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Archive for the ‘History’ Category

The end of an era: after more than 25 years, XS4ALL/AS3265 is leaving AMS-IX

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/06/30

Via [Wayback/Archive] Nick Bouwhuis on Twitter: “😢 “ (with OCR text below) via [Wayback/Archive] Kirsten Verdel on Twitter: “:(“:

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Posted in History, Internet, ISP, KPN, Power User, xs4all | Leave a Comment »

A twitter call to say nice things about technology sparked interesting threads

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/27

A while ago [] Adam Jacob on Twitter: “Let’s say nice things about technology today. I’ll start. If it wasn’t for @lkanies and @puppetize, there is no way we would have been able to adapt as an industry to the rise of the cloud. Quote tweet me with your own.” sparked some interesting threads.

First posts are below; click on them to see the full threads.

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Posted in Chrome, Configuration Management, Development, DevOps, Firefox, History, IaC - Infrastructure as Code, Infocom and Z-machine, Infrastructure, KVM Kernel-based Virtual Machine, LSI/3ware, Open Source, PDP-11, Power User, PowerShell, Puppet, Python, Qemu, Rust, Safari, Scripting, Software Development, UCSD Pascal, Vagrant, Veewee, Virtualization, Web Browsers, Xen | Leave a Comment »

GitHub – bbbradsmith/flompy: DOS floppy disk dumper

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/04/26

Need one day when archiving old floppies: [WayBack] GitHub – bbbradsmith/flompy: DOS floppy disk dumper

Via: [WayBack] Brad Smith on Twitter: “So I wrote a floppy disk dumper program for DOS. I dunno if this is really a very useful thing, but it’s open-source at least! 💾⚡🖥 “

Full thread at [WayBack] Thread by @bbbradsmith: “Hrm… why doesn’t the floppy controller status register have its non-DMA bit set, even though I’ve used a specify command to set it… and […]”:

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Posted in Development, History, MS-DOS, Power User, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

Why 42 ?

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/11

Basically: just because.

[Archive.isWhy 42 ? – Google Groups where Douglas Adams gave the answer himself:

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an
ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations,
base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk,
stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.Best,Douglas Adams

The full thread is a nice read (:

Via many sources, including [WayBack] Why 42? Reported wrong, again and again, but … The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number,… – Jürgen Christoffel – Google+ which has a comment pointing to the below brilliant video.


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Happy 20th Anniversary, .NET!

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/13

I almost missed this: [Wayback/Archive] Happy 20th Anniversary, .NET! – .NET Blog.

Given I am still recovering from the long period of cancer treatments, I am glad that Beth Massi reminded me (a “thank you” is below the signature):

To keep the story about myself short: currently I am cancer free, long term (i.e. 10 years) looks dim, but my mental focus has recovered and I am getting joy again doing technical stuff. I am still working on the increasing my mental and physical endurance, so real work is not yet possible but unlike half a year ago, I am confident I will be able to eventually.

Back to the .NET story (as I have learned when to conserve energy): I kept track of Anders Hejlsberg ever since Turbo Pascal 1.0 on CP/M (see The calculators that got me into programming (via: calculators : Algorithms for the masses – julian m bucknall)) and when after the Visual J++ lawsuits things a first got a bit too silent to my liking.

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Posted in .NET, .NET 1.x, About, Conferences, DevDays09, Development, Event, History, Pascal, Personal, Software Development, Turbo Pascal, Visual J++ | Leave a Comment »

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