Welp, hosed a few critical traces being clumsy, so my #rc2014 build is on hold while I await a replacement board. Hopefully should be back in action by next weekend. Dammit.


Still waiting on that replacement PCB for my #rc2014 but went ahead and got the dual serial module done today (after numerous surprise yaks showed up for a shave and a haircut)

May have taken most of the day to get to, but I have now completed the dual clock module for my #rc2014 system!

Sure, you may have overclocking options, but you ain't got nothing like this...

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Now I'm just waiting on that replacement PCB, which should arrive in the next few days, and I'll be ready to turn it on and see what happens...

Then, the BusRaider 2 should be arriving soon after that, which will make the whole thing standalone, ready to handle whatever I can throw at it!

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@twitter @djsundog I think the busraider2 he mentioned will also have wifi

@ajroach42 @twitter and, well, I have two serial ports and a perfectly good functional USRobotics 56k external modem that's been looking for something to do...still no landline, but that's surmountable :blobthonkang:

@twitter @ajroach42 if I could figure out a way for a bunch of us to get cheap and easy access to rights-of-way, buddy, I'd be up poles and down holes right heckin now

@djsundog Ooh buddy, I can't wait to see what kind of software you get running on this thing.

I want you to make me jealous enough that I can't help but build my own.

@ajroach42 that's kinda what I'm hoping for, a good enough experience on my part to drive adoption amongst my fedifriends - we need our own platform Around This Place and well, this one might be just about right for a lot of fun experimental things

@djsundog So this is a thing I think about a lot, and it's interesting that you used the phrase "our own platform" because that's exactly how I referred to it when I was talking to my buddy Ryan the other day.

Or really, what I said is that we spend all our lives making things for Other People's platforms, and it was time for us to have our own.

I have ideas, but they aren't ready for public consumption.

@ajroach42 I feel ya and, as usual, dig the frequencies you're vibrating at. we might be at a sweet spot in time where we can come up with a whole spectrum of overlapping yet independent platforms that folk can build or join. it's definitely worth trying, as the early promise of the internet has gotten overly co-opted by commercial interests and we all know it at this point.

@djsundog So the thing that I've been thinking and talking about is basically just how do we:

1) Make computing personal
2) Make personal computers tools that are understandable, and can be modified (hardware and software)
3) Liberate personal computers from any pretense of corporate influence,
4) find a way to harness all the disparate energies going in to 1) 2) and 3) and bring them in to a unified thread.

and ...

@djsundog I think about things like the odroid go, or the ESPBoy or the Arduboy, or the various Pi based handhelds and I find myself wanting a game device or a game platform that's just a touch more open, and that can get some widespread adoption from the maker community.

I think about things like the BASICEngine and the wonderful machine you're building and I want something that can be hand assembled, but that is expandable and can get enough attention from developers to turn in to something.

@djsundog It doesn't have to be "modern" in any sense of the word. It needs to be understandable. It needs to be networked, and making something that is Networked and understandable is difficult but not impossible.

I dunno. I just feel like there is a level of complexity at which computers are fully understandable, but where they can be very useful.

But, again, the ideas are nebulous. I don't have anything concrete yet. Maybe you can beat me to it.

@ajroach42 think it's more likely that a bunch of us end up converging on some tasty mix of understandable and implementable architecture with flexible and open hardware and a wide spectrum of software tools, old and new, to flex it


I think that it's going to have to be communicated intentionally at some point.

It's not just that this is a computer you can build yourself, or some software you can run, it's that this is a community of people who share goals with you, building simple tools and creating the future.

@djsundog There was a VM the name of which escapes me at the moment, but it was designed to run on very early 8 bit computers, and has been ported to like graphing calculators and microcontrollers and stuff. Designed for less than 4k of RAM.

And, at this point, there's a library of a couple hundred games for it, and it can be run basically anywhere.

That's magical to me.

@djsundog When I say "communicated intentionally" and "community" it occurs to me that I'm basically talking about a new, less bloated FSF.

A Small Software Foundation, or something to that effect.

o.0 who has time for that?

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@djsundog CHIP-8 is what I was talking about. You probably gathered that from the description, but I just learned about it a few days ago and it has me thinking.

@ajroach42 @djsundog

Y'all might be happier in your lingo/thinking if you relegated "modern" to mean only "belonging to a society which has a homogenous society philosophy," which is a pretty limited and technical definition but keeps it to this period of the 50s in the West rather than being a synonym for that AND anything that's technically innovative.

@Rob_T_Firefly can't wait to fire it up and see all this old silicon do its thing again after lo these many decades

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