(some) links ~2016nov/dec

Programmer, artist, and maker-of-wonderful-esoterica Andi McClure shares insights on games, woodland creatures, and collaborating with Corrypt developer Michael Brough.

  •  Airchat (github)

    AirChat is a zero-dependency* P2P CLI chat tool that (ab)uses the AirDrop interface to allow chatting across WiFi networks (or no WiFi network).

  • matrix.org

    “Matrix is an open standard for decentralised communication, providing simple HTTP APIs and open source reference implementations for securely distributing and persisting JSON over an open federation of servers.”

“The Unix-Haters Handbook is a semi-humorous edited compilation of messages to the Unix-Haters mailing list. The book was edited by Simson Garfinkel, Daniel Weise and Steven Strassmann and published in 1994.” (wikipedia.)


// This was a(nother) huge waste of time, better automate it next time, or never do it again.


(Found an old txt from 2010(?) in which i noted a few words by Cioran…)

J’aurais mené à bien un dixième de mes projets que je serais de loin l’auteur le plus fécond qui fut jamais. Pour mon malheur, ou pour mon bonheur, je me suis toujours beaucoup plus attaché au possible qu’à la réalité, et rien n’est plus étranger à ma nature que l’accomplissement. J’ai approfondi dans le moindre détail tout ce que je n’aurai jamais fait. Je suis allé jusqu’au bout du virtuel.

— Cioran, 1957

Parfois je sens au plus profond de moi des forces infinies. Hélas ! je ne sais à quoi les employer ; je ne crois à rien, et pour agir, il faut croire, croire, croire… Je me perds tous les jours, puisque je laisse mourrir le monde qui m’habite. Avec un orgueil de fou, sombrer pourtant dans l’indignité, dans une tristesse stérile, dans l’impuissance et le mutisme.

— Cioran, 1958

“Reality is just graffiti in […] absurdist dystopia, and the never-never present is a mishmash of all the horrors of the 20th century, from the terror of hidden bombs to the banality of advertising. […] The real will grow more elusive – but bureaucracy will endure.”


Pebble screen “glitches” / screen tearing — fix

When i bought my not-so-smart Pebble Classic watch in January, the glitches appeared perhaps only two or three weeks later, i first thought it was a software issue but someone quickly told me it was a hardware defect and that Pebble would replace my watch…

The problem wasn’t very bad (i actually found the glitches kind of cute) and it didn’t even occur to me it could/would get worse. Of course it got worse. I could have had my Pebble Classic replaced any time this year, but this particular year… i just never had time to take care of this kind of thing (I seriously kind of got enough of having to deal with customer supports lately.) ; I was planning to get it replaced this month of December.

Just when Pebble closed its business and some of its assets were bought by Fitbit and any warranty disappeared. Oh great.

i had *NO IDEA* how widespread this screen tearing problem was… particularly for the Pebble Classic ; but it also affects other models.

And of course i had no idea either what was exactly the problem until i read a 1 line post about it by chance recently. (It’s the screen connector getting a little loose / you can just use whatever you want to put some ‘pressure’ on it.) — So yeah… only applying enough pressure with my fingers on the cheap not-so-smart watch case would prevent the tearing to re-appear for like 24 or 48 hours on mine.

Anyway: if you look up a fix, you’ll find things, like using Toilet Paper as padding to apply the pressure (Youtube video)? Perhaps you’ll want to use a more noble material? (Cardboard? Tape?)

Something the video doesn’t show, but mentions, and that this blog post emphasize: be careful when removing the backplate, the vibration motor (the circular/round thing on my photo) stays glued to the backplate when opened and its cables are very short… try not pull-off the backplate suddenly or the wires will snap. But the vibration motor is easy enough to ‘unglue’ from the backplate once open (it only slightly sticks to it) .

PS: The orignal Pebble being Not So Smart is actually a feature. There isn’t any other smartwatch on the market that i would have bought if the Pebble Classic didn’t exist. Another very important factor/feature for me: The black & white pseudo e-ink (lcd e-ink?) display and the autonomy it provides. I wouldn’t use a watch that i need to charge every day/night. Also, e-ink is cooler. (Black and white is part of the appeal.) And the old blocky form of the Pebble Classic, a design i like.

See also:

“The mobile app updates we’re working on will allow Pebbles to work even if all cloud services are shutdown. The developer community have already started work on replacements for these services too.”

GadgetBridge. “Use your Pebble/Miband without the vendor’s closed source application and without the need to create an account and transmit any of your data to the vendor’s servers.”




“Without “help” from Silicon Valley VCs, Pebble could still be in the game: independent, and with a future.” — www