2003.03.31

3/31/2003

23.46.08 - Mark

You know that Blackbird I have, you know the one in my specs page, a nice 540c, 24 MBs of RAM, a 100 MHz 603 upgrade, 500 MB hard drive. Well I parted with it today. Well really last week, Wendnesday to be exact, when I packed her up and sent her off. I just know that she arrived at her destination about 4 hours ago. The 540c/PPC was probably the first system I remember really wanting, I mean really, really wanting That must have been back in 1994 or 1995 when I was looking at them come out in Macusers, Macworlds, and days when I would take a MacConnection and look at it for hours on end, configuring and reconfiguring my dream system. Of course I never got it, I wanted a multi thousand dollar system and then some even when there was no way I knew about all of what I wanted.

Childish dreams I suppose, and I grew up, downloading tons of demos and shareware off AOLs mac user group, setting up Clones with ethernet cards, stringing ethernet cable, eventualy getting my G3, my first IIci, building the Phoenix and learning about Mac hardware. But I don't think that dream of a 540c/PPC ever left me, probably the first thing I searched eBay for was a 540c. I know I was looking at them before I bought the 6100, maybe even the IIci, but it took me a while to get even a 520c, and of course my friend was infected by the puddle of drool I probably spewed on the thing, and he was the one who got me to bid on the 540c. It was really the third pick, he had lost the first two auctions so we bid on this third, rather vague auction, snippered and eventualy won at something like $110. The next day we send out a couple money orders and we waited impaciently- I had bought a Newton at the time IIRC. I swear he must have been at my house every day until it arrived, in fact begging me to trade me my 520c for the soon to arrive 540c. In retrospect I should have taken the deal but didn't. And it arrived. I still remember him taking my knife to open the box in my familis office, and how shocked we both were when we realized that 8.1 was running on the system, and ASP showed "540c 100MHz 603" as the system specs. That of course was the beginning of our trades.

A few months later he traded me the 540c/PPC for a 7100, monitor, keyboard, mouse and the 520c as he needed more power at one of his summer camps, I guess the 540c didn't have enough RAM or something like that. In any case I got it, and I was thrilled. Granted the batteries were shot but I tried a few tricks and nothing worked. In the end I just toted it around, banging away on its slightly flimsy keyboard while it was plugged into a wall outlet. I know there were a few cases when I would take it downstairs at 1 AM and watch world cup soccer while playing Marathon or Bolo. It was probably the first system someone had come up out of the blue and offered a price for a part, $125 + for the PPC card, obviously not taken but still another first. When I moved last year I know it was in the car with me at all times, that might have been the first and last time my family sees an in car LAN party with Bolo as the game of choise. Over the next few weeks I would come home finish my homework and then fire up Marathon or Marathon 2 and frag away both glad and dissapointed that my G3 and the Phoenix haven't been moved yet.

I know this is a bit long- perhaps better for an article on my main site, but I didn't plan this out, its just been coming back to me. The 540c, even the 520c I still have, has been a great system for me. They have brought me great joy, and taught me many things. If this ever comes up in a google search, maybe of some newer mac user looking for information about the 540c laptops with the PPC upgrade and stumble across this post, I'd like to let them know that its probably worth it. With OS X now taking over the Mac experiance the 540c is a beautiful system, a memorial to Apple Industrial Design, and with a copy of 8.1, even a 7.5, they can bring you lots of good times. Blackbirds are capable systems, that can play many classic games, play MP3s, and still have a strong following of users around the globe. Perhaps my path will cross My second Blackbird again in the future, but at the moment I have no regrets in trading her for newer systems, as I move into the future.

