Category: General

I picked up a 2nd Tandy 1000SX on eBay last week for about what I paid for shipping on the first one, but with free shipping, and it should be delivered tomorrow. This one also has a modem of some sort and a dual serial card, and I’ll investigate those once it gets here. But it also has 3.5″ 720K as the second floppy drive. I’ll probably move that floppy to my other 1000SX and will make sure it also has the faster modem (if they are both functional). I’ll also be looking to see what UARTs are on the serial card and may swap those as well. But I’ll leave the 8088 in this one instead of swapping in a NEC V20. I’m debating on doing the other upgrades to this one (XT-IDE and network card) or on just making sure the current one had all the hardware I want in it, and using this one as a backup should the first one fail. Alternatively, I could wait until I pick up a cheap Tandy 1000 keyboard (which are usually only available cheaply if I’m no longer looking for one) and doing some upgrades and selling it back off to fund more projects 😉

Also, a few weeks ago, I picked up a bunch of gear from an old co-worker and good friend of mine. Part of the haul included a DEC Alphastation 500, which I’ve been drooling over since they came out. I’m flip-flopping on whether or not to install Gentoo Linux or OpenVMS on. I have very limited VMS experience from high school, so that could be interesting. I was also given a couple of 80×86-compatible servers, so I can put Linux on those 😉

There was also an old Compaq DeskPro 386/25 in that haul. There is no network card, modem, or sound card in that machine, and it’s a 386SX, not DX (the difference being that the SX had a 16-bit data bus) with the memory maxed out at 16MB. I may take one of the modems and put in it, pick up another Intel EtherExpress, and maybe an early Sound Blaster 16. I’m not a fan of how Compaq put these machines together with special rails for the drives (the CD-ROM drive doesn’t have the rails, so just sorta sits and “floats” in its bay) and things like that, but the DeskPro line were solid performers back in the day. I’m happy to have this system as part of my collection, and I’m actually considering loading DESQview onto it and moving the BBS over to it. That could be interesting, especially if I create a dial-up node and use a telnet <-> RS-232 gateway for additional nodes.

Penguicon 2017

It’s been quite some years since I’ve attended, but the wife and I are headed to Penguicon 2017 in Michigan this weekend! The last time I attended, I also gave a talk on MythTV. Unfortunately, my current employer prohibits speaking engagements, free or paid, on topics within my field of employ, which happens to be IT, without prior approval. Not sure it’s worth the effort to obtain approval to give a talk, so I’ll be simply attending this time around. But, on a positive not, it’ll be my wife’s first actual Penguicon! She went with me last time, but did not actually attend and kept busy doing other things. This time out, she’s an actual attendee as well. So excited to make it back, and for her to attend her first con!

Fixed images?

The site from the old backups had all files in the root folder of the site, while the current iteration has everything except the index under “/blog/,” which is what caused the images in all the old posts to be broken. I’ve just copied the folder in question to root and all is fine. I probably could have create a mod_rewrite rule to handle the location difference, but it’s not really worth thinking about if there’s such a simple solution 😉

Ghosts of Ohio

The Ghosts of Ohio posts were part of the backups I restored yesterday! I thought I was going to have to type them in here again. I’m so happy that they’re there 🙂 Images in the posts are broken, but I have them. I just have to restore them to the correct location to get them to display.

Old backups

So, I was playing around and discovered an old backup of the site. I restored it to my server, exported the posts, re-imported the posts, and… Holy crap! The site has some history to it again!

Resurecting our two favorite dead girls

logo_phpBBAs everyone should aware, Miles approached me because his engineer was having issues restoring the official LGPedia. The engineer seemed to think that the copy of the database Miles had provided was missing some tables. So I provided both the files and the database for the unofficial version I had managed to pluck from archive.org. Once he had those restored, he still couldn’t get the database Miles had provided to work correctly, so Miles approached for assistance, asking if I could log in to the server and check things out. Instead, I asked for the database files and and html/php files he may have. Did I have an ulterior motive in asking that? Why yes. Yes, I did. 😉 Turns out, what was provided to me contains a lot more than just LGPedia, which is exactly what I had hoped. So, after restoring all the databases to a tiny server at home, I got to work resoring LGPedia. After a little work, I was successful. The “skin” was broken, so I used a default one instead. But the data is newer than what archive.org has, so, despite looking a little different, the original LGpedia should be coming back Real Soon Now.

Also in the files sent to me was a database dump of the forums circa 2007. So, I checked the phpBB version according to the database dump, and tracked down that ancient version using a bit of Google-fu. And, just like it was 2007, I’ve spent way more time than I’d like to admit browsing the restored forums. I’m sure when the Pedia officially comes back, the forums will, too 🙂

Also, the are database dumps for Harpers Globe, a couple versions of Umbrella (which was proprietary, so, without the source code to the site itself, will take some real effort to resurrect), n1ckopedia, Inside LG15, and more. The most notable of which is the old LG15.com wordpress site which hosted the comments board. It appears to have used some custom plugins with dealing with videos, so the greatest value is in the comments themselves.

At any rate, I am working to restore what I can, and, once restored, will move everything to the server Miles is using. I am calling this the “lonelygirl15 resurrection project,” but I could just as easily call it the “CassieIsWatching resurrection project,” as it is my love of CiW that is driving this effort.

For a preview of my efforts, you can go to my little home server for a list of links to what has been and is in the process of being restored. The links will either go to the official server that Miles is using, if it has been copied over yet, or to a local copy, possibly a work-in-progress version, on my little home server. So, please be gentle on the server. while browsing 🙂 Oh, and, regardless of what Miles does with the “official” versions, the restored versions will remain on my little home server. I’ve just been unlinking each site and linking to a redirect script as I get them moved over.

I’m excitedly waiting for Miles to make an official announcement about LGPedia and the forums. In the meantime, enjoy the preview. 🙂

LG15chat clue

LG15chat clue

Looks like our friend @WeTheEnd is at is again with another LG15Chat clue:

From April 1st’s chat logs:

= 09:39:59 –> | LG15Chat [b862b8fb@gateway/web/freenode/ip.184.98.184.251] has joined #LG15chat
= 09:40:49 < LG15Chat>| 6/5/15
= 09:41:23 < LG15Chat>| The date to remember.

Notice the similarity to the last time they were about to launch something? 😉 So, just to be sure, I decided to GeoLocate the IP address:

wintermute@bbs:~$ geoiplookup -f /usr/share/GeoIP/GeoLiteCity.dat 184.98.184.251
GeoIP City Edition, Rev 1: US, AZ, Arizona, Peoria, N/A, 33.580601, -112.237396, 753, 623

Hmmm… Seems we know a certain PM near there whom I outed last time around because they don’t know how to hide an IP address in IRC 😉 Maybe this time around, they’ll remember Freenode has a limit on line length in their web client, so when they start posting morse code, the end isn’t chopped of. Even if they forget, WE remember, so we won’t get so confused like last time around. 😉