Database went down

Lost five years of posts yesterday due to my database disappearing. Not sure why…

While that wouldn’t normally be a disaster (because I keep backups)… it seems I have misplaced my recent backups. The most recent working backup that I have is from 2012, so there is a five year gap.

Lesson learned. Backup. Backup. Backup.

Cabrio: HyperSpin-like arcade front-end for linux

What is Cabrio?

Cabrio is a graphical front end for emulators, specifically designed for use in arcade cabinets. It allows you to select games via an intuitive, attractive interface which is easy to use with limited controls, such as a joystick. Cabrio is made available under the GNU General Public License, meaning anyone can freely download the source code and even contribute to development.

Where can I get it?

Check the download section for the latest releases.

So how do I get it to work?

See the quick-start guide for a brief, straight-to-the-point installation guide. More detailed documentation can be found in the support section.

And who is responsible for all this?

Cabrio is developed by Steve Maddison. Feel free to contact me if you have comments and suggestions or, even better, you have bug fixes/patches or are otherwise interested in contributing to the Cabrio project.

via Cabrio – Home.

Enhance silly putty with personal lubricants

Instructables user [killbox] seems to have come across a process that actually makes magnetic silly putty “better”, depending on your specific needs. He had tons of fun making a batch of magnetic putty, but thought that the addition of iron oxide made it stiff and a bit slow moving for his tastes.

He tried to find a household item that could act as silly putty thinner, but after trying various oils, gylcerin, and rubbing alcohol, he came up empty handed. Undeterred, he researched how silly putty itself is made, and based on its list of ingredients, decided to seek out some sort of silcone-based lubricant.

He headed out to the local sex shop, and spent some time browsing through the “personal lubricant” section, in hopes of finding what he needed. He settled on ”Gun Oil”, a silicone lubricant that also contained Dimethicone, an item on the ingredient list of the lubricant he initially used to make the batch of magnetic putty.

via Enhance your magnetic silly putty with personal lubricants – Hack a Day.

YouTube to MP3 Converter

Video2mp3 is a free video to MP3 Converter and allows you to convert and download a video to MP3 file online. This service is fast, free, and requires no signup. All you need is a Video URL, and our software will transfer the video to our server, extract the MP3, and give you a link to download the audio file. So you are able to listen to your favorite YouTube tracks on every MP3 player.

via YouTube to MP3 Converter – Video2mp3 – Converter.

Boot Windows 7 from VHD (now with using diff disks)

A while ago I got excited about booting Windows 7 using Virtual Hard Drives as the boot media. I have always thought it would be great if I could use differencing disks so I could:

  • create new instances of OS’s super-fast
  • back up changed environments but only have to copy the differences (as opposed to moving 30+ Gigabyte files around the network.

I found a post from the folks over at lost techies that talked about how easy it is to set up a system that boots from VHD’s that are children of other VHD’s.

  1. Set up a “base” VHD
  2. Open an administrative console session:
    • > diskpart
    • > create vdisk file=”C:\vhd\starcraft.vhd” parent=”C:\vhd\win7base.vhd”
  3. I use some tools from NeoSmart Technologies like EasyBCD to put the diff disks as an option in your bootup sequence in your boot menu and – tada booting from a VHD diff disk

Man Cave Part 1

I have started converting a two-and-a-half single-brick internal garage into a man cave. It will be a place for the family to play the arcade machines. It will also be the kids play/rumpus room, until they get a bit older and then I convert it into a true mancave with darts, pool table, bar, projector etc.

I am not a builder so I am learning as I go. I started a few days. I have constructed a timber frame to hang gyprock sheets. The frame is made of 70x35mm structural pine. I’ve bolted the frames to the brick piers using 100mm screws and wall plugs. As the timber wall sits directly on the concrete floor and touches some brickwork below the damp-course I’ve used some 500 micron dampcourse tape to insulate the timber from the brick and concrete.

When I pulled my compound drop/mitre saw out of storage it died on first use. Acrid black smoke came out of the motor. Not a good start. I used the hand-saw and a small circular saw for the rest of that day then purchased a mega-cheap drop saw from Aldi’s the next day. I picked up some R1.5 wall batts from bunnings and got the walls up. See pics.

I am getting ready to hang the gyprock. I found a few videos on youtube about hanging drywall. I was a bit concerned that some of the joins wouldn’t match up with timber behind it – but from the video it looks as if it doesn’t matter too much for the horizontal joins. From what I can tell only the butt joins have to be secured on timber.