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[#] Tue Nov 30 2010 22:32:30 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I guess I'm probably once again the last person on earth to try something that everyone already discovered is cool, but ...

I installed NX on my server at home, and ... holy shit this really is the world's fastest remote desktop. I was accessing a desktop on my home server from my desktop at work at a speed which felt like a local connection. It's *really* nice.

At this point it would make sense to set it up in the other direction too, so when I'm working from home I can just remote in to my work desktop.


The thing that got me interested in doing this was the $12 Neoware thin client I bought on eBay which will arrive this week. It's got WinXP on it, but it's basically just a low-power PC and it'll boot from PXE, so I'm going to grab a copy of ThinStation and boot it from the network. NX is one of the remote desktop technologies supported by ThinStation.

Who knows, if it works out nicely I may buy a few more.

[#] Wed Dec 01 2010 12:29:09 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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By all means let us know how it goes.  I used NX briefly in 2003 to talk to my home machine from work; I remember virtually nothing about it, except that it seemed really fast and responsive, more so than my local Windows 2000 machine...  I would seriously consider a solution like that to provide me some useful connectivity in my garage.



[#] Thu Dec 02 2010 13:57:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Damn. The thin client arrived today and it's DOA. The seller is perfectly willing to replace it but I was really looking forward to playing with my new geek toy today.

[#] Thu Dec 02 2010 14:33:58 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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next time buy from china. It takes so long to get here that by the time it arrives you've forgotten about it and are pleasantly surprised.

[#] Thu Dec 02 2010 14:34:48 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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actually that's a funny point.
You can buy amazing things for cheap from china, but you can't buy anything used or antique.

Although I suppose they'll get into copying ancient hardware if there's enough of a market.

[#] Sun Dec 05 2010 11:09:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Actually what will eventually happen is that either China will begin buying its own stuff, or the dollar will plummet, or both. The result will be that there will no longer be any such thing as "cheap stuff from China." This will be bad, but we'll be able to keep more of our own people employed in manufacturing, which will be good.

In the meantime buy cheap stuff while you can. :)

If my replacement terminal works, I'm probably going to buy a few more. In fact ... I might even be able to build a small business out of grabbing old terminals off eBay and selling them back repurposed as Thinstations.

[#] Mon Dec 06 2010 08:37:14 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Mon Dec 06 2010 12:28:52 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh... nice!



[#] Mon Dec 06 2010 12:45:18 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I had to something similar for a class project in college. The goal was to build a DMA controller for a PDP/11 using a VME bus. The controller had to copy blocks of memory and then push the contents, byte-by-byte into shift registers to output to an oscilloscope. We then had to write a program in assembler to trigger the whole process and draw something.

It was all vector-based. Printing text through the interface was conceivably possible, but that would've been much more effort than the class required.
PDP Binder

[#] Mon Dec 06 2010 18:51:29 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whew. spellbinder, that sounds like a very sound 'it had to be proven' and having done that in your youth pro'lly makes you old and wise evil h4x0r.



[#] Tue Dec 07 2010 12:22:01 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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It was definitely fun to just be given a simple set of requirements and then implement the whole thing from design, to construction, testing, programming, and debugging.

I don't usually toot my own horn, but when I finished, it worked better than the reference controller built by the teaching assistant. :P
Spell

[#] Tue Dec 07 2010 22:34:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Someday, even oscilloscopes will be LCD, and life will officially be not worth living.

[#] Wed Dec 08 2010 11:00:17 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Too late.

We've got a couple of digitizing oscilloscopes in our lab with LCD displays.
I daresay one of them may even have a touch-screen display.

Heck, even 10 years ago, we had digitizing oscilloscopes, but they were at least using a CRT to display the info. However, the trace was still digitized first and drawn on the screen via a normal video adapter. No direct-driving of the CRT guns by the signal being measured.

Certainly not as cool as the old green-screen o-scopes, but the digitizing scopes are a lot more advanced. With the digitizing scopes, the inputs can be very high-impedance, which means less distortion of the signal being measured.
It also means you can do a lot more signal analysis right on the scope instead of having to figure it all out by hand.
Oscilloscope Binder

[#] Thu Dec 09 2010 14:14:39 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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Yep, got a mixed-sig scope here that totally kicks ass... LCD, usb
connected, video out that can go to a projector... decodes all sorts of
digital signals...

[#] Mon Dec 13 2010 14:27:40 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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but you don't get that warm green phosphor glow!

[#] Mon Dec 13 2010 14:32:06 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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I'll be OK, got a nixie tube clock right next to it :)

[#] Mon Dec 13 2010 20:04:17 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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nah. green sux. even paperwhite (which in the end was just bright green) sux. Amber rox da house.

/etc/X11/app_defaults/*XTerm-color :

*VT100*pointerColor: yellow
*VT100*cursorColor: yellow
*VT100*XtDefaultForeground: red
*VT100*foreground: orange



[#] Wed Dec 15 2010 01:09:31 EST from Sig @ Uncensored

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"Hmm, I think I should like to rip this Russian DVD (which I cannot even watch on my DVD player) to a video file on my computer."

It took longer to reboot into Ubuntu than it did to find and install an app and start making AVIs.



[#] Wed Dec 15 2010 12:38:59 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I found this great thing called handbrake. Ignore the fact that it's by a french guy, :-) it's very good.

[#] Wed Dec 15 2010 13:15:34 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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the most fucked up thing just happened.
The windowlist applet started sticking to the wrong monitor.
I'd drag it back, it would stay for 1 second then pop back to the other/wrong monitor.
What the fuck I say. I started hunting around google but then thought the better of it, time to reboot.
So I did.
Then the really most fucked up thing happened. My vmware vms didn't start up, saying it required a driver recompile. Oh no not again. But wait. I never ever ever upgrade linux anymore for fear of that problem (really it's time I switch to vbox).
Then I notice that my mail only goes to september.
Something very not cool going on.
I look at df and get this: I'm booted on a raid-0 device
Real interesting since I blew away the drive and reinstalled a non-raid setup from scratch a while ago... like september.
Ahhh... I see the problem. BIOS booted off the wrong drive.
So I go to the bios and as I have to two identical drives, it's hard to tell which is the right one, but I switched to the other and voila I got my machine back.
I can't tell you the feeling of dread that goes through my stomach when I see my machine doesn't boot right.

So now I'm wondering how do I blow away the mbr on the second drive so it never boots again without killing the partition table?

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