So I was chatting with some people about programming and my early days of programming and finding a small message board community and it got me thinking if it still existed...
And what do you know?! I know I keep up the stereotype I had of only showing up like once every four months usually to tell you I moved my website or changed my programming name... So 15 years or whatever isn't too bad right?
Update -- I'm actually a Catholic Priest now .. So how have y'all been...
Glad you remembered and found this old site! :) The message board is actually a recreation I made from scratch about 2 years ago or so as the original host finally closed.
Do you still program as a hobby?
Congrats on becoming a priest!
I still program as a hobby. Lately, have got into podcasting a little bit. Involved in a show called "SQPN - Secrets of Technology" Looking at intersection of Faith and Tech - its a fun things to do.
I am in 5 rural parishes and have two schools, so I end up being the de facto IT guy, so tha... more
with Windows 3.11. I've been using Linux as my main computer since college as well. I basically have stuck with Ubuntu for the past decade or so, just because it's always been pretty solid. At work we've use other distros, but they're all pretty similar these days. Work computer itself is a Mac.. wh... more
Wondering if there is a way to retro fit my old 386 to a new monitor, newer keyboards, usb mouse etc. My old guy still took the serial mouse, larger keyboard (before PS/2) and I never had the guts to install USB even when I had Win95 on it.
They're still cheap enough to find (if you don't go IBM Model M for the keyboard) and work well enough. I actually have a PS/2 to AT keyboard converter like Puck was talking about. Works really nicely. Unfortunately my nice PS/2 keyboard with switches has some dead keys on it so it's not being used ... more
Iirc, they started appearing on 486's. You'd need an ISA USB card otherwise.
Funny, though, I've got tons of PS/2 keyboards and only a few USB keyboards. Most computer manufacturers included PS/2 keyboards in the box for a long time after USB became standard. You can get adapters, though. You w... more
Erik wrote a game for Christmas and we need someone to try it who hasn't learned the tricks. It's only 3 levels so it doesn't take too long to get through. (I haven't had a chance to get to demo 4 myself.)
So I guess you're working with boxes and balky printers? Are they all running Windows 10?
Do I need the Turbo Button on my 486 to run this :)
I have DOSBox on my Linux Box, but currently that box is laying in pieces on my workbench. I'm upgrading from the Ryzen 5 2600 to the Ryzen 5 5600G
Going to see how far integrated graphics has come since my current graphics card is a 2012 N... more
Do need it on. The code is less sensitive to CPU cycles than it is the clock, so as long as your computer has enough power to render it should run fine.
I doubt we'll get away from Integrated graphics... They're much more powerful now and sharing solutions tend to suck.
I was just thinking 4.77MHz because a lot of the games on the IBM PC/XT time weren't controlled by anything besides CPU speed so they ran at light speed once MHz started to increase. I thought turning turbo off tried to re-emulate that speed to make those programs work correctly again. I might just ... more
Thing similar. I had to use it for a game that was running to fast, but I can't remember what it was.
So some systems just slowed the CPU down by disabling caches or skipping cycles. Others really did try to hit 4.77 mHz. I wonder if Delivery Rush can be played on an XT if the graphics were simp... more
in probably 10 years. Not because I don't like it, just hasn't crossed my mind. My old cover band I was in about 15 years ago used to play a bunch of Hendrix. We played Purple Haze, All Along The Watchtower, Hey Joe and another band I was in covered Fire. Good music.
And making a little money 3D printing here and there. Not much to speak of, but hey at least I'm contributing to the IRS's bank account and keeping a small portion for myself, right?
Here's one of my buildings:
I'm actually going to be doing a few lessons with our high schoolers on AutoCad and 3D printing next week. We are going to design and print bridges. (The fun part should be cutting out the support structures that are printed too) ...
Luckily, being in a school and with all those generous STEM g... more
Sometimes the best thing to do is rotate the support about 5 degrees. It doesn't need to be more, I tried 10 and 15 degrees and was just wasting filament. You'd also be surprised sometimes what will print without supports.
I don't know if Cura supports angled supports. In PrusaSlicer you do have... more
I know regardless I have to re do it in gdrem format for my printer to take it. Which is kinda annoying but whatever. So if it can save the STL with the supports already drawn in I guess that would work?
Most of my time is spent with family and work. Spare time, I've been doing hobby programming (even though my day job is that now too). Got into COBOL and have been making some stuff in that.
How about you?
We can give you a custom Puckdropper's Place sub domain. Erik has nukementerprises.puckdroppersplace.us We can give you joebasic.blurredvisions.nukementerprises.puckdroppersplace.us I think. I'm not sure if I can have sub-sub domains. :-)
I think I'm good with this one, I run alot my projects on the server side of this one. Though looking to spin up a VPS instead of using BlueHost here pretty soon.
Speaking of the JoeBasic Inc stuff, any of you happen to have the source code to my old wrestling sim on your systems. I think I ha... more
I checked the backups and stuff here and don't have it but I know I must have downloaded it back in the day. My mom lives 4hrs+ away though so I won't be able to check until next time we go visit (and with Covid surging again, it's going to be a bit...)
Edit: Trying Archive.org... so clos... more
The archived version of this message boards had a link to your old message boards which luckily enough was updated a few times with your site link. I also used the old php forums for links too to look up in the archive.
like programs and stuff. I remember seeing HackSoft's Space Psycho (QB game from the 90s) was actually archived there under it's own spot instead of a link from a website.
That said, someone has to manually archive those things unlike the web crawler.
Honestly, it's absolutely amazing archive... more
Archive.org: Let's download the Internet
Erik: Let's copy the download of the Internet
I agree--we need to preserve some of this stuff as long as possible. Many good sites and programs have been lost because the guy who created it lost interest or lost in other ways (death, jail, taxes, you nam... more