@gewt got this network control thingy to plug into our USB and it immediately pissed me off.
LOOK AT THAT BATTERY RIGHT THERE.
HOW REPLACEABLE IS THAT? NOT VERY!
I meant UPS, uninterruptible power supply. We have a Fancy Business One.
and LOOK, they soldered it right over a flash chip! that'll make it nearly impossible to safely remove when you need to, when that stupid 3v button cell dies.
And that's the thing: this is part of a UPS: IT HAS IT'S OWN BATTERIES.
THEY'RE KINDA FUCKING HUGE AND HEAVY
why does it need more? and they had plenty of room for a battery socket, too!
Today's pickup: Three 1GB IDE DOMs!
These weird things are tiny SSDs that plug directly into the motherboard of a computer, so you can avoid needing the cables and mounting points and everything. They're handy for embedded/industrial uses.
Here's what they look like installed into a motherboard.
See how much less space that takes up?
(You still need to attach the power cable, though)
These are for the Floppyizer project, since 1gb is plenty to run a minimal NetBSD install on a SBC controlling two drives.
BEWARE: THE PERSONATOR IS HERE.
THE PERSONATOR 3 MODEL IS HERE AND IT WILL GENDERIZE ALL YOU PUNY HUMANS
PREPARE TO BE GENDERATED
So this is some software I found in a big box I got from someone who used to do some kind of mail-order stuff or direct mailing (AKA SPAM)
it splits names and can also GENDERIZE them so that your record for "Dave Jones" can be addressed as MR DAVE JONES
Chapter 5 is about the GENDERIZER.
Ahh, GenderBase 100. I don't care what these "ess-jay-doubleyous" say, there's only 100 genders, it's just science.
So who wants to hear the stupid story of how I ended up getting mentioned in a federal investigation into a hacked government email address?
ALRIGHT SO, cast your mind back to 2008. It was a very different time, in a lot of ways.
One thing that was big then that isn't now was one-click file hosting sites like Rapidshare. You upload a file, you get a link back, you can share the file.
so naturally this was immediately massively used for piracy. all over the place.
but anything shared in most forums would get reported and deleted, right?
except sites like 4chan. they have short-term threads so it wouldn't last long enough for the copyright holders to find out
My resume used to say my primary languages as a programmer were Python, Java, and C++ but I think I may have to update that as it's way more accurate to say I'm fluent in the following languages:
confusion, frustration, and annoyance.
not that I'm saying I'm a bad programmer, I don't think I am. I'm on the good side of decent!
It's just, and I'm sure you all understand, it's just that computers are terrible.
you see this bullshit? this is an emulator running an emulator. I'm emulating a 64-bit PC on my 64-bit PC so I can run a different OS to run an emulator for SNES games, an emulator that runs juts fine on my primary OS.
I thinjk I'm gonna give up on trying to find a universal way to send keystrokes to emulators and just build some kind of hardware keyboard loop.
A HID device that appears as a USB serial port + keyboard and you can virtually push keys by sending serial values
DAMN IT BSNES WHY WON'T YOU LISTEN TO MY KEYPRESSES
actually wait now that I'm done with the graphics dumping I can just switch back to bizhawk which I know how to talk to
getting back into an old project I left undone.
I'm trying to image the 512mb IDE card off this thinclient, but it's a female 44pin IDE and I can't get it to talk to any of my IDE-to-USB adapters
so I'm gonna have to image it in-place! gotta boot a linux off the usb.
Thanks, dd. Dunno why I can't use bs=1m on this version.
This is that annoying hard drive.
Don't steal the "XP Embedded" license.
BTW you know what's a complete minefield for people with the ADHD like me? inboxes. I'm like "I need to go into my inbox and Email The Dude" and then 15 minutes later I'm researching soundblaster variants because ebay emailed me about early soundblaster cards
ebay junk: not purchased
50 other emails: read
And if you have stuff you can't read now and think you might someday care about, get in touch now.
Your zip disks are only going to be harder to read in another 10 years.
For stuff you can read, just grab an external hard drive and spend a day copying DVDs/CDs onto it. Then toss the hard drive in a drawer. You can get a lot of storage for pretty cheap these days, and now you have that data in two places. That greatly increases the chance one works
So it turns out that there's a DOS game that's based on what looks like the same engine as Pickle Wars, and it features... Christopher Lloyd!?
It's Rescue the Scientists by Redwood Games, makers of Pickle Wars, Word Rescue, and Math Rescue.
RESCUE THE SCIENTISTS!
So I've got the CD. Naturally it'll be imaged and internet archived, so you can play it online!