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  1. I dunno if my ISP offers NNTP or not... I should check. I remember once upon a time it was a standard feature of ISPs.. but that was aeons ago. EDIT: GIGGLESNORT! Check out how dated this page is!! http://tools.centurylink.net/help/newsgroups.html Netscape navigator! Oh--- How quaint!
  2. Upon reflection, perhaps the Horizon Ramdisk could be adapted? It just needs memory access (which we have with WE, MEMEN, and pals), the GROM select (to get its DSR), which we have-- and access to the CRU bus, which we have with CRUIN. (Does need CRUCLK though... Again, does the Tutor use CPUCLK for this instead?) Somebody with more skill than I have is needed, but it might be a good candidate for an existing device that could be adapted to this system.
  3. He does not have perfect matches in the image you supplied already. Compare the rightmost enclosure there, with the orange of his data recorder. (Or even the shell of his FinalGrom, with is spraypainted beige TI) Personally, I would not use paint on the beige TI anyway. I would use vinyl dye.
  4. why spray it-- just print it in orange.
  5. Comparing notes, some lines are not present in the Tutor, while others not found in the 99/4A are. Specifically, it looks like CRUCLK is not exposed. (which is odd.. why expose CRUIN, without the clock? Is it sync'd with GROMCLK or CPUCLK on the tutor?) Additionally, IAQ, MBE, PHI3, and AUDIOIN do not seem exposed. You DO however, get some extra voltage rails, and "whatever those "INTx" lines are. Otherwise, the data and address lines are conserved, you have WE, MEMEN, DBIN, and pals--- So some things might work fine, others not so much. Perhaps if you slipped a small microcontroller on to generate the missing signals, and had some way to keep it in sync with the tutor, you could drop 4A peripherals on it.
  6. Ahh-- There is a pinout for the "IO PORT". CRUIN, MEMEN, and co appear to be present. This looks like a derivative of the sidecar bus. That looks like it would be your most appropriate target. It would be hilarious to mangle up a custom connector to attach a PEB.
  7. I was meaning, what lines are exposed by the cartridge port? It might be possible if WE and pals are exposed, to put a storage device on there.
  8. It might be even EASIER to just straight up pad 6 bytes worth of spaces. This is especially true if there is no upperbound condition for failure on string length. It would satisfy the requirement (input string > 6 bytes), in fewer decisions. (input less than 6? Pad 6. End of discussion. Length of 6 guaranteed)
  9. Sounds to me that the better solution is to pad a short string (less than 6 characters needed) with some space characters at either the beginning or end. If the player inputs a short string, inject the correct amount of padding for the function to be successful. This means the password written and read back will have pad bytes, the function will fire properly, and the user is none-the-wiser. (It will act as if it accepted and used their short password) It should be doable with like, 3 lines of code (if even that) with an inline IF statement. EG, IF LEN(INPUT$) < "6" THEN IF LEN(INPUT$) = 1 PASS$ =" "+INPUT$ ELSE IF LEN(INPUT$)=2 THEN PASS$=" "+INPUT$ ELSE IF LEN(INPUT$)=3 THEN PASS$=" "+INPUT$ ELSE IF.... Etc.
  10. He gets that on the speech synth enclosure.
  11. (Still thinks that having a shared mount with NFS over a NAS is the way to go. Define it in /etc/fstab so it gets mounted very early in the boot process, before the TIPI daemons run. Then your disk images are all natively on the NAS rather than on the SDCard in the TIPI, and your configuration data is conserved too. Clever use of ssh at the NAS would let you use symbolic links with several discrete shares set up for different TIPIs, so that the same disk images are natively available to all TIPIs in the constellation, while retaining unique configuration folder structures, etc..)
  12. Why would I sign it? I do open hardware type stuffs yo. When this thing is proven to properly fit a 32k+tipi, then I will release the data into the wild.
  13. The awl has a nice fat handle though... Anyhoo, I have it all slathered up in black epoxy right now.. Getting the bottom ready for printing. Thankfully it does not take 3 damn days to print like the top.
