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Vintage Computer dead - Display Panels at Dortmund Railroad Station dead

The WDR (a German TV channel) reports that a Commodore C64 has died (German article) after 20 years of doing its job - running the display panels of the Dortmund railroad station. The display panels are all dead now, the train station employees "manually" guide the people to their trains.

Heise reports (German again, sorry) that the old Intel-310 system with an 80286 processor running Xenix (first erroneously reported to be a C64) doesn't run anymore because the harddisk is dead. They still have the software, but even if they could get a working harddisk, they couldn't reinstall the software on it (I'm not sure why).

Some more facts:

  • The company who originally installed the system in the 80ies is out of business since more than 15 years.
  • A completely new display panel system would cost 3 million Euros.
  • They don't want to spend that money, as the train station is to be reconstructed soon, anyways.
  • Several people have called them and offered help and old C64s (which they don't need, as it's really an 80286).
  • Some technicians now try (as a workaround) to write software for a standard-PC to let them at least control the display panels manually.

I can't decide whether to laugh or to cry. Honestly.

Crazy Hacks on del.icio.us/popular

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Wow. I just noticed that my Crazy Hacks wiki is currently listed on del.icio.us / popular. I'm impressed.
The list of people who bookmarked Crazy Hacks currently has 35 items (27 added recently).

This rise of interest in the site may also be partly due to the recent slashdotting of the How I Feed My Cats with Linux article by Chris McAvoy, which has been listed on Crazy Hacks for some time now.

SHA-1 Broken!

Let me quote Bruce Schneier here, as I couldn't possibly express it any clearer:

SHA-1 has been broken. Not a reduced-round version. Not a simplified version. The real thing.

Apparently the research team of Xiaoyun Wang, Yiqun Lisa Yin, and Hongbo Yu (mostly from Shandong University in China) have written a paper (which is not yet generally available) with more details on the attack.

If this really holds, this will surely have severe implications on the security and encryption world. Seems like we're slowly running out of hash functions, as MD5 unfortunately has its own problems, too.

del.icio.us, a Social Bookmarks Manager

A nice article called Absolutely Del.icio.us - Complete Tool Collection over at Quick Online Tips That Work lists a lot of tools and frontends to del.icio.us which you might want to checkout.

If you don't already know about del.icio.us, checkout this beginner's guide to del.icio.us.

The 100 Oldest Currently Registered .com Domains

Have you ever wondered which are the oldest .com domains still registered today? Well, now you know.
Ok, the list is from whoisd.com which says "last updated 1/25/2003", but still. There are some interesting entries there, have a look.

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