Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Monday, November 03, 2003

  Garage Gold

Rope lights on the deck - installed, need four more and a motion sensor to stop stumbling up the stairs at night. Somewhere there's a motion sensor and a box full of X10 gear...
Mirror clips
Shelving for speakers, audio cable extension, discovered that 12 foot optical toslink cables exist so I can move the reciever someplace more logical...
192 MB 2 1/2 inch ATA flash drive and mounting bracket - that firewall/web server looks more feasible solid state - discoverd that 1GB flash drives cost 278 dollars nowadays. I wonder what the cost curve looks like - when will a gig of flash cost 50 bucks? I opened it up - 6 flash chips. Hmm.

Found a 1GB hard disk, looks like it eats 7 watts. Don't know how many watts the flash drive eats... in standby mode it uses 500uA... wow... I'm going to plug it into something and see if it even gets warm.... What can I do with 192MB? I mean, I used to fit an entire firewall into a 1.4MB floppy....

Realizing how lame my 18 month old ipaq demo was, I took a deep breath, wiped out my code, and installed gpe2. Wow - my pda was useful as a pda again, running X, and the fonts look GREAT. Love the teleport feature - two clicks, and the apps that support it appear on your main display, so you can type directly into it. Hmm... installed cygwin, got X working on XP, I wonder if matchbox was ported to it? X everywhere at 0 cost. Or maybe I can get the xdm display manager to run off the ipaq and get cygwin Xfree to run in 320x240 mode on a window... yep. Neato: -multiwin mode or -rootless. Neat - SQLite is a nice mini-implementation of SQL.... I am actually intrigued enough to want to get a development environment going for this thing again.... no, you have other priorities get it working as a PDA - got all my contacts transfered... Oh, yes... I'm living in the 00s now. Battery life is good.... Fiddle with ipkg....

And... wow, mallum strikes again - a nice, basic outliner for gpe. Oh, yes. I've been fiddling with a couple outliners for windows - I have some really big things to organize - and both have features and flaws - but both are much nicer than the outliners built into word and open office. Mallum's outliner is in the right place though....

Backups are getting more important every day. 200GB+, 5 working computers, 2 to go.... how to back all this stuff up?

Got a wireless usb adapter to work on the music workstation - at least temporarily

Found a 1watt amp for the wireless antenna. Maybe I can get rid of the directional hanging from the tree now. Maybe with the flash drive and the internal wireless card the former kerbango memorial radio will run cool enough for 24x7 operation....

Gosh, what else got found this weekend? - all this was on my quest for the !@#!@ power supply for my scanner - found 5 more power supplies - What? like socks do they mate in the darkness, exchange genes, and grow mutations? But found a power supply for my old voice processor, and a couple more devices that should fit one of these stinking extra powersupplies. Every room has more wall warts than normal 120v power - I sure wish edison had lost to westinghouse and my house ran on DC....

looked into getting a usb mic for Dragon Dictate. Audio quality is very bad on my existing mic, maybe better quality will get recognition up to perfection...(and best of all, usb mics are portable from machine to machine without retraining....)

Got a monster todo list, a couple appointments, and I gotta run.

Hmm... email2speech... flite with a good voice is 140MB - yuck - maybe do the conversion to mp3 on the server, transfer over the net to the ipaq?

 
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