How to get a C64 on WiFi and start BBSing again

Last year I created an account on Twitter to create a targeted feed for my hobby content and tweets for like-minded retro-gaming folk, separate from my personal account. On this hobby account I mainly follow retro-gaming and Commodore fans. When you use Twitter in a very targeted way like this, it actually can be extremely useful and enjoyable. In any event, during this time I began to see a healthy amount of discussion around BBS’es (Bulletin Board Systems) becoming “a thing” again for retro-computing nerds. And, amazingly, a few popular BBSes were being served off of 8-bit machines. “8-Bitters” were connecting to them, having virtually “off the grid” discussions and playing games outside the watchful eye of Google and the rest of the internet. I wanted to connect to them, too.Back in the day (BITD), people connected via modems over telephone lines. But these days most folks I know don’t


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ZFS Root Filesystem on AWS

Did you know you can create your own Linux AWS EC2 AMI which is running 100%
ZFS for all filesystems (/, /boot – everything)? You can, and it’s not too hard
as long as you are experienced with installing Linux without an installer.
Here’s the rough instructions for setting this up with a modern Debian based
system (I’ve tested with Debian and Ubuntu). As far as I know, this is the
first published account of how to set this up. There aren’t any prebuilt AMIs
available that I know of, but I might just do that unless someone else beats me
to it.

Why run ZFS for the root filesystem? Not only is ZFS a high performing
filesystem, but using native ZFS for everything makes storage management a
cinch. For example, want to keep your root EBS volumes small? No problem – keep
your AMI on a 1GB volume (yes, it’s possible to be that small), and extend the
ZFS pool dynamically


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OpenELEC 7.0 Linux distribution now available for PC, Raspberry Pi, and WeTek Core

Most operating systems, like Windows 10 or macOS, are designed to do multiple things. After all, many people want their computers to serve many tasks, such as productivity, media, and gaming. Some operating systems, however, are targeted at a single use to minimize the overhead and maximize the power of the hardware. Not to mention, it can create a more immersive experience. One such focused OS is OpenELEC. This Linux distribution is designed to serve as a media center — nothing more, nothing less. Today, the popular distro reaches stable version 7.0. There are images for both x86 and Raspberry Pi 2… [Continue Reading]


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