Oh ffs there's only a couple of countries still using Imperial measurements and we shouldn't me moving backwards to them...


Metric is these days measured by physical constants, not by old school ones like a physical grain of wheat (which is one imperial measure).

That said, in the UK imperial has not gone away, earlier today I was measuring stuff in inches then millimeters because for me I know both, but that was how I was taught as at the time both were in use.

If you've ever wondered how big professional astronomical instruments are, well, they're definitely larger than your DSLR camera! 😅 Here's VIMOS attached to the 8.2 metre telescope UT3, also known as 'Melipal' ('Southern Cross' in Mapudungun).


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I've added a new section to my site covering the *CONFIGURE settings for the BBC Master series


Hey Mastodon Users, due to a friend's experience, I went to look to see if there's a way to "backup" our data, or at least just our follows/follower lists...and YES! Go into "Preferences" -> "Import and Export" -> "Data Export" and you'll find items you can download CSV formats for, or, you may be able to request an entire archive if you prefer.

Personally, getting the follower/following list on a monthly basis seems like a nice "backup" method, AND the data is text, not some obscure ID#.

If you see the following error when using chromedp in go:

could not unmarshal event: unknown PrivateNetworkRequestPolicy value

you need to update to the latest version (0.8.2 as I write this).

It's caused by this new feature in Chrome developer.chrome.com/blog/priv which restricts access to private networks from a web page.

I see this as the PDF's on area51.dev like my book about the BBC Micro OS are generated as part of the build in a docker container & was falling foul of this.

This is probably old news for most of you #retrocomputing nerds, but I've been enjoying this book about 80s home computers in the UK. I bought the hardback, and it's fun to dip into and read a chapter every now and again. I think it's also available as a free PDF. wireframe.raspberrypi.com/book

Every single time I want a specific cable, it hides itself so well that I can't find it until I give up and order another one?

This time it's an HDMI panel mount extension cable I need for a project & potential video.

I found the USB versions I bought at the same time but the HDMI ones cannot be found.

Stop using AMP. Stop using WEBP.

Stop letting Google run the Internet.

RIP #AndyFletcher
Picture (© Adrian Boot): Andrew Andy #Fletch Fletcher from #DepecheMode at the Hill 16 Pub, Dublin, 1983

@revk @confusedbunny I remember reading that at the time - now that was a classic hack with your teletype 😎

Sad as his doc's were pretty good.

Background: BBC budget cuts mean some stations to close & go online including BBC4.

BBC Radio 4 Long Wave to go so bye to classic cricket audio 😭

from birdsite

RT @jimalkhalili

I’m sad to say that for anyone who has enjoyed my BBC4 tv docs over the years (and loads of other excellent programming) I’m afraid that due to budget cuts BBC4 TV will be no more. The channel is moving entirely online. So long, and thanks for all the fish.


from birdsite

RT @Raspberry_Pi

If you're too youthful to remember the BBC's Ceefax teletext service, shush. There's a lovely Raspberry-Pi based version over at today's blog, where we can either reminisce or educate ourselves.


It's funny that I'm seeing a lot of Spam (from known brands) saying Enjoy the Long Weekend...

erm, they've moved the bank holiday from next Monday to the following Thusday & Friday for the Queen so it's a normal weekend 🤦‍♂️

Nice, a spreadsheet for the Linux command line!

Someone has ported Lotus 123 for Unix from 1990 to


You can find 123elf here on GitHub github.com/taviso/123elf

I can't move to the Fediverse properly until I reproduce my famous pinned post from the birdsite, so here it is:

P.S.A. To all vintage computer and video game collectors:

Go through your collections and GET THE DAMN BATTERIES OUT!

Now! Don't wait! Seriously, put down the phone, go to your collection and take out all the batteries. Right now! Even if they look "okay" they are NOT SAFE after this much time.

One day I'll finish this project off.

It's my web front-end for GoTek drives running the Flash Floppy firmware.

It runs on a Raspberry PI 0W or 0W2 which then acts as the flash drive for the GoTek

You can then access the UI over WiFi, select which disk to present to the GoTek, create, upload or delete disk's without having to unplug from the flash drive.

This works with any Flash Floppy version who's GoTek has the oled display and wheel installed.

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