Libreboot 20210522 released!
Release announcement here:
i'm uncertain if youtube-dl supports invidious links, so i always make sure youtube.com is the domain name in the URL. youtube.com URLs translate perfectly into invidious URLs and vice versa, because only the domain name differs. e.g. youtube.com/?watch=blablabla becomes redirect.invidio.us/?watch=blablabla
Random fun fact: you can use mpv on a GNU+Linux system when youtube-dl is installed, to stream youtube playlists. If the URL says e.g. ?watch=blablabla&list=blablabla change it to ?list=blablabla
You can use invidious to *search* youtube, and also use it to watch videos in the browser, but I find that it doesn't work nicely with playlists.
Therefore, if I encounter a playlist, I pass it to mpv on my terminal.
How to get the most out of your X200. Don't merely flash it; upgrade the default boot flash! With 16MiB boot flash, you could easily fit a linux kernel and tiny minimal OS inside initramfs. I'm planning to integrate Linuxboot in Libreboot, in the future. https://yewtu.be/watch?v=iL_bVls62Ag
do you remember, once upon a time, my saying how much i dislike the ch341a?
here's a new video to jog your memory
CH341A is *garbage*. Data lines are 5v, they should be 3.3v (can still flash 5v ICs on 3.3v usually). Insufficient decoupling (must add capacitors). WP/HOLD on 25xx pins shorted directly to 3.3v, rather than via pull-up resistor...
Don't buy it. Save your money!
Pics show mods *I* did, to fix the issues. However, it's still bad at ISP flashing. For non-ISP (DIP8 in ZIF, or SOIC8 in ZIF via spring socket), it works great. I'll use this to flash winbond ICs before installing them in the X200T!
I'm thinking of ch341a. Lots of people have success but they don't do the 3.3v data line fix, so the IC doing SPI is directly powered off of +5v. When you do the fix, you run it off of the 3.3v buck converter. I had reliability issues with ISP after that.
IDEA: Add 2nd buck converter?
I think that the 3.3v regulator on a ch341a probably doesn't provide enough current for both the ch341a IC *and* isp flashing, so after doing the 3.3v data line fix, a 2nd 3.3v regulator is indicated (for isp)
https://trans.chat/ is live! It's a transgender wiki and provides chatrooms for those who need support. TransChat replaces the old site, "Transit".
The old Transit IRC channels have shut down! People who wish to enter should check out the new channels listed on the new site.
Any transgender community claiming to be the old Transit community is fake. The new chatrooms are named TransChat. Enjoy!
Don't buy ch341a, but if you did get duped into buying one, this video tells you how to make it safe to use. By default, it is unsafe to use.
The video is uploading and processing now. I really went for a "this game sucks" vibe like in Angry Videogame Nerd, but instead saying: "ch341a sucks" - and that is literally the title of the video.
I hate ch341a, and i hate *myself* for now becoming part of the problem, but i want people to stop asking about it on my IRC channels. So I'm documenting how to use it safely, on libreboot.org
The ch341a is sold by a company that simply does not care about the quality of the products it sells
Watching House of Cards. The original British BBC series, not the American remake. Haven't watched it in years, but it's great. In the original BBC version, the antagonist is a *conservative*, meaning right-leaning. In the American version, the antagonist is a Democrat (left-leaning).
Francis Urquhart is the greatest villain/antagonist ever invented. Certainly more evil than Frank Underwood. Some say the American series is better; some may indeed think that, but I couldn't possibly comment!