Retrocomputing and retro tech
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I am a bibliophile. That is, not only do I love reading, I love books and all things associated with them. I can and do spend hours in used book stores and libraries; finding good ones is often a major goal when I visit a new city or country.
My all-time favorites in the US are Powell’s in Portland and Strand Books in New York. My favorite independents in the Bay Area include Bird & Beckett in Glen Park, Moe’s in Berkeley, Borderlands in the Mission, and City Lights in North Beach.
You can read my occasional book reviews on Amazon
And of course like all pretentious people I harvest quotes from my reading
My coding projects ranging from partially useful (E-Z BART) to super useless. Knock yourself out. A few of interest:
- Bird of the Day mimics the page-a-day tear-off “Bird of the Day” calendar we have at home. We like to reveal the bird a little at a time to see who can guess its name first.
PogoVision, a photo-scrolling screensaver/app for Roku meant to imitate AppleTV’s screensaver mode. Discontinued because the free Roku app PhotoView for Google Photos does this as well as acting as a pretty decent album viewer.
- Alexa BART app. “Alexa, ask BART when is the next train to downtown Berkeley.” … “Alexa, ask BART what train will get me to 16th and Mission by 7 pm.”
- Latex2ebook, a toolchain for the Unix-savvy to produce both beautiful PDF and functional AZW (Amazon Kindle format) from the same LaTeX sources.
- E-Z BART, which I made when BART revamped their mobile website and made it much more awkward to use