Building kermit for NOS2

This post describes the process of building kermit for NOS version 2 using dtcyber and the CybisRelease1 kit for running your own PLATO system.

I plan on this being the first in a series of posts about NOS and CYBIS/PLATO in general.

Building kermit isn't strictly necessary since xmodem is already supported on the NOS side. but this was simply a learning exercise for me to get more familiar with the system myself.

I learn about various retro systems as a hobby and this particular one ties into another project I've been involved with which uses all of this called

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Exploring the PDP8

I recently got pulled into a rabbit hole when I read an article about the PiDP8i project. I didn't have the money to get the real thing so this post will chronicle my experiences setting up a similar experience using the blinkenbone project instead.

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Mocking django class based views

While going through Appendix C I quickly ran into trouble with the mocky Unit test for the new list view when I converted it to a class based view. the following is a description of how I made it work.

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making sure you see all your failed tests in Jenkins

Jenkins runs it's build shell scripts with /bin/sh -xe which means any command that runs tests that has failing tests will abort the entire build and you likely won't see the JUnit reports for your entire test suite.

I've come up with some simple shell functions that will allow all of our test commands to run and then still allow the build to still fail like it's supposed to when we are ready for it.

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Add unsupported resolution to old monitors in KDE

I recently grabbed an old VGA flatscreen monitor (HP 2011x) third hand to use as a second display.

Right out of the gate I had a problem: Under Ubuntu 16.04LTS KDE would not see it as anything other than a 1024x768 monitor Even though it supports 1600x900. After some playing around I think I have a way to manage things that makes sense for me under KDE.

You can use …

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