Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Linux on KING JIM Portabook XMC10 (video) !!!

Linux (Lubuntu 16.04.1) on KING JIM Portabook XMC10 video is finally here!. (Yes I made it ;-) )

By the way, I am selling Portabook XMC10 on eBay here so if you'd like to buy one, get it while it's hot!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Me playing WonderSwan Color Final Fantasy II in 2016! (Video)

Me playing WonderSwan Color Final Fantasy II in 2016! (Video)

CPU: SPGY-1002, 3.072 MHz 16-bit NEC V30MZ duplicate
Weight: 95grams Operated on single AA battery!

Also, check this article by HackADay out!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hawking Synthesizer app in action

Just for fun.

I downloaded an app called Hawking Synthesizer for my iPad mini Retina.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Early 2008 Black MacBook Review

Mikey Pizano writing a MAC review? Also, I want to mention that this will not be a very long review, so you can consider it to be more of a hardware review, since that is the important part to me. In my opinion, when it comes to a computer that runs a standard operating system, such as Mac OS X, or Windows, I don't feel a huge need to get into the software side of things. I will add some pictures in a separate post at another time.

Yes, believe it or not, I do have some Apple stuff even if I am not a fan of the company and how they do things. I have a Late 2009 Mini that I use, and a PowerMac G4 "Quick Silver 2002" that I got before that. I even used it for awhile, even though when I got it, the Power PC based Mac was nearly useless. Today, it is even worse, but that is a different story for a different time. Though I would like to add that I did have an iBook G3 as well as a PowerBook G4 12", so I did have some Apple laptops before.

They were old though, and, to be honest, were not the most useful devices. So, where is this going? Well, lets get on with it already! Stop beating around the bush! To be fair though, you should know where this is going since I did put it in the title of this post. Early 2008 Black MacBook.

I got this about a week ago, and have been busy trying to make the best of the hardware. One of the things that I had been working on is trying to push it a little further by installing Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, using MLPostFactor, but I didn't like the way that it ran, so I am sticking with OS X 10.7 Lion. When I got it, it was running 10.6 Snow Leopard, which couldn't run some software I need like Trillian. So long story short, Trillian works on 10.7, so that will be good enough for me.

I did also upgrade the hard drive, much easier on this model than most, so now it has a 500GB hard drive instead of 250GB. I didn't upgrade the RAM but this one came with 4GB of DDR2, and that is good enough for me.

So, lets get into the specs first of this model. I am going to just sum it up, and put a link to a website with the full specs. It has a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, which supports 64bit software. The screen is a standard 13 inch 1280x800 as well, so it is nothing special now a days, and even when it came out, it wasn't anything groundbreaking either.

So, lets look at the ports. Since it is a Mac, they are all on the left side, so I don't need to go around the entire laptop. You have the Magsafe charger, LAN port, mini DVI port, Firewire 400, two USB 2.0 ports, line in, headphones, and a Kensington lock port. The DVD drive is on the other side of the laptop. On the front, is a sleep LED and an IR receiver for the remote.

On the lid, you have the light up Apple logo as well, which they removed on new laptops. On the bottom, you have the battery and the release for it, which needs a coin to be turned. On the battery, it has a button and some LEDS. Press the button and 5 green LEDS right up and shows you how much charge remains. This also works when the battery is removed as well.

Open up the laptop, and there is a web camera on top of the screen as well as a microphone and LED for when the camera is on. You have the MacBook logo on the bottom of the screen.  Not much else to say there.

On the lower half you have the power button in the right corner, then keyboard. Under the keyboard, you have the trackpad with single button. On mine, there is a Marware palmrest protector. So, lets focus on the keyboard for a bit, since anyone who knows me well knows that the keyboard is the first thing I care about more than anything else.

This review, which at this point is exactly 724 words. Go ahead and count, you will find that 724 is the 724th word! So, I am impressed with the keyboard as it has really nice travel. I am impressed with it, but I wish that it was backlit but that was only on the Pro models at this time.