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3/31/2003

16.02.47 - Mark

I am a Cubs fan, yes a Cubs fan. Every season the Cubs loose, we haven't had a world series win in 100 years. Today is opening day, and as I write this in the 7th inning I must say this, if 15 to 2 in favor of the Cubs isn't a sign, and the 100th anniversy of the last world series win isn't a sign, and the 50th anniversy of the first African American to play for the cubs isn't a sign, then WHAT IS A SIGN? That said my brother is already looking for a box strong enough to ship himself in, as he can't afford both bus tickets and world series tickets for when Chicago goes to the world series

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2003.03.30

3/30/2003

21.07.22 - Mark

For most of today, I've been wondering about a report on one of the news channels I saw. No video, just one of those maps with a face while the guy talks. And his story bugged me. It was something like "we're sorry we don't have video but we're being shot at" theres a mild panic to this but I think "OK, let's listen" but as his story continues and his initial panic fades away I realize that if anything he's saying is true then theres going to be a background noise. Insted of the weapons fire, and a mild panic/fear combination around the Marines he's with, theres a strange silence. This is live, on a mobile phone somewhere in Iraq, supposedly in a bunker with a handful of soldiers who are supposedly talking about how scared they are between returning fire, because they are being shot at by Iraqi forces "a matter of yards away". Grqanted I've never been in combat but I know about recoding sound. If any of thats true he's either holding the mic up to his lips or he's BSing the stations viewers.

The first of those to options seems unlikely, as anyone who has recorded sounds with a mic millimeters away from thier face knows, you will get a blowing sound. I didn't hear any blowing sounds. So that leaves me with the other option, and a question.

Are American reporters telling lies to they viewers who depend on them for the truth, because the US government wants them to?

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2003.03.29

3/29/2003

20.31.14 - Mark

Twiddler + adapter + mac = insanity.

I took up the twiddler and the home made cheap ass adapter, and even took a real serial cable and its still not working. I'm starting to wonder if its a drive issue I mean OS 9 is a big jump from the OS 7 they probably used. more to look into I guess, maybe I'll try again on the quadra if I get a chance.

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3/29/2003

15.42.06 - Mark

I know its Saturday, yesterday after school seems to have dissappeared, but in my US government class (The one North Carolina is making me take because the Constitution seems to be different in Iowa) we watched the The Scorpion King. Now would someone explain to me why The Scorpion King is relevent to teaching the US's Economic, Law, and Political systems?

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3/29/2003

15.36.16 - Mark

America, home to freedom of speech, but only as long as you're willing to be forced into putting on free concerts

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2003.03.27

3/27/2003

12.14.10 - Mark

*&^% I just realized that the army isn't at goarmy.gov, goarmy.net, not even goarmy.org. When the *&^% did the Army go commercial on us.

(thinks)

The US Army, proudly bringing you war since the 1770's.

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3/27/2003

12.02.03 - Mark

Bordom Conquers All:

After a mostly useless day (aren't they all) I got really bored and fired up photoshop to play with an idea I had in first or second period when I was starting to drift off in to the land of the Z's. Basicaly what I did was parody those "I am an Army of One" ads the US Army has been running in place of "Be All That You Can Be".

You know the ones, blah, blah, blah: I am (rank and name) and I am an Army of One.

Well since I oppose this war I took graphics of some really nice, wouldn't kill a fly if thier life depended on it people (Namely Major "King" Kong, Adolf Hitler, and George W. Bush ) Then put a "Mushroom Cloud Patch" with something like "I Am (Rank, if applicable) (Name). And I am a Killer of Thousands" Granted I don't know that any of them killed just thousands but it sounded close enough to "Of one" to work. Expecaly with a nice blood red on black for lettering. I've yet to decide if I'm putting them online. I know theres free speach and all but I just don't know. I also don't know if I'm going to do more. Somehow I doubt if I'll find many more good images to use that layout with.

