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Honestly my favourite thing about the fediverse at the moment is the - more please. Never stop not breadposting.

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Hi - please consider yourselves informed that @dolldolldoll is now your official "backup admin" if a hit-by-a-bus situation should occur - follow her main at @dolldolldoll if you want!

I've known Ivy for close to two decades now, we've co-sysadmined things previously and I vouch that you can trust her as you trust me.

Ivy will have access to all the backend systems and accounts, not to run things on a daily basis, but to ensure continuity of service if I can't.

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Hey, I just wanted to say a quick to the recent Chinwag arrivals!

Chinwag's reason for existing is to provide communication tools for people, which is something I've always been interested in. I kind of target users, but welcome anyone from anywhere.

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Well, it boots - kind of. I suspect the floppy drive needs some cleaning as it sometimes completely fails to read a disk, and then on another attempt the same disk will boot somewhat before giving up a read error.

The exact same behaviour has happened with multiple system disks, so I'm definitely leaning toward suspecting the drive rather than the media right now.

Still, the base machine looks like it's working, which is great!

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Oh my god it's actually called a "Pied Piper"! I guess that's what the PPC on the labels is short for. I think I've got enough established to do some real research now.

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No sign of capacitor leakage or obvious damage so far, I might take a gamble and just plug it in tomorrow, unless I notice anything odd before then.

Interesting that it's got what appears to be an add-on card for two serial ports installed.

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Bonus content in the boxes! copies of PDP-11 source code from a University of New South Wales operating systems course!

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I'll crack the case on this before long and take heaps of photos, but here's a bit of an overview.

Anyone have any idea what type of printer port this is? I'm keen to have a look and see what comes out of the TV mod(ulator?) port too.

It comes with what I recall being a composite green screen monitor. If that doesn't work I'm sure my Commodore 1701 will do the job.

Hoping that there's another copy of the system disks in one of the boxes. Don't want to risk the originals.

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It's time!

While my mum is moving house, I'm babysitting and doing any required maintenance on her partner's stash of old computers.

There's some interesting stuff there - a ZX81, a Spectrum 4k (with funky microdrive) ... and this one weird beast. I don't know a lot about it, beyond that it runs CP/M. I've used it before many moons ago. I think it was the first thing I played Zork on.

Anyway ...

I'd like to measure how much juice a fridge we have is using. Anyone have a suggestion of a device that can monitor its energy usage?

I am livestreaming my Altair 8800 on YouTube, and you can actually connect via SSH and control it! I spent most of the past day writing a queuing/monitoring/logging system for it, so please check it out! :p

Without an implicit content warning mechanism, is there any general etiquette around sensitive topics on #friendica? Or on any apps that talk to Mastodon, where it is generally expected?

#s0Radio is back tonight after prolonged absence!
Tonight's stream is the recording of the only ever live orchestral performance of Riceboy Sleeps by Jónsi & Alex, recorded at the Sydney Opera House in 2018. #nowplaying
Tune in for an hour and a half of calming Icelandic soundscape at:

I drove 250km to do a job today, and because I'm an idiot I think I'm going to have to drive 500km tomorrow.

Hi there! My name is Zoé, I'm new to Mastodon and also don't have any contacts using this 😭 (hope to lure them here at some point, though). Do you have any recommendations for instances I could join about permaculture, artists on sustainability, zero waste, veganism, zine makers? Thanks a lot!! 😍

I'm involved in a project that has led me to searching for things like "DIY autocue" so that's going to be fun.

As I suspected, yes I do have everything I'm going to need just lying around the house.

Turns out the above was my 10,000th toot. What a journey it's been.

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SMS - Not a scam! 

At 3pm I suddenly realised I'd forgotten to have lunch. In the middle of cooking something to remedy this situation, I remembered I had actually had lunch after all. I have no point to make here.

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