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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-6-23 @ 02:13

Another weekend:

Friday: Bingo night, flashed 2 chips (of the 6) I got from Digikey for my 486 machine and Roland SC-55, and playing Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
Saturday: thrifting adventures, testing a ROM chip in my 486 to make sure it works, and work at night (last day at McDonald's for 9 years, 3 months, and 6 days).
Sunday: Nothing in particular, except for playing Assassin's Creed: Syndicate on my Xbox One S and my 43" 4K HDR Roku TV
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby keenmaster486 » 2018-6-23 @ 04:26

Having just finished marathoning Lord of the Rings, I am now focusing my efforts on my latest Frankenbroadcaster:
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby sf78 » 2018-6-25 @ 08:10

Well, it being a midsummer festival and all there was supposed to be a lot of drinking and drowning, but then summer hit and it was cold and raining, so no.
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-6-29 @ 20:31

Another weekend is upon us (in other countries, already Saturday).

Friday: fireworks and ice cream with the family
Saturday: working on my mountain bike (going to install new V brakes, chain, derailleurs, and install a brake light above the rear brake), and thrifting
Sunday: nothing in particular
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby oeuvre » 2018-6-30 @ 13:25

Saturday morning - shitposting on vogons, then work
night - dinner at relative's
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-7-06 @ 14:57

Another weekend upon us:

Friday: fireworks again and Testing the R593 version of the XT-IDE Universal BIOS on my Packard Bell Pack-Mate 28 Plus (will check to see if my PC's IDE controller is either 32-bit or 16-bit by hooking up a 10GB Western Digital drive on there).
Saturday: thrifting, auto parts store (I need to buy rust removal for my wheelbarrel to remove said wheel), and possibly fixing up my mountain bike again (ordered new shifters, brake cables, and a cable tool to cut and crimp the cables for the shifters and brakes, and the parts might arrive early on Saturday, or wait until Monday).
Sunday: lawn mowing (least favorite and my gas can needs fuel).
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-7-13 @ 18:44

Friday: Testing the R595-ish version of the XT-IDE Universal BIOS on my Packard Bell Pack-Mate 28 Plus (will check to see if my PC's IDE controller is either 32-bit or 16-bit by hooking up a 10GB Western Digital drive on there).
Saturday: thrifting, auto parts store (I need to buy rust removal for my wheelbarrow to remove said wheel), and possibly fixing up my mountain bike again.
Sunday: lawn mowing (least favorite).
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby Almoststew1990 » 2018-7-13 @ 20:21

Today was my last day at work. I work at a Planning and Engineering company and I move to another firm next monday so a week off! lots of retro activity coming up!
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-7-20 @ 14:30

Friday: diagnosing my ASUS X54C-RB01 further (getting close) and switching the HDD to the other IDE port (secondary channel) to bypass the Windows 95 issue with the XTIDE Universal BIOS and the disabled HDD detection in the standard BIOS
Saturday: thrifting and going to Lowe's for new nuts and bolts, plus, a wheel with a tire for my "wheel" barrow.
Sunday: nothing in particular.
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-7-26 @ 18:29

Another weekend.

Friday: diagnosing hard drives for failures* and attempting to install Server 2003 R2 on a laptop
Saturday: thrifting and stuff
Sunday: replace the nuts and bolts on the "wheel" barrow and a new tire.

*Fixed a 60GB HDD for a fixer-upper laptop and it's booting for the first time in so many years at 12:30AM EST/EDT -0500. Will diagnose and fix the Quantum Fireball ST 3.5 Series HDD
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-8-03 @ 17:22

Another weekend.

