Author Archives: dillera

PDP-11/70 CPU core and SoC :: Overview :: OpenCores

Fig D-1: A PDP-11/70 Console. These display and switch consoles were the hallmark of the PDP-11 computers in the 70ties. Picture courtesy of Henk Gooijen, see also Henk’s PDP-11 collection. The project contains a complete DEC PDP-11 system: a PDP-11/70 CPU with memory management unit, but without floating pointunit, a complete set of mass storage…

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Amazon.com : Aspire Switch Laptop $139

Amazon.com : Acer 10.1″ Aspire Switch Laptop 2GB 32GB | SW5-012-192E (Certified Refurbished) : Computers & Accessories Amazon has a refurb 32GiB Switch 10 for just $139: Source: Amazon.com : Acer 10.1″ Aspire Switch Laptop 2GB 32GB | SW5-012-192E (Certified Refurbished) : Computers & Accessories And the 64GiB is $199…

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Mac ADSL OmniGraffle Stencil

I’ve always loved OmniGraffle, and I’ve always loved the simple lines of the Mac ADSL Stencil. I don’t like Graffletopia and paying for free stencils. I finally found the original location for the MacADSL stencil…. it’s here:   http://www.macadsl.com/actu/network-stencil-omnigraffle-macadsl   It’s so old it’s still a .sit file, so I’m attaching a .zip here so…

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Mac OSX 10.10 and SCSI

Update 2017: 10.12 – Sierra broke the SCSI drivers and so ends the tales of SCSI and Atto on my Mac. Nothing I could do could get them to load. At some point I’ll revert the Mac back to 10.11 and use the SCSI if I ever need to read any of my tapes. Update:…

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Apple Mini Yosemite Super Laggy – Fix

My mini is a 2011 i5 with Radeon graphics. Most of my work is on an external rail via thunderbolt, but the system has always been a little laggy to me. I work on Macbook pros and MacBook Airs (new, with flash drives) at work, and the mini has never been as quick and responsive…

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Broadwell 2-in-1

Liliputing has a nice review of a bunch of 2-in-1 Broadwell (Core M) powered systems. All seem to be the 2-in-1 factor, as this new chip can be run in a fanless (i.e. tablet) form. Goodbye Atom. The Dell Latitude 13 looks nice, with backlit keys on the keyboard- but it’s bluetooth and at 13″…

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Android Still Sucks at 4.3

When Android 4.3 API18 came out I pulled my old Nexus 7 out of the drawer, charged it, let it update to 4.3.18 and tried to use it for the next three days, leaving my iPad mini in the drawer instead.   What I found out was: Android OS still sucks unbelievably bad. It’s kinda…

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iCloud Safari Syncing Sucks Balls

iCloud Safari syncing just stopped worked about 3 weeks ago for one of my computers, and I cannot make it work again, I’ve clear and clear and re-synced each of my computers and iPhone. Finally, I just gave up and use Dropbox now.   Just move Library/Safari over to Dropbox somewhere, and create a symlink…

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Windows7 Reverse Scrolling

Do you use Windows7 on bootcamp? Or anywhere? After adjusting to the scrolling system on Mountain Lion (which I love) it’s almost impossible to go back to Windows and have wierd scrolling again. You can easily change it for USB mice (still need to figure out how to do it for trackpad) where easily assumes…

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Save As… for Mountain Lion

This post has saved my bacon numerous times as I’ve installed Mountain Lion on systems:   http://www.tuaw.com/2012/07/29/get-save-as-back-on-mountain-lions-file-menu-easily-and-without/   Having Save As… is just a necessary part of how I work…

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iPhone 2G

I finally got around to taking a look at my original iPhone – the 2G. I used it for about 2 years, when I got the 3GS the nannie took it and spilled apple juice on it (killing it). It sat in a drawer for years. I pulled it out and took it apart. I…

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OSX Mountain Lion and Java

Mountain Lion doesn’t ship with a java jre or jdk. And it removes the Apple one that was working in Lion. Installing the latest Apple sanctioned Lion Java Update results in exceptions. [Update July 29th – it seems there is an jre from apple now that will auto-install]   Nothing yet from Apple, but don’t…

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The Real Guide To Rooting The Nexus 7

I’ve looked over the Google results for rooting your Nexus7 and they are all a joke. None that I read would actually work on a Nexus7, so clearly the people posting are just looking for hits. Most of them were copypasta from one of 3 original guides. This is the real deal. I got a…

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Newton Connection to MacOSX

One of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do was connect a Newton to an OSX host. Between getting ADB connections to USB, and OSX with and without Classic so far it’s been impossible. At least not connecting them has zero impact on my life, so this can take as long as it needs…

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