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technology general thread Anonymous 03/30/2021 (Tue) 19:28:28 No. 3501
whats up late? what hardware have you been running lately, and what os have you been subjecting your private information to?
>>4038 8086tiny is nifty, thanks for making me aware of it. There's a lot of good text mode programs that can be fun to use and I miss from my Cyrix. I didn't get to try it yet, but for better drawing support, try https://github.com/keaston/cp437 as wrapper, it should help. It could also help to set your terminal to 80x25, in case whatever program you run makes some blind assumptions. Cataclysm has a pure terminal implementation, it's just a CPU-heavy game for the A20. I once had the entire pipeline of converting fonts to psf worked out and converted an older version of the https://int10h.org/ fontpack, but of course I forgot how. IIRC it wasn't that complicated, just kinda arcane. The mentioned Cyrix with FreeDOS was pretty usable and could run a sizeable collection of games and even Win98 and a few games like Fallout and such. It wasn't bad, just slow and as comfy you can make the DOS prompt, linux tools and piping are just superior.
I went ahead and purchased myself a NAS and a few 12tb drives since cryptoniggers will ruin that next. Of course this next bit of crypto using space pops up right as I want to start archiving as much shit as possible. I am truly beginning to hate these people.
>>4539 How much was the total cost / what kinda rig did you end up setting up? I wanted to build a NAS, but I'm on kind of a budget and don't really know where to start.
>>4540 I considered building my own using my old computer parts but it's pretty beat up and I don't know if I could trust it, plus FreeNAS looks like too much work so I went with a five bay synology and two 12tb drives to start off with. Total cost was a bit over $1300 with half on the drives and the other half on the NAS itself, you can buy or build a cheaper NAS depending on your needs. The expensive part will be hard drives at the moment, but from what I can tell anything under 6tb is not as in demand.
I've been running OpenBSD on my daily driver for about a year now. I like it a lot more than I ever liked linux, because it's a holistic operating system, as opposed to a collection of packages. Most of what I use on a daily basis is on it by default. I use it on my server too, and it's always very reliable.
I use alpine on a somewhat beefy pc and it runs the modern web like a charm. An old 2-core dell with openbsd serves as my tor gateway on the local net. I'm planning to properly set up 9front on an old laptop with heating issues and a fried gpu. >>3759 Arch chroots work flawlessly, even with musl abi. >> 4642 OpenBSD is still a great option, but ffs is poorly optimized (fsck always works fine though) and its scheduling is not well suited for performance intensive interactive programs.
attempted to hackintosh my thinkpad, failed horribly, installed windows 10 for the time being. will try again soon, or just go back to being an archfag.
Bought the wrong damn hard drives! Fuck! I'm attempting to RMA the 2TB ones, hopefully I succeed. Those ones seem more expensive than the 4TB ones now, is that due to chia coin, or what? Is there a run on lower space disks? And why is it so hard to find information on compatibility with with parts? I'm building from a Supermicro H11SSL-i BTW.
Pogo talking about a new-fangled sampler of some kind. Basically a tablet in a package covered with buttons and knobs. I dig what he's saying about it being tactile. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnxgXIygy5g >>4092 >wrist computer The PineTime seems interesting for that. Especially if you're the type who knows what "UART" means, and maybe want to write an OS.
I'm thinking about getting that DIY notebook from Olimex, not sure if it's a good investment though.
>>4781 Apparently it's pretty well supported by OpenBSD, so there's that. You can read the discussion in the openbsd-arm archives at marc.info (search for "olimex" to find the thread). You can probably email the guy who bought one and ask him his experiences two years later. I got their OLinuXino-A64 SBC, but it's not well supported by OpenBSD, so I have Armbian on there. It's also a lot cheaper than the Teres, and about the same specs (same exact SoC). Anyway I don't need a laptop, or I'd think about getting that one, because it's probably better built than the original Pinebook, and it doesn't suffer from Spectre bugs like the Pinebook Pro.
