Here’s a quick shot of the “experimental” and original machine that’s supposed to span two eras in computing; the Millenium project.

 

A ghost of a husk of the old family computer, I was never able to get this computer to work for various reasons. First I got a hard drive in 2002 but I had no OS to make it work; then in 2006 I was given an official opinion that the motherboard was broken on it. It was a custom build, with no brand name or manufacturer that had a birth in 1999.

 

I have cannibalized and gotten a lot of parts, including buying a duplication Biostar motherboard to bring it to life again. It now thankfully powers on again, but I have to get it to work with the hard drive installed, which is hard since I have no OS.

 

But I have dry-tested startup on some additional parts; two CD-ROM drives (one being the fabled Creative 52X drive), a tape drive from a 386 that broke down, and dual 3.25″ floppy disk drives. I can’t get the digital display to work on the front, but everything seems to fire up right.

 

And while I don’t have a picture on the back, I have a SoundBlaster32 for internals (kicking out the ES1868 AudioDrive), an IDE expander and gotten connectors to have some additional serial and parallel ports on the back.

 

As for now, it’s a half-baked PC with no heart or brain, but a working body. Sitting in the corner like some neglected test aircraft down at Northdrop with a bunch of tarps draped over it. When I can get enough cash to get an OS for it, I’ll hopefully bring this system to the life it deserves. It’s a matter of when, as the frame has sentimental value to me.

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This is a long blast from the past, when I was asking around on deviantART for people to draw my characters, this fellow did a pretty interesting take on my Jennifer OC and my main character out of the Space Raptors story.

 

Sadly the artist’s dA page is deactivated and I have no idea what happened to him, but if I recall his art style correctly, he did some pretty amazing stuff. I like to think he made it somewhere big doing illustrations.

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If you’re curious, here’s a shot a relative grabbed of me about a week after my parents sold a piece of property. I was storing countless machines and computers there, and I had to pack up everything and bring them home. But as I was using the garage as a graveyard, there was computers galore. I was told that I needed to get rid of some of this stuff, which I told them I would, it wouldn’t be a problem. So I slowly started to hodge-podge computers together in the garage, trying to bring whatever didn’t work to life to at least sell or show that I had a system working to keep.

 

It was pretty late when this was taken, so I’m kind of “meh”. I believe the system I was working on was getting reformatted to scratch.

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Sorry this isn’t much of a picture, but world, meet Kira. Kira, meet world. He’s my new betta, and sits on my bookshelf above my PC. He doesn’t have a bad setup, but I do have to change his water a lot more often because of no filtration system. Still, he has a pretty good life. Much easier than keeping a bit 30-gallon tank, I will admit.

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This was my 3rd attempt at spaceship pixel art back when I was starting to feel comfortable doing digital art. I took a lot of inspiration from Starblade and Project Dragoon in its design, wanting something sleek and more airplane looking. Done in MS Paint and with a trackball mouse!

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This was certainly an odd occurrence, and I was glad I was around to catch it. But just as I got home with the USS Novastar, I realized that the odometer was at 111,111. Very interesting. Despite having a crappy cell phone camera I snapped a picture for posterity. From then on I’d snap pictures if I could when they’d hit an interesting combination or a milestone.

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Decided to try my pixel-art style to something else other than ships; such as weapons! My primary weapon of choice for stuff like Space Raptors and such; a Star and Saturn N80 Pulse Blaster Rifle.

 

Features include ammo counter, guaranteed vacuum performance and a built in flashlight/tactical laser.

 

Sorry it’s not in much of a bigger resolution; my MSPaint tends to conk out when the file gets to a certain size.

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This is an older piece that I redid with my newfound art skills of this year. I was very happy how this turned out, especially after bringing my imaginary childhood ship to life. I thought the “pixeling” of ships was limiting and rudimentary, but it was definitely much more pleasing to look at, over my not-so-good-anime drawings I was attempting.

 

This is something I’ll be trying in the future again. Let’s see if it’ll stick around.

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