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    Nice idea…. but for 1/8th the price….

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      1/8th is a bit extreme but for a third or half, maybe…

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        Not really. “feature phones” (what this thing claims to be) are at least 1/8th the price of this thing.

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          I don’t think this targets the same market. It seems more for tech hipsters looking for a boutique phone that’s slick and stylish while also helping them reduce their constantly connected lifestyle.

          I have been casually looking at feature phones for exactly that reason, actually. Most of the higher end ones that I was realistically considering come in around this price range.

          I don’t think this one is on the table for me, not because of price, but because it’s physically massive for what it is. At 143mm x 55mm, it’s huge. I don’t need a Zoolander phone but if I’m ditching my iPhone I want something smaller for sure.

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            But do they have the same quality, replaceable battery and an open source OS?

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        Snow Leopard was one of those rare software releases that we see only extremely rarely: a stabilization release. So while it was not completely devoid of new features over Leopard, I remember that at the time Apple presented it as a release that mainly upgraded the plumbing of the OS.

        It is all too rare that software developers can come at a product manager and say “Look, for the next release you won’t be getting much on your desired feature list. But we’ll make the software cleaner, faster and a better base for what’s coming after.” and it gets accepted. But they did it that time. And it might have been the last.

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          Can be folded into https://lobste.rs/s/nqmqm7/chinese_supply_chain_attack_on_computer

          Not a huge fan of paywalled content personally.

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            https://github.com/iamadamdev/bypass-paywalls-chrome Title reads “Chrome” but works in Firefox as well.

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              Why fold it if it’s not the same article?

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                It’s the same subject.

                If it were the same article I would have flagged it as dupe.

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                  OK I see, the other article is literally an analysis of the one I posted. Fair enough I guess, but I hadn’t read the article mentioned in the other thread or found this one through it, so I did not know.

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              I’m at the first step of using 6502 assembly to write a Gopher client for the Apple II. I would say that the main feature is performance ;)

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                The larger problem, though, is that it’s not at all clear that Firefox will remain a viable alternative to Chrome. Its market share has been falling for years, and not everybody is pleased with the directions that the Mozilla Foundation has taken. The creators of web sites have responded by not caring about Firefox; having to retry broken web sites in Chrome is a ritual that many Firefox users have had to get used to. It’s not surprising that users give up and just run Chrome from the outset.

                This is the real problem here, in my opinion - even if there are other freely-licensed browsers which use Blink, the trend towards obsolescence for Blink’s only competitor is a fairly grim sight to behold. I actually use Firefox because I prefer it to Chrome & derivatives, but at this point I have a secondary Chromium window open most of the time anyway, not least because Microsoft Teams requires it now.

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                  I have a secondary Chromium window open most of the time anyway, not least because Microsoft Teams requires it now

                  I had to resolve to the exact same thing. All virtual meetings Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Slack calls do not support Firefox and explicitly tell you to switch away…

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                    Jitsi, BigBlueButton, Zoom and Discord do support Firefox and have good user experience fwiw, I would particularly recommend the first two as they are freely-licensed. Took me a while to find a decent platform for casual videoconferencing at the start of the pandemic.

                    Obviously, that only works if you can choose the platform, but it’s worth a try anyway.

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                      I’m using Google Meet everyday with Firefox, the experience is 99% great and I haven’t been told to switch away. Only feature missing that I know of is changing the background.

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                      I came to Firefox, way back in the day (like, 2007-ish), because of the dev tools. We actually ported our IE-only application over to support Firefox solely to get access to those dev tools - none of our customers used Firefox, or were asking for it.

                      These days the Chrome dev tools are really good, they’re an entire complex application hidden inside another one - most users will never see it, but there’s a lot of development time put into Chrome’s tools. Today all the developers on my team use Chrome, though there’s no mandate to do that, and in practice every other browser is a second-class citizen.

                      I don’t know what they’d have to do, but if Firefox could make the development experience amazing, then maybe we’d see support pick up, too?

                      (I assume it’s not amazing today when compared to Chrome, because I’ve never heard anyone mentioning that)

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                        Firefox’s devtools have really caught back up again in recent years. The JS debugging stuff was still better in Chrome last time I had to use it, but I’ve found Firefox far better for everything else, especially styling. It probably depends what parts of the tools you need most often, so I’d definitely recommend giving them a try again if you don’t spend all your time in the debugger.

