This is what I’ve been up to since I last posted:
This is pretty much a photo dump from my latest KSP efforts.
I started off doing some more rovering.
It appears that there’s Tundra near the shore occasionally!
I also flew some more flights:
And designed and built a 3t payload orbiter, the Hopeful 1.
I sent a couple of probes off into the unknown… they might yet be destined for greater things (fingers crossed) like Duna visits, depending on how well I fly them, although one will probably be landed on the Mun. The first didn’t have any science equipment, though, so it’s a bit of an experiment.
I learnt how to do intercepts, and recovered Oblas Kerman from a low Kerbin orbit:
And did some more tourists flights in my bulk kerbal carrier, although I’m also using it for crew training:
To break things up a bit, I did some more flights in my trusty basic ‘plane…
… and some more in my not-so-trusty Lifter 1.
It has an unfortunate tendency to get stuck in a flat spin, especially at high altitudes and high airspeeds. Which means I have to abort and use the parachutes (they are there for a reason!). Least it doesn’t fall apart, though, like some earlier attempts…
I’m back to playing KSP! 😀
I’ve mostly been doing fairly standard tasks – flying tourists, testing parts, and taking temperature measurements in my plane. Highlights include doing an orbit mission which ended at the south pole, and having a bit of fun with a rover…
As part of the Acer Project, I’ve added a simple backup scheme based on rsnapshot and an external 1GB HDD. It pretty much involved uncommenting some lines in a cron job, and adjusting some lines in rsnapshot’s config…
As part of this, I discovered that one of my SD cards – an older 512MB card – is borked. As in, mkfs.ext4 doesn’t work because it encounters “short writes” and other such errors. I’ve no idea what that actually means, apart from the fact that a patch of the SD card is shot, but it probably needs to be thrown out…
I’ve also synced up my KSP project, so I’ll now be able to play KSP! What I’m not quite sure about is how I’ll get the screenshots off the Acer, since it’s “air walled” from the network, due to it no longer having a network card…
I created a custom .xinitrc file for KSP, which starts openbox (otherwise KSP doesn’t seem to get input?) and then starts KSP.
Once KSP is shutdown (or crashes…), the computer goes back to a login screen.
Next step: Set up some kind of backup for my saved games!
It seems a long time since I last wrote about KSP on this blog…
Yesterday, I took some time to install KSP on the Acer, which is now dual-booting Debian 8.1. It’s using the proprietary nVidia drivers – so there was a small performance boost, although it currently ‘only’ has 2GB RAM, which nullified any real performance gains. I’m thinking of perhaps getting some second hand 4GB sticks to put in the Dell, so that the two 2GB sticks in the Dell can be put into the Acer. I’m just unsure as to what I’d do with the two 1GB sticks left over 😦
I hope to be able to spend some more time on the Acer tonight, although I’m quite busy at the moment. I’ve still got to move my existing KSP game across, for starters…
Remaining software tasks:
Remaining hardware tasks:
Dell sent me a new (albeit 6-cell, rather than 9) battery to try. It worked!
So the “Dell issue” has been resolved happily 🙂
Next up for the Dell Vostro 1510 is an installation of Arch. I’m not sure whether to dual boot Windows, dual boot Arch, do a fresh install, or just use the HDD from Steve. At this stage, I’m leaning towards using the HDD from Steve – I don’t expect SSS mk.2 to be finished for quite a while…
This does mean that I can consider Steve’s eventual fate. I’m leaning towards making it into a dedicated, air gapped gaming machine, where the “air gap” is achieved via the lack of a wifi or wired connection to the rest of the world. It’ll probably run Debian Jessie with KSP and possibly a few other games – I have considered dual booting Windows Vista – and I hope to create some micro controller based physical controllers, buttons and dials and whatnot.
Regardless, I now have even more projects!