3D printing has opened up much cheaper manufacturing of complex items in comparison to machining them from metal. It's plastic, not metal, but it can work. Using electrochemical machining, even a metal tube can be rifled to make a barrel. The entire thing can be produced without needing a machine shop or access to a lathe, or CNC machine.
In many places calling 911 means you have to wait, on hold, for 10 minutes or more. Hell, the police might not even show up. Is taking guns away from people and instead putting weapons into the hands of law enforcement officers going to make us safer, or is it designed to strip our freedoms?
With the shutdown of 8ch.net, I'm left in the dust when it comes to a good place on the Web to talk to likeminded people. Lately, I haven't spent much time online, but checking in on /tech/, for example, was a nice break and allowed me to communicate with people who were nice as well as knowledgable. I hope that the site will come back up in the future, but the silver lining is that it has spurred myself and others to actively seek out and use alternatives.
One such alternative I came across is called Zeronet. It's a distributed method of sharing content in which every user can seed content. As long as a single seed is online, a site will be viewable. It isn't as streamlined as the regular Web, though. And the glow-in-the-darks can presumably upload illegal content which might end up being seeded by you accidentally. The bright side is that you can choose what to seed and what not to seed. And on 08chan, you can choose to mute seeders and entire boards if you desire. Then again, you never know when the party van will show up to give you a free ride you never knew you asked for.
Another site that's accessible over the regular Web, Tor, and even i2p is endchan. I'm hopeful about it so far and encourage you to check it out if you don't already know about it.
On an unrelated note, I found this article to be an interesting read.
It's been a while since I made any site changes. Lots of things are happening right now, so I will probably have more to share soon.
I recommend Signal for secure messaging. Many people use insecure applications for messaging, and it can be hard to tell people to move to another. However, Signal has many features that regular people might like, which makes it easier for your average smartphone-addicted moron to use it. It's open source and end-to-end encrypted, which is it's main selling point. Of course, if you're using it on a typical cellphone running botnet OS, it probably won't help all that much but it's certainly better than most alternatives.
It also has a desktop client that works well. The only unfortunate things are: 1. It doesn't run on Windows XP and 2. It uses a whopping 200+ megabytes of memory when in use. It could be a lot worse, though. Try it out.
I had one hell of a day today.
Aside from that, I'm reading the book Dune. Perhaps you can see the inspiration in the redesign of the main page of my site.
I just replaced a dying HDD in my laptop with an SSD using an IDE to mSATA adapter. It works much better now. I will try to put up a small article in the coming days.
As usual, it's been a long while. People tell me they do read my site, so that's nice.
Earlier I mentioned olduse.net. I recently came across something just as interesting. Telehack is "simulation of a stylized arpanet/usenet, circa 1985-1990." It seems like yet another fun way to waste time online.
I have also recently been trying to put together a nice DOS PC. I have also been experimenting vith various DOS variations, including MS-DOS 6.22 and the latest version of FreeDOS (all of these done in VirtualBox). There are ways to get a DOS machine online, and this can even be done for period correct DOS computers. If I have the time and can scrounge up either the money or spare parts, I will build a low-spec DOS computer to be used for IRC, Telnet, SSH, FTP, and some other stuff. Bonus: fully botnet free.
I was recently invited to the alpha of tildes, which is a relatively new Web forum that is open source and hopes to do away with user tracking, which of course is something I wholeheartedly support. It seemed promising, but so far it feels very much like r*ddit which is a bit of a disappointment. I hoped it would have a better mix of people in its userbase. I still like the idea, and now I can send out invite codes (I have five right now) for other people to sign up as well. Hopefully this turns into a good community. EDIT 2019-05-24: Feel free to ask me for an invite code if you wish.
I went to a cafe nearby and got a drink. I saw someone I know working there and talked to her for about an hour. It's so nice to just talk to someone in real life. I wish every day was this free for me, but nowadays I'm almost always busy. Why do we spend so much time being busy? What's the point of it if you don't have time to enjoy yourself? Go outside and talk to someone. If you don't have anyone to talk to just observe the people and environment around you. I personally find it relaxing.
Well I screwed up today. I replaced the LCD ribbon cable on my laptop, and when I put it back together lo and behold only the backlight lights up, leaving the screen blank. Luckily it works with an external monitor, but now I'll have to take it totally apart again and sort it out.
Update 2018-08-15: I fixed it by just putting back the old LCD ribbon and taping some foam on the inside of the display to put extra pressure on the contacts where the ribbon cable. It's a shoddy way to do it, but it works okay. I wasted 2 bucks online and, as usual, I somehow have 2 less screws than when I started.