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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-01-30 03:04 [#02568093]
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my life chaos has resulted in baggage like: 2014, NAS hard
drives failing, the only thing I have with enough capacity
for everything is a 3U server blade with 8x SCSI drives for
~6TB of RAID 6 across 8 SCSI drives that, like, i have no
idea if i could ever order replacements for.

freaking ate at me. that stupid server in my parents'
basement as i moved around a bunch. that stupid server in my
storage locker, with 2/3 of my shit on it

moving to a less-temporary situation. emptying out that
fucking storage locker. carrying that server blade -- the
heaviest thing i own aside from my car -- up two flights of
stairs. three weeks of "i'm home from work, let's copy files
for a few hours." finally, i have a total image. i still
need to order more hard drives for parity, but now... at
least, i can access it all across three USB drives without
firing out that fucking power-sucking wind tunnel.

tonight, just casually browsing around. old system backups.
i pick the oldest one, and find older backups. same thing,
again. soon i'm right at the dawn of time.

my dad walked me through hello world in C when i was 9. the
first ~actual~ program he walked me through was ASKP.C a 330
byte C program timestamped Dec. 30, 1993 that told you if
the number entered was prime, or not. i was 9.

the second program in the folder, by date, was BOUNCE.C, Jan
7 1994. dad explained the algebra behind programming a
bouncing ball animation -- the essential pong ball physics,
u noe -- but when it came to displaying the graphics, he
said, "oh, uhh, hold on, i have to do something

so i find this program literally 25 years later, and i
think: "oh! i can go back and understand what i missed,

first step: dad is using a proprietary API for a graphics
board for the company he worked for to do the gfx, ok

second step: dad is double-buffering. classic computer gfx

third step: "Draw the ball using roughly lambertian

shit. now i have to learn what that is

dad trolling me from the


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-01-30 03:04 [#02568094]
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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2019-01-30 03:09 [#02568095]
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offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2019-01-30 03:49 [#02568097]
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hah, that's great and (not knowing yr dad of course) i bet
he'd get a kick out of it. bit ghosts passing nollij on. i
have no data outside of the 32gb on this phone, i can't
imagine having everything archived back into a previous
millennium. it's almost freeing as well as sickening losing
data though


offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2019-01-30 03:51 [#02568098]
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shade some stuff, make it bounceĺ, reconnect with ancestral


offline Indeksical from Phobiazero Damage Control (United Kingdom) on 2019-01-30 08:54 [#02568099]
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Cool story! Do you know what API he was using? Maybe you can
fix it and swap it out for OpenGL or something? Might be
something from SGI like irisgl if it was 1993. What sector
did he work in?

Also what do you use your servers for? Weaslepedia and that?


offline mermaidman from the pacific ocean on 2019-01-30 09:55 [#02568100]
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haa very nice


online RussellDust on 2019-01-30 14:00 [#02568101]
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Lovely story. :)

Made me think of this.


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