Input Device: Raspberry Pi 3, running RetroPi
Location: Lab/Game Room
Visual: I can only see the shell.
Audio: Hum of servers in the lab/game room.
Tonight I am in cyberspace, text only version, yay! I am
typing this out on the Raspberry Pi 3 that I have set up
with RetroPie. I am using a Head-Mounted Display (Sony
HMZ-T2) for a display. I have dropped down to the shell and
the editor I am using is nano. It's kinda weird, but at
least I can touch type without looking at the keys. Also, I
am using a cheapy chinese clicky keyboard with no number pad
and multicolored LEDs, which I cannot see since I have this
cloth covering thingy over the HMD to block out the exterior
light. All of this is a temporary setup since I just wanted
something to work tonight.
I've been trying to get a similar setup going with the Nokia
N900, a wired USB keyboard, and an older, "Face-Mounted
Display," (Olympus FMD-250w) without much luck. I've been
able to do this previously, but I took no notes. The
display works fine with the N900...it's the USB keyboard
that's giving me issues. I'm thinking of scrapping the N900
idea for this setup and just going with a Pi0w and
considering it done.
The idea of this Head-Mounted Display + keyboard + computer
setup always facinated me...reading about the Ono Sendai,
jacking in to cyberspace, Lawnmower Man, virtual reality,
console cowboys, 20 minutes into the future, watching
cyberpunk films, appreciating cyberpunk art, listening to
cyberpunk music, consuming the cybermedia, witnessing the
cyberfiction of it all materialize! In my when and in my
meatspace! And if it's not here yet, dream it! Or better
yet, in the words of Dr. Frankenfurter, "Don't dream it,
So tonight, I'm bein' all cybah 'n shit.
In practice there were always issues that kept me from
"goin' all cybah" more often than not or advancing my
curiousity further. First was the nausea. It makes me sick
when the images move around so much and I am stationary. I
made the mistake of trying to play Unreal Tournament with
the Olympus when I first got it from Akihabara. Second is
the setup. Too much work for the time I am able to tolerate
prior to cybersickness setting in. Along with that is
dismantling after use. I don't like keeping my rig exposed
and available for sticky kid hands or accidental mishaps.
So jacking in to cyberspace in this manner is a treat for
me, unfortunately, a limited one...usually a 3D film (with
the Sony HMD) or a film about cybersomething...not so much
computing (which, of course, is more fun.) A good thing I
noticed is that I'm not getting nauseated over this log or
when I explorethe phlogosphere, so perhaps those can be some
other activities with the rig. Maybe it can help with the
distractions at work...
In dealing with my collection of old technology, I am
discovering how spoiled I have become with the advances in
technology. Lots of things, like a standard USB keyboard,
are a no brainer, assumed to function, and plug
and play with today's tech and default drivers. I had
forgotten how much of a challenge it was configuring some of
the old stuff and how cumbersome it actually was. Those
kinds of details I tend to forget. The fond memories I
recall are the ones of actual usage, of enjoying the
technology when it is working. Not in the troubleshooting.
With this realization and how much of a pain it can be to
search for information that used to be there, or trying to
reach back into the aging Long Term Storage of my mind, I
think it would be in my best interest to keep better
organized notes of the technology I am playing with. I
enjoy the upkeep and revisiting the old stuff every now and
again, but my memories are more prone to corruption and
fading as I traverse this mortal coil.
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