Serial Servers over Ethernet – Virtual COM port mapping

Serial over Ethernet?

This article is going to go into the world of old school and obscure. That before we had the internet. Before we even had such a thing as RJ-45 jack to network with. There was only two cost effective ways of transferring data from one device to another during the 80’s and most of the 90’s. Parallel and Serial transfers. This allowed for computers to make a very primitive ‘network’ of sorts by pairing multiple serial connectors together to effectively talk to a program such as a BBS (Bulletin Board Systems). With the introduction of USB the need for these types of adapters is greatly reduced over the years. The requirement of a serial port still arises from time to time whenever you are doing with older CNC Machinery, Thermal Printers, Solar power monitoring stations, Industrial PLCs, and most importantly to us hooking up to old machines like Commodores and Amigas to do file transfers.

Maybe you want to hook your high speed network up to a 56k modem so you can re-live the days of dial-up? It seems a little masochistic to us but there are people who really dig the whole “Nostalgia” theme. There you go!

In this day and age where you can convert anything to anything there surely must be an effective means of virtualization serial over Ethernet right? Let’s find out!

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Ambient RGB LED Lighting.

DIY fun with LED RGB Lighting.

LED RGB Lighting is almost like some project you put on Pintrest. But it’s going here because we make it! Screw image aggregate services which seek to control the internet.

We wanted something in the living room for those nights where we want to relive music videos of girls putting up lipstick while a guy in a gimp suit dances in front of us. We’re both the ones with the makeup AND inside of the suit at the exact same time! More accurately in those music videos they use 3-point lighting. Blue , Red, and a Natural white. This latest blog entry deals with me getting all basic-boi and the simple fact that we didn’t want to go out and buy a $100+ dollar Phillips RGB LED mood-light bulb for my living room. Probably also because we would have to by anywhere from two to four of them to which we’re sorry. Not paying $300+ for lights that just “set the mood.” Especially when I have a lot of the materials to make the lighting to begin with. So lets see if we can show you to the best of our abilities how to do this.

Read on if you want to know more.

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Corsair Void Pro – Disassembly and Repair.

A Corsair Void Pro has now landed on my workbench.

We recently had a friend bring to me a Corsair Void Pro headset. That during their travels through airports the headset sustained some damage that rendered it inoperable. Although this is a simple repair. It’s still informative to those who don’t want to see it on YouTube dealing with “shakey-cam” footage on the repair process of these headsets. On top of it since we’ve already gone off about other corsair products such as the M65 and their Scimitar. Why not start in on their headset line?

Open up and put it in! Lets begin!

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DIY mouse feet.

Mouse feet and where to find them.

We did an article about repairing the Corsair Scimitar mouse but there was one thing that we forgot to cover upon rebuilding that mouse which is the mouse feet. Otherwise known as mouse skids or even mouse skates. But mouse feet from most manufacturers are made from 0.6mm of substance known as PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene or in america it can also go by the it’s copy-written name “Teflon”.) Then, a layer of VHB (very high bond) double-sided tape is applied to the bottom. Would you like to know more?

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Corsair Scimitar RGB Pro gaming mouse – Disassembly and repair.

The Scimitar! Yet-Another Corsair mouse repair blog!

It’s repair and disassembly of the Corsair Scimitar Gaming Mouse! We know we’ve been doing a lot of these types of blogs. For those who read the M65 repair and are back for more. Thanks! We do appreciate your readership! This guide is going to cover the problem along with a quick tear-down and rebuild of the mouse.

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Corsair M65 Pro RGB gaming mouse – Disassembly and repair.

A Corsair M65 has now ended up on the repair bench. It is ours. Crap!

So the Corsair M65 mouse we use on one of our primary PC’s is failing after only a year of operation. Honestly, we didn’t expect it to fail so soon! Partially because whenever a person purchases gaming hardware for everyday office and blogging activities such as what we do. Under less stressful environments the mouse should last a long time! Perhaps it’s also prior to this mouse we installed a Microsoft IntelliMouse for almost 15 years(blog article here). We thought that the corsair should last at LEAST that long. We should also note that during the entire year of operation with this mouse no known abuse has happened to this unit. No liquids or extreme physical abuse such as any long term gaming. Read on for more!

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Mayflash Tigergame Xbox joystick driver.

Enter the Mayflash / TigerGame driver is the Alternative to XBCD.

The reason why we looked into the Mayflash / TigerGame driver is a few years back we did a blog about the original Xbox controller and how to get these relics from the past working on your windows 10 box. It worked however it quickly became the most commented section on our blog and for those who commented there I want to say “Thank you!” Your input makes a very important impact in how we do things on our site, what works, and what doesn’t. It’s apparent that there’s a LOT of you guys out there that love your old school hardware.

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Zero delay USB Joystick Encoder.

Enter the “Zero Delay” USB joystick encoder. A great solution to attain that retro feeling!

This entry isn’t as much of a tutorial but an over view of a device that has been selling on the net known as a “Zero delay USB Joystick Encoder.” It goes by other names such as a a “DIY Arcade replacement controller” or a “DIY Joystick control board.” Either way you slice it these boards are coming from China anywhere from as low as Three U.S. Dollars to as much as ten U.S. dollar depending on the features you want such as wiring harness and USB cables. Would you like to know more?

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GIMP using thermal printed labels

Using GIMP for some sweet thermal printer action.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. In this little tutorial we’re going to show you that you don’t need to purchase a stupidly expensive program in order to print labels on your thermal printer! That we are just going to use one free (yet incredibly powerful) photo editing program.

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In 2017 S will skateboard again.

Picking up the skateboard after almost 20 years is hard!

I should throw in the casual disclaimer that this is going to be a more personal blog about skateboarding. Here it is.

Perhaps it’s a state of mid-life crisis that has caused me in 2017 that it’s a good idea to pick up a skateboard again. As a kid the ability to get a good quality skateboard was a little out of reach and when I had a job I was working so much that skateboarding was just about the last thing on our minds. Physically we were not the dainty little flower back then and with years of being a work-a-holic and being stationary it didn’t help matters much. However, despite not having the greatest board in the world I was in considerably better health then I am in now. Out of just the sake of excersize. Skateboarding was the only “Sport” in a sense that I truly liked. It didn’t have many rules outside of the simple ones.

 

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