• Time for an episode of "Stupid Ways to Waste Time"

    24 Sep | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Yesterday I finally decided I needed to get rid of a bunch of old Macs that I took home to save from ending up in a recycler's scrap heap. They all worked so I have been resisting for years turning them in as junk since I figured there must be something they could still be used for. Most were 6100 series PPC Macs, and can run Linux and might be useful as Linux experimental test beds. I knew I was probably never going to get around to installing Linux on them, and I have had them stacked...

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  • "5 gold stars for anybody who can 'splain why cups exists"

    18 Sep | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I found the quote above while searching for answers to getting CUPS to work. In the past, I've usually become so frustrated with CUPS that I uninstall it and hunt down the lpr/lpd package and put it on my system. lpr works , and works quite well. I believe CUPS came about as part of the time honored tradition of "It ain't broke but I'm too lazy to read the instructions, I think I'll reinvent the wheel." After setting up my new server I quickly discovered I could no...

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  • I want to build an archive without filling my disk

    02 Aug | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    I finally got the living room box rebuilt with a new MythTV which is compatible with my backend. Now I can see that the HDTV tuner card is really working. I also set it up to netboot, man what a difference! It's so quiet now without an HD inside it whining away. I discovered that KTXL is broadcasting their digital stream at 1280x720 and 60fps. No wonder my 866mhz P3 can't keep up and stutters trying to play it! The obvious thing to do is to transcode it down to a resolution that it can...

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  • TiVo definitely has no competition here

    16 Jul | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Well I finally broke down and did it. I bought a tuner card to use with MythTV. Not just any tuner card, an HDTV tuner card. Why? Because I found out the local PBS station has two more channels that are being broadcast in digital! Yes, that's right, I wanted to receive more PBS! After a bit of research to make sure that the extra channels were really being broadcast and not just available over cable/satellite, I went searching for a tuner card. Not an easy task, all the online stores...

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  • What cool thing can I do with a 486 sub-notebook?

    10 Jul | 06
    • in Computers • 
    • by FozzTexx

    Thursday & Friday I did my monthly backup in Napa, and I also picked up an entire truckload of old Macs. Almost all are 6100/7100 class Performas, there are also a couple of old 68k Macs too. All were working when stored a couple of years ago, although I may have to go back and look for the cables, I don't think I got them all. My mom also gave me her old HP Omnibook 600C. It's a 75mhz 486DX4 with a small dual-scan color screen. She also tossed in a cue-cat she got at radio...

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