VAXorcism for hobbyists

The owner of Slovenian company which worked with VAX/VMS has gifted me some vintage VAX workstations. They are MicroVAX 3100 and VAXstation 3100, which will join my collection of VAXstation 4000/90. They are being put on hold for the cold winter days, when I will use my time to play with them and upgrade them with recent NetBSD or GNU/Linux.

Raspberry Pi

In early September I bought Raspberry Pi (RPI). RPI is a credit card sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. I have installed Raspbian distribution on it which is a fork of Debian GNU/Linux. Additionally I installed XBMC a free and open source media player application which is a substitute for the home cinema system. It is working very well and supports smooth playback of video streams for up to 1080p resolution. Because the basic RPI device comes in the shape of a chip-plated board I ordered a chasis/shell for it from ModMyPi. I also ordered the codec licenses for MPEG2 and VC-1 decoding from the Raspberry Pi store, which are required for smooth playback. It is really an amazing device, which is capable to process a lot for such a small price.