I've been a busy boy this weekend, I've ordered some new network wire to bring Cat 6 Ethernet directly to the upstairs bedrooms, so I have that to fit out, I've organised all my finances after the house move and everything.
I've retired my two Dell Power Edge servers - just because they were so loud - and I've got a whole bunch of pictures of them for their going on e-bay later this week - they'll be sold as a batch lot, as I basically use one as parts for the other, but they're not shabby, the heavily used on is is ironically one of the cleanest machines I have.
Their replacement is a much more suitable Pentium 4 PC - my old World of Warcraft & Eve-Online machine in fact, it's a massive downgrade in power - we're going from dual 64bit Xeon's on a server chassis to a 32bit 2001 Pentium 4. But it's all about getting away with leaving the PC running in the front room, where it'll be part of my internet provision of services.
I've also been servicing and modding my Saitek X45 joystick, I've got a friend of a friend sorting out a set of new springs for me, I've looked carefully at modding the handle, and also had the thing in pieces to discover what's inside. I maybe putting together a whole post on this alone, as there are not many or much good information about this solid old stick on the interwebs. Mine being 12 years old it's lasted a long time with no intervention. It's played me through MS Combat Flight Simulator, the original IL2, IL2 Forgotten Battles and IL2 1946.
It started to get a little funky in War Thunder last month, I noted I could not keep my 109's from pulling oddly, I thought it was a trimming issue, but it was actually the lack in my spring.
Anyway, as I say, more about all that later.
In Elite-Dangerous, I've been out and about in the universe, I've taken my pilgrimage to Sol, I arrived there last night, and docked at Abraham Lincolm station just as Australia was coming into view below. I'm going to take a better look tonight. However, on the way, though I have a fuel scoop I did decide to stop off and dock at a station, just to update my save at that point. The Commodity reading software worked a treat, even on the system name it had never been trained on before. Going forward I need to improve the capturing sequence, as it's a little clunky even for me; and I created it; but data capture is working out really well now. Capturing and the reading of the commodities, with my myriad of little updates and string swaps is working extremely well.
Aside from changing the capturing to be more, shall we say, slick; I'm also going to be adding threaded operation to the OCR, so as I can leverage some of the multi-core features on machines to speed up the reading process. There is a notable delay at the moment between the images being captured and the OCR kicking in. Yes, part of this is writing the images as bitmaps to disk, but the major delay is the serial nature of it going down the list, I may as well go down two different parts of the lists at the same time!
Apart form selling the Dell servers, I'm also going to be selling a really nice 1024x768 resolution CRT monitor, my last CRT monitor. I'm only selling it because it's being retired along with the servers, it was their heads up display. But it's one of those crystal clear displays perfect for coding with.
I'm also going to be selling the Samsung CLP-320 laser printer, because... well, despite being only 4 years old it's not survived, it still works, but there are fading in and out on the printing, I've replaced the toners (at a hell of a cost) and so I can only conclude it needs some tinkering with or servicing, which I don't want to do. So I'll go out the door for spares & repairs on ebay.
If I get a decent price for all these bits of stuff I'm selling, I may be looking to get myself the £160 X55 Rhino flight stick, but this is perhaps a pipe-dream with the financial situation as it is.