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Windows 10 is still largely a downgrade compared to 7 but it's not nearly as bad as it used to be. It's got nightmare information density (read: none) but at least things are mostly configurable again.
I don't know what it means, but Opera is making a gaming browser. Maybe it's just another overlay you can activate while playing a game, except a proper browser instead of the built-in Steam stuff.
Congrats to Frenzie for the Dutch victory at Eurovision. Well, congrats to the performer too.
Now I'll have to go look for some videos, I suppose. :P

Btw, someone somewhere said that English "oh dear" originated from "adieu" or the like.
That sounds rather implausible. The OED, which presumably put some more effort into research, agrees:
A derivation from Italian dio, God, as conjectured by some, resting upon modern English pronunciation of dea(r), finds no support in the history of the word.
Because deor/dere is perfectly plain Old/Middle English for something like bold and precious, which seems to have organically lost its "bold" aspect. Cognate with Dutch duur.[1] No derivation from any other language necessary.
Weird, seems to work for me.
DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
I think I may have created my My Opera account in May or June of 2001, in which case it'd now be 18 years old.
Browsers & Technology / Re: Minimal Apps
Also useful, HTML presentation to PDF:
Browsers & Technology / Re: Minimal Apps
That sounds like a false dichotomy. You can also use "full" plain text in Markdown; you just won't get any of the things you may very well want (e.g., headers/bold/italic/lists/links/images). :)
Browsers & Technology / Re: Minimal Apps
The last time I figured I could do a fancy presentation at a place where I couldn't use my own laptop I was forced to cobble together some quickly plain thing in PDF last minute.

I was doing something like this:

I did two or three pretty nice presentations that way before I ran into that slight "oh btw you can't use HTML" issue over at a thing in Brussels. :)

Anyway, I think it's still a decent concept. For a presentation next week that I haven't really come up with a content concept yet :insane: But on the technical side, I think I'll use Pandoc → Beamer (PDF). But properly this time, not done during a ~30 minute lunch break panicking because it's the only time I have in a day that lasts from about 8:30 to 20:00, trying to figure out how to convert my Pandoc → Impress.js to Pandoc → Beamer (or at least some kind of PPT/PDF situation).
I'm not familiar with XML/XSL/Otters handling of both (yet):
Does "the engine" support XML stylesheets/XSL Transformations?
Well sure, all you need to do is to visit some random sample, right?
DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
That long huh?
Browsers & Technology / Re: Minimal Apps
Nano supports syntax highlighting too, but possibly not with color schemes.
Browsers & Technology / Re: Minimal Apps
Interesting. It's true that Nano's keyboard shortcuts seem a bit odd. Perhaps they have something to do with use in screen/tmux? It dates back only to 2000 or so, so it's not like it predates more standard keyboard shortcuts.
The Lounge / Re: What Time Is It?
Umm...  :left:
leaving it up to member states to decide on their time zone

DST needs to DIAF ASAP.
DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
It's also a handful of centuries more recent. But yes, I'd also expected it to be slightly larger.
DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
I saw, that's pretty terrible. I visited it in... 2002 I believe.
Vim isn't too hard, at least in the basics,[1] and you've got a lot of nice controls under colon.[2]

But mainly I just find it too much effort to remember what mode you're in and all that. My main purpose for it is in case there's nothing else available for some reason often there is Vi(m) and not Nano.
j, k and stuff like that
:q and :wq are the most important I'd say
DnD Central / Re: "Scientists Say" blather
But -- strictly speaking -- a black hole is more of a dark star than a hole, isn't it? ;)
The word container is used in

Introduce Session class, for now serving as container for session related structures
Yes, but that's inconvenient. VLC doesn't require anything like that. I suppose that's why stuff like exists.
mpv is indeed quite good. Is there a way to have a drop window without a video already playing?
If you can do it on Windows I'm not sure, but on Linux you can easily switch the angle on any pointing device. Something like this:

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xinput set-prop "pointer:Kensington Expert Mouse" "libinput Rotation Angle" 180

Edit: but on mine it has a slightly different name:

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xinput set-prop "pointer:Kensington      Kensington Expert Mouse" "libinput Rotation Angle" 180

The pointer thing is optional, but the Elecom Huge for example also has a "keyboard". Not that rotation matters for that, I suppose. :)
The Lounge / Re: What Time Is It?
The Dutch government said they'll decide about this DST business by 2021 at the earliest. :faint: The Benelux apparently said they all want to do the same thing, which'll probably mean "normal" time (i.e., "wintertime").

