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Nuclear missile silo keyboard repurposed for usb

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Gothic (John), a programmer and electronics savant, who used to handle server administrator for DonationCoder, had a project featured on Hackaday.com today.  Very cool stuff.

He found a weird old keyboard (with trackball) on ebay and it turned out to come from a nuclear missile silo.  After some work with an Arudino board he got it talking to USB interface.  Very cool.

https://hackaday.com...-re-launched-in-usb/


Wordle: simple web word game

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Been enjoying this:

https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/

There is only one new word each day, so you can't keep playing it.  Simple fun little brain puzzle word game you play in your web browser:



A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps

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Nice long essay on ArsTechnica
Google Talk, Google's first-ever instant messaging platform, launched on August 24, 2005. This company has been in the messaging business for 16 years, meaning Google has been making messaging clients for longer than some of its rivals have existed. But thanks to a decade and a half of nearly constant strategy changes, competing product launches, and internal sabotage, you can't say Google has a dominant or even stable instant messaging platform today.

https://arstechnica....ogle-messaging-apps/[


I bought an Oculus Quest and I'm blown away by the current state of VR

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So I bought an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset ($300 amazon).

I was just blown away by the experience.  Both the quality of the experience inside the VR world, and also how painless the whole process is.
It's a standalone device, no need for cables to a computer (essentially powered by a phone-grade android cpu).

I have not been keeping up with the progress in VR technology.  I'm still in shock how cool the experience is.  I think we are going to see mass adoption of this stuff in the coming years.  As someone who is not really a video gamer and is mostly a board gamer, I really do think this is all going to change with VR.  Very cool stuff.

https://www.oculus.c...m/experiences/quest/



(I've decided to try some tinkering with coding for it using Unity).


Gizmo's Tech Support Alert freeware site shutting down

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Gizmo's Freeware (Tech Support Alert) website put up a blog post today announcing they are shutting down.

https://www.techsupp...ime-say-farewell.htm



I've told this story before, but when I put up the DonationCoder website 16 years ago to ask for donations for a couple of programs I had written, Gizmo's was one of the 2 or 3 websites that were just immediately supportive and friendly, and the community around gizmo's was so encouraging of the idea.

Ian Richards (Gizmo) was always super supportive and friendly and encouraging of independent freeware developers, and gizmo's site has remained *THE* site to send people for recommendations of what freeware to use.

If Gizmo's is really shuttering up shop it will be a major loss to the freeware community, and the site will be sorely missed.


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