Yes still program
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 that keeps me in the know. Recently, have got a lot more into hardware than I ever thought I would be - I think the chip shortage and having to salvage stuff has caused a lot of that.

Sadly, not as much QB programming -- I only use Microsoft Windows on my work machine and personally am a Linux user. Spent 3 years in Computer Science for college and really there was a culture of open source there that I fell in love with.

-- Just remembered Sham-Rice as well....

  • 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
      • 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.. which... 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 at... 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 want... 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 Nvidia... 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 be... 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
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