>>4783 I wouldn't normally consider a notebook but lately and for the foreseeable future I need to travel and stay at places for days at a time and completely without computer it just gets a bit boring. There would be the possibility to combine a small SBC with a small keyboard and screen but that's just kinda awkward and you can't just whip it out in the park either. There's precious little info on the Teres online so the tip is appreciated, thanks, although I think I'd stick to a very slimmed down Linux for now. My guess is it isn't popular because it's too weak and has too little memory to run the latest webshit. I wonder how the A64 holds up to the A20. Any insights? Thanks again.
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>>4789 Well I only use the A64 rarely, so I'm not even too familiar with how well it performs. It's pretty much a containment zone for running Firefox, and the board is headless so I access it over the network. Plus I basically don't want to use modern web stuff at all, and so avoid it as much as possible. But I can tell you that running a modern web browser on A20 is really awful (I did this in the beginning, when I was testing the board) and that's what prompted me to buy the A64. There at least I can scroll a page smoothly. It still takes a long time for some pages to load, but I don't use ad-blockers (or any add-ons whatsoever) so maybe that's why. Otherwise the boards have the same GPU, so I wouldn't expect much difference in graphics. The CPU however is noticeably faster, and it's got twice as many cores. Here's a quick & dirty 1-core benchmark, where I build the nodes for a 36-level Doom megawad > time glbsp slige.out -o tmp.wad A20: real 0m 4.21s user 0m 3.97s sys 0m 0.13s A64: real 0m1.862s user 0m1.804s sys 0m0.056s
openSUSE Tumbleweed As a noob it's been working for me pretty well but it does get updates almost daily. Nothing has broken yet thankfully but I'm wondering if I should have went with Leap for something more stable? Or maybe I should learn by trial and error when problems pop up. Running on an HP Omen gaming laptop I was able to purchase a couple years back when I had money. Wouldn't be able to afford a new laptop for an AMD GPU nor want to downgrade so it's what I got. Might scour sell and buy sites for cheap parts and try to build a desktop, might be fun.
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3060tifag here >>4480. After months of mulling over the fact that this GPU was underperforming, I decided to try and actually undervolt it to see if there would be any improvements. To my surprise, it sort of worked out. Started getting consistent 7500 scores in Superposition and 12500 graphics score in Time Spy. Pic related. Initially tried running a 1980Mhz@925mv undervolt, then bumped that up to 1995Mhz in the same voltage, but I started getting crashes in both benchmarks and games and weird screen artifacts when idle. Thought I had fucked up my graphics card for a moment, but I reset to stock settings and that seemed to do the trick. After fiddling around with the voltage curve a little more to make sure it was stable, I think I found a decent setting with no issues: 1965Mhz@925mv and 1980Mhz@937mv. Ran Superposition a few times and got the same score consistently, no crashes or artifacts. Also played some demanding vidya for a few hours, and got no crashes or artifacts either. RE8 with all settings maxed and RT on at 1080p ran consistently at 100% GPU usage and experienced no issues after about 30 mins. Metro Exodus Enhanced uses lighter GPU loads (usually between 80 and 97%), but even after several hours, I had no issues. No crashes, or stuttering or artifacts or anything like that. So far, only Heaven benchmark has given me problems. It crashed a couple times and I saw some strange graphical glitches where some polygons/textures were 'stretched'. I noticed the voltage curve was being pushed all the way 1995Mhz when at about 1000mv, and I realized that the graphics card was boosting all the way to that clock speed even though I had set a 1980Mhz limit, so maybe that's way. Also read that Heaven is pretty heavy on memory clocks, and since I'm running at a 8000Mhz memory clock as opposed to stock 7000, that could be the cause. But I'm just speculating. As long as I didn't fuck up this card in a permanent way, I'll be happy. Naturally, I've seen some gains in temps as power usage as well. Temps wouldn't go higher than 63C while gayman, and wattage remains stays at about 190 max. Even got a couple of extra frames in RE8, though not enough to make a huge difference.
>>4805 Thanks for the little performance test, that seems to be a real improvement. I haven't bitten yet and I'm still thinking about it because it's a lot of money for what it is in the end. Graphic interfaces or even internet wouldn't be much of a concern on the road though. Thanks again!
