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cheese eats mouse
Jul 6, 2007

A real Portlander now

distortion park posted:

These are awesome! Do you throw and fire at home or in a pottery workshop? I've did a few sessions in a workshop when I lived in London but don't have one conveniently nearby anymore :(

the dream is a home studio but for now i have a membership to a 24/7 access studio. they have some glazes and do the firing. ive recently started making my own glazes (most of those are store bought except the brown on Delores). took classes for about 6 months before we moved.

i take occasional workshops (recently beast sculpture & soda firing) and going back to class for some intermediate/advanced instruction next month. most things can be learned from YouTube once you get the basics down.

you can totally hand build at home! i do sculpture at home. YouTube has some ďhow to clean upĒ videos. look around for a studio that fires outside work.

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distortion park
Apr 25, 2011


That's so cool, having a local studio like that sounds awesome!

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

crime committer update :

itís coming. almost everything is a button lol, the purpose being that half the game is that there are (going to be) unhinged rants about anything you can click on

also creating a system of unlocks, so that things unlock after time

javascript amazes me lol, some of the poo poo you create with it is truly unhinged but somehow also kinda works

Olivil
Jul 15, 2010

Wow I'd like to be as smart as a computer
Bought a Dolch PAC 60 network sniffer that I will turn into a DOS gaming machine (not my picture).


It's a 486 DX2/66 based lunchbox with 6 EISA slots that are usually full of network cards. I'm not exactly sure what cards are in mine but I can spot a VGA/TFT controller, a token ring node, a 10base-t ethernet card and an I/O controller. It is pretty barebones. It also has a nice Cherry MX keyboard and a 640x480 active TFT screen for which I have very low expectations. I don't know how much RAM it has but these come stock with 8MB which is enough for what I plan to do with it, anything else is gravy as I'm not sure I have non-EDO RAM sticks left. It should arrive this week.

Looking at my stash I got some nice sound cards which I will install:


On the menu...
1. Swap the HDD with a CompactFlash, I'm still unsure wether the BIOS will accept a hard drive over 504MB so we will see. I'd be OK with 4GB. In the extent that it does not work, I'll be looking at burning an XT-IDE boot ROM to be inserted in the network card boot ROM socket.
2. Potentially swap the floppy drive with a Gotek, this Dolch does not have a CD drive so all transfers will either be done via ethernet, copied over directly on the CF or via the (potentially emulated) floppy. Any of you got experience with FlashFloppy? I'm not sure if it's worth it for an IBM PC with a plain jane Gotek (no OLED, no encoder).
3. Install the GUS and the SB16.
4. See what my upgrade path is regarding the CPU, I'm not exactly sure what motherboard will be in mine, or if it supports 3.3V 486. If it has provision for a 3.3V regulator on the board I'm ready to add the support in. We will see, an AMD 5x86 133 would be great in there. There's always upgrade CPUs with the regulators on board... tbd.
5. Install a sound system, as this network equipment does not have sound capabilities out of the box. I'm looking at 5W stereo aux amplifier boards from aliexpress and some 2-3 inches driver. I'll see how much space is left at the end.

Olivil fucked around with this message at 00:36 on May 1, 2023

Sweevo
Nov 8, 2007

i sometimes throw cables away

i mean straight into the bin without spending 10+ years in the box of might-come-in-handy-someday first

im a fucking monster


hope you bought enough chickens to sacrifice. making multiple EISA cards work makes VLB look easy

Olivil
Jul 15, 2010

Wow I'd like to be as smart as a computer

Sweevo posted:

hope you bought enough chickens to sacrifice. making multiple EISA cards work makes VLB look easy

None of the cards will be EISA though, all standard ISA.

Olivil
Jul 15, 2010

Wow I'd like to be as smart as a computer
Welp, I received it, the CPU came loose in shipping (socket still clamped so wth). Straightened the pins, checked the PSU, all good but I'm not getting any activity. No image, no POST beeps and most of all no activity on the ISA bus. Will think about what I do with it... I have a Pentium AT board that would fit but putting an ISA video card on a Pentium seems weird to me.

Luigi Thirty
Apr 30, 2006

Emergency confection port.

I have a Pentium with a micro channel video card OP

Olivil
Jul 15, 2010

Wow I'd like to be as smart as a computer
That's a nice offer, but I need that ISA card because it drives the TFT panel directly. Otherwise there's no point using the Dolch.

