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Hobby computing ; Tinycore. September 2, 2014, 2:33 am
Fully configured tinycore with persistence ;


A blog never changes... or does it ?
Tinycore, it is a free linux kernel based operating system meant to be loaded into a ramdisk. It loads what it needs into
ram and contineus from there on. It uses its own patched kernel to make that happen. Any program you download and load for usage
will never be saved to anywhere unless you provide a usb based storage device, hard disk, or rebuild the image of the os which it boots
from to automaticaly include what you need.

Unless you pay atention and read the instructions which at least the tinycore-plus iso-image provides while using tinycore itself you might
spend half a day figuringing out the obvious ; if the installer says chose your options by typing them in a text box like --home=hda# then you
read up and chose what you need. I did not, and skimmed trough ending up having to redownload a gigabyte on extra software after a reboot...

In the end i ended up installing it to an SD card as a usb-hdd install. So i used sda# te refer to its mount point at boot. ofcourse # has to be
a number equaling a partition. Eventually i had it installing correctly and could start with adding some extra software again, which could be made
permanent now.



The custom desktop which comes with tinycore-plus is a charm for running on norhing more then a 24bit vesa 1280x### vga resolution, even on a old
testing ground-netbook it runs smooth enough to think its normal, but i have not yet tried to install or activate another GFX driver. As seen on the
screenshot this system has a functioning and easy to use software manager. It downloads tinycore .tcz program containers according to a drop
down list option ; download only, download and load, load on boot. If you do not load it instantly, and if you have a persistent instalation you can
also use the exact same software manager to activate and load already downloaded software which you did not add to the automatic 'to-memory' loading.

The left upper dropdown list (badly scaled here) allows you to chose what to do. On the screenshot you can see i installed and loaded conky, activated it,
and the tinycore desktop (openbox + what core uses) is capable of simulating transparency and sustaining a zooming moving dock, which also runs as
a taskbar here. (the conkyrc config comes from the official website).

I ended up installing anything i needed to make it usable on a netbook for whatever i wanted to do, so i needed things like Firefox, a file manager like
Fluff or RoX, FeH as a simple small (not all encompasing) image viewer, and a whole bunch of software i needed to experiment with this system.
However i did not install VLC or any video player, on most 'non prehistoric' chips the vesa driver should be able to handle videos up to dvd quality. But
do not take my word for it, if you need decent heavy computing graphical support from your hardware then solve it yourself... I was more then pleased with
the vesa on this poulsbo driven netbook. But compared to the 86d framebuffer driver on my previous ubuntu install for the netbook it is nothing... nada.
(For those who do not know ; the poulsbo codenamed video hardware has no specialized or decent drivers on any linux distro...)



After adding all i wanted to use i ended up with a consistent system somewhat bypassing the actual use of tinycore, namely having an operating system which
runs like a firmware rom of sorts which loses all data after shutdown to then boot again into a prestine clean state.

The uses i see in using this system as pure as possible ;
-> privacy oriented core IMAGES loading into ram for on the road situations with a realy small storage device.
-> Sparing SD cards and flash drives a few read and write cycles (making them live longer) on limited systems without a classical HDD.
-> Using its as ROM styled operating system by packing a core.gz with everything you need and nothing more or less. (kiosks, demo stands, etc...)
-> Sandbox computing on high-rate internet connections ; install something and use it. reboot and leave no damaging traces on your bootable system.
-> Learning about building up you personalized linux distro from a minimum system, as not easy to find anywhere else in such miniscule forms.

The uses i see in experimenting with a backup and save persistent tinycore ;
-> Reliving the fun of using old netbooks.
-> having a perfect testing ground for all sorts of 'privacy based' connection systems.. i do not need them but they where there and i experimented.
-> giving yourself the feeling you packed together a system completely acording to your needs.
-> Saving memory as stuff does not need to be loaded directly at boot into the core ramdisk.
-> Making it run a Dos Emulator directly after booting, and script-mounting the needed parititions... :)

Advice when experimenting with this ;
-> install Fluff.tcz ; the lightest simplest file manager possible from the manager / downloader.
-> make sure you have enough megabytes left on your download limit if you think you are going to mess up.
-> Install IPTABLES and run the basic-firewall script that comes with it... for the obvious reasons.

Reminds me off ;
Android ; because of the fact that altering ROOT files needs re-packagaing of the image that gets booted, unless you install it frugal or usb-HDD.

Do not use if ;
You are afraid you are going to lose 400 gigabyte on important files not knowing what you are doing and still learning.
This system requires a bit of thought and care to get it somewhere other then booting it as if its a cell-phone rom.

For hobbyists ; The official website of Tnycore.
http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/

For desktop image lovers ; Where you can get that damaged paint blue plank thing...
http://www.royaltyfreeimages.net/
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Surrealistic vanilla map. August 27, 2014, 11:43 am
An experiment in progress ;
I am currently making a vanilla map with a slightly surrealistic approach. I just felt like creating a map based around that idea because of some
realy atmospheric odd metal that was playing while i was using chocolate doom. So it became an atempt to make something that could run in the dos
executable (tested with 1.9). Even though my maps can be short of nature... prboom is used To have something to look at with a decent non edited size
for these shots. Chocolate screenshots are kind of... small.

This map is more a concept around a personal story and fantasy or perhaps surreal concept i wanted to visualize, then about being a giant
technical masterpiece of vanilla mapping. At this point it is rather unfinished though.


You spawn looking directly at an Evil eye in the distance, Red pillars block the light eminating from the doorway while corpses
decorate the walls. This scene just draws you towards the Evil eye.

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Arriving at this glaring eye, it seems to have some status or meaning in this absurd world. Floating high and mighty above its candle,
which on itself is placed upon a wooden throne. An odd red structure surounds the throne.


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After meeting the eye up close, this rather silent thing seemed to have opened a door somehow. The room behind it features an odd foating
circular shaped hot glowing stone. In this scene of weirdness it belongs as one of the shapes.

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Looking at the shadow behind this pillar of flesh, while the corspe of a dead imp adds to the whole... it might not be able to become much weirder.

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Inbetween the shadows of these pillars the enemies walked. The orange sky on the back just felt to nice to be true for this situation as the
atmosphere might have well been a warm sunset on a distant planet. At least it has colors, all that is needed now is brown everywhere.


A skull button on a marble slab somewhere in this dreaded place. The creatures here seemed to like circular shapes.

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These shadows and all that light, it is so soothing yet unreal. The orange sky remains here as if it would never end.
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anybody else here make digital 'art' ? May 3, 2014, 6:28 am
Are there other 'digital' and 'analog' (joke) designers, or hobby
painters and drawers here ? If so i would love to see your profiles !

some extravaganza from the lists :
http://darfux.deviantart.com/art/m-...F39187051&qo=14

http://darfux.deviantart.com/art/He...F39187051&qo=18



my deviantart profile :
http://darfux.deviantart.com/gallery/

my pixiv profile :
http://www.pixiv.com/users/6770765
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Wow, a blog. April 16, 2014, 3:47 pm
I only just discovered this. There are so many pages
and extras behind this gigantic operation of doom worship on DoomWorld..
The title represents this shocking discovery.

so the blog will contain following thoughts :

A : is a fire extinguisher lethal to a FireFish.
it keeps me up at night...

B : feels content with the wads online, but feels
depraved of comments. Very odd these two.
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