On 2021-09-30 10:59, John Doe wrote:
> Op 30-9-2021 om 19:44 schreef Eli the Bearded:
>> In alt.hackers, John Doe <john...@freedom.nl.invalid> wrote:
>> Please use alt.dev.null for testing.
> That is what I did.
> I found that I could post in alt.dev.null
> So I thought that I could post in alt.hackers.
> And then later my first post to alt.hack was refused.
> That is when I decided fuck the faq.
alt.test is probably a better place to test the hack you need to post here
ObHack: recently had to replace CPU+mobo on the spare workstation. New
case was one I bought by accident, but much smaller/lighter than the
super=cooler case I was using before (when the hardware was more cutting
edge 14 years ago). Kept old hard drive, DVD drive, and the new power
supply I had tried to swap out [that is when I knew it was WORSE than a
power supply problem].
It was all working until I put the hard drive in, and the screws they
provided left the drive 'rattling' a bit in the slot. Fortunately for
another project I had some nylon washers, so slip those in between screw
and metal, and voila! Ok it's not much of a hack, but most really
simple hacks are not. It got the thing up and running, using spare
parts that I ordered 5 years ago and were just taking up a bit of space
in a parts drawer. No trips to Home Depot required.
(those washers originally provided a bit of extra spacing so that I
could mount 2 boards on top of another and poke pogo pins between them.
Height had to be pretty much exact. I made several of those to test
boards that a previous client was making as a manufacturing tester,
where you put the board on the tester, press a button, and it flashes
firmware and runs basic go/no-go testing on the board. It had an LCD
display and some green and red LEDs and used an RPi to control the test
and do the firmware flash, etc.)
in any case the point that I have a spare workstation in case one fo
them goes titsup (and maintain it as a backup for anything important,
test system for upgrading, etc.) is that I won't generally be stopped
from working if the hardware dies. So yeah, nice to get 14 year old
machine refreshed. The hard drive is only a couple of years old and it
uses ZFS on the root with FreeBSD. So far working ok [I am posting from