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06 January 2018

Vleeptron is BACK!!! Leave Comments! e-Hug Vleeptron Dude!

click an image and maybe it gets bigger. No promises.

Vleeptron Dude sincerely apologizes for being e-comatose. My amazing supercomputer imploded and I have been off-line for the better part of a month while I bought a nifty new Dell ordinateur with an AMD chip and Windows 10 (because Microfuck decided it would no longer support Windows Vista Ultimate).

Doesn't "Ultimate" mean "Microsoft Swears This Is The Last Operating System You'll Ever Have to Have"? 

Anyway this mess is my first attempt to post to VleeptronZ. The illustration above is my first attempt to use their new gimmicky Paint3D thing. The Happy New Year Einstein-Minkowski Light Cone is self-explanatory but I haven't been able to alter it to the New Year, which I think is 2018. We stayed up until Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians played Auld Lang Syne at our local Midnight, which is usually 5 hours earlier than Zulu Time = GMT.

Anyway if I owe anybody email, I'll try to get to it as soon as I can. 

Oh! My Logitech trackball is wireless! And my new Logitech keyboard is wireless! Mirabile visu!

Leave Comments, please. That is the e-version of asking for a hug. I've been really esolated and elonely.


Mike Stone said...

Welcome back! I sincerely hope you're joking about the whole "Vista" thing.

Vleeptron Dude said...

about 6 months ago i began getting a message every time i cranked up Windows Vista Ultimate that MS was no longer supporting my OS. Likewise my MS antivirus program. For further details, contact Microsoft so they can burst into laughter at you. I believe this phenomenon is called Planned Obsolescence. Merry & Happy Everything Mike Amy & [insert name(s) here]!

Vleeptron Dude said...

yo Mike et famille

Okay so what have YOU discovered about Vista or whatever OS you thought was the last OS you'd ever need.

This is real vague gossip, but the new big Intel chip seems to have violently bad vulnerability flaws in it. But for other reasons -- my nerdy snoopiness -- I chose the AMD chip, and I haven't heard any Bad Stuff about it. AMD seems to be the first CPU manufacturer that used Theorem Proving (e.g. the language Coq) to "prove" the damn thing would work the way they hoped it would work while in development.

Mike Stone said...

I'm using Linux, but Vista was pretty much universally considered "bad". It was just generally slow and clunky. Pretty much any modern OS will treat you better.

Unfortunately you seem to have gotten some bad "intel" (ha!). Recently there have been two security vulnerabilities discovered, called Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715), and they're whoppers. They have to do with something called "speculative execution", which pretty much all modern processes do. That means that any processor made since 1995 is vulnerable with some small exceptions (Raspberry Pi). It doesn't matter if you're using Windows 98 or Mac OS X or Linux or Haiku. To "fix" it everybody is pushing out OS patches, but that really doesn't fix it. All these patches are going to slow your new computers down. To really fix it, they're going to have to build new processors (Yay! New computer!!) with a new design.

Vleeptron Dude said...

Wow & Shazam! Now I'm smarter than I was yesterday!
My brother was a Linux freakazoid and had Linus Thorwald's autograph. I actually know lotsa Deep Stuph about pewters, to program my first kit-built IMSAI there existed no commercial software so I had to learn Machine Language 01110101010101. But I've always hated Operating Systems,they're stoopid things that suck up human brainpower to nobody's benefit.
Now tell me everything you know about Raspberry Pi! I want one!

Mike Stone said...

Pis are pretty cool, and they're amazingly inexpensive. I'm using one at work as my primary work computer (other than email). They run about $35 and you can pick one up at Fry's Electronics or Amazon. Their footprint is about the size of a credit, and you can easily put one in a case in your pocket and carry it around with you. They're not high end computers by any means, but they can do most things people need to do. I'm running Raspbian as my Linux distro (which is a Debian version specifically for the Raspberry Pi) and i3 as my window manager. I use Vivaldi as my web browser and it's more than capable of doing the things I need to do for my job. The whole rig cost me about $42 ($7 for the case I put it in). If you're interested in that sort of thing, I would highly recommend you pick one up. As of right now, they're the only computer I know of that's immune to Meltdown and Spectre. They even have direct access to GPIO if you're into EE.

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