So I needed a female to female gender changer so I could convert a male VGA plug to female, and while I was there I figured I might as well get 2 pieces of each and have the full set, but I did feel a little bit silly placing an order for a male to female gender changer… I don’t understand why they are even on the market.
Today I discovered 100kgarages.com. Seems like a cool idea. Not sure they’re operating in my area!
When I finally get a PCIe IDE adapter that works, this is gonna come in handy: How to mount an Xbox formatted drive on Ubuntu.
The IDE adapter that I have is this one, but it reports all disks as damaged (and they’re not). I think maybe it’s too new for the drives maybe? Speaking a newer version of the ATA protocol? I have no idea really.
My new AV switch arrived today, and I set it up on my bench. But I had it laid out horizontally and it was taking up a lot of bench space and I decided I’d rather have it mounted vertically.
So I got an old component box like this one
from my drawer
and cut it up so I could mount my AV switch vertically, like this:
So I popped the heat sink off the CPU in my ‘chipped’ Xbox. I wasn’t able to get the heat sink off the device to the left of that, which might be the graphics card? I’m not sure. I gave it a pretty mighty tug and it didn’t come loose, so not sure what the deal is there. I cleaned the CPU and the heat sink (I damaged the heat sink a little, you can see the scratches).
This is old (20 years old!), but fun: The Two Percent Solution.
I saw this Hewlett Packard HP 8018A Serial Data Generator for sale for US $2,000 after having seen it mentioned over on Using a 1930 Teletype as a Linux Terminal. That sent me off trying to see if I could get my UTG962E from the UNI-T UTG900E series arbitrary function waveform generator to transmit a custom waveform. I managed to get the software installed on Windows and apparently I can upload any of *.sav, *.rec, *.dat, *.uwr, *.wfr, *.wf to my waveform generator, but I have no idea how to generate such files.