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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:17 pm
by scottE
Newly pointless thing I'm doing right now: sharing out this image I made:
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…which I appear to be unreasonably proud of (the stereoscopic aspect, I mean). You need Red/Blue stereoscopic glasses to get the best effect, but I learned how to do this in Photoshop only yesterday.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:26 pm
by ClassicHasClass
commodorejohn wrote:
Dodoid wrote:It doesn't really make any valid, sensible, or grammatically correct points, so I don't think it really counts.

That's not a disqualifier in politics these days, it seems...


Or for rms.

*slaps hand* BAD CHC! *slaps hand* BAD!

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:04 pm
by pentium
Spent the day first admiring the new four camera setup I installed, plus a PTZ camera that's way up on the antenna mast so I can see clean across the valley.

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First problem: When it gets warm outside the PTZ camera starts consuming more power than the DC-DC regulator in the DVR will allow (because each camera plugs directly into the DVR via an RJ45 jack carrying power, video and sound) and while the audio, video and up/down movement continues to work I lose the ability to pan. I'll have to add an external power source.

The other thing was I finished reracking and most of the wiring my DEC gear. The pinnacle of the evening was putting a pack in the RL02 for the first time in my owner ship and it went ready with no crash. :D

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Wish I could say the same for the RA82 below it. The damn thing not only still lacks the cabling but even after I rebuilt the tach circuit and verified the speed with a handheld tach it STILL keeps throwing speed errors on phantom speed drops. :evil:

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:16 pm
by dexter1
I've written a CHIP-8 emulator in SDL2/C++. It's running PONG:

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With SDL2 the I/O handling is quite easy. And i needed some practice with a few C++11 features. And it's only 629 lines of code...
Sound is not in yet and shame on me for not making this on an IRIX box, but then i need to switch to Glut and C++03 on that platform.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:53 pm
by guardian452
Played the splatfest for splatoon 2. Friended a good team of squids and chatted on discord for the first time.

Even tho team cake lost :( our matchmaking was super quick because there were so many more opposing teams ;)

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:57 am
by jimmer
Baked scones for breakfast. Though on 2nd and 3rd thoughts, that's probably not an entirely pointless thing to have done :)

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:10 pm
by ClassicHasClass
pentium wrote:Spent the day first admiring the new four camera setup I installed, plus a PTZ camera that's way up on the antenna mast so I can see clean across the valley.


I'm more interested in the HP equipment I see on the side. Are those K-class cabinets I spy?

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:16 pm
by pentium
HP 9000 D350 with AutoRAID and UPS. ;)

Also the 11/23 pooped itself while troubleshooting some card assignment issues. I can verify the chassis is still healthy if I put in my 11/73 boardset but now the 11/23 throws an error about a ROM issue and I can't even seem to jumper out the onboard bootstrap ROM and just dump me to ODT. BEtter yet the only chip programmer I have that MIGHT be able to reburn the oddball Motorola EPROMs I don't have a serial cable made for it.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:19 pm
by ClassicHasClass
Today dragged the Shiner (Apple Network Server) prototype out of storage for cleaning for display at the Vintage Computer Festival in August. The logic board had already died from a Maxell PRAM battery bomb before I got it, and the prior owner seemed to have stored it in a damp environment because almost all the damn insides were rusted out. To top it off, they broke the front key off in the lock, requiring me to crack into the front panel and sever the lock connector with boltcutters. It needed a lot of work to make it display ready, as you can see:

http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2622
http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2623
http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2624
http://www.floodgap.com/iv/2625

So today we started with

http://www.floodgap.com/iv/3421

And now we are at

http://www.floodgap.com/iv/3422
http://www.floodgap.com/iv/3423
http://www.floodgap.com/iv/3424

Yay! My working ANS 500 will also be coming along with a full install of Harpoon AIX for people to play with.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:10 am
by Y888099
ClassicHasClass wrote:Shiner (Apple Network Server) prototype


umm the design of that prototype looks interesting like something I would copy to enclose a big board I have been working for a long time. Still naked board :oops:

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:54 am
by jan-jaap
ClassicHasClass wrote:So today we started with [...] And now we are at [...]

Good progress!

Do you want to replace the mainboard, or do you want to keep it as a (dead / for display only) prototype?

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:06 am
by uunix
Converting some old records using Sound editor.
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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:20 am
by ClassicHasClass
jan-jaap wrote:
ClassicHasClass wrote:So today we started with [...] And now we are at [...]

Good progress!

Do you want to replace the mainboard, or do you want to keep it as a (dead / for display only) prototype?


No, I've decided to keep the mainboard. Being an Apple prototype it has all sorts of interesting markings on it and names that do not appear on a production board, so it will stay display only.

This unit appears to have ended its life as a server at America Online. It has AOL asset stickers. The hard disk had nothing readable on it but I can't tell if it was damaged, one component of a RAID that was incomplete, or just wiped.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:25 pm
by ClassicHasClass
Converted a PowerBook 540c to a SCSI2SD since its SCSI 2.5" drive blew. It took a bit of fiddling in MicroNet Disk Utility to make it format, and I had to find an external Apple CD-ROM that worked, but it is now running 7.6 happily from a microSD card.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:15 am
by Y888099
I am painting a small boat.
The hull needed some re-work.
We can't catch a Swordfish, btw.

Too small board, and no equipment.