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Fallout 4 Vacuum tubes and Nixie tubes

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8th February

Fallout 4 Vacuum tubes and Nixie tubes

I have been working my way through Fallout 4 and during my explorations I noticed that the labs and military installations are loaded with vintage vacuum tube equipment.  I thought I recognized the front panel of at least one piece of gear:

Front Panel render from Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks):

 

 Now compare this image with the front panel of the Racal RA-17:

The resemblance of the Fallout 4 render to the real Racal RA17 is striking.  This Racal-like front panel appears in nearly every lab and/or military installation that I have explored.

Another rack of equipment very frequently seen in labs and military installations is this one:

 

Fallout 4 Equipment Rack (Bethesda Softworks

This image clearly shows:

A nixie tube display (round tubes like the Burroughs 5092)
Twin green phosphor CRT displays
Several analogue meters
A row of … Read More »


Xbox 360 Power Supply Replacement

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17th January

Xbox 360 Power Supply Replacement

If you own one or more Xbox 360 in its various incarnations, including the newer 360S and 360E, you have likely experienced a power supply failure. These units all use an outboard power supply which plugs into the wall outlet at your local voltage, and connects to the 360 by a special power cable. I say special cable because the cable and plug design has charged numerous times over the years. The failure modes that I have experienced go something like this:

1) The power supply (“brick”) begins to get noisy on power up, but then settles down to its former noise level in a few minutes. This behavior continues for a few weeks or months. At this point I generally take the brick outside and blow it out with a super duster (canned air).
2) The noise … Read More »


No Video Card Upgrade this round: No compelling reason

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15th November

No Video Card Upgrade this round: No compelling reason

AMD recently came out with their reference design for the R9 series of video cards (Hawaii Chipset): R9 Video Cards Overview .  I have read the reviews and the benchmarks, including comparisons to the 7990, GTX690 and Titan.  I see no compelling reason to “upgrade” my GTX690.  In fact, based on the benchmarks and reviews I have read GTX690 to R9 290X is more of a downgrade in power consumption, noise and mulit-monitor (2560 x 1600 X3) performance.  Crossfire is out of the question, since it does not support individual monitor color calibration, and I don’t even want to think about the TDP of such a setup.

I have looked through many benchmarks which have the GTX690 and HD7990 in the top spot for most games at the resolution I mentioned above.  The … Read More »


Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC

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24th December

Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC

I played through “Omega” last night and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There are new adversaries and weapons, and if you choose to take them on you will have a blast. I have read reviews about this DLC suggesting it was shallow and lacked focus. Well, I guess it depends upon how deeply you have explored your relationship with Aria in ME2 and ME3. I committed to helping her in ME2, and she (at least) respects my choices. I wish I could have recruited Nyreen along with Garrus earlier on….