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                          I use firefox for personal browsing, chrome for webdev.

                          The firefox devtools aren’t bad, but they are definitely not as good as the chrome ones. I’d say they’ve been consistently a year or so behind chrome.

                          That said, support for video/audio in firefox is fickle (eg different feature release dates for different OSes - you can’t just say “supports firefox”, you end up having to say “supports firefox on some versions of windows” - at which point it’s easy to write off entirely)

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                            I honestly disagree, especially for CSS firefox has superior dev tools.

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                            I still use firefox because it has superior dev tools in my opinion, especially for CSS.

                            These days the Chrome dev tools are really good, they’re an entire complex application hidden inside another one - most users will never see it, but there’s a lot of development time put into Chrome’s tools.

                            This is also true of firefox.

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                          Great! But I wish the video would have shown the whole CG sequence running on the actual hardware.

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                            In every system I’ve ever worked on, if it exposed a command line interface, typing xyzzy would result in the response Nothing happens.

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                              xyzzy

                              Nice! I had to look up the Colossal Cave reference but that’s pretty neat.

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                              So IIRC, the equivalent of the previous homepage would be https://ziglang.org/learn/overview/

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                                Yes, that’s correct. It’s also linked from the “In-depth overview” button below the 3 zap bullet points (next to the code sample) on the home page.

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                                • Learning some Applesoft BASIC.
                                • Trying to diagnose why I can access the memory of my Ramworks III card but it fails switching to 80-column mode (except if I first test the ram with the diagnostic program).
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                                  Working for a company that uses the LGPL part of the Qt, I don’t see anything that would entice the company to shell out cash for the commercial license of SixtyFPS.

                                  The concept is interesting but I fear its licensing options will impede adoption in commercial application.

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                                    I love them evil old anti-copy schemes.

                                    The twist here is that every protected disk is unique, and the uniqueness is a side effect of writing to the disk normally. This is the first scheme I hear about that’s like this.

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                                      If you like that kind of stuff, have a look at 4am crack reports like this one for the game Gumball on Apple II.

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                                        Cool. Definitely was a lot of work!

                                        I can’t say I’m a fan of the 40 column format though. I understand they want to be readable on that platform, but still.

                                        Neat enough I just submitted 4am crack at archive.org as a story.

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                                      Also the awesome “Assembly Lines: The Complete Book” is available for free, legally on archive.org.

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                                        It was an audacious goal, especially for a language released in 1995.

                                        Is it just the baggage that’s implied? Or that newer things are necessarily better/faster?

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                                          Maybe the implication is that the language has already been incrementally improving for 25 years, so a 3x speed-up at this point in its development would be quite remarkable.

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                                            The last time I looked at Ruby, it was significantly slower than Squeak, which at the time was a fairly faithful reimplementation of a Blue Book Smalltalk-80 bytecode interpreter and what I’d consider to be minimal baseline performance for a new dynamic language implementation that learned anything from prior work. I believe Squeak has since added JITs and other more modern features but at the time it was focused aggressively on being easy to understand and hack on at the expense of performance. Being slower than Smalltalk when your language is Smalltalk minus several of the bits of Smalltalk that are hardest to implement efficiently was pretty depressing.

                                            There was definitely a lot of room for improvement.

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                                              I think it’s worth pointing out that Ruby is a much larger language with a huge core library. Surface area matters a lot when it comes to optimizing language performance. A typical Ruby application will touch a lot of language features, so if any part is left unoptimized, that loss may easily dwarf the gains made in other areas. You have to optimize the whole enchilada, and that can be cost-prohibitive for teams without deep pockets.

                                              I can’t find the links now, but I recall one of the people on PyPy saying Python is harder to optimize than JS just because Python’s core lib surface area is so large. Mike Pall said something similar about why LuaJIT was feasible as a mainly single-person project: the language and libs are tiny.

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                                            Maybe they are saying older things are faster because they were designed for slower computers, making it hard improve on performance?

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                                            As someone who prefers book to learn a new programming language, which one would be the best? I see there is “Learning Perl 6” and the brand new “Raku Fundamentals”.

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                                              Pretty incredible that this can be done on PICO-8.

