Linked List: May 2023

Examples of Photoshop’s AI Generative Fill

Impressive. Want to try and don’t have an Adobe account? Use Firefly, or, soon, an open source stable diffusion web user interface.

System Shock Oral History

I played the original System Shock briefly on a Mac at some point, and later System Shock 2 on PC, which gave me nightmares about monkeys attacking in the night.

The remake is out, apparently good, and has been added to my wishlist.

Solution for Logitech F310 Controller Not Working with macOs
  1. Disconnect the F310 from your Mac.
  2. Behind the F310 switch X to D.
  3. Hold the Logitech button on the front-middle of the F310.
  4. Connect the F310 to your Mac, and release the Logitech button.

The gamepad should now work. Test by pressing the MODE button, which should turn the LED on and off.

Fan of retro games and want a nicer controller? Me too. I’m looking at the 8BitDo SN30 pro and Pro 2.

Maidenhead Locator System

Found this created-for-HAM-Radio system while inside an internet wormhole looking for a good, affordable world map with time zones and twilight lines, also known as terminator lines that show the boundary between the illuminated hemisphere, day, and the dark hemisphere, night, on a map of Earth.

Macintosh Startup Sound

“The startup sound was done in my home studio on a Korg Wavestation EX. It’s a C major chord, played with both hands stretched out as wide as possible (with 3rd at the top, if I recall).” He created the sound as he was annoyed with the tri-tone startup chimes because they were too associated with the death chimes and the computer crashes. He recalls that Apple did not give him permission to change the sound but that he secretly snuck the sound into the computers with the help of engineers who were in charge of the ROM chips. When Apple discovered this, he refused to change it, using various claims in order to keep the new sound intact.

Often the best work comes from a rebellious spirit.

Combat Pilot

New WW2 combat flight sim with ex-IL-2 producer Jason Williams in the lead. Worth filling out the community survey for this one!

Wish: Landing Guesstimator for DCS World

It looks like there is a way to calculate the velocity of the airplane when touching down in DCS World (see the Descent Rate on the image in this Landing & Overhead Trainer mission).

Is there a reference of where this data is stored, and could we integrate it with the Twitch API in order to create a landing guesstimator bot for DCS like SimToolkitPro allows for MSFS? I’ve put this question on Hoggit, too.

Thanks to Tim_Pickle for pointing this out during Futura_Light’s stream, and don’t forget I would also love to have something like this for IL-2.

Writing is Thinking

Paul Graham:

Observation suggests that people are switching to using ChatGPT to write things for them with almost indecent haste. Most people hate to write as much as they hate math. Way more than admit it. Within a year the median piece of writing could be by AI.

I warn you now, this is going to have unfortunate consequences, just as switching to living in suburbia and driving everywhere did. When you lose the ability to write, you also lose some of your ability to think.

I don’t have the slightest hope of averting this switch. I often tell startups it’s safe to bet on laziness, and this is one of the biggest bets on laziness in history. The switch is going to happen, and we won’t know the consequences till it’s too late.

I’m not warning about the switch to AI in the hope of averting it, but to warn the few people who care enough to save themselves, or their kids. Learn to use AI. It’s a powerful technology, and you should know how to use it. But also learn how to write.

Writing, and also drawing, is thinking. Strange to see this post on Twitter rather than on Paul’s blog.

Keyboard Ghosting

Pressing multiple keyboard keys simultaneously and having some not work. Here’s a keyboard ghosting test page, and here’s a keyboard I’m eyeing.

TwitchTest for Dropped Frames Troubleshooting

An excellent tool recommended by the OBS Project which I am using to try and find the source of my stream stability issues.

Here are my results. It looks like Chicago is my best bet, followed by New York and Ashburn, despite Toronto being closer!

Another tip:

  1. Start a stream in OBS with the Settings → Stream → Enable Bandwidth Test mode checked.
  2. After a minute or so, click Help → Log Files → Upload Current Log File → Analyse. A helpful web page will load telling you about your log and OBS config!

Here is what Jim, Open Broadcaster Studio’s lead developer says about the whole thing. Well worth reading, because it includes a detailed explanation and mentions raccoons.

I wrote all this for you. Yep, you on twitter there. For some reason I guess I just sort of snapped and wrote this entire thing just now. I did it because I literally cannot control the send function, because network congestion is not my fault, because there are a million and one reasons why network congestion can occur, and of course because I love you.

Go give Jim a few bucks a month for his work if you use OBS and can afford to.

Things to do from my end that will turn this weekend into a troubleshooting technical festival ┻━┻︵(°□°)/︵ ┻━┻:

  1. Call my WISP and ask them to send me a new base station.
  2. Buy and install a fan on my WISP base station. It has a reputation for overheating and I thought I had fixed that by getting a dedicated wireless router and plugging only the LAN cable from the streaming computer into it, but the problem is back now.
  3. Meet local neighbors and then write to the mayor and city council members of the town nearby and ask them what it would take to get cable down the road!

It is only impossible if you think it is impossible.

This little impossible triangle is a new emote for my stream. Years ago many thought that humans flying in machines was an impossible thing. Change your thoughts, change the world.

Video Game Lead Sheets

Wonderful resource made by Jer_Roque found somehow while reading about Chrono Trigger. I play guitar by ear, never having learned to read music notation quickly enough to play by sight, but if I did, I’d be glad to have this!


An RTS/FPS versus moon space bugs Early Access thing from Bohemia Interactive. I’ve plonked it down on my shelf of things to try on Steam.