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3/27/2003

17.46.54 - Mark

I've discovered something. People are so preocupied with in state colleges that they ignore all the good schools. I was hinting onto this in Iowa when everyone said that ISU and UoI was among the best engineering schools in the nation. Granted ISU did cook up the real first electrical computer a good thing for thier CS department and UoI does have a good engineering program neiter was among the best in the country AFAICT. Now that I'm in NC I know that people for the most part ignore out of state colleges. Apparently the best engineering schools in the nation are in NC. Sure, if you want to help bring the world to the eve of destruction, then yes NC is for you. If you want to grow clones or muntants, then again Yes, NC is for you. Other than that nothing as far as US News is concerned about showing the public.

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2003.03.25

3/25/2003

15.41.27 - Mark

Remember the months following 9/11/01? Specificaly people being pissed off at the Red Cross for taking all the blood they didn't need? Well know I know why. Today my school hade a blood drive and thinking that it might do some good with a mere hour (thats a hint) of my time, I signed up. Then came today. Today I was at school and was waiting to be taped out. I signed up fairly late so I was thinking third period, maybe forth. Either way I was fine with it. I had gone though the trouble of getting breakfast after waking up early, for me anyways, and didn't have any caffiene like I usualy do. First period comes, they set up, second, some of the friends I have in the group putting on the drive leave class, third I know thier taking blood as I could see it though the gym doors. Luch I have another friend helping and he came in, and he made a comment like "You better go now, they aren't calling any one out" OK I'm a little stirred about it but I go to my forth period teacher and tell them that I was signed up and haden't been called out yet, and that I heard they we're calling any one out. From there I've got an easy test, 15 minutes to waste time until two. Since I still haden't been called out I asked to go down. He said fine and I went. Of course thats the exact moment they came to get me. [insert mild to moderate irratation]. So I go down and fill out the paper work, notice a few of my friends and go grab a snack as they had a nice spread. Then I go off to catch my friends, and I think it was something like this:

"Given yet? [motions to blood donation chairs]"
"No, still waiting. You?"
"Just got here, how long have you been waiting?"
"What time is it"
"2:10 [pause] about an 2 hours"
[eyes pop out]
"Whats you're number"
"113"
[Looks at my own number: 139]
[eyes pop out again]

That should sum it up, he got into the donation chair at about 3:05 when I left, with a line ahead of me and at least 40 minutes to draw the pint. Then the other friend I talked to who donated said he went in at 12:30 and basicaly had to kill people to donate his own blood before school let out.

As I said, I know why people felt pissed off about the Red Cross when they let that blood waste away

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2003.03.24

3/24/2003

12.21.07 - Mark

After hours of working WE HAVE BURNING!!! and in 17 minutes I'll have a fresh, hot MP3 CD.

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3/24/2003

22.41.34 - Mark

No flashing yet, the floppy drives I have look dead and I don't have an IDE hard drive to put an OS onto, if thats even possible on my Macs. Maybe I'll go out to the storage unit and try to dig something up. As a wise man once said, So close yet so far away. I suppose that this is good practice for my CET competition in a few weeks. As for tommarow, I'm hoping that I can weasle my way out of Gym by donating blood. I still don't see how Gym in Iowa is different from Gym In North Carolina...

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3/24/2003

20.50.04 - Mark

Got the keyboard, now to see if I can get the PC to boot into an OS.

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3/24/2003

18.09.18 - Mark

We took another look at that house a couple hours ago. None of us see any major faults with it so we might make an offer soon. I've got mixed emotions about it but for the most part I'm OK with it mainly since it will get me back to my computers. Other than that I've been being lazy, nothing major to do and nothing minor that needs to be done or can hold my attention. Did upload some new images of the Radeon to the main site. I've yet to look at them closly but I've got them up (site:projects:in progress:radeon) I never got on again after last nights "We have burning" post but the MP3 CD works, for the most part. "Dreams" by the Cranberries won't play for what ever reason, probably a couple others as well. Corrupt file I guess. At least the burner works.

Other than that I might be getting a PS/2 keyboard so I can see about flashing that Radeon Card. Maybe I'll work on the Twiddler converter as well.