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                                                My site is at https://bernsteinbear.com. I get very polarized responses :)

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                                                  I think your site’s chill and classic!

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                                                    Thanks ^_^

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                                                    I love this! Its theme is very similar to the Oil shell site. Super clean.

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                                                      There’s a little comment in the CSS that says that the navbar was heavily “inspired” by oilshell :)

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                                                      Your site has no bells or whistles. It is a site. It has text. The text is the main focus. There is no fluff. It loads instantly. It is glorious.

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                                                        Glad you like it :)

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                                                        Linux/Desktop (1920x1080, 16:9)/Chromium with uBlock

                                                        I really like this one. After reading a few of the “Compiling a Lisp” articles, I also copied a few design cues to my personal site. I’m sorry I cannot say more, it’s just easy to read and easy to navigate. If I had to try to say something it would be that the entire site is a bit too narrow, and that it might be better to use more semantic HTML5 tags instead of custom div classes?

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                                                          Hm, interesting. Do you have any reading on this that you recommend? My HTML knowledge is at least 10, if not more, years out of date.

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                                                            I’m not expert either, I just check if I can use a semantic tag, when applicable. AFAIK the main advantage is that web readers /scrapers can properly parse what’s the site and what’s is just the header/footer (if you enable lobste.rs “article preview” feature, you’ll notice the difference).

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                                                              Oh, neat – thank you. I have some open graph data and some other metadata, but this might help.

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                                                            Is your current website the one everyone is complaining about? I think it’s great.

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                                                              Everybody is exaggerated, it was just one comment that caught my attention. But other than that, I don’t think it’s to surprising considering it’s inspiration ^^.

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                                                            I like the nav bar, the contrast, and the no-frills aesthetic, and the style choice of serif font works.

                                                            Despite broadly agreeing with high-contrast text, I think the background could be a touch lighter (maybe just going from lobste.rs to your site is hard, especially since I’m in a light environment right now).

                                                            Mostly, though, some breathing room would really help, especially with the bullet points; the line spacing between one single-line bullet point to the next is identical to the line-spacing between lines in a single multi-line bullet point. Everything just blurs together and only a small dot on the side helps me distinguish between bullets.

                                                            Increasing the font size could also be a big help for people with impaired vision.

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                                                              I added some list item spacing. Thanks for the tip off.

                                                              I also reduced the text contrast a little bit with some not-quite-black and not-quite-white.

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                                                                Nice one. The bullet points are a lot easier to read now.

                                                                The lightening of the background does help, too, but I’m also in a dark environment now (albeit with the same bright screen).

                                                                I wasn’t even saying about darkening the text, but the muting there does help as well. I think overall you’ve struck a good balance between high contrast (light clashing with dark) and low contrast (words blending into the background).

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                                                              I really like this one; it’s clean and simple, and it works great with me.

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                                                                Glad you like it!

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                                                                I really like it. Text-heavy instead of the modern white peace overload with big images that everything leans towards now.

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                                                                  Kinda like your website, eh? And you are a cyclist too! :D

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                                                                  Clean, elegant styling, simple design, focus on the content (text). Clear links to different parts and an rss feed. Couldn’t make me happier.

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                                                                    Glad you enjoy!

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                                                                    The way you separated the series on the /blog is something I want to steal.

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                                                                      Oh man the implementation is such a hack. If you use Jekyll, please don’t look! :P

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                                                                        I am in Python land, so I could not get it even if I looked. :)

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                                                                          What do you use to generate your blog? I am considering moving off Jekyll.

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                                                                            I use Lektor. It is based on python, so slower to generate the pages locally, but my reasons are listed in this post - why I chose Lektor. See the Why Lektor section.

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                                                                      The bulleted list under “I like making things” is a little crowded, but otherwise, I love it!

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                                                                        And to think I just removed some things :P Do you mean the length? Or the density of links? Or…?

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                                                                          I should have mentioned that I’m on mobile. The density of the links is part of it. I think inserting an empty line between list entries would make a world of difference. You could take it further by increasing font size and line spacing. The bullets also make it look like the text is being physically squished into the right side of the screen so it may help to replace them with faux bullets (e.g. asterisks)?

                                                                          I don’t know, this feels like such a small point, and it’s all about highly personal preferences. Your site is great!

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                                                                        I love it! Looks great on both my desktop and phone, and it isn’t weighed down by big images or fonts.

