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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Tue May 09, 2017 4:33 pm

1280x1024 is as high as anyone actually needs outside of medical imaging anyway.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Tue May 09, 2017 4:37 pm

Heh, I like 1920x1440 and up but its hard to find 4:3 monitors. These are going to be used on lower end systems where hooking them up to my 1920x1200 displays I use on a daily basis is impractical or non-sensical. It's best to have a monitor close to the native resolution when possible.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Shiunbird » Wed May 10, 2017 12:08 pm

Nikkor 135mm DC f/2 lens.

I want one since I was 15 and I finally found a good deal.
There are better optics around there, but I'm a sucker for well built hardware - and this is pure metal and glass!

Attaching a picture of my camera and a sample photo taken at a garden near my place here in Prague. DSL was down, couldn't work, took a walk. =)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Wed May 10, 2017 12:31 pm

Nikon you mean? Nice! I enjoy photography too.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby vishnu » Wed May 10, 2017 3:57 pm

Raion-Fox wrote:Nikon you mean?


Nope, Nikkor is correct. They are a subsidiary of Nikon, they make all Nikon's lenses, and damn fine lenses they are... 8-)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby robespierre » Wed May 10, 2017 8:29 pm

The name Nikkō (日光) was already used by the company as an abbreviation of Nippon Kōgaku (日本光学), long before the introduction of the Nikon brand, and the new trademark was created by adding the suffix "-r", common for lens names.
The Anytar 12cm f/4.5 lens was consequently renamed Nikkor in 1932.

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Nippon_Kōga ... efore_1945
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby japes » Wed May 10, 2017 10:15 pm

I like fast prime lenses. I usually run Canon, and have a couple film bodies and a several revisions old crop sensor DSLR. I don't have enough primes though, just a 50/1.4. I would like to get the SIGMA 85/1.4 ART but it's a lot of money and it's a lot of weight. Now that it's getting bright out I can play with my EOS 1N RS some more.

On the Nikon side I bought a N90s to scratch an itch (remembering the Kodak DCS 420 I had access to when they were new) - it has a sticky button but otherwise nice, came with an AF 50/1.8 which seems to do a little nicer work than the Canon 50/1.8 so I haven't been bothered by it at all. I picked up a F100 at the store though and that led to finding one on ebay to replace the N90s which went to my wife who reluctantly started enjoying it after sticking with her FM10 for years. We had a roll of film get double exposures in the FM10 so it might be on it's way out. All this new film camera action led to picking up Nikkor AF 50/1.8 D for the F100 - it's smoother, but doesn't feel as solid as the non-D. Also an AF 28/2.8 and most recently AF 85/2.

As much fun as these lenses are on the film camera, my wife shoots a Nikon DSL and they're a great fun on it. It's crop too so it's like another set of lenses to learn.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Shiunbird » Thu May 11, 2017 12:21 am

japes wrote:On the Nikon side I bought a N90s to scratch an itch (remembering the Kodak DCS 420 I had access to when they were new) - it has a sticky button but otherwise nice, came with an AF 50/1.8 which seems to do a little nicer work than the Canon 50/1.8 so I haven't been bothered by it at all.


I have a Nikkor 50mm 1.8D. I don't like the bokeh that much, it is a bit harsh, but when you stop it down it is possibly the sharpest of their lenses. The newer 1.8G is not so sharp and has more distortion... not that it matters anyway.

When I lived in Russia, I shot exclusively a F80 and the 50mm 1.8D. Some of the best shots of my life were made at that time. I'm attaching an example. It was done with a 50mm, and a flash pointing to the ceiling. I was so busy trying to get the cat looking up that I forgot about the background, but it is still pretty good. The film is a standard Kodak Gold 200.

Also attaching the mandatory mirror selfie.

Although nowadays I mostly shoot my D7000, whenever I buy a lens I always think of getting the good ones (and preferably the ones compatible with older film bodies). Good glass doesn't get obsolete, and if you take good care of them, you can use them for ages. I have my 50mm since I was 11-12 years old.

The day my savings allow I plan to get a full frame DSLR.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby josehill » Tue May 16, 2017 2:23 pm

guardian452 wrote:I found out recently one of my favourite prog-rock groups had more than one album. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FM_(Canadian_band) I have FM's Black Noise on vinyl and CD :D You should listen to it. It didn't get me into music* But I eventually learned marimba and my dad gave me this record when I bought a record player in my teenage years. I was kinda into synths for a while... I've only owned a jp-8000 and it wasn't necessarily by choice (it was free), but I had a lot of fun with it.

