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Hello guys i need help im trying to make my own imageboard. but i am very new to this. i once installed vichan through gui years back but i get this issue when i try to install the program through putty.
[code]:~/vichan# php install.php
The program 'php' can be found in the following packages:
* php7.0-cli
* hhvm
Try: apt install <selected package>


never mind. i didn't have php supposedly.
but now that i run the program i get:
PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function mb_internal_encoding() in /root/vichan/inc/functions.php:35

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How much does the average sushi roll's computer cost?
How many of you own fancy GPUs/processors, and how many of you prefer simpler/cheaper hardware?
Does anyone own more than 2 or 3 computers? If so, why?
As always, keep it comfy~
Thanks for your input!
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I have a gaming PC that cost over $2000 including the 4k monitor I bought for it at the time. I run Windows 8 and Debian on it. I also have a thinkpad t410s with just Debian. I wouldn't recommend having all this stuff. Games these days are not worth playing that much for me and the constant switch between 3 different OS installation is mental clutter I don't need.

I would feel much comfier with an emptier desk and one laptop with a hi-res 16:10 screen. I'm waiting on this new Macbook pro retina. I hope it's not terrible.


I have two PCs in use;
* a home built system I tossed together some years ago for about $600 or so, more speed than I need really except for when I play chivalry.
* an HP Compaq 6200 SFF I got for $50 some months ago. Got it cause my home built is a friendly lady to run linux on, so I just gave up altogether and let that be my winblows game station. Have a comfy slackware install that runs smoother than windows on the home built.

Then I keep some old spare ones, two netbooks with slack for emergencies and travel, as well as my first PC (think 633MHz CPU etc) with Win2k, use it for old games (mostly just Lost Souls of Tong Nou).

>How many of you own fancy GPUs/processors, and how many of you prefer simpler/cheaper hardware?

I guess I tend towards the cheaper/simpler spectrum. I especially like getting second hand hardware, since it tends to live what seems like forever, as well as being within my limited means. I've only ever gotten a new HDD once, and that is the only one that has failed me. The 20GB one from my first PC still lives, and that one was bought second hand too, so who knows how old it was already.

So, frugality & stability > speed & bleeding edge tech

> average sushi roll computer cost

Bought 3 second hand for around $50 each, home built for around $600.


>How much does the average sushi roll's computer cost?
Depends where you are in life I guess (what your income is). My motto generally is "Get an older Business machine for cheap on eBay" (won't have shitty build quality, will be cheap though, although not as fast by today's standards).

>Does anyone own more than 2 or 3 computers? If so, why?

HP Elitebook 8470p: Portability. It is to me what the smartphone is to other people. Also, I can play some light vidya on the road, and run macOS for University stuff.
HP Z600: When you need dat performance. I installed a Radeopn HD 7850, as well as an older AMD card (something "Caicos" I think?), which I use to solve the 'Linux as the main OS, but need Windows for games' issue using virtualization.
Shitty chinkbox pc: It was cheap (it cost me 10 GBP), and is small. Will probably be turned into a Kodi or Android set top box.
ThinkPad X201T, ThinkPad T23, Dell T5500 and Dell Precision 690: All of of those are my old machines I am getting rid off…


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I could probably be happy with a 200-300 dollar Z420 workstation for a very long time, and I think I would've bought that if I was short on cash. If it wasn't for my tendency to use "compile it yourself" distributions, I would be more than happy with one of the more recent C2D or C2Q processors. I could probably make do with much older systems as well.

I currently have 4 systems in active use. A new computer that I intend to make my main system for everything. CRUX for general desktop use, and Windows with PCI passthrough for games. My main system currently has a Ryzen 7 1700x, RX 450 (got it so I could use the amdgpu drivers), and an R9 Fury for games. Hoping this system will last for a long time. I probably spent about 1200 euro (or 1360 USD) on this system, not counting the power supply and r9 fury that I already owned.

The system that I've used mostly for browsing and IRC is a 2011 Mac mini I got back in 2013. It still works, but it is kinda glitchy at times. I intend to retire this once I have a comfortable desktop setup with CRUX. I like using OS X, but I don't feel like getting a new Mac, and used 2011 and 2012 era minis are still priced at the same level as they were at back in 2013.

I also have an X220. I just wanted a cheap laptop for when I leave the house. It has served me well so far, and I'm very happy with it.

