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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby jan-jaap » Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:27 am

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Shiunbird wrote:FireWire also had direct access to memory, sparing precious CPU cycles when doing lots of operations over the bus.
I have tons of FireWire devices, and so far I haven't had the need to upgrade.


DMA from an external device? Sounds like a bit of a security risk, unless I'm misunderstanding something.

Design choice. External PCIe and Thunderbolt suffer (?) from the same issue. It also makes the remote Windows NT kernel debugger over 1394 possible.

Raion-Fox wrote:Unless your device has rewritable firmware, I don't see it. On my backup disks I use noexec bits for mounting anyways :)

Malicious firmware in this case.
Dodoid wrote:I suppose FireWire was never that cheap/available to sketchy companies.

I think initially Apple charged 1$ in licensing fees per port, but this was abandoned many many years ago. Surely there are fees if you want to implement USB as well.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Shiunbird » Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:11 am

Dodoid wrote:DMA from an external device? Sounds like a bit of a security risk, unless I'm misunderstanding something.


It does indeed. So does Thunderbolt (there has been an exploit affecting Apple machines 2-3 years ago). But well, USB used to suck 40% of your CPU time when too busy... so...

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Shiunbird » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:54 am

So I received yesterday from a gentleman from Finland a SideWinder Force Feedback 2 (Red - whatever that means) joystick, in good condition and with box.

I should have got the Logitech WingMan one for broader compatibility (including force feedback on Mac and Linux), but the Force Feedback 2 was the one that the teenager me wanted, so this is the one I got. =)
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Y888099 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:43 am

Tina Design v9, full license :D
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby itsvince725 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:32 am

A Macintosh Color Classic and an old 486 Toshiba laptop. Can't wait for them to get here.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:00 am

Here's the PSR-36 I purchased, after a wipedown. The PSS-470 I bought developed problems quite soon sadly so I'll have to take it apart and see what's wrong. I'm going to probably end up desoldering every board and dish washing them.

The PSR-36 sounds great, works 100% and came with a case, but it's in slightly rough shape. I'll have to have a friend of mine re-sew the straps so I can transport it safely.

Side-note, what sort of stand should I look for to play these on?
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:10 am

Sweet :D

As for stands, some of the Portawhatevers have mounting holes for what I assume is a model-specific screw-in stand, but I've never seen one in the wild. I'd just get a ~$30 X-stand from your local music store.
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Re: your latest purchase

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Nike Air Pump and Nike Cycling Road Shoes.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby guardian452 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:35 am

Razer Blackwidow.

I like it more than my (12 year old !) TG3 keyboard (backlit 82-key) that I use at work, which replaced a model M and is still among my favorites. But, damn it's noisy.

However, having a mostly-standard layout again is great :) I'm probably going to get another one for my work computer.

Maybe one of these days I'll buy a real table :mrgreen:
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby jan-jaap » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:43 am

guardian452 wrote:Razer Blackwidow.

I bought myself a Ducky One with Cherry MX 'brown' mechanical keys not so long ago. ABS double shot backlit keycaps (white LEDs, no nonsense here). Heavy & sturdy, I like it.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby guardian452 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:39 am

So apparently my TG3 has cherry 'black' switches but it was made before the mechanical keyboard craze (and before cherry was bought by ZF) and it was the only switch you could get. IIRC it took a couple months to get used to but it's very fast to type on. I find with the linear switch it is easier to press two keys at once by accident, which doesn't happen with the razer. Even after using it for over a decade now.

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Blackwidow has RGB leds, so I can also make mine all-white (normally I set it somewhere between amber and orange, and use the starlight effect as a "screensaver" so every key isn't lit up all the time).

The other issue my TG3 has is now that it's aged, if it's not at full brightness all of the keys are different intensities. For whatever reason (many LEDs in parallel with each other sharing one driver) the Q, Y, G, H, a couple others, are pretty much off until at least 50% brightness, etc. The circuitry was a lot simpler back then and it was a big deal to have a lighted keyboard at all, let alone one that could adjust brightness.

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby skywriter » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:43 am

Raion-Fox wrote:I'm going to eventually also get a DX7. I already have an MT-32 and also plan to get a PSS-570 to circuit bend. I also like the MK-100 but that'll be an eventuality


I love the DX7, also the TX816 really tickles my semitones :-) Setting all 8 programs for the same thing, then adjusting the semi-tones offset a few cents either way on each one makes it far more sounding :-) more than the cheap-o dual chorus unit the matrix 6 had.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby commodorejohn » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:26 am

First I've heard of the Matrix-6 having a chorus unit of any kind...mine sure didn't.
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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby robespierre » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:29 am

commodorejohn wrote:First I've heard of the Matrix-6 having a chorus unit of any kind...mine sure didn't.

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Re: your latest purchase

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:47 am

Well I did get a DX7 recently as planned at a pawn shop for $270. The case is dented and the LCD needs to be replaced but otherwise it works great.
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