Sun ELC, Tandy 1000
3rd party Multibus cards and cages.
Wicat text and graphics interface boards.
A full stack of 4Meg memory cards.
5 1/4″ floppy controller boards.
Misc network and storage cards.
A few 2Meg memory cards.
System IO cards.
Back of an SGI
SGI card cage.
SGI drive bay.
SGI power supply peek
Got more of the garage cleaned. All the old computer stuff is now in one pile. Of course, one pile 9 feet tall, 5 feet deep, 7 feet long.
I was going to return home from visiting family in Brooklyn (Washington) by the normal route of cutting across from Aberdeen towards Montesano and up the canal, but read the signs for home instead, and took the coast. Was good timing though, needed a restroom break just as the sun was setting and we were approaching Ruby Beach. So took a few minutes to go down and watch the event in the fog.
So, I did another Surface Mount demo for the Seattle Robotics Society this past weekend, and had sampled a new audio amplifier IC to show how small things can get when transitioning to surface mount. I think maybe this was a little too far.
This is the bog standard LM386 0.3W Audio Amplifier IC, nothing special, hasn’t changed since the early ’80’s. Nestled into the Pin 1 indicator dot though, is the new 3.2W Maxim MAX98304 Audio amplifier IC for use in high power speakers for laptops, tablets and smart phones. Ten times the output power capability, and would fit in the mounting hole for a single pin of the old workhorse.
So the other night the Army did an unannounced training exercise over town. For over an hour multiple aircraft flying search maneuvers. I should have gone out earlier and taken some shots, but went out just after midnight and grabbed a shot just as they left. Since I was out there already, of course grabbed a few more shots. Here they all are. Read more ›
Amanda and I have put an offer on a house in Port Angeles.
It’s an older home (1918, nearly 100yrs.) has some nice open spaces, and some nice work spaces too. A cute back yard, and a great view of the mountains.
Closing isn’t scheduled until the end of August, so anything could still happen, but wanted to post up some pictures anyhow.
So, I browse through Goodwill’s auction website every once in a while for interesting instruments. I usually end up paying too much and this is probably no exception. I had to get it though as I have wanted a rotary valve trumpet of some sort for a while. And this fits the bill on several fronts. It’s a conical flare instrument, so more like a cornet or flugelhorn, it’s intricate with the more rare to find now clockwork spring valve mechanism, it’s beautiful in its build, and it’s old. Likely vary old (for a brass instrument of its sort and quality.)