Thursday, April 12, 2018

New Mystery Machine? An Electric One?

I think it is cool that Volkswagen has come out with a newer microbus. This one has that old one look but with an updated features and look; totally retro. I read that VW will make this.


This is the ID Buzz. It looks really nice. I read that it is supposed to go into production It is supposed to have a good range. 
I think this version of the Mystery Machine is way cool. It would be neat if they used it in the next Scooby Doo movie. It would be cool if this is an option when one is buying a VW ID Buzz. I would definitely consider it. I can see the inside being filled with equipment that the Mystery Inc would use to solve mysteries and a place for Scooby Doo. 


I also like these other variations.
I think this is a cool and green update on the VW camper. Being electric, one would definitely want a camp site with electric outlet so one can recharge the vehicle's batteries for the trip home.

 I think a fuel cell would give it extra power when needed and extend the range. I have been reading about fuel cells. It would be faster refilling the hydrogen tanks than charging the batteries. 

I think this microbus / pickup combo is cool and green but I am not sure how useful it would be since it is battery powered and does not have a gas engine of some sort. I think in cases like this, a gas engine would give that much more power and reliability and range. The upside is that it does have that 'macho' look to it. It looks powerful. I just hope the electric power / batteries is able to deliver what it looks like it can. 

I think this is neat. It even works with the original air cooled VW microbus. I like this one since it has a lot of windows. I think this one is very well done. I think it is even better on the newer microbus. 


It seems the Mystery Machine has taken different shapes. I like this one the best. I think this one is the one closest to the one that the VW ID Buzz would come closest to looking like. 






30 Fantastic Raspberry Pi 3 Cases to 3D Print

There is an article at the ALL3DP site that is really cool and nerdy. It is on cases for the Raspberry Pi board and they are 3-D printed. The article provides and information on the design, on who made it and where it can be downloaded from. The have photos of the different cases that they report on plus information on the cases.

The Raspberry Pi is an affordable little computer board that (per the site) one can learn code with. They have a blog. They have downloads. There is a community section. There is a help section. There is a forum section. There is an education section. The have a magazine called MagPi that one can download.

One of my pet peeves about cases is how plain and boring they are. It is just a box. One could make it a little more interesting with some color and/or stickers. One could add the companies logo; sticker or in 3-D. Most seem to be a plain boring box that is just a box.

The ALL3DP site is a 3-D printer new site. It covers both the hardware and the software. It also covers projects one can do with a 3-D printer. They have some interesting articles on or related to 3-D printing.

There are other sites that cover 3-D printing. I am checking them out.

I came across a site - years ago - with custom cases for the mini-itx boards. It is Mini-Itx. They have a section where people created custom cases for this board. Mini-Itx Projects.

This is one of the cases shown. I included a photo from the article site since I like it resembles an old gaming console. Perhaps one could use it with an game emulator to 'recreate' the game console? I like how one can chose the colors. 

I think this is cool since it resembles the PAC Man character from the game of the same name. It too is shown on the article site. 

I think this is neat since it is a mini-tower for a mini board. The article has others cool cases but I just chose these three to give an example of what was done on the site. I like the use of colors and the Raspberry Pi logo on the side. 








Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pi Laptop?

I came across this laptop kit that uses the Raspberry Pi board. It is really neat since one assembles it before using it. I have not bought one, yet (perhaps in the future). I do think it is cool. One can learn about computers and the software when one assembles this computer. 

I think this is neat. It is a laptop that uses the Raspberry Pi computer board. It is a kit. One assembles it oneself. I think one could learn a lot by putting it together. 
I like the clean look of the Pi Top. It is a very simple design.

One can see the placement of the Raspberry Pi inside the case. 

One can see the power port? 

It seems thick but this is probably to accommodate the Raspberry Pi board.

It has a nice shape; traditional laptop size.

Here is all that one gets, per the site where this photo was taken from.

I like the traditional laptop look to it. 

 One can see the Raspberry board that is inside.


A couple of places that has the Pi Top. 













Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ArcaOS 5.0 on an Aspire One Computer

I have an Aspire One laptop computer. It is a small one. It is not the newest but I like it because it is small and easily transported. 
It looks somewhat like this one.

ReactOS is an open source clone of Windows by Microsoft. I tried installing ReactOS on it. It was not successful. The USB support is still being worked on. It did not get far. The optical drive I used was connected by USB. ReactOS is still in alpha. It is (at the time of this writing) at 0.4.6. I will check for each new release in hopes of it reaching a point where it can be installed via an USB connected optical drive (DVD re writable).

