New IXGBE taurball

Updated for the most recent lts, and changes in the build process.


2016/05/24 07:24 · sam

Mystery PanDigital Digital Picture Frame

Not much to it. Got it at goodwill, found a header on it with serial output at 115200 TTL. I *think* I've found the input, but it hasn't been sensitive to input yet. What it does print out, however, is this:

MP620 MaskRom V002

SDRAM 8Mx16/16Mx16 Load NAND 
NAND ID : 000000D3
AP found
AP size : 0038AA10
AP check sum : FC394CD8
load OK
../source/main.c 1159
Enable PLL1 spread spectrum
CPU Initiale to 96MHz
-I- CPU Initial to 0077083f

dwMainProcSize 00527000
Network buffer pool 8094f000 00072000
disp buffer1 80773980 000ed800
disp buffer2 80861180 000ed800
Heap buffer  809c0980 0063f680
!!!Free_CacheWin 0
2016/03/11 10:16 · sam

More Xen Things-- bootup, systemd weirdness

Stops systems booting up degraded, makes xendomains work.

Work in progress.

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2016/01/22 05:24 · sam

HP MediaSmart VGA/Serial Pins

Bought an HP home server with four sata bays for $20. Given that I've still got some old 500GB drives lying around, I figured I would use them for some cheap storage at my office.

Problem is, it ships with a Windows 2003 Home Server install. Obviously, not all that useful to me.

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2015/12/23 07:09


I've been running for 17 years now. I was 19 when I started it up, to put things into perspective. It started out on a couple dumpstered 486s on an ISDN line in the south suburbs of Chicago. Back then, it really was a community project. Other people used it, other people worked on it, etc. etc. We all used pine or mutt. Nontrivial processing power was devoted to tinyfugue. Most people on it used MacOS 9, or Windows 98, so shell on the desk wasn't particularly common. I was using a SPARCclassic.

Since then, it's survived marriages, a divorce, interstate moves, three start ups, podcasts, broadcasting, OpenBSD, virtualization, you name it. And I always thought of it as more than just me. So I kept my personal stuff off to the side, leaving the front door open for everyone, or at least something representative.

That changes now. With this newest version of (and the biggest change in a decade), combined with a forthcoming “New Year's Resolution” thing I'm working on, I've decided running the two websites separately is annoying. Other people still use services, and more people will use it in the future… but is me. I should reflect that.

So now, just goes to And there'll actually be something useful here. Also, the server has moved to Quebec.

2015/12/18 11:31 · sam

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