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  1. been playing some classic wing commander. I think I like the SNES version better than the PC version. Is that strange? dogfight tactics are less likely to result in collisions with enemy ships, and you don't need to aim in the center of the reticule for really large ships. (seriously, you are flying something the size of a mini bus, trying to shoot something the size of a sky scraper- you should not have to aim for the thermal exhaust port, ok?) It was rather fun getting MT32 audio emulation up and running via MUNT so dosbox can get real MT32 fun, but still. Yeah, I think I like the SNES version better.
  2. well.. yes and no. dialup modems just create the physical layer. Like all network transports, it is not really accurate to call it the physical layer though. The modem pair create a sychronous communication channel over the telephone lines, with added error correction and recovery, at a negotiated line speed. This is a 1:1 pairing with a remote modem. They do this by modulating a carrier frequency using a known shared modulation schema. (this is where different modem flavors play in.) With a BBS, this is just fine: It works just like a serial connection after being established, with the modems doing the translation to and from the modulation schema transparently to the user and any connected applications. For dialup internet however, actual IP protocol is routed on top of another protocol, the Point to Point Protocol, or PPP. This is because IP protocol is not really intended for 1:1 connections. The PPP transport functions kinda-sorta like a network switch, and restricts traffic not intended for that channel from traversing that channel, while also assuring that actual IP style network clients upstream can get all the data transmitted from the PPP connection, like IP networks expect, and also serving some 'proxy server' like functions. PPP can/could be used in this way with any 1:1 paired transport, not just dialup modems. That included direct serial, microwave dish uplinks, et al. It is important to point out that very early in the history of the consumer internet, PPP and IP networking stacks were **NOT** part of the operating system. Microsoft's OSes did not have native functions to handle modems or internet connections built in until windows 95, and then they were still very immature. In the win3x days, you had to use a 3rd party dialer app, and have some other goodies loaded and set up, to use a dialup modem with your free copy of netscape. A very commonly used one was WinSock PPP. https://org.coloradomesa.edu/~jerry/systeminfo/ppp.win31.html http://www.steptail.com/guides:connecting_windows_3.1_to_the_internet You started winsock PPP first, and it handled your modem, dialed your ISP, established the PPP connection, got you an IP address, and then "you were on the internet", but you still had to open your browser after the fact. Later versions of Netscape integrated the functions of Winsock PPP and pals, so they could dial all by themselves- but that quickly become obsoleted and culled, once microsoft started integrating dialup networking components into the OS-- the browser could simply tell the OS to "dial this connection for me", and the OS would handle it. (sometimes.) By the end of the 90s, and early 2000s, ADSL and cable modems were starting to become a thing, and always-on internet was becoming a reality. Such functions as dialup networking are now legacy footnotes in the annals of internet history. On the mac side of things-- you had to use applications similar to winsock ppp with OS system versions 6.x, but had a PPP os extension for system 7. https://www.radford.edu/~helpdesk/ppp/Macintosh/index-7.5.html https://kb.iu.edu/d/adaq Netscape navigator and communicator 3 could latch onto that PPP extension, and dial for you. The PPP extension wanted to know what mac serial port you were using, or-- if you were so fortunate-- what modem addin card you had-- what your ISP's username and password were (needed to negotiate PPP), what the number to dial was, what line speed to use, etc. Mac serial ports of the time were proprietary things, so you had to have either special adapters, or special mac-oriented modems.
  3. Both of those are inappropriate games for where I work! Old people playing twister: Left hip green stick fracture!
  4. So, what did you say to the wife to end up out there? .....Did you forget it was Mother's day? It wasnt the anniversary was it?... ....maybe her bday?.... Man, you may never move out!
  5. Apparently the chiron is not made for heavy duty use: Earlier last night, when I went to start up the next run of shells with modified slicer settings (increased flow by 5%, and a few other things), I noted that it had a hardware failure and E-stopped itself. after making a tiny amount of extrusion on the buildplate. Investigation showed that the build plate was not heating-- Further investigation showed a hard short between the build plate power wires had resulted in the wires burning in half. This was very near a pinch-point on the wire, which the manufacturer had installed as cable management. I grabbed some heat shrink from my drawer, cut a section of suitable gauge speaker wire (Do not have proper black insulation wire, but copper wire of the right gauge is copper wire of the right gauge.) and whipped out the soldering iron.. Some ugly work later, and it seems to be printing again. Still--- Will watch it more closely from now on.
