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Why did computer video outputs go from digital to analog, then back to digital? retrocomputing.stackexchange.c

TL;DR: The increase of screen resolution to VGA was faster than the bandwidth increase of digital display interfaces, but RAMDAC existed.

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The service manuals of old professional equipment are truly amazing, the schematics are shown in three different abstraction levels, every single connection is shown, waveforms at 100 different test points are drawn, every single component is listed, with step-by-step test and calibration guidelines. You can almost remove everything from the board and put it back together with a service manual.

Something that today's consumers can only dream of...

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[puts this hat on forwards, then backwards, then forwards again]

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50 years ago, NASA's elite 33rd degree Mason-Astronauts of the ancient and respected Cydonian Rite would have been able to arrange a FULL Thunder Blood Moon eclipse AND a solar storm on the same Tuesday and still have enough mana left to stare down a whole flock of suborbital ballistic goats

that's just how far America has fallen from the cutting edge

writing a FAT32 library for and enjoying like 30 years of legacy cruft :oh_no:

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Of course I can turn automatic brightness off permanently, but that's even worse.
Previous implementations were just PERFECT, I never had to touch the slider.
I'm really mad about this, really.

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Android 9's adaptive brightness is pissing the hell out of me. It is supposed to "learn your preferences" but it systematically sets brightness at "thermonuclear lantern" level when I'm outside.
Pain-in-the-ass antifeature that cannot be disabled. Thanks, google.

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"take me down to concurrency city where green pretty is grass the girls the and are"

-- a programmer

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β€œWe cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.” β€” Aldous Huxley, in "Island", 1962

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