I also have a server. This is probably the machine I love the most. It currently has about 900 euros in drives. Everything connected up to one of the lga1150 boards by asrock rack. I think I will get a used E3 1220l v3 for it, since those are very cheap right now. Curious to see how the power consumption would be like. The picture is a little old, but it is still more or less the same. except I now have 4x 6TB drives (12TB available storage).

I have absolutely no reason to own more than one computer. I just like computers I guess. If I had to get rid of everything but two systems, I would probably keep the x220 and the server.


Just wanted to say that you have a very aesthetically pleasing server there.

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Let's talk coding and software, sushis, because I don't do enough of it and I really should. Let's hear about projects you're working on, stuff your coding, learning. Trade secrets, info, tips, whatever. Programming isn't something that should be done alone in a corner.

I guess if we need a thread starter, I want to brush up on my coding skills. I want to find something to play around with, something not as mainstream as the stuff like Java and C, but will still be useful in a professional setting, something I can make usable stuff out of.
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> based on C
> with garbage collector and pointers
Sounds just fine imo. I've been fiddling around with Ethereum for some time now. The dev team seems to like Go pretty much, ending all their github/wiki pages with
> golang <3


>Let's talk coding and software, sushis, because I don't do enough of it and I really should. Let's hear about projects you're working on, stuff your coding, learning.
I'm constantly reading about programming in some form; it's fun. I've been meaning to pay ECMA-48 proper attention, but I still read other documents more lately.

I'm mostly working on a development tool as of right now.

>Trade secrets, info, tips, whatever. Programming isn't something that should be done alone in a corner.

Even on the wired, we're still alone like this.

>I guess if we need a thread starter, I want to brush up on my coding skills. I want to find something to play around with, something not as mainstream as the stuff like Java and C, but will still be useful in a professional setting, something I can make usable stuff out of.

Lisp and APL have already been mentioned.

Consider learning a machine code; you'll use an assembler for this. Avoid Intel.


Recently I've been learning Haskell and recently wrote myself a simple file encryption program. I'm pretty proud of it and I'm finding Haskell and the whole functional programming thing really interesting. I'm considering learning something like OCaml as well as I hear that's getting real popular.


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I released v0.4 of napalm, my ncurses-based program for doing ASCII and ANSI art. This version is all about adding layers instead of having a single canvas. You can now import multiple files without overwriting everything, for example.

It's written in C, and I guess I learnt a new way to initialise a struct in the process. It's interesting to note that, since the first commit (612 LOC), the number of lines of code has quadrupled. Whether that's good or bad, I don't know.

The code is here: https://gitla.in/chibi/napalm


>Let's hear about projects you're working on
I'm making a pseudonym generator in C. For now it takes a string of characters in input and randomize them, the difficult part would be to make the output readable, so I have to detect vowels etc…

Do you sushis think it's possible to live off your own code projects via patreon or something?

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Battlestation thread!
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pretty damn comfy
what gen is your ps3?


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it's a Slim


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An addition


I find this extremely comfy.


be careful with that scanner and the little dude D:

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Please end Kalyx's life.


>Cyberpunk died when people started fetishizing dystopia. People do understand that cyberpunk is supposed to be a resistance movement, right?
There are at least a few holdout cyberpunk boards that still realize this. https://lainchan.jp/cyb/


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"Anything that can be done to a rat can be done to a human being."
As technology progresses that quote only becomes more and more horrifying. I am not looking forward to the future.


people on lainchan.org (ante-schisma) have literally argued with me in the past that "it's totally valid to interpret cyberpunk as actually validating my ideal totalitarian society" Always nice to be reminded that not everyone is an idiot like this.


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It would be nice if you were to elaborate more on your post and not just post random links that some people might not want to click on. It might come of as spammy :^)

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Resurrecting the desktop thread. Post desktops, you get bonus points for a more comfy and homelike desktop, and whoever has the most points wins (1)snug smug hugbug(pictured)
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Aye. Let's all love lain!


Do you have the original of that image or something?
I want to shop punpun god's face in there


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I don't have it but I guess you could shop it over the same image, since it's gonna be shopped anyway?

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Welp, everybody's claiming First in all the other boards and I don't want to be left behind. Thankfully the nerd board is still avaiblable.
What are you girls working on?
Me: chip-8 VM in ruby
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Man, tomorrow's my last day already. Imaged alot of Windows PCs & Macs, but the best part was the week I spent setting up & configuring a brand new Linux server! I'll miss this place. Nevertheless, Fall is coming soon which means exciting new courses to take.

