Monthly Archives: February 2019

Tandy on the Internet

I did it! I got my Tandy 1000SX on the internet! This is an XT-class machine with 640K RAM and the CPU replaced with an NEC V20. The only thing not era-specific is the modern XT-IDE controller with 2 gig CF card in it. I found an old Intel Etherexpress 8/16 on eBay for a lot cheaper than the 3com 8-bit NICs with twisted pair, and it’s still easy to find the dos drivers. I started with mTCP and the packet driver from e16disk. After I got that going, I grabbed the later doslynx, which was just as simple to get working. Only thing that sucks is the https support is missing, and, with the push to https everywhere, this really breaks web browsing from doslynx.

Clean install

And, less than two weeks later, the file system is completely hosed. Can’t boot my Linux install. Can’t boot my old Windows install. Can’t mount the drive in another machine. Fresh install of Linux Mint. :/

Ubuntu strikes again

Over the years, I have installed various Linux distributions, starting with Slackware way back in ’96 or so. Over the years, Ubuntu has come to prominence, so on several occasions, I have installed either Ubuntu or one of its derivatives. Every time, when updating or upgrading one package or another, something has gone terribly, terribly wrong, causing a major OS crash. Most recently, I installed Linux Mint because I got fed up with issues with Windows, and ran it fine for quite some time. Then the graphical update program could no longer fetch updates and I couldn’t edit software sources or preferences, and then I noticed that I was disconnected from everything in pidgen, and couldn’t reconnect no matter what I did. So I did something you should never have to do in Linux, I did a reboot. And it wouldn’t complete a normal boot. So I got it to boot to a cli, did some messing around, and finally managed to get it to boot into a GUI, but I had to change desktop managers in order to do so, and everything is borked. I’m not sure if I should try to fix the issues with gdm, or if I should just install a different distro and regain my sanity…