Valve has released SteamOS into the wild, and invited us to play.
And so I have, well outside the recommended parameters of their system requirements… because where’s the fun otherwise?
For reference: http://store.steampowered.com/steamos/buildyourown
My SteamOS test machine is an old Intel Core2Duo-based Mac Mini with an nVidia Geforce 9400 GPU. Not really a beefy gaming box, but adequate for simple games and playing videos with hardware acclerated decoding.
I started with the custom installer from the link above, and the install went surprisingly smoothly following their directions – until it came time for the recovery partition steps. Those flat out… Continue reading
Trying my hand at brewing from a raw cider again, putting the last year of learning and experience to test.
The first batch is sitting there in secondary now, the second is in primary (in the tub in case of spillover)
The green bottles are the product of my last wine batch. Not amazing, but drinkable.
My little brewing corner
Hopefully the cider will turn out well. I’m going for a Crispin BareNaked feel with the unfiltered cider. As always, time will tell.
The ending product!
I haven’t built it yet, but the basic design is complete.
It’s based around a spare Dell 17″ LCD, and a miniITX board I aqcuired.
The speakers are 2 small Tang-Band drivers, more than enough oomph.
If anyone decides to build it, send me pics!
About 5-6 years ago, I was poking around the internet, looking for information on this cyberpunk RPG I’d heard about called Shadowrun.
This led me to a simple little corner of the Shadowrun Webring, a page run by a chummer known as shapcano. He wrote a series of fantastic short stories, and a few short novels that really brought the world of Shadowrun alive to me.
Thanks to him and his stories, I was approached by a group looking for Shadowrun RPG players, and although I’d never played a pen-and-paper RPG before, I loved Shadowrun so much that I jumped… Continue reading
Some time ago, I acquired one of these bad boys:
There are a few good resources on setting one of these up, namely:
The HP X Station reference is here.
Now, why do I write an article instead of just linking these?
First off, they’re outdated. REALLY outdated. Secondly, the software install scripts no longer work properly on modern Linux machines, especially the 100mbit patch from envizex.arganite.com. If you don’t have that, your Envizex will NOT boot unless you have this connected to a 10mbit HUB. It will not autonegotiate a 10mbit connection on the… Continue reading
Well, I had intended to bottle my raspberry apple cider this evening, but it needed a bit more time.
So I pulled out this little half-gallon of red wine I’ve had on oak for a few months to throw out as a failed experiment. To my astonishment and utter surprise, it is quite drinkable. Not utterly fantastic, but not the biting hobowine it was after secondary.
Good enough that I bottled it.
Not bad for a first go. Amazing what a little bit of time and oak can do.
Well, last weekend I pulled out the AUX and iPod jacks from my car and went to work adapting proper connections on the ends for standard car head units – namely a 3.5mm plug for the AUX and USB for the iPod/other USB devices.
The 2009 Scion tC has its iPod and AUX wiring done differently from most other (previous) Toyota/Scion vehicles. The standard connection at the head unit that the AUX comes in does not exist, you only have the iPod HU plug and the one used for the speed-controlled volume and steering wheel control.
This necessitates all new… Continue reading
Just did some plugin consolidation and reconfiguring, testing things out.
Last batch of cider failed. It was good right up until bottling, and then it seems something got into the jug and turned the cider by the time we got to drinking it. Horrible.
This weekend is going to be wiring up a harness in my Scion tC to provide proper USB access via the stock iPod port in the center console, as well as adapting the AUX input harness in the console to standard 3.5mm minijack to plug into a non-OEM headunit.
There isn’t anything quite like this posted… Continue reading