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Unix really wrecked PPC macs

Posted 10-05-2022 at 09:57 AM by slackmensch (The Old Charvari)
Updated 10-05-2022 at 09:58 AM by slackmensch

I recently dusted off my old 867MHz PowerBook G4 when I discovered that 128 GB msata SSDs are cheap and so is an IDE to msata adapter. A lot of Mac OS 9 software is also now abandonware.

The plan was to dual boot OS 9.2.2 and OpenBSD 7.1, since Tiger is long dead. Yeah, I could install stuff with MacPorts and HomeBrew, but Tiger is unsupported in both and loads of things will probably fail to compile or take about a week to build even if they do work. To my great surprise, even FVWM...
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Was the OLPC XO-1 the worst laptop ever? (Part 2): Another Brick In The Wall

Posted 01-13-2022 at 01:07 PM by slackmensch (The Old Charvari)
Updated 01-13-2022 at 01:12 PM by slackmensch

It was only after I was rescued--which gave me internet access among other things--that that I discovered why my OLPC mysteriously bricked on the eve of my solar power supply success and I ended up talking to Miseur Le Futbol for another couple years. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

After I had cobbled together enough solar panels from a box full of yard lights (I spared a few for cave lighting and the spikes they were stuck to were good for spearfishing, but that's another
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Was the OLPC XO-1 the worst laptop ever? (Part 1)

Posted 01-08-2022 at 11:19 AM by slackmensch (The Old Charvari)

A lot has been said about this venerable project to give "one laptop per child," which started in 2005 and floundered around until about 2018. Somehow, I missed it. Must have been living on an island like Tom Hanks in Castaway.... (Hmmm. Asking Mr. Football...Nope he's never heard of OLPC, either.)

Poking through the wreckage of my DedEx plane for something to alleviate the boredom of island life and a steady diet of small reef fish, pandandus, bettelnut, and coconuts,...
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Miyoo CFW handhelds: are they worth USD 40+?

Posted 12-01-2021 at 11:18 AM by slackmensch (The Old Charvari)
Updated 12-01-2021 at 11:22 AM by slackmensch

I used to really like the Dingoo A320. Well, I still do, but I wonder if anything has gotten better at the extreme low end of handheld console gaming in slightly over a decade. So I got a BittBoy 3.5, a Pocket Go, and a Powkiddy V90. btw, what is it with Chinese product name euphony? Are they actually trying to sound like rubbish? Or just being sarcastic?

All three devices use the same custom firmware "Miyoo". I tested this by swapping SD cards with all three and pretty...
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Hacking a Dingoo A320 in 2021

Posted 11-09-2021 at 09:16 AM by slackmensch (The Old Charvari)
Updated 12-24-2021 at 08:19 AM by slackmensch (clarify obscure reference to Anime)

I recently bought one of these on eBay for about 20 USD. I quickly discovered that the built-in emulators were of poor quality. In fact, having bought a few super-cheap "Retro Game" knock-off consoles, the hideous PSP-inspired UI and solecisms of Engrish in the menus("3D Game" apparently means "native app" and "Interesting Game" means "emulator or rom".), this little 12-year-old console looked very annoyingly familiar.

So I started...
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