I'll take "things that didn't age well" for 300$


Never click on a link in a SMS is the best advice @virginmedia


Why are people from Norway so good at editing files in Linux?

Their ancestors are vi-kings.

You know what’s so great about being a 90s teenager? We did it all. All of it. But with no photographic evidence! Yeah baby. We straddled the pre- and post-digital ages! We are hardcore!

The training process was tedious, but now he knows he is not allowed on the couch 😅👌


🤖👾🌗☄️🪐Calling all Sotonian Whovians! Did you know this very special alien life form has arrived to our streets? It’s part of a big trail of sculptures designed by Hampshire artists on the @HaresHampshire trail! #

What's your crowning achievement this week, Ash? Well, I wrote a Greasemonkey plugin for Firefox that looks for every single tweet flagged as being from the UK government, and changes the text to make it look like it's been reported as misinformation...




This is my kind of dog.

This is Benny. He fell asleep during his guide dog initiation photoshoot. 12/10 we still think he has what it takes

Completely legitimate and law-abiding uses for a VPN #: when your web host blocks your IP address because you've written a (cough) unoptimised script that they think is a spam-bot, just change your IP address and save all that time apologising to tech support!

There's a lot of people complaining about the art style of the new Monkey Island game. Allow me to remind you of the art style of the original...


I like automatic dependency resolution, but I also miss the days when you could compile some code on a computer without internet access and it wouldn't cause the compiler to crash horribly with an unintelligable error because why wouldn't you be online, you heathen?

When looking for information on the web, I like to play "People or PageRank?". Basically, if it reads like the Book of Armaments from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it was probably written by an SEO professional.

Yet another paywalled standard. I'm sorry, but if you're developing rules, that influence people's lives, then people have to be able to find out what those rules are, for free - including during development.


Many fellow programmers will be familiar with the now-viral lists of "things about names programmers shouldn't assume" and "things about dates programmers shouldn't assume". Now, much closer to my heart, this blog tells us what not to assume about maps! solutionspace.blog/2022/06/18/map…

I feel like 50% of my timeline consists of original tweets, and then the other 50% consists of retweets of quote-tweets of those tweets where the quote-tweet is just a single-word superlative and the retweet is by the author of the original tweet.

Sick of people calling everything in crypto a Ponzi scheme. Some crypto projects are pump and dump schemes, while others are pyramid schemes. Others are just standard issue fraud. Others are just middlemen skimming of the top. Stop glossing over the diversity in the industry.

Academic privilege: Discovering that sci-hub has been blocked in the UK for the last 18 months and I didn't even notice, until I tried to access a journal paper while on holiday.

I can't stress enough that the idea we're about to reach sentient AI is complete horseshit, and credible journalists should not be doing PR for people who get money and/or attention for claiming it.

Which is the best/least bad of the long-awaited/unwanted long gap 70s/80s/90s sequel?
Add others if you fancy.

I hear Sega are releasing another Megadrive Mini, this time with Mega-CD games. But if this game isn't included, I'm not interested.

Me, grinning like an idiot, holding a Sega Multimega and a boxed copy of Snatcher.

All about inclusion at this street party


Jazz? Yeah, I love it. My favorite chord? Probably C♭4add5

I don't think that word means much anymore.



The 90s # bus can't go below 55mph

A rare context in which the inclusion of a banjo is *not* the worst thing about it...


I really don't like this take.

Plenty of new stuff is equally vulnerable to old stuff.

And once again, there is a total lack of technical detail.

Previous @WhichUK has failed to differentiate between issues that need local network access and truly remote attacks.


To my fellow @Raspberry_Pi fans... The PiHut have Pi 4s in stock as part of kits, not mentioned on rpilocator (probably why the scalpers haven't bought them all). They even have the 8GB model in stock with a power supply, HDMI cable, case and SD card for £100 (1GB for £60).

So Southampton didn't win the City of Culture thing. I wonder if it was the bloke who walks down my road daily screaming random swear words into the air, the bloke I saw on Sunday pissing up the side of a building on the Avenue in broad daylight, or the bloke I saw a while back who stopped to finish his lager in the middle of a zebra crossing before stumbling and disappearing into a bush that ruined it for us?

The Sex Pistols lied to us


I just turned on BBC1 to watch the news, but because BBC local news *still* isnt in HD, I got a bunch of king penguins arguing over a ball of fluff. Long may BBC local news not be in HD.

I just turned on BBC1 to watch the news, but because BBC local news still isnt in HD, I got a bunch of king penguins arguing over a ball of fluff. Long may BBC local news not be in HD.

As an…
– employee in tech
I want…
– Everything abbreviated, even when the abbreviation itself takes longer to say than the original, before you even account for the fact that you have to say the original thing for clarification
so that…
– I can save time

Image repeats text of tweet content in image form for some reason

nighty night



For reasons too dull to list, I'm spending the evening going through Apache logs. The mischievious nerd in me is very happy to learn that my ISP, Dreamhost, seems to be responding to Log4J attacks with a 418 ("I'm a teapot") error.
@DrAshSmith We apologize for any issues you are experiencing. We sent an email to the address on file requesting more details, be sure to reply back for further assistance, Thanks! *MC
Dr Flarpy friendica (via Twitter)
@DreamHostCare Not at all, this is a good thing! No issues whatsoever :)

Do you know what old people often find stressful and upsetting? It’s car parks where you can only pay by using an app or a credit card. Quite a lot of old people don’t carry the latter (yes, really) and they have no idea what an app is. (1/9)

This morning, a bunch of council JCBs started digging up my road. Shortly after they started work, I and all of my neighbours lost their internet connection. I'm not saying correlation is causation, but it's a good start...
Nik Twitter
@DrAshSmith The well-known McNicholas Effect! If you need to borrow a mifi let me know
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