Article about legendary keyboard maker Cherry’s 50-year-history

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Nowadays, chances are you associate Cherry with the clickety switches on fancy keyboards. But it’s been a global company for decades: if it’s boring business-to-business hardware and it clicks, it might well be a Cherry.

With an assist from computing legend and junk mail collector Ted Nelson, the Internet Archive has collected a wide array of catalogs featuring some of Cherry Electronics’ Snap-Action switches from the 1960s. One such circular described Cherry’s appeal to manufacturers as such: “An entire company devoted entirely to one product—switches. This specialization means thorough application analysis … efficient, reliable assembly of switches … automated testing techniques … faster service.” And while the firm is best known for its keyboards today, these switches look nothing like the perfectly clicky mechanisms that Massdrop fans and heavy writers have been fawning over for years.

So where were they used? A notable example of a place where you’ve probably unknowingly used a Cherry microswitch is an arcade.

Tom Hardy caught a real nasty bug in the latest trailer for Venom

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Tom Hardy continues his tradition of playing comic book characters whose main power is mumbling in the latest trailer for Venom. It’s a fun-filled 3:14 that extols the virtues of teamwork, appreciating one another’s differences and making the best of a bad situation.

I’m betting the movie’ll be just like the Odd Couple, but with more eviscerations.

The wording on these t-shirts are slightly wrong, and that’s the hilarious point

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Is it me or is there something off about these t-shirts?

Haha, just kidding. That’s the point of the slightlywrong tees, that they aren’t quite right. For example, in their brilliant misquoted t-shirt world, Spock’s motto “Live long and prosper” becomes “Live long and proper.”

Their tagline? “T-shirts with slightly wrong quotes on them to annoy the pedants in your life.”

And their pro-tip: “Insist the quote is 100% accurate.”

Shut up and take my money.

(i09)

Terminal-based task manager

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So you like Trello but like your terminal even more? Taskwarrior and Taskbook are apps for task management and note-taking that live in the dark space of pure text. From Taskbook’s homepage:

By utilizing a simple and minimal usage syntax, that requires a flat learning curve, taskbook enables you to effectively manage your tasks and notes across multiple boards from within your terminal. All data are written atomically to the storage in order to prevent corruptions, and are never shared with any third party entities. Deleted items are automatically archived and can be inspected or restored at any moment.

I am very fond of high-quality single-purpose text apps, the sort that only require keyboard input. Yes, there is the whiff of empty rustic nostalgia about it, but I’m too young to have ever used textmode apps in a way anyone would be nostalgic about (first PC: 1996) so I can confidently say it’s the empty faddish minimalism that appeals to me.

Naked Labs raises $14M Series A led by Founders Fund for its 3D body scanning mirror

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When it comes to measuring your fitness progress, there’s only so much your weight scale can tell you, actually there’s only one thing it can convey. That one metric hardly encapsulates all of the successes that active people are looking to achieve. Naked Labs believes that body shape is a more important thing to measure […]

Find Your Level – Extracting NES Game Data Using Python

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Just this summer, the Nintendo Entertainment System had its 35th release anniversary, and even after years of discontinuation, it is still going strong in the hacker community. Exhibit A: [Matthew Earl]. For one of his upcoming projects, [Matthew] needed to get his hands on the background images of the NES classic Super Mario Bros. Instead of just getting some ready-rendered images and stitching them together, he decided to take care of the rendering himself, once he extracts the raw game data.

Since there is no official source code available for Super Mario Bros, [Matthew] used a disassembled version to get …read more

Only a few hours left to buy super early-bird passes to Disrupt Berlin 2018

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We dedicate this post to all the wafflers, the procrastinators, the vacillators and the chronically undecided. You have less than 24 hours to save money on your tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. How much money? Up to €700. The door slams shut on super early-bird savings on Wednesday August 1 at 11:59 p.m. CEST. […]

Kindle Tells The Time By Quoting Literature

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People love books, and if you’re anything like [tjaap]’s girlfriend, you may easily devour your eighty books and more a year. Maybe to keep better track of time during her reading sessions, her wish was to get a clock for the living room, so [tjaap] stepped up. Being a maker at heart, he decided to skip the ready-made options, and instead build one in the most fitting way imaginable: by displaying the time as literary quotes on a jailbroken Kindle.

Unlike your average word clock, [tjaap]’s literary clock displays (almost) every minute a different sentence that, in one form or …read more

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