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  • A new motherboard for Amiga, the platform that refuses to die

    Mon 9:18pm By Thom Holwerda
    In the early years of personal computing there were a slew of serious contenders. A PC, a Mac, an Atari ST, an Amiga, and several more that all demanded serious consideration on the general purpose desktop computer market. Of all these platforms, the Amiga…
  • Apple releases round of iOS, macOS updates

    Mon 9:13pm By Thom Holwerda
    Today, Apple released a round of minor updates for all of its supported devices, including iOS 12.4, macOS 10.14.6, watchOS 5.3, and tvOS 12.4 . As it turns out though, some older devices – devices that aren’t supported by the latest updates anymore –…
  • Windows NT services are assigned a SID based on an SHA-1 hash, but what about the risk of collision?

    Mon 7:07am By Thom Holwerda
    Windows NT services are assigned an identity (SID) based on an SHA-1 hash. We also know that SHA-1 is deprecated due to research showing that it is vulnerable to collision attacks from well-funded opponents. What does this mean for Windows NT services? Some…
  • How many kinds of USB-C to USB-C cables are there?

    Mon 7:05am By Thom Holwerda
    Classic USB from the 1.1, 2.0, to 3.0 generations using USB-A and USB-B connectors have a really nice property in that cables were directional and plugs and receptacles were physically distinct to specify a different capability. A USB 3.0 capable USB-B plug…
  • This could be our first look at an Android-powered feature phone from Nokia

    Thu 5:34pm By Thom Holwerda
    Kyle Bradshaw at 9To5Google: For the past few months, we’ve been tracking developments in Chrome that point to Android becoming a competitor to KaiOS by entering the feature phone market. Today, the first purported image of an Android feature phone has come…
  • Google claims to have cancelled its censored Chinese search engine project

    Wed 7:44pm By Thom Holwerda
    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Google’s vice president of public policy, Karan Bhatia, said that the tech giant’s much-criticized effort to launch a search engine in China had been abandoned. “We have terminated Project Dragonfly,”…
  • Zelda NES screen transitions are undefined behaviour

    Wed 7:36pm By Thom Holwerda
    The vertical scrolling effect in the original “The Legend of Zelda” relies on manipulating the NES graphics hardware in a manner likely that was unintended by its designers. Writing to a particular PPU register while a frame is being drawn can result in…
  • Cities: Skylines is Turing complete

    Wed 4:30pm By Thom Holwerda
    Cities: Skylines is a city simulation game that is complex enough to build universal logic gates in it. Using universal logic gates it is possible to construct any circuit including Turing complete machines. So, just like in Minecraft one can build a computer…
  • To break Google’s monopoly on search, make its index public

    Jul 15, 2019, 7:29 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Fortunately, there is a simple way to end the company’s monopoly without breaking up its search engine, and that is to turn its “index”—the mammoth and ever-growing database it maintains of internet content—into a kind of public commons. There is…
  • How US tech giants are helping to build China’s surveillance state

    Jul 15, 2019, 7:20 pm By Thom Holwerda
    The OpenPower Foundation — a nonprofit led by Google and IBM executives with the aim of trying to “drive innovation” — has set up a collaboration between IBM, Chinese company Semptian, and U.S. chip manufacturer Xilinx. Together, they have worked to…
  • 40 years later, lessons from the rise and quick decline of the first ‘killer app’

    Jul 15, 2019, 2:38 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Remember VisiCalc, the world’s first spreadsheet? Today’s tech giants do, and that is why they buy up and invest in potential competitive threats. It was the first killer app, the spark for Apple’s early success and a trigger for the broader PC boom that…
  • Pete’s QBasic site

    Jul 15, 2019, 2:08 pm By Thom Holwerda
    QBasic lives! QBasic is an old-school, vintage programming language that was designed for beginners. QBasic ran on MS-DOS, and was a more advanced version of BASIC. QB was a lot of people’s first foray into programming (particularly those of us who grew up…
  • One player spent 10 years exploring every corner of Eve Online

    Jul 15, 2019, 12:12 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Eve Online is unique among spacefaring games — not just for its complexity, but for its structure. The galaxy of New Eden is composed of nearly 8,000 star systems, each one placed into the virtual firmament by the hand of its creators at CCP Games. Some are…
  • AmigaOS 3.1.4.1 released

    Jul 14, 2019, 5:03 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Hyperion Entertainment CVBA is pleased to announced the immediate availability of AmigaOS 3.1.4.1 as a free update to AmigaOS 3.1.4 released in September 2018. Since then, some bugs were found and functionality reviewed. We are therefore providing updates that…
  • Debian 10 “buster” released

    Jul 14, 2019, 5:00 pm By Thom Holwerda
    In this release, GNOME defaults to using the Wayland display server instead of Xorg. Wayland has a simpler and more modern design, which has advantages for security. However, the Xorg display server is still installed by default and the default display manager…