There’s a Kickstarter campaign for a gadget that effectively breathes new life into old film cameras by replacing film with a digital sensor, and it’s kind of awesome that digital image sensor literally goes where the film used to live.

But of course not everything fits inside, which means that the bulk of the new components are in clunky gadget that attaches to the bottom of the camera. And the whole thing is so expensive that most folks would probably be better of just buying a new digital camera.

I’m Back Film [Kickstarter]

This crowdfunding project is for a system that converts classic film cameras to digital with an IMX269AQR1-D micro 4/3 image sensor that lives in the spot where film used to go… but there’s still an external attachment and the retail price is $900. Even the $709 crowdfunding price is rather expensive. A good digital camera might be cheaper. via BoingBoing

MacBooks with M3 chips coming next year, cheaper Apple Vision headset still won’t be cheap [Bloomberg]

Report: Apple’s consumer grade VR headset won’t have an outer display, could still cost between $1500 and $2500, next-gen MacBook Pro and Air with M3 chips are likely coming in early to mid 2024, and upcoming iPhone updates could be installed without removing phones from the box.

The Paperweight Dilemma [Mobian Blog]

Most popular Linux distros for the Pinephone use the same custom version of the Linux kernel, developed by megi, but that developer has shut down their GitHUb account, making it more difficult to work with. At least one is considering dropping support for the original Pinephone and PineTab.

SteamOS 3.5.1 Preview Update [Steam]

The SteamOS 3.5.1 Oct 12 preview update brings undervolting controls as well as a bunch of bug fixes. Undervolting the Steam Deck CPU and/or GPU can give users more control over performance, stability, and/or battery life. via LinMob, with additional discussion at Fosstodon and

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  1. Ignoring that it’s kickstarter and design issues, I have an old (1960?) Voigtlander Vitessa camera that it would be nice to be able to use as a digital. But not for anywhere near that price.

  2. The “I’m back” product is an innovative concept, but in practice, it doesn’t look like a great experience. The idea of mounting the hardware in an external housing, and mounting it to the tripod mount beneath the camera is probably the only reasonable way to achieve this, but I’m not interesting in carrying around a camera like that.

    Having to mount a tethered shutter button to the frame of the camera doesn’t seem very secure. I’d be afraid to even store that camera in my soft camera bag.

  3. Megi just posted this:
    “New GIT mirror
    Codeberg GIT hosting was suggested to me for hosting my Linux tree, so I’ve set up a Linux repository there.

    It’s a bit sluggish with a Linux tree containing many tags and branches, but it may be usable for clonning, if you don’t want to use my bundles.

    You may still want to use my cgit based repository browser because it has superior UI to pretty much all Github inspired web UIs out there. It’s also not going away in the future, unlike the mirrors, which are just temporary and should not be linked to, unless you want your links to be broken in the future.”

    1. Doesn’t change the single-point-of-failure nature of the problem highlighted by Mobian though