>>4861 Why not use your web browser on pc for using dicord?
All this talk of Windows 11 has made me remember why I began dual booting with Linux in the first place. If it comes down to using Windows 11 or using Linux, I'll redo my Windows 10 installation and keep it offline while using Linux for most things. I wish there was an open-source Windows clone I could use instead.
>>4872 Windows 10 Ameliorated https://ameliorated.info/
>>4873 Neat. I downloaded an .iso of it.
>>4873 Nice, dual booted it with my other operating systems
should i try dual booting windows 7 on my intel 7th gen rig or will it just not work
I discovered recently that my system actually supports fbdev. I somehow thought I needed a custom kernel with that built into it, but it turns out I can do a few more things without X because they have shitty framebuffer alternatives: Feh->fbv mupdf->fbpdf MPV->mplayer -vo fbdev2 Fuck technology.
>>4927 The windows "block" is useless as it only pops up a warning and blocks updates, but it's easy to bypass with wufuc. Everything works fine on Kaby Lake, and probably on later generations as well. t. running Win7 on a i5 7400
>>4940 do most programs/graphics work fine? i have a gt 740
>>5102 iirc newer adobe softwares require windows 10.
>>3501 I need a new laptop that has pretty good battery, 8GB of ram at least, etc. I have like $350-400. Ideas?
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Slackware 15.0 beta has been out for some time now, and it is very comfy. If you want to give it a try, you can download it here: https://slackware.uk/people/alien-current-iso/slackware64-current-iso/slackware64-current-install-dvd.iso
I've been trying to find ways to scale down and simplify my computer usage further. You can run an ARM system in the framebuffer for the minimalism, but at the end of the day, these are still very complex machines with a very complex operating system. I don't even inherently dislike GUIs and I'd even go as far as to say that pure X11 (without bloat-y libraries like GTK and such) is by far not the worst we have to deal with. I've got more of an issue with the sheer amount of code and silicon complexity everything builds on you just cannot avoid. Also the power consumption. Why does looking at website make my modern x86 CPU eat 50W?! I have tons of retro hardware, some old, some not that old. Recently I put a small Z180-based DIY computer together, an 8 bit system with 512kb of RAM (although only 64kb are directly addressable at once in CP/M) and the entire OS in a Flash ROM and I actually fell in love with some applications for it. Wordstar made me change to Joe's own Editor on my regular PC and SuperCalc2 is an amazingly capable spreadsheet without all the dead weight. (I always think programs need to be simple, programs e.g. like emacs and vim are bad IMO because they're so obstruse, something a lot of linux software in my opinion actually suffers from, there's a lots of feature creep and cargo culting going on in the world of linux, but not many admit it) The power consumption is at the very most 0.1W-0.25W and I had to measure at the power connector of1 the board since it wasn't really measurable before the power supply. It can use SD-Cards for storage, there's a lot of tools to write programs in Pascal/Modula 2, Forth, Fortran, Basic etc. and you can easily write drivers for new hardware you designed yourself in an afternoon. The only downside is that you pretty much require a serial terminal, that OS was still made with things like the DEC VT-100 in mind, which will up power consumption in the end. There are cheap and low-powered solutions for that though. This computer is pretty much in in whatever flow I'll set up. The power consumption is so neglible and it's so easily used from whatever system via serial that letting it run 24/7 wouldn't hurt anything. There's emulators that run inside small atmega microcontroller, which would push power consumption into irrelevancy, although they'd probably be not as fast. I also have a bunch of old DOS-era machines, industrial computers that are pentium era and performance, some really old 286s and almost anything in-between. I've never made a tally of what the power consumption looks like though. For the industrial systems it's probably pretty low. There's a lot of useful DOS software and tons of programming languages. DOS can be kind of arcane to program for though sometimes. The (lack of good) memory management is a PITA. I also have a bunch of Amigas and C64s with a various amount of expansions. As much as I like it, I'd go as far as to say that the C64 is a bit too primitive to be useful besides playing some old games. The Amigas are quite different there and AmigaOS was far ahead of it's time, lots of ways to make it useful even today. I also have an old 68k Mac, but I honestly have to say I never thought the old Mac software was that good, many other systems did things better. Not sure what I'll set up yet. I mostly want to be able to handle text, program, do a bit of organizing for my solo-roleplaying and connect to text-based online services which will probably require me to set up some very low powered linux SBC of some sort to be able to SSH out from. I also might set up an Android tablet or something as strict media consumption machine I can remote control from whatever I put together. Or maybe a Smart TV? I don't know anything about that stuff. So anyways, thanks for reading my blog. It's a bit dead here so maybe somebody will find this interesting.
