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Nice it looks like Jellyfin is finally officially on iOS and Roku(not sure when it happened, but noticed today). Looks like I can finally kick Plex to the curb. Of course this comes at a time I'm looking to dump Roku too, and my Roku only reinforced that feeling when I turned it on and it has changed my background to whatever they're advertising at the moment.

The new Nextcloud install is actually running much better, so I guess it ended up being a good thing. I think that install was originally and ownCloud install that I migrated to Nextcloud when the fork happened and upgraded since then. Must have been a lot of cruft in there. Also too the opportunity to switch back from OnlyOffice back to Collabora Online. So much better. It actually opens my documents correctly and isn't as slow.

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Hard drive died in my server, the system drive not the OS and was too dead to clone to new drive. Ubuntu server 20.04 installer, was just garbage, so I took the opportunity to migrate back to vanilla Debian. Only real hiccup was Nextcloud. Between PHP and MySQL/MariaDB version change nuance it ended up being easier to do a clean install then reimport my file.

With an Osborne 1, I knew it was only a matter of time before this popped, luckily I ordered a replacement I ordered the computer and it’s in place.

Now that Roku is in in full on "content provider" mode and making access to their platform more difficult, is there a set top box(or what ever we call them these days) platform out there that's provider agnositic in the same way Roku was a few years ago that has a wide range of support for many services?

Reading the articles around the source release of GWBASIC I now recall that Microsoft released the source to DOS 1.25 and 2.0 under an MIT license a while back so I can get an open source DOS on my Compaq portable on a version closer to what it came with(I think it may have been 2.0) rather than FreeDOS which may have been a resource hog and even require a memory expansion. Neat.

Help me out, were the Deer Hunter PC games and derivatives actually popular in the late 90s, or did it just seem that way to me as a symptom of growing up in rural Alabama?

This quote basically sums up why I use pretty standard Ubuntu despite being pretty technically adept:

"because it's a bleeding-edge distro—one targeted to the very newest software, possibly at the expense of stability. That's not what I personally want in an operating system—I fix broken things professionally; I'd prefer not to fix them personally any more than I have to"


Brandon :ubuntu: :gnome: boosted

I've had FreeOrion installed for a while, and today I started it up and actually played for the first time. I played sixty-something turns in my "test" session.

Good game.

My recent retro-computing kick is making it hard to get rid of my old Asus u36sd and part of me even wanta to restore it to its "vintage" Windows 7 install 😂

Repaired an old iMac I got for free. While a slightly older model and a different color than what I had, one of these was the first computer that I bought myself, so this has a bit more nostalgia attached to it than my other old computers.

It’s been a month since I started collect vintage computers. This may have gotten out of hand. And I still have an Osborne 1 on the way.

When my Compaq Portable arrives, I'll have to get FreeDOS running on it so my retrocomputing posts on @fosstodon have a bit more FOSS in them.

Nice turns out that the battery is this old PowerBook still holds a charge. Now to rebuild the PRAM battery and figure out what’s wrong with the CD-ROM.

Whew, after a week in USPS purgatory(i.e. "the moving with in the USPS network, but we don't really know where it is" tracking state), my Commodore 64 is looks like it's finally out for delivery. Better late than never I guess.

The other day I wanted an ethernet cable on the table near by network switch, but the only available cable I had unused for the past few days was only 3 feet long, but while it was inconvenient, I put up with it. Only today did I realize that the cable going from the switch to the PC right below it is 6 feet, and the 3 feet cable would work there and I could swap them. 🤦‍♂️

My package that should have been here on Friday is now in the vague "moving with in the USPS network on its way to its destination" phase. I wonder if I'll ever see it.

Sigh... it looks like my recent retro computer addiction is getting me back on Facebook for Marketplace at least. Far less price gougy than eBay(and some of those old computers are heavy, so shipping it legitimately high, even when things are for a good price) and not as dead as Craigslist around here for that kind of stuff.

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