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Cleaning the garage.

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Source code.

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Sun ELC, Tandy 1000

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3rd party Multibus cards and cages.

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Wicat text and graphics interface boards.

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Multibus backplane.

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Wicat boards.

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A full stack of 4Meg memory cards. 

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5 1/4″ floppy controller boards.

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Misc network and storage cards.

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A few 2Meg memory cards.

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System IO cards.

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Processor boards.

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Initial stack.

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Back of an SGI

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SGI card cage.

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SGI drive bay.

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SGI power supply peek

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Computers compiled.

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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.

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Ruby Beach

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.

 

 

Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach

More pictures in the photo gallery.

 

 

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An old Polaroid shutter.

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How far we have come!

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.

 

LM386 - MAX98304

LM386 – MAX98304

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.

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Some old Photo accessories

Old photo stuff from Grandpa

Old photo stuff from Grandpa

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Nights Shots

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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 ›

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Looking at a new house…

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.

 

 

Garage East

Garage East

Garage East

Garage East

Shaged up Cellar.  Extra storage, furnace and hot water tank.

Shaged up Cellar. Extra storage, furnace and hot water tank.

South side with cellar door open.

South side with cellar door open.

From front door looking through entry. living room, kitchen and into the sun porch.  One of several ceilings which needs some updating.

From front door looking through entry. living room, kitchen and into the sun porch. One of several ceilings which needs some updating.

West side of the home.

West side of the home.

obligatory

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Back yard from gate.  wood storage raspberries, raised bed, and apple tree.  Lots of herbs.

Back yard from gate. wood storage raspberries, raised bed, and apple tree. Lots of herbs.

West interior space of garage.

West interior space of garage.

East interior space of garage.  With wood stove and workbench.

East interior space of garage. With wood stove and workbench.

South side of home.  Sun porch, and gardens.

South side of home. Sun porch, and gardens.

Garage.  Lots of line drying options here.

Garage. Lots of line drying options here.

Cellar Access

Cellar Access

East side gate. Chimney for oil furnace.

East side gate. Chimney for oil furnace.

North (Street) side of home.  Original leaded diamond glass windows.  Most are fitted with custom storm windows to seal out drafts.  Nearly every window opens, but most of the weight cords have been broken.

North (Street) side of home. Original leaded diamond glass windows. Most are fitted with custom storm windows to seal out drafts. Nearly every window opens, but most of the weight cords have been broken.

East side of the home.  Windows to the pantry, living room and parlor.

East side of the home. Windows to the pantry, living room and parlor.

Front door.  Someone looks to have lovingly stripped and refinished it.  We will likely repaint it again.  Hah.

Front door. Someone looks to have lovingly stripped and refinished it. We will likely repaint it again. Hah.

Storage closet in the sun room.  Also the attic access. Think we can get our chest freezer into here?

Storage closet in the sun room. Also the attic access. Think we can get our chest freezer into here?

The light fixture from the "Pink" bedroom.  I don't know if it will stay, but it's kind of cool in its own uniqueness.

The light fixture from the “Pink” bedroom. I don’t know if it will stay, but it’s kind of cool in its own uniqueness.

The living room and dining/parlor room both have these old drop lights.  Each bulb has its own switch so you can dial in the amount of light you want.  How goofy.

The living room and dining/parlor room both have these old drop lights. Each bulb has its own switch so you can dial in the amount of light you want. How goofy.

Living room from parlor.  Amanda says the pink carpet has to go.  I'm not so sure, it's really nice carpet.  The furniture comes with as well, including the price stickers from the garage sale that must have happened previously. ;D

Living room from parlor. Amanda says the pink carpet has to go. I’m not so sure, it’s really nice carpet. The furniture comes with as well, including the price stickers from the garage sale that must have happened previously. ;D

Living room from the other corner.  Door to the beige bedroom entry and parlor.

Living room from the other corner. Door to the beige bedroom entry and parlor.

From the beige room into the living.  It may look like wood, but it's just new vinyl.  The floors in the bedroom and parlor will need to be replaced with something more fitting to the age of the home, but that's just cosmetic.

From the beige room into the living. It may look like wood, but it’s just new vinyl. The floors in the bedroom and parlor will need to be replaced with something more fitting to the age of the home, but that’s just cosmetic.

The Pink room.  Nothing else to be said.

The Pink room. Nothing else to be said.

Pink from the other corner.  That's the narnia closet.

Pink from the other corner. That’s the narnia closet.

From parlor looking into the living room.

From parlor looking into the living room.

The parlor/dining space.

The parlor/dining space.

wood stove.  Only a few years old.

wood stove. Only a few years old.

So, that "crown molding" wallpaper has to come down.  But over all this is the family living space.  Pretty open and bright,

So, that “crown molding” wallpaper has to come down. But over all this is the family living space. Pretty open and bright,

Sun porch.  The missing window on the right is the kitchen table.  The sill has been widened you could sit there. ;-D

Sun porch. The missing window on the right is the kitchen table. The sill has been widened you could sit there. ;-D

South wall of the pantry.  The pantry is a huge space, 10' x 6'   Holds lots of potential for reworking the kitchen.

South wall of the pantry. The pantry is a huge space, 10′ x 6′ Holds lots of potential for reworking the kitchen.

North wall of Pantry

North wall of Pantry

Kitchen

Kitchen

Yup kitchen.  Pantry is there on the right.

Yup kitchen. Pantry is there on the right.

Kitchen / eating area.  From the Blue room.

Kitchen / eating area. From the Blue room.

Speaking of..  The bathroom with its ballet bar.

Speaking of.. The bathroom with its ballet bar.

Commode.

Commode.

Blue room into the kitchen.

Blue room into the kitchen.

The blue room has lots of seating.  3 Chairs!

The blue room has lots of seating. 3 Chairs!

And a dresser and bed.

And a dresser and bed.

And again...

And again…

Closet to Narnia.

Closet to Narnia.

Yeah, even I agree that this carpet can go sooner rather than later.  Even if it too is in good condition.

Yeah, even I agree that this carpet can go sooner rather than later. Even if it too is in good condition.

Q exploring, or just wanting the camera

Q exploring, or just wanting the camera

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Looking out the kitchen towards the rear door.

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From the kitchen into the living spaces

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Kitchen Builtins: Ironing board cubby and a closet?

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Front Entry:

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Front of house

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West side front

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The Narrow west side.

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East Side

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Dining Area

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South facing sun porch

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Has been enclosed, used to be the exterior wall.

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Storage closet. Maybe move the laundry here?

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The access to the attic space

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Goodwill Clockwork Rotary Valve Cornet

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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.)

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Picked up from Goodwill

Picked up from Goodwill

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