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I just got the first six pages of my comic book A Shot in the Dark back from our illustrator, and I'm over the moon about them.

Looks like ffmpeg (and therefore anything that uses ffmpeg to decode) can be made to support codec2 via an external libcodec2, but the version that is currently in the ubuntu repos doesn't support it.

I don't want to recompile ffmpeg for something so unimportant, so I guess I'm just going to write a bash script to decode and playback without saving.

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Aegis Overview (1985): textfiles.com/bitsavers/pdf/ap

Overview of an early objected-oriented network-capable OS, I only skimmed it.

I was reading about codec2 last night, and I find myself pretty frustrated that the only way I can find to playback codec2 files is to convert them to RAW/PCM first.

Is there any mediaplayer that decodes Codec2 directly?

Alright, it's here.

I have a good copy of the catalog/instructions now, and all of the plastic bits.

From this, I can see some better details of how the things were printed and cut out, and I know how to actually put all the bits together!

So, uhh, I guess it's time for me to make SVGs of all the solid colored bits, use the printed bits I have as a guide for scaling the rest of the thing, print one, cut it out, and build a Lunar Fleet Base!

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@ajroach42 @mc IIRC this was a limitation before COVID as well.

My assumption (and we know what can be said about assumptions) is that it has something to do with regulations and/or increased costs when it comes to exporting outside the EU, in this case specifically to the US.

Adding a microcontroller, a couple of solenoids, relays, and IR sensors (for leader skip) will enable fully automatic playback, seek, and recording for a cassette data storage deck

Error correction would have to be added to the transfer protocol and I'm not sure if the C64 era ones would do. Back then, you had to push the buttons yourself too

If this can be moved up to a hacked VCR, we can probably bring back tape storage. 3D printing is just barely good enough for enclosures and lift doors

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Once upon a time, there were storage devices which allowed putting data on VHS tapes. I'm thinking some variation of this should make a comeback

A VCR can probably be a #hardwarehacking project, but something better would need to be from scratch. Considering the abuse tolerance of VHS tapes, it's maybe doable with copious error correction

LGR showed a VHS backup system a few years back. I know Russians had something like this with ArVid, but it also used a typical VCR youtube.com/watch?v=TUS0Zv2APj

Holy crap, the Faraday FE2010A for the Retrobrew/Xi PC is *expensive*! $30 a piece from Kynix + $40 shipping, or $50 a piece from Monotech Vintage PCs, plus $11 shipping to the US. I bought two from Monotech since I figure at least one person will be interested in a kit, but if I wanted more, Kynix would have been cheaper. Maybe I should have been more patient and tried to get together a group buy.

I just took a rip of a 6 CD set from 1GB of FLAC files (which I'll keep for archival purposes) to 160MB of OPUS files (which I'll keep for listening purposes.)

I went from an average file size of 9.25 MB/track to an average file size of 1.4MB per track.

I took a 6CD set and crushed it down to 1/4 of 1 CD-R worth of data, and most average listeners would never notice a difference, maybe not even side by side.

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Have I mentioned recently how much I love opus audio encoding?

My Space Patrol Lunar Fleet Base Pieces should arrive today and I'm almost giddy with anticipation.

It looks like youtube-dl "can" grab 360 videos, but it doesn't really know what to do with them.

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