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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby yetanother**ixuser » Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:06 am

lurking around at work, which is the most pointless aspect of all, and collecting vinyls at discogs.
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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby Jack Luminous » Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:18 am

yetanother**ixuser wrote:lurking around at work, which is the most pointless aspect of all, and collecting vinyls at discogs.


We got the same life. Scary !! :lol:
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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby VenomousPinecone » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:55 pm

Been reading the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Avery & Heath-Stubbs translation.

Also learned how to make Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, made it for family and friends last night. Was great.

Vladio wrote:Modifying a hot plate to use on the still I'm making. :twisted:


Excellent! I am planning on making one, any recommended reading?

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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby Trippynet » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:50 am

When you first posted this, I was catching the final of the Masters snooker. More recently, I've been spending lots of time playing Fallout 4, and have also been playing around with getting some older games working on my laptop (few business trips planned this year, need to be able to kill some time in the evenings). Can't beat GOG for this type of thing :)
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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby MrBill » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:17 am

Runescape. All the runescape.
If only it ran on the medieval old version of java included with irix....
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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby Krokodil » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:20 pm

MrBill wrote:Runescape. All the runescape.
If only it ran on the medieval old version of java included with irix....


That game is ancient. I remember playing that in the year 2000 with a dial up connection. Interestingly IRIX has provided a good home for other games from that time that I salvaged. They like the ancient Java.
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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:24 pm

Finishing a Master's degree. Pretty pointless.
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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby uunix » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:49 pm

A week on I am now doing the same, but slightly advanced.. Recording an 8bit MSX tape on my INDY via SoundTrack so I can play back to my MSX. I purchased a tape off ebay for a £1 to test 'The football Pools Predictor! By SYSTEMS' . First problem I had was the inability to turn off TPS on the Technics and the tape just kept switching sides..
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Re: What piontless thing ar you doing right now?

Unread postby uunix » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:45 pm

Seems compiling postgres is pointless ...
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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Unread postby skywriter » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:56 am

Reading old hamie posts.
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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:57 am

Getting OS/MP installed on the new SCSI2SD (thanks aperezbios!) in my beloved Solbourne S3000.
smit happens.

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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Unread postby Trippynet » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:47 am

Right now I should be working on an important presentation for work next week. However instead, I'm attempting to recover the bloody data RAID array in my PC which has failed. Seems one drive has packed in, and the other switched to offline. Booting into Windows to be told that your primary data drive is offline is not nice.

Managed to get the working drive back online, and am now doing an emergency backup of my most important data from it. I did have a backup already, but it's a fair few months old, and losing several sets of holiday photos (plus other important work) isn't part of the plan.

Then I guess I have to replace the dead drive next week and enjoy my PC grinding for about 6 hours whilst it re-builds the array.

All this happened when I was in the middle of replacing the system drive in my Mac Mini and working out how to clone the contents of my old one across. So right now my office is a mess of hard drives, dis-assembled computers, USB to SATA adapters and the likes.

Fun and games :(
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:Indigo2IMP: - Nitrogen: R10000 195MHz CPU, 384MB RAM, SolidIMPACT Graphics, 36GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 100Mb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.22
:Fuel: - Lithium: R14000 600MHz CPU, 4GB RAM, V10 Graphics, 72GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 1Gb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.30
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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Unread postby uunix » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:53 am

Trippynet wrote:Right now I should be working on an important presentation for work next week. However instead, I'm attempting to recover the bloody data RAID array in my PC which has failed. Seems one drive has packed in, and the other switched to offline. Booting into Windows to be told that your primary data drive is offline is not nice.

Managed to get the working drive back online, and am now doing an emergency backup of my most important data from it. I did have a backup already, but it's a fair few months old, and losing several sets of holiday photos (plus other important work) isn't part of the plan.

Then I guess I have to replace the dead drive next week and enjoy my PC grinding for about 6 hours whilst it re-builds the array.

All this happened when I was in the middle of replacing the system drive in my Mac Mini and working out how to clone the contents of my old one across. So right now my office is a mess of hard drives, dis-assembled computers, USB to SATA adapters and the likes.

Fun and games :(

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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Unread postby Trippynet » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:42 am

Managed to back up all the pictures and other important stuff, and got the array back online in degraded state. Seems as if the Intel RAID controller can spot when a disk has problems and can degrade the array accordingly and warn, but after a reboot it forgets this, sees two disks in different states, and so offlines the pair of them. Solution is to physically disconnect the faulty drive and reboot. However, having both disks disappear on me did result in a bit of a brown-trousers moment as I quickly checked how old my last backup was!

I've got a replacement drive now, so will be popping that in when I get home so the array can rebuild itself. Hopefully it'll be all sorted then.

Now to make a mental note to do backups more frequently :)
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:Indigo2IMP: - Nitrogen: R10000 195MHz CPU, 384MB RAM, SolidIMPACT Graphics, 36GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 100Mb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.22
:Fuel: - Lithium: R14000 600MHz CPU, 4GB RAM, V10 Graphics, 72GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 1Gb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.30
Other system in storage: :O2: R5000 200MHz, 224MB RAM, 72GB 15k HDD, PSU fan mod, IRIX 6.5.30

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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Unread postby miod » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:08 pm

ivelegacy wrote:I am reading the Risc PC Technical Reference Manual (TRM)
and all the documentation from Simtec (located in Lancashire, North West of England)
they developed a strange kit called "Hydra", product code AUHYDRA, it comes with 5 CPUSLOTs
it's a sort of multiprocessing kit for RiscPC :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Simtec (later bought by Chalice) is well-known for doing all sorts of ARM stuff back in the day. I had heard of the Hydra, but this is actually the first time I've ever found pictures of it, thank you for sharing them!

There used to be some experimental support for it in NetBSD/arm32 in the 1.x days; I'm not sure it survived the split of the arm32 ports afterwards.
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