.0/1.1 in Skype for Business Server 2015 Part 1: Introduction and Scope
We are pleased to announce supportability for disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in Skype for Business Server 2015 On-Premises. … This blog post will serve as the table of contents and will be updated as we publish additional guidance. This information is authoritative and should be considered official Microsoft documentation from the Skype for Business Product Group.
skypeforbusiness  win-admin  ssl  security  work 
7 weeks ago
HID Usage Tables 1.12
The HID Usage Tables document contains extensions to the tables defined in the USB Device Class Definition for Human Interface Devices. All usages pages, except the Keyboard table, are replicated in the Usage Table document. The Usage Table document identifies the extensions to the Keyboard usage table.
keyboards  reference 
7 weeks ago
Remapping Keys in macOS 10.12 Sierra
The command line hidutil tool is useful for executable scripts. macOS applications can use the IOHIDEventSystemClient API to achieve this functionality.
technotes  mac-client  keyboards 
7 weeks ago
I’ve Got 99 Problems But SPF Ain’t One | Valimail
Partly a sales pitch, but a good overview of the problems with using SPF with cloud emailers.
spf  email  work 
8 weeks ago
Miriam Haefner: Recording the Sky
I wondered what the light was that glowed on my blanket. He took one look outside, saw the bright full moon in the sky and declared that the moon was actually shining down in through my bedroom window onto my bed.
calendar  culture 
8 weeks ago
The Wile Fallet
Information storage today is a perfect example of almost everything in the era of the Entanglement: some old problems have been solved, but vastly more have been created, and we have lost virtually all personal control of the information. We have to negotiate with our technology now for it to yield any value, while constantly dodging the vast and terrible threats created by its rampage across the world.
office-supplies  privacy 
8 weeks ago
Stationery Self-Care « aumsome
Since stationery makes me happy (I’m an addict, okay?!), a lot of my self-care ideas actually revolve around it. There’s plenty of ideas that don’t involve stationery but… eh!
notebooks  self-care  journaling 
8 weeks ago
Language Log » Long words
Naming things in German, with a digression on English “law”:

”Although "law" is only three letters long, it carries a deep background of understanding about legal matters that orients lawyers and jurists in a particular way that must be very different from what people think of when they talk about "Rechtswissenschaft" ("right" + "science").”
language  words  English  etymology  philology 
8 weeks ago
Is Change Okay or Not?
“What makes a “natural” change better than an unnatural one? We talk about how language changes, but it’s really people who change language, not language that changes by itself, so is there even a meaningful difference between natural and unnatural change?”

The most balanced discussion of prescriptivism I’ve read. Discusses that/which and gender-neutral language.
English  language 
8 weeks ago
How DNS Aging and Scavenging Works - TechNet Articles
DNS aging and scavenging allows an automatic cleanup and removal of stale resource records. This Wiki article explains how this mechanism works and what you should take care about when you enable it.
activedirectory  dns  mstechnet  win-admin 
9 weeks ago
The Power to Be Vulnerable (Part 2 of 3) — Self-Validation
It stands to reason that once we've become self-validating our behavior will no longer be governed by the impulse to protect ourselves from criticism.
anxiety  depression  self-care  psychology 
9 weeks ago
Various Python Scripts
Python scripts to help admin Mailman.
mailman  email 
9 weeks ago
Anxiety Experts Reveal What They Really Want Everyone to Know About Anxiety
Bilek likened anxiety and fear responses to house alarm systems. They help us respond appropriately when there’s a true danger or risk, she said. Some people, however, have an especially sensitive system. “It goes off when there is a true threat like an intruder, but also when there is a strong wind.”
10 weeks ago
The Power to Be Vulnerable (Part 3 of 3) — Self-Soothing
Self-soothing is a kind of loving self-embrace. When our nerves are frayed, it's how we administer emotional first aid to ourselves. In circumstances that leave us feeling attacked or unwanted--or simply unsure of ourselves--we're able to come to our own rescue.
anxiety  depression  self-care  psychology 
10 weeks ago
A Year On Paper
One of the challenges of journaling on paper is going back and searching for something. Given that I expected to index my journals, I decided that each entry would get a unique number, and I’d key my index to the entry number, rather than the page number. A year later, I have filled 2-1/2 of the Moleskine notebooks (about 241 pages) for a total of 823 distinct entries.
journaling  notebooks  metadata 
10 weeks ago
A Fetus Can Turn to Stone in Its Mother's Body and Go Undiscovered for Decades
The Sens baby is one of the earliest extensively documented cases of a lithopedion—a never-born “stone baby” that calcifies over time.
10 weeks ago
Exchange Online Limits | Microsoft Docs
Address book limits; Mailbox storage limits; Capacity alerts; Mailbox folder limits; Message limits; Receiving and sending limits; Reporting and message trace limits; Retention limits; Distribution group limits; Journal, Transport, and Inbox rule limits; Moderation limits; Exchange ActiveSync limits
office365  email  work  spam 
11 weeks ago
Being a Spiritual Warrior in Chaotic Times -
The term spiritual warrior comes from Tibetan Buddhism. It denotes someone who actively battles self-ignorance that arise in the form of fears, lies, limiting beliefs and judgments that directly cause unhappiness.
CarlJung  psychology  spirituality  buddhism 
12 weeks ago
100 typewriter typefaces compared
It just happened that I currently have 100 type specimens scanned at 200dpi, which is a perfect number for an analysis of typewriter typefaces. These have all been taken from typewriters either in my collection, formerly in my collection, or other opportunities I have taken.
typewriters  typography 
12 weeks ago
Another technological tragedy | bit-player
The pressure regulators were “trying” to do the right thing. Sensor readings told them the pressure was falling, and so the controllers took corrective action to keep the gas flowing to customers. But the feedback loop the regulators relied on was not in fact a loop. They were measuring pressure in one pipe and pumping gas into another.
infrastructure  failures 
october 2018
Blackjack Spring has been joy for many over years
"The water pouring out at approximately five gallons per minute is soft and nearly mineral free and has a wonderful taste verified by the many people who have sampled it."

