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Postby DTNC Vicious » Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:44 pm

My Xbox has gotten the Red Rings of Death again. :cry:
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Perhaps this should be a standalone thread...

Postby microchip08 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:17 pm

So, I got around to finally tallying up the books that I've been meaning to buy, and I'm surprised (again) as to how much it totals up to. I really need to stop reading the "recommended reading" chapters of books. In no particular order:

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Soon to be a Major Motion Picture    %     £10.99 (GBP)
Abbie Hoffman

We the Media                         %     £10.99
Dan Gillmor

For The Win                          %     £12.99
Cory Doctorow

Everyware                            %     £13.49
Adam Greenfield

Hacking the XBOX                     %     £19.99
A. Huang

Secrets and Lies                     %     £ 9.59
Bruce Schneier

Beyond Fear                          %     £15.99
Bruce Schneier

Steal This Book                      %     £ 9.99
Abbie Hoffman

Steal This Dream                     %     £17.50
Larry Ratso Sloman

On Deception                         &     £ 6.39
Harry Houdini

Bad Science                          &     £ 5.39
Ben Goldacre

Doomspell                            @     £ 4.79
Cliif McNish

(Fallout 3: GOTY Edition)            $     £19.99
Bethesda

(Multiwinia)                         $     £10.00
Introversion

(Uplink Developer CD)                $     £30.00



% Recommendations by Cory Doctorow in the back of Little Brother
& Recommendations by Derren Brown and his production team
$ PC Games
@ Books that need replacing


Little Brother (it's CC-BY-NC-SA if you haven't read it) is one of my favourite books, so I'm wanting to learn a bit more about the technology involved. If anyone is after any recommendations, I'd suggest Warpath (Amazon) by Tony Daniels, and the frankly awesome Red/Green/Blue Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson.

Now all I need to do is get down to prioritising the books to buy first, and cut down on the books I'll never realistically get round to buying, and, of course, extending the wishlist would also be appreciated!
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Postby Yrael » Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:34 pm

Yeah, the Mars trilogy is really awesome. I'm actually reading the third one, and it's still as interesting as when I began (quite a read !)
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Postby Cooper42 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:36 pm

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Postby Feud » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:50 pm

I'm cold. :(
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Postby Montyphy » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:14 pm

Vicious wrote:My Xbox has gotten the Red Rings of Death again. :cry:


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Postby Feud » Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:46 am

Vicious wrote:My Xbox has gotten the Red Rings of Death again. :cry:


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Postby Ace Rimmer » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:45 pm

Cooper42 wrote:The whole world is currently laughing at this. Join them!

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/558516

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Postby xyzyxx » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:00 pm

Ace Rimmer wrote:
Cooper42 wrote:The whole world is currently laughing at this. Join them!

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/558516

Bee a coose. Nice.
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Postby Ace Rimmer » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:37 pm

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast...
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Postby Cooper42 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:31 pm

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Postby jelco » Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:47 am

So, the weekend before exams. Naturally, there's nothing useful to do during such a time, so what do you do as a student? You turn to random hobby projects. :) We've had a slots machine with dysfunctional machinery in the house for a long time - in fact we ended up moving and cleaning out some closets and found house 'diaries' with pictures of the thing as old as '99. There has always been the urge to turn it into something useful but there was either too much laziness or too little inspiration to actually do anything. Last night we ended up moving the thing from the hallway into the living room, taking the living room PC out of its case and giving the internals a new wooden home.

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As you can see the cables for mouse and keyboard leave the housing through the right coin return slot. The power/reset switches and power/HDD LEDs are found at the left - we ripped the plastic holder from the original case.

The light snake you see in there is a random one we found lying around the living room and seemed to make for a nice caselight. The problem is that it radiates like the sun and with already poor air circulation it will probably fry the internals if left on for too long. We currently plan to find some random caselight LEDs (the housemate who I did this with works at a computer store and tends to find cheap stuff for just a little less than usual).

The second picture includes a coin validator from the original machine (for 1 guilder coins - fortunately there was still one coin in it so we have a valid coin for it to accept :P). The cardboard construction is meant to make all coins end up in the coin return tray - invalid and returned coins do that just fine but of course there's a separate exit for valid accepted coins, a difference we won't actually be making. Ultimately we plan to hook this validator and the functional buttons up to the parallel port and make them perform various things (inserting a coin could trigger music for example). There's several counting mechanisms and the actual original slots which are still complete and might actually turn into something later on, but of course there's a reason the thing was abandoned once so we're going to have to see which parts we can still get going.

Other additions we'll probably be making are some fans/holes for air circulation, some external sockets for USB and sound and perhaps put a touchpad in the broken button on the right. Depending on the price we might also go for a touchscreen, since the front is made of glass and could be turned into a capacitive touchscreen with those sticker-like units. I'll keep you updated as we go along.

Some pics of the fallout:

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There on the right is a traffic sign of entering Enschede which we nicked on my birthday last year - the corresponding exit sign is also lying around. We did have a second set plus 30 km/h zone enter/exit signs which we pulled out of the ground including poles, a gigantic project which took two nights of evading campus security and bringing the 3-meter-long construction to our house, after which we planted it in a hill across the street where it stayed for 3 weeks. We did make it pretty difficult for them to remove it since we immersed the bottom 50cm of the poles in solid concrete to show them how theft protection should be done. :)

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Postby Feud » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:59 pm

Such shenanigans didn't happen much at my University, sadly, I think I missed out on a lot of the "college" experience.

Tax return is on its way, yay! Maybe soon I can go shopping for fun things.
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Postby elexis » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:04 pm

It's so quiet around here.

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