It's that time again when I can barely move in my office and need to
offload some incredibly expensive computer history that is now
completely worthless to anyone but the most avid collector of antique
Send me an email if your interested in any of the following or they will
be organised into a magical weekly emptying storage receptacle.
Compaq Deskpro series PS2018
Pentium II 350MHz
2 x 64MB 72pin SIMM
Seagate Barracuda 320GB drive (HUGE!)
ATI 3D Rage Pro TURBO (AGP) built in
SMC 1211TX 10/100 NIC
US Robotics Courier V. Everything internal hardware modem (ISA bus)
1x CD-ROM Drive
3.5" Floppy Drive
Beautifully engineered and quality manufactured case that still brings
joy to the heart to pull apart now after all these years. Makes you
realise what junk modern business PC's are.
Still powers up but don't have PS/2 keyboard to get past the keyboard
not detected, press F1 to continue error.
Samsung Syncmaster 172x 17" monitor, still in box.
email me if you want these pieces of history.
More items to come, but will finish this email off here.
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Recently a friend of mine asked me a question: "I just got a message that
ADOBE Flash is no longer available free of charge in 2021. Does the Ubuntu
system have any equivalent Flash Player so that I can continue to watch
videos on Facebook etc?"
In order to answer the question my friend just raised, I did a bit of
research and digging around, and found that the ADOBE Flash contents and
flash player issues are bigger than I initially thought ... It's really a
BIG DEAL!!! I myself have a little bit of a deja vu feeling - bringing
back some Y2K memories ... 8-)
Well, when the Year 2021 starts, it's not so much that we can't use Adobe
Flash Player free of charge, but that Flash Player will no longer be able
to play ANY Flash contents, PERIOD!!! In technical terms, Flash Player (in
ALL OS's) is officially entering "End-of-Life" (EOL). Below is a FAQ from
Adobe Official website about this matter:
If you google the web, there are no doubt tons of materials explaining &
discussing this hot topic! I came across this site, which I find providing
a clear enough explanation, and in an easy to understand approach to this
issue. Sharing it here:
In a nutshell, contents created with this Adobe Flash technology, and the
Flash Player that is used to play them - are no longer suitable in a
Mobile-centric world of ours today. In fact, with so many security issues
& vulnerabilities popping up over the years, and with one after another
mainstream web browsers, device makers as well as content creators
abandoning Flash in droves, most could see the writing on the wall long ago
For people who are relying heavily on social media like Facebook, WhatsApp,
Youtube, etc, with substantial amounts of contents already in Flash - not
to fear! The big players in this field have started making all the
necessary changes to transition towards replacing technologies like HTML5,
etc, long ago. Below is one such FAQ's from FB:
However, no doubt there will be individuals or small-time content creators
out there who may find such efforts to migrate from Flash to HTML5
daunting. If you have content like online courses, apps and other learning
assets built in or published in Flash, as of 2021, any flash content
(either built in or published as Flash) may no longer work. Not to fear
too! There are plenty of resources out there (especially on the Web), to
make such transition less stressful.
Feel free to share your opinions on this issue here ... Would very much
like to hear comments about this (like, any implication to FOSS, etc) -
from the FOSS Community's perspective.
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Brian May via luv-main wrote:
> Tim Hamilton via luv-main <luv-main(a)luv.asn.au> writes:
>> Looking for recommendations for an NBN RSP. We're in one of the last areas
>> to be built out, and it's finally time to switch from ADSL to FTTN. We're
>> only ~100M or so from the cabinet so I'm expecting a reasonable connection
>> (as far as FTTN is 'reasonable').
> If FTTN is not acceptable, you can now get an instant/free quote to
> upgrade to FTTP.
> But for me the quote was $41K...
Ouch! perhaps I should contact my old land lord and enquire just how
grateful he is that I added $41K to the value of his property ?:-)
On the subject of money I notice Tim didn't seem particularly fussed by
whereas for me post-paid bills, non direct debit options and quality of
support were much more important aspects;
but then I am an eccentric ! Even though fibre-to-the-foyer was
available in this block of flats mid way through 2019; I didn't change
from ADSL to NBN50 till midway through 2020. Actually I really only
switched to my current "Retail Service Provider" RSP, Optus from the
old one iPrimus, because iPrimus refused to host the domain on which my
old email address was located. Support from both is not brilliant and
seems to be in the Philippines;
regards Rohan Mcleod
Does anyone have a good CRT monitor that they don't need that can be collected
from the Melbourne area? Ideally 17"+ and Trinitron, but main criteria being
1280*1024 and working well.
Asking for someone who wants to test a theory about CRT being better than TFT
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Russell Coker via luv-main wrote:
> I've been doing some work on the LUV server and noticed that it was supporting
> old SSL protocols. I disabled TLS 1.1 as ssllabs will no longer give a rating
> higher than B to a site that uses it, with that change we get an A+! I think
> this is no big deal as this only prevents access from Android below version
> 5.0 (NB Chrome on Android 4.x works fine, it's the Android internal browser
> that no-one would ever want to use on our site that fails), and some
> particularly ancient versions of Safari and IE.
> The above URL gives the test results.
> I disabled all the weaker ciphers that aren't being used.
> The cipher TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA is weak but is required to
> support IE11 on Windows versions before 10 and Safari versions before 9. Is
> it worth keeping?
So are you asking the practical question : "How many people are likely
to want to use IE11 W<10 and Safari <9 ?";
or are you asking the more philosophical question: "Just how far back
does backward compatibility need to be maintained "
regards Rohan McLeod
Ben Nisenbaum via luv-main wrote:
> Hello Craig and all,
> That's a super post of yours for me and my issues. I believe I can work through all of them with the information you've provided. I am very grateful.
> The "Pollock" hosts file which I mentioned is a hosts file from:
Reading through Dan Pollock's introduction in the above I am reminded of
Balk’s Third Law: “If you think The Internet is terrible now, just wait
a while.” :-)
regards Rohan McLeod
On Mon, 17 Aug 2020, Tim Connors wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Aug 2020, Tim Connors wrote:
> > On Fri, 14 Aug 2020, Trent W. Buck wrote:
> > > Thanks for reminding me to finish my proof-of-concept script to undo
> > > some of BOM's recent monetization changes; I just did so.
> > Can you chuck a sort around that glob? I'd do it myself, but it's not
> > perl and I'm an old fart.
> That was easy. Turns out I do still learn stuff:
> - *tempdir_path.glob('*.T.*.4.png'),
> + *sorted(tempdir_path.glob('*.T.*.4.png')),
And finally, the BoM has just transitioned to a 5 minute scan strategy, so
this seems to be the current schedule:
if (then.minute+1) % 5 == 0], # was 6, should now be 5