Hardware > 3D printing >
Tiko is a unibody 3d printer which I backed.
To get this working, I had to really push hard to get the filament to load. This was a frustrating first experience. I was then entirely unimpressed with the quality of its prints, even after a lot of fiddling.
Later, when I returned to use it, it seems that filament has snapped off inside it, and it thinks its loaded and will not load new filament. Heating does not remove it. I fiddled a lot, once more.. I'm giving up on it, it's garbage.
I did end up fixing it.. after giving it away.
See Tiko first impressions. It fails, hard.
update 2 - this is basically pointless with contemporary hardware and software. Just use the defaults for something like
cgdisk or GParted:
Use MiB alignment for modern operating systems.
The Cylinder/Head/Sector values reported by modern disk devices no longer have a direct physical relationship to the data stored on the disk device. Hence it is no longer valid to use this alignment setting to achieve enhanced performance.
cgdisk, when beginning with a new partition table, when creating the first partition, automatically creates a small empty partition before it, and thus is said to align everything properly. I haven't double-checked this.
Oldschool > Oldschool Godbox >
I didn't take proper pictures of all the parts I gave away. A couple of 486s, including one with a mixed ISA, PCI and VLB motherboard, with tweaked L2 cache. Heck, I even had a Gravis Ultrasound Plug and Play with a pair of 4MB SIMMs.
Lots of hard drives, a couple of cases, boxes of cards including some formerly-expensive modems.
Television + Linux >
I was vaguely interested in a TV card for a little while.
These are in-ear headphones. While spectacular, they are no longer available.