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                                                                          Oh, that is good to hear. I do not regularly check up on how it looks on a phone, despite half my visitors using phones.

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                                                                          Academic style - I like it. Loads in 106ms from Frankfurt which is pretty nice :)

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                                                                            Grüße aus den Staaten!

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                                                                              I don’t really live in Germany (or understand german for that matter), but when I run https://tools.pingdom.com/ , I use Frankfurt since it has the best ping to Norway :)

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                                                                                Oh, lol. That’s “greetings from the US”

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                                                                                  Greetings from Norway :D Or rather; Beste hilsener fra Norge :)

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                                                                            Nothing wrong with your site. It is a perfect example of what the web was originally created for: Sharing information.

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                                                                              For me it’s missing only one thing, which is to support dark mode via a CSS media query. I’d love to see just how brief a dark mode implementation can be, and your site is the perfect test subject.

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                                                                                I brought back dark mode, new and improved. Can you let me know what you think?

                                                                                Re: brevity: the longest part is the syntax highlighting.

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                                                                                  Functionally it looks nice and readable, and should be pleasant in a dark room. Warm fireplace colors were a good choice for syntax.

                                                                                  You could stop there; it’s a nice upgrade! If you want more critique:

                                                                                  If any of the colors are off, it’s the links in dark mode. In light mode visited links stand out a little less than unvisited, which is desirable. In dark mode, the unvisited links are diminished against black and the visited stand out. I might try brightening the blue and dimming the purple a bit.

                                                                                  Finally, check the link colors on the same dark screen as the syntax colors. The syntax colors give a cozy character to the site, but the link colors establish a different kind of environment, such that when you first reach a syntax block, the warmth is a surprise. I think the link colors would need more saturation to fit in.

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                                                                                    Thanks for the in depth reply! When I next find the energy to CSS I’ll take a look.

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                                                                                  Someone made one but there was something slightly wrong about pre tags in headers that weren’t legible (?), so I reverted it. It was pretty simple so if you’re interested you’re welcome to revive that patch.

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                                                                                  This will be more useful when the actual survey is open.

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                                                                                    Not sure why it was even posted tbh; kind of useless at this point.

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                                                                                    Definitely spending time with my daughter. Seeing her learning about the world and enjoying every little rock and hill connects all the dots in the universe for me and puts work and stress in a different perspective. Spending time in nature with her, explaining what leaves are and why there comes water from the sky and watching her trying to understand is beyond magical.

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                                                                                      Best part for me recently is when I wanted to go take a walk after supper to stretch the old body. I asked my daughter if she wanted to come along and she answered “Oh! I thought you would never ask!”.

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                                                                                        Same. Before we had our kid I kind of not-joked I expected the first year or two to kind of be like having a puppy - helpless, super cute, not particularly clever. It turns out it is absolutely stunning how intelligent human children are, and how incessantly driven they are to learn things.

                                                                                        Current favourite activity is feeling the texture of oak trees.

                                                                                        Not only is the - notable - added stress of taking care of a one-year-old in the middle of all this offset by the joy.. it also offsets the stress of all the rest of 2020.

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                                                                                        What POWER would need to make a comeback with the hobbyist is an inexpensive system on a chip like ARM has with the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Talos’ offering while cheaper are not cheap enough for many.

                                                                                        It might not be possible due to the chip offering from IBM but if it did, I’m sure many would be interested in an open, powerful, “cheap” POWER-based computer to play on.

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                                                                                          This is really the use case that Microwatt is designed to address. It’s progressing by leaps and bounds, intended to present the same ISA as OpenPOWER, and is fully synthesizeable.

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                                                                                            Old gamecubes maybe?

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                                                                                              Because they are old, they are not competitive in performance nor power efficiency.

                                                                                              They also do not use the current ISA.

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                                                                                                They’re also somewhat rare, expensive, and not in any way open or general-purpose, have no standard I/O and won’t run anything other than signed GameCube games.

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                                                                                                  and won’t run anything other than signed GameCube games.

                                                                                                  That part is fortunately not true anymore. But yes, it was not the intended purpose of these devices.

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                                                                                            What you could steal from the Kakoune code editor right now, and get away with it

                                                                                            The ASCII Clippy.

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                                                                                              And Dilbert!