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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Experimental IDE oops dumper v0.1
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    > > Talking about dumping oopsen, would there be any usefulness in outputting
    > > crash data to the PC speaker, using a slow, (~300 bps) modulation that
    > > would survive being captured on a cassette using a walkman with a
    > > microphone, then decoded using a userspace program from a sampled .au file?
    >
    > This is easier and less error-prone than copying the oops down by hand?

    Well, it is easy to make a mistake writing it down...

    > I remember using 300 bps. On a closed electrical circuit without acoustic
    > couplers, you still got line noise. Acoustic couplers put the speaker and
    > microphone right on top of each other and surrounded them with a muffler to
    > try to minimize ambient noise from the room...

    WHAT? I have captured 1200/75 'prestel' style modem communications on tape, and played them back through a speaker, in to a phone handset, and had them faithfully reproduced on a terminal. Having said that, trying to use a 300 bps accustic coupler with a GSM phone wasn't successful, because you get some kind of inductive interference from the phone.

    > > Just thought it might be easily implementable, as it doesn't have any
    > > pre-requisits, (other than having a PC speaker, which *almost* everybody
    > > has).
    >
    > Not everybody has a tape recorder, though.
    >
    > And the -ac branch already does output in morse code. Try taping that and
    > writing a user mode interpreter for it, if you like...

    Hmmm, that might be worth doing, because it gives you a way to automatically recover the data, rather than typing it in again, (which is prone to errors).

    John.
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