OpenSIM + Raspberry Pi + Rasbian Hard-Float= WORKs!

OpenSim + Raspian hard-float = What was once broken now works!

A while ago we decided to go into a journey of OpenSim. For those who are new to metaverse software; OpenSIM (Or OpenSimulator) is a program that emulates the back-end resources of a commercial metaverse known as “Second Life”. The client or front-end that connect to OpenSIM are third party clients such as firestorm and singularity. We liked working offline from SecondLife and keeping a backup of my stuff. What better way to do this then to keep it on something low-powered like a Raspberry Pi?

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The Ouya Review on Launch – Part 1 of 2.

Ouya Review gaming console – What does it do? How well does it do it?

This is a mirror of a review I did for Industrial Strength Gaming back in July. Part two will be available there shorty.

It’s important to start off the Ouya review with the two greatest questions the military asks of anyone or anything that appears in front their their eyes. Which to answer this call, we will discuss in a two part review. For those who want the TL:DR abridged version of the review I’ll give it to you straight up for this section.

“Pretty console, won’t turn off, crap OS, requires a credit card. But at least they kept their word. And it’s cheap. Part two coming soon! – S”

Chapter 2 of 2 is available to read on Industrial Strength Gaming. Check it out!

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Ebay feedback system tipped towards buyers to screw sellers

Ebay feedback modeling itself after Wal-mart. Where the customer is always right even when they are wrong!

This rant about Ebay feedback should dovetail nicely with a previous article I have done since in the past I have mentioned how I do sales on Ebay, primarily in the electronics section of the site. I do a lot of both buying and selling of items and thus I have seen both sides of the fence in terms of how things are done. It used to be with Ebay that feedback measured what kind of person you are to do business with. That people both buyers and sellers can give you positive, neutral, or negative feedback, depending how nice you were or how much of a complete prick you are.

 

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Original Wacom GD-0912-R on Windows 7 x64

Wacom – Getting a piece of history working.

One of the things that I used to paint textures as well as art is a very ancient Wacom GD-0912-R pad that I have been using ever since I had a 486. It’s a great pad really! I paid about $400 back in the 90’s for it. 17 inches of space to draw on making coloring super easy!

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IBM 4800-722 bad caps nippon KZG caps

IBM Bad Capacitor love!

Bad Caps can plague almost any system. However, IBM in their later years especially right after y2k was really bad about it. Everything from their IBM servers to even their POS client machines used Nippon KZG capacitors which even if you have a unit sitting around in a warehouse for a certain length of time.

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Bad Capacitor – Thanks CapXon Caps and Samsung

Capacitor issues galore.

This weekend I serviced one more Samsung 205BW monitor dealing with a very infamous capacitor issue. One which has caused some attention and lawsuits similar to dell and other companies dealing with. A crappy Chinese capacitor company “CapXon” handing out a bunch of mid-range low temperature caps inside of a confined space where there can be up to 4 or more high voltage back-lights going resulting in the insides of your monitor cooking and respectfully your capacitors overheating as well.

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Ebay cel-phone battery rip-off

Well my dealings with ebay would eventually go sour and have a rip-off.

It’s just funny that it happened on such a crap product. I wanted to get a battery for my Palm Pre’ because surprizingly I actually use it for work for closing out workorders. the battery that’s in it works but the charge only lasts for maybe 20 minutes before it powers down. I wanted to get a new battery for it. I’ve already hacked it bypassing the activation screen so i can at least use the wi-fi and web-browsing capabilities of it.

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Ouya Controller going up to $49 US

Ouya controller price jump. Why?!?

Well, I decided to get the gaming console that sounds like having sex with a crazed canadian girl from the U.P. and reserved Ouya at the local Gamestop because my friend works there and it helps out with his numbers (If you guys know anyone at a gamestop and you want to make their jobs easier , reserve an odd-ball system like an Ouya).

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