Battery wise, I haven't really tested it yet but this one has a new battery so it should last awhile. Also it is worth noting that the laptop has N WiFi, as well as Bluetooth. I may post a follow up post to this, but I am going to end the review here. If I post another article, then consider this a first impressions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tried Trinux on VirtualBox Under Mac OS X Yosemite

Tried Trinux on VirtualBox Under Mac OS X Yosemite today.
Here's some screenshots for those who are interested.

Booting was straightforward, just download the file, and set it up on VirtualBox the usual way.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Midnight Commander on Ubuntu 16.04

So, installing Midnight Commander on Ubuntu 16.04 is easy. just enter these commands:
sudo apt install mc

For those who are not familiar with what a Midnight Commander is (yes, like me ;-) ), this is a quote from Wikipedia.

"Midnight Commander is a console application with a text user interface. The main interface consists of two panels which display the file system. File selection is done using arrow keys, the insert key is used to select files and the function keys perform operations such as renaming, editing and copying files. Later versions of the Midnight Commander additionally have mouse support. Such versions are aware of GPM and X terminal emulators (such as GNOME Terminal or xterm) which support mouse reporting. When running inside an X terminal, these versions can update the name of the window in which Midnight Commander runs (if allowed by the terminal emulator)."

Something else you might be interested in: Trinux A Linux Security Toolkit

Friday, November 11, 2016

V-22 Osprey on Sigmarion 3 (Windows CE.NET 4.1)

V-22 Osprey on Sigmarion 3 (Windows CE.NET 4.1)

Methods taken:
1. Formatted 64GB microSDXC to FAT32.
2. Copied the Leo's Flight Simulator Cab available here on HPCFactor.
3. Inserted 64GB microSDXC into a SDXC to CF adapter.
4. Inserted the SDXC to CF adapter to Sigmarion 3.
5. Installed Leo's Flight Simulator on the 64GB micro SDXC inside SDXC to CF adapter.
6. Waited for some rather long loading screen.

*Note it doesn't have to be 64GB microSDXC, but I wanted to make Sigmarion 3 useful even in 2016, so I used it. :-)

Tsubasa Kato 11/11/2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sharp Netwalker PC-T1

Here are some pictures of the Sharp Netwalker PC-T1 I'm going to sell on eBay soon.

Update 11/29/2016: I've listed the Netwalker PC-T1 on eBay!
It is $149.80 Buy It Now! 

Enjoy! :-)

I've made the UI into English by the way.

Spec: CPU: Freescale i.MX515 (ARM Cortex-A8)
1x 8GB Flash
1x microSDHC
1x USB
1024x600 pixels TFT LCD touchscreen display

Photos taken by SONY Cybershot DSC-HX90V

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I'm testing a Geforce GTX TITAN

I'm testing a Geforce GTX TITAN on my old motherboard (With Athlon II X2 3.2GHz).
I'm running BOINC (CUDA) to stress test it. It is getting pretty hot....

Saturday, September 3, 2016

1.05 Quintillion Floating-point Operations Since 2006

1.05 Quintillion Floating-point Operations Since 2006.

You ask me what is that?

It's my humble total amount of computing power donated to Einstein@Home since 2006.

I've used a variety of computers since 2006, and I'm quite happy with the GPU computation.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ubuntu 16.04 on HP Proliant ML115 G5

Ubuntu 16.04 on HP Proliant ML115 G5 installed great. The CPU on my Proliant ML115 G5 has been swapped to Phenom II X4 2.6GHz, and the GPU board added (Geforce GTX 950 by MSI). I also changed the HDD to SSD by CFD using a TOSHIBA SSD.

So, the total price for this machine is: server: 9800yen +Phenom II X4 CPU 14,000 yen + 21,000 yen for the Geforce GTX 950 + 9000 yen for the SSD made by CFD. So in total, this HP Proliant ML115 G5 is 53800 yen. ($527.83 USD at the current exchange rate)

I ran BOINC on this machine, and the GPU task of Einstein@Home is working well. I already finished one task (GPU) since yesterday (or was it two?).

