Category Archives: hardware

Broad band: the final frontier

After an abundance of waiting, and legally mooching WiFi off by neighbors, the cable company here has connected service to my new apartment. I have a wire line high speed Internet connection! This is the last of the utilities I needed hooked up.

On a side note, I have completely vacated my old apartment now.

Sadly my productivity on side projects that I had been working on is likely to decline now. I am still hopeful I can finish a big one for a friend before I completely lose interest.

For now, I have to go and tell my neighbor to change their WiFi password to something new, since I am done using it.

Have you tried restarting the network, sir?

For most people who have fast (broadband) connexions to the Internet, and have called their ISP’s tech support, that line is quite ubiquitous. However, I have to report that doing it actually solved something for me!

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A Super Serial Card box

Apple Computer, back in the Apple ii days, made an add-in card tituled, “Super Serial Card”. I found a box that one came in and scanned the cover to display this awesome commercial art from the 70s/80s:

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What can we see here? Well, other than the fun old days of Apple Computer, before they turned all stiff and shiny, we have:

  1. Someone in a biology lab plotting two series of data
  2. Some music in front of what looks like the Moon
  3. Some chess pieces
  4. Programming in BASIC
  5. A safe dial (Did Apple computers control ATMs or something?)
  6. Bob Ross balancing his checkbook
  7. Three students (one of whom is very bored) playing a math game with a portable TV

As an aside, while Apples of this vintage could come with monitors, most of the time they were hooked to TVs (note the dials on #1’s display).

The math game #7 shows is off: The first problem has a double digit addend and a single digit addend and somehow comes up with with a… single digit answer.

Finally, they (Apple) somehow managed to get their FCC ID to actually say “SUPERSER”! I have no idea if that was a special dispensation, or if somehow they were able to request that, or what. Usually they are just randomized digits.