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Eden Lake Part Four

Posted by Matt on February 9, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (5)

As Trent and I headed along the lake side road to get back to the car, more delapidated buildings just kept showing up. At the side of the smaller of the lifts, there was a big shed like building missing a quarter of it's roof. There was no signage (save for "keep out") and a single padlocked door. The padlock was actually cut open so we went inside, it must have been some kind of machine room beca...

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Eden Lake Part Four

Posted by Matt on February 9, 2012 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As Trent and I headed along the lake side road to get back to the car, more delapidated buildings just kept showing up. At the side of the smaller of the lifts, there was a big shed like building missing a quarter of it's roof. There was no signage (save for "keep out") and a single padlocked door. The padlock was actually cut open so we went inside, it must have been some kind of machine room beca...

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Eden Lake Part Three

Posted by Matt on February 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Leaving the comfort? of enclosed buildings inside, Trent and I braved the mountains and set up to the top of the first hill, or the bunny hill, or the one with the two rope hill. It was a short distance from the rear entrance to the chalet and the "other" building, and a fairly steep incline.
At the top; we found what appears to be the rusty remains of the tow rope machinery, a ticket/operator/something booth, and about ten feet in front of that in the middle of the slope was a sign that ...

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Eden Lake Part Two

Posted by Matt on February 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (2)

The Chalet and that "other" building beside it
Author's note: A LOT of this building is pitch black and the pictures supplied are thanks to the flash on my camera. I honestly didn't know what I was taking pictures of half the time, I'd just stick my arm through a doorway and snap a picture.

Viewing from a distance this place seems like any...

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Eden Lake Part One

Posted by Matt on February 6, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (4)

Eden Lake, Alberta is located just west of stony plain via the Trans-Canada highway and a short trip down range road 20. You can actually see the rotting wooden sign (LAKE EDEN - Drink Coke!) from the highway.
When I was a kid my mom lived just a little further down the range road from lake eden. I only visited in the summer and there's not a whole lot left to do out there but walk around and look at stuff, which is exactly what we ended up doing. I remember fairly vividly - chair lifts,...

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Obsolete hardware breathes a little

Posted by Matt on September 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Everyone has old hardware. It's that laptop you've stuffed onto a bookshelf in the back of the closet, that ipod you replaced with a newer ipod, that PC card you dismissed when PCI-e came around, that cardbud wifi card that you neglect due to the invent of the expresscard interface.

I know you've got something, everyone does, and though it seems like our universe will soon be filled with old macbook laptops and disposeable ipod nano's, FEAR NOT my faithful techies....There's hope afoot...

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CarPC Part 2 - Installation

Posted by Matt on August 31, 2011 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Installation:

Four hour job and still not completely done.

Remove the front seat, vacuum, find change and spare car key.

Remove deck! Whoooo!

The deck had to come out to allow the hookup of the audio cable. My deck has several inputs (audio/video/etc).

Routing wires took the longest time:

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PCLinuxOS and the big HP FAIL

Posted by Matt on August 22, 2011 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So I've managed to snag another laptop, This time an HP "dv6000-esque" Multimedia Laptop.

It's all shiny and perdy and glows blue LED's. It's got a sinister dual core processor and 4gb of RAM, a less than average but still worthy 120gb Hard drive, and all the multiple bells and whistles you'd have with any other PC you'd purchase these days.
The problem? HP somehow put more effort into making it look pretty rather than ac...

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CarPC

Posted by Matt on August 19, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This one's been years in the making. I finally have all the parts and pieces I need to put this together!

Project: Carputer

Why a car computer? The answer is simple: Ultimate mutimedia that no amount of built in slidey screen single DIN decks can provide. I've been through several car DVD decks, several "mp3 bla bla bla" decks, and I'm tired of having the GPS stuck to my windshield. I've got an old ipod wired into the "audio in" jack and the 3.4 inch dvd screen on my curren...

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Spring has Sprung

Posted by Matt on April 27, 2011 at 3:44 PM Comments comments (0)

And with it comes fresh ideas and new consequences. Or should I say...
Super Awesome Mods or SAM.

Ok, I know you were reading about the dreamcast laptop and just salivating for more. To be honest, life got in the way and I had to shelf it for a while. It's hard to work on things when your workspace is in an unheated garage and the winter temperature around here dips into the -40's. BUT, Since the big thaw is on I've got time to motivate my space and dig through the abundant collecti...

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