**so, my uncle was a drummer and got me into that when I was barely old enough to sit upright. May have been to spite my mother :lol:


I saw FM a couple of times back around 1980 or so, when I presume you were still haploid! They opened for another Canadian act that you may have heard of, Rush, on a few tours. I remember when they turned off the arena lights (either Madison Square Garden in NYC or the Byrne Arena in NJ), and the bow for Ben Mink's electric violin lit up in rainbow colors. The young teenager version of me saw that and said, "Whoaaaa! Duuuuude!", and stuff like that, if I recall correctly. :D

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby jirka » Fri May 19, 2017 1:36 pm

Fossil Wrist PDA version 2.0 - a smartwatch that runs near full version of the Palm OS 4.0. A funny thing, but very functional.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Y888099 » Fri May 19, 2017 2:17 pm

A book about PCI. Hope to see the light out of the tunnel.

jirka wrote:Fossil Wrist PDA version 2.0 - a smartwatch that runs near full version of the Palm OS 4.0


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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby jirka » Sat May 20, 2017 2:38 pm

Probably yes - they state "Dragonball Super VZ at 66 MHz".

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby johnnym » Mon May 22, 2017 5:21 am

A HP 9000 Model 712/80 (w/maxed out RAM and additional VRAM module installed) thanks to FlasBurn.

Runs well with both OpenBSD 6.1 and Debian 9 unstable and is currently tested using openssl speed -elapsed. It gets a little hot around CPU, cache and crystal oscillator. I measured about 57 degrees Celsius on the heatsink during operation (case was just opened for a few seconds for the measurement).

OpenBSD (6.1) works diskless so far. I see a lot of "ie0: receive descriptors out of sync at [...]" and "ie0: TDR detected an open [...] clock(s) away" during kernel boot and from time to time though, but that didn't stop the show, only slows things down AFAICS:

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# uname -a
OpenBSD hp-712-80.domain.tld 6.1 GENERIC#7 hppa
# sysctl hw
hw.machine=hppa
hw.model=HP 9000/712/80 (King Gecko) PA-RISC 1.1c
hw.ncpu=1
hw.byteorder=4321
hw.pagesize=4096
hw.disknames=
hw.diskcount=0
hw.cpuspeed=80
hw.physmem=134217728
hw.usermem=134205440
hw.ncpufound=1
hw.allowpowerdown=1


Debian GNU/Linux (9 - unstable) also works diskless, but running apt is not recommended and can lock up the machine. apt is usable from a disk install though or when mounting and updating the FS from a more powerful PA-RISC machine (e.g. a c8000):

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root@hp-712-80:~# cat /etc/*release
PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 9 (stretch)"
NAME="Debian GNU/Linux"
VERSION_ID="9"
VERSION="9 (stretch)"
ID=debian
[...]
root@hp-712-80:~# uname -a
Linux hp-712-80 4.9.0-3-parisc #1 Debian 4.9.25-1 (2017-05-02) parisc GNU/Linux
root@hp-712-80:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor   : 0
cpu family   : PA-RISC 1.1d
cpu      : PA7100LC (PCX-L)
cpu MHz      : 80.000000
capabilities   : os32 nva_supported (0x02)
model      : 9000/712
model name   : Gecko 80 (712/80)
hversion   : 0x00006010
sversion   : 0x00000481
I-cache      : 128 KB
D-cache      : 128 KB (WB, direct mapped)
ITLB entries   : 64
DTLB entries   : 64 - shared with ITLB
BTLB fixed   : max. 16384 pages, pagesize=4096 (64MB)
BTLB fix-entr.   : 0 instruction, 0 data (8 combined)
BTLB var-entr.   : 0 instruction, 0 data (0 combined)
bogomips   : 77.31
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Y888099 » Mon May 22, 2017 6:52 am

johnnym wrote:HP 9000 Model 712/80


I owned a 712*100Mhz/192MB of ram, it was good as X11 terminal, but with gentoo it took 15 weeks (24h/24) just to compile a minimal stage4 :shock:
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby kramlq » Mon May 22, 2017 7:48 am

johnnym wrote:A HP 9000 Model 712/80 (w/maxed out RAM and additional VRAM module installed) thanks to FlasBurn.

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Nice. I've got a 712/100 with 192Mb which is quite slow, but probably one of my favourite machines. They were never speed demons - even back in the days these were current, they were mainly used as glorified xterminals where I worked (i.e. an xterminal but with a floppy drive, which is why they were chosen over proper xterminals by the guys in testing).

In terms of maxing it out, beyond RAM, its quite difficult out as the parts are rare. I've got probably the most useful GIO option: the 2nd VGA and Ethernet GIO Card with breakout cable, but you don't see them for sale much. The second (teleshare) slot is also impossible to find anything for, but pretty useless these days anyway. Even the floppy + matching bezel is very difficult to find outside of buying a complete system with one installed. There is also a nice matching external CDROM and HDD if you want to go for the full setup :D


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