Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Parliament of Owls

Sorcha Faal. Won't hurt you to read it. Some interesting things in there.

Birds can visualize the Earth's magnetic field around them in 3-D space. It is reasonable to assume they would be the first creatures to sense a disturbance in it and they might flee to a position on the surface where the field seemed stable ... possibly the same reason someone once chose to build a pyramid on that spot?

Nocturnal creatures are always smarter than diurnal critters.

Owls have been thought mystical harbingers of death by the Romans and were considered to be outside of the flow of time by Cherokees. The Irish felt they were prophetic birds who could see into the future before it happened.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

VAULT-OS : I2C DOS Driver Updated

I have been working with starter code I got from the old classic I2CFAQ demonstrating a BASIC code interface for I2C for approximately a year or so. This code was always a bit shonky and debugging it was 50% of my time. Was okay for a single temperature sensor, after I added a couple more I2C devices it was never really much more than experimental. I kept adding time delays and other safety checks until the code was getting utterly slow and kludgy.

It missed ACKs, skipped STOP commands and had to be forcibly reset to lower the line voltage after a glitch. Enumeration of devices with keys sometimes worked perfectly, other times required me to power down the I2C master hub and turn it back on again. It was driving me crazy. Lots of timing issues suspected.

I found the original TMEX3.10 SDK from 1998, a very rare I-Button SDK, on a Russian FTP site a couple weeks ago and had been meaning to have a look. After installing it, I found a truly complete and trustworthy I2C library with all original VBDOS code inside, easily converted to PowerBasic. This code has been integrated into VOS in place of my original hack API and already it is performing much better.

This new library is a lot more stable than my original one. In particular, the enumeration is working way better. This was very important to the functionality of Vault-OS in order to establish a kind of plug-n-play environment that would recognize new devices on the line when it boots up. I almost have the driver to the point where it will prompt you for information about an unrecognized device just like Windows does with USB peripherals.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

VAULT-OS : Simplest Possible I2C Interface DB9?

I've traditionally been using an I2C master hub for development, now I want to build the simplest, cheapest possible I2C connection imaginable for PowerBasic DOS output. I think the best design I've been able to come up with is two resistors, two zener diodes drawing +5V off the serial port (.50 cents worth of parts). This will work on machines with standard RS-232 serial, but might not function correctly on some laptops or where the device cuts corners on the DB9 port. In the post-apocalyptic environment, I don't think the design of this circuit would be difficult to replace for anybody anywhere. A dollar buys enough replacement parts for this circuit to build fifty of them. It's not even necessary to use a soldering iron, this basic circuit could be wire-wrapped.

The great thing about the serial port is all the cheap optical isolators that are available for it. I intend to provide drivers for a parallel port I2C interface but I will make the DB9 the "de facto" standard for Vault-OS so anybody can build it in ten minutes if they need to using a serial port cable.

Anybody who can point me to the best design they have seen for I2C through DB9 RS-232 is invited to drop me a link. What I have is working but is not safe until a commercial optical isolator ($20-$30) is connected between the hardware and the I2C output. It has to be EMP proof.

There are parallel port designs with optical isolation built into the circuit but trying to make LPT the Vault-OS "standard" for I2C would be a bad idea since they are getting to be pretty rare legacy ports.

My basic stance in hardware design has been to use DB9 RS-232 as the ultimate failsafe for peripheral control and to use the parallel port (when available) only for crude relay switching circuits which could be constructed from automobile relays ripped out of abandoned cars. If Vault dwellers can't scavenge up a few car relays or a couple of diodes/resistors from the wastelands I can't help them.

This is an expression of the VOS philosophy to keep the entire core system so simple it is foolproof, decentralized, independent, asynchronous and completely maintainable indefinitely.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WW3 : To Make The Earth A Dresden

This article is one of the few I have read in recent years that hints at the scope of the next major conflict and the inhumanity of soldiers attacking civilian populations. In this context, "war" is not war any longer, soldiers are not soldiers and the long arc of human history is revealed to end in a slaughterhouse that extends across the planet.