Friday: diagnosing hard drives for failures and backing up the files (250GB HDD and 40GB Apple Maxtor HDD)
Saturday: going somewhere
Sunday: brother's birthday (quality time with the family)
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-8-10 @ 21:22

Another weekend:

Friday: taking my car to Autozone and get the engine light checked... AGAIN! (evap purge valve is blocked, so, I purchased 2 cans of Seafoam and put one in my fuel tank. It'll clear the code by tomorrow)
Saturday: lawn mowing in the morning, thrifting, and stuff
Sunday: nothing in particular.
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby Skyscraper » 2018-8-10 @ 22:01

Somewhat drunk at my parents place...

"Fixed" my parents Internet again... or rather I bought them a new DSL router as the brand new Asus DSL router they bought to "fix" their Internet had serious issues.

What was wrong with the net in the first place? Well nothing, the net was down in the whole county for two whole days but my parents didd't know that so they thought the old DSL modem was broken, trashed it and bought the Asus DSL router with ... issues...

Luckily I found the year 2017 model DSL router I bought them in a thrift store new in box so it wasn't wery expensive (6 euro) and it's a test winning unit with a name I can't remember... Something... someting that probably makes sense in Chinese.



Tomorrow on my way home (about 110 miles / 170km) I will make a stopover in another town to pick up an Ebay find (Tradera is a part of Ebay again... I think). Saving on shipping costs is nice. Not having some random Joe package the items is even better. Avoiding having retards manhandling the package for days on end... priceless... (I used to be a mailman once...)



I normally don't share much of this kind of everyday life stuff as I don't really see any value in it for anyone else but I'm sort of drunk.

I guess if I was another kind of person I would see it as hot blog material and make sure you would read about it both on Twitter and Facebook followed by a ton of pictures on Instagram and videos on Youtube...
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-8-17 @ 15:36

Another weekend:

Friday: taking my car to Autozone and get the engine light checked... AGAIN!
Saturday: thrifting, and stuff
Sunday: nothing in particular.
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby DaveJustDave » 2018-8-17 @ 15:46

Why don't you get one of those cheap OBD2 bluetooth dongles and download Torque on the android app store? it'll pull/reset all your codes for you and save you a trip.



bjwil1991 wrote:Another weekend:

Friday: taking my car to Autozone and get the engine light checked... AGAIN!
Saturday: thrifting, and stuff
Sunday: nothing in particular.
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-8-17 @ 16:22

DaveJustDave wrote:Why don't you get one of those cheap OBD2 bluetooth dongles and download Torque on the android app store? it'll pull/reset all your codes for you and save you a trip.



bjwil1991 wrote:Another weekend:

Friday: taking my car to Autozone and get the engine light checked... AGAIN!
Saturday: thrifting, and stuff
Sunday: nothing in particular.

I downloaded the app, but, no one sells them at stores sadly. Only Amazon, eBay, and other sites have it, unfortunately. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-8-24 @ 14:17

Another weekend:

Friday: testing a hard drive on the secondary controller of my Packard Bell with the CD drive hooked up to the primary channel, and installing updates on my mom's laptop that hasn't seen power in a year and a half (I installed Windows 7 on it last night).
Saturday: lunch, thrifting, laundry day (as always), and other stuff
Sunday: nothing in particular
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby DaveJustDave » 2018-8-24 @ 16:08

Friday night: doing an SSD upgrade on an old macbook pro
Saturday: turning two dead A2000s into a 1 working one. And another batch of retrobrite
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-8-30 @ 13:35

Friday: swapping hardware (motherboards between the Windows 98SE machine with the DFI motherboard I have) and cloning the CF card to a 4GB card since I'm running low on space for my Packard Bell, or just copying the files from the CF card to the 10GB HDD I have.
Saturday: Thrifting and stuff
Sunday: Sleep
Monday: work
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Re: The Weekend Thread (Fri-Sun)

Postby bjwil1991 » 2018-9-07 @ 17:52

Friday: smoke testing the 4GB CF card I successfully cloned and changing the motherboards around for the Windows 98SE machine (for better GPU heatsink breathing)
Saturday: thrifting, movies, and possibly driving to Port Huron with the family
Sunday: laundry day
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