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>>5167 Modern consumer stuff like Android devices and smart TVs are full botnet, so not worth it unless you can buy them used for cheap and repurpose the hardware to run your own unpozzed firmware on it. I like CP/M a lot too, and it was actually the first OS that I used because my familly got an Osborne 1 as our first computer way back in the early 80's. I learned BASIC on there (MBASIC) and did play around with WordStar a bit but didn't have any real use for it because I was only 9 years old. In more recent years I found out there are some cool CP/M games like Ladder (and I have the Linux port of this too). But most of the interactive fiction games from Infocom, etc. that were ported to CP/M were also available on many other platforms as well, so there's nothing new or special there if you've already seen those. But back in '81 when I was typing in BASIC listings from magazines and books, almost everything was new and fun. Computing in general felt like a new frontier to explore, and I doubt you could replicate this feeling today, unless maybe you throw out everything that the industry has focussed on and start experimenting with your own compiler and OS (not based on *nix or anything in use today). I used to have an Amiga 500 in the early 90's as well. It was a sweet computer, and I was sad to see Commodore fall (along with Atari, Amstrad, and all the others too) and watch everything become absorbed into the Microsoft/Apple borg. So that's why I installed Linux back then, but now Linux is getting subverted too. I should really get back to Forth, so I can do my own OS project. For the hardware, I don't really care much so long as it's open "enough" (no need for mystery firmware blobs) and doesn't do stupid shit like speculative execution. I'd buy an Amiga again if it weren't for the fact that the prices have gone up a lot from collectors. For now I just have some cheapass ARM SBCs. It might be cool to scrounge around for free hardware from discarded IoT devices or other "obscolete" or broken shit people throw out.
>>5170 True about the botnet. Not entirely sure why my mind jumped there first, I think an Odroid N2+ connected to a nice monitor would be better, enough oomph to be a multimedia machine, low power consumption and at least doesn't need blobs for the graphics anymore since the GPU is supported by the kernel now. (although not sure if video decoding is, I didn't keep up) It has a modern CPU but for using the modern web and other such things you don't really get around it. I actually played around with forth on that Z180, which compared to the Osborne is a speed daemon - first it's SRAM and cf-card mass storage is incredibly fast in comparison, then it also runs at 18 MHz and can be overclocked to 36 MHz by toggling a flag in the CPU register. (CPU is rated for 33 MHz, so not a crazy overclock) Of course, it's still slow compared to an probably e.g. atmega or the controller in that SD-Card I'm using. A year ago I bought a few STM microcontrollers off aliexpress for 60 cents a piece, there's an embedded, completely self-contained forth for them you can even use interactively the common way via serial. Not sure about the stats anymore but probably a lot faster than that Osborne too. It's crazy what is possible today. Some people actually gathered lists in what devices that micro was used and how to re-flash it and use it with that embedded Forth. I was always fascinated by forth, especially how malleable it is and the entire way of thinking regarding building an application from the smallest piece up, I don't have tons of experience with it though. There was a very good forth for the Amiga I remember, with lots of words poking the OS functions. Sadly, Forth seems to be pretty dead, all resources you can find are by some grey-bearded wizards and pretty obscure. I also like lua as a quick scripting language when I have some idea and want to see how an implementation would work out, it's great for just knocking out some code quickly without having to think about syntax too much. Also a tiny language. I managed to compile lua 5.1 for an otherwise unexpanded Amiga 600 with some FastRAM some time ago and it ran pretty well as far