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Wednesday Lunchtime (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 22-May-2019  12:49:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Waiting for my new laptop to turn up.. my precioouusssss..

One of the internet's furry celebrities, Grumpycat, has died. A statement says she died on Tuesday following complications from a recent urinary tract infection. The cat from Arizona had "helped millions of people smile". Grumpy, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Her image quickly spread as a meme.

Matt noticed Apple have refreshed the MacBook Pro line with new CPUs and, probably more importantly, an updated keyboard which hopefully addresses the faults of the current one. This marks the fourth generation of the butterfly keyboard that has divided users and seen some widely publicized hardware failures that resulted in an ongoing repair program from Apple. Apple claimed significant improvements to reliability in the third generation that shipped with laptops introduced in 2018, but users continued to report issues.

Google have restricted Android on Huawei devices following the US Government's sanctions against the company. Existing Huawei smartphone users will be able to update apps and push through security fixes, as well as update Google Play services. But when Google launches the next version of Android later this year, it may not be available on Huawei devices. Future Huawei devices may no longer have apps such as YouTube and Maps. Discussion here.

NASA are giving everyone the opportunity to send their name to Mars. NASA's Mars 2020 Rover is heading to the red planet. Submit your name by Sept. 30, 2019, and fly along! And maybe get spammed or something, I dunno.

BBC have an interesting article about computing's first "killer app". So he wrote a program for the new Apple II personal computer: an electronic spreadsheet. His friend Bob Frankston helped him sharpen up the software - and, on 17 October 1979, VisiCalc went on sale. Almost overnight, it was a sensation.

Also on the retro theme, here's a blog about restoring an IBM System 360. Following our last visit we had realised a number of things: We needed to remove the front door. We needed to construct a ramp capable of taking the weight of the machine and peripherals. We needed to secure the building again. We needed to un-cable the machine and eventually recover the cables from under the floor. We decided the best way to tackle this was to fill a van with tools in the UK and drive to Nuremberg.

This has been sitting in my news file for a while, but I can't quite work out what to say about it. So I'll just tell you what it is. It's a vegemite on toast flavoured spirit. In a fit of patriotism, Aussie distillery Archie Rose has created a brand new spirit that *tastes* like Vegemite on toast. To make the drink – cheekily dubbed ArchieMite – a house-made ‘mite spread’ was mixed with 15 kilos of Sonoma sourdough and 25 kilos of Pepe Saya butter. I like Vegemite, and I'm famously a fan of vodka, but I dunno about this one.

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