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Mar 27, 2018

ThinkPad X240 Keyboard Replacement

As many people know, ThinkPads are well known for being extremely easy to upgrade and repair. This has been true for as long as the ThinkPad has existed. However, with the release of the 40 series ThinkPads (X240, T440, etc), Lenovo has essentially thrown this reputation away. Some operations like swapping keyboards usually took all of 5-10 minutes on the older ThinkPads. With the X240, this operation takes around an hour to preform.

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Feb 19, 2018

Putting a 486 desktop online

I recently acquired an old 486 desktop, an AST Bravo LC 4/25s. It runs MS-DOS 6.22, and obviously lacks any sort of networking out of the box. After wondering what I would do with it, I decided to try to put it on the internet. It turns out that it is actually possible to put these old computers on a modern TCP/IP network even in 2018. By using an ISA network card and the mTCP network stack, you can go online and browse some websites on your DOS rigs.

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Dec 24, 2017

Dashcam Guide

I made my first big investment in my life back in September: buying my first car. The car I bought is nothing special; it’s a 2008 Honda Civic. No matter what car I drive, I want to be able to protect my investment if I get into a not-at-fault accident. This makes having a dashcam a great idea. The Viofo A119 installed in my Civic. The A119 is one of the best value dashcams available.

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Jul 13, 2017

Sony FD Mavica

I usually don’t post much about hardware-related things here, but today I decided I should make an exception. Today I bought an old Sony FD Mavica digital camera, which is one of the first digital cameras ever made. The model in particular I bought uses a 3.5in floppy disk for storing and transferring images, and sports a 2 megapixel image sensor. The Mavica next to some floppies. The camera model in particular is the Sony Mavica MVC-FD200.

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