25
May
'17

Dankie Oom Gielie.





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Predecessor of the SIMM?

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This comes from a piece of medical equipment made by the other S&W, Simonsen & Weel, Denmark, circa 1979.

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Each module has 8 x AM2808PC 1024-bit dynamic shift registers, driven by a DS0025CN two-phase clock driver. That’s one kilobyte of storage per module, and you have to keep on clocking the data around the ring otherwise the capacitors making up the memory discharge and forget.

It’s a lot simpler than a mercury delay line memory, but functionally it’s not that much different.

 

 

 





30
Mar
'17



22
Mar
'17

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Now go away.





(no, not bodies)

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Turns out we could have used a minivan full of Mexicans.

 

 

 

 





25
Jan
'17

If you like Brandi Carlile’s The Story but you think the song is just a little bit too big for her, try Minniva Børresen.

 





20
Jan
'17

Windows30

I installed Windows 3.0 for the first time today* From seven 720 kilobyte stiffy** disks. And it worked first time.

 

* Windows 3.1, I’ve installed countless times. Windows 3.0, never.

** Yea that’s what we call them here.








Went out early, drove up to Afsaal to check (again) if the hyena had not come back. No joy.

But we did spot the morning drive vehicle parked in one spot for too long. So we went to investigate.

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One, maybe two lions, quite far off in the bushes. We were not there long before they left, direction Afsaal.

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Saw a large herd of buffalo on our way back to camp, this one had a nasty gash on the back.

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Packed up the camp, found two scorpions under Philip’s tent. Big pinchers mean (relatively) harmless, right?

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Right.

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Looks like we had famous people in camp.

We drove out on the S114 and found the leopard in the tree that Tanya’s been looking for.

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Some people get very excited…

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(I won’t bore you with the rest of the 5 gazillion photographs)

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These guys were just fooling around a bit.

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We headed back to camp late the afternoon, as you can see the shadows are getting long.

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Philip and I are both geeks, and we were discussing Venn diagrams on the walkie-talkies when Tanya goes “There’s a FSCKING LEOPARD NEXT TO THE ROAD!”

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And so there was.

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We ended up being ten minutes late at Berg-en-Dal gate, but the gate was still open and nobody gave us grief. If I’d known that we would have spent more time with the leopard.

 





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