as I remember. I think there were some stability problems sometimes though iirc, also I think lua exclusively uses floating point for all calculations and while perfectly fine (and maybe even the fastest way) for modern computers that's not a good idea on an 68k. The worst thing about the Amiga is if you want to use it as a serial terminal for other computers that it doesn't have a proper UART, a normal unexpanded Amiga can get bludgeoned to death by polling the serial port and high baud rates are pretty much impossible. There are a few expansions though that contain an proper UART for the Amiga and it's probably not as big a problem for the later AGA machines with faster CPUs and more RAM bandwidth. It's a shame what consoomers did to the Amiga. The worst thing is they don't even do anything interesting with them. It's all just posing and showing ridiculous benchmarks to each other. Another cool and forgotten thing is that the Amiga has a scripting language called AREXX which is usually very well integrated in all major applications and allows them to communicate with each other and often times script the applications' workings. You can for example write a script that takes data from a FinalCalc spreadsheet and then draws a graph in Deluxe Paint while both are running. It's kinda like sockets and pipes but realized in a less rudimentary way. There's probably a serial terminal emulator somewhere with AREXX functions that'd allow you to remotely control the Amiga. The Amiga could do a lot more than games and the OS was great and it's a pity Commodore fucked it all up so much. This is also what makes Linux so powerful, the piping and connecting programs to each other for their functionality. I think there are pipe implementations for both DOS and you could probably compile e.g. awk and other such tools for them but it'd probably just never work that well. It'd probably be the best to always be connected to a linux box via serial and use it for a lot of the things you can't do locally. I have an Amiga 1200 with Blizzard 030 expansion, no cap damage, it's DAC is on the fritz though. I bought some replacement DACs ages ago and should get around to fix it I think. I feel it could be a cool starting point for this low-tech lifestyle. I also considered something low-power and DOS based and while I have a lot of sentimental attachment to DOS it's kinda shit to program in it because of the fucked up memory model and there's also no multitasking. Also these systems combined with something like a PicoPSU are probably a lot more power-efficient than with their original supplies, it would really surprise me if the A1200 wouldn't stay below 10W. Yeah, it probably won't be like back then and I'm not entirely sure what I'm trying to do here but I feel it's a fun thought experiment. Thanks for reading my blog yet again!
>>5175 (Thinking|Programming) in Forth were good reads. There's a lot of antiquated nonsense, but also interesting ideas, like that you would define words that work like syntactic elements, and that code should read like English. That's probably why the '.' word is what it is— it goes at the end of a "sentence", where you want to see the output. And instead of a word "LOGIN", you call it "I'M" so that you write "I'm Jim" to log in. lmao. Having an OS built from the ground up in Forth could be really cool. Like a Lisp Machine, where it's the same interpreted language all the way down, and you can interrogate any symbol as you would in Emacs. Probably a microkernel design where a lot of the traditionally walled-off kernel stuff is in userspace, because if something goes wrong you get a backtrace and a prompt with a list of remedies instead of a crash. The shell could be totally different, too. Concatenative languages seem to lend themselves pretty well to Bash style pipelining, but if you're in a language VM you don't really have "processes" and if you're doing away with the GNU/POSIX/Linux paradigm, then the security assumptions of a multi-facebook-user system probably go with it. So it'd be less like Bash where you kinda have to think about the cost of spinning up a lot of processes, and more like an actual programming language where you have a grep function rather than a grep command.
