At 03:00 PM 8/29/2011, William Donzelli wrote:
>>>How will the archivists handle these?
>> Virtual machine images.
>What about the virtual worlds? You can have a virtual machine running
>the original software, and maybe even connected to an emulated server
>- but it won't be much fun playing in an endless void.
"World" meaning the 3D landscape? Or the players and their stuff?
It's all in databases on servers. It's probably all in virtual
appliances today. Appliance images are probably all they are
backing-up today. No doubt some other earlier examples exist where
they quaintly put one and only OS on one physical server, but if
you have the hard drive image, it could be virtualized.
Some time ago I was given a Sun Ultra 5. My intention is not to keep it, but
I would like to see if I can get it to work first before finding a new owner
It did not come with a keyboard, so I have been trying to get something out
of the serial port, I believe that when there is no keyboard attached it
uses the serial port.
>From my records it looks like at some point when I first got it I did manage
to get to see something using 38400 baud, but now I don't get anything at
all. This could be just that I have not got the right cable between the
machine and my terminal emulator.
Should I expect to be able to boot the machine from the serial port, log in
On Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:26:00 -0700 (PDT), Fred Cisin
<cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:
> You, sir, underestimate the prevalence and power of stupidity!
> The administration of the college, for example, is losing critical
> data on
> a daily basis. Nothing short of defenestration will stop them from
> it. Last month, the amount of comp time that I have accumulated (a
> had to be recreated from post-it notes on a cubicle wall.
Einstein is claimed to have said "Two things are infinite: the universe
and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
He must have worked at your college.
And I'm convinced he was right.
At 11:24 AM 8/29/2011, William Donzelli wrote:
>How will the archivists handle these?
Virtual machine images.
At 12:29 PM 8/29/2011, Dave McGuire wrote:
> The greatest productivity-killing, employment-killing, and parental-basement-stuffing products ever developed? I say let them be lost to the sands of time!
Gosh, I wish I was smart enough to make a software product that was
popular, productivity-killing, life-sucking, and capable of
destroying relationships and personalities without breaking stride.
Sounds mightly profitable to me. I think lots of people will study
these worlds, for a long time to come, for social science and for profit.
As for the file-format debate, as someone who spent a decade-plus mucking
about in the 3D and 2D file-format conversion / filter market, and who wrote
a few chapters and edited a bit of the O'Reilly book on graphic file formats,
I'm confident that a decade or two from now, they'll still be puzzling over
some files that just don't seem to "read" right unless under some emulation
of the programs of the era that made them. File format specs are often
written *after* the program that made them. Stuff is left out. Features
and side-effects are forgotten.
Heck, even today, I've been vexed by the container formats used for video.
The file extension doesn't tell you much. A month or two I was trying
to help a law client who had some patrol car footage on CD. I spent a few
hours googling and using deep-inspection tools to try to determine the
codecs necessary to play-back on various Windows systems - and ultimately
I couldn't get it to play in some environments.
Does anyone have an Olivetti M24 or AT&T PC 6300 with the P8 version
display card close at hand?
The one I have has the display card very thorougly disabled (no I/O
or memory space accessible) by the setting of a couple of jumpers and
a jumper plug at position 5H on the display card. This is a 20-pin
DIP socket and looks suspiciously similar to the 14 pin jumper plugr
used to disable the P4 display card.
Can anyone tell me what's supposed to be at this position? Since
it's a 20 pin DIP, it could be a something simple such as an LS244,
or (groan) it could be a PAL. On the P4, it's an LS00, but that's
clearly not the case here.
I have schematics for the P2 board, but not the P8. If all else
fails, I'll take the board out and try to figure things out the hard
way, but I'd rather get the information the easy way.
I cannot find the original price on the unit so I cannot compare.
I went to the wayback machine looking for the pricing and all the pages list "sold out"
The seller should be happy I found this and posted. Someone should be interested.
I myself am saving for a Mimeo from Willegal