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LED replacement for Halogen

Posted by SpiceWare, 10 May 2019 · 216 views

One thing about having the Tesla App for my Solar and Powerwall is I'm more aware of my power usage, which reminded me that my floor lamps use 300 watt halogen bulbs.  Over the past few years I've on occasion looked for a suitable replacement for the lamp, but never had any luck. This time around I found an LED Replacement bulb that looked interesti...


Clean install

Posted by SpiceWare, 04 November 2018 · 350 views

My Mac Pro had been having a weird issue with Spotlight frequently crashing. Spotlight's the built in search feature and then some - besides searching I also use it as a program launcher:
COMMAND-SPACE (launches Spotlight)
type the first few letters of a program name
hit RETURN to run said program

and calculator:
type a math equation
if needed elsewher...


Sync Pop

Posted by SpiceWare, 21 February 2018 · 532 views

Last night Nathan asked if I could create a 2600 sync pop program to aid in his creation of AtariAge YouTube videos .  The program does a 10 second countdown starting at 9:59 seconds.  When it hits 2:59 it displays a red square and generates a tone for a single frame.  He included this mockup:
 

 

 

 
It...


New New Toy

Posted by SpiceWare, 24 September 2017 · 498 views

A little over 8 years ago I'd picked up an Acer Aspire One netbook to replace an old Thinkpad T22.  I set it up with Ubuntu and it worked quite well, though the battery had worn out over the years and needed to be plugged in all the time.
 
At the start of September I'd moved it, then gently tossed the barrel plug of the power adaptor towards t...


extra hardware!

Posted by SpiceWare, 11 December 2016 · 1,328 views

Received a question via Messager that I'm going to reply to here as others may find it interesting as well:
 
 
Long story short, extra hardware in the cartridge.  
 
 
Short story long, one or more of the following are added into the cartridge:
 

Extra ROM
 
When the Atari was designed ROM was expensive so they only...


still repainting the house

Posted by SpiceWare, 16 May 2016 · 796 views

In spite of the weather not cooperating:

 
we have made some headway!  New front door:

 
New board (on the left) has been painted.  The white lines aren't streaks in the paint, they're raindrops

 
This side looks done, but needs a second coat in a few spots:

 
Progress made on this side:

 
Not pictured are...


Repainting the house

Posted by SpiceWare, 10 May 2016 · 1,012 views

Thought for sure I'd be back into the 2600 by now, but been too busy with other things like household maintenance.
 
Started off by sanding the garage door to get rid of a small amount of rust.  Primed the previously rusty areas with Rust-oleum, then put an additional primer coat of Killz over the entire door as the paint had faded in an odd way...


Block apps in Facebook

Posted by SpiceWare, 13 September 2015 · 975 views

Just a followup to this old blog entry  on how to block applications from your Facebook stream.
 
 
On the top-right of the Facebook page is a triangle shaped menu, click on it then click on Settings :

 
Select Blocking from the list of options on the left:

 
Scroll down to find the section titled Block apps :

 ...


Coastal A's and Rods 23rd Annual Fun Run

Posted by SpiceWare, 25 May 2015 · 796 views

Coastal A's and Rods has a street rod event event, known as the Fun Run, down in Corpus Christi for Memorial Day Weekend.  
 
My brother-in-law Eric entered the Big Hot Wheels Toy that they brought up for the Houston Art Car Parade .  They won the Kids Choice award :thumbsup:
 



Purty

Posted by SpiceWare, 24 September 2014 · 1,309 views

 
Need to pick up some longer cables - to drive the second monitor from the MacBook Pro I'd been using a DisplayLink USB->DVI adaptor that had some decent length due to there being a USB and  a DVI cable on either side of the adaptor.  Now it's just the DVI cable with a short Mini DisplayPort->DVI adaptor.  I had to remove t...






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