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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:30 pm
by pentium
I've wanted a monitor to watch my CCTV without leaving my desk but I didn't want to use one of the multiple displays I already have because running it 24/7 will either nuke the backlights or burn the tube in. You know, so I can get at least an idea how many federal agents are at the door before they bust it down. ;)

Finally however I found a JVC TM-9U in the trash at work with a CRAZY number of hours on it. The contrast is awful, the screen is dim and even with the color switched off everything has either a blue or a purplish tint to it but who cares? I just need to display an image.
So I strapped it to the underside of one of my shelves.

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It's a shame I can't control the PTZ from this. All the solutions I've found so far are for controlling multiple cameras and have all sorts of jazz I don't need.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:18 pm
by ClassicHasClass
Christmas tree lights!

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:33 pm
by pentium
After plunking down $200 for ONE GODDAMN CABLE I spent today reassembling my Sony PMW-EX3 that has been partially dismantled for a little over a year as I rebuilt the broken upper handle assembly and found a replacement to one goddamn cable (see above $200 cable)

(price in USD, before taxes and shipping)
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The process took six hours because there was a lot of reinstalling things from memory and making things fit properly because there were a few extra screws and metal plates from the handle repair. It looks great, however I don't have either a battery or an AC adapter and I'm looking over the schematic right I can't just fool it with 12v off the bench (or so it seems as I did and aside from a small current draw it's not responding to the power switch), so I don't know yet if it's actually fixed.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:03 pm
by pentium
Oh cool. There was one last update to iTunes 10. Version 10.7

Today as part of my annual "pull all the ipods out and charge them" event I went around applying this last update to machines that I still run iTunes on because 11 and after are arguably inferior. Sorry, I like my playlists.
While I was at it I also docked and did a restore, firmware update and reload of each unit. There were several firmware updates I guess I never caught before.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:12 am
by pentium

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:36 am
by Shiunbird
pentium wrote:I made modern art!


Damn, modern GPUs really run hot.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:29 pm
by marshallh
Making a PCI-X card in 2018

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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:48 pm
by Raion-Fox
marshallh wrote:Making a PCI-X card in 2018

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What is the application this card will be used in?

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:55 pm
by itsvince725
Making new cards is never pointless if they serve a purpose or seek to replace rare and expensive vintage cards.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:42 pm
by miod
pentium wrote:I made modern art!

Well, on new year's day, I've stuck with old-fashioned art, then.

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Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:55 pm
by commodorejohn
Ooh, evocative.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:19 pm
by dexter1

Looks like you're on to a new way of catching bitcoins as they float through the ether. I like it!

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:32 pm
by pentium
Nerdiest thing I can think of is get two more cards and throw them up on the lines like a pair of old shoes.

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:33 pm
by VenomousPinecone
pentium wrote:Nerdiest thing I can think of is get two more cards and throw them up on the lines like a pair of old shoes.

Damn, that's a good one. Could always do a pair of Beats headphones or some android phones hooked together with an aux cable or something. :D

Re: What pointless thing are you doing right now?

Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:33 am
by marshallh
Still got a lot of work to do, but come a long way. Sorry I can't let the cat out of the bag quite yet but it's card for my octane/tezro.


If anyone has experience writing PCI drivers for Irix, I'd be very interested to hear more info. RIght now my plan is to develop a WIn32 driver first.

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