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Completely Silent Computer
This computer makes no noise when it starts up.  It makes no noise when it shuts down.  It makes no noise when it idles.  It makes no noise when it’s under heavy load.  It makes no noise when it’s reading or writing data.  It can’t be heard in a regular room during the day.  It can’t be heard in a completely quiet house in the middle of the night.  It can’t be heard from 1m away.  It can’t be heard from 1cm away.  It can’t be heard — period.  It’s taken nearly 30 years to reach this point, but I’ve finally arrived.  The journey is over and it feels great.

If you are after a silent — not just quiet, but silent — daily driver, then I strongly recommend a passively-cooled case, heat pipes and solid state drives.  Eliminate the moving parts (e.g. fans, HDDs) and you eliminate the noise — it’s not that complicated.  It also doesn’t need to be really expensive (my system requirements were not ‘average’ so please don’t infer from this post that all DB4-based systems are as expensive).  Silence (and a perfectly respectable computer) can easily be had for half the price.
diy  hardware  pc  silence  quiet-hardware  cooling  fanless  amd 
4 weeks ago by jm
CGA in 1024 Colors - a New Mode: the Illustrated Guide
awesome hackery. brings me back to my C=64 demo days
pc  cga  graphics  hacks  art  1024-colours 
april 2015 by jm
IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2 • The Register
Wow, working for IBM in the 80's was truly shitty.

'IBM HR came up with a plan that summed up the department's view of tech staff: a dinner dance. In Southsea. For our non-British readers this is not a glamorous location.

As a scumbag contractor I wasn’t invited, but since I was dating one of the seven women on the project, I went anyway and was impressed by the way IBM had tried so very hard to make the inside of a municipal leisure centre look like Hawaii. This is so crap that the integrity checks I’ve installed to watch myself for incipient senility keep flagging it as a false memory.

The only way I can force myself to believe the idea that the richest corporation on the planet behaved that way is that the girl who took me is now a reassuringly expensive lawyer who was kind enough to marry me and so we have photographic evidence.

(I wish to make it clear that I’m not saying IBM had the worst HR of any firm in the world, merely that my 28 years in technology and banking have never exposed a worse one to me.)'


And indeed, so were MS:

'We, on the other hand, were regarded as hopelessly bureaucratic. After Microsoft lost the source code for the actual build of OS/2 we shipped, I reported a bug triggered when you double-clicked on Chkdsk twice: the program would fire up twice and both would try to fix the disk at the same time, causing corruption. I noted that this “may not be consistent with the user's goals as he sees them at this time”. This was labelled a user error, and some guy called Ballmer questioned why I had this “obsession” with perfect code.'


(thanks, Conor!)
via:conor-delaney  os2  ibm  microsoft  work  1980s  pc  uk  steve-ballmer 
november 2012 by jm
Logitech Formula Force EX Driving Wheel And Pedals
good and cheap; good reviews; supported by Linux HID force-feedback joystick library; EUR58 at Play.com
linux  hardware  ui  games  racing  controllers  steering-wheel  pc  pedals 
july 2009 by jm
Joysticks, force feedback and racing games working under Linux
an alternative way to get pedal controls working; use a racing-game steering-wheel controller, instead, since they're cheaper
linux  hardware  ui  games  racing  controllers  steering-wheel  pc  pedals 
july 2009 by jm

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