Nietszche said the good war heralds any cause. Truer words never spoken. The purpose of war is not to kill the enemy. It's ultimately just to kill, period. The perfection of the history of war is found in situations where the killing no longer requires any justification and no longer has the pretext of targeting military objectives at all. If we consider that the root of all military objectives was to remove the obstacles to killing civilians, then this would seem to be the end of military history when the remote controlled drone is deployed. With these innovations the beast inside mankind is liberated to just sit in front of a monitor playing one of the most interesting video games of them all - blowing people up and cutting them to ribbons with gunfire. It doesn't matter if they can't shoot back. That was never anything but an impediment to the practice.

I believe that this kind of loss of limits, this unfurling of all sane guideposts, will prove to be the last stage of the decline of the West that leads to unrestrained global thermonuclear war.

Aspartame : FDA Approved Genocidal Poison

They're changing the name to "AminoSweet" because even the slowest campers are starting to cotton on to "Aspartame" as something that may be bad for them.

In a sane world, there would be a biochemical Nuremberg for the monsters who put this toxic garbage in the food supply. If they had simply used strychnine, the effects would have been too immediate and too obvious. Instead they found a chemical that works more slowly but just as effectively.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Exploring An Abandoned Civil Defense Shelter

Pretty good account of a spelunking expedition into what was formerly a pretty spectacular civil defense shelter built in the 1960's in New Orleans.

Makes you feel sorry for America that such places are merely curiosities on the eve of World War Three. The 'Kwans are to be pitied.

Here is an interesting blog on the history of civil defense in North Carolina.

Fascinating exploration of a Mojave Gypsum Mine once used for civil defense.

Pay attention and marvel at all the ancient relics they find in these places that were once produced by American manufacturing. This was a constitutional republic that was entirely self-sufficient in the year (1963) I was born. They shot John Kennedy and surprise, forty years later the entire nation is just a dried-out dead husk of a country which has been siphoned dry of every single penny and left with debts so crippling they will never be paid. Kennedy was in the way and he served as an example to every President that came after him. Beware the men who would kill your king. Things do not get better afterwards when they go free. These ancient ruins testify to better times.

Most of these ruins exist because of the strong drive by President Kennedy to introduce a substantial, nationwide civil defense program. After they killed him, that was one of the first initiatives they terminated. Those would have been pennies not paid to them.

Modern People Are Inferior To Our Ancestors

It's the truth. Our ancestors made things look easy which modern people cannot even duplicate with all the technological advancements in the world.

It's no surprise that so many idiots are currently busy trying to deny we ever made it to the moon. It is a lot like the Fox and the Sour Grapes. They labor under the delusion they are smarter when in fact they aren't even the equal of the average school child of the 1950's. What other explanation could they come up with to account for this other than to claim the achievements of the former century never happened?

If you homeschool your children you will become acutely aware of this dilemma when you see your kids speaking to grown men and women with far more intelligence and acumen than they will ever possess. All of these things happen so naturally that it is self-evident that somebody would have to be deliberately dumbing down the population for them to end up the way they do.

Ice Ages Kill Leftists Like Flies, Believe It

Read this article. It's so simple, about a subject so pedestrian, that says so much about what human beings are and what kind of human beings survive when the temperature drops.

Ice Ages kill phonies. They kill leftists. They kill poseurs and pretenders. They cull their numbers to respectable percentages or exterminate them altogether.

Our biggest problem during the interglacial is the growth of demographics that otherwise would die in lower temperature climates where social engineering and performance art do not yield positive dividends in terms of food and shelter. Only when the temperature is much warmer can such grasshoppers survive. When the air hits sixty degrees below it is a death sentence for this entire top-heavy class of bullsh*t artists.

Things Are Going To Change Around Here

The elites are the last to know. They soon will. Pity their "god" didn't seem to take the time to issue them a warning. Maybe their "god" doesn't care as much about them as my God does me.

The elites wasted a lot of time and resources promoting globalwarmthinkery, which goes to show how incompetent they are at leadership of any civilization. There's another thing they stink at. All that money and capital right before another Ice Age arrived. They'd be funny if they weren't so utterly destructive.

Half the buildings in New York City are going to collapse under the weight of snow during the next couple of winters if they continue as they are now. Most of them built in the past fifty years are about as strong as the Pal-Lock system.

Give it up already, it's over. Globowarmthinkery is exposed and a dead issue.