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Old 9th December 2006, 04:56 AM   #1
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Default What other hobbies we have?

Its a safe bet members on this board have other hobbies, electronics related or not, aside from audio equipment. One of my other hobbies is vintage computers. My current project is this beast of a Unix Machine made by HP, an Apollo 735 Pa-Risc based machine currently running HP-UX 9.20.

she has 128 MB of ram, a 99mhz PA-Risc CPU( don't let the mhz fool you, its pretty fast), a really strong ( for a machine this age) Graphics Accelerator, and the only spec that seems average for "normal"computers from 1992 is the HD size, just a 1.5 gig seagate SCSI. From what i heard, these things could run up in the 20 -30 grand price range when they were new and are just now being retired from service and made avalible to the used/hobbists scene.
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Old 9th December 2006, 05:10 AM   #2
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I play chess.
And I do it pretty well at some internet play sites.

This form of chess, is played slow ( 1-14 days per move)
and is what was formerly called:
- Correspondence Chess
and later
- Email Chess
and now
- Online Chess

You register at such a chess site. and get a beginners rating.

Then after playing some 2-3.000 games like me
you can have a rating in the upper end of rating list.

One trouble is at every such website,
that does not allow help by computer chess programs,
is that some cheat by using those programs
that can even match world champions, like Kasparov!

There is no good way, to tell and be sure,
if your opponent uses some chess playing software to decide best moves.

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Old 9th December 2006, 05:19 AM   #3
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I collect and restore classic arcade games....you guys know what I am talking about...those classics from the 80"s. I restore the cabinets and also rebuild the boards and monitors.

My cureent collection consists of;

Galaga, Tron, Berzerk, Donkey Kong/jr, Space Invaders, Frogger, Tempest....etc.

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Old 9th December 2006, 05:30 AM   #4
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Lineup, maybe you can meet suspicious players to challenge them for real!

I like bicycles, love to ride mountainbikes, even welded some frames of my own..(see pic).

Try to take my audio hobby along with it, always looking for the best small loudspeakers to take along the ride (see my avatar..)
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Old 9th December 2006, 05:42 AM   #5
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Holland
is great bicycle country, at least when racing on bikes
(as well as play football and race skating)

Have you seen suzyj specially home made bike constructions?
Really advanced, making your bikes .....
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You ave any mountain bike?
It is popular, but I have never tried those.
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Old 9th December 2006, 06:02 AM   #6
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Nice builds on suzyj's site! Thanx.

Allthough the frames I build are rather different. I don't use lugs for instance, lugs are put together by brass soldering. That requires craftsmenship and supreme blumbing skills I used a mig welding machine and used heavy chromo tubes, the little green bike is a stuntbike and needs to handle quite some abuse.

On the other hand most friends (ladies and gents) feel very comfortable on the bike, it feels very solid and accelerates extremely fast because of the short rear geometry.. The tires are 2.35" and still have plenty clearance, it can handle up to almost 3"! That would probably make it one of the most comfortable bikes....

If you never tried mountainbiking you really should, it makes me feel SO alive.. but be careful not to end up in a I've had my accidents, but cycling on the road with all the traffic is probably more dangerous (and health hazard ) than a fresh good ride in the woods....
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Old 9th December 2006, 06:33 AM   #7
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My hobby is to buy catcus and "living stones" seeds from www.succseed.com and www.mesagarden.com and try to grow living plants of them Check my avatar! I have got many suggestion of what it might be.

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Old 9th December 2006, 03:44 PM   #8
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For the next couple of months my hobby is deerhunting.

The dune area between me and the sea is a protected area with lots of animals.
Close to every winter, an ocassional deer checks our garden for food.
This year i'm gonna shoot one, Sony Shot-gun.
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Old 9th December 2006, 03:54 PM   #9
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Originally posted by v-bro

If you never tried mountainbiking you really should, it makes me feel SO alive..
but be careful not to end up in a
I've had my accidents,
but cycling on the road with all the traffic is probably more dangerous (and health hazard )
than a fresh good ride in the woods....
True.
There is almost nothing as dangerous as being among traffic in streets.

The woods are relaxing environment. Even on a bike.
What a human of today may need.
I will see if I may borrow some mountain bike for a testride
Some of my sisters / brothers has got one.
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Old 9th December 2006, 05:25 PM   #10
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When the audio BS gets too thick here, I retreat to other things. I make electronic stuff, restore antique radios and phonographs, etc.

When I lived in Missouri I used to hunt deer and trukey. I also photographed a lot of bugs. Since moving to Phoenix i do a lot more bike riding and sweating.

Some of my projects include a full suspension, carbon fiber, recumbent bike, and restoring a 1904 Edison cylinder record player. I am currently programming a microcontroller to pulse an LED for a stroboscopic microscope illuminator.

Of course, I ride the recumbent bike daily, and I like to get out on my MTB, too.

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