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2003.03.23

3/23/2003

12.01.08 - Mark

I just realized that I was too tired to make a blog entry today (Saturday). There was a lot, I was in a competition that had me wake up at 6 AM, that sucked. At least I got a few Red Bulls out of it. I also got a good luch out of it. Then I came home by sleeping in a cramped car seat that I evidently fell asleep in. When I woke up my back let me know it. I know I'm going to enjoy my bed tonight ;) Then I had to come home and fix computer problems, oh well, I might have a donor monitor for one of my crazy projects, probably the Plasmac first. more later. I'm going back to the part about enjoying my bed...

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3/23/2003

22.52.30 - Mark

You know whats bad, I mean really really bad. My ethernet network needed 4 hours, 20 some minutes to transfer 192.8MBs of data. Thats really, really bad. Now to see if I can't burn another MP3 cd...

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3/23/2003

21.08.29 - Mark

Looked at a house today, the first good one we've looked at that didn't cost twice as much as we have to spend on one. Only problem is that its decorator should have been shot at birth. At least the basement is mostly untouched, and theres a huge space I can use for a computer lab. Speaking of computers I dug up my CD-R drive to see if its working. I'd know but I want to burn MP3s. The MP3's I want to burn on on my G3, the burner is set up for the Phoenix. I bet you're seeing my problem by now. So I'm transfering the MP3s to the Phoenix by way of ethernet. The 7200's ethernet is S L O O O O O O O W. Of 192.8 MBs, 95 MBs have transfered so far. How long has it been? Only about 2 hours 50 minutes...

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2003.03.21

3/21/2003

22.56.40 - Mark

OK with the Farscape thing off my chest, heres some more personal news: The Twiddler still doesn't work, my foot is killing me after a little incident in a soccer game when all of my weight was pressed down on one side of it, my blog isn't showing posts when I edit it, and I've got to wake up at 6 AM EST to drive 2 and a half hours. BTW, this war sucks.

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3/21/2003

22.50.54 - Mark

Let me get this off nice, loud and clear.

The Sci-Fi channel is officaly crap now. They have completed the sad cancellation of Farscape one of the best Sci Fi shows I've seen. Not only did the final episode leave many questions unanswered, they finished it with the line "To Be Continued". THEY ENDED THE SERIES WITH "TO BE CONTINUED"! How stupid can you get?!?!

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2003.03.20

3/20/2003

18.33.21 - Mark

Should have seen this one coming

Recount!!!

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2003.03.19

3/19/2003

23.42.54 - Mark

How long do you think it will be for Gore to say something like "I invented (insert Apple product)" in a Wired article

BTW

"Oh My God! You Killed iMac" "You [beep]!"

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3/19/2003

21.45.47 - Mark

Let us take a moment to thank George "Dubya" Bush and the 108th US congress for thier recent actions. With out them the UN would still have international power, Tony Blair wouldn't be risking his political future, NATO would still be useful, we wouldn't be lauching stealth bombers, foods with the word "French" in thier name would not be reclassified as "Freedom Foods", idiotic legislation such as TIA would not be passed, and Iraq would not have to plan on rebuilding thier economy based on glass and silicon in the next few months.

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2003.03.18

3/18/2003

20.20.22 - Mark

OK heres what I've got, three of my 4 major ports soldered to the experimenters board. So after taking a break I'm taking a look at the the pin outs and I'm about to cut the required wires and possibly shorten the ribbon cable thats connecting the PB 9 connector that has my required pins. My problem comes with the Mini din 9 that Mac uses for serial connections. I want to use a port and then use a transfer cable but so far I haven't been able to desolder one. My other option is to splice a cable but honestly that seems like the overly destructive method. On the other hand I just got a good idea. I might take the second DB 9 connector from my Dell and then use one of the cables I got with my newton to finaly get it to the Mac. I'll have to look at this a little closer...