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

how difficult or what would I need to make an adjustable lpf for the sub in my car


I want to put the sub back in and there were two things I'd love to have a knob for. one was an overall volume adjustment knob

and the other am adjustable low pass filter

the amp has a lpf, and I've noticed that for edm or whatever, I want to have it set higher to make the most of out having a sub

but for rock/metal, I want it lower, so it's not so boomy and messy


and extra question.. can these be done passively? I suppose it's a car so I have 12v to fiddle around with but

a small little module with two knobs

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

dont sign your posts you dumb poo poo mother fucker

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

thought you might be interested how I run my amp
for my sub. it runs down to 2ohm and it kicks rear end

but to get it into my house i had to use a
pc power supply coz i needed 12v: I has to do this


i soldered all the yellows into one and all the blacks into one and that was almost there but it also wasnít enough to connect the two pins on the connector so it was always on, it would continually flick off and I found out the power supply has some thing where it needs a load to work so in the bottom left you can see a fat resistor cable tied to a heat sink

the fact that it hasnít caught on fire is evidence of how well engineered it is

r u ready to WALK
Sep 29, 2001

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002523361254.html and lots of electrical tape

watch out for hifi fever :ironicat:

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

oooo thanks

Internet Janitor
May 17, 2008

"That isn't the appropriate trash receptacle."
made some improvements to Decker which allow it to adapt to keyboard-less devices like tablets:



details in the release notes

Olivil
Jul 15, 2010

Wow I'd like to be as smart as a computer
I've secured a nice Asus ISA/VLB 486 board with and AMD 5x86 133 which SHOULD fit the Dolch.
In the meantime I did test the LCD and the TFT driver card with another board that is much newer (AMD K6 with AGP, PCI and ISA) and while it did work, I got a lot of noise/flicker. Running an ISA graphics card with that board is an extreme edge case so let's wait and see with the new board.

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

I wanna be able to take my moog minitaur portable

I believe it runs on 12v

I could go the motorcycle battery route, but I was wondering if there would be a solution that was as if the minitaur and the battery were one and you just plugged it in when at home and that allowed you to use ir and also charge the battery and when you unplugged it just carried on

like a UPS

maybe iíve just answered my own question

spankmeister
Jun 15, 2008






if you wanna make it way heavier by sticking a bunch of lead acid batteries in, you could I guess?

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

I mean I was hoping for a less bulky solution, itís an analog synth without a display, surely it doesnít require huge amounts of current?

like, how doable is a 12v UPS style arrangement* but with a chunk of rechargeable AA cells?


idk the best way to describe but but like a laptop or whatever where it just runs regardless of being plugged in and it charges when plugged in and obv stops when itís flat

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

and also tbf the synth wasnít cheap I suppose I kinda wanna make sure whatever I do is safe for it. if it turns out itís best to just create a battery power supply to use when I need to take it out and about and forget about having it be like a UPS then thatís no big deal I guess.


I suppose itís advisable to have some kind of decent voltage regulator between a battery and a synth right?

spankmeister
Jun 15, 2008






lead acid batteries are heavy because of all the lead. going for lithium batteries is probably better!

e: and then you'd need a voltage regulator and charge controller which makes it more complicated but also not super heavy

just a thought, I think motorcycle batteries will work. just know that you need more than 12v to charge them

spankmeister
Jun 15, 2008






the motorcycle batteries, AGM they're called, need 14.6 to 14.8 volts to charge Google tells me. If you have a 12v power brick it won't charge, you need some extra stuff to make that work.

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

like a car battery charger?

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

I realise now why its like 14.4 volts in a car, coz of the alternator generating more volts to charge the battery, but the battery itself is probably solid at 12v

tbh weights not a massive issue, just practicality really

infernal machines
Oct 11, 2012

the future has already arrived. it's just not evenly distributed yet.
use a high capacity usb-c power bank, so all the battery and charging nonsense are already handled in a way that won't set you on fire, and then use one of these to draw 12v from the power bank for your synth

Jonny 290
May 5, 2005




[ASK] Me About OS/2 WARP

echinopsis posted:

surely it doesnít require huge amounts of current?

i mean the entire point of the exercise hinges on figuring out current draw * time = battery capacity. you can't just assume that. maybe it does suck a few amps, maybe it draws 50 milliamps. We can't tell you! But the sticker on the back would give a rough idea, and a DMM in line with the power adapter would tell you for sure.

