when i was a kid in the '80s i received an armatron toy robot arm
got bored of making it pick up stuff so i took it apart to see how it worked (which was awesome!)
but i took no notes and it was chock fulla gears so i couldn't reassemble it
parent was super angry that i intentionally broke the new expensive toy
but even as young as i was, i knew:
the parts inside were made from brightly colored plastic, meaning they totally intended for kids to take it apart
so i did nothing wrong 😤
Well, it certainly made for a considerably more stable connection. Almost instant. Allowed the Bangle Apps manager to update four of the apps on there. Bricked.
Into the drawer with you.
Enough real estate there to fit 12 drives, fully populating the three four-port SATA hats.
Can you guess what I did wrong?
I suspected the docking station power supply might be the issue, and found corrosion on the chassis as I stripped that, but no obvious blown or bleeding caps, and a healthy 5.1v and 12.1v on the ISA slots inside the chassis. Found a manual online that details error codes and diagnostics, but it doesn't offer any insight when the thing just won't boot, other than "get it serviced". Could do with a schematic. And some info on those proprietary pinouts.
This little thing is bristling with extras -- memory expansion, 287 math copro, Canadian modem, 20MB hard drive. Good news is that stripping it down and removing those extra got the screen to flash once, but it still isn't booting. Quick check with the voltmeter shows a weedy 4.2v across the board. That could be a problem.
for all your copyright-free shitposting needs: jon manning has created CC0 versions of the expanding brain meme https://secretlab.institute/2021/02/15/cc-0-licensed-galaxy-brain-images/
via twitter (https://twitter.com/desplesda/status/1360743216832606210)
one estimate suggests that around half of all data center energy usage is now tied to Bitcoin mining
futher, the energy consumption of Bitcoin is more than the combined energy use of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple
if bitcoin were a country, it is estimated to place approximately 26th as the most energy hungry nation
all this while adding nothing of value to society
Vintage computer enthusiast, VFX survivor, volunteer medic, student paramedic. Pixar owe me a teapot.
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