Oh well, at least I'll be able to live the second third of my life without that scourge.

Edit: oh yeah, it's 20:44.
When it's flawed, then what makes it the best?
Whether the scrollring works is fairly immaterial because the scroll button is a vastly superior scrolling method. Unfortunately it's made even more superior by the lack of smoothness in the scrollring itself.[1] Whether the ring will cease functioning or not depends on the electronics involved in the specific model. Otherwise it'll keep on going not being smooth for many years.

Setting aside the crappy infrared electronics behind the scrollring on some iterations of the Expert Mouse,[2] the scrollring is nevertheless one of the best traditional scrolling methods there is. It may be deeply flawed, but entirely compared to its unrealized potential. It's still vastly better than virtually all the horrible (read: standard) scrollwheels on the market.

I also own an Elecom Huge. That one has a rather good traditional scrollwheel, as does my wife's Logitech MX Ergo. Compared to the Expert Mouse scrollring, it's worse. Even with the excellent scrollwheels on some modern Logitech mice it's tough to say which is better, in spite of sheer technical excellence of better, smoother modern scrollwheels. Make an actually smooth scrollring, ideally one that doesn't scroll in the traditional multiple lines but with more precision like a modern Logitech scrollwheel (or the scroll button), and you've got yourself an absolute winner.

The lack of a hole at the bottom is a missed opportunity, but it was normal when the current design was first released in the mid-2000s. It doesn't make as much of a difference as you might think at first though, since cleaning is less about the sensor than about the build-up of goo on the roller balls. The only real difference is that you blow it out when you clean it, which you don't have to do on the other design.

Also, the fact that its DPI is not only locked, but at a rather low value to boot is an automatic additional flaw in the modern era.

Those are the areas in which it is flawed. The fact that a different device uses superior parts doesn't negate the fact that the design is rock solid. NB I'd sing a very different tune if the switches for the buttons or the actual ball weren't good. The device certainly isn't flawed where it truly matters.

Of course if you can't find a way to use the design properly (but you do have to experiment with a few different hand positions) then it's a flawed device to its core. To me, that's what the Elecom Huge is. Very nice in principle. Many parts are technically better than on the Expert Mouse, if only because they're contemporary to the late 2010s instead of the mid 2000s. In that sense it's less flawed than the Expert Mouse. But the design is just terrible.
You could consider taking out the magnet. It makes it slightly smoother.
You can presumably replace them with working infrared modules from a mouse using the same scrolling mechanism. I'll explain it if you're curious.
The Kensington Expert Mouse is a very flawed device, but also possibly the best there is.

The design of the entire body of the Expert Mouse model is flawed. I mean the idea that the entire device should be ascending the further away it is from you is wrong. I would prefer the device to be horizontally flat and as low as possible. Granted, due to the huge ball the device cannot be too low, but it surely should not be ascending the further away it is from you. Trackball should ideally be able to serve as handrest, but an ascending surface puts tension in the wrist.
I disagree. It actually results in a very natural finger placement. You rest the pinky and thumb on the lower buttons, leaving your fingers the top of the ball and the top buttons, which would be hard to reach if they weren't raised.

Maybe it would be cool to map the last button as double-click or paste, but I made a different change in the default configuration: Enabled the so-called button scrolling and mapped that button for scrolling. Now by holding down the button I can scroll by rolling the trackball instead of the scroll ring. (The scroll ring will keep working too.)
I also think a scroll button is great. It's much more elegant than traditional scroll wheels (or scroll rings).

At work I had a Logitech mouse that scrolled more like this. It offered higher precision and much smoother control, albeit only vertically.