Everyone is going nuts over the CompuServe forum shutdown.

Honestly it looks like most of it was long since destroyed.

What’s left on the Compuserve forums

As you can see, not a heck of a lot there.  I didn’t even know they were kept around, but rather I had a feeling that they were part of those big ‘wise’ investments where companies pay an insane amount of money for old tech companies, and promptly shut them down.

Compuserve is owned by AOL, who in turn along with Yahoo! was bought by Oath: a division of Verizon.  And what is interesting there?

Yep, they are indeed moving everything they have bought to OpenStack, and killing everything else that can’t easily make the jump.  From someone who works in the field I know that the people who sign checques always are more interested in new and exciting than anything old, associated with older companies, and older executives that have either moved on or out of the way creating that power vacuum that jr’s crave.  And in that bussle it’s time to kill the old.

Too bad it’s never preserved, nor do they honestly ever care about the brands they spend so much money on removing from the market to remove any chance of resurgence in competition.

Personally I’d just see it as a waste of time and effort, all this buying and shutting down. All it tells me is that Verizon knows that it fundamentally can’t create a messenger that could rival AOL instant messenger, nor could they run a communications forum longer than Compuserve so their only way to clear the space and remove any doubt is to spend billions to shut down zombie corporations who have been doing their best to destroy themselves for the past 20 years.

Look no further than AOL’s own acquisition of broadcast.com, and how within the space of 3 years AOL took it from a company to simply paying 5.7 Billion USD for a $9.95 domain name.

VMWare Player is too small on Windows 10! Also what is 1036521??

So I have to setup a new machine for someone, and going the VMWare route for some essential bits (Running ESXi) it turns out that every VM I try to run gives me this fun error 1036521.

Great

VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-0). vcpu-0:VERIFY vmcore/vmm/main/cpuid.c:382 bugNr=1036521

What the heck is this?  It sure could have been made a little more legible but it means that your BIOS needs to have the hardware assist turned on for virtualization.  This kind of thing just reminds me so much of OS/2 and it’s SYSXXXX errors from back in the day.

Speaking of, once VMWare was running the display was incredibly tiny.  This image really doesn’t do it justice, but it’s frankly impossible to read.

What is this? An emulator for ants?

There isn’t much in the way of help for VMWare Player (aka freeloader) version users, however some playing around and I found an acceptable solution.

All too easy, of course once you know where to look

Simply find the shortcut’s location and jump to the compatibility tab, and set the “Override high DPI scaling to “System (Enhanced)”, hit OK and you are now good to go!

VMWare for humans

Now you can actually read what is going on.  Also for anyone who cares, MS OS/2 1.21 really should be on a 100MB disk or so.. large disks & VMWare’s IDE don’t play along so well.

How do you know someone is in MENSA?

Ugh, they’ll tell you.

So I was going through this used book store, Volume One Books, and they have an interesting selection of the older ‘golden age of scifi’ pulp novels.  I found this great old Clarke:

Against the fall of night

Cool, right?  Sure it’s the 70’s reprint, but I figured it’d be cheaper than the 1963 reprint, right?  Well sure, but then I saw this on the inside:

Obviously *NOT* a genius.

And someone had to deface the book to prove to the world that it had passed through the hands of a narcissist.

It’s embarrassing to even think I’d want to read the same thing that had been touched by some vapid twonk.

Sigh.

So I went ahead and got the much older version, that was free of such insane defacement.

Boeing 777-300 vs Apple charger

So here I am, flying at 27,000 feet over Japan on the way to the United States of America for work, and I log on to the Panasonic in flight WiFi and thought I could charge my phone and catch up on emails.

Buy guess what? The most popular single oem charger sold in 220v regions doesn’t fit the power socket. Sigh. This is the kind of crap why I have to travel with a bag of cables, adapters and batteries.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing to be able to do this kind of crap on a plane, but.. damn as always it’s the last mile where tech always falls down.
Just like RIM couldn’t grasp that the biggest market for phones with keyboards was teenage girls, you need to test your damn stuff on popular uses, edge cases are just that.

AOL Instant messaging to end service.

From tumblr!

And they killed it from Tumblr.

AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.

Kind of insane to pay way too much money for something, to just turn around and kill it.

All I know is that whatever they think they are going to do, it’ll never have the reach and recognition as AIM.  Maybe there is reverse engineered servers, like Escargot for MSN.

Messing around with Vistapro 4.0

So I uh.. found this copy of Vistapro 4.0  And I though it would be fun to kick out an animation.  At 320×100 this took a whole 8 minutes to render on my laptop.

I though that was cool, but I was mistaken in thinking it was multi-threaded while it rendered. I have access to a machine with 16 processor cores, so I setup a rendering machine, and found out very quickly it was only using one core.  I think their final product Vistapro renderer may have used multiple cores although the company that sold it went bankrupt quite some time ago.  Anyways I rendered this animation at 1080p and it took about two hours.

For a while this kind of ‘virtual reality’ and desktop rendering of places was quite popular.  Although Vistapro originated on the Amiga, but without a numerical coprocessor and fast processor this may have taken weeks or months on a stock 68000.  I haven’t tried, and I’m in no hurry to find out.

I didn’t insert any music or audio, so it’s just 48 seconds of the camera going around.

Great rename in progress

I’m sure this will end well…

UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’) WHERE option_name = ‘home’ OR option_name = ‘siteurl’;
UPDATE wp_posts SET guid = replace(guid, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’,’https://virtuallyfun.com/’);
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = replace(post_content, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’);
UPDATE wp_postmeta SET meta_value = replace(meta_value,’https://virtuallyfun.com/’,’https://virtuallyfun.com/’);
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’) WHERE option_name = ‘home’ OR option_name = ‘siteurl’;
UPDATE wp_posts SET guid = replace(guid, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’,’https://virtuallyfun.com/’);
UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = replace(post_content, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’, ‘https://virtuallyfun.com/’);
UPDATE wp_postmeta SET meta_value = replace(meta_value,’https://virtuallyfun.com/’,’https://virtuallyfun.com/’);

Since I had purchased virtuallyfun.com quite a while ago, and I had planned on doing this years ago, for some reason today felt like a good day.  I have had mappings in Apache to catch & rename links from a while back, but in reverse.  I have no plans on dumping superglobalmegacorp.com, but you have to admit it is quite long to type in, and the ‘non standard’ name for the blog no doubt wasn’t helping things.  I guess that makes 2017 the year of conformity.

As always, if you can read this, then it’s working.  Old links will continue to function so really nothing going on, same site, same crap, just flipped the aliases.