Monday, June 17


Daily News Stuff 17 June 2024

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  • Emulating a Macintosh on a Raspberry Pi...  Pico.  (

    A rather neat little project.

    The original Mac had 128k of RAM, and the Pi Pico has 256k of main memory, so in theory this should be possible.  All you need to do is squeeze a Motorola 68000 emulator and the Mac ROMs and hardware emulation into that remaining 128k.

    Oh, and that hardware emulation includes the video, and the Pi Pico has no video hardware.

    No problem, not with the help of some street cables and a bit of inspired cheating.

Tech News

  • Asus has promised to stop doing what it promised to stop doing a year ago and didn't.  (Gamers Nexus)

    A year ago the news sites gave them the benefit of doubt.  This time, not so much.

  • The future is bright for electric vehicles, say analysts as they switch their personal investments into oil and gas.  (Yahoo)
    A global survey conducted by consulting firm McKinsey, also released Wednesday, included this shocker: 29% of EV owners told McKinsey they plan to replace the EV they bought with a gasoline or diesel car, a figure that jumps to 38% for U.S. EV owners.
    This is why California is planning to outright ban all non-E Vs.  Can't have the peasants choosing what works for them.

  • Cases of flesh-eating bacteria are skyrocketing in Japan.  (MSN)

    More cases have been reported so far this year than in all of 2023, and the mortality rate is 30%.

    It's just streptococcus, but streptococcus caused a whole host of nasty diseases before readily-available antiseptics and antibiotics, many of them fatal.

  • Minisforum has a couple of new midi-PCs.  (Liliputing)

    These are eight inches square and two inches tall - much bigger than NUCs which are around four inches square, but not big.  The Mac Mini is about this size.

    The AMD model takes a low-power desktop CPU, up to 96GB of RAM, and four M.2 SSDs, and has two 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, USB 4, OCuLink, HDMI, DisplayPort, and the usual swarm of USB 3 ports.

    The Intel model includes a choice of 12th and 13th generation laptop chips, and supports 64GB of RAM, two M.2 slots, a half-height PCIe slot, two USB 4 ports, two 10Gb SFP+ Ethernet ports, two 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, plus HDMI and the usual USB 3 and USB 2 ports.

    If you want something small but with more flexibility than a NUC, these might suit.

  • Apple has joined the race to find an AI icon.  (Tech Crunch)

    And they mean that in the technical sense, a little graphical symbol that says "You are stupid and racist, now give me your credit card."

    I suggest a mugger wearing an N95 mask.

  • How can we convert OpenAI's pricing page into a news article?  (Tech Crunch)

    Oh how we will laugh when you are all replaced by the very systems you pretend to report on.

Disclaimer: Ha ha ha.  Like that.  That's how we will laugh.

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1 AI icon:  may I suggest a gigantic rubber fist, festooned with various corporate logos, and sparkling with many acronyms like ISWYDT and ITYS.  I know it sound a bit "busy" but I seriously think we can do this.

Posted by: normal at Monday, June 17 2024 07:53 PM (bg2DR)

2 RP2040 boards frequently come with 2-8MB of flash, which I would think would be plenty for the purpose.  (The chip makes the relatively unusual design for an ARM mcu of having no built-in flash, but instead has a quad SPI bus specifically for external flash, and the ability to run code directly from that flash without loading it into RAM first (eXecute In Place).  Most Cortex M0 chips don't have XIP, and even a lot of M4s don't.)

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, June 18 2024 12:31 AM (BMUHC)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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