Sources for 8b TTL keyboards (Keytronics)
alexandre-listas at e-secure.com.br
Sun Dec 7 13:27:51 CST 2008
> The p[roblem is that (a) I can't afford it, (b) I can't afford to
> maintain it, and (c) if/when it stops working, I haven't a clue how to
> fix it.
You can have a windows PC with windows for free, just look around :) And
I'm not talking about pirated software :)
> Indeed I do. My lathe, for example. But that came with full exploded
> diagrams and parts lists (oh, and a wiring diagram for the motor starter
> box). I understand how that works. And while I certainly don't have the
> skill to make many of the parts myself, I am capable of seeing which
> one/ones are defective, I am capable of measuing run-out, etc and I am
> capable of buying the right spares form the makers.
Why you would need that with windows? Everything I use just works, why
would that stop work?
> For me a tool has to work, and it has to be pleasant to use. If it isn't,
> I use something else. And the few times I've used Windows, I've found it
> to be extremely unreliable.
That is something I find to be VERY funny.
I think I'm one of the only people in universe that has a stable
windows. My windows installation NEVER breaks. I have no trouble with that.
- I know how it works sufficiently not to install things that will make
- I have a good antivirus, this is the first program I install when I
boot windows at first time
- I have a set of services to disable
- I use process explorer to see what is running and disable uneeded
- I don't instal dubious programs (e.g.: I know what I'm running)
- I have an ORIGINAL copy of windows
- I NEVER EVER EVER install windows updates, automatic or manual
- I NEVER EVER EVER let outlook express download images or open
- I NEVER EVER EVER let MSN open automatically anything, run things I
don't know or install "emoticon packs"
Tony, trust me. I have a WORKABLE and PLEASURE TO USE copy of windows
XP. Of course I have now a sizeable machine (Core 2 quad, 4GB RAM, Geforce
8600, 22" LCD) but it worked just as well with my old athlon 1800/512 ram.
It is a matter of KNOWING what you do with your windows.
> I also have an aversion to using things I can't fix when they go wrong.
> Becuase they tend to go wrong at the most inconenient moment.
Make it work well and it will never go wrong. Trust me.
> Well, at one time manufactuers of programmable chips were very bad about
> providing full documentation on how to program them. I have yet to find a
> completely 'open' FPGA or CPLD -- meaning a device where I can get,
> without signing an NDA or similar, full specification on how to send bits
> to the device (what pins to wiggle and how, what are the critical
> timings, what voltages to apply, etc) and also how to turn my design into
> those bits. Microcontrollers do tend to be more open (the PICs that I've
> used were fully documented), but I am not sure if this ICD system is.
And it is still this way. No FPGA or CPLD open docs. But take a look at
www.atmel.com and see for yourself how it works.
Alexandre, your fan :)
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