Friday, August 22, 2008

Terminator Revealed?

Although it looks like the terminator's faceplate, it is actually a bent Faraday cage / rf shield from an emac. (below is the unbent one straight from the emac)
These were included in the design to limit human exposure to potentially harmful rf, and to prevent Van Eck phreaking. But they look so much cooler as terminator-style masks.

Webster Chicago Wire Recorder

This is a Webster Chicago wire recorder. It was manufactured sometime between 1945 and 1955.
Wire recorders store audio by magnetizing a fine wire and storing it on a reel for playback. The wire moves by the heads at about 24 inches per second.
This wire recorder was manufactured under license from the Armour Research Foundation.
We haven't got around to turning it on yet, and we are considering encoding data into audio and eventually using a wire recorder to store pictures and other data.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


I wasn't able to post for about three weeks, as the ACCRC was preparing for and attending the Linuxworld expo at the moscone center. We did the installfest, which took a lot out of me and everyone else. Anyways, the posting will continue.