  14. I have a working engineering sample of the "With Door" top now. It does need some revision; the porch is a bit thin, and it prints a little ugly. (I think there is too much gap to properly cast the first web of the bridging for the porch...) but the door opens, and the support material comes out! WHEE!!
  15. Tada! No sanding yet; came off the printer just as it was time to head to work-- barely had time to remove the support material. I think I need to thicken the porch a little... but this is still a "functional engineering sample"!! WHEE! See how that door works? It does not stay open though, and wants to fall shut, but the fact that it actually opens and shuts is damned exciting for me. The letters need to be gouged out with the sewing pin, (though I a thinking I should upgrade to a leather worker's awl because it is more rigid and easier to control) Next up is the bottom of the enclosure. You feeling the excitement yet Omega?
  16. If you do go the finalgrom route, the ticart can be found here. http://www.99er.net/download2/index.php?act=view&id=217
  17. Get a finalgrom. Should be able to do the PLATO image just fine, and has added functionality.
  18. beige is still popular with medical equipment manufacture. As such, you can find industrial/medical-use monitors and such. (always buy used unless you want to be raped on the price, Medical certified kit costs a lot extra, thanks to the porkbarrel nature of US medical cost) Some examples. https://www.ebay.com/itm/333693099776 https://www.ebay.com/itm/ALPHAVIEW-AVC1-AVC1F0P-C-MEDICAL-LCD-MONITOR-225981/324130467208?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160323102634%26meid%3D251094f6961f43369d7e7e8ce8460fa8%26pid%3D100623%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D5%26sd%3D333693099776%26itm%3D324130467208%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DDefaultOrganic%26brand%3DMonitor&_trksid=p2047675.c100623.m-1 https://www.ebay.com/itm/GE-CDA19-USE1913A-19-LCD-Medical-Display-Patient-Monitor-w-Power-Supply/223970418412?epid=1975117240&hash=item3425ad5eec:g:xwgAAOSwxzhejKmk https://www.ebay.com/itm/SONY-LMD-181MD-CV-18-LCD-Medical-Grade-Color-Display-Monitor-No-Card/352650121163?epid=1124611637&hash=item521b95cfcb:g:V~8AAOSwqCRcwoda Many of them have BNC analog inputs, since that is used to connect to Xray machines and the like-- but it's really just component VGA. Useful if you have the cable.
  19. The sad part, is that they probably would have sold an epic boatload of units had they actually asked her to do a spot like that. (Though the "concerned mother" phenomenon would have backlashed, so there's that.)
  20. Probably as close as you are gonna get. https://www.dotmed.com/listing/display-monitor/nec/accusync/3051058?utm_source=base&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=Base&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvfCzoMue7AIVD9bACh3-LQQxEAQYASABEgK7AvD_BwE https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEC-AccuSync-LCD-72vx-17-LCD-Monitor/254680413689?hash=item3b4c22b5f9:g:H80AAOSwaMZfLb6v (Next you will want me to take the plunge on that Y axis mod, so I can print beige PEB fronts.)
  21. Yes, I know about you and Beezos-- but you can get this other places. This is just meant to show the existence of the product. https://www.amazon.com/Brother-CM350E-ScanNCut2-ScanNCut-Activation/dp/B07QN172BF/ref=asc_df_B07QN172BF/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=343242920069&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11988146452649735447&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9023948&hvtargid=pla-745917604020&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=69167794735&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=343242920069&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=11988146452649735447&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9023948&hvtargid=pla-745917604020 That it is sheet-fed is annoying. Again, I would go with >7mil satin gloss paper on a 100' roll. Loading a printed roll into a similarly roll-fed cutter would make churning out blanks super easy. Sadly, every device in the consumer pricepoint is tailored for scrapbook queens, and has a max size approaching US Size E. (11"x17") Very vexing. In theory, one could invest in BOTH a large format plotter, AND a large format vinyl cutter... and thus get continuous roll function... but I am not that wealthy.
  22. I compiled labyrinth some time ago myself-- It becomes a bit "touchy" on input, but the radical reduction in preprocessing to generate the maze is very nice.
  23. I dunno Tursi-- She seems pretty shocked that you would want her to endorse a computer...
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