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Everything Off Topic / Post your car thread
« on: November 11, 2016, 05:12:42 pm »
Came back from GP today with a 2012 Mustang GT!
74k KMs, 3yr/60,000 warranty
NA 5.0L V8, 412HP, 390ftlbs. 6-speed manual.
I need to double check some things but it looks like it has the brembo brakes package and driving it is beautiful regardless of speed.
Unfortunately some dick decided that it needed flowmasters and a "cold air"(but not actually) intake. As far as I can tell so far the only issues with this car are that at around 2k RPM on the highway it has a brutal drone, and the paint has issues on the front, hood, rims, and rear badge.
Aside from that it is all pure sex.

I never thought I might want a modern car, but this one is nice. For a modern car the interior looks good too!

Do not quote me on this, but apparently the top speed of these cars when stock is a bit over 240KM/h. Neat!

So I was offroading with this guy. His 1-ton Ford (F350, 7.3 IDI) is quite heavy and slides around with little provocation. The ground is also both a lot slicker and a lot looser than it looks, just sayin.

More sliding when I take my 1/2-ton Dodge (W150, 318LA) around the other side to pull him out....

Fortunately my Dodge was able to drive right out with two people in the corner of the box! I was then able to drag the Ford to safe ground, and lived to wheel another day!

Games / DOOM (2016)
« on: May 25, 2016, 11:12:46 pm »

Anyone else playing?
Not sure about other deals but GMG has a 20%-off code at the moment.

Games / Distance
« on: January 29, 2016, 11:00:05 pm »

It is perhaps like Tron meets F-ZERO meets WipeOut and they all had a baby.
There are a lot of workshop tracks but part of the idea is that your car can jump and fly for a limited time, so you can roam around as you please.
It supports online multiplayer and split-screen coop, though I have not tested either.
It also supports VR headsets! ...that I have also not tested.
Still though, seems cool. I have been playing it a bit lately using steam streaming.

Everything Off Topic / Post your mobile radios!
« on: August 10, 2015, 11:00:03 pm »
Post what CB/UHF/VHF/etc radios you have in your land, water, or air based vehicles!

Recently tossed a SBE Sidebander IV into the Saturn SW2, and moved the Cobra 29 WXNWST into the Dodge W150.
The Sidebander IV needed some joints reflowed but aside from that it seems to function. Both radios are hardwired and each vehicle has a proper antenna mounted. :)

Please excuse the bad pics, last week my camera's screen stopped working so it is stuck in auto mode with no viewfinder. :P
Also I have not dusted the SW2 in ages and it has no cabin filter, sorry.

News / Retrochallenge 2015/07
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:36:47 am »
I am going to go ahead and beat something else vintage computer related over your heads. :P
News may not be there perfect place for this, but it seems more or less reasonable since RC covers both hardware and software and this is upcoming. *shrug*

"About Retrochallenge
In a nutshell, the RetroChallenge is a loosely disorganised gathering of RetroComputing enthusiasts who collectively do stuff with old computers for a month.
The event is very much open to interpretation… individuals set there own challenges, which can range from programming to multimedia work; hardware restoration to exploring legacy networking… or just plain dicking around. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just so long as you do it.
While the RetroChallenge has its competitive side, it’s not really a contest… it’s more like global thermonuclear war — everyone can play, but nobody really wins."


There is only one month left to figure something out and sign up!
Thinking about entering something myself...

RC is held during the months of July and January. Some interesting things have come up over the years. It is certainly worth checking out.

Everything Hardware / Kit Computer & Accessory Thread
« on: May 31, 2015, 10:26:15 pm »
Kit computer time!
I do not want to sound like I am spamming, but I think this is a niche enough market to slip in. Also, kids these days should buy more kits!

The PC-RETRO Kit Beta (Catalog #PC-RETRO) is a hobby electronics kit for building a faithful reproduction of the classic IBM PC 5150 motherboard from 1982.

