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.
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.
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.
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.
hm, repurposing.... reminds me of:
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.
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.
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
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.
connected, video out that can go to a projector... decodes all sorts of
nah. green sux. even paperwhite (which in the end was just bright green) sux. Amber rox da house.
"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.
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?