>>12 and >>20 were right. SO & other StackExchange sites are a huge help.


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I modded a frontlight into my Gameboy Color. It's a really simple mod but I'm pretty happy with the results. I probably need to add a resistor cause right now it's a little washed out.

Please excuse the dirty lens. The protective glass over the lens on my phone's camera is busted and the dust is too deep in to clean.


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Linux thread sushiroll here. I quit my job today and proposed developing a new system for my current employer (the one im quiting from) going from lots of programs that written for the Borland database and machines that are running on 256Mb of ram to the current year. I guess the silicon board may not be the place to ask but I have the tech side covered but should I work in the company or develop the product and sell it as a contractor?
Does anyone have any kind of experience with this sort of thing?
I really like the people I work with but I just cant deal with working with COM port and increasing page file sizes to stop crashes and deal with the question of "Why" day after day. Im not really sure where to ask ;_;


I have never actually worked, but if I were you, I'd surely go for contractor. It gives you more independence.


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The past few days I've been working on something.

This message is the key.

Maybe you sushirolls can figure it out :-)

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What are the Comfiest apps you sushi rolls know of? iOS or android. Personally, I'm pretty fond of sudoku apps, a nice challenge but still relaxing.
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Looks really nice. I've always wanted to grow succulents. Maybe this will motivate me to do it.


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Daygram. It costs like a dollar, but it's a great diary app. I used it everyday for at least six months before deciding to move to a physical diary. I just today uninstalled it and exported the entries to a word document, actually.

Any diary app would do, I guess. Putting one on your homescreen is a great and easy way to start journaling. I find it to be a great way to release my thoughts since I'm quite introverted and don't say much to others.


There's an app to scroll sushi for Android? Could i use in Overchan?


Duolingo just added a Japanese course.


Just when I think im done with that app, they pull me back in.

I cast my vote for 868-HACK. Its a turn based roguelike with resource management. You fight viruses and attempt to score points. Its kind of obtuse, but once you get the hang of how things work, its really good. On iOS and steam.

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Does anyone have any horror stories of what's happened to them personally while exploring the "Deep Web" or just any type of trouble they got themselves in?


Yeah. I liked this sort of stuff, I was collecting "do not open!" links, shock sites and so on. And once saw a gallery of GIFs called "Semantic Virii", sorted by country categories. Thumbnails looked like weird collages, a lot like Picasso paintings I scrolled a bit and closed the page.
Years later I was researching illegal CIA projects like MKULTRA and "semantic virus" caught my attention. Turns out there is a way to construct visual sequence that embeds some sort of command, think micro-hypnosis. It consists of three stages: attention grab, cultural crack and "ordnance" which is actual command. Attention grab is simple, utilising natural desires (food, sex, etc). Cultural crack is complicated and depends on country of origin. It utilises norms and common imagery of particular society. Ordnance is usually a "trigger-response" pair which embeds command. I was happy that I did not scroll down to my country - who know's what it actually do to you.


The most fucked up thing I saw was a gif of some cp about a man fucking a toddler.

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>what is it?
An operating system that respects your freedom
>why would I use it?
If you are tired of having your OS use you and always wanted to use your computer instead
>What do you mean by freedom?
Write your own programs. use source code from the internet in seconds. update when you want to not when it tells you.
Want to run a website? cool! you can set one up in minutes.
Want to adjust your hardware to your liking? Awesome!
Want to stop or make a new feature to a program you use every day? Go for it!

Its your computer! use it how you want!
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I installed Mint yesterday from a USB, only took about 10 minutes. The ISO should be fine if you got it from their site, but you might want to check out another writing tool. I actually used Fedora's media writer.


I used the default iso burner from the windows explorer. I read somewhere that writing at 16x speed can sometimes result in a badly burnt disk. It seems unlikely but I guess I'll give it another shot.


I've used rufus and found it really good, made bootable usb of win7, linux mint, nas4free, arch and ubuntu from it no worries.

https : //rufus.akeo.ie/


Don't know what the hell was going wrong. I tried again yesterday and it went no problems. Can't connect to the internet through network manager or the command line though. Baby steps I guess.


>Can't connect to the internet through network manager or the command line though.

That's odd. I know with certain distros, you can't use non-free wifi firmware out of the box(Debian and Trisquel come to mind), but Mint should work out of the box with anything. If it's ethernet, that's an even stranger case.

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