View West towards the Pacific Ocean

The waves crashing at high tide are amazingly loud in the evenings. It’s been mid 80’s during the day, and mid 60’s at night. During the day I wear swim trunks, a t-shirts and flip flops. In the evenings I switch my trunks to sweats. I cant wait to get back to the snow and highs of 28. Its horrible here!
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My place in Cabo for the next week.

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A PDP-11/70 Micro Mainframe is in my future!

Most folks want the fastest, highest graphics power laptop or workstations available. Here I am buying a mini mainframe from the 1970s. These were the Windows computers of their day. There were 600,000 of these puppies made. They started under $50,000 which was peanuts compared to the larger million dollar plus mainframes of the day. The PDP-11/* series could have a hundred terminal sessions going, be doing payroll and inventory for thousands, and allow the secretary staff to create and file hundreds of documents a day All at the same time. All of this was done with incredible speed and reliability. Amazing as it sounds, the PDP-11 can be emulated with a Raspberry Pi Zero ($10 micro single-board computer). So quite literally, a ten-dollar computer today outperforms a fifty-thousand-dollar system from back in the day. A system that could and did run multi million dollar companies.


The PDP I purchased is actually a full implementation in hardware and software. Teletypes, punched card readers, paper tape readers, floppies, and disk packs are all emulated using USB drives. Telnet sessions are available (by the dozens) or one could even set up an RS-232 serial connection if you wanted that old school authentically slow terminal connection! I’ll use a Raspberry Pi 4 to make the excess CPU time available to manage another task on my network.

Here is a link to the PiDP-11/70 Retro Computer I bought.

https://obsolescence.wixsite.com/obsolescence/pidp-11

Below is the replica sitting on top of a “real” PDP

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Nice little dingy cruising video

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It’s a super beautiful day here in Everett.

It’s solar panel and HF antenna install weekend. Wish me luck!

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Paradox on Ponderay

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My Paradox Sailboat over the years

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Old country song

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A man sat on a plane next to a theoretical physicist. The man asked the physicist how he was able to visualize things in four-dimensional space. The physicist replied, “That’s easy. First I visualize it in n-dimensional space and then I just let n be equal to 4.”

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Lots of UFO talk these days

I recently had a long discussion with a good friend on the recent “UFO” videos that have been released by the armed forces and others. He had been intrigued by the videos and wondered what they may be. With the mainstream choices of LGM’s (Little Green Men), gummnt kunspeirecaies, multi dimension quantum beings, and more you have lots to choose from. As expected, I started to point out that the vast majority of the fantastic videos are quite easily explained. I commented that it was sad the press and social media had tons of stories, theories, pontifications, and projecting for potential explanations, but little substantive info. I’d seen little press or discussion about those who could quite simply explain what was going on and even recreate exact examples of this “phenomenon”. Many of these UFOs can be explained using sticks and some light across a background. Others by an understanding of the quirks of optics. There are folks called optical engineers. They have lots of actual study and lab time understanding optics, cameras, apertures, light at many wavelengths, and on and on. Amazingly these folks gained their cred by book and discussion. How they learned anything without the youtubes is just beyond my ability to comprehend. As we chatted, I brought up the old standby “Occam’s Razor”. Defined as: “the simplest explanation is usually the best one.” I’m not sure I convinced anyone but that’s not my job. What do you think? For some alternative views on our recent encounters with the others, the links below may provide some much-needed balance in this low signal-to-noise world we live in.

For some reading material:

https://sciencex.com/news/2021-09-dialog-mind-boggling-features-ufos-physical.html

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