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Thursday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 16-March-2023  00:32:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Those of us who grew up on BBSs in the 90's might enjoy this story about a retro computing fan. By day, Green works as a senior systems engineer based in Arkansas. But in his off hours, "Ice Breaker" (as he's often known online) focuses his passion on a vintage computer collection that he has been building for decades—and a bulletin board system (BBS) called "Particles" he has been running since 1992. Of course if you're into the Retro side of things, check out our Retro & Arcade forum.

Also in the retro world, this article that MUTMAN sent in a little while ago, where John Carmack talks about preserving old games. “Even if there are only ten thousand active users, destroying that user value should be avoided if possible”, he says. “Your company suffers more harm when you take away something dear to a user than you gain in benefit by providing something equally valuable to them or others.”

I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and have been very impressed by the camera - but one reddit user is wondering if the camera is too good to be true, when it comes to photos of the moon. In another test, the S23 Ultra was presented with two blurred moons, one full and the other half. If the algorithm was actually enhancing details, it would enhance both. Instead, it identified the full moon as a moon and added the fake moon overlay, leaving the other one blurred. Hrm, I have taken quite a few moon photos and not seen this behaviour, but admittedly most of mine have been non-full moons.

Over in this thread, Jumpingmanjim pointed out this cool list of home server ideas. Self-hosting is the practice of hosting and managing applications on your own server(s) instead of consuming from SaaSS providers. This is a list of Free Software network services and web applications which can be hosted on your own server(s). Non-Free software is listed on the Non-Free page.

Here's an interesting one - GPU-powered RAID. GPU-powered RAID card supplier Graid has a coming software release designed to accelerate sequential writes to 90GBps or more in RAID-5 configurations. It ascribes this 4-9x speed boost for its SupremeRAID product to intelligent parity data reduction technology. Graid claims this will enable users in AI/ML, video processing, and similar workloads to write data to NVMe drives at record speeds.

Also in storage, Backblaze have released their annual drive stats - but this time they include SSDs. In this report, we look at the failure rates of the SSDs that we use in our storage servers for 2022, for the last 3 years, and for the lifetime of the SSDs. In addition, we take our first look at the temperature of our SSDs for 2022, and we compare SSD and HDD temperatures to see if SSDs really do run cooler.

Bjorn3D have a guide to installing Chrome OS Flex to revive an older laptop. Laptops on the other hand are quite limited in the way they can be upgraded, especially the cheaper ones. That does not mean they are unusable and in today’s article I will show you how to turn your old laptop into a Chromebook using Googles Chrome OS Flex.

I can't actually remember where I saw this, but here's a bunch of free fonts from Google. Enjoy!

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