Blog entries from December, 2003

Return of the King

Monday, December 29th, 2003 at 12:20 am

Just got back from seeing Return of the King for the second time. Friday was because Phong was down from Canberra and tonight was in Gold Class with tickets that I paid for a few weeks ago…

It definitly makes the trilogy and I think I’ll have to get around to seeing the extended version of Two Towers.

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Compact Flash for Apple II

Wednesday, December 24th, 2003 at 12:11 pm

The CompactFlash / IDE Interface card for Apple II computers that I ordered last week for my Apple IIgs arrived today. It is very professionally done with a good reference manual.

I want to play with it now but I have Christmas stuff to do…

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RAMBUS, proper dual-head, new desk, contract

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003 at 4:31 pm

In the process of shuffling hardware around today I discovered that the computer I was changing to (P3-933, 128MB, Matrox G450 dual head) used RAMBUS. As the spare 256MB SDRAM DIMM that I brought from home wasn’t going to fit I had to roll back the shuffle. However I still got the G450 card by pulling an AGP Matrox G100 out of an old Pentium II for the RAMBUS box, it only does 1024×768 anyway.

There was also a shuffle of people and desks today so after we got back from Yum Cha I moved my computer and associated bits from my desk in the middle of the room to a desk up against one side that was vacated by someone moving down the corridor. As well as moving from a corner desk to a straight desk I will now be able to place my bike behind my chair against the cupboards, as next year there will be someone sitting where I used to store it.

Also I dropped off my signed letter of offer at HR first thing this morning and finally got myself an ID card…

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LCD dilemma

Monday, December 22nd, 2003 at 9:44 pm

When I got into work today there was a pile of ten 17″ LCD displays, we must have got a bulk discount.

Half of them were given to various people, myself included, which actually raises a problem. For the past two weeks I have complemented the 19″ CRT that I have been using for most of the year with a 17″ CRT connected to an old S3 PCI card. I replaced the 17″ CRT with the 17″ LCD but the S3 can’t output the desired 1280×1024 so the picture was nice and fuzzy. Tomorrow (last work day of the year) I’m planning on doing some hardware juggling at the end of which I will end up with a box with a dual head Matrox G400.

The other dilemma is that I’m now running a 19″ CRT and a 17″ LCD, the most annoying difference is in the brightness levels, ideally I would like to use a pair of 17″ LCD’s. My only hope there is either to get one of the remaining displays or do a swap so that someone who got one of the new displays will use the 19″ CRT that I currently use…

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A dual-screen hack for Windows

Friday, December 19th, 2003 at 8:20 pm

Courtesy of a friend at work I have discovered Win2VNC and x2vnc. Basically they let you control two computers, each with a monitor, via the keyboard and mouse on one of them. What is very funky is that you could have a ‘desktop’ made up of a number of different OS’s, ie Windows, Linux and MacOS…

I’m tempted to grab an unused box and monitor at work next week. Put on a fresh install of linux and add it to my current dual monitor (windows) setup.

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New job, yay!

Thursday, December 11th, 2003 at 8:56 pm

now have a new job, in exactly the same chair at the same computer doing the same stuff. The difference is that I am now full time instead of casual…

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Merri Creek Trail

Saturday, December 6th, 2003 at 7:05 pm

I got tired of Damien cancelling on me so today I decided to go for the ride anyway:

  • Caught the train to Victoria Park
  • down to Dights Falls
  • up the lower park of Merri Creek / Capital City to St Georges Rd
  • up St Georges Rd and others to the ring road
  • east to check out part of the Darebin Creek Trail that was skipped on a previous ride
  • west to the start of Merri Creek Trail, passing the construction of the Hume bypass
  • down Merri Creek Trail to St Georges again
  • west along Capital City Path to Royal Park, checking out Edinburgh Gardens on the way
  • up the Upfield Bike Path to Coburg station
  • train home…

Just over 50 kilometers and was pretty good except for some residual effects of the torrential rain earlier this week; sections at the upper end of Merri Creek were washed away so the path alternated between nice concrete, jagged rocks and drifts of soft fine gravel.

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