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But why is this printer dressed up as a cat? 🐯

As somebody who has both some printers and some cats, I don’t really trust either to actually print. And combining them just seems unnecessarily chaotic.

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Browsing Buyee for fun, I stumbled across this listing for "IBM WebBoy for DOS". A program that up until now I never though saw a final release, no less a boxed one.

I'm not gonna buy it, but maybe one of you are interested in buying/archiving this rare piece of oddware.

i'm pleased to announce that my replica Datanetics ASCII keyboard design is now published! check the link for the design files and build instructions.

After a few revisions, we have a winner! Needs some sanding and cleaning, but is fully functional. Just need #Polymaker to help matching color.
#macintosh #apple #powerbook #3Dprintedparts

As a clarification, if your profile is empty, you have no toots, no description, and no profile pic, I'll also be passing for now. If you're just joining, feel free to interact once you get established and I'll probably follow back :D

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Say hello to the best "joystick" I've ever used on - I've always been a PC gamer, and WASD/Arrow Keys just feel natural to me, I'm kicking ass in games on the now. I'm thinking of having a run of PCBs made, and actually making a few of these that are better looking.

The can now play with the big boys. ram upgrade complete!

I'm just sitting here wishing RespeQt could do modem emulation. Don't want to spend $80 on a , and not willing to pay for APE until it supports Linux... What's a guy to do?

Might have to buy a real Atari modem and an 850 lol. That might cost as much as a Fuji... Rock and a hard place.

Come to Mastodon, they said. It'll be boring, they said.

About two weeks in. Some sort of berry consortium hires a surveillance cop, whose main qualifications seem to involve owning Star Wars toys and an expertise in pretending to be a bush outside of people's apartments or something-- and this fruit company then launches a libelous attack through the media on the admin of the tiny instance I joined.

I should probably be a lot more careful posting about those mandarins I bought.

Found a pair of brand new Type 2s at my local thrift for $1 each... Not bad. Seem to be Japanese. Shop had a bunch of Japanese labeled US artist cassettes too.

Dear #RaspberryPi 

I'm a maker. I've been using your boards for years. I've recommended their use to countless people, advocated for your goals, and remained excited for everything you had done to further coding in education. You were doing good work, and had an immense amount of goodwill within the maker community. Have credit where it's due.

But your recent antics are wholly unacceptable.

Firstly, you have abandoned the maker community in recent years by prioritizing your industrial customers over them. The very same maker community that fueled the wide adoption of your products, the people who tirelessly evangelized your mission, are being left behind.

You're right - people are cross that they can't get your products any more. And that's because you're not making them for us any more. And we know it.

Secondly, your recent "Hey, we hired a cop!" post is concerning. UK law enforcement has a long history of terrible behavior in infiltrating activist circles, establishing sexual relationships with activists, and in some cases abandoning the children they fathered in those relationships.

This is a well-documented pattern of behavior, and is still playing out in the courts. The individual you hired most likely had a direct hand in enabling that behavior, as his role was in developing surveillance techniques. That history should be considered shameful, yet somehow you've decided it's a selling point.

This raises further concerns when considered within the context of your recent pivot towards prioritizing industrial customers over the maker community. In many perfectly reasonable ways, this could be considered a signal to government and law enforcement agencies of your willingness and intent to expand your business with them.

After all, you also manufacture small cameras as well as small, network-enabled computers. Now you're advertising that you've brought someone in-house with extensive experience in law enforcement under a dubious title (what exactly is the job description of a "Maker-in-Residence" anyhow?).

It's clear that your original vision has changed, and not for the better.

All of this is concerning enough. But when these perfectly valid criticisms and concerns were brought to the attention of your Fediverse instance, your brand ambassador responded with glib dismissals and began blocking the very people who have supported you for the past decade.

Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous recent claims by your co-founder, Liz Upton, that this backlash is due to not putting a CW on a picture of pigs in a blanket. That's patently absurd, and had she taken any time whatsoever to seriously look at the conversation, she would know it.

But, again - we're not the customers you care about any more. And we know it.

The fact is, you have managed to burn down a decade's worth of goodwill in the span of a day or so by being condescending, inconsiderate, and tone-deaf towards your most loyal customers and their extremely valid concerns. And on a personal level, I'm wildly disappointed and feel a certain amount of betrayal.

Of course I'll be vigorously recommending your competitors from now on, for both moral and practical reasons. There are far superior alternatives on the market already. At the basest level, I'm quite comfortable forgetting that #RaspberryPi is even an option for a single-board computer, and never mentioning the name to another potential maker again.

Not that it matters, since we can't even get your boards without an obscene markup anyways.


twitch, transphobia, ableism 

Twitch have added a bunch of new charities to their list, and two of them are the LGB alliance - a transphobic hate group - and Autism Speaks - an ableist hate group.

This can't be allowed to stand. Please use the link below if you have a twitch account to vote for this issue:

Well, if you're interested in such things, I wrote up a case study on the Raspberry Pi thing that happened yesterday/today

Seeing is showing their colors today, I'll remind everyone about - a Pi Zero pinout compatible -V SBC. They're a lot of fun, cheap, and pink to boot. $30ish shipped from AliExpress.

Anyone in the space help me with ID'ing an IC?

I have two mystery IC's that appear to be atmel, but my google-fu is failing me on datasheet/application/ident. 8 pin SMT gullwing DIP (SOP8?)

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