atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7339: Hypoglycema? Why?

Seriously: had a PBJ this morning, went back to bed; slept for a while, then got up again. Went to the store for a few sundries, and came home hypoglycemic with no sign of hunger pangs or anything.


Anyway, leftover Chinese food will take care of that. What's left of my wife's mongolian beef and a similar amount of my cashew chicken, mixed together with beef fried rice: perfect.

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Windy, cloudy Saturday, some rain here and there, nothing to write home about. Original plan had been to sand spackle in bedroom, but I realized belatedly that today is Sweetest day so instead I will be baking chocolate chip cookies for my wife. That is our tradition, though one year it was a big heart-shaped brownie with pink sparkly frosting.

Still, I made sure I had what I needed for sanding the spackle, and it's possible that I may even get the ceiling painted tomorrow, if I am so inclined to do a bit extra.

Rather than relying on 150-grit to knock down the places where I had to layer on the spackle, I bought 80-grit sanding screen and 60-grit paper. 60 is really aggressive but I'm only going to use it if the 80 doesn't work fast enough.

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ISA can be run from a USB port. When I got my start in the computer industry--1990--ISA was the de facto standard of the desktop computer industry. I mean, in 1990, people were still using Commodores and Amigas and Ataris and stuff, but the writing was pretty well on the wall, and the home computer world was going to move primarily to Intel/windows and STANDARD BUS.

The price of getting into what were called, at the time, "IBM-compatible" computers was falling quickly towards the price of getting into hobbyist machines of similar performance. You could get a C-64 and a floppy drive for under $300 but if you wanted anything more powerful than that you were looking at $500+ easily, and by that time all the software in the world was available for "PC-Compatible", so it wasn't really much of a decision.

ISA is a parallel bus, but let's face it: with a clock speed of 8 MHz it's not the fastest thing in the world, and in today's 64-bit environment, ISA is sixteen bits wide. That's actually too much bandwidth for USB 1.0, according to the article, but USB 2.0 should be able to handle it, and USB 3.0 would easily be more than enough.

I used to be prejudiced against serial buses. Let's face it: my first exposure to them was the C-64's serial peripheral bus, which was slower than molasses on Pluto. Also, at the time, the only other serial communication I had any experience with was the 1,200-baud modem that I had hooked to my Atari ST. Four times as fast as the 300-baud modem for my C-64 it was still too slow to transmit anything other than text in a timely fashion.

So the idea of a fast serial bus usually has to fight its way through my prejudices first. WTF, the computer I use at work connects to the docking station with a USB C connector, and from that dock I run a second monitor and my wired Ethernet connection. "She's fast enough for you, old man."


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Anyway, once I get at the SW corner of the bedroom and spackle it, we're going to be ready for sanding; and not five minutes after I'm done spackling that corner I expect to start sanding the ceiling. Be nice if I could get the ceiling out of the way this weekend, at least.

We'll see how I do, though.

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