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3/18/2003

17.29.30 - Mark

Fighting with the Twiddler, Part 2.

OK, I'm back at it, this time with more stable hardware. I just picked up an experimenters board at Ratty Shack for a couple bucks. I also droped by my storage unit and dug up the ACK 1.0 Combinded with the parts I scavenged last night I should be able to make an ADB converter for the Twiddler without having to sacrifice any cables I don't have. Now I'm going to go fire up the soldering iron, get a drink and get to work. And yes, I will take photos.

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2003.03.17

3/17/2003

23.30.27 - Mark

stupid side note:

Hope you enjoyed St. Patrick's Day, the holiday of Green Beer and Rioting

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3/17/2003

23.29.17 - Mark

First off I miss my tools, a multimeter would make this a lot easier. Second I got 2 of the parts I seem to need from a dead PC and a Dell that just plain sucks (it was free, so I took it in). My problems came when I needed an ADB port, and for once in my life I don't have an ADB device thats got a foot (or two) in the grave, and I know I had one a couple weeks ago. This fact causes me to ask one question, "Where the &^%$ is my stuff?!?!"

And in case you like me updating the site more than this blog, I may or may not get a page up tonight, the solder fumes made my eye lids heavy.

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3/17/2003

21.42.20 - Mark

OK first attempts failed, and I never did get the card flashed. Plus side on each tho' I may be getting a real PS/2 keyboard so I can flash it at home with my PITA used PC. The plus side on the twiddler is that I'm going to go mess with it right now.

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3/17/2003

15.53.31 - Mark

Whoa, I'm barly out of school today and I'm already flying. As soon as a I came home I noticed my Twiddler had arrived. WooHoo. I've alreayd opened it and I'm reading the manual (to some extent) and I'm thinking about jerry rigging it to the PC I hve floating around here to do a test run in Dos. Maybe if I can get it to run I'll flash the Radeon card and see if I can get that working. More later, I still have some sites to check out before I get to trying that and setting up and do a more detailed report on that.

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2003.03.15

3/15/2003

22.38.19 - Mark

Remember a long time ago (two weeks or so) when I said I was going to get a PC Radeon 7000 card to flash, well I got it today. I went shopping for some other things (shoes) and eventualy found myself a quick jog from a CompUSA so I went in and bought the card. Now as to the flashing...

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2003.03.14

3/14/2003

12.48.36 - Mark

Friday already, Where has this week gone? In case you didn't look at the time stamp I'm posting this at about 12:50 and I'm about to go get some sleep. Anyways I found out that that Twiddler I paid for last week probably won't ship until this afternoon. I'll post when I know for sure but I fired off an email to the seller today asking when it would ship. A little disappointing but hey he's the seller.

BTW, here's an amazing hack for you're viewing pleasure. The case is beautiful, though I like the modern look of the Phoenix. Still theres some stuff there I would love to apply to a hack. Maybe my Gibson if I ever get to it...

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3/14/2003

18.32.23 - Mark

Finaly the battery is recognized by the wallstreet. Bad news is that it won't run off it even tho' its fully charged. Do'h! Twiddler still hasen't shipped but I'm hoping to get a confirmation soon, we shall see.

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2003.03.13

3/13/2003

20.45.19 - Mark

*&^%, I wish the batteries would work. Yesterday I could get it to recognize one battery but now it won't even go as far as that. I'm only posting this here since I'm too lazy to update the regular pages. I don't know what the problem is but I know it won't charge eiter, my brothers 'book charges them fine.

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2003.03.12

3/12/2003

21.02.52 - Mark

I'm opening too maNy electronic devices for my own good. Nokia Cell Phone here, laptop or two there, CD drive. I'm supprised I haven't killed anything- yet- due to messing inside of whatever it might be. On the other hand I've got a nice idea about what to do on this CD Drive I've got lounging around... Then again this brings me back to what I was saying the other day about "I MISS MY TOOLS!!!"

