CRRRRS 500 The 500th Episode

By Roy Mathur, on 2023-09-01, at 23:57:57--00:34:40 BST, for Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket Radio Show

Happy 500th Episode!

Let's only do happy and silly and mostly off topic tonight, accompanied by a delightful selection of light refreshments.

Fygor, bring forth sweetmeats and wine!

Avatar: The Way of Water

Feedback from myself from about a month ago. I said (in 492, I think) how much I hates the overused, "I see you" cliche in the movie. I'm not sure if Cameron originated the phrase, but the reason that it is a cliche now is because he made the phrase so well-known in the first move.

India Lands on the Moon

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s mission, Chandrayaan3, successfully landed the Vikram lander on the South Pole of the Moon, on 23 August 2023, at 12:32 UTC. It has since deployed the Pragyan rover. This follows the unsuccessful Chandrayaan2 mission that crashed. This is a first for any country, so well done India, and even moreso because I knew a couple of their scientists from a past career in archaeology.

The ultimate purpose of the mission is to seek water as a first stage in establishing Moon processing plants to split water into oxygen to breathe and hydrogen to fuel missions further into our solar system.

Samsung A14 4G

Follow up from 498.

Is that a phone in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me? He's another gripe about my otherwise okay new blower.

Aside from the screen being a little too dim for use in sunlight, it is also to bulky and too heavy. Sure it's nice having a 5000 mAh, but add that chunky plastic casing and three rear cams and it is a hefty bugger.

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 8GB

More follow up from 498.

Because the SD card from the Pi Hut came with a non-64 bit version of Pi OS, I flashed it with Rufus and then the Pi wouldn't boot.

They have since sent me a new SD, so I'll report on my progress, or lack thereof, in future.

Laptop Versus Desktop CPU

I'm back on my Mac Mini Late 2012 i5-3210M and it is slower than my beaten up old low spec i3 PC. I think the problem is the "M" suffix denoting a mobile CPU was desktop i3.

This is has informed my decision about my next desktop, which will run a proper full-power desktop CPU. So, not a NUC or Mini PC running a laptop CPU.


A few days before 498, (2023-08-07), the same day I learned Bram Moolenaar had died on te 3rd, I realised my upgrade to version Vim 8.2 in 2021 had been a mistake because I like to use the same version on all platforms including MS-DOS. The last version to work on MS-DOS was 7.3, which is why I stuck with it for so long, until I forgot that very important reason, and so I downgraded back to 7.3.

I'm including this in the pod because it is both geeky, and as I was writing this in the shownotes on 2023-08-15, I was reminded of the whole debacle, coincidentally, while watching Jim Hall of FreeDOS talk about installing Vim on FreeDOS via FDImple on the FreeDOS YouTube channel.

Note to self: don't upgrade Vim!

Long Live This Podcast!

Speak soon.