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    I think this is by far the most custom hardware AND software carPC ive seen! Great work lama. Please oh please treat us loyal followers of your creation to some GUI pics!!!! Sorry to hear about the lost data - happens to the best of us though. I always have an extra drive in my desktop dedicated to backups ONLY!
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    My solution is quite simple. In The Yacht, I have 6 hard drives (yes, a bit of overkill but that's how much space I need for my videos). Each one has about 100megs dedicated to backup. At the end of each day (or when I shutdown) I have a script that copies just my operating documents (trip sheets, docs, txt files, etc...and any .ini files that I change regularly) to every drive in the computer...that way I know that no matter which drive goes down everything of importance is safe & sound...the media, of course, is backed up on dvds & tapes long before it goes into The Yacht.

    Repetetive? Perhaps. But it's better than losing important (or more importantly, irreplacable) documents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tidder
    I know what it's like to lose years of information. We're computer people, you think we would have backups... I've had this happen once, and I still don't keep a backup.

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    Yah backups would be nice. I think in the last 10 years ive gone through 5 hard drives. When they crashed or i got a virus i couldn't remove i just pulled it out and grabbed a new hard drive. Copy what i can over and store the old one in the closet. I've got my music recoder drive from 1996 with all my band music recordings on it.

    Anyways you would think with all the computers and dvd burners i have i would back some **** up! The only thing i do back up......well lets not go there
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    I finally have a backup route. I have an extra machine I do not use for anything. This will be my backup box. My computer will have a cron job that runs at night. It will start he backup system through Wake-on-lan (WOL). Then it will rsync my disc (with a 5 day incremental rotation). Then the backup system will shutdown. This is all over gigabit.

    I don't trust having the backup drive in the same box. The remote system will protect me from PSU surges, a bad HDD controller that throws bits around, or my dumbass from formating the wrong drive.

    After reviving from my hangover I finally have some cool stuff on my VFD. I should have a teaser in a day or so.

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    Did you backup the photograph of the VFD running!!!?

    I hope so because although both my setups are running hong kong's very own 7" super touchscreens with GUI eye candy - 16 million colors or so; I don't know what it is about a simple VFD dot matrix that keeps me so interested in this project. Respect for the fabricator of the case, and nice hardware selection. I give credit for the man who trys something no one has. Also, no offense, but it sounds like your good at frying electrical parts.
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    I thought I was the only one who could format the wrong drive. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si
    Did you backup the photograph of the VFD running!!!?

    I hope so because although both my setups are running hong kong's very own 7" super touchscreens with GUI eye candy - 16 million colors or so; I don't know what it is about a simple VFD dot matrix that keeps me so interested in this project. Respect for the fabricator of the case, and nice hardware selection. I give credit for the man who trys something no one has. Also, no offense, but it sounds like your good at frying electrical parts.
    Yeah, I have some pictures of the older screen running my older software. I'd rather show you the new stuff.

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    Here are some teasers of the screen. I have only been developing my frontend software for a day or two, so it is nowhere near developed. I am using my toolkit's default theme so everything is rather bland at the moment.


    Here is the screen during bootup. Just a stoopid logo for the time being. The screen is bright. I turned the brightness down and adjusted the camera's exposure for the next few.


    Here is the player panel with the main menu open. The small icons on the bottom right show the function of the 8 function keys. I forgot to take a picture of the active waveform analyser.


    This is the browser. I should have added more items to the list so you can see the scrollbar etc...


    The Equalizer. The background will not be light. The background is normally red but my VFD driver turned it white.

    So, the software is still very young (the frontend at least, the audiosystem, library, and toolkit are mature). This gives a good view of the screen however.

    Edit: The pictures are larger than I thought, I will shrink them tomorrow.

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    wow that is freakin sweet! How does that VFD get hooked up? Is it a normal VGA or what? Kind of reminds me of my original gameboy, only much brighter. Thats such a cool little screen, how much do those run? That is a nice setup man. Do you still have the ability to run a simple GPS app? Sorry for all the questions but this is just hardcore computing and I LOVE IT, Nice little lama in your GUI!
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