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[#] Mon May 15 2017 12:39:21 EDT from triLcat

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I'm so sorry

[#] Fri Jun 09 2017 12:47:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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My small achievement for today:

I got "first post" on Slashdot.

(Yes, they're still around! And it's a crap ghost town. I saw a story and made a comment and then realized I got F1RST!!!1)

[ ] if anyone cares :)

[#] Sun Jul 09 2017 22:54:16 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Didn't we used to have a Small Accidents room?

Helped a friend paint their new place today.  But my favorite sneakers must have been frightened.  As soon as I got there and pulled out the paint the sole of my right sneaker pulled off near completely; held on only at the toe.

So what does any geek in this situation do?  Why duct tape it of course!  But of course, just as I finish my perfect taping job and stand to go to work...the *other* sole pulled off!  And yes...that one also got the Tape Treatment.

All I needed was a pair of glasses on which to put matching duct tape....

[#] Mon Jul 10 2017 08:56:00 EDT from zooer

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How old were the sneakers and what brand?  I have noticed lately sneakers fall apart very quickly.

[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 12:52:01 EDT from fleeb

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My sneakers don't.

I purchase 'classic' style sneakers, which are difficult to find, but helpfully give me the appearance of living on this planet, rather than space-walking near Omicron 3.

[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 16:32:53 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Hey, what's wrong with Omicron 3?  :-P

Zoo, They were probably circa 2010 New Balance sneaks.  Probably the most comfortable I've ever worn.

[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 18:46:56 EDT from zooer

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I have given up on NB, I always thought they were great sneakers, that lasted a long time.  Now they don't seem to last and are very uncomfortable.

[#] Thu Jul 13 2017 14:07:47 EDT from fleeb

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There's absolutely nothing wrong with space-walking near Omicron 3.

However, I do not wish to appear as if that is what I am doing.

[#] Fri Jul 14 2017 09:45:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I've been a fan of NB for a long time; they come in widths that accommodate my somewhat wide feet.  That's nice and comfortable.

Also they're still made in the USA, which is a win.

[#] Mon Jul 24 2017 01:30:20 EDT from kc5tja

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Working on Verilog for a new CPU for the Kestrel-3 (because the old CPU is too big/unweildly to use in a circuit). This time, going with 5-stage pipeline.
Well, I managed to work the pipeline back to instruction decode stage, and it now properly decodes memory stores (8, 16, 32, and 64-bit) as well as register-immediate ALU operations. This is sufficient to spoonfeed the pipeline with instructions to load a register with arbitrary value, as well as to store said value at an arbitrary address. It's not Turing complete yet, but it's getting there.

[#] Mon Jul 24 2017 20:47:48 EDT from Ladyhawke

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New job!

Not only did I get a new job - but I even get a new job together with my boss (who r0cks)!


Loved the old job.....loved the old team

New execs ruin everything

New job is awesome! 

[#] Fri Jul 28 2017 10:47:22 EDT from kc5tja

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Decided to wire up the pipeline stages I've written to see how things work so far. It *almost* works as expected out of the box. Some missing features need to be implemented. Some TODOs that I've forgotten about have come up again. So, while it doesn't work correctly yet, it's *almost* there. Quite happy so far.

[#] Mon Aug 21 2017 17:52:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I thought you'd ended that project? Or is this something new?

[#] Mon Aug 21 2017 22:07:24 EDT from kc5tja

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Not ended; put on the back-burner while I focused on other things. Like getting employed again.

[#] Mon Aug 21 2017 22:13:01 EDT from kc5tja

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Re-learning Fossil source code management. Reminded myself of how quite pleasant it is to use.

Fun fact: back when I was first laying out my plans for the Kestrel-3, I was seriously considering hosting the code in a Fossil repository. The rationale was that, since Fossil is a single C binary, it'd be relatively easy to port compared to something like Mercurial or Git (which requires not only porting a C compiler, but Python and its dependencies and basically half of a Linux distribution's user-land, respectively). This would allow me to dogfood with the new computer, supporting Kestrel development on the Kestrel itself.

Alas, people at the time convinced me out of that idea. It was probably a mistake, but oh well.

[#] Wed Sep 06 2017 00:19:40 EDT from kc5tja

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I'll, uhh, just leave this here for now.

[#] Wed Sep 06 2017 13:15:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Cool!  Congratulations on "rebooting" the project (ooh, bad pun there)

[#] Wed Sep 06 2017 15:09:57 EDT from nonservator

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I'm so old when I see fossil, I think Fido.

[#] Thu Sep 07 2017 09:35:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm so old when I see fossil, I think Fido.

Me too, I even remember what it stands for.

[#] Thu Sep 07 2017 17:35:21 EDT from nonservator

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Without looking it up - Fido Opus Seadog Standard Interface Layer?

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