>>5183 I read programming in forth ages ago when that antiquated nonsense wasn't that antiquated yet but I never got too deep into it. Because of this discussion, as practice I spent the last few days implementing a driver for a SPI RTC for my Z180 board in Forth. I can finally use a clock. It wasn't that difficult that it took days, I got mostly stuck because I didn't pay close enough attention to the boards' schematic and didn't realize a particular input was active low. (and wondered why the RTC chip wouldn't talk to me) Then I had to put in a few delay loops because the Z180 was talking too fast. Anyways, it's a perfect example for a thing that you can write well in forth. Z80/180 have a weird I/O Port output thing and talking to the RTC via SPI basically means the toggling of two bits at a specified address. As there are only really two states you want (0 and 1) you can put all that "hardcoded" into two words, on and off. Then out of these words you can easily put together other words defining the commands the RTC understands, basically a series of bit toggles. Then out of these words you can put words together that read and print the hours and minutes, and so on, you see where I'm going here. I was searching for examples of other people's work because of my aforementioned earlier problems and what was striking to me was that my forth program is much shorter than the examples in C and such I found, there was a lot of (necessary) repetition in these. What was always fascinating for me regarding forth was how usually the words at the very bottom who are sometimes the "hardest" to come up with conceptually, but once put together, are usually completely error free because they're so simple and you basically never have to look at them again and can do everything else on a higher level. I always felt it's really hard to screw up in forth or end up with hard to understand bugs because of that. Functional languages like Lisp etc. advertise with this too but I never really found them that practical to be honest. (and I tried) I saw a very ancient AMD FPU from the late 70s and I was thinking it would be really easy in forth to just replace the math signs with other words that'd do I/O to send off the math directly to that chip, completely transparent to the programmer. (If this was actually faster in reality than doing all the math locally, eh, my guess is actually not, forth on the Z*-series of CPUs is not that fast and there's a reason FPUs aren't dedicated chips anymore, the latency costs such I/O stuff causes are immense) What's even more interesting though is that you could easily define IO that'd give you the ability to send new forth words off to a forth interpreter on another CPU that wouldn't need to know them but could interpret them on the fly for custom functionality. I can't really think of another language where that would be that easy and could be implemented in a very transparent fashion, at least in theory. Forth OS would definitively be a single user system and do away with a lot of the modern layers of absraction. You could build new words on the fly for whatever functionality you need and if you went with the forth style, your highest level words would amount to functionality that when stringed together would in the end result amount to pipes. Including my aforementioned example, you could even have words that instruct other interconnected forth-machines/cores/vms to do things for you and send the results back to you. A lot of forth implementations (even like, really old ones for the C64) also have schemes for multitasking which are interesting. I kinda have still a problem wrapping my mind around how to do big forth problems though, I might have to read thinking in forth.
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>>5175 What's the bare minimum needed to get into those STM UwUcontrollers? I'm guessing you need a special hardware device to program them? And also a breadboard and some basic components for power circuitry?
>>5207 The STs need an usb based programmer and yeah, that is best wired up on a setup on a breadboard, they do come already on small evaluation-like PCBs where all the support circuity is already included. Just need to solder in pin headers. I don't remember what the programmer costed but it was really cheap, think 6-10 bucks. Arduinos already come on presoldered boards these days that contain all support circuity and headers you need, basically just need to hook it up to an usb port and can program it from there. I made bad experiences here with the cheaper chinese clones, some of the boards are garbage and need fixes. Then you can get some small FT232 boards that are basically USB to 3.3V/5V (jumperable) UART serial converters, optionally they can also supply power via the computer's USB ports for small experiments. On aliexpress you can also get small boards that plug directly into breadboards that are settable to 3.3V/5V and do your power infrastructure. All that stuff is really really cheap if you know where to buy it. I discourage buying these "tinkerer sets" or from western-world based "tinkerer shops" because they're a complete rip-off. (not rarely 3x-10x price for exactly the same stuff, they literally just buy it in china and resell) Just order it all directly in china if you can. When you get some more advanced with time it's also really cheap to have PCBs made in china, like less than $10 for professionally made stuff. Just need to upload the files. You can also get perfectly decend soldering and hot air station in the low hundred range. This hobby is pretty cheap these days and it's literally never been easier to design and implement your own stuff.
>>3511 >>3507 This board is pretty dead but I wonder if you're still around, as I followed some of your posts already back on 8ch and found your tales of the A20 interesting. Today I stumbled across this https://geoffg.net/CMM2_Description.html which is basically an A7 ARM core running BASIC, C64-Style. You can find videos on youtube on it's capabilities and it can do quite a lot. It's a bit marketed with 8 bit nostalgia in mind but fits more into the bracket of a turbocharged Amiga with it's multimedia capabilities. I was thinking it's probably something you could like.