There is an open source free clone of  MS-DOS / PC-DOS called FreeDOS. I usually give it a try. It is an updated version of the older DOS. One can run the older DOS programs / games with it. I tried it on an older laptop and it installed (the laptop was a Win 8 one but it eventually failed). I decided not to use it on this one.

I tried and was able to install ArcaOS on it. It is nicknamed / code named 'blue lion'. It is by Arca Noae. It was easier to install than I expected. I installed it using an USB connected optical drive (DVD re writable). Normally one has a code to enter before one could install an operating system. This installation disc already had it as part of the installation software. I bought it online and downloaded the software. I 'burned' it to a DVD compact disc. It was installed quite easily. It detected and installed drivers for most of the hardware. The sound works. It detects the USB optical drive, USB mouse and flash drives. It has great audio and video.

It was not a perfect installation. It is installed and running but does not detect all of the hardware. It does not see the wifi port. Once it is working, I will be able to connect to my wifi router and my wireless printer. I am getting help for these problems at the forum of OS/2 World. The forum and site not only covers OS/2 Warp by IBM but also eComStation and ArcaOS. OS/2 World is an international site for all things Warp / eCS / ArcaOS.

Now to find software for the operating system. I believe it one can install software for OS/2 Warp, eComStation and ArcaOS. I will be trying different software for it and (hopefully) blogging about the results. Arca Noae (at their shop) also sells software for its operating system. 

I have found that Hobbes NMSU has a lot of software for OS/2 Warp, eCS and ArcaOS. It is free to download the software.


I will be trying different operating systems on different computers. 
I will blog on them when I do. 





my personal site that needs a lot of work
a work in progress even it is very slow progress



my art on items
Cafe Press prints my art on different items that can be bought online.
I need better pictures - hoping coming soon

Monday, June 12, 2017

Shrimp and Scallops at Bob's Lobster

There is a seafood place in Newburyport MA called Bob's Lobster. It has a great view of the area around it. One can eat inside or outside; more seating outside than inside. The atmosphere is relaxed. One does not feel rushed. They have a variety of seafood options on their menu. One can also get it to go and one can just get the seafood so one can cook it at home. One can see the fresh seafood on their photo page. They even have ice cream.
Here is the outside of Bob's Lobster. It is easily seen either coming from or going to Plum Island.

Here is the outside eating area of Bob's Lobster. It has a nice view of the surrounding water ways. 

Here is the fried shrimp and scallops that I ordered. The batter isn't heavy. It wasn't greasy. It was really good. It comes with fries and Cole slaw. The fries were nice and crispy. The Cole slaw was good. The vinegar taste was not overpowering. It came with cocktail sauce and tartar sauce. There is ketchup at the table. 





a site about the big guy eating. 


my online art store

Thursday, June 8, 2017

ArcaOS - updated OS/2 - eCS

There is a new of OS/2 Warp and eComStation. It is called ArcaOS. It is by Arca Noae. It is now at version 5.0.

I have tried OS/2 Warp by IBM in the past. I really liked it. It does not seem to work on newer computers. I found it worked better than then current version of Windows (the newer versions of Windows works a lot better than the 3.1 for work groups since it is not running on MS-DOS).

I have tried eComStation. The last version I tried was the beta / 2.2. It worked great on older computers but had trouble installing on some of my newer computers.

I have bought and downloaded version 5.0 and will be trying it on my newer laptops. I have an USB optical drive for the newer laptops since they don't have one built in. There are screen shots at the site. There is a commentary section at the site. I have found some helpful information at OS/2 World.
It was called Blue Lion. I am hoping they keep the blue lion as a mascot. 

There is a site for a yearly meeting of OS/2 Warp, eComStation and ArcaOS users called Warpstock; in the USA / Canada. There is a Warpstock in Europe.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Spock or Kirk Blue Tooth Speaker? At Shop Star Trek?

I think this is really cool and really nerdy at the same time. It is also neat since I am a Trekkie. It is blue tooth speakers that are made to look like either Spock or Kirk from Star Trek. It is available at the online store at Star Trek web site.
Since this is Spock, I think this is cooler than Kirk. It is my preference.

This shows where the speaker really is.
While Spock is cooler than Kirk, they go well together. 

This shows where the speaker is on Kirk. It shows it connected to a phone. 


The Spock one is going on my wish list. 


a guy is not only Goofy but also nerdy



my art on items but it is a work in progress