My website, an agglomerative mess, probably half-eaten by a gru

## Bits of technology I've owned

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Something someone said somewhere prompted me to think for a few minutes and come up with a list of the memorable bits of technological hardware I’ve owned. I’m sure there’s something in there that I’ve missed, but here’s what I can remember: Tandy CoCo Amiga 1000 TI99/4a Amiga 4000 Pentium P100 Palm Pilot III Pentium II/III Pentium IV i7 PC ASUS transformer

## Uh oh….

Thursday, Mar 5, 2009

It went clack, clack, clack, clack, CLACK. Then it stopped. Part way through a very ordinary ubuntu package upgrade the hard disk in fafnir made an horrendous sound and the PC froze. It wouldn’t respond to a soft restart, it wouldn’t respond to a hard reset, it wouldn’t even come back up after powering off and on. The hard disk has had it. A single consumer-grade IDE disk running almost continually in a desktop machine since about June 2004, what can I say, it was bound to fail eventually.

## Memories….

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Finally got around to upgrading the memory of the system from 512M to 1.5G, there are two DDR slots in the motherboard, a single 512M DIMM already present, and the motherboard can support a maximum of 2G, A toss up between 1.5G or 2G, the former won.

## Cooked it!

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2002

I removed wyvern’s power-supply this morning and had a look inside — no wonder it isn’t working too well — the circuit board is blackened and warped, and it looks as though half the components have been cooked. Definitely time for a new one!

## You're my fan

Sunday, Apr 28, 2002

Finally got around to putting the replacement fan into wyvern’s power supply. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work, so maybe the temperature sensor has burnt out. At least, after putting the new fan in and connecting it up, it didn’t come on at all for the rest of the day.

## Notes on a new PC

Wednesday, Jun 16, 1999

EPOX MVP3G-M motherboard rates highly (http://www.epox.com/) Memory: what $where 128M RAM$340 33 Portman St Oakleigh 128M RAM $266 Omega 16-Jun-1999 Video: what$ where RIVA TNT 16M $230 33 Portman St Oakleigh nVidia RIVA TNT 16M$173 Omega 1999-Jun-16 Processor: what $where PII-400$200 33 Portman St Oakleigh K6-II 400 $212 Omega 1999-Jun-16 K6-II 450$324 Omega 1999-Jun-16

# …The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

# …The Site

Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried PHP, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on Emacs Org mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is Org mode and hugo.

# …The ISP

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