Glad you asked. tl;dr: Fucking Windows 10. However, I've been trying to find a dumbphone wiþout internet access þat'll work on US frequencies. Just call & text, wiþout any bloated spyware, or þe ability for pseudo-normies to permanently delete it.
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>>5651 Yeah I'm still here, just been busy lately. I haven't really done much on my computer except build the latest stable busybox (fixes some annoying bugs, esp. in the shell job control), and get a few more games to work. But I did find a cool set of console fonts from int10h.org that are nicer than the stock Linux VGA fonts for DOS emulation. Pic is 8086tiny running in a tty with the VGAfonts/FONTS/PC-OTHER/TANDY1_D.F18 font loaded. This results in an 80x26 text console, so it's almost perfect. I also tried to setup some of the GPIO cubietruck ports as serial ports (so I don't have to keep using the USB<->serial adapter), but it doesn't work right so far. I changed my FEX file to enable the right uart_para pins and the corresponding MUX gpio names as in the A20 datasheet, but I must have done goofed somewhere because neither cu nor minicom are doing diddly squat when jumper wires are connected from those TX/RX/GND pins to the RX/TX/GND pins of the my other board's default UART. If I had a multimeter, I'd check to see if anything is even coming out of the TX pin, but alas they only have shitty ones at my local hardware store, so I'll have to order something online. And yeah I pretty much don't have any electronics gear yet, so building anything cool like that Maximite computer will have to wait.
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Also, just for fun > cat frog01.ans
Running kubuntu in a virtual machine to get a taste of linux. I'm planning to eventually put a linux distro on an old T60 that I have once I get the hang of things.
>>5670 >>5671 That takes me back. The font has big similarities to the Amiga Topaz font, the older Serif one of Version 1.x of the OS. I sadly can't really help you with your problem as I've only been using my Cubietruck with mainline. I kinda lapsed behind updates and tried to do too many things at once with it and now I'm going to have to set it up all from the ground up again. I will when I get a quiet minute, I really enjoyed that machine and grafx2 was fantastic on it. No distractions, besides some music. Honestly, I think USB to serial is a good compromise because these ports are a line a bit too direct to the SoC and also 3.3V. Without any buffering in between they're probably a really easy way to damage the chip if not careful. I've been lately spending my time with micocontrollers and very small ARM SoCs like that Maximite. The line between computer and microcontroller has blurred as many microcontrollers are really powerful. There's the newer ESP32, for example. A microcontroller that's about $8 on a devboard if you shop around, and it's easy programmable with the Arudino framework in C. People managed to get a VIC20 emulation on it running (with yes, the microcontroller even outputting graphics and reading keyboard input via GPIO, it's that fast) and I even saw a slow albeit functional DOS/Win 3.0 emulation running on it, complete with VGA, SD-Card drive support and mouse and keyboard support and some sound. $8. What a time to live in. There's even a devboard that comes pre-equipped with a VGA port and PS/2 Mouse+Keyboard ports. Again, no direct hardware support in the microcontroller for this, the CPU is just beefy enough to do it via GPIO, even at up to 800x600 (with max. 4 Colors IIRC). Crazy. I'm currently obsessed with implementing very small programs in small DIP 328Ps that are then controllable via serial. It's fun.
might install ubuntu since i'm too much of a faggot to learn anything else
>>5760 I just use the Cinnamon version of Mint as far as Linux goes. It's just an offshoot of Ubuntu anyway.
>>5762 It's in the debian family, and supposedly made to be even more user friendly than ubuntu. Now, is it just me, or does mint suck less than ubuntu these days?
>>5765 I've only ever seen Ubuntu in videos, but I always used Mint just because I heard it sucked less than Ubuntu.
>>5766 Yep, no snap apps or whatever they're called.
I've been running Urbit and am looking to hop on the train once it becomes less expensive. It's still a work in progress and isn't a replacement for the current Internet, but it looks like there's a lot of interesting groups starting to form on there right now. >>5772 I think when I first started using Mint people were mainly glad at not having to use the Unity interface.
>>5785 old school unity looked nice
>>5786 At least Unity tried to be what Mac is for Linux.

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