I've successfully installed the GPU version of Tensorflow on this machine. :-)
I'm going to Fujisawa later on today to buy a Tensorflow book for my research.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Currently in the Process of Installing Tensorflow on Ubuntu 16.04

I'm currently in the Process of Installing Tensorflow on Ubuntu 16.04 with a Geforce GTX 950 machine.

I'm hoping it works! :-)


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sigmarion 3 works with 64GB microSDXC!

Sigmarion 3 works with 64GB microSDXC!

The way I made it work is that I bought a SDXC to Compact Flash adapter called ADR-SDCF2 by SANWA Supply.  Since you can't format microSDXC to FAT32 by default on Windows OS, I used Ridgecrop Consultants' fat32format GUI version. (Click on the screenshot to download their site).

I used a microSDXC to SDXC adapter then inserted that to ADR-SDCF2. 64GB microSDXC works like a charm on my Sigmarion 3!

See you till next time!

Tsubasa Kato

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Electronic Brain a.k.a Computer

In Chinese, they use the characters 電脳 to mean the computer. As Japanese, we also use it to express "cyber" or about computer related things.

電脳 literally  means electronic brain.

Recently,deep larning and AlphaGo has been talked about all over the news. At least in my side of the news world where I read my news. Electronic signals fire up in the neurons, and neural networks are being used to create Artificial Intelligence.

 Norbert Wiener was the person who invented and coined the term, cybernetics back in 1948, just 3 years after World War 2. I must imagine, around that time, most computers were made of vacuum tubes.  (In 1953, the first transistor computer was made)

Since then, computers have been used extensively in military calculations such as ballistics calculations, radar, etc. I believe computers greatly evolved because of ARPA and DARPA funding on many projects.

Computers nowadays fit in pockets, and many say that supercomputer is in your pocket.(smartphones) Well, that is sort of true, but we can't literally fit a supercomputer in a pocket because the number of GFlops of a smartphone is way smaller compared to a real supercomputer cluster.

But some day that may change. I predict that there will be a great leap in the quantum computer field and neural network field. When combined together, the fusion of these two powerful fields will make a big step closer into singularity.

Brain is still a mystery for some, but there is something I think is necessary to be implemented on an electronic brain. That is impulse. We have impulse to do certain things out of the blue, or triggered by some clear or unclear trigger. When impulse is implemented, the electronic brain will be more lifelike and like a human.

These are just my thoughts tonight.

See you soon in my next post!

Tsubasa Kato

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

EMONSTER S11HT (Variant of HTC Tytn II) running Pocket Scheme

EMONSTER S11HT (Variant of HTC Tytn II) running Pocket Scheme

I felt like using my Windows Mobile EMONSTER S11HT to program a short script on the device itself. I used the code from Wikipedia.

Here's a photo of it.

The Japanese Variant of HTC Tytn II.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Playing this game on iPad mini Retina.

Playing this game on iPad mini Retina.
It is called Adventure Capitalist.

It's fun to play time to time.

After much hesitation, I upgraded my iPad mini Retina to iOS 9.3... So far so good...

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lytro Camera

I happened to buy a Lytro Camera today on eBay.

It should arrive in 1-2weeks.

I'm interested in making experimental photographies with this camera.

Will keep you guys posted.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

TOSHIBA Dynabook N29 First Impression

Well, today I bought a new small laptop (even smaller than my Macbook Air). It is called Dynabook N29 and it is a 2 in 1 type (tablet  + keyboard).

At 8.9 inch, it has an amazing resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. At first, this laptop was in tablet mode, so I had a hard time figuring how to enable Windows resize. You can do this from notification bar by disabling tablet mode. 

I will write more soon.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CMatrix for Linux Zaurus on Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000

Just a video I took today. Matrix like scroll down text for Zaurus.
CMatrix for Linux Zaurus on Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000