I really like sharing knowledge with others, and that's what this website
is mostly about (with the exception
of a rant here and there, when I need to vent some...).
So, whenever I manage to create something that doesn't just fulfil my needs
but also works for somebody else, I gain a fair bit of happiness (quite
important for an otherwise extremely unsocial introvert like me).
Here's an example: I created my Sun to PS/2 keyboard converter
because I needed something like it, and since posting my solution here
I've heard from a few others who have built my contraption successfully.
The most recent of those who reported back, Edward Robbins, has a subtly
different model Sun keyboard and it took us a few email exchanges and
experiments to determine how the one (undocumented) extra key on his keyboard
could be made to work - but we got there.
Without the net he and I would never have gotten in touch, let alone
ended up benefiting mutually from each other's efforts.
[ published on Sun 28.10.2012 18:35 | filed in interests
For three+ years I've been content with my Hanlin V3 but
as it has become more and more unreliable and its flaws more annoying,
a week ago I bit the bullet and replaced it with a Nook Simple Touch
(for a measly $90). This post
is about reducing the porky Nook to its useful Nookleus, so to speak.
click here for the rest of the story...
[ published on Thu 18.10.2012 11:45 | filed in interests
But dog-shaming.com is pretty hilarious.
[ published on Tue 16.10.2012 21:25 | filed in interests/humour
Yesterday I sold my remaining 122 issues (10+ years' worth) of
National Geographic Magazine (for one dollar), because I need the space in my
bookcases and I can't stand the shallow and jingoist bias of the
Looks weird without the yellow spines on the shelf; I pretty much grew up with
NGS magazines as my parents had a subscription starting when I was about
three or four years old. I loved the
magazines as a kid, and they were my prime reason to learn English early (the
other was that my parents occasionally discussed things in English when they
didn't want us kids to understand them...).
I still love the quality of the photographic work, but somehow that does no
longer offset the nature of what is covered (or not) and how it is covered...
[ published on Sat 13.10.2012 12:51 | filed in brainfarts
Snow causes havoc across eastern OZ :-)
[ published on Sat 13.10.2012 12:50 | filed in interests/au