I am seriously keen for one of these suckers!
The problem is that I already have a real IBM 5150 + amber display that I barely touch, making the $190 (shipped international) kit hard to swallow. If I did not already have a 5150 or did not need vehicle stuff I would be all over it!
The other thought is that I could return my 5150 to a fully stock IBM state and hotrod the 5150 clone board with CF card, NEC V20, 1MB RAM board, VGA, etc.... :chinrub:

Of course a kit computer related thread should not be without Briel Computers!
This guy offers some neat stuff, Apple I, Altair 8800, and a few other computers and expansion related things.
I want to build a couple of his kits, but have not ordered anything as of yet.

Lo-tech does not have full computers, but does have IDE/CompactFlash and memory expansion boards for vintage PCs as well as a RaspberryPi GPIO interface board.
The 8-bit IDE adapter and 1MB RAM board currently in my IBM 5150 were purchased from lo-tech.

Sergey's XT is an IBM PC/XT compatible processor board with some IBM AT and IBM PS/2 features. The board has the ISA card form factor, and designed to be plugged in to an ISA back plane. This allows greater flexibility of the final system size. The board is easy to assemble (if you've got basic soldering skills) as it uses only thru-hole components. Most of the components used in this board are readily available from various electronic components distributors, some components can be borrowed from old motherboards.
The goal is to have an open source implementation, including schematics, PCB, BIOS and related software.
This looks really cool, he has some other projects as well!

Here we have someone's modular homebrew z80 computer (his RetroChallenge project from 2014), now available in kit form!
Pretty cool.

I have no idea how I managed to forget the 1802 Membership Card!
It is an Altoids tin sized version of the COSMAC "ELF" from back in the day, running a RCA CDP1802ACE processor.

Does anyone else have anything to add to the list?

Everything Software(Non Games) / 8088 MPH PC Demo
« on: May 31, 2015, 09:38:23 pm »
8088 MPH is a demo for original IBM PC and XT (5150/5160) with CGA.
Remember that CGA is supposed to just be four colours. :P

Info here:

Direct link to video:

Gaming Station / Oel's late 90s gaming rig Build Log
« on: May 28, 2015, 03:46:03 pm »
Get out your time machines!
I suppose the idea here is to pretend that we are back in 1998... or more likely, on a budget in 1999.
A little fictional back story perhaps?
So this awesome computerdude(me) is feeling the pain with a 200MHz P1 or whatever it is and such. Time for an upgrade!
But on a mild budget.

The good news is that awesome-computer-dude was able to nab some parts real cheap off a few nutbars freaking out about the y2k bug, as they offloaded computers in favour of survival gear! :D a couple parts may be a little mis-matched but it is all good.

The general idea is to reuse the old case and another part here or there if possible.
Lets get started!
So first off... Out with the old and in with the ne.. err. old. :P
Pretty sure I last used this to flash some PCI cards.

This is what I was thinking for the build.
Should probably find a fan for that heatsink because another one will not fit without a bunch of cutting to clear AGP, caps, and case:

Random 3x 128MB 133MHz SDRAM
STB Voodoo2 8MB
Diamond Voodoo2 12MB
Random RTL8139D NIC
Random ISA sound card
HDD and ODD are undecided atm

Case has a Sidus Formula badge on the front, will picture the front panel in a later post.
Yes mismatched SLI setup there. Not a big deal with modded drivers or some soldering and donor card if I can find one.
Parts are subject to change of course, and tbh I do not remember if this P5A-B  works. We will find out later!
Not sure about any extreme case modifications yet, might not jive with the rest of the build.
Also need to dig up a fan for the case and find or make an SLI cable.

I probably could have drawn this out a bit longer, but it is not finalized or built yet so there is still time. :P

Games / Carmageddon: Reincarnation
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:35:26 pm »
It went "pubic beta" yesterday and I have gotten some hours in with it today.
This is proper carma folks!

It has come a long way since the alpha and I will say that the loading times are still quite long, but the gameplay itself pretty good. And you will need to turn down some options to play on lower spec PCs. Hopefully they will get it optimized further soon.

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