Joe
about a year or so
Thu Jan 06, 2022 3:34pm
208.175.138.171

About a year or so. So what are you guys up to these days -- Job's etc.

    • Hey Joe! Good to hear from you - Erik_, Thu Jan 06 2022 5:25pm
      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!
      • Yes still program - Joe, Thu Jan 06 2022 9:41pm
        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
          • 386 - Joe, Fri Jan 07 2022 11:27pm
            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
            • Do you have one with a PCI slot? - Puckdropper, Sat Jan 08 2022 7:46am
              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
        • You need to download DosBox and QB - Puckdropper, Fri Jan 07 2022 2:23am
          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?
          • Turbo button? - Joe, Fri Jan 07 2022 11:33pm
            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
            • Erik's been programming and testing on his 486, you probably - Puckdropper, Sat Jan 08 2022 8:55am
              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.
              • Honestly, I was expecting it to become a slide show seeing that it "should" go down to 4.77MHz if it's off IIRC. Maybe it dropped from 50MHz to 25MHz instead? (Just cut the CPU speed in half?)
                • I think they just turned the speed down, - Puckdropper, Tue Jan 11 2022 3:18am
                  It wasn't until 286 and 386s that that kind of side-scroller game started to be common, I think. 4.77 just isn't a lot of horsepower, especially if you want color.
                  • You might be right... - Erik_, Wed Jan 12 2022 12:11am
                    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
                    • There was also a utility called mo_so or slow down or someth - Puckdropper, Wed Jan 12 2022 3:28pm
                      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
    • Hey Joe, where you going with that gum in your hand? - Puckdropper, Thu Jan 06 2022 4:32am
      Can I have some? How do you like the Priesthood? I got married and it's weird having people call me "Uncle", how long did it take to get used to people calling you Father?
      • about a year or so- Joe, Thu Jan 06 2022 3:34pm
        • I'm embracing being a jack of all trades... - Puckdropper, Fri Jan 07 2022 2:35am
          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: https://www.ebay.com/itm/203373595694
          • Fun! - Joe, Fri Jan 07 2022 11:22pm
            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
            • PrusaSlicer makes support removal easy. - Puckdropper, Sat Jan 08 2022 9:09am
              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
        • These days... - Erik_, Thu Jan 06 2022 5:31pm
          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?
          • *see reply to other post (nm) - Joe, Thu Jan 06 2022 9:42pm
            • And just for old time sake - Joe, Thu Jan 06 2022 10:48pm
              NEW WEBSITE! techypriest.com (And this one has been up the longest of any I ever had) :)
              • JoeBasic, Inc rises again! - Puckdropper, Fri Jan 07 2022 2:37am
                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. :-)
                • HAHA - Joe, Fri Jan 07 2022 11:25pm
                  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 might have a copy at my Mom's house... - Erik_, Sun Jan 09 2022 12:30am
                    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
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