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January 25, 2023
Lunduke blasted by a 9 foot tall Tesla Coil

Back in 2014, LinuxFest Northwest threw a big conference party at a place called "The Spark Museum" in Bellingham, Washington. Basically a museum of retro electronics (old radios, tv sets, and whatnot). Really cool place.

At the Spark Museum they had a 9 foot tall Tesla Coil -- which blasts out 4.6 million volts. This particular Tesla coil (one of the largest in the world) was originally owned by Cirque du Soleil... they were trying to incorporate it into a Vegas show. Legend has it someone got badly hurt (or worse) and that part of the show was scrapped.

So the Spark Museum picked that Tesla Coil up.

Then they built a big, man-sized Faraday cage that looks like something a super-villain would have, stored on his volcano island, in a steampunk novel -- complete with a battered, old-style dentist chair inside of it.

The conference organizers were given the chance to put three people inside the Faraday cage at once... and blast them with the Tesla coil.

Because I'm the luckiest darned ...

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December 02, 2022
How to Pronounce Tech Words (part 2)

Curious how to properly say BIOS? WiFi? SCSI? GUID? SQL? Lunduke, the world's foremost authority on "saying stuff" (tm), will elucidate for you.

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November 28, 2022
TempleOS lives on -- Forked and renamed

A quick look at the history of TempleOS — including the current forked version, known as “ZealOS”.

It’s a weird, wild ride.

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February 07, 2023
The Lunduke Journal of Technology Podcast - Feb 7, 2023

On Linux Sucks 2023, macOS Sucks, and more events. Including a little teaser of two other big shows coming to the two other communities in The Triforce of Nerdiness.

PLUS.

Only until Midnight tonight (February 7th) -- and only when done through Locals -- the following discounts are available:

One Year of Founding Membership is $95 -- (Normally $125)

A Lifetime Membership is $295 -- (Normally $350)

Repeat: This is only available if you pick up the subscription via Locals.

To get a Founding Member Subscription:

  • Go to Lunduke.Locals.com/subscription.
  • Choose the "Annual" option.
  • Enter "$95" in the amount field.

To get a Lifetime Subscription:

  • Go to Lunduke.Locals.com/support.
  • Choose "Give Once".
  • Enter "$295" in the amount field.

That will give you full access to all three publications in The Lunduke Journal family -- also known as "The Lunduke Journal Triforce of Nerdiness".

The Lunduke Journal of Technology Podcast - Feb 7, 2023
January 20, 2023
You get a layoff! And you get a layoff!

The Lunduke Journal of Technology Podcast - Jan 20th, 2023

You can’t throw a rock without hitting news of a Tech Company doing yet another round of layoffs. Every day a new one. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Salesforce, Meta… layoff after layoff after layoff.

Let’s talk about exactly why this is happening — it’s been a long time in coming. And, if we’re being honest, we all know that it needs to happen.

You get a layoff! And you get a layoff!
January 16, 2023
Announcing the second publication in The Lunduke Journal family.

The Lunduke Journal of Technology Podcast - Jan 16, 2023

The Lunduke Journal of Technology has always been a “Politics-free” zone — a place where we can focus purely on the nerdy stuff that unites us all together.

Some time back I created the “Conservative Nerds” community to provide a fun place for nerds to discuss political topics (in large part as an outlet to help keep The Lunduke Journal of Technology completely free of all politics).

Starting today, the “Conservative Nerds” community is becoming a full publication:

The Lunduke Journal of Conservative Nerdiness.

Ever think to yourself, “Gee, I sure to enjoy The Lunduke Journal of Technology… but I wish Lunduke would dive into the politically charged topics”? This is for you.

Articles. Podcasts. Comics. All with a politically and nerdy flair.

Check out the podcast for all the details.

Then subscribe at :

https://conservativenerds.locals.com/

Note: This has zero impact on The Lunduke Journal of ...

Announcing the second publication in The Lunduke Journal family.
3 hours ago

Researchers have found that Windows 11 begins sending telemetry to Microsoft during the boot process. A YouTuber decided to actually see how much telemetry Windows 11 sends.

I'll hand Microsoft one thing. They don't go half way. They can has all your datas.

"Many of the Windows 11 initial DNS queries where designed to provide "telemetry" data to market research companies, advertising providers and even geolocation-related domains like geo.prod.do with no permission or web browsing activity needed. The latest and greatest in the Windows line of operating systems is seemingly designed to "spy" anyone and everything from the get-go, TPCSC suggests."

https://www.techspot.com/news/97535-windows-11-spyware-machine-out-users-control.html

#Forth

With BSD Week coming up soon, two of the (many, MANY) questions I have are, (1) Does it have a Forth? And (2) if so, which one(s)? So of course, I started out by asking the Duck. Well the Duck surprised me with a statement on the Gforth website, "Gforth runs under GNU, BSD, and similar systems, MS Windows, MacOS X, OS/2, and DOS and should not be hard to port to other systems supported by GCC." Okay, now I recently discovered the DOS port (and I'm so, soooo gonna play with that!) but OS/2 (so Arca noé?) and BSD and even Windows and Macs? I mean wow... so I guess I got my answer for BSD Week. 😃 Before I get off the topic of BSD Week, the Duck also told me that one of the BSDs used to have a Forth as its bootloader! Crasy, right? 🤪 That alone makes me want to play with a BSD. 🤣

But then I got to thinking, surely, if people love this particular Forth so much that they've done all this porting, surely there must be people out there building libraries ...