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2003.03.11

3/11/2003

22.23.56 - Mark

After extensive hardware work over the weekend I've been doing software configuration on the wearable's future drive. So far I have Mindcontrol, PowerWindows, Kaleidoscope, Smoothtype, QT 6 pro, Newton Connection Utilities, The Twiddler Extention, Via Voice, BBEdit 7 (full), iTunes 2, Internet Explorer 5, Stuffit Expander, and Drop Stuff all under OS 9.1. I've also made an attempt at getting a second battery to charge, but I think I might have to look into an external charging unit. Appropriate enough the K-Scheme I'm using is "Artifical World"

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3/11/2003

18.12.42 - Mark

...and the number one reason you know your favorite representive doesn't like France is

[drum roll]

Freedom Fries!

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3/11/2003

15.46.35 - Mark

For a limited time only- McWireless

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2003.03.10

3/10/2003

23.23.00 - Mark

I miss having tools, I want to do work on the TiNewt so I can buy the parts to do a cell phone mod. But I don't have the tools to get it apart. On the Phone Mod I'd almost kill for a decent multimeter right now. Maybe the Twiddler will bring some relief later this week as it shipped from NY earlier today. Then again I don't know if I have the parts to make the adaptor needed...

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3/10/2003

16.13.24 - Mark

I can just see this conversation at the White house with Dubya at the center of every thing, of course this is written with the links to provide context

"What do you mean by 'We can't nuke them sir?' Of course I can! My daddy told me to, besides, I want to do this."

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2003.03.09

3/09/2003

23.42.48 - Mark

Did I mention that I went to a local play today? I know this Wearable has been taking up a ton of time this weekend but I managed to find the time to take a break and go see Footloose at the local play house. I'm glad I did, I might get back into working as crew on a couple plays because of it. It wasn't my first plan, but I swear I just get drafted into these things. Every play I've worked as a tech on has been one where I've been coaxed into it. I don't know why I just do- not that its an entirly BAD thing...

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3/09/2003

21.46.58 - Mark

Or not. After yet another takeapart I took a look at the pads on both boards, I need a much btter soldering iron if I'm going to do the transplant. there are half a dozen SMD resistors that are tied in with the S-Video port that would need to be trransplanted as well. This thing is really living up to the name of PBFH.

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3/09/2003

20.30.54 - Mark

Yep, its a video problem. My other board works fine so I'm going to see about a little give and take. My other board gives an S-Video port and the other one takes, sounds easy doesn't it?

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3/09/2003

19.10.06 - Mark

On a worse note, I figured out my video problem- its the motherboard. A quick test on a working computer shows that I should get video out on my VGA monitor, but I don't. I should also be getting s-video out upon booting the system folder I made yesterday, but I'm not. So I think its the motherboard. I'll swap the baords and see what I get.

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3/09/2003

18.29.23 - Mark

YES! It's Mine That leaves me the battery issues, a docuented hack, a case, and some more coaxing on behalf of the PBFH before I have wearable. This is a good thing, a very good thing.

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2003.03.08

3/08/2003

12.58.55 - Mark

Finaly- a REAL Saturday, no school today. (screams with joy)

Now for the funny,

Bar owner arrested for doing the right thing. Now if thats misuse of a weapon, what isn't?

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3/08/2003

23.35.32 - Mark

OK I know I've done a ton of blog entries today due to the PBFH (no the drive isn't working in my system- Yet) but I ran across a plesent distraction. This column, and even more specificaly this picture and the piece about it. And now that you've looked at the photo without lookingat the part refering to it, yes that is an Apple ADB mouse with 2 buttons and no its not a recase.

I can just hear those of you who don't have a USB mac and don't want to find a multi button ADB mouse, you're saying "Wow, how do I do that" The answer is "Not with a Mitsumi based model". After reading it I dug up a couple of my "soap bar" mice and ripped them apart. Unfortunatly for me I had two Mitsumi OEMs and after some probing around I could only get the single button to work. I suspect that the logitech models are the ones being refered to but I'd have to find one in my collection and test that. Still its a very cool idea.

