September 1st, 2003


NES computer

Roy linked me to instructions on how to create a PC out of a gutted nintendo. It piqued my interest, and now I'm very seriously considering it.

I have a partially nintendo case at home. (not sure if I have the neccesary hardware, but hopefully I can get it). Neil picked up a slimline cd-rom drive and ITX power supply at the dump and run that hopefully can be taken and used in it. (The problem with the drive right now is that it's a Macintosh docking port connector, and I don't know if I can pull that out to IDE, but that's a concern for later.)

At this point, what I basically need is a laptop hard drive (100 bucks ish on ebay?) and a mini-itx motherboard. The motherboard will cost about 100 plus shipping. all the components (video, sound, ethernet) are built into those motherboards, so with creative use of Neil's dremel tool cutting the back of the nintendo to fit it in shouldn't be too difficult.

There is something cool about a machine inside a Nintendo Entertainment System. It's ultimately portable, albiet not a powerhouse machine. But can you imagine the looks I'd get when I bring in my pc to check something out - and it looks like I could pop a cartridge into it?

This is such a cool idea.
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    Dave Matthews Band - Help Myself

Updating to Linux

So, I've finally taken the plunge. I'm moving to Linux.

This was a plan of mine. I was planning, later this week, to update to some form of gentoo. I was working to copy over my old files, export my mail, get everything back that I might need on extra hard drives that would not be affected by my linux install. I had been working all day to do that - copying over files, etc. and windows was decidely unstable (So what else is new?)

My big mistake at this point was to decide to restart. I had deleted a bunch of files from C:\, and when I attempted to restart, I found that one of them was required - ntdlr. The machine refused to start, even to the point of giving me a c:\ prompt to work from so I could copy files.


So, I asked neil if he had any kind of boot floppies. He handed me a Knoppix 3.1 CD and told me to boot from CD.

It was so cool. I put it in, it booted up (the most colorful linux boot ever) and I was in linux. Running kde on Knoppix with every application you might need.

I eventually figured out how to copy files, and attempted to copy back ntdlr. "Unable to write: readonly file system."

Oh right, Neil responded. NTFS is read-only.

So, I looked for a windows boot floppy. Well, they're all Windows self-extracting things. Windows. As in that program that I can't get into which is why I want a boot floppy. Smart.

So, I decided to give up on Windows. I'm now in Linux, while gentoo compiles my kernel, writing in Links on the web client. Currently, genkernel is Running "make modules".

I will soon be a true geek.

Anyway, just wanted to give you all a status update. I'm attempting to emerge BitchX asap, but that's step 25, and I'm only on 16. ;)

While I wait for my kernel to compile, I'm going to go watch boondock saints with some friends for a bit, then come back later and finish this.

I'm hungry. anyone got any pizza?