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An interview I did with R.U. Sirius a few years back was linked to from HN and upon further investigation I found this was because someone posted The Guy I Almost Was (1998). It's a great comic and worth a read (or reread) if you've never seen it, electricsheepcomix.com/almostg

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hello everynyan!!

New XBAND news! Last time I announced anything, it was just that I had gotten a Genesis game playing over a local phone setup.
Today I'm announcing a public XBAND server that anyone can connect to. Gameplay over the internet is still laggy, but most of the other features are available for use.

If you aren't familiar with XBAND, it was an early network multiplayer service for the Genesis and Super Nintendo, letting you play in real-time with players across the country, all through a 2400 baud modem. It also had two newspapers, a way to exchange mail, a friends list, player rankings, and a few other community features.

Launched in 1994, it was completely reliant on servers that were shut down in 1997, but are now revived for 2020 and beyond. Since landlines are almost completely gone these days, we've come up with a few alternate ways you can use to connect, if you have an XBAND modem. We'd love to see you on the network!

Info on the Retrocomputing.Network site: https://retrocomputing.network
Announcement video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl1WqCEwpMU

These screenshots generated via the newspaper functionality in the XBAND OS.

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It took me three years of off-and-on assembly and troubleshooting but today my RC2014 boots!

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There's booting from a floppy and then there's booting from vinyl

So we know it's possible to build records from the pre-microprocessor days so if at any point distributing software for something like #CollapseOS (or maybe the OS itself) becomes an issue, it's possible to cover some bases with a 45 RPM 10" record

I'm sure the EPROM can be replaced with hardwired functionality

This specific example has a #FreeDOS kernel
boginjr.com/it/sw/dev/vinyl-bo

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The Matrix would have been 100% successful if it had used cows instead of humans

Is there a cli application on Linux that displays realtime election results? You know, something that I can display on a terminal. It would be nicer than loading a webpage.

Got an awesome multimeter with a nixie tube display. Appears it was a heath kit that Devry students would assemble as part of a course back in the '70s.

After my oscilloscope popped last week, I got this old-timer. Apparently it is a rebranded heathkit model.

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A few weeks ago I ran ethernet and mounted a new UniFi AP in the utility closet and it has been a nice, stable piece of kit.

Replacing my iPod's logic board. The only original components left are the case, display, and click wheel at this point.

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the only favorite brand i have is sun microsystems

My Raspberry Pi PBX now runs through 10base5 thicknet because why not?

Finished migrating famicoman.com to Hugo and removed over a decade of WordPress cruft. I finally feel like I can blog again without being burdened by my platform.

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