Friday, July 29, 2016
It is eerie coincidence that after nearly two decades online, we took a hiatus during one of the most apocalyptic years since the blog was first launched, before they were called "blogs."
It is weird seeing all the things we have predicted for two decades become a reality. Originally I was expecting a war to start in the Middle East sometime in 2006 as a backlash to the military invasions and soon go global dragging the other superpowers into the conflict. As always, I was never very good at predicting the when of things. You gotta admit, I had that Klausewitzian acceleration toward WW3 nuclear rearmaments pretty spot-on when I predicted it in 1998 on TEXAS ARCANE'S SURVIVAL REPORT. Clairvoyant that. Also the part about it starting in the Pacific over Taiwan. It is pretty clear that the globalists are going to see to it that it happens no matter what. Georgia guidestones diplomacy.
I should probably have the sense to avoid making chronological prophecies ever again but I am going to go out on a limb and suggest we still have a couple of years left before this thing happens. A couple of years in which I intend to make Vault-Co the single most important survivalist site on the internet.
Luckily I worked over the entire hiatus polishing Vault-OS. About two weeks ago I discovered that a former Google executive had produced a new suite of banking and financial software of that exact same name. There's no way I am going to tangle with copyright on this issue, they'd be too big to challenge. From now on Vault-OS will be called CD-OS, short for Civil Defense Operating System.
I have been preparing miracles and wonders in my new workshop that you will not believe until you see them with your own eyes ... and you will see them in a landmark series of web episodes on YouTube in the near future following the release of CD-OS as open source software on Github. The repository is here and I am getting very close to uploading a version that will be marked public. Not everything is going to be there in version one, I have rewritten things again and again to get the basic architecture as perfect as I can make it. I just spent the past month switching the global message protocol from JSON to a super simple human readable one pass text format similar to TOML. I did this to make it possible for even a PIC chip to participate in a CD-OS network. It took a lot of coding and testing to replace what I had before but I got it working as of this week.
When I started on my first version of this software in 1998 in Visual Basic for DOS, I used a simple .INI format like this one because it was very easy to compose. Kind of embarrassing to go in a complete circle and end up where I started. My first hardware used I2C because it was cheap components and easy to monitor. If you had suggested Modbus back then I would have laughed. Modbus PLCs and even inexpensive RS-485 sensors started around $500 back then. Way out of the budget range for most people. It's 20 years later, Modbus devices sell for less than $10 on Ebay and there is a CD-OS compatible computer you can buy for $5 (!) complete with case called the Raspberry PI. How things have changed since I began working on this idea. All this was science fiction back in 1998.
The first version of CD-OS uses Modbus over TCP-IP as the default, we encourage NanoBSD as the underlying framework where feasible and our services are all Lua-scripted. It is not what I envisioned originally - I have gotten something far, far better than I imagined by trial and error over many years. However long it has taken it will all be worth it when you see the first version soon.