I recently replaced the ECS KAM1-I AM1 mini-ITX motherboard and AMD Athlon 5150 AM1 processor with the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 AM4 mini-ITX motherboard and AMD Athlon 200GE AM4 processor. A drop-in replacement that increased the performance of my Linux box.
Mckenna Grace – Haunted House (Official Music Video)
If you haven’t watched “Ghostbuster: Afterlife,” stay through the credits for the two button scenes. One of the songs is “Haunted House,” written and sung by Mckenna Grace (who plays Phoebe in the movie). Watch the official music video.
“Spot Me Up” – The Rolling Stones & Boston Dynamics Parody #SHORT
When I saw the Rolling Stones and Boston Dynamics “Start Me Up” music video, I had to do a Windows parody shorts video. Microsoft paid the Rolling Stones $3M US to license the song and perform at the Windows 95 product launch. Enjoy!
Age of Empire IV came out last week. The original Age of Empires in 1997 was THE GAME to play when I worked at Accolade (later bought out by Infogrames and renamed Atari). I sucked at multiplayer when playing with the other testers. I was always the first one to get wiped out. You have 15 minutes to set up your production and generate combat units before the fighting began. I’ve never mastered that part of the multiplayer game. I liked playing long single player games on large maps. I’m planning to get AOE4 but not at $60 US. Valve Steam might have it on sale for Black Friday.
On June 29, 2021, I took the CompTIA PenTest+ certification beta exam (PT0-002) for $50 US. On October 26, 2021, I found out that I failed the beta exam. That didn’t surprise me since I had only six weeks to study for an exam that I didn’t know about. With the PT0-002 exam going official on October 28, 2021, and new study guides are forthcoming, I’ll probably re-take the exam early next year. Check out my playlist for my past and future videos on this certification.
I had to dress up for work. Out of 50 people for the staff meeting, only a dozen people dressed up in Halloween costumes. I went with the Batman mask and $1 US makeup that I got at Target. The choice of T-shirt was unfortunate. I should have gotten a Batman logo t-shirt. The coworker who won the $25 US gift certificate had a Mandalorian cosplayer costume. Everyone else had DIY costumes.
I also watched John Carmack’s keynote at Facebook Connect 2021. He mentioned that he’s mostly known for his game engines. But game engines were never his focus. The video game (THE PRODUCT) was his focus and creating reusable code that others could use was a byproduct. Instead of focusing on all high-level technologies that Mark Zuckerberg talked about, Carmack’s focus is on the workplace virtual environment and solving problems like 100ms latency in audio. Lots of good technical information.
Amazon Prime Video’s “Being the Ricardos” trailer came out today. I’m a big “I Love Lucy” fan since I grew up on the re-runs. Most people don’t know that Lucille Ball was a savvy businesswoman in the 1950s and 1960s. A time when most women were expected to be stay-at-home mothers. Her studio turned Gene Rodenberry’s “Star Trek: TOS” into a cultural icon. The movie will debut on December 10, 2021.
Another trailer that came out was Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop,” a live-action version of a classic anime, coming out on November 19, 2021. I’m really looking forward to this series. Live action versions of anime series can be hit or miss (*cough* “Ghost in The Shell” *cough*). Looks like Netflix nailed this one with stylistic perfection.
I just learned something new about the Amazon Hub. If you’re registered user and have multiple packages (each package has an email notification), scanning the barcode of one notification will open the doors—one at a time—for all the packages. That can be inconvenient if you have a lot of packages.
If someone else (say, a spouse) in your apartment got multiple packages (each package has an email notification), scanning the barcode of one notification will only open the door for that specific package. The other barcodes must be scanned to get the other packages.
As the registered user, you can forward these notification emails to the other person and have them fetch their own packages from the Hub.
If you haven’t seen my Amazon Hub videos, check out the playlist.
The topic for my Sunday’s video is Facebook Metaverse. That’s funny. The 1990s called and wants it metaverse back. My technical career got started in 1997 with the emerging—and suddenly obsolete—metaverse of virtual worlds. I had a six-month QA internship with Fujitsu’s WorldsAway, a 2.5D chatroom with colorful avatars. I pulled out my copy of “Avatars! Exploring and Building Virtual Worlds on the Internet” by Bruce Damar. I got this book 24 years ago this week.
The highlight of my Fujitsu’s WorldsAway internship was the Avatars 97 convention in San Francisco. My role there was to set up the demo PCs, provide technical support, and record video of the demonstrations. Recording video meant lugging around a heavy Panasonic VHS camera on my shoulder.