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Kick it when software malfunctions

How have I been able to make this website? Well, I'll tell you a little secret: I have used a computer and over the years I have added more and more hardware.

PC

This list is neither complete nor accurate and is intended for internal use only. Two or three other things are either missing or just taken for granted. I'll get back on this later.

  • Intel Pentium III ~733MHZ (Coppermine)
  • ? motherboard
  • 2 x 128MB RAM
  • Seagate 10MB (hda)
  • Seagate 30GB (hdb)
  • LG CD-RW 12x/8x/32x (hdc)
  • Seagate Barracuda 120GB (hdd)
  • Creative 3D Labs Nvidia Riva TNT2 Ultra 32MB AGP + TV out
  • Diamond Stealth 64 2MB PCI
  • Realtek Network adaptor (10mbps) to connect to the internet
  • A-Link Network adaptor (10/100mbps) to have other devices connect to the PC in a local network
  • Two or three other things...

Screens

On the right is the main screen, a 17" Hewlett Packard HP71 monitor (D8902A). It is connected to the 3D Labs Nvidia card and operates at 1152 x 864 pixels and a colour depth of 16 bits. I have configured X so that this is the graphics screen.

On the left is the not so main screen, a 15" Forefront monitor (DH1570). It is connected to the Diamond Stealth card and operates at 1024 x 768 pixels and a colour depth of 16 bits. It is actually quite amazing that this screen shows anything graphical. I hardly see any difference with the other when I am working on several documents or scripts simultaneously apart from a light blur around letters, but I blame that on the monitor.

Input devices

A Hewlett Packard 104 US keyboard I obtained from previous work by breaking it. I accidentally spilt a cup of coffee on it and it was thrown away and replaced. On my way home I saw the keyboard sticking out over the rim of the wastebin and I took it home, opened it and cleaned it thouroughly. After letting if dry overnight I had an almost perfect new keyboard apart from the left shift and control keys which have been sticky for years until I decided to clean out the last stains of dried coffee.

An NMB 105 FI/SE keyboard I found at the recycling point a few blocks from here. I had to clean some sticky brown gunk from between the keys I believe was either very sweet coffee or some sort of sweet sticky brown carbonated drink. It took me a while to get the [F6] and the [K] working again. I plugged the keyboard in the spare PS/2 mouse port. At the next boot Kudzu asked what that thing was on the mouse port, a Finnish or a Swedish keyboard. Well, it is both. Now Maija and other locals can use this PC without having to guess where the Å, Ä and the Ö are hidden on the HP keyboard.

A very normal Logitech Cordless USB Wheelmouse. No anecdotes. I just bought it because the previous mouse broke after a dictionary fell on it. It had a too short cord so Maija and I decided to get a cordless one.

A Calcomp DrawingSlate II I got as a present from a friend who had been working for Calcomp in Belgium. He had two boxed tablets and had no clue what to do with them.
I used it a lot when I was running Windows, but a year ago I decided to give up all those little annoyances and big annoyances from Mr. Gates and Co. Now after I let the tablet gather dust for half a year, I decided to give it a go and hook it up to my PC again which is running the Linux flavour Fedora Core 2. I filled out the form and sent the following message to the GTCO Calcomp Technical Support page. «I have recently migrated away from anything Microsoft related due to security reasons and would like to continue the use of the DrawingSlate II on an i686 PC running Fedora Core 2 with kernel 2.6.5-1.358. Do Linux drivers for your excellent products exist at all?» Two days later I received a short but to-the-point email from Dustin Cleary at GTCO CalComp Technical Support and the driver as attachment. I saved the driver in the X11 system object directory and added another section for an input device in the xorg configuration script and restarted X. I pressed the conf/exit button on the top left of the tablet twice and I had a tablet as absolute pointing device working together with the mouse. But - And there's always a but - I cannot seem to get the pressure sensitive pen work with the Gimp.
Later I was reading an online newspaper while I had my 16 month old daughter sitting on my lap, when she grabbed the pen of the DrawingSlate. I had this brilliant idea of having her sit on the desk right in front of the screen and the tablet between her legs and let her make a drawing in the Gimp. Can you imagine how much fun we had? Thank you GTCO Calcomp!

A second-hand Hewlett Packard Deskjet 560C printer from a fleemarket.

A Targus USB Hub.

An Epson Perfection 660 scanner bought at Stockman during the Crazy Days for a very attractive price. We do not have much space on the desk and we currently do not have to scan anything, so for now the scanner is in its box and safely put in the storage room

A pair of speakers of dubious quality.