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  1. I am not so protective of my items. Probably should be, but am not. If I needed a dust cover, I would make my own though. (In addition to making lovely baked goods, I can also crochet, knit, and sew.)
  2. To be perfectly fair, I saw the bulging candy eyeballs at walmart, and the image of "Terrified" gingerbread men gave me great delight. Shame that my cookie cutter does not give them a very big head-- I would have loved to put frightened mouths on them with the pastry bag too.
  3. Merry christmas. I made some cookies for my old people.
  4. The cyrix also had a NASTY reputation of having a rinky-dink sized on-die cache size, in addition to its poor integer math performance. This translated to quite a few performance issues when running win9x, which made excessive use of context switching, and thus would suffer issues from cache exhaustion. Since systems that had cyrix cpus often had little or no external cache to speak of, the problem was greatly compounded. (See also, Packard Bell with Cyrix CPU.) This is not to say that a system with a cyrix cpu was guaranteed to be a potato; Just that the circumstances leading to the use of a cyrix CPU, often resulted in a slew of additional contributory factors, ultimately resulting in peak potato-ness 9/10 times.
  5. Up until middle/highschool, my school system used Apple II/e and 68k & early PPC Macs. (everything from cheap LCs to G2s) They later switched to PCs, and all the teachers suffered serious "mac user syndrome" trying to adapt to it.
  6. I have/had taken some time away from it, so that I could focus a little energy on my residents at work, (Been doing a lot of baking and stuff there, and cooking up some turkey to share with my co-workers, due to the whole covid thing-- We have to be in each others' company anyway to do our work, so my thought was that it was a good idea to do in that limited scope.) Also, it's Computer Based Training time again... which means mind-numbingly stupid and repetative videos ad-nauseum. I will certainly get back to it as soon as I have recharged a bit.
  7. I rather like my expensive CATIA seat. Mainly because I know how to use it very well, but also because it has a very nice built-in sterolithography function for making very nice .stl files.
  8. I recently did some plumbing repair, and was "very pleased" by how well PVC adhesive sticks pipe together. For a solvent weld, it does an amazing job. So, I wondered if you could PVC filament. Turns out, YOU CAN. I am seriously contemplating ordering some of the black, then doing some tests with PVC pipe glue. It could make for interesting builds that are not easy to accomplish otherwise.
  9. It has probably already been said, but the Apple II was created in the same vein as the Apple 1: As close to "A real computer" (eg, a domestic version of a mainframe with a single seat) as one could get, on a home-owner's budget. To attain that, a hyper-optimized architecture was created that got the very most bang possible, for as little buck spent. To make it look swanky, Jobs gave it an iconic exterior; but all the things that make an apple II an apple II, came from Woz-- everything from the novel design of the floppy controller to the shared video and system memory. Cost savings while retaining as much high performance and reliability as possible, was the over-arching design philosophy. It was meant to be a real computer, at a bargain price. That's what it was.
  10. it might be possible to print "retainer clips". Since the legs would be vertical, it might be doable. Then it could be monolithic.
  11. I was a child in the 80s. Surely you folks remember the "GUN PANIC!" that happened in the late 80s to early 90s, where every toy gun had to be "Obviously Not A Gun!" in appearance, by law?
  12. Is there a maximum size restriction on the printing service for these .stl files? It might be possible to do one that does not need to be split, with some rethinking of the PCB retention.
  13. Use an older burning software, and do it as a Disc-at-once burn session. Burn it at the slowest speed the disc media supports. Be sure that ISO9660 is used, with Joliet extensions (aka, High Sierra)
  14. In my case, it was mostly programming Makino 4-axis trunions, and a few leadwell 3-axis mills. Been a long time since I have done it though. I have a 3D printer, and it does G-code, but I have not tried to manually get it to get up and dance. It might be fun to do it some day, but I have not had the motivation.
  15. The 486 mom bought when I was a wee lad came with an epson color impact printer of this stripe. It was a 4 color ribbon alright. Rather than ballpoint pen, I used "Stamping ink" for self-inking rubber stamps, and a cotton swab. Eventually the fabric would wear out though.
  16. I do not keep an immaculately clean workspace, so no, I wont be doing that. Also, I dont have a lot of disposable income to be obtaining old treasures with, nor the storage to hold onto them after getting them working again. If he lived close by, I would be more than happy to help him out if he wanted though. If somebody wants to send me some old treasure for restoration, I would happily do it though. Just send return shipping in an envelope or something. That offer is available for 8-bit guy as well. I would happily repair his antique IBM workstations for him.
  17. I see... Thank you. I can accommodate that.
  18. A well designed macro library with calls (which you CAN do in gcode) would shrink the total gcode size tremendously. One such use I have seen, is the inclusion of a macro to handle matrix transformations, so that more easy to understand motions can be programmed on a multiaxis mill. (Motion relative to the tool tip, rather than relative to the table, as the actual gcode coordinate system is.) Another I saw was for a simple 3 axis machine, to cut letters. Each letter had a macro function, and could be called with a relative start position, and a macro function ID for that letter. The issue with those old CNC machines though, was that they might not have enough actual RAM to contain a lot of macro routines.
  19. I am updating the models for these tonight. Omega, I need clarification; Did you cut it close to the wall like this-- Or Like this -- ??? I need to know where to cut. The area you want padded out to have landings for rubber feet does not have enough room for a full 1". The feet you have are closer to 3/4". That is what I have added.
  20. No, the tomy tutor is almost a clone of the 99/4A The expansion port is missing some important signals, and the cart port is wired differently. Recent disassembly work of the Tutor's bios, indicates it is based on the TI source code for the 99/4A. It uses the same CPU, VDP, and sound chip.
  21. Sounds ready for an injection attack to me... Better served by a local python script.
  22. The cartridge slot has a few very important lines that are different. Mostly voltages.
  23. You mean 10base2? Had to use it at a few network installs we did because it had longer cable restrictions than 10baseT. I would always be forthright about the signalling bottleneck it imposed, but they never seemed to care as long as the printers and fileshares worked. I only ever used it except to bridge very distant switches that could not have a repeater put between. (Such as between hangars for aircraft) . I sometimes wonder what they replaced it with. Or do you mean something more exotic and IBM specific, like Twinax?
  24. Ahh, the venerable "Pain stick". Remember that episode of TNG when Worf wanted some really badly for his birthday but was too shy to ask?
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