I would guess this is from the Manhattan Mercury.
Kansas  history  destinations 
october 2018
Devops Is a Poorly Executed Scam
If you've hired people explicitly as peacemakers between development and ops, you fucked up somewhere in your hiring process; it's fixing a self-inflicted problem.
sysadmin  work 
october 2018
10 memorable gas stations that offer more than fuel
A gas station doesn’t have to be an obligatory stop on a road trip - it can be part of the fun.
gas-stations  roadtrip  architecture 
october 2018
Removing Old Versions of TLS
Firefox & other major browsers to remove TLS 1.0
ssl  web  webdev  security  work  apps  firefox 
october 2018
School Patrol Flagpole
Sister Carmela Hanggi, the principal of the school near the Cathedral of Saint Paul, organized a group of volunteer eighth-grade boys to help the younger students safely cross the street. On February 17, 1921, the guards she appointed helped students cross the street to the cathedral
roadgeek  destinations  transportation 
october 2018
How a fraudster got $12 million out of a Canadian university: They just asked for it | The Star
In the most comprehensive picture of the case ever published, StarMetro follows the money stolen from Edmonton’s MacEwan University as it crosses the ocean and back before being reinvested in Vancouver real estate.
education  edsec  finance  phishing  email  security  work 
october 2018
WAGA analog Sign-Off 2009
They invited in their first chief engineer (then 99 years old!) to push the button to turn the analog signal off. How cool is that! (On top of that, their current chief engineer makes sure to give a proper sign-off announcement.)
broadcasting  television  history  video 
october 2018
Broadcasting Magazine
the news journal for the broadcasting Industry. Initially covering radio it expanded to include television and cable and related fields. This site covers 1931-1999.
broadcasting  radio  television  history  linklist 
october 2018
TV Technical Difficulties
YouTube playlist of technical difficulty moments from TV broadcasts.
television  broadcasting 
october 2018
The Waste Land: Five Limericks [by Wendy Cope]

In April one seldom feels cheerful;
Dry stones, sun and dust make me fearful;
Clairvoyantes distress me,
Commuters depress me--
Met Stetson and gave him an earful.
october 2018
Parker's Challenger-like Thrift Time Pens
Just said "PARKER PEN", many were non-cataloged. Resembles the Challenger, the Duette, the Moderne…
fountain-pens  history 
september 2018
The epic rise and fall of the name Heather
At its peak in 1975, more than 24,000 girls were named Heather, making it the US’s third most popular girls name, after Jennifer and Amy. In 2017, it was the 1,129th most popular name, given to only 219 girls born that year.
naming  names 
september 2018
For Whomst Does the Neologism Toll? : Word Routes : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
“Many incorrectly believe that 'whom' is a form of 'who' that pretentious people use when they want to sound smart. But if that were the case, then 'whomst' would be even smarter, and 'whomst'd' would be for absolute geniuses only.” To follow this logic, you'd have to be a Wile E. Coyote-level super-genius to use even longer variations, such as whom'st'd've'ed, which I promise I didn't make up.
English  words  humor 
september 2018
On Craft, Appropriation, and Distance.
We cannot un-know. And so we must come to terms with what we make, what we buy, what we sell, what we believe, who we are, who we have yet to become, and how to choose accordingly.
art  diy  fountain-pens  culture 
september 2018
Imperial Triumph ref List
The Sheaffer Imperial Family of Fountain Pens
fountain-pens  sheaffer 
september 2018
What is a PEM file and how does it differ from other OpenSSL Generated Key File Formats? - Server Fault
In summary, there are four different ways to present certificates and their components:

PEM - Governed by RFCs, its used preferentially by open-source software. It can have a variety of extensions (.pem, .key, .cer, .cert, more)

PKCS7 - An open standard used by Java and supported by Windows. Does not contain private key material.

PKCS12 - A Microsoft private standard that was later defined in an RFC that provides enhanced security versus the plain-text PEM format. This can contain private key material. Its used preferentially by Windows systems, and can be freely converted to PEM format through use of openssl.

DER - The parent format of PEM. It's useful to think of it as a binary version of the base64-encoded PEM file. Not routinely used very much outside of Windows.
security  ssl  work 
september 2018
Smart kids eventually grow up | A Candle in Sunshine
Worse, if you haven’t managed to get a handle on the whole “hard work” thing instead of coasting on your smarts, chances are you’ve started to fail in ways you never did as a kid. You used to be able to do most things quickly and competently because the bar was low.
psychology  depression  encouragement 
september 2018
PenHero.com - A Photo Study of the Eversharp Skyline Nib
Low-line pens with heart-shaped breather holes, high-line pens with banners. Manifold to flexible.
fountain-pens  history 
september 2018
The Mind-Body Connection and Healthy Ways to Handle Stress -
Chronic, high level and ongoing stress is damaging to our mental and physical health. Yet there skills and strategies that we can use to minimize its negative impact.
stress  depression  anxiety  psychology 
september 2018
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