  6. The talkie ISO of 25th anniv is on archive.org. Just sayin. Since we are talking DOS, consider Startrek academy also. It came on 4 CDs, and has lots of FMV. Early 3D spaceships, 3D space. Uses joystick.
  7. There was COMit.. it was fairly popular, IIRC. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Comit-Communications-Software-BBS-Client-Software-for-DOS-/224301378864 only 4$ in box, if you act now. (11.75$ with SH) Also on archive.org https://archive.org/details/msdos_shareware_fb_COMIT
  8. Well, I have been playing with that red trimmer line... It's practically a whole other kind of filament, the way it prints. O.o It is definitely stiffer/harder than the blue. Needs to have very hot bed, and very hot extruder (printed very slowly) to work right. It is actually "Transparent Red", and is "Cinnamon disc" colored. I think I like the blue better, even though it warps more.
  9. It bears an uncanny resemblance to some Olivetti systems from that era, but is not a perfect match...
  10. Interesting-- I clearly misinterpreted the original post then. Sounds like it was really "where can I find .07 spaced IDC header? I can only find .1 header, not .07." The question of "why not just plug it in?" applies then.
  11. If I read the initial question correctly, the '38 has normal DIP pin separation, while the '58 has compact DIP separation. The IC physically will not go in the prior's socket, and requires an adapter. Additionally, there are other practical considerations for the innate differences between the chips and their featuresets to consider. ('tato specifically mentioned the colorbus, and PS/2 mice)
  12. I got it working (via wine) on my chromebook just yesterday. Be sure to use the modesetting drivers, and not the i915 drivers, if you have craptastical intel video, like this chromebook has. Also, use the Ulreal Gold version, it has a native OpenGL video driver that plays nice with modern hardware. Buttery smooth 50+fps at full display res, even on this weaksauce hardware.
  13. There could be some benefits to having the unit be all-mechanical, vs "Genuine transistor electronic", in terms of learning aids. For starters, the conception of logic as switches is real, and actual-- not implied logical, like with a transistor; You can actually see/hear/feel the switches engage Additionally, it is slow enough for a human to keep pace with what it is doing. Transistor devices do what they do so fast, that unless you add breakpoints to your code, events will come and go so much faster than you can accommodate, that it might as well be magic.
  14. The obvious answer is a socket on a silkscreened PCB, with legs to the side, similar to a breakout board. Use a doublesided PCB, so that one side of the IC's lines are on top, and the other side's are on the bottom, to make routing easier. If vertical height is not a source of concern, use a traditional breakout to IDC single pin strip headers on either side, with two PCBs, connected by the header strips, sandwiched on top of each other. Top PCB has the breakcou to IDC, Bottom PCB has the IDC to socket pin breakout. You could use single-sided PCBs then.
  15. Good to know. I am considering a rather.... "ambitious" project, now that I have this very large capacity chiron. Once I get the 30 or so PEB shells that people have requested produced, I believe I can monolithically print a PEB. If an ATX PSU is able to reliably replace the power transformer brick in these boat anchors, I think I will order some large sheets of proto board, some insulated bus wire, and some suitable card slot connectors. (AFTER measuring to be sure, of course.) ** Just checked. YES-- if I stand it upright like a tower case on the build platform, it fits inside the build volume. Monolithic replicant PEB is theoretically possible on the Chiron.
  16. How reliably does that AT style PSU run the PEB?
  17. Scanners are the most hated peripheral, IMO.
  18. I have a pentium 133 installed upstairs. I have a soundblaster 16 in it, with an SD->IDE adapter. Works just fine.
  19. [RE: Fonts hard] I dunno man, I puked one out in less than 2 days for the Infocom interpreter project. If there is really a need for fonts, I can totally hook some kids up.
  20. I can still do pixel art and fonts you know. I am not relegated just to the guy who knows how to use CAD software. What kind of art are you looking for?
  21. Looks like I have about a month's worth of printing to do.
  22. Oooh, I think I found some same diameter, round trimmer line in sexy slutty red. It is slightly more expensive then the blue. Still in the discount cost range though! I am going to order a roll for testing!
  23. So, looks like 9 more.
  24. That will take a few days to process, but sure.
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