I would just get a 12v external battery pack. Don't try to shove cells in the case

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

infernal machines posted:

use a high capacity usb-c power bank, so all the battery and charging nonsense are already handled in a way that won't set you on fire, and then use one of these to draw 12v from the power bank for your synth

Jonny 290 posted:

i mean the entire point of the exercise hinges on figuring out current draw * time = battery capacity. you can't just assume that. maybe it does suck a few amps, maybe it draws 50 milliamps. We can't tell you! But the sticker on the back would give a rough idea, and a DMM in line with the power adapter would tell you for sure.

I would just get a 12v external battery pack. Don't try to shove cells in the case


yeah if I can find a pre made solution that doesnít cost the earth thatíd be excellent. thanks for the hot tips

eschaton
Mar 7, 2007

Don't you just hate when you wind up in a store with people who are in a socioeconomic class that is pretty obviously about two levels lower than your own?
a friend now has a tendency to hack a USB-C PD charging port onto everything he repairs, since thereís an IC you can just strap with a couple resistors to provide you the voltage and amperage you need

he has a 68K PowerBook that can use USB-C PD

infernal machines
Oct 11, 2012

the future has already arrived. it's just not evenly distributed yet.
it's pretty fuckin handy, tbh. i've got a bunch of crap i'm putting together that's just powered off a 20amp hour usb-c powerbank

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012


current, please

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

infernal machines posted:

it's pretty fuckin handy, tbh. i've got a bunch of crap i'm putting together that's just powered off a 20amp hour usb-c powerbank

have you got any examples of the power bank? like how would I make sure Iím delivering 12v?

Sagebrush
Feb 26, 2012

stick a multimeter up in there

Jonny 290
May 5, 2005




[ASK] Me About OS/2 WARP
I use these for my ham rigs. Nice clean 12.6-12.8v

echinopsis
Apr 13, 2004

oh right iím an idiot, I just look for a 12v power bank

infernal machines
Oct 11, 2012

the future has already arrived. it's just not evenly distributed yet.

echinopsis posted:

have you got any examples of the power bank? like how would I make sure Iím delivering 12v?


echinopsis posted:

oh right iím an idiot, I just look for a 12v power bank

or one of these https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCore-Portable-Double-Speed-Recharging/dp/B09VP9QJSS

if you want a little more flexibility for powering other things. you can get those usb-c cable adapters for pretty much any common voltage and just use this thing to power whatever

pretty much anything that says it will charge a macbook will work

e: to be clear, you also need one of these to get 12v out of it https://www.amazon.ca/Blind-SPOT-Adapter-Device-Battery/dp/B08CCX5S96

infernal machines fucked around with this message at 01:19 on May 30, 2023

Internet Janitor
May 17, 2008

"That isn't the appropriate trash receptacle."
i've started tinkering with an android port for decker, my hypercard-like thing

most of the horrendous tooling problems are sorted, and soon i will need to figure out how best to distribute the android version

would any of you folks actually want to use it on android? if so, do you prefer raw .apk downloads, google play store, amazon fire store, something else entirely? google play seems to be the only straightforward option to make it usable by folks on chromebooks, but i honestly have no idea whether those hoops are worth jumping through at all

infernal machines
Oct 11, 2012

the future has already arrived. it's just not evenly distributed yet.
how does the interface work with the screen real estate limitations and the limited interaction via touch?

Internet Janitor
May 17, 2008

"That isn't the appropriate trash receptacle."
the main touch adaptation is that there's a soft keyboard that eats/reflows a big chunk of the ui space whenever a field has focus:



i also recognize some gestures for navigating around decks. from the beginning i designed the entire ui to offer menu-based alternatives to everything keyboard-based and avoided any use of right-click. similarly, the scripting apis are designed for a common denominator on touch device: no tooltips, no custom cursors, no hover events, no raw key events, etc

on a larger tablet it works reasonably well. on a small phone it's pretty terrible unless you're using a device that has a stylus. on chromebooks it'll support hardware keyboards and work almost exactly like the regular desktop version

i suspect that few people will want to use tablets and phones to create decks, but i'd like for those users to be able to use decks and perhaps do some light editing within reason

Internet Janitor fucked around with this message at 17:12 on Jun 14, 2023

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infernal machines
Oct 11, 2012

the future has already arrived. it's just not evenly distributed yet.
nice. that sounds like a well considered compromise.

i was wondering since we were talking about mediums and interaction metaphors in the tech bubble thread when decker came up before

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