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Troed Sångberg
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I do public speaking and low level coding equally well. Really.
I do public speaking and low level coding equally well. Really.

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Selling fear and the role of the media -- https://www.baekdal.com/opinion/selling-fear-and-the-role-of-the-media/

We have a responsibility to make sure that people are informed after they have finished reading a news story. But sadly that is rarely the case.


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Finally, done. The Atari STE rebuild that started several years ago is complete. Everything tucked up neatly internally, only the added ports and displays are visible from the outside.

There's a certain feeling to seeing a computer built 1989 accept USB flash drives as hard drives. USB, a standard which first appeared in 1996 ..

#atari  #retro
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For people within the Stockholm vicinity, there are still 290 tickets left to Richard Stallman's speech on
"For a Free Digital Society"
in Aula Magna at Stockholm University tonight at 18:00.
Tickets are free of charge.
http://dsv.su.se/en/about/events/richard-m-stallman-for-a-free-digital-society-1.264526

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The amount of freedom a 3D printer gives you when playing around with modifications to our dear retro computers cannot be overstated. From starting to having just finished I spent ~3 hours (where one hour was the actual print job) to go from having my HxC floppy emu laying loose on top of a DVD cover in the computer to having created a base plate (see CAD-drawing) that fits existing screw holes in an STE and which allows the HxC to snap onto two columns. 

As you can see this allows full access to the SIM banks and creates a perfect slot for the SD-card out the back.

(Next up will be to move the buttons to under the drive light on the top case as well as fitting the LCD to below the arrow keys)
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Selfish plug: This is so cool. Until you've flown a drone with an augmented reality display it's difficult to understand how disruptive AR visor technology really will be.

The app is open source. SmartEyeglass (developer edition) is available on the market.

http://developer.sonymobile.com/2015/08/31/smarteyeglass-as-heads-up-display-for-an-ar-experience-with-parrot-drones/

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It's somewhat easy finding modern software able to read ancient data formats (note, "somewhat"). It's often more difficult finding the opposite - conversion from modern formats to older ones.

When I've wanted to edit graphics using modern software (GIMP) and convert it to Atari ST I've so far used the excellent Netpbm package. The steps have involved converting my image in GIMP to use a colormap of suitable size, save the image as a .ppm file and then use ppmtopi1 to (finally) get an Atari ST compatible low resolution image in "Degas" format, a popular image editor back then.

This weekend I grew somewhat tired at all those steps - and additionally I wanted to convert an image to the Atari ST medium resolution format (.pi2). There's no such application in the Netpbm suite.

It's not completely plug'n'play, but here's a link to a project I just published to Github. It's a Java program that takes any input format Java understands (JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF .. ) and outputs as Atari ST low/medium/high (.pi1/.pi2/.pi3). 

I'm probably the only one who's ever going to use it, but you know what they [XKCD] say about programmers. We'll happily spend hours now making sure we're spending "less" hours somewhere down the road ;)

http://github.com/troed/PNGconv
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... and, it's done. The first update of my Minecraft plugin in almost 2.5 years.

(Now I just need to make sure I don't take up the game again myself)

#minecraft   #courier  
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