Writing > Computers, Internet >
Everything is frail to failure. Be it hardware, software, data, business relationships, or people, nothing is immortal and immutable.
Many things are immediately recognized; the hardware and software, but we fail to see people; the wetware. They represent the intellectual backbone of major projects, the "wet infrastructure" upon which our technology relies, and when they cannot contribute, their projects suffer and we suffer. Their influence isn't just notable, but critical.
For the internet, esr calls them Load-Bearing Internet People.
In Linux, in particular in Debian 9.9.0-i386-xfce-CD-1, file operations will grow inevitably slower until the speed is unusable.
A document camera.
On-device buttons, optical zoom, native H.264 hardware.
Garbage; do not buy this overpriced toy. It's only "good" because it comes with a stand, but newer webcams are coming out with the threading for mounting to a simple $20 stand.
An E-book reader.
Because this is my first e-reader, I can't judge it against it's peers. It works well.
It is spectacular hardware-wise. Its software works, but it is sometimes obviously or even critically lacking. It lacking a file browser and respecting directories is bad enough that I can't really use it for its intended purpose, and almost regret buying it.
The Chain of Trust >
I have trust issues with all storage, but flash memory-based storage is particularly unreliable.
TL;DR - Stubby metal drives are a problem.
See also Testing USB storage
Hardware > USB >
When a USB stick has been used for, say, a bootable Linux distribution, it usually cannot be re-used as a mass storage device by, say, Windows. These instructions are to wipe/reset a usb stick so it will work as it used to.
(This is largely untested)
Computers > Hardware >
Screw hole spacings and fan sizes
When measuring the distance between screw holes, what size fan should be put there?
Hardware > Android >
A mobile phone NFC device which provides buttons for macros.
Hardware > Scanners >
Canon CanoScan LiDE 120
I checked SANE's supported devices list, and saw that the LiDE 120 is supported, however the model I received uses a different and Linux-unsupported chipset! (GL848+)
Herein are notes of my misadventure.