Screen dump from my very plain vanilla FVWM desktop. #BSDWeek #OpenBSD

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February 01, 2023
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Announcing "The Lunduke Journal of Nerdy Entertainment & Retro Delights"! (N.E.R.D)
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & General Nerdiness. Books, Comics, TV, & Film.

I am excited to announce the launch of the third publication in The Lunduke Journal Family!

"The Lunduke Journal of Nerdy Entertainment & Retro Delights" (or, simply, N.E.R.D.) is a publication and community entirely devoted to nerdy entertainment.

You know.  Science Fiction, Fantasy, and other distinctly nerdy genres and topics.

Across all manner of formats and mediums (Books, Movies, TV, and Comics) and all eras (from the dawn of time until today).

"The Chronicles of Narnia", "WarGames", "Batman", "2001", "The Goonies", "Fantastic Four", and everything in between.

N.E.R.D. is only available via Locals at: NerdyEntertainment.Locals.com

If you already have a current Founding Member or Lifetime Subscription to The Lunduke Journal, you can gain full access to N.E.R.D. by simply creating a free account there then emailing Lunduke (bryan@lunduke.com) and letting him know — he’ll then enable your account to have full access.

Part of The Lunduke Journal Triforce of Nerdiness

N.E.R.D. is one of the three distinct, and incredibly nerdy, publications in The Lunduke Journal family -- also known as "The Lunduke Journal Triforce of Nerdiness".

  1. "The Lunduke Journal of Technology" - Computer history, news, opinion, & satire.  Covering everything form Linux & UNIX to Amiga & DOS.

  2. "The Lunduke Journal of Nerdy Entertainment & Retro Delights" - Nerdy entertainment, spanning all genres, mediums, and eras.

  3. "The Lunduke Journal of Conservative Nerdiness" - The only place in The Lunduke Journal world where politics are allowed.  Poltics... from a nerdy perspective.

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You can subscribe to each individually, or you can get yourself a "Lunduke Journal Founding Member" yearly Subscription -- which will provide you with full access to all three for one year.

  1. Go to NerdyEntertainment.Locals.com/subscription

  2. Select the "Card" and "Annual" options

  3. Enter $125 into the amount field

You will then be granted full access to all three Locals sites in "The Lunduke Journal Triforce of Nerdiness" for one full year — in additional to the Substack sites for Lunduke Journal of Tech & Lunduke Journal of Conservative Nerdiness.  (Part of the process is manual, so it may take a few hours for full access to be granted to all three sites.)

When you go to NerdyEntertainment.Locals.com/subscription, you'll make it look something like this:

 

Do that once, and you’re all set — for every publication in The Lunduke Journal family — for one full year.

Handy, right?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some nerdy old TV shows to write about.

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January 31, 2023
A very special kind of sale -- you're going to want to take me up on this today

In anticipation for tomorrows launch of the third publication in "The Lunduke Journal Triforce of Nerdiness", I am holding a very specific type of sale.

Only for today -- and only when done through Locals -- the following discounts are available:

  • One Year of Founding Membership is $95 -- (Normally $125)
  • A Lifetime Membership is $295 -- (Normally $350)

Repeat: This is only available if you pick up the subscription via Locals.

"It seems like Lunduke really wants us to have both a Locals account and a Founding Membership!"

So glad you noticed!  Yes.  You're going to want a Locals account.  And you're going to want a Founding Member level subscription.  In a big way.

Not only are you going to want those for the new publication (which launches tomorrow) -- but there are multiple perks and events planned that are going to only be possible on Locals.  (The Founding Member level also gives you full access to Substack, but the Locals functionality simply makes several fun, new things possible.  And we're going to be taking advantage of that.)

To get a Founding Member Subscription:

  1. Go to Lunduke.Locals.com/subscription.
  2. Choose the "Annual" option.
  3. Enter "$95" in the amount field.

To get a Lifetime Subscription:

  1. Go to Lunduke.Locals.com/support.
  2. Choose "Give Once".
  3. Enter "$295" in the amount field.

That's it!  Easy peasy!  Lunduke will then set your accounts to full access across the whole Lunduke Journal family of publications (it is a manual process, so give Lunduke a few hours to take care of it).

This deal is only available until Wednesday morning at 8am (Eastern).  That's less than 24 hours from now.

You don't need to take me up on this offer -- but, if you don't, I guarantee you that you'll be wishing you did by this time next week.  </NotSoSubtleHint>

-Lunduke

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January 31, 2023
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Digital Prepping, Part 3 - Backups, Storage, and EMPs
Planning your data storage, safeguarding it from disaster, and doing the same for your electronics.

Let’s face it, being prepared for a complete and total loss of Internet access is a good idea. Be it for a day, or permanently, the odds of facing a total Internet outage is close to 100%.

Being prepared for such an eventuality is not a terrible idea.

Get caught up on parts 1 & 2 of the “Digital Prepping” series:

  1. Digital Prepping, Part 1 - Off-Line Websites & Maps

  2. Digital Prepping, Part 2 - Preparing your Operating Systems to be Off-Line

In this installment, we’re going to talk about storage.

Both the storage of your data… and how to physically store your electronics in order to safeguard them in the case of any number of disasters — including EMPs (Electromagnetic Pulses) and Floods.

Note: This is a premium article for subscribers to The Lunduke Journal of Technology. It is available both on Substack and on Locals.

 

If you do not yet have a subscription… chop chop. It’s the best deal in the Nerdiverse.

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