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Dual Coppermines  
01:42am 20/09/2015
So I found a dual Pentium III setup on ebay for 15 dollars and decided to go for it. Turns out better than I was expecting. It's a Tyan S1837 motherboard with 2 1000MHz Slot 1 Coppermines, 1GB ECC memory (4 256MB PC100 SDRAM), GeForce2MX AGP graphics card, and IO shield. Old, but worth 15 bucks, at least to me.

I can't leave anything alone, so here's what I've got coming to me.

2 1.26GHz Tualatin Pentium III processors
2 Tualatin socket converters
2 slotkets

This thing works pretty well as is, but as soon as I saw that 133.3MHz FSB option in the BIOS, I figured I had to do it. The Tualatins have twice as much L2 cache in addition to the faster bus speed and operating speed. Even if the performance isn't what I expect I still have other slot 1 motherboards to play with.

It's weird, loading programs takes a little longer, but it streams video way better than my Athlon XP 2000+. It will even stream in fullscreen smoothly. Although, both processors run at 70-90% load. Still impressive for 16 years old.
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Debian issues resolved  
08:19pm 13/09/2015
Decided to remove Gnome on my Athlon XP machine and install XFCE. I uninstalled Gnome after installing XFCE thinking there would be less issues. I followed the instructions on the Debian Wiki.

All went well except I lost my network connection within Xfce. Realized I had uninstalled Debian's network-manager package. I couldn't install it with Xfce running so I used the TTY to install it. All is well now.

Second issue was the fact that I had two kernel images installed since I went through an upgrade from wheezy to jessie. It's pretty simple, I realized from this site. Find the name of the old kernel and apt-get remove it. I used autoremove instead, but it will work either way. After that you have to run update-grub. The problem I was having was that whenever I let the computer start up on its own it would try to load up the old kernel instead of the new one. So I thought why not free up some space and just get rid of it?
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LogJam II  
09:21pm 12/09/2015
Working on getting my desktop back up and running. Debian 8 would install but not start up, so I reverted back to 7. Instead of installing fresh I am currently upgrading by changing sources.list file. So far so good, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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Testing LogJam  
01:20am 08/09/2015
Haven't posted here in forever. So what am I up to now? Well, I have a new to me computer, an IBM ThinkPad R60 (2006). It came with a Core Duo 1.83GHz and 1GB of RAM which I upgraded to a Core 2 Duo 2.00GHz and 3.0GB RAM. Installed Debian 8 AMD64. Bought the dock off of ebay, which has all of the ports you could ever need on it, including DVI and legacy serial and parallel. I've been slowly plugging away at manuals trying to learn everything I can about Linux. It seems to be slow going, because I start reading one and realize I need to read another one before reading the first one and that keeps going for a while but I think I'm starting to get a foundation worked up. At least I hope I am. I just installed the LJ client LogJam, and this is my first post using it. Now to see if it worked...
music: Autechre - Amber - Teartear
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Ford Part Numbers  
12:03am 17/05/2015
First Digit = Decade (E = 80s)
Second Digit = Last Digit of year introduced or last revised
Third Digit = Model (3 = Tempo)
Fourth Digit = Design Engineering Office


E83E-8594-CE (88 or 89 Ford Tempo Water Outlet)

E43F-8B607-AA (1984 Ford Tempo Fan Switch)
F13F-8B607-AA (1991 " ")
E8DB-14489-A (Fan Switch Connector)
E7DB-14603-FA (Fan Switch Rubber Insulator

E6DB-14489-ALA (Radiator Fan Connector Body)
E6DB-14N003-LA (" " Cover)
E6DB-14603-MA (" " Rubber Insulator)
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still alive  
07:08pm 25/05/2014
So... a lot has changed since I last posted. I dropped out of school, broke up with my girlfriend of four years, moved out of that apartment into a friend from high school's house, bought an 85 Escort with manual brakes, steering, and 4 speed.... sold said Escort for 50 dollars less than I paid for it, drank more often than I probably ever have, tried a bunch of drugs, met the love of my life, moved further away from my job than I ever thought I would, became absolutely broke, sold my guitars, finally went to see a psychiatrist, therapist, got put on lexapro, zoloft, cymbalta, ativan... actually getting married on June 7th, may lose my insurance because of lack of hours at work.

I now own 4 Apple //e computers, constantly cursing myself because I can't even keep motivated to learn BASIC, let alone assembly language. Also have an Atari MegaST2 but haven't used it because I have no software and don't have the right TOS version to use IBM formatted diskettes, but maybe eventually...

My goal is still to be able to write MIDI programs in mostly assembly language on the apple //e to control my vintage gear. Yea, not really good for making money, but when have I ever been into that?
mood: frustratedfrustrated
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The Corporation  
04:00pm 18/11/2012
I usually am not a big fan of biased documentaries, but this one had enough CEOs saying ridiculous things that I thought it was pretty amusing. Michael Moore was in it, who I've decided to come around on. I always saw him as a sellout, using big media to shock people into believing stuff but maybe this isn't the case. He explained his mission is to be the rope the capitalist hangs himself with.

...and now Kobe Bryant thinks he's going to end homelessness.

At least he's trying?
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11:51pm 09/11/2012

mood: pessimisticpessimistic
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10:24pm 08/11/2012
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Winter is coming  
09:04pm 08/11/2012
So, my little truck has been having issues. I replaced the clutch master cylinder but it turns out it's defective and leaked all the fluid out on my way home from work a while back. It was fun getting home without being able to use my clutch. I haven't had the time to replace it yet again so I've been on the bike.

Since winter is coming that means snow and that means I can't drive, since my truck is horrible in the snow. I've done a few snowfalls with the current tires on my bike:

But this has been scary at times due to the lack of studs. They are good on and off road, in rain, but ice and snow is a big weakness. Luckily I get three checks this month, and am considering these:


They are considered "Aggressive All-Purpose" 26in. x 47mm and 240 carbide studs. Makes me wish I lived in Canada, so I could try them out in some real snow.

Also, I just realize it's been almost two months since I last put gas in my tank. I love laughing at people complaining about gas prices and how it's the government's fault when they drive 40 miles to work every day. I bike less than two, but you know, I live by brown people too. They can't have that.
mood: hopefulhopeful
music: Steve Reich - Octet, Music for a Large Ensemble, Violin Phase
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