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3/08/2003

17.59.29 - Mark

OK I didn't decided to update to OS 9.2.1 and went ahead setting the monitor setting to NTSC on my Canon display then reistalled the established drive into the PBFH. Now to see if I can get it to boot in the PBFH...

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3/08/2003

17.23.05 - Mark

Scratch that, I now have video out. Now to upgrade to 9.2.1 or not to upgrade to 9.2.1

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3/08/2003

17.19.57 - Mark

Justy finished upgrading to 9.1, not quite the 5 PM guess I gave earlier. AFAIK video mirroring isn't working yet.

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3/08/2003

17.08.50 - Mark

Just finished basic setup, but I still don't have any of the pieces I need. Just about to run the 9.1 updater

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3/08/2003

16.53.59 - Mark

Just finished the first install, restarting now.

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3/08/2003

16.52.01 - Mark

Finaly, Military Intellegence

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3/08/2003

16.41.20 - Mark

Format is finished, starting the first install now

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3/08/2003

16.22.56 - Mark

Do'h my 9.1 disk is fubar, current plan is to install 9.0 and upgrade to 9.1 and then probably 9.2.

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3/08/2003

16.18.24 - Mark

Just finished backing up the system and I'm booting off the 9.1 install CD right now to wipe the drive and do a clean install.

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3/08/2003

15.42.27 - Mark

I feel like Case or some other Gibson hacking hero saying this but "I'm in"

Yep, I finaly managed to get into the drive of R2-D2 or as I call it the PBFH. I'm backing up the drive right now and will be wiping the drive shortly. Updates have been made in my dedicated sections but piece by piece progress will go right in here. My current ETA for wearable ready CPU is 1 hour, 18 minutes (5 PM EST)

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3/08/2003

01.06.16 - Mark

Forget The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, isn't this a sign of The Second Coming of Newton?

Notice the history on the guy, every Mac favorable OS on earth, except *nix. Then again *nix is the Mac OS.

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2003.03.07

3/07/2003

16.52.11 - Mark

Repeat after me,

Stem cell research is a good thing

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2003.03.06

3/06/2003

23.25.15 - Mark

Some nice art thats free for the veiwing. I was first exposed to it with this iBook Mod and since then have grown on Sam Browns work. Enjoy.

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3/06/2003

17.00.30 - Mark

I hate money problems, I found a sweet deal on a Twiddler 1, as I mentioned yesterday, off of eBay. Made even sweeter by a Buy It Now price well below the going rate of the other recently finished Twiddler on eBay. Unfortunatly I can't use a credit card at the moment and had to pass on the auction. And it finished and It wasn't by me. So I don't have a twiddler and I'm kicking my self over how low it went for. Oh well Live and learn right?

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2003.03.05

3/05/2003

12.18.00 - Mark

Here's how it should be done- Bribing the Taxpayers.

[*takes $100 with a speeding ticket] Sure officer, I won't rip up this $50 ticket...

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3/05/2003

12.14.22 - Mark

Today (or I guess yesterday was a good day) I can safely say that I did a grand amount of nothing all day. Or at least something similar to doing nothing. Grammar is something but I mean it was easy, plus I was doing it with some Celtic/Jazz fusion playing that I really should have gotten the name of. All in all a good day. Plus there was an amazing episode of 24 on, I'm almost supprised they (edited for spoilers) with the war on Iraq fast approching. Anyways I;m going to make a couple more posts here for the sake of having a few things and then I plan to sleep.

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3/05/2003

23.56.50 - Mark

What is it about late night, I mean I do more after others go to sleep than I do when everyone else is awake. Oh well another idea for another time. What I really want to post is that I'm considering an upgrade to Blogger Pro Wish I wasn't straped for cash at the moment. It looks good and as its bundled with Ad-Free BlogSpot hosting I really see benifits, mainly that it would fit in with the rest of my site.

Furthermore I've been watching some TV as most of my usual Wendsday night brain killers were in repeats. Guess its for the better as I watched a great move called The Flight of the Phoenix on AMC.

Lastly theres an issue of a Twiddler One, but I'll wait until thats resolved before posting. Same deal as the trades I'm always workin on.

Now off to sleep!

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3/05/2003

18.17.00 - Mark

And for those of you who though the US's redesigned $20s looked like Monopoly Money before, Look again

Or how US bills met Technicolor and learned to hate federal reserve green.

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2003.03.03

3/03/2003

23.31.02 - Mark

Its amazing how much more confident someone can be from a move, I swear, since I've moved I've been entered in two different type of competitions as well as got involved with a couple of groups. I mean, usualy I got drafted for that sort of stuff but hey, I'm already at a state level in two of the groups. Plus one of them is getting me out of school for two days- to play with computers. I mean how good is it when they send you to a competition to play with computers and you've got a couple of hardware trades working in your favor? Still I want a Metcal for SMD work and a couple upgrades for the Phoenix

Anyways I'm going to go do some more hack planning (I have a few that whould be very nice if I do them) and then get some sleep.

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3/03/2003

16.48.56 - Mark

I hate it when someone says "Can I have a minute" and then take an hour. I couldn't bid on a Twiddler 1 for my wearable because I was kind enough to let someone use the computer for "Just a minute" and then ended up loosing by 20 minutes, where the auction had 45 minutes left when I let them on. And to think they call me "Dictator of the computer" around here. >:(

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2003.03.02

3/02/2003

23.33.00 - Mark

I had this idea yesterday, noticing that I still had a couple of cell phones from a previous service from before I moved and remembered that one of the most amazing Hacks I've seen was Aurora 8260 done by the amazing Dr. Bob. While I doubt I'm insane enough to do his LED mod on a new phone a couple of old phones and some LEDs would be good. Besides they are the old models that don't allow face plates and ring tones, not that I want that. So the plan would be change the LEDs to blue with some 0603 packege LEDs and paint the plastics with Hammered Black rustolium. Maybe a glossy clear coat over that and I've got a phone thats 100% unique. This could be fun- besides I always need an excuse for more electronics stuff.

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3/02/2003

15.49.55 - Mark

Phew, managed to find an external pack I got with my Newt 120 and thankful it was charged, tho' the newt scared me for a minute when it wouldn't boot. Theres a reason places like This Old Newt are around.

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3/02/2003

15.23.30 - Mark

Why is it that there are never enough AA's around? My Newton won't power up and I don't have any stinking AAs.

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2003.03.01

3/01/2003

16.20.50 - Mark

Finaly a backlit keyboard on an iceBook. Yet another wonderful Japanese hack. Translated by Babelfish

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3/01/2003

16.13.30 - Mark

Just did some updates to my site, though you probably know that if you're reading this blog. By the way SATURDAY SCHOOL SUCKS!!!

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3/01/2003

13.30.20 - Mark

Yesterday just flew by, so is today for that matter. I think I have some good stuff to put up today, but we'll see. Again its Saturday and I'm at school (and I'm writing this during lunch at school). I might want to recover this afternoon. Finsihed Gibson's Pattern Recognition and I'm back to Med Ship full time. For those who haven't read a William Gibson Novel, read one- any one, they are all good, even when not in the future (like Pattern Recognition and his alt. history novel.)

Also I'm going to see about getting a Radeon 7000 PCI card and flashing it for use in a Mac. At $40 post rebates its the right price. Definatly beets $130 for a true Mac version. See the links I posted earlier this week for more on that. Besides it gives me an excuse to